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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.

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Wednesday, November 9, 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:
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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.  

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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 8, 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 7, 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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Ronald Reagan Statue Vandalized In Newport Beach

What a bunch of (expletive)heads:
A bronze statue of former President Ronald Reagan was vandalized early Sunday, according to officials.

Police received a call at approximately 5:30 Sunday morning about a possible vandalism in progress at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park.

A witness saw a suspect tie something around the top of the statue and the other end to the front of his vehicle. The witness said the suspect then got into his vehicle and put it in reverse in an attempt to pull the statue down.

The suspect, described as a male in dark clothing, fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police said the vehicle was a tan pickup with an extended cab, circa early 2000s.
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Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Michael Jackson Death

A jury says Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

Jurors deliberated for over ten hours to reach the unanimous decision.

The jury was made up of seven men and five women. Two of the men identified themselves as fans of Jackson in their jury questionnaires.

California law says jurors can only reach a guilty verdict if they all agree that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Their guilty verdict means they all believe the doctor committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury, and that the crime caused Michael Jackson's death.

The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is four years in prison. However, because of prison overcrowding and budgetary concerns a new California law allows for a possibility that Dr. Murray could serve his sentence on house arrest.

Dr. Murray's legal troubles are far from over. Jackson's father Joe Jackson is pursuing a wrongful death suit against Dr. Murray. Dr. Murray will also have to fight to keep his medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas.
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Accuser Sharon Bialek: Cain Harassed Me

A new accuser has come out to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment.
Herman Cain reached under her skirt in 1997 as she sought help in finding a job.

The Chicago-area mother, described by her lawyer as a registered Republican, urged the GOP presidential candidate to "come clean" and admit how he was "inappropriate" with her and other women.
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Times: Romney Out of Touch

The New York Times has discovered the real Mitt Romney in a new article about a recent plane trip from Jacksonville, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts: he isn't exactly bubbling with outgoingness on a 1,100 mile trip between campaign stops.

Apparently, two passengers either suggested a way to save money in the health care system, or asked for a good restaurant to eat at in Boston, and Mr. Romney - exhausted and probably enjoying the only downtime of his day - basically did not respond to them and continued to read the USA Today and use his iPad.

Even though the Times belatedly admitted that "such reserved behavior seems commonplace among airline passengers," the central theme of the hit piece is that Mr. Romney has no excuse whatsoever, because he's running for President, and he must be out of touch, or failing to be in touch. All because he's acting like just about everyone else in coach.

This is another problem with American voters today - they need their leaders to be "in touch" with them, and be open, compassionate, and someone you would want to have a beer with. When, really, all we need is the right person who will get the job done competently. We don't need an everyman in the White House, we just need the right one.

This Times article is obviously an attempt to paint Romney as out of touch, and some of their readers bought it - posting comments like he doesn't understand the 99%, blah, blah, blah - but they need to come up with anything better than him brushing off some passengers during a flight in coach.

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Splinter Group in Occupy Portland: It's Time for Violence, and Carries Through

Contradictory information is coming out of the scene in Portland. Portland has seen its own share of protests in the last month and the hippy-filled city will brace for more.

However, it appears that the Occupy Movement is learning a tactic of other Occupy movements: property damage. Just after the riots in Oakland and raid in Washington DC, it now appears that Portland is the next place to see vandalism.

A splinter group has decided that the relatively peaceful ramblings of the main body of the Occupy Protests was not enough. It was time for action: in this case, vandalism.
"So we use action as our discourse rather than words, and we intend to say much more in the days to come."

But it's okay, because many in the city is on the violent side:

...we know already that within Portland there is support by many for tactics which seek to actually confront and challenge those that are responsible for our dire situation.

This group acted violently, in destroying private property:
At 8:34 a.m. Saturday, Portland police responded to a Chase Bank branch, where windows had been broken and paint thrown inside the building, police said in a statement. Nearly two hours later, a Wells Fargo branch reported its windows had been broken.

The main body of the occupiers has denied any responsibility in the attacks that followed.

"We are currently not affiliated with any other group in the city, and are still in the process of organizing the structure," according to the e-mail, which was also released by police.

Is this just the beginning of "armed" resistance? It could be.

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And In Walks Gloria Allred

Not missing an opportunity to get her name in the papers, Gloria Allred will be holding a press conference this afternoon with another woman who claims she was sexually harassed by Herman Cain.  RadarOnline is reporting that this news conference will be held this afternoon in New York City.  

Allred, the women who has made a very good living representing such women as the porn star who was having an affair with Tiger Woods, who Allred contended deserved an apology.  Let's see the woman slept with a man she knew to be married, and was paid to have sex on camera.  Yeah, she sounded like a victim to me.  

There are no available details on this woman that I could find.  So, we don't know how or where she knows Mr. Cain from.  But it would seem to me that if you wanted creditability, the last person you would go to would be publicity whore Gloria Allred.  Although, she successfully helped derail Meg Whitman's candidacy for governor of California with Nikki the lying maid.  Who admitted to committing fraud and still miraculously manages to stay in the country illegally. 

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New Obama Ad Video: What If?

Kinda gives me something to look forward to:

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Ron Paul: "I Don't Want" to Run for President as 3rd party Candidate

Republican hopeful Ron Paul has told an interviewer that he does not wish to run for President next year as a third party candidate, as he did in 1988 under the Libertarian Party banner.

"I have no intention doing that. That doesn't make sense to me to even think about it, let alone plan to do that," Paul told "Fox News Sunday."

Asked why, Paul responded: "Because I don't want to do it. That's the reason."

But, that doesn't mean he'd support Mitt Romney or Herman Cain:

But Paul said that if he's not the nominee, he's not certain that he would support the GOP nominee.

"Probably not unless I get to talk to them and find out what they believe in. But if they believe on expanding the wars, if they don't believe in looking at the Federal Reserve; if they don't believe in real cuts, if they don't believe in deregulation and better tax system, it would defy everything I believe in," Paul said.


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rev Wright on Obama: "Who have you become?"

Reverend Wright has faded into the background of the political process. Despite coming into quite a lot of prominence in the 2008 race, his role as being Barack Obama's spiritual mentor was conveniently withdrawn by the media.

Now, in the aftermath of the election, it appears that Obama's association with the racist minister may have not even existed. Instead, the evidence of Wright's explosive past are no longer readily available on cable news.

But Reverend Wright is offended by the lack of attention. Not by the media. Not that the coverage isn't positive. He's rather offended by the fact that the one person that he believed he had the attention of was no longer at his ear: Barack Obama.

Rather, according to Wright, Obama has become a totally different person. He gave an interview with the far left Truth Out to anti-war author Chris Hedges. Forgive the fact that the interview is a month and a half old, but Wright has even posted a link to the original piece on his own website.

Fast forward to the end of the interview. Wright is electric in his zeal against Obama's order to kill Osama bin Laden.
We have international courts. We have trials like the Nuremberg trials. Why did you murder him? Why not put him on trial? And I sat up in the middle of the night, about 10 days later, with the answer. I said, because you didn’t want him to talk. If he starts talking on the stand everything comes unraveled. We will have to look at the Cheney war machine. A trial would rip to shreds the lies we have been telling ourselves and our American public. We can’t afford that, so we murder him. We murder him and call it justice. That one really hurt. I said to myself, this is the Barack you once knew who cared enough about humankind to work in Altgeld Gardens with the poor, to not run against an African-American female, who now calls for a professional Navy SEAL assassination, a hit, and watches it. It’s like that story you heard your dad preach and you know from seminary in Acts, where the demons said to the seven sons of Sceva, Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you? Who have you become?
Of course, Wright's racist spectacles, when sparsely covered by the media was seen as a horrible act. According to Hedges:
Wright has become something of an expert on the commercial media since he was psychologically lynched by them.
And far from the portrait that the media painted of Obama barely knowing his minister for decades, Wright is far more forthcoming, as mentioned by Hedges:
Wright, who perhaps knows Obama better than nearly any other person in the country, sees a man who sold his principles for the chimera and illusion of power.
Meanwhile, to Wright, Obama is just a pawn to the big bankers and big business. He states that Obama changed mightily thanks to his election, which was actually due to the unseen hand of the capitalists. Throughout his quote, it appears to have an anti-Semitic taste:
President Obama was selected before he was elected,” Wright said, “and he is accountable to those who selected him. Why do you think Wall Street got the break? Why do you think the big three [financial institutions] were bailed out? Those were the ones who selected him. We didn’t select him.

And Wright even calls Obama naive! Before he got elected to the Senate. In fact, Wright proclaims Obama's great integrity because he based one of the most important political choices of his life on race:
I don’t know whether or not Carol Moseley Braun is going to run again. I will not run against an African-American woman.’ And I’m saying to myself, what manner of man is this? I know guys who would run against their own mama. You will not run against an African-American female? To have that kind of integrity was awesome to me. He changed. That’s unfortunate.”
Furthermore, Obama's policy was not anti-Israel enough for the pastor, either:
In November and December of 2008 during the ethnic cleansing of Gaza one of the news media persons put a microphone in front of Barack’s face and asked him what do you think about what’s going on in Gaza? He said, ‘We can’t have but one president at a time.’
Why didn't the media explore this, again?

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Video- Entire Cain-Gingrich Debate

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Sources: Iran Already Has Nuclear Arms

Some pretty distressing news is hitting the airwaves. Tensions have continued to rise due to Iran's nuclear program. Leaked information has indicated that Israel is considering a strike on Iran, and so is the United States and United Kingdom.

For all of this news, some could be disinformation meant to confuse the Iranian clerics. However, there may be some grains of truth to the idea that Iran is nearing a nuclear weapon.

However, there is even worse information coming from multiple sources. Unfortunately, according to both Israeli and Iranian defection sources, the Islamic Republic may already have nuclear arms. Both rumors surround supposed purchases that Tehran made in the aftermath of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

One source is the Israeli site DebkaFile. Debka file correctly predicted Syria's second nuclear reactor last week-- which was later picked up by American sources.

In waiting for a new United Nations report on Iran's nuclear activities, it appears that Debka has heard rumors of already existing Iranian arms. These functional weapons are moving the Israeli leadership to prepare a strike on the country.
According to DEBKAfile's Washington sources, the Obama administration attributes the change of heart by those ministers to a conviction that Iran already has a nuclear weapon.
A separate Debka report stated that the Islamic Republic threatened to target a million Israelis with just four missiles should there be an attack on the country's nuclear program.
However our sources cite Western intelligence as suspecting that Tehran obtained those warheads from Belarus or from unconventional arms traffickers based in the Muslim Republics which were part of the USSR up until the 1990s. And indeed the Fars report did not specify what warheads the "conventional" missiles would carry.
Separately through the Washington Post (quoted on World Threats), an Iranian defector stated that the country purchased tactical nuclear weapons nearly twenty years ago. These weapons, based in what is today Kazakhstan, were confirmed missing by Russia.

In any case, the reports are not good:
“Last week, Mathew Nasuti, a former U.S. Air Force captain who was at one point hired by the State Department as an adviser to one of its provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq, said that in March 2008, during a briefing on Iran at the State Department, the department’s Middle East expert told the group that it was “common knowledge” that Iran had acquired tactical nuclear weapons from one or more of the former Soviet republics.

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, an experienced intelligence officer and recipient of a Bronze Star, told me that his sources say Iran has two workable nuclear warheads.”
These sources could be spurious, but there seems to be a lot of agreement on some fundamental issues. This could be the reason that Israel is so concerned in the last several weeks. Or it could be intentional disinformation.

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Video- "Occupy DC" Violently Raids Tea Party Summit, Injuring Many

Before the video starts, you should be aware that, unsurprisingly, the Occupy DC crowd drops a tremendous amount of f-bombs and an assortment of other expletives. If you are offended by this kind of language, do not watch. If you are offended by stupidity, you may receive an overdose after witnessing the blithering idiocy of the Occupy crowd:

Some screenshots. Occupy DC tries to break through door:
Protesters knock an older woman to the ground:
Another woman crouches after being attacked:
Occupiers punch, try to tackle older man:

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Papandreou to Resign

From Sky News:
Greece's prime minister George Papandreou will resign today, Pasok party sources have told Sky News.

A possible replacement for Mr Papandreou is currently being discussed, the sources have also indicated.

The development comes after the country's opposition leader insisted the PM must go to save the economy.

Antonis Samaras said he was willing to help in the formation of a coalition government - but not until Mr Papandreou had stepped down.

Despite winning a confidence vote in parliament, Mr Papandreou has struggled to form a temporary coalition government to back the controversial EU bailout package.

The prime minister had gone into talks with president Karolos Papoulias on how to construct an administration to negotiate the deal to write down Greek debt and release billions in emergency aid.
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Newt = Establishment?

One of the things I love doing most after a major political event, is visiting blogs and websites on our side and reading the comments of hundreds of our brethren from across the country. You can learn more about how the Conservative movement is thinking and where it's heading this way than any other method sort of surveys.

Lately, with the Gingrich surge starting to take place in the hearts and minds of voters, I've been looking for anti-Gingrich comments to figure out why so many on our side oppose the former Speaker of the House, and I have been shocked to find out it's because they think he's too establishment!

Try telling that to the House Republican leadership of the 80's and 90's!

Newt wasn't an establishment guy, oh no, he was a thorn in Bob Michel's side from the moment he was sent to Washington in 1978, and that's because he represented fire breathing Conservatism - along with his turks, and even some Democrat allies - moving the Republican Party from the token opposition party to the leading party in just sixteen years.

His two terms as Speaker were Conservative accomplishments, as was his Contract with America, which is still one of the most important politically relevant documents around today, because it documents mainstream America is in line with mainstream Conservatism and that you can campaign on said ideology and win.

Newt might be a lot of things, but establishment isn't one of them - unless the establishment has moved so far to the right that they are in line with Newt, and not the other way around.

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5.6 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma

From News9:
The United States Geological Survey has upgraded the earthquake to 5.6.

First reports had it listed as 5.2 magnitude. The earthquake shook Oklahoma again Saturday night, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

The earthquake struck Oklahoma at 10:53 p.m. Saturday. The epicenter was located four miles east of Sparks, eight miles south of Davenport, nine miles north northwest of Prague, and 45 miles east of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was only three miles deep.

News 9 is receiving reports from all over Oklahoma about Saturday night's earthquake, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, Noble, Hennessey, Yukon, Alva and more.

According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, there are no major reports of damages or injuries from the earthquake. However, News 9 is getting reports of structure damages out of Lincoln County, as well as reports of buckled roads near Prague.
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