Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poll: Obama Ranks Above only Carter, Ford in Recent Presidents at this Point in Presidency

Both did not get reelected:
It all adds up to an overall 46% approval rating for the president, with 52% saying they disapprove of how Obama is handling his job in the White House.

"That's par for the course for Obama, whose overall approval rating has been hovering in the mid 40s in every CNN poll conducted since June," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

In comparison to recent incumbents running for re-election, Obama's 46% approval ranks above only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford - who both lost their re-election bids - in November of the year before an election. Most incumbents who were re-elected had an approval rating above 50% a year before the election. But George W. Bush, at 50%, and Richard Nixon, at 49%, also won re-election, and Bush's father George H.W. Bush had a 56% approval rating yet lost to Bill Clinton the following year.

"Translation: while the approval rating is an important indicator of a president's strength, it is not a foolproof predictor of election results," Holland said.
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Poll: Gingrich Scores Best Versus Obama Among Voters Today

Gingrich rising?:
Newt Gingrich is the strongest Republican candidate when matched head to head against Democratic President Barack Obama, according to a McClatchy-Marist Poll released Tuesday.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives is neck and neck with the incumbent president, back just 2 percentage points among registered voters. Obama leads 47 percent to 45 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is next closest, trailing Obama by 4 percentage points. In that matchup, Obama leads 48 percent to 44 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is the third best bet for the Republicans right now, 8 points back from Obama. No other Republican is within single digits of Obama. The survey has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll, coming as Gingrich has surged within the Republican field, could boost Gingrich's argument that he would be the party's best voice to debate Obama in the general election.

"He runs better," said Lee Miringoff, director of Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the national survey. "It's a closer race with him than with Romney or the others."
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Romney Counting on Florida to Win GOP Nomination

Just like Rudy Giuliani in 2008...
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney just finished up a pair of North Florida fundraisers and is on his way to Sarasota for a third.

In Tallahassee, we're told he veered into some talk about the political chessboard during his private event at the Governor's Club.

Romney said after airing ads in Iowa for nearly an entire year during the 2008 campaign, he has not run any spots to date. Romney told the crowd his campaign calculus was that he could spend nothing and come in fourth or spend a bit and finish second or third. He guessed that Republicans could split the first three events, which would make Florida particularly important.

Romney predicted a Tea Party favorite would win Iowa and that he would take New Hampshire, according to interviews with six people in the audience. Romney told the crowd he would seal the nomination by then winning Florida's Republican contest.

"Clearly they are competitive in Iowa, but you never know how it's going to come out there," said Rep. Will Weatherford who hosted simultaneous fundraisers in the same building today for Romney and Perry.
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NYC Police Move to Clear out Zuccotti Park

From CBS:
Police arrested at least 70 protesters at New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, including some who chained themselves together, while clearing the park so that sanitation crews could clean it.

Concerns about health and safety issues at Occupy Wall Street camps around the country have intensified, and protesters have been ordered to take down their shelters, adhere to curfews and relocate so that parks can be cleaned.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, New York City police handed out notices from Brookfield Office Properties, owner of Zuccotti Park, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return in several hours, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents.

Paul Brown, a spokesman for the New York Police Department, said the park had been cleared by 4:30 a.m. and that about 70 people who'd been inside it had been arrested, including a group who chained themselves together. One person was taken to a local hospital for evaluation because of breathing problems.

Police in riot gear filled the streets, car lights flashing and sirens blaring. Protesters, some of whom shouted angrily at police, began marching to two locations in Lower Manhattan where they planned to hold rallies.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

OWS to Occupy Thailand?

Hey, using OWS's logic, this makes perfect sense:

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Breaking: U.S. Gov't Illegally Funded Pro-Abortion Lobbying in Kenya

The United States is facing a crushing debt that the world has never seen before. In the White House sits a man who seems happy to make the problem worse, while Congress squabbles over pennies. In the meantime, our tax dollars are being wasted in record number.

It has now been revealed that during the 2009-2010 drafting of the Kenyan constitution, US government-funded organizations paid for pro-abortion lobbying.

These organizations, funded by taxpayers, argued "against constitutional bans on abortion." These lobbyists also pushed for language which stated children in the womb "lack constitutional standing."

To date, this funding has cost American taxpayers at least $18,000,000.  Potentially more important, however, is that this violates the Siljander Amendment, which states that no "foreign assistance money" may be spent lobbying in favor or against abortion.

As the Government Accountablity Office reported:
USAID also funded a technical assistance award to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to support the Committee of Experts (COE), the nongovernmental entity charged with drafting the constitution. In the course of providing comments and advice regarding the entire draft constitution, IDLO made suggestions relating to the issues of fetal rights and abortion during the early stages of drafting. IDLO later commented on broadening the exceptions when abortion would be legal.
GAO continued:
GAO recommends that State and USAID develop specific guidance on compliance with the Siljander Amendment, indicating what kinds of activities may be prohibited, disseminate this guidance throughout their agencies, and make it available to award recipients and subrecipients.
It is not clear what will happen next in this case.  However, knowing this Administration, there is a high likelihood that it will simply be swept under the rug and forgotten.

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Video- Aftermath of Huge Explosion at Iran Military Base

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Walker Recall Effort Begins Tomorrow

The Democrats and big labor in Wisconsin is prepping an attempt to punish Governor Scott Walker over the state's new labor laws. Walker's proposals were able to reduce the tax burden while not allowing public labor unions to take dues without permission of their workers.

Big labor has had multiple setbacks over the months since the public union bill passed. They failed to eject a Supreme Court Justice with an activist and also failed to take the state's Senate.

Now comes the most recent attempt.

Walker, who was elected last fall, isn't eligible for recall until he has been in office for one year. Democrats have been working closely with union leaders on the effort, and they plan to kick off their petition drive Tuesday. They must gather more than 540,000 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election.

The public labor unions are wasting the time and money of the state once again. Hopefully they will fail once again.

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The Verdict is In - Muslim Teacher Gets Back Pay and Legal Fees For Wanting a Month Off Instead of Preparing Students for SOL Exams

You may remember the story of  Safoorah Khan, a teacher who requested three weeks off in the middle of the school year to attend the Haj.  Her requests were denied three years running.  After the third denial she quit her job and filed a lawsuit with the EEOC for discriminatory practices based on her faith.

Eric Holder and the DOJ were more than willing to help this women with her lawsuit.  The verdict has come in.  Ms. Khan gets $75,000 in back pay, all of her legal fees and attorney fees will also be paid for by the school system.  The school system has also agreed to write into the employment guidelines about religious tolerance and giving time off for these types of events.

What many people are not mentioning is why the school system refused to give her the time off.  Ms. Khan taught third grade.  The time off she requested was in mid December.  What happens in January of the third grade?  The SOL exams.  The school system rightly felt that a substitute teacher a month before the exams would be very disruptive to the students studying for the exams, so the leave requested was denied.  It was not denied because she is Muslim.

She was not discriminated against.  She signed a contract that had nothing in it about taking extended leave of absences. They were legally not required to give her the time off.  Any teacher requesting leave a month before these major tests were given would have been denied.  This was never about her rights being violated, because they were not.  This was always about the Obama administration bending over backwards to give rights to "underprivileged" that don't exist for anyone else.

Ms. Khan was given special treatment, not equal protection.  The kids will just deal if another teacher decides to take time off during the testing period.  Oh well, many kids around the country are not up to standard on these tests anyway.  So I guess it makes no difference if Ms. Khan's classroom of children don't learn what they need to learn.  Just as long as Ms. Khan and other Muslims  get the special treatment that this justice department feels that they deserve, what's the difference if the kids get cheated?  It is all about fairness right?

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Watch Occupy Oakland Live

Police clearing out Occupy Oakland encampment:

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President Obama Doesn’t Rule Out Military Option in Iran

Yeah, let's see him follow through if we really need to:
President Obama didn't rule out a military option with Iran to deal with its nuclear program at a press conference Sunday. He said that sanctions have had "enormous bite and scope" so far and vowed to pursue diplomatic avenues but re-emphasized that all options are available.

"We are not taking any options off the table. Iran with nuclear weapons would pose a threat not only to the region but also to the United States," Obama said.

The comments came after wrapping up a weekend at the Asia-Pacific economic summit where he met with world leaders to address economic and security issues.

Russia and China doubted a recent IAEA report and said they weren't on board for more sanctions. Obama met with Russian President Dimtri Medvedev and Chinese President Hu on Saturday. In the meetings Obama said the countries don't disagree on the outcome, even if the IAEA report doesn't hold credence for them. He noted they'd be looking at other options on how to move forward with them.

In response to a GOP debate Saturday night where candidate Mitt Romney said that if Obama was re-elected, Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon, the president said he was not going to get in the practice of responding to individual comments in the Republican debates until there is a nominee. He said that despite responding to one about waterboarding, which he said "is torture - period," adding that it's not something the U.S. engages in. However, he did not talk about a specific GOP candidate in his response.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vandals Strike Lincoln’s Tomb, Steal 3-Foot Copper Sword

Don't people have something better to do than vandalize the tomb of our greatest President?:
Thieves have nabbed a 3-foot-long copper sword atop Lincoln’s Tomb in what is believed to be the first theft at the site in more than a century.

An employee noticed last week that the sword was cut from a statue of a Civil War artillery officer, the (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported Saturday. Officials think the sword was stolen sometime between September and early November.

Nothing had been stolen from the Springfield site, which is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, since the sword on the same statue was taken more than 100 years ago, said Dave Blanchette, a spokesman for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Then, the sword was bronze.

“We just cannot imagine why someone would even think about doing it, let alone climb up the steps and actually do it,” Blanchette said.

The statue is on the tomb’s balcony, which is closed to visitors. Workers would likely have spotted a thief during the day, but no one guards the tomb at night, Blanchette said.
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Pelosi Blocked Credit Card Reform While Investing Millions in Exclusive Visa Stock

Immorality and conflicts of interest on display:
Former Speaker of the House–and current Minority Leader–Nancy Pelosi apparently bought $1 million to $5 million of Visa stock in one of the most sought-after and profitable initial public offerings (IPO) in American history, thwarted serious credit card reform for two years, and then watched her investment skyrocket 203%.

The revelation appears in Throw Them All Out, the new book by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, which was the focus of 60 Minutes on CBS this evening, and which is featured in this week’s issue of Newsweek.

Schweizer’s investigation of Pelosi and other members of Congress–from both parties–raises a critical question: should it be legal for lawmakers to buy stocks in companies directly affected by their legislative efforts?

In early 2008, Nancy Pelosi and her real estate developer husband, Paul, were given an opportunity to buy into a Visa IPO. It was a nearly impossible feat–one that average citizens almost certainly could never achieve. The vast majority of purchase opportunities went to institutional investors, large mutual funds, or pension funds.

Despite Pelosi’s consistent railing against credit card companies, on March 18, 2008, the Pelosis bought between $1 million and $5 million (politicians do not have to report the exact amounts, only ranges) worth of Visa stock at the IPO price of $44 per share. Two days later, the stock price rocketed to $65 per share, yielding a 50% profit. The Pelosis then bought Visa twice more. By their third purchase on June 4, 2008, Visa was worth $85 per share.
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Just When You Think the Left Can't Lower Itself Further

You then find out that Bill Press actually uttered these words:
“I wonder what Herman Cain’s supporters say about what happens in Penn State, because he happens to be a conservative politician Republican running for president.” “You can’t touch him, but the media can go after Sandusky… what’s the difference? There’s no difference, really.”
Now,  if Herman Cain is indeed guilty of the charges leveled against him by Ms. Bialek, that was assault.  Ms. Bialek, a grown women, never went to police or in any way attempted to press charges against Mr. Cain.  By her own admission when she asked Cain to stop he did.

Sandusky set up a "charitable" organization for at risk boys so he could have a pool of boys to choose which one he would rape on any given day.  Do you think that Sandusky stopped when his victims asked him to?

Yeah, I would say there is a difference.

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Pelley Vs. Gingrich

I once again didn't get to watch the GOP debate last night, but I quickly learned of the best moment by checking out HotAir and reading various accounts: the exchange between CBS moderator Scott Pelley and Newt Gingrich on the rule of law involving enemy combatants.

Pelley asked Gingrich if he would sign the death warrant for an suspected American citizen (Anwar al-Awlaki) engaged in terror activities overseas, inwhich Gingrich responded he wasn't suspected but was actively fighting against us. Pelley retorted he wasn't tried in court; Gingrich responded he was by high ranking officials.

This is where it gets fun.

Pelley retorted, with a smug elitist smile, that such actions were against the "rule of law." Gingrich then responded "It is the rule of law. That is explicitly false. If you engage in War against the U.S., you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the U.S. You cannot go to court."

The crowd, with the exception of a few Paul supporters, erupted in prolonged cheers and Pelley was stone cold silent during the rest of Gingrich's answer, which defined the difference between court of law and rules of war.

This is why the Gingrich surge is occurring, because Conservative voters are attracted to Newt's top-notch debating skills, brash style and supreme intellect. If it wasn't for my strong support of Romney, I'd be on the Newt bandwagon today, but I feel the former Governor has the best policies and chance of actually beating Obama.

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Quote of the Day - President Obama Edition

“We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America,”

Gee, do you think that having some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world has anything to do with it?  

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100 People Meet for "Anarchist General Assembly" in Preparation for Occupy Portland Eviction

My similes are running out for how stupid these morons are:
About 100 people gathered tonight in Southeast Portland for an event announced on a flier as the "Anarchist General Assembly," described by leaders of the meeting as a planning session for tonight's eviction of Occupy Portland from downtown parks.

Participants affirmed goals of standing witness to police actions during closure of the parks and using "diversionary" tactics to pull police from the downtown area.

Most people at the assembly said they would be leaving weapons at home in the face of high numbers of police downtown tonight, though they discussed using "a diversity of tactics" that might include using physical violence.

They met for three hours in the dining hall of St. Francis Catholic Church near Southeast Pine Street and 12th Avenue.
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Occupy San Francisco Protesters with Razor Blades Attack Police

Shucks, they're just so peaceful:
One San Francisco police officer was slashed by a razor and another had his uniform torn and cheek cut in a clash with Occupy San Francisco protesters Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

About 3:30 p.m., near the Embarcadero and Broadway, police attempted to prevent marching demonstrators from blocking the intersection where MUNI light rail tracks are located.

A female protester emerged from the crowd and an "exacto razor blade attached to a pen or pencil-like object," San Francisco police said in an email.

"The female slashed the inside of the officer's hand and ran back into the crowd before the officer had time to realize he was cut," police said.

In a second incident, a protester grabbed an officer's police radio and ran back into the crowd. As the officer attempted to retrieve it, a second protester blocked the officer and tore his uniform and cut his cheek, police said, intimating that a weapon had been used.

The officer retrieved his radio and both male demonstrators escaped into the crowd, police said.
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Video- Entire Republican Debate, November 12, 2011

Another debate:

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Blast Kills 30+ at Iran Revolutionary Guard Base, Possibly Due to Nuclear Research

Upwards of 30 people have been killed after a massive explosion tore through a military base run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. It is possible that this was a nuclear research facility. The explosion was heard in Teheran, 25 miles away.

The Iranian military is claiming just 17 killed after reporting a higher fatality rate earlier. However, other sources put the death toll higher.

Two hours after the explosion a fire still raged and there were traffic jams on nearby roads, a local reporter said.

The death toll was revised down from an earlier figure released by the Revolutionary Guards of 27.

Israeli DebkaFile is reporting 32 killed, including a General in the Revolutionary Guard. Hassan Moghadan was at the head of some of the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons research.

Debka is claiming that there were two explosions on two bases and that they may have occurred as Iran was fitting a nuclear warhead to a missile:

Our sources report increasing evidence that the first explosion was caused by a failed effort to mount a nuclear warhead on a Shahab-3 intermediate-range missile.

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Italy's Prime Minister Resigns

The Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Burlesconi, has finally stepped down after fiscal reforms passed through Parliament. The three-time PM is the third-longest Premier in Italian history.

Cheers broke out in front of the palace by the hundreds of people who gathered to witness Berlusconi's final act in office, ending a 17-year political era.

What next?

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The Roemer Candidacy

Former Louisiana Governor and current candidate for President, Buddy Roemer, has a dream: get money out of politics, or better put - eliminate corruption by limiting the role of corporations, and their lobbyists in government. He would do this by limiting all political donations to just $100, which he has done in his own campaign thus far.

However, this self-imposed limitation has severely restricted his campaign: he has raised just $187,082, has $20,000 in campaign debt and only $46,111 cash on hand. And even worse - the only press attention he has received is when he visited, and supported the Occupy Wall Street protests, which primary voters despise. 

The one-time Democratic Congressman might try to impress voters when telling them about his chats with President Reagan about possibly seeking the White House one day, but in this time of economic chaos - limiting campaign contributions and meeting with occupiers - isn't gonna win you the nod for dogwathcher in Maine, let alone President of the United States.

I can guarantee one thing though - he will not give up until every voter in New Hampshire hears what he has to say, so if you have a chance to meet him in the Granite State, give the former Congressman and Governor a shout out.

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Poll: Disapproval of Obama on Economy at Record High

Somehow, disapproval is only at 60%:
President Obama's ratings on the the most important issue for his re-election -- the economy -- have posted the weakest showing of his presidency, according to a poll released Friday by CBS News.

About 60 percent of voters said they disapprove of Mr. Obama's handling of the economy, the highest on record. Just 34 percent approve of the job he is doing on the matter.

His overall approval ratings are just 43 percent, while 47 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as president.

Among independents, just 39 percent are satisfied with his performance, while 76 percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans approve of his job performance.

About 47 percent of independents disapprove of the job Mr. Obama is doing for the United States, compared to 81 percent disapproval among Republicans and 21 percent disapproval among Democrats.
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Arab League Suspends Syrian Membership, Calls for Sanctions Against Assad’s Regime

From Al Arabiya:
The Arab League voted to suspend Syria’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus.

The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the League’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks.

Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend Syria’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an Arab peace plan that urged him to end the violence.

The ministers attending an emergency session of the League called a recess early into the meeting to allow a narrowed ministerial committee to work out a final position, according to a source who was inside the meeting.

He said there was a strong push by some states to suspend Syria, while others wanted to give Assad’s regime more time.

According to Al Arabiya TV, Lebanon and Yemen voted against suspending Syria’s membership while Iraq abstained from voting.

Khaled al-Habbas, an assistant to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, told reporters before the meeting that the situation in Syria was “complex” and “Arab countries are trying to find a solution that reconciles different viewpoints.”

The United Nations says 3,500 people have been killed in Assad’s crackdown on the protests.
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OWS Protester Murders Man at Rally "Over Bag of Weed"

But, but the Main Stream Media told me that every single member of Occupy Wall Street was both peaceful and law-abiding!

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Video- OWS on Sexual Assaults: 'Don't Report Them'

In other words, "Hey, if there is a criminal on the loose, we should let him rape random people and get away with it! Down with the Man, man!"

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Report: Obama WH Withheld bin Laden Death Photos Fearing it Would "Humiliate" al-Qaeda Leader

Sometimes I have no words for the stupidity of this Administration:
To date, no photos or video of bin Laden’s body have been released despite numerous requests and a lawsuit filed by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The Obama administration made clear in a recent response to the lawsuit that presidential preference is the driving force behind its stonewalling. Oddly for a legal brief, its very first background point of reference quoted a transcript of an interview Mr. Obama gave to “60 Minutes”: “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence.” The brief additionally fretted, “The mere release of these images of Osama bin Laden could be interpreted as a deliberate attempt by the United States to humiliate the late al Qaeda leader.”
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Poll: Americans Prefer Netanyahu to Obama

I'm not surprised:
President Obama's hot-miked conversation with French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested that he is frustrated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- but Americans might be more frustrated with Obama than they are irritated by Netanyahu.

"A poll conducted by the group Greenberg Quinlan Rosner found that 52.3 percent of Americans rate Netanyahu positively, compared to 51.5 percent for Obama," reports Israel Today Magazine. "The results of the poll were enthusiastically discussed on Israel's Channel 10 News on Thursday."

The Washington Examiner called the polling firm to confirm and request the full data, including margin of error, but hasn't heard back yet. The poll reportedly asked questions of 800 U.S. citizens.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to comment, yesterday, on Sarkozy calling Netanyahu a "liar" and Obama reportedly complaining, "You are fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day."
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Yale Imbecile: What's Wrong with Giving a Backwards, 12-Century Theocratic Dictatorship a Nuclear Weapon?

And this moron is teaching the youth of today:
What things will change if Iran tests a nuclear weapon? No one knows but many fear the worst. Among others, Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg has argued that an Iranian nuclear test will set off any number of dire consequences. Some believe that Iran will launch a nuclear war against Israel. Others suggest that “instability” will result from Iran’s increased ability to intimidate its neighbors. Still others insist that the deterrent umbrella of a nuclear weapon will allow Iran and its regional proxies, including Hezbollah, to make more mischief. Goldberg himself insisted that if Iran were to successfully test a nuclear weapon, “American power in the Middle East will have been eclipsed” and Iran will have won “a three-decade war for domination of the Middle East.”

In fact, Iran will not have eclipsed American power in the region -- not by a long shot; nor will it have won domination of the region. It will quickly discover what all leaders of all nuclear powers know: that the weapons themselves are the bluntest of instruments. Nuclear states cannot use nukes to force non-nuclear states to comply with their demands. If they could, nuclear and non-nuclear states would not fight. Nuclear weapons failed to compel the surrender of Saddam Hussein in either 1991 or 2003. They failed to force the Serb cession of Kosovo in 1999. American nuclear weapons failed to cow the Vietnamese in 1965 and Chinese nukes failed at the same task in 1979. Sometimes, non-nuclear states actually start wars against nuclear powers. Nuclear weapons did not deter Syrian and Egyptian attacks on Israel in 1973, nor did Russian nuclear weapons deter Georgia in 2008. The biggest difference between these examples and the Iran is that the nuclear power, in all of these cases also possessed overwhelming conventional superiority. Given that Iran doesn’t even have conventional superiority over neighborhood foes, suggestions that Iran can bully its neighbors with its nuclear weapons range fall somewhere between absurd and ridiculous.

Nuclear weapons cannot guarantee that a state’s neighbors will cater to its every whim nor can they resolve border disputes. Nuclear weapons cannot ensure the safety and security of client terrorist groups. They also cannot topple foreign governments. cannot prevent terrorist attacks. Indeed, as Pakistan has recently discovered, nuclear weapons don’t even guarantee territorial integrity.

We do not need to look far in order to see the limited influence that nuclear weapons provide.
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Capitalizing on the Anti Capitalists

"The 'Occupy All Streets' T-shirt was created in support of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement. Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. 'Occupy All Streets' is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement."
A Rocawear spokesperson on the new line of clothing called Occupy All Streets.  Of course they aren't sharing any of the money that they make through the capitalistic system with the Anti-Capitalists.  But, hey I guess since Jay-Z is getting his money, who cares about the hypocrisy right?  After all, they are out for helping the "little guy".  The occupiers will run out and buy their shirts and not think twice about the fact that Jay-Z is part of the 1%.  

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Thank You Veterans!

Pundit Press would like to take a moment and thank the United States' veterans, who have and are so valiantly fighting so that we may keep our freedom.  Thank you.

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Live Coverage: Occupy Denver Breaks into BlogCon 11; Openly Mocked by Convention-Goers | Update: Videos Added

Occupy Wall Street protesters have apparently broken into "BlogCon 11."  While the group went in to rile up trouble, those at the convention are taking it in good spirits and are openly mocking the OWSers.

And instead of being offended, those at BlogCon are taking pictures and video of the idiots that broke in:
Convention-goers are also chanting various things, mocking the imbecilic rants that OWSers repeat.  One example: "More taste, less filling!  More taste, less filling!"

Update, 4:18pm- Some of the better tweets on the situation:
Update, 4:25pm- Video:

Update, 4:29pm- Another video emerges:

Update, 4:31pm- And another video:

Update, 4:39pm- One of the OWS protesters being arrested:

Update, 4:44pm- Another video-

Update, 4:51pm- Apparently OWS is either not punctual or another wave of idiots is coming. According a source, Occupy Denver has stated that they will crash the convention at 5:00pm. Did they come early?

Update, 5:04pm- Truer words were never said:

Update, 5:13pm- The situation has calmed down, so there will no longer be live coverage below. However, if something further happens, we will be sure to cover it.

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Marist: Romney 23, Gingrich 19

HT: Marist
The latest McClatchy-Marist poll results on the 2012 GOP field are likely to shake both candidates, and voters alike, especially when you take into account the reallignment of supporters from Cain to Gingrich that has occurred over the last month.

Mitt Romney - 23%.
Newt Gingrich - 19%.
Herman Cain - 17%.
Unbdecided - 17%.

Good times are here again for Newt.
This poll confirms the growing Gingrich surge I have been writing about for a couple of weeks now, and the Cain decline I've been quietly expecting, although I'm rather surprised at the number of those still undecided with just 60 days until Iowa and New Hampshire kick our primary season into gear.

Unfortunately, Romney cannot bust over the 25% ceiling yet, although I have a feeling that will change once voters head to the polls.

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GOP Catching Up in FL Senate Race

Just a year after Floridians put Marco Rubio in the Senate, they may decide to send another next year. Incumbent Senator and former astronaut Bill Nelson has not made up his mind on another run, but if he does it may be a difficult race.

He may be facing off against Representative Connie Mack. Congressman Mack has a lot of family history in Florida politics. His grandfather was a Senator from the state. His grandfather was also the legendary baseball manager.

Mack received almost 69% in his re-election bid last year, and has always received upwards of 59% in every race that he's run. In 2006, Nelson received 60%. It would certainly be a competitive race.

So if the two are pitted head to head, Nelson's numbers have dived. Nelson had a much larger lead in earlier polling.

Nelson (D)*: 42%
Mack (R): 40%
Other/und: 18%

* denotes incumbent.

Florida appears to have some buyer's remorse over voting for Barack Obama in 2008. Even still, his margin was small and the wavering of many voters was obvious. Now it's elected a GOP Governor and Senator since.

Floridians want conservatism. They may also want young faces to bring it to them. Mack is just 44, while Rubio was even younger.

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Let’s Conversate about the Argubate

A negotiation is the formalized give-and-take side of a conversation. The blending of the two, a negotiation with the less formal tone of a family discussion, is aptly termed in the dictionary of the way we speak as “to conversate.” 
A debate is merely an argument dressed up in its Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.  So whether we should call our current national dialog a debate or an argument depends upon the sensibilities of the writer and the reader.  For the purposes of fairness and inclusiveness I will therefore coin a new term, “Argubate.”  
Has there ever been a time in American History when everyone at least seemed to agree on everything? 
Yes, there was a brief interlude forgotten by all save Historians, a moment of forgotten peace in our raging sea of political passion.    
In the overwhelmingly nationalistic years after the War of 1812 there was a brief period which saw a dramatic lowering of the heat in our perpetual political strife.  In the Election of 1816, James Monroe a Democratic Republican defeated the last of the Federalist candidates. Monroe and his policies were so popular and so well received that he won reelection in the Election of 1820 facing no opposition whatsoever.  This brief calm in the political storm is the popularly forgotten Era of Good Feelings. 
Ever since that one brief lull in the ideological conflagration the battle has flared.  First one side and then the other are in the driver’s seat while the other side plots its eventual return to power.  It has only been by compromise that we have avoided a series of fratricidal wars. 
Compromise today has a negative connotation for those on the limited government side of the aisle.  100 years of compromise with those who wish to progress past the limitations enshrined in our founding document have brought us to the strangulation of regulations and the oppression of an overwhelming central government.  However, compromise is still the only way to avoid the abyss which lies beyond our current position on the precipice of mutually exclusive partisanship.  
Compromise is the only thing that will preserve our country from either splintering into pieces all the king’s horses and all the king’s men won’t be able to put together again, a-la the USSR or sinking into the type of gulag from which the Russians are still struggling to escape. 
Beyond the eloquent explanations and focus-grouped sound bites compromise is essentially everyone doing what no one wanted.  Compromise can also be the tactic of any group that seeks to move ahead one step at a time.  Gain a little here and a little there until one inch at a time you have moved across the street.  And therein lays the problem.  The Progressives have used this tactic so often and for so long that the silent majority finally woke up to find their elected representatives had sold the cow for some magic beans.  It is hard to trust compromise when it has bargained away our heritage one new interpretation at a time.  However, the looming breakdown in civil discourse prompts me to urge a renewed effort to find some way to preserve the peace while preserving our freedom. 
Compromise has a long history in America for we were born in compromise. 
It was only due to the Great Compromise reached in Independence Hall that we have a Constitution.  The New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan were wedded to produce a compromise satisfying the desires of both the small states and the large states by creating a House of Representatives based upon population and a Senate with equal representation. 
The Union was preserved twice by compromise. 
By 1820 the division between the slave-holding South and the emancipated North was growing bitter.  The debate hinged upon the even division of the senate.  For every state admitted on one side the other side demanded a counterbalance.  When it came time to begin carving states out of the Louisiana Territory the Southern side was the first to advance to that stage, but the North could not abide admitting Missouri as a slave state since there was no free state ready for admission.  So the Missouri Compromise solved the problem and kept the peace. 
Missouri was admitted as a slave state. Maine was separated from Massachusetts and admitted as a free state.  A line was drawn along the southern boundary of Missouri. Everything North of that would be free, and everything South of that slave. Thirty years later a new compromise held off war for another ten years. 
The Compromise of 1850 was designed to address the sectional rivalry over slavery which was tearing our young nation apart.  It was in reality a series of five bills.  The compromise brought in California as a free state.  It allowed New Mexico and Utah to decide the slavery issue through a popular vote and gave Texas ten million dollars to pay its debt to Mexico for which it gave up lands claimed in present day New Mexico.  It abolished the slave trade in the District of Columbia and the Fugitive Slave Act which made it a federal crime for any federal official not to arrest a runaway slave.  
This compromise only lasted four years when it was effectively repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act which once again opened the northern territories to the possibility of slavery and leaving the decision in the hands of the voters.  This led to increasing hostilities between the two sides culminating in John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and the Civil War: the ultimate break down of America’s process of compromise. 
The Civil War did not end America’s use of compromise to avoid permanent division.  Reconstruction, the occupation of the South by Northern armies after the Civil war, eventually led to an impasse with the threat of renewed conflict.  War was averted when the Compromise of 1877 gave a disputed election to a Republican president, an end of Reconstruction, and various offices and political gains to the Democrats. 
Except for the fleeting Era of Good Feelings and those unusual and brief times when the same side controlled all three branches of government, America has moved forward by compromise.  For compromise, true compromise, not surrender dressed up in a palatable name, is the sweet spot where any group that is in reality two groups must dwell if there is to be peace, progress, and harmony.  Make no mistake, since the beginning America has ever been the home of two sides: the Patriots and the Loyalists, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, the Democratic Republicans and the Whigs, and those two rabid beasts we all love to hate the Democrats and the Republicans.   
Instead of just shouting our mutually exclusive slogans at each other what we need is a dialogue across the no-man’s-land which separates our entrenched positions.  This article is an attempt to urge both sides to realize neither side has the support to dominate the other long enough to legislate let alone legitimize total victory.  If we can get beyond shouting slogans at each other perhaps we can find our way to a compromise that will allow us to continue as the last best hope of humanity.  If not, we may well slide into the shabby collectivism which shackles the rest of the globe. 
Is there anything we can agree on?  Is there any way forward?  Can we at least conversate about the argubate?  I say this realizing that in our current atmosphere of hyper-partisanship this call for compromise will probably make neither side happy.  However, I am willing to be dammed if I do and dammed if I don’t in an attempt to preserve the peace if we can do so while preserving our freedom.  Keep the Faith.  Keep the Peace.  We shall overcome.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

The Gingrich Surge

The official start of the Gingrich surge has commenced and the former House Speaker is likely on his way to the first-tier, whether Cain declines or not, setting up the possibility of a prolonged three-way battle for the nomination, which is either good or bad news - depending on who you support.

Gingrich's rise from obscurity begins with his consistently good debate performances and ends with his always fascinating policy prescriptions, especially his focus on reigning in activist judges - something our country could definitely use right now, with our courts literally deciding what rights we don't and do have every day.

He has taken over the third position in most polls for the past couple of weeks, and whenever someone loses votes today - Cain or Perry - he usually picks them up rather quickly.

Which brings us to the primary battle (set to begin in just 60 days), where Gingrich will likely perform well in Florida, and South Carolina - possibly knocking off Cain, or handing both states to Romney by splitting the dominant Not-Romney vote that has refused to settle behind one candidate for very long. But he can be the victor just as easily as the spoiler in both reaches of Dixie.

I don't know what's going to happen in our soon-to-be-held primary battle, but the rise of Newt will be a factor in deciding who the next Republican nominee for President is, and could even be him.

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Perry Does Top Ten List on Letterman (Video)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thoughts on the 2012 race

I didn't get to watch the latest presidential debate last night, due to work, but I gather three things of significance occurred:

1. Rick Perry forgot he wants to eliminate the Energy Department.
2. Newt Gingrich had to explain business can hire employees, and at the same make profits (Wal-Mart, which hired me four weeks ago, has done pretty well with over 2 million associates) to Jim Cramer.
3. Mitt Romney defended his position that we need the housing market to hit rock bottom before we can recover and that government intervention in the foreclosure process is counter-productive to that goal.

The narrative of our 2012 campaign is going to be centered around bringing our governments policies back to private sector friendly, and in order to that, we must decide who among our 2012 candidates is ready for the difficult task ahead - not just the campaigning part, but the governing part as well.

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Occupy Burlington Protester Fatally Shot at Rally; Protesters Say He Killed Himself

According to Burlington police, a man was found dead at Occupy Burlington today. On the man's body was a gun shot wound, which ended his life.

Although the police investigation has just started, Occupy protesters insist that the man, whose name has not yet been released, had taken his own life. Burlington "Occupiers" clashed with the police after they had arrived on scene.

Much of the fracas was because Burlington law enforcement has stated that they need to take control of City Hall Park, where the protesters are being held, for twenty-four hours to investigate the death. Many protesters have refused to move, stressing once again that the man's death was "self-inflicted."
Near the scene of the crime
One of the Occupiers called the man's death a "tragedy of society." Another vowed that Occupy Burlington would go on, stating, "We’re not about to stop because of this."

Police have stated that there is no threat to the public. They have also said that rules of the encampment might be "changed" because of the incident.

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Ashton Kutcher: You Know... Maybe Molestation Isn't So Bad

That's not a direct quote, but Ashton Kutcher showed just how out of touch he is with the news and reality. After Penn State's decision to oust long time coach Joe Paterno over a child rape scandal, Kutcher decided to speak up, even though no one asked him to.

He quickly got to his twitter account to deride the school's decision to fire the coach and the college's president. There, he decided that the charges against Paterno were not serious enough to warrant the sacking.

"How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."

Fans were livid over the tweet, deriding his poor taste. Kutcher took the tweet down and apologized, but it was too late.

"As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case."

Maybe he should stop cheating on his wife and start paying attention.

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Video- Rep. Joe Walsh Gets a Bit Animated

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Chavez Cancer Getting Worse: Report

According to US officials, Venezulan strongman Hugo Chavez does not have long to live. The leader has stated that he is cancer free after receiving treatment in Cuba. However, the Americans say otherwise.

“Sources who have given me privileged information and documents from inside the Venezuelan government indicate that Ch├ívez’s cancer is spreading faster than expected and could kill him before the presidential elections in October 2012,” added Noriega, who was also undersecretary of State for Hemispheric Affairs in the Bush administration.

And he may be inadvertently killing himself:

According to Noriega, the doctors believe that the decision of receiving a lower dose of chemotherapy to try to continue his public functions is suicidal, but they have no alternative but to follow the plan.

Oh well.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Speech Analyst: Cain Telling the Truth, Bialik Lying; "95% Accuracy"

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Possible Sonic Boom Felt in Va. Beach

From Fox:
Virginia Beach Dispatch told WAVY.com the vibration felt and reported by many residents in the Shadowlawn area may have been the result of a sonic boom.

It's believed a plane, training off the coast of Virginia Beach, broke the sound barrier.

The Virginia Beach Dispatch supervisor said she called the National Weather Service and was told no geological or atmospheric anomalies have been reported in the state for November 9.

Police officers were sent to the Shadowlawn area to investigate and found nothing.
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Paterno Firing News Conference Video

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Report: Israel to Strike Iran by Christmas

From Ynet:
Israel will be launching a military strike as early as December in a bid to stop Iran’s nuclear program, the British Daily Mail reported, based on unnamed government sources.

The sources said that Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear sites “sooner rather than later” and rely on logistical American support.
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Paterno Fired From Penn State

Breaking: Joe Paterno has been fired from Penn State.
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NBC Host: GOP Has no "Grand Wizard" at the Moment

Incredibly racist and insensitive.  What do you expect from NBC?:
On Wednesday's "Today" show, host of NBC's "Meet the Press" David Gregory says there is no "Grand Wizard" right now in the GOP to "force" Cain out of the primary. Transcript below:

Ann Curry, NBC News: "He's not stepping down, continuing to suck the air out of the narrative the Republican party really wants to tell. Does the party now wish he would just go away?"

David Gregory, NBC News: "Well there is no, you know, Grand Wizard in the party right now who can really force the issue. I've talked to Cain's advisers in Iowa, they think their support is still strong there, that it's not falling. There may be cracks in the foundation according to pollsters I'm talking to, that his numbers may be starting to shift but right now core support remains there."
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Berlusconi Resigns

From Business Week:
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s offer to resign leaves Italy struggling to produce a new regime stable enough to implement painful austerity measures in a country that has averaged almost a government a year since World War II.

Berlusconi said today that he favored early elections and that Angelino Alfano, head of his People of Liberty party, might be the candidate. Berlusconi last night said he’d step down as soon as parliament passed cost-cutting steps pledged to European Union allies in a bid to convince investors Italy can curb record borrowing costs. Parliament is due to vote on the measures in the coming weeks.

Italian stocks and bonds fell today on concern that a change in leadership won’t be enough to contain the turmoil in a nation with the euro-region’s second-biggest debt. European officials’ inability to tackle the sovereign crisis led to a surge in Italian bond yields in recent weeks that further frayed Berlusconi’s fractious coalition as top ministers bickered over how to protect the country from the contagion.

“Whoever is in charge, the numbers remain the same and this morning they are even worse,” Simon Smith, chief economist at foreign-exchange broker FXPro Group Ltd., said in a research note. “This Roman road is currently leading to a cliff. Events have moved far faster than the labored political process of the EU can deal with.”
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Occupy Portland Suspected in Unsuccessful Firebombing of "World Trade Center" (With Memo From Police)

The word "terrorism" is bandied about a lot today.  The accepted definition of terrorism is and attack carried out by a person or group of people in the hopes of instilling fear into a populace.  Normally, the attack has attached to it some sort of demands.

Would a group of Occupy Portland hoodlums firebombing a luxurious building count as terrorism?  I think so.

Police in Portland, Oregon suspect a group of OWS protesters in the firebombing of World Trade Center, a building that caters to business conferences, weddings, and other gatherings.  In the attack, criminals threw a Molotov cocktail into the building, causing a fire which damaged stairs.

The Portland police suspecte Occupy Portland of the crime, as protesters have been causing violence.  Here is the internal police memo that went out:
We will have updates as they come out.

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Democrats Walk Away From Super Committee

Yesterday Democrats of the Super Committee rejected Republicans' offer to "raise federal tax collections by nearly $300 billion over the next decade."

Senator Rand Paul exclusively has JUST told Sean that not only are Democrats rejecting offers put on the table, but now they won't even continue to negotiate and have "walked away from the table...refusing to talk to the Republicans."

Paul warns the American people that this is all about Obama's reelection, and the taxpayers livelihood is of no concern to Obama and the Democrats.

Audio verbate: Senator Rand Paul (KY) on the Sean Hannity radio show Nov. 9, 2011:
P: Sean can I make it up to you by giving you a scoop, that maybe people don't know yet?

S: Yeah what you got it

P: I have news straight from sources close to the SuperCommittee that the Democrats have walked away from the table and they're refusing to talk to the Republicans about a deal and they will not counter any offers and basically there's an impass and it's starting to look like they don't want any deal at all.

S: This was all being telegraphed by Chuck Shcumer yesterday, I am sure you saw it on TV

S: They want to say that because Republicans will not raise taxes they are rigid. THat we are not going to have a deal on teh economy.I think the democrats are just gonna be happy gutting the defense department, which is part of this deal.

P: And the truth is quite the opposite the republicans have offered tax reform that lowers tax rates and closes loopholes.The president talks about millionaires not paying their taxes, we are trying to close some loopholes, but we want to be part of tax reform. We have offered a serious credible offer, but bascially they have walked away from the table.
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Yeah, Rush Went There

Because he didn't sexually harass anybody because she said stop, and he stopped; she said take me home, and he took her home.
I did notice that when we were listening to Bialek she said that she told him, "What are you doing, Mr. Cain, I don't want you to," and he stopped. She said no and that was it. No means no. . . . When Herman Cain drove the babe home she actually got there and is alive to talk about it. 
Now, I am not a listener of talk radio very often.  While I do sometimes get useful information, I personally feel it more entertainment than substance.  But, shortly after the press conference I was in a car with a friend who was working on a local campaign to re-elect a state delegate doing a get out the vote effort for yesterday's elections.  He happened to have it on.  I thought then that Rush went too far, but I didn't really get to hear the entire thing.  

Jill over at Pundit and Pundette didn't take to the Rush dialog on this any better than I have:

Well yes, it's true, no one's accusing him of abduction or murder. But that's what I'd call a pretty low bar. Would Rush have the same casual response if someone treated his wife like that?
 She asks the question:

What she is accusing Cain of is worse than that. I've been out of the dating scene for a while and I know things have changed, but have we really sunk so low that a guy sticking his hand up a woman's skirt and pushing her head down to his crotch is just making a romantic overture?
There are many things about Ms. Bialek's story that I find troubling.  There are things that just don't make sense to me.  One being that what she was describing is not harassment, but assault.  That was a criminal offense and she should have contacted the police.  Digging to see if she has financial gain to making these allegations, is she prodded along to make them, and if so, by whom?  Those are legitimate questions to ask. Her credibility then becomes questionable.  But, for people to talk about her sexual history is downright low and disgusting.  Bill Kurtis has basically publicly called her a whore:
And lot of people [at CBS] know her and she has a history. . . . There's a lot more to the story that is just developing.
One of the constant themes you hear from the right in regards to the media coverage of the accusations against Bill Clinton once he started running for president was that the media attacked the women instead of dealing with the allegations against President Clinton.  That is exactly what Rush just did.  He now no longer has the credibility to go after the press for not doing their jobs in regards to Clinton.  

I believe that the first women's motivations for making the accusation need to be examined.  Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection has pointed out an article done the by the AP on one of accusers who seems to have a history of making harassment claims.  She went on to make another complaint at her next job, in fact.  In that complaint she was looking for a raise and a promotion.  Apparently, the claim was eventually dropped, but one can detect a pattern of behavior with her that makes her complaint against Cain much less credible.  

As a woman, I find it just more than a more disturbing that the first line of defense is to call the woman a whore and to dig into her sexual history.  In this day and age most women have a sexual history.  Some may be more sorted than others, but few women were pure as the driven snow on their wedding nights.  The right or wrong of that is up to your own particular morals.  But if only a virgin or a woman who was on her wedding night can be a victim of sexual harassment or assault, most women better start not leaving their homes without a guard, because it will open season on many of us.  

I have to hang my head in shame to see where Rush took this conversation.  His sexual innuendo with her last name and saying that since she is still alive to talk about it is way over the line of decency.  I am with Jill in asking if someone stuck his hand up his wife's skirt would he just be grateful that she isn't dead, and to heck with the gesture?  

As a person who honestly believes that the media went too far in going after the women who accused President Clinton in a personal, demeaning, and disgusting fashion, I am no more pleased the some on the right are doing exactly the same thing.  Investigate the claims and look into seeing if they are being driven by money or a sick attempt at 15 minutes of fame.  But leave the woman's sexual history out of it.  It is none of our business.  

Cross posted at just a conservative girl and PotLuck

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National Emergency Broadcasting Test Details

At 2pm today, the government will be running a nation-wide test of our emergency broadcasting alert system. This will supplant whatever is on the television or radio.

So don't freak out. It's just a test.

"The National Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the president if needed to provide information to the American public during emergencies," White House press secretary Jay Carney told a gaggle of reporters Tuesday. The test will only last about 30 seconds and will be broadcast on television and radio stations across the country. "Just wanted to make sure everybody knows that it's just a test," Carney added.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), along with many other agencies are teaming up to help spread the word so people know what to expect and are not caught off guard when the test occurs.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Obama Announces New Christmas Tree Tax

He can't wait:
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).

To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52). And, of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent Federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees.

Acting Administrator Shipman had the temerity to say the 15-cent mandatory Christmas tree fee “is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government” (76 CFR 69102). The Federal government mandates that the Christmas tree sellers pay the 15-cents per tree, whether they want to or not. The Federal government directs that the revenue generated by the 15-cent fee goes to the Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the Christmas tree program established by the Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. President, that’s a new 15-cent tax to pay for a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
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Ohio Referendum Results

Ohio voters were voting on several ballot initiatives today.

SB 5: Yes: 39% No: 61%

ObamaCare Mandate:

Yes: 66% No: 34%

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Schoharie County Clerk Election Results

In the Schoharie County Clerk race, Republican incumbent Indica Jaycox destroyed Democratic challenger Gary Hayes, garnering 64% of the vote to Hayes's dismal 36%.

Hayes ran into major opposition after he campaigned while people were literally shoveling out their destroyed homes and businesses after Hurricane Irene. Next, Hayes obtained documents and kept them illegally in his possession, telling local news sources that the Clerk was not doing her job, even though she had done much more than she had to. The lie did not stick. Hayes then stated that he would "protect" the county from hydrofracking, even though the Clerk has nothing to do with such a process. Again, his lie did not take.

In the end, Hayes lost by a whopping 28%. Next time he should try to stick with the truth instead of lying constantly.

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Mississippi Governor Election Results

Republican Phil Bryant appears to be on his way to winning the 2011 Governor's race.

Mississippi - 724 of 1876 Precincts Reporting - 39%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Bryant , Phil GOP 137,930 59%
DuPree , Johnny Dem 96,416 41%

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Main Stream Media Now Reporting Obama "Liar" Scandal... After Agreeing Not To

Journalists had agreed not to report on a "private" conversation that was broadcast to them after President Nicolas Sarkozy's and President Barack Obama's mics were left on.  They didn't want to hurt the US President they adored so.

But one news source refused to be a sheep and reported on it.  And now the MSM is reporting it as well.  From Reuters:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes.

"I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

The technical gaffe is likely to cause great embarrassment to all three leaders as they look to work together to intensify international pressure on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The conversation was not initially reported by the small group of journalists who overheard it because it was considered private and off-the-record. But the comments have since emerged on French websites and can be confirmed by Reuters.
The Main Stream Media: keeping the truth under wraps.

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Shocker: Joe Paterno to Leave Penn State

ESPN is now reporting that Penn State is preparing Joe Paterno's exit from their college football program, after 61 years of employment.  More on this as it develops.

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Analysis of Greek Prime Minister Papandreou's Resignation

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Open Mic Catches Obama, Sarkozy Calling Isaeli PM a "Liar;" Obama Laments Having to "Deal" With Him

Despite President Obama's claims that he fully supports Israel, actions speak louder than words.  First the President called on Israel to stop construction in their capital Jerusalem, then he demanded that Israel recede to its 1967 borders.  Now there's this.

During the G20 summit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama's microphones were accidentally left on.  Unaware, it caught this exchange between the two as they talked about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Sarkozy: "I cannot stand him. He is a liar." 
Obama: "You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"
Considering that Iran may be on the cusp on a nuclear weapon, with Israel having to contemplate military action, Obama has apparently decided to sink a knife right into their back.  But, hey, what are "friends" of Israel for?
The President should be ashamed.

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Joe Frazier Dead at 67

The death of an American hero.  Rest in peace, Mr. Frazier.

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The Latest Allegations Against Herman Cain

Today Sharon Bialek became the first woman to go on the record and formally accuse Herman Cain of being sexually inappropriate with her.  She story is very detailed.  Something that we didn't have in the past.  The Cain campaign has denied the charges as false and baseless.  
Here are the issues with her story as I see it.  
  1. What is describing is assault, not harassment.  She says that since she didn't work for the National Restaurant Association she felt that had no claim.  That is simply untrue.  If her story is accurate, Cain asked for sex in order in return for a job.  That is exactly what quid pro quo sexual harassment is.  She would have been perfectly within her legal rights to file a claim of sexual harassment against Cain with the NRA.  
  2. She never reported this to the police.  Again, this was attempted rape at worst or assault at best, if her story is true.  Both of which are criminal offenses.  
  3. After Mr. Cain stopped after her refusal she wants people to believe that she got into a car with him.  Really?  That makes no sense whatsoever.  None.  As a women I can't imagine getting into a car alone with a man who just tried to my force my head into his crotch area so he could receive oral sex.  EVER.  
  4. She hired Gloria Allred, known publicity whore and tool for the left.  Just ask Meg Whitman.  
The NRA has released a statement confirming her employment that falls within the time frame of her story.  One of the attorney's for one of the original accusers during his time at NRA has also made a statement saying that the accusations of Ms. Bialek are "similar" to that of what happened to his client.  Easy to say, since we have no idea what the accusations of the first two women are.  The Politico story originally said that one was a gesture that was not really of a sexual nature.  Whatever the heck that means.  
I hope Ms. Bialek is ready for the firestorm that is going to come her way.  She will have people digging into her past.  Some will be doing it to prove her right, others will be doing it to prove her wrong.  
If these charges are true, Herman Cain cannot be president. Character matters.  If these charges are not true shame on the people who have made them so public.  Because once this is all over with, where will Mr. Cain go to get his reputation back again?  People will now always know him as a sexual harasser, regardless of the truth.  

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