Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Daily Kos Founder: OWS Forced Republicans to Cut Taxes

I already knew that Markos Moulitsas was an idiot, but this takes the cake:
The story he links to?  A Reuters article about Republicans backing an extension in tax cuts.  Moulitsas then posted an article on his website, once again congratulating Occupy Wall Street for convincing Republicans to do what they normally do.

Most of the dribbling idiots on the site agreed instantly with their master:
However, some (to their credit), pointed out that Moulitsas was an idiot:
Unfortunately, the vast majority failed to realized (intentionally or unintentionally) that Moulitsas is lying to their faces.  But then again, he does that every day, doesn't he?

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Brian Williams During Fire Alarm Video

Quirky, but enjoy:



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S&P Downgrades Dozens of Global Banks

From Fox Business:
Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday cut its credit ratings for many of the world’s largest banks, including Citigroup (NYSE: C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). 
The move follows S&P’s shift, announced earlier this month, in the methods it uses for rating the banks.

Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Corp. each had their long-term credit rating downgraded a single notch to A- from A. Similar cuts were applied to JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).

Dozens of other banks were also affected by S&P’s new criteria and many of the downgrades stemmed from the affected banks’ exposure to the European debt crisis. S&P cited weaker confidence in governments' ability to bail out struggling banks.

The new criteria for rating banks comes in the wake of criticism leveled at all three major rating firms – Moody’s and Fitch’s are the other two -- that they rubber stamped their highest ratings on investment products loaded with subprime mortgages in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

Congress has considered reforming ratings system to remove perceived conflicts of interest.
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Poll: Obama Tanking Among Independents

H/T the Washington Examiner:

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Interview with Howard Portnoy

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 47 in our ongoing series. Today we're interviewing Howard Portnoy, a blogger at HotAir's Green Room. Mr. Portnoy has also written for the NY Daily News and is an author. We thank him for his time to take part in this interview.

1. When and why did you become involved in blogging?

I started blogging five years ago. Prior to that, ghost-wrote some dozen books on art, health, and music, but I was always a closet "news junkie" and decided to try my hand at political writing.

2. Do you consider yourself more of a libertarian or conservative?


I am a small-L libertarian.

3. What are President Obama's odds of being re-elected?

That's anyone's guess at this point. I have written several blog entries noting the "conventional wisdom"--that winning reelection is next to impossible when unemployment is north of 9% or a candidate's approval rating is below 47%. But these are just rough benchmarks. An incumbent always has the edge, and the Republicans will not be nominating a candidate that voters are wildly enthusiastic about. Intrade has even money right now on Obama. I think that's a fair assessment of his chances.

4. Do you have a favorite for the GOP nomination yet?

Early on, I liked and admired Herman Cain, but I think he is now toast. Newt Gingrich has baggage, but he is a great debater. I believe the candidate will ultimately be Romney by default.

5. What has been your proudest moment as a writer (blogging and otherwise)?

Publishing my first novel, "Hot Rain," G. P. Putnam's Sons.

6. anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks!


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Russia Activates Missile Early Warning Radar System to Scare West

From the BBC:
Russia has turned on a new incoming missile early warning system in its westernmost region in response to US plans for a missile shield in Europe.

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the system to be activated on a visit to the radar unit in Kaliningrad, a Baltic region bordering EU countries.

The unit is equipped with the new Voronezh-DM radar system.

Mr Medvedev has warned Russian missiles could be deployed on the EU's borders if the shield is installed.

Washington wants an anti-missile shield ready by 2020, arguing that it is necessary to provide protection from the potential missile threat posed by countries like Iran.

Under President George W Bush, the US had initially intended to locate major parts of the shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, but Russia objected vigorously.

When Barack Obama took office in the White House, he scaled back the original ambitions.
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Michael Jackson Doctor Verdict and Sentencing

Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter regarding Michael Jackson's death has now been sentenced. The jury has decided on the maximum punishment, four years in prison.

Prosecutors and defence will return in January 2012 to discuss the prosecution's request for restitution to Jackson's family.

While the prosecution successfully argued for the maximum term, Murray's lawyers asked that he be kept on probation, saying he is serving "a lifetime sentence of self-punishment".

Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff said he would already be punished for life by being known as "the man who killed Michael Jackson".

In addition, Murray could still lose his licence to practise medicine.

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Is Herman Cain Dropping Out?

With the newest allegations of impropriety, it appears that Herman Cain may be ready to leave the race. This comes after a Georgia woman named Ginger White accused the candidate of a 13-year affair. Cain denied the entire thing, but his attorney's statement regarding the allegations was less than reassuring.

Now, it appears that Cain is actively "re-assessing" his role in the race. Considering that the first round of relatively tenuous accusations had hurt him substantially in the polls, this may be the deathblow. This woman has texts and phone records that seem to back her story up (although we don't know the details). However, she was also involved in a libel lawsuit-- and lost.

With this re-assessment and the polls already dropping for him, Cain may very well be dropping out. I don't believe he can regain the momentum this late in the race. Even if White's allegations are totally false, the damage is done.

As Mr. K wrote, the Cain Train has derailed.

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Cain Train Derails

I have not been a supporter of Herman Cain for two reasons: lack of experience and foreign policy ignorance, and I believe those two issues have led to his decline in the polls, especially a couple of weeks ago when he couldn't coherently discuss what occurred over the spring and summer in Libya.

The allegations by numerous women that he either made sexual advances, or tried to rape them, to me was immaterial to his campaign because none of it could be proved, and the appearance of leftist legal teams caused serious doubt in my mind. However, the recent allegation of affair by another woman is troubling to me.

This woman has actual proof of numerous conversations between herself and Cain, and adding to the evidence is the fact his campaign is reassessing whether to remain in the race after this story broke. I don't know who is telling the truth, once again, but I think this will likely be the event that ultimately derails the Cain Train once and for all.

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Cain "Reassessing" Candidacy as New Allegations Emerge

From the New York Times:
Herman Cain told members of his campaign staff on Tuesday that he was reassessing whether to proceed with his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, an aide confirmed, a day after an Atlanta woman disclosed details of what she said was a 13-year affair with him.

In a morning conference call with his advisers, Mr. Cain said that he would make a decision in the coming days about whether to stay in the presidential race after his campaign was rocked by another round of allegations about his sexual conduct.

The call, which was first reported by National Review, came as Mr. Cain was heading to Michigan for a campaign stop on Tuesday evening. He said that he was discussing the future of his campaign with his family and was considering options for his next move.

“This is cause for reassessment,” Mr. Cain said, according to one participant on the call who spoke on condition of anonymity. “During the summer we had to make some reassessments based on our financial situation. We were able to hang in there.”
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Video: British Embassy in Iran Stormed

Terrible:



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Watch Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson's Doctor) Sentencing Live Video



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Monday, November 28, 2011

Video: Gingrich Interview on CNN with Congressman Tim Scott

Enjoy:



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Rep. Connie Mack (R) Announces Run for U.S. Senate

From Fox News:
Republican Congressman Connie Mack IV announced Monday on Fox News' Hannity that he will enter the U.S. Senate race in Florida, hoping to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Mack will first have to win the primary. Buoyed by name recognition, Mack surged to the top of a Quinnipiac University poll even before officially entering the race. His father is former Sen. Connie Mack III and his great-grandfather is Hall of Fame baseball manager Connie Mack.

He will now have to prove he deserves the front-runner status as the other four major candidates attack his record.

Also seeking the nomination are former Sen. George LeMieux, former state Rep. Adam Hasner, retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former steakhouse chain CEO Craig Miller.
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Kuwait PM, Government Resign

From Reuters:
Kuwait's prime minister and his government resigned on Monday, bowing to escalating demands by protesters and opposition deputies that he step down over corruption allegations.

The oil-producing state has tolerated criticism of its government to a degree rare among its Gulf neighbours, helping to insulate it from the protest-driven political tumult that has helped topple four Arab leaders this year.

But tensions rose sharply this month when opposition lawmakers and protesters stormed parliament to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah.

"We decided to submit our resignation to comply with the national interest and due to the danger the situation had reached," the state television channel reported Sheikh Nasser as saying.

The storming of parliament followed a request filed by a group of MPs to question Sheikh Nasser, which was blocked by the cabinet in a move decried as unconstitutional by the opposition.
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Newest Cain Accuser Was Defendant in Previous Libel Suit and Lost

Simply because someone committed a crime in the past does not mean that they are doing it again. However, when trying to establish who this person is, it is important to see what they have done in their lives.

Ginger White, who today announced that she had a thirteen-year affair with Herman Cain, was the defendant in a libel suit this year. A judge ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Kimberly Vay, and stated that Ms. White had falsely libeled Ms. Vay. Ms. White reportedly lost the suit because she did not even bother responding to the case.

Ms. Vay had also sought a temporary stalking protective order against Ms. White, citing harassing emails, texts, and defamation of character. This case, however, was dismissed.

When asked about the libel suit in her interview with Fox Five, and why she should be trusted, Ms. White responded, "Well, because I admit it. Whatever happened with Kim and I, um, happened. Just as, what, what, there would make no sense to come out with these allegations against Herman if it absolutely wasn't true."

You can watch the section in the interview starting at 7:30 in the video:


Update- Kimberly Vay and Ginger White apparently owned No Limit Cycling in Atlanta, Georgia. Their motto for the business was, "If you can think it, you can achieve it."

This appears to be Vay's picture on Facebook:

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Herman Cain Statement on Ginger White Affair Allegations

Herman Cain's attorney has released a statement about the alleged affair between Herman Cain and Ginger White.

Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.
Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.
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Video- Entire Ginger White (Cain Accuser) Interview

Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain: MyFoxATLANTA.com


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Ginger White Had 60+ Messages, Phone Calls to Herman Cain on Cell Phone

According to Fox News, Ginger White, who has accused presidential candidate Herman Cain of a thirteen-year affair, had over 60 phone calls and messages from and to Mr. Cain on her cell phone.  The fox reporter who interviewed White stated that he texted the number and it did indeed turn out to be Herman Cain's.

White states that this is all the proof she needs of a relationship.  Cain stated that this only proves that they were friends and that they knew each other's number.
White
There have been no details on what was actually in the messages sent between the two, though White has stated that Cain did not send love letters.

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Video of Ginger White (Cain's Newest Accuser)

Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain: MyFoxATLANTA.com


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Herman Cain's New Accuser: Ginger White

Herman Cain now has a new accuser, a woman named Ginger White. According to Cain, she was about to come forward with more accusations of sexual misconduct.

Cain denied the allegations and not much is known about this new character. We also have the original video of her here.



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Cain: Another Woman to Accuse Me of "Extended Affair"

Just moments ago, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain announced that another woman was about to accuse him of an "extended affair"

Talking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Cain stated that he had spoken to a reporter who informed him that a new woman was about to come forward.  "I'm just giving you a heads-up," Mr. Cain stated.  "I don't have anything to hide."

When asked what his relationship with the woman was, Mr. Cain said that he thought the woman was a "friend," but that he was now clearly mistaken.  Cain went on that he helped her get a job, but emphasized, "That's all there is to the relationship."

Wolf Blitzer then asked Cain, "Was this an affair?"  Mr. Cain stated bluntly, "No."
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Mr. Cain continued, saying that he has known so many people in life, that, should they all be willing to lie, "It's probably an infinite number of people that could come out with a story."

"I will not drop out of the race," Mr. Cain told Blitzer.  When asked if the accusations had a racial aspect, Cain responded, "There could be."

Mr. Blitzer then asked Mr. Cain why he was still running, to which he replied, "For my grand kids and all of the other grand kids out there."

Update- According to Mr. Blitzer, the woman is to accuse Cain of having a thirteen-year affair with her.  "I have done nothing wrong," Cain emphasized.

Update 2- Fox Five has released the picture and name of the accuser, Ginger White:
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Gingrich: I'm the Conservative Alternative to Romney

From the New York Times:
Newt Gingrich, who not long ago was urging his fellow Republican candidates to avoid tearing one another apart in pursuit of the party’s presidential nomination, took a new approach on Monday by explicitly declaring: “I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate; I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.”

With his candidacy on the rise, Mr. Gingrich opened a three-day campaign visit to South Carolina and warned Republicans to be suspicious of candidates who “adopt radically different positions.” It was a fresh glimpse into the sharpening tenor of the nominating fight as the first round of voting begins in five weeks.

“We think there has to be a solid conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” Mr. Gingrich told WSC Radio in Charleston, S.C. “I’m the one candidate who can bring together national security conservatives, and economic conservatives, and social conservatives in order to make sure we have a conservative nominee.”

He added, “I wouldn’t lie to the American people. I wouldn’t switch my positions for political reasons. It’s perfectly reasonable to change your position if facts change. If you see new things you didn’t see – everybody’s done that, Ronald Reagan did that. It’s wrong to go around to adopt radically different positions based on your need of any one election, then people will have to ask themselves, ‘What will you tell me next time?’”
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Herman Cain and Ginger White (Video)



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New Poll Has Nelson Trailing in Nebraska

Incumbent Senator and former Governor Ben Nelson has fallen behind in new polling in Nebraska. The Democrat reportedly has been considering retirement, which should not be surprising at all, considering the data. Nelson has been polling poorly for a while, now. It may be at the point that Nelson's campaign would not even be able to get off of the ground.

Nelson was polled against three candidates, including Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. In two of the matchups, Nelson either led slightly or had a 6% lead.

However, against Bruning, Nelson has quite the deficit. Considering that Bruning would have time to shape the race and his opponent, things are not looking good for Nelson.

Bruning (R): 45%
Nelson * (D): 39%
Other/und: 16%
* denotes incumbent

Looks like more good news in the GOP's chances of gaining back the Senate. Their chances in North Dakota and Wisconsin are also looking good. Victories here would place the party with 50 in the chamber, not withstanding the other races. With Obama as a drag on the ticket, this total may increase even further.

So the open question is whether Nelson will know that he won't be able to win the race and simply drop out. If he were to do this, the chances of the Democrats holding onto the seat would be very slim.

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"Massive" Explosion Rocks Iran City of Isfahan, Home to Key Nuclear Facility

From Haaretz:
A explosion rocked the western Iranian city of Isfahan on Monday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that the blast was heard in several parts of the city.

The reported incident occurred about two weeks after Gen. Hasan Tehrani Moghaddam was killed together with 20 other Guard members Nov. 12 at a military site outside Bidganeh village, 40 kilometers southwest of Tehran.

The Revolutionary Guard said the accidental explosion occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.

It should be noted that Iran operates a uranium conversion plant near Isfahan, one with an important function in the chain of Iran's nuclear program.

It first went into operation in 2004, taking uranium from mines and producing uranium fluoride gas, which then feeds the centrifuges that enrich the uranium.
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2011 Election: Egypt Votes

The first stage of Egypt's complex electoral system kicked off earlier today in Alexandria and Cairo, as millions of Egyptians headed to the polls - many for the first time in their lives - in peace and shocking quiet. The only disturbances, as far as I can tell, was from anxious voters annoyed at the long wait.

Voting will continue through tomorrow and results will not be immediately available, but these results could indicate whether the Muslim Brotherhood (Freedom and Justice Party), or the liberals (Egyptian Bloc) will gain control when the military eventually leaves power, although most expect the islamists will perform well, perhaps to the point of gaining an absolute majority.

I am hoping to God we were all wrong about Egyptian politics and the liberals are able to gain control, but if the results out of Tunisia are any indicator - our one-time allies are likely to move away from us, and their peace treaty with Israel towards islamism and conflict.

We will see what happens, but for once the inhabitants along the Nile are selecting their own future.

Video of Detroit Union Workers

On the local Fox affiliate:

Tower Defense and Aerospace Factory Workers Party at Lunch: MyFoxDETROIT.com


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Why is Barney Frank Retiring?

It's not clear why the Massachusetts Representative is leaving after 16 terms. He is often blamed for the 2008 financial collapse for sheltering groups like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He did this despite calls from President Bush and John McCain to reform the mortgage system. Instead, Democrats blocked the reforms and the system collapsed and we got TARP:


Now he's leaving. This comes after over 30 years in Congress.
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from Frank's office.
Possible reasons:
  • Tired of being in Congress. Is 71 years old.
  • Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac revelations.
  • Believes he'll lose in 2012.
  • Any others? Add in comments.


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Breaking: Barney Frank Retiring

Some interesting news coming out of Washington. Long time Congressman Barney Frank will finally be leaving. Frank had been involved with Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac and blocked reforms that could have prevented the 2008 financial panic.

Now, he's leaving. This comes after over 30 years in Congress.

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from Frank's office.

Note-- information gathered right now does not indicate that this will be a resignation. Still, it's good news. Bye bye, Barney!

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Ouch: Draft Hillary Movement Begins

Democrats that are tired of President Obama's lack of leadership on various issues may finally be ready to dump him. Or at least, that's what former Democratic pollster Pat Cadell hopes to do. He's now calling for a write-in campaign supporting Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

Pat's two key words to describe the electorate -- on both sides of the aisle -- are "alienated" and "volatile." I think he's right. And I think also right that the race, for both sides, is due for a shake up.

Would be real interesting...

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Video: Gingrich Challenging Obama to Debates, Obama Can Use Teleprompter

Nice:



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Muslim Brotherhood Conducting Illegal Campaigning in Egypt (Egypt Election Irregularities) Egypt Liveblog

Some distressing news to bring to our readers. In Egypt, campaigning on the actual election day is illegal. That's not stopping the Muslim Brotherhood from campaigning anyway. The Brotherhood reportedly has an excellent get-out-the-vote effort, which may land it the most seats in Parliament. This could also give the Islamist fundamentalists with ties to Hamas control over 80 million people. One report already says that the Brotherhood's victory would be a massive boon for Hamas.
A few more notes on the Muslim Brotherhood's impressive election day get-out-the-vote campaign: Shadi Hamid, the research director at the Brookings Institution in Doha, tweets that an activist told him each Muslim Brotherhood member was encouraged to bring 100 people to the polls.
And it appears that the Islamist group is conducting illegal campaigning across the election zones. This shouldn't come as a surprise, but they'll do anything to win.
The Muslim Brotherhood, by far Egypt's best-organised political party, planned to have representatives at every polling station today, ostensibly to explain the (somewhat complicated!) voting process. Shadi Hamid, the research director at the Brookings Institution in Doha, also tweeted that they would help guarantee security.

But a number of people are complaining that the Brotherhood representatives are also campaigning, which is illegal on election day.

Mahmoud Salem, a candidate running in Heliopolis on the Free Egyptians ticket (and perhaps better known as the blogger Sandmonkey), tweeted that Brotherhood representatives are handing out political flyers; he reported them to an army officer at the polling station, who did nothing.
Other reports seem to show the Brotherhood organizing large turnout across the nine districts open for elections. The Brotherhood is the best organized party in Egypt-- by far. They had been organized during the Sadat and Mubarak era and unfortunately this will help them at the polls.

Great. Just great.

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Ginger White Pictures (Herman Cain's Accuser)

Ginger White has just come out to accuse Herman Cain of an affair. Not much information is available, but we do have these two photos:

From her interview:

And this from her LinkedIn profile:

Video of the accuser here. Video of Cain's response here.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

November 27, 2011 Egypt Elections Results (نتائج انتخابات مصر)

UPDATE: Some results here: http://www.worldthreats.com/?p=9832

Egypt is conducting elections today with liberals facing off with Islamists facing off with traditionalists. The Muslim Brotherhood may be one of the top vote-getters in this contest-- they're constantly doing at least somewhat well in opinion polls across the country.

Over 50 parties are attempting to gain seats in this new Parliament. Analysts over at al-Arabiya believe that Hamas may be the big winners of the race:

Naji Shurrab, also a professor of political science at Al-Azhar, said Hamas would have much to gain from ties with a Muslim Brotherhood government.

“It will open a relationship with Egypt that is very different,” he told AFP.

“Maybe Hamas will be recognized by the Egyptian government, the restrictions on the Rafah border crossing will be lifted, (Hamas prime minister) Ismail Haniya will be recognized as a partner, maybe.”

The live al Jazeera feed can be found here:
http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/

Update: Muslim Brothers conducting illegal campaigning.

مصر تجري الانتخابات اليوم مع الليبراليين خط المواجهة مع الاسلاميين خط المواجهة مع التقليديين. يجوز للمسلم أن الإخوانواحدا من أعلى الأصوات حاصل في هذه المسابقة -- يفعلونه باستمرار ما لا يقل عن جيد نوعا ما في استطلاعات الرأي في مختلف أنحاء البلاد.

أكثر من 50 حزبا تحاول كسب مقعدا في هذا البرلمان الجديد. المحللون في أكثر من قناة العربية يعتقدون أن حماس قد تكونكبيرة للفائزين في السباق :

وقال ناجي شراب، وهو أيضا أستاذ العلوم السياسية في جامعة الأزهر، حماس سيكون لها أن تكسب الكثير من العلاقات مع حكومة الإخوان مسلم.

"انه سيتم فتح العلاقة مع مصر التي هي مختلفة جدا" ، وقال لوكالة فرانس برس.

واضاف "ربما سيتم الاعتراف بها حماس من قبل الحكومة المصرية، سيتم رفع القيود المفروضة على معبر رفح الحدودي(حماس رئيس وزراء) وسوف يتم الاعتراف اسماعيل هنية باعتباره شريكا، وربما".

يمكن العثور على العيش تغذية قناة الجزيرة هنا :
http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/
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Bernie Fine Fired from Syracuse

Syracuse associate coach Bernie Fine has been fired from Syracuse University over alleged child molestation. This follows the Penn State scandal.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement.

The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn't plan to comment on Fine's firing, according to Boeheim's wife, Julie, who answered the phone at their Syracuse home Sunday night when contacted by ESPN.com. Julie Boeheim said "Jim's not talking."
Good riddance.

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Germany, France Examine "Radical Push" for Eurozone Integration

From Reuters:
Germany and France are exploring radical methods of securing deeper and more rapid fiscal integration among euro zone countries, aware that getting broad backing for the necessary treaty changes may not be possible, officials say.

Germany's original plan was to try to secure agreement among all 27 EU countries for a limited treaty change by the end of 2012, making it possible to impose much tighter budget controls over the 17 euro zone countries -- a way of shoring up the region's defenses against the debt crisis.

But in meetings with EU leaders in recent weeks, it has become clear to both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy that it may not be possible to get all 27 countries on board, EU sources say.

Even if that were possible, it could take a year or more to secure the changes while market attacks on Italy, Spain and now France suggest bold measures are needed within weeks.

As a result, senior French and German civil servants have been exploring other ways of achieving the goal, one being an agreement among just the euro zone countries.
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Americans for Prosperity Ad: Obama's Green Giveaway

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Interview with Pamela Geller

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 46 in our ongoing series. Our interviewee requires no introduction. One of the top bloggers on the net, Pamela Geller has been leading the fight against Islamofascism and runs Atlas Shrugs. We thank her for her time.

1. When and why did you start Atlas Shrugs?

After 911 I felt guilty I did not know who had attacked this country. And when I found out, I felt guilty I didn't understand the ideology that would inspire such hate and mass murder. Increasingly I turned to the web because the media was derelict in covering the global jihad. I became a frequent commenter on various blogs and so, of course, one thing led to another. I started Atlas Shrugs in February 2005. The Internet was burgeoning as the alternative to the ideological lockstep of the big media, and I wanted to do my part to defend freedom and civilization after 911.

2. What has been your proudest moment as a blogger?

It is hard to isolate just one, but I'm very proud of establishing the Aqsa Parvez Memorial Grove, dedicated to victims of honor killing, in American Independence Park outside Jerusalem. This was the first public expression in the West of any determination to resist the importation of Islamic honor killing into our countries. Also leading the Freedom Rallies against the Ground Zero Mosque in June and September 2010. Tens of thousands came to stand for freedom against Islamic supremacism and the triumphal mosque at Ground Zero.

3. What has been President Obama's worst move in office?

Here again, it is hard to isolate just one. He has destroyed our standing in the world, drastically routed our economy, betrayed Israel and left it more vulnerable than ever to the Islamic jihadists, enabled the rise of Islamic Sharia states in North Africa and the Middle East that will be inveterate haters of America, betrayed our allies in Eastern Europe and Central America -- in so many ways he has hurt the U.S. and Americans during his disastrous presidency, it will take us years to recover.

4. Can (or will) Islam be reformed?

Anything is possible as history unfolds, but given the texts and teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah, and the way they've been interpreted throughout history by mainstream Islamic sects and schools of jurisprudence, this seems extremely unlikely.

5. Where is Occupy Wall Street heading?

Straight to hell. It is a movement of looters, moochers, and destroyers, bent on ruining capitalism, the greatest economic system the world has ever known, the most benevolent and the engine of the prosperity that led to our unqualified leadership and preeminence in the world. And the system that enabled these parasites to spend all their time demonstrating.

6. Who is your biggest influence?

Ayn Rand, who best articulated the premise on which I think and act, individual rights.


7. Anything else you'd like to add?

Fight the great fight. Fight for freedom. Do not be cowed into silence. Fight with every breath in your body. For art, music but most of all, love.


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Palin Efforts in Iowa

While the Republican battle has dwindled to two - Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich - fervent supporters of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are still trying to persuade her to enter the race, even though she has missed most primary deadlines by now and has announced she's not running.

Conservatives4Palin, the largest pro-Palin website on the internet, has bought ads in Iowa to get the ball rolling on a potential candidacy, which is smart, because candidates don't need to file in Iowa's caucuses - anyone can show up supporting whomever they want for the nomination.

The odds of C4P having much success on either front: convincing Palin to run, or voters to support her, is doubtful, but stranger things have happened in presidential caususes and primaries - look at the 1964 Republican primary in New Hampshire, when Lodge, who wasn't running, or even on the ballot, won with over 40% of the vote.

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Arab League Approves Sanctions Against Syria

Unprecedented:
The Arab League approved tough economic sanctions against Syria on Sunday because of its violent crackdown against antigovernment protesters, an unprecedented step against an Arab country.

The sanctions included a travel ban on officials and politicians, a halt to all dealings with the Syrian central bank and the cessation of all Arab projects in Syria.

The finance ministers drafted the sanctions on Saturday at a meeting in a hotel in the Cairo suburbs rather than the league’s headquarters in Tahrir Square, the scene of clashes last week between security forces and protesters seeking to hasten civilian rule in Egypt.

They were approved by the group’s foreign ministers on Sunday.

The sanctions will be another blow to the Syrian economy, which is already suffering from sanctions by the European Union and the United States.
Losing friends fast
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Video: Clinton Interview on Gingrich (Newsmax)

Interesting interview of the former President:



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Video- Romney Speaks about Herman Cain... in 1994



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Gingrich Receives New Hampshire Endorsement

From Fox News:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has received the coveted endorsement of the highly-influential Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire, a boost for the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and a blow to rival Mitt Romney.

The endorsement of the conservative newspaper's editorial board places an exclamation point on Gingrich's impressive surge from has-been GOP contender to frontrunner, and sets him apart as the new anti-Romney candidate among his competitors.

"Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running. In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich," the editorial board wrote in Sunday's edition.

The Leader added in a banner headline across the front page that the former Georgia lawmaker has something the rest of the candidates don't -- a track record of success in Washington.

"America is at a crucial crossroads. It is not going to be enough to merely replace Barack Obama next year. We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing," the endorsement reads.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

NATO Air Attack on Pakistani Troops was "Self-Defense"

From the Guardian:
An attack by Nato aircraft on Pakistani troops that allegedly killed as many as 28 soldiers and looks set to further poison relations between the US and Pakistan was an act of self-defence, a senior western official has claimed.

According to the Kabul-based official, a joint US-Afghan force operating in the mountainous Afghan frontier province of Kunar was the first to come under attack in the early hours of Saturday morning, forcing them to return fire.

The high death toll from an incident between two supposed allies suggests Nato helicopters and jets strafed Pakistani positions with heavy weapons.

The deadliest friendly fire incident since the start of the decade-long war also prompted Pakistan to ban Nato supply trucks from crossing into Afghanistan and to issue an order demanding the US quit the remote Shamsi airbase, from which the US has operated some unmanned drone aircraft.

A spokesman for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was "highly likely" that aircraft which had been called into the area to provide "close air support" to troops on the ground was responsible for causing casualties among the Pakistani soldiers.
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Interview: Making it in the Political Blogosphere

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 45 in our ongoing series. Today, we're interviewing Tanni Haas, who authored Making it in the Political Blogosphere. The book includes interviews with over twenty of the most influential political figures on the web. We thank Dr. Haas for taking part in this interview.

1. When and why did you decide to write Making it in the Political Blogosphere?

I decided to write the book a couple of years go. It occurred to me that the insights and experiences of some of the world's most successful political bloggers would be of interest to the more than one million people who write political blogs - as well as the many more who may have toyed with the idea of starting one. Judging by all the positive feedback I've already received, there seems to be a genuine demand for this kind of book.

2. How will the book be of interest to blog readers, and not just writers?

The book covers much more ground than what makes for a successful political blogger. During the course of the interviews, the contributors talk about what inspired them to start blogging in the first place, discuss what they are trying to achieve, and share personal anecdotes about their blogging experiences that they've never revealed before. Combined with my introductory profiles, the book gives readers an intimate sense of who these people are, not just as public personas but as individuals.

3. Can anyone become a major blogger?

Absolutely. Even though the political blogosphere is becoming increasingly more crowded and competitive, a well-conceptualized and well-executed strategy can propel anyone to political blogging stardom. In the conclusion, I summarize the contributors' advice in the form of a detailed blueprint on how to plan, produce, and promote a successful political blog. Surprisingly, despite the contributors' widely different political orientations, they agree on what people should and shouldn't do if they want to make it in the political blogosphere.

4. Which interview was the most insightful?

While I certainly enjoy all of the interviews - and think that readers will too - the one with John Hawkins of Right Wing News really stands out to me. John has this incredible energy and drive to succeed which he excudes on every page of the interview. Readers will get a good sense of what it takes to make it in the political blogosphere by following his advice. It's worth noting that John had few professional credentials, no high-powered political contacts, and only limited journalistic experience when he first started out.

5. Anything else you'd like to add?

Sure. Don't ever give up. If political blogging is your true passion, keep at it regardless of how long it may take you to break through. As Nick Gillespie of Hit & Run put it to me, it's still possible to go from "zero to hero" in the political blogosphere. And if you want to make your road to political blogging stardom just a little bit less ardous, you would be well-adviced to pay attention to the insights and experiences of those who've already travelled it.

For more: Making it in the Political Blogosphere

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Video- Occupy San Diego Flash Mob Invades Wal-Mart and (Gasp) Fills Up 75 Carts

Useful idiots:


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OWS Protester to SC Governor: I Will Murder You

Angry over the arrest of 19 Occupy Columbia (South Carolina) protesters last week, 26-year-old Nathan Shafer took to Facebook to voice his anger. He went to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's page and saw that she had written a post on the First Amendment.

Awash in rage, he posted, "I hope someone murders you before I do. How's that for freedom of speech?"
Shafer
The next day, law enforcement officials contacted Shafer to discuss his inflammatory statements. Shafer defended what he said, but apologized to the governor's family and deleted the comment.

Unsurprisingly, the death threat against the governor was not made "all better" by Shafer's apology and he was subsequently arrested. However, Shafer stands by his death threat. "I just think the whole situation is completely ridiculous and blown out of proportion," he stated.

Update- Thanks to Breitbart for the link.

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Johnson, Libertarian Party Nominee?

Gary Johnson, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico and current GOP candidate for President, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he is considering bolting from the GOP and instead running for the Libertarian Party's nomination. Apparently, they have been overtures made by the largest third party to Johnson, who is perpetually stuck below 1% in the polls.

It appears Johnson is only considering a bolt because he feels the GOP is not giving him a fair shot to participate in the debates, and thus have a chance to compete for the nomination, which wouldn't be a problem in the Libertarian Party, due to the fact they select candidates via national convention.

I don't know how the Libertarians would respond to Johnson bolting, but then again they did support former GOP Congressman Bob Barr in 2008, who flip-flopped on everything he believed in the past several decades to win the party's nomination and they embraced him openly. So why not Johnson, a tried and true believer?

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Video- Mitt Romney is (or was) Quite Liberal



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Irony: OWS Now the Equivalent of a Corporation

There is nothing more ironic than someone or something becoming the very thing that they hate.  For Occupy Wall Street, they loathe corporations because they are "rich."  Corporations also provide them with cheap laptops, smartphones, and wifi, but OWS cannot be bothered with nuance.

But let's look at an actual definition of a corporation:
Corporation, noun; definition: any group of persons united or regarded as united in one body.
Why, that sounds exactly like Occupy Wall Street!  They preach unity and they certainly are a group of people.
Just one of those laptops could feed thousands of starving children in Africa
But certainly those in OWS would argue that corporations have both money and political power.  But wait... Egads!  Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, has come out in full favor of the protesters, while President Barack Obama has tentatively come out supporting them and has completely supported them in their hatred of the rich.

Certainly OWS doesn't have a tremendous amount of money, right?  They couldn't possibly be fundraising in order to have their will done, just like corporations... right?  Right?  Nope.  In fact, Occupy Wall Street has collected $600,000 in tax-deductible donations.  Like the corporations they complain about, they have a large amount of money for the sole purpose of doing what they want.  And they don't have to pay any taxes on it.

And, on top of it all, they are keeping over $450,000 in a bank instead of a credit union.  In case you don't know, OWS has come out heavily against banks and those who run them.

I hope those who have supported Occupy Wall Street will realize that they have been duped and swindled. However, that is unlikely to happen.  Like the sheep they are, they will go back into the corporation that they have unwittingly joined: Occupy Wall Street.

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Huzzah! NBA Lockout to End

From ESPN:
NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season on Christmas Day.

Neither side provided many specifics but said the only words players and fans wanted to hear.

"We want to play basketball," NBA commissioner David Stern said.

After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season. This handshake deal, however, still must be ratified by both owners and players.

Stern said it was "subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we're optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25."
Now LeBron James can choke all over again
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Video of Putin Booed at Wrestling Match (Видео Путин освистали в поединке)

Russian media is saying they're booing the American fighter:



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Friday, November 25, 2011

Occupy LA Eviction

Occupy Los Angeles appears to be on the fast track to dissolution. According to the city, the group will be evicted on Monday, November 28. This comes after the city has been particularly lenient with the protesters, including giving land for them to complain in.

Still, the Mayor has had enough-- and is closing the encampment down while kissing its ass:

“The movement has awakened the country’s conscience. It has given voice to those who have not been heard,” the mayor said. “I am proud of the fact that this has been a peaceful, nonviolent protest. It has been peaceful because we decided to do things differently in Los Angeles, not stare each other down across barricades and barbed wire.”

The impending end of Occupy L.A.’s stay outside City Hall — one of the last of the movement’s major encampments — may signal the end of a phase of the protests that has been characterized by large camps in parks and public spaces.




Good riddance.

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Irony: OWS Now in Top 1% in Income

One of the top complaints about wealth distributions holds that the vast majority of the people of the country are excluded from the vast majority of its wealth. Considering the "plight" of all of those 20-somethings at the various occupiers, one could be deluded into believing the truth of the 99% mantra.

But what if that wasn't true? Considering there are many branches of the group, let's take a look at its main one, occupying near Wall Street, in New York. Seeing how the occupiers are using other people's food and bathrooms and some living in tents (with others still in their studio apartments or parents' basements), there shouldn't be a need for a lot of money? After all, how many iMacs does one mob need?

Well-- quite a lot, apparently. The group has been furiously fundraising since its inception in September. I know that they'll need a legal defense fund for all of the cases of violence, rape, and arson, but how much could that cost?

How about $600,000?

Or almost double the earnings of the top 1% of American households.

And you know how many of the protesters are complaining how the rich don't pay enough taxes? Well, their funds are tax-free. Or how large groups (usually the corporations) have too much influence-- well, they heckled the President earlier this week and have the support of Nancy Pelosi.

You might say-- they need all of that money for their various activities. After all, how are they going to buy lice spray?

So where do they keep all of this money? In a central, open location, based on the honor system? No.

In a bank. The same one that got a $25 billion bailout three years ago.

But the decision was made on sound logic, I am assured, including:

Pros
· We need to go ahead and do this.
· This is time sensitive! People are in jail and need help!

So let me be the first to say this. Down with the 1%! Just because OWS makes money off of the back of labor doesn't mean they should have influence over government!

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Black Friday Violence Video

Whoa:



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Dow, S&P Log Worst Thanksgiving Week Since 1932

From CNBC:
Stocks closed in negative territory in thin, shortened trading Friday as investors were reluctant to go long ahead of the weekend and amid ongoing worries over the euro zone.

The Dow and S&P posted their worst Thanksgiving week since the Great Depression on a percentage basis.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average erased their gains to finish lower, led by H-P [HPQ 25.39 -0.39 (-1.51%) ] and Chevron [CVX 92.29 -1.46 (-1.56%)].

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq also ended lower, logging a seventh consecutive decline. Some traders are watching for 1,150 on the S&P as the next key level.

The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, ended above 34.

Among key S&P sectors, consumer staples and utilities led the gainers, while energy and techs lagged.
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Black Friday Pepper Spray Attack

A mother was nearly arrested for spraying 20 people with pepper spray this black Friday. She is still on the loose:

"Somehow she was trying to use it to gain an upper hand," police Lt. Abel Parga told The Associated Press early Friday.
He said she was apparently after an Xbox 360 and used the pepper spray to keep other shoppers at bay.
Officials said 20 people suffered minor injuries. Fire department spokesman Shawn Lenske said the injuries to least 10 of them were due to " rapid crowd movement."

Wow.

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We Can Trust Us

Listening to the lies of the politicians as presented by the prattle of the biased it is easy to lose hope in a secular sense.  My hope in an eternal sense is founded on the rock of an unshakable faith in Jesus and so it cannot be shaken.  However, in the secular resting, as it must upon the shifting sands of man in America today, hope as a measured commodity is all too often hopeless.  Seeking for hope in current events, a diamond among the discards and a point of light in a sea of darkness, is seeking something positive among the gathering gloom of an empire in eclipse 

I don’t know about you but I cannot focus on the negative trends of our current situation for long without at least contemplating depression and I don’t mean the economic kind.  I am thankful I have a peace that passes all understanding and a hope that cannot be taken away, and I am also glad that I have a sense of History which gives me a context to frame the Now.  For if all we have is the Now it can always be changed with the next headline, the next news bulletin or the next press release.  Having a historical context brings things into focus fitting the events of today into flow of time from yesterday to tomorrow. 
Truth often becomes the victim of expediency.  For what seems true at the moment may end up as the lie of the hour.  Politicians bend truth like gravity bends light: the heavier the perceived need the greater the unperceived distortion.  Lies can become so widely believed that truth is swallowed in truism. As lies become the accepted wisdom of professional pundits chattering endlessly supporting that which ultimately must fall for those who seek to surf a tsunami into a safe harbor.  The news is filled with half-truths and as my second favorite philosopher, Anonymous once said, “Beware of half-truths, you may have gotten the wrong half.” 

We live in a twilight time.  Twilight by definition is a time when two sources of light pierce the gloom, that quivering moment when both the sun and the moon hold back the darkness.  The darkness of confusion is dispelled by the brightness of the sun of truth but it is disputed by refracted light of the moon of opinion masquerading as truth. 

Casting about for something solid in the midst of the swirling fog of conflicting facts, shifting observations, and contradictory visions in the secular sense I must focus on one thing: the people.  I trust the American people.  I trust them to make the right choice when presented with unvarnished reality.  I trust them to do what must be done to preserve the bequest of our forefathers for the inheritance of our posterity. 
The Declaration of Independence was written to proclaim the righteousness of the actions of “One people” with the courage to declare to a world sold into bondage that our liberty was founded upon truth. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   
We the People wrote the Constitution in order to perfect that which had been founded upon the truth.  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”   

It is to this one people, this “We the people” that I look for secular hope, political peace, and the eventual solution to our current cultural conundrum. The popular definition of a conundrum is a problem without a solution.  However it also has another meaning, a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun.  Since I am referring to the second meaning I will present the riddle, “How is liberalism the solution to the problem of liberalism?”  

In our through-the-looking-glass world politicians use actual truth to obscure the obvious truth.  Congressman Joe Early (D-Mass) at a press conference to answer questions about the House Bank scandal said, “They gave me a book of checks. They didn't ask for any deposits.”  While I’m sure it is true he was given a book of checks, obviously one needs to make deposits if one is to honestly write checks.  In this same manner the leaders of our free country promote socialism as the solution to the problems socialism has caused knowing that you cannot honestly write checks if you don’t make deposits.  Capitalism makes the deposits and socialism wants to write the checks.  As Churchill saidSocialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. 

We are awash in polls.  Every campaign and every major news source constantly trumpet polls many of which contradict each other.  No matter what the polls say I believe that the American people still believe in freedom.  I believe they still believe in the equality of opportunity and the opportunity of equality.  We all aren’t the same.  Each of us is born with a particular set of talents and each of us uses those talents in a certain way.  It is my belief, that given the level playing field of individual liberty and economic freedom, the vast majority of Americans will work hard to earn what they deserve.  This is my secular hope. Heaven on earth is not possible but given individual liberty and economic freedom inherently promised in the perfect union we the people sought to create we can at least avoid remaining in the hell of socialism the Progressives are currently foisting upon us, and as Churchill also saidIf you're going through hell, keep going. 

Oh, by the way, the answer to the riddle is that Classical Liberalism promotes the general welfare by promoting the limitation of government and the liberty of the individual in order to better serve the whole. Welfare Liberalism erodes the general welfare by expanding the government at the expense of the individual in order to better serve the individual.  Thus Classical Liberalism is the solution to the problems caused by Welfare Liberalism.  And that’s the truth which brings me to one last Churchill quote for the day, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is. 
Don’t be discouraged by the blather of the pontificating politicians or confused by the conflicting ruminations of the professional talkers. When all is said and done we can trust us.  We the people will eventually come down on the side of truth, justice, and the American way. 

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