Are You Ready for Occupy Wall Street 2?

Sounds like a horrible movie premise, I know. Still, it appears that with Occupy Wall Street falling apart at the seams, the group is attempting to build its flagging attendance. With much of the magic of free drugs, food, and sex seemingly wearing off both professional students and burnt out hippies, the movement appears to be in trouble.

So are you ready for Occupy Wall Street: the Sequel? I don't know what the secondary line would be, maybe something like: This time the food is not paid for or The Revenge of the Toilet. Not sure, but the group is still trying.

Except they're calling it a "reboot." And it's supposed to be coming soon-- too soon. On December 17th the group will attempt to reignite the class jealousy anew.

Not only that, but they're changing their tactics. Protesting in parks is too vulnerable to the "Man," so their new strategy is to outsmart him by protesting in other parks.

Over the last month we have seen a series of coordinated attacks on occupations across the nation in an attempt to stop the growth of a movement for social and economic justice. Outdoor space is a threat because it is a visible form of dissent– a visible challenge to the system, visibility that screams liberation.

Are they now a caricature of themselves?

And it's not like they're self-righteous as before-- of course not. Well... maybe still (from comment):

Martin Luther King would be proud of you. Mahatma Gandhi would be proud of you. John Lennon would be proud of you. I bet Archbishop Desmond Tutu is proud of you too.
I bet Mother Theresa would be proud of you too. I bet Lech Wałęsa is proud of you too. Henry David Thoreau is proud of you. SOLON The Lawmaker of Athens would be proud of you too.

Well, maybe not Lech Walesa.

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Video: Why No Budget?

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Gary Busey Endorses Newt Gingrich

I'm not sure if this is good or bad news:
The actor held court in the living room, posing for picture after picture as guests lined up to meet him. He also discussed his thoughts on the 2012 presidential race, telling The Washington Scene he was endorsing former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"I've never met Newt but I know what he stands for," Busey said.

Asked if he was a Republican, Busey replied "I'm a Texan."

Despite his loyalty to his home state, Busey has no interest in supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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Michael Savage Offers Newt Gingrich One Million Dollars to Drop Out of Race

Developing, to say the least (And yes, the original article is written in all caps):


Michael Savage
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OWS's Brilliant Plan: Inflict Pain on the "99%" to Protest "1%"

The geniuses over at Occupy Wall Street should probably come up with a better plan than what they are doing today, which is trying to blockade some ports.  You see, the thing is that some of those supplies that you are marching through the street to stall would be going to needy patients in the hospital and people starving who need food.

But no, I should already know, you shall not be bothered with facts.  "To hell," you scream with your signs, "with the impoverished and the needy."  "To hell," you yell with your feet, "with people that need to do their job in order to be paid, in order to feed a family.  We are Occupy Wall Street and we will gut the 99% in order to show the imaginary 1% that their fake tyranny shall end!"

I'm sorry, but you do not represent me nor shall you ever.  You you will never represent the vast majority of Americans who go to work, do their jobs, and make an impact on society.
A protester tackling the very person they are supposed to represent
Well, that's my soapbox.  More from Sign on San Diego:
Five Occupy San Diego protesters were arrested downtown Monday morning as they took part in an effort to shut down the Port of San Diego, port authorities said.

About 80 people who had marched from Chicano Park to the Tenth Avenue Marine Port about 6:30 a.m. divided into groups and blocked entry at the north and south gates, Port of San Diego spokesman Ron Powell said.

Group organizers put the number of people participating at 150 to 200.

Police declared the group was an unlawful assembly and ordered it to disperse.
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Video of Beck Accusing Gingrich Supporters of Racism

Seriously, WTF?

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Video: McConnell Expects Tax Holiday Deal

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Supreme Court Asked to Weigh-In on Arizona's Immigration Law

From Fox News Latino:
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to weigh-in on immigration. The state of Arizona is requesting that the court allow enforcement of those parts of Arizona's immigration measure that have been blocked by lower courts at the Obama administration's request. Among those provisions is one that requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if officers suspect he is in the country illegally.

Similar laws in Alabama, South Carolina and Utah are also facing Obama administration lawsuits. Private groups are suing over immigration measures adopted in Georgia and Indiana.

The Justice Department says regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not states.
Arizona counters that the federal government isn't doing enough to address illegal immigration and that border states are suffering disproportionately.

If the justices take the case, it would add another politically charged dispute between a Republican-dominated state and the Democratic administration to the court's election-year lineup.

The immigration case would be heard and decided at roughly the same time as the constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
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Romney's Bet

From what I've gathered from Saturday's GOP debate in Iowa, the two major stories to emerge is the $10,000 bet by Mitt Romney and Newt's ability to sustain the brunt of attacks from his rivals on stage. However, I have to call foul on the media coverage of Romney's bet, because I frankly don't see what everyone is talking about.

During another Romney-Perry skirmish involving the former's book and what he wrote about his plan and other states, even though the Perry claim had been debunked long before, Romney jokingly bet $10,000 that Perry's claim was inaccurate and offered his hand, while Perry declined the offer in good humor.

That should have been the end of it, but apparently Romney was bringing attention to his wealth (that everyone already knows about) and the media has turned his innocent joke into a debate gaffe that has dominated the media cycle ever since.

What? Did I really just write that?

Since when is joking about betting an indication of wealth! As a kid (quite unwealthy), I bet my buds million dollar bets all the time, but if you got the money to back it up, then apparently your flaunting your wealth in today's world. And if you are running for President and say such a thing, you might as well killed little lambs when you were younger.

What is wrong with everyone? Since when was it a bad thing to be wealthier than the people you are running to lead? Has class warfare won in our nation? Would Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt's, or JFK be allowed to serve in today's world?

The media disgusts me. They have nothing better to do than attack Romney's wealth in an attempt to destroy his campaign on the liberal holy grail of class warfare. Absolutely disgusting.

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Crappy New DNC Ad Attacks Gingrich: Original Tea Partier

They include portions of him saying how much his plans will HELP the economy:

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Unbelievable: Tebow Does it AGAIN

I hate using caps in headlines, but I can't help it.  As a starter this season, Tim Tebow is 7-1.  His Broncos, who started 1-4, are in first place by two games.  He's won three overtime games, all coming from behind in the fourth quarter, as well as winning nearly all of his other wins in the last quarter as well.
Simply magical
And today took the cake.  Losing by double digits very late in the fourth quarter, the Broncos were able to score twice in just over three minutes against an excellent Bears defense.  In the fourth and overtime, Tebow completed 75% of his passes.  Toss in a goat (or a Bear named Marion Barber), who ran out of bounds to give the Broncos life, then fumbled in overtime, and you have a scintillating  amazing, shocking, and absolutely spectacular Broncos win.

Tim Tebow wins again.

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Video: SNL Skit on Sharpton

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Gingrich: Palestinians an Invented People

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OWS: We Are Equivalent of 'Moses Freeing Hebrews from Pharaoh'

We've covered the insanity of Occupy Wall Street for months now.  After rapes, murders, theft, arson, disease, and assaults, you would think that some of the people blindly following the movement would get a clue and leave.  Well, some have as the movement is fizzling out.  However, there are still many that foolishly cling to the lies their college professors shoved down their throats, utterly refusing to read a book or learn some facts.

These people continue the charade that is Occupy Wall Street.  And now, after claims of "genocide" and a "Holocaust" against supporters, OWS is now saying that they are slaves.  But, to put the cherry on top of the crazy as they so often do, the movement is now claiming that Occupy Wall Street is here to free people from the slavery that is capitalism, like Moses freeing the Hebrews from the clutches of the Egyptians.

If you told someone to act crazy, they couldn't do it as well as this:
But, of course, the insanity doesn't stop there.  Please enjoy/revile in just some of the absurd stupidity that is Occupy Wall Street.

A horrifying lack of knowledge about economics:
And... well, I'm not even that sure what this person is trying to say:
And, of course, now robots are slaves.  You know, machines made of metal:
Foxconn, China's largest manufacturing city just announced they plan to automate using robots built by robots, and IBM is selling the Jeopardy winning Watson technology to Indian firms that provide telephone support. Thus, even those who took our jobs by rights of their slave labor are losing them to the ultimate slave labor; computers and robotics.
All right, I think I'll stop there.  When OWS starts claiming that the plot of the Terminator series is coming because of capitalism, I'm done.

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Video- Entire Republican Debate, December 10, 2011


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Video: Cincinnati-Xavier Brawl

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Say it Ain't So: Ryan Braun Tests Positive for Performance Enhancing Drug

This comes as a slap in the face:
The past three months have felt like a renaissance for baseball, with a regular-season finish nobody will forget, a World Series arguably among the best ever, and an offseason percolating with big names and big moves. Lots of momentum.

A Major League Baseball official spoke happily about all this the other day, and I said to him -- completely in jest, without any foresight -- "Hopefully for your sake, you don't have a big steroids bust before spring training."

So much for that, with Ryan Braun joining Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez as the most prominent players who ever tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

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Nordine Amrani Facebook Profile Found?

With the terrible attack in Belgium earlier today, we took a look at the suspected attacker. Nordin Amrani allegedly launched the attack. We have two potential facebook profiles. One is "Amrani Nordin", found here.
The little information that is on the page is in French, which would synch with the attack happening in Belgium.

The second has no picture or details, but is under his name "Nordin Amrani", and can be found here. This one is in English.

There's a third here, which is also in French, but the name is "Nordine Amrani"

The Hammer on Obama's Class Warfare Speech

Well said as always:

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Supporting Newt is Racism?

So says Glenn Beck.  It is no secret that Beck doesn't like Newt; no, it is more like he can't stand him.  That is fine, he has the right to his opinion.  Beck doesn't think that there is a big difference between Newt and President Obama.  He feels that they are so much alike that if a tea party member supports Newt it must mean that they don't like Obama due to racism.  
“If you have a big government progressive, or a big government progressive in Obama… ask yourself this, Tea Party: is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy, it must be about race. I mean, what else is it? It’s the policies that matter.”
The stretch in logic that one must make to come to this conclusion must mean that Beck is a contortionist.  Look Newt has issues.  He has done many things that upset social conservatives, he has upset the republican establishment (not to say to that is bad thing), he has upset moderates, and he certainly has upset the left (again, not a bad thing).  

But, to think that Newt would have done the things that Obama has done over the past three years is simply ludicrous.  Would we have Obamacare?  Would we have had almost a trillion dollar in stimulus that really only stimulated friends of the far left?  Would he have signed Dodd/Frank?  I don't think any of these things would have happened.  

Does he really want me to believe that Newt's supporters are racist?  Newt also has done some very good things in his career.  He led the first republican comeback of the House of Representatives.  When others said it couldn't be done, he did it anyway.  Many of the things that are traditionally credited to President Clinton; such as welfare reform and balanced federal budget, were done under his watch.  

This is not the first time that Beck has played the race card.  Let's hope it is his last.  

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Readership of OWS Website Plummets as Movement Fizzles

One month ago, one of the biggest stories was the Occupy Wall Street movement. But that was one month ago. From violence and murder to rapes and disease, OWS has been shown as the blight that it truly is. And because of it, despite the shrieking from the Main Stream Media, Americans have rejected Occupy Wall Street and its socialistic values.

This is no more evident than OccupyWallStreet.org's website, which was created by the founders of the protests just before the "movement" went national. Their readership peaked in early October and has plummeted since. As the Web Information Company Alexa reports, OccupyWallStreet.org was one of the internet's 2,500 biggest sites just two months ago.

And yet, as they lose tens of thousands of hits, their ranking continues to fall. For the last month, the site was ranked only as the 6,613th biggest on the internet. But it gets much worse for OWS. That rank is only an average, including early in the month when the site was still peaking.

In fact, for the last week, their site is only the 14,149 biggest, and yesterday alone it was the 17,412th biggest. In comparison, the conservative site Free Republic was ranked as the 4,157th biggest site on the internet yesterday, and was the 4,372th biggest one month ago. This shows that the conservative site has held steady, or is growing. OccupyWallStreet.org, on the otherhand, it sinking like a stone:
The Occupy Wall Street-related site Ad Busters shares the same fate as their brethren.  Adbusters.org, like OccupyWallStreet.org, peaked in early October.  But they have plummeted since.

At their height, Ad Busters reached as high as the 7,500th biggest site on the web.  Yesterday, they were less than 30,000:
More than just the loss of coverage from the Main Stream Media, the loss of readership shows that OWS is fizzling.  The average person doesn't visit these sites anymore.  Interest is gone.  The supposed police brutality that "shocked the nation," as Time Magazine lied, was less than a blip on the radar for readership.

Unless OWS does something drastic, their movement is dead.

Note: Obviously all data was researched when I wrote this article and may change in the future.

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Video- Mitt Romney on the Contract with America: It Sucks

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How The Iowa Caucuses Work

The 2012 Iowa Republican Caucuses will be held on January third, finally kicking off the nomination process and the presidential election. But few people actually know how the caucuses work, so I took some time and studied the process, and now I'm here to give you a quick go-to-guide.

1. No Candidates File

Unlike any other election in the United States, candidates do not have to file to run in the caucuses, in fact you can show up and vote for anybody, whether they are running or not. It's up to supporters, and surrogates to convince fellow caucus goers to support their candidates, because the ballots are blank.

2. Voting

After you arrive at your local precinct, which might be at the local church or even in someones home, you sign-in and receive a blank secret ballot to vote, but it doesn't end there. Dozens of supporters for various campaigns will be present, attempting to convince you at the last moment to support their man or woman.

3. Delegates

The funny thing is, you don't actually elect any candidate delegates at the caucuses. You elect precinct delegates to the county conventions, who in turn elect delegates to the state convention, who in turn elect delegates to the national convention, who ironically are not bound by the caucuses results at all.

I'm still confused about the whole process, but I know one thing - I'll be watching the results come in a few weeks from now, and I know you will too.

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What the Hell? New Congressional Bill Repeals Bestiality Bans

You've got to be kidding me:
As the final Defense authorization bill gets hammered out in conference committee, one surprising issue is riling both social conservatives and animal rights activists: the repeal of a ban on sodomy and bestiality.

The Senate bill, which was passed last week, removed an article from the Uniform Code of Military Justice stating “unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy.”

But the article is still included in the House bill, and House Republicans want it to remain in the final bill.
News of the bestiality repeal has sparked conservative groups like the Family Research Council to warn of a “campaign to radicalize the country from the Pentagon out,” even if the intent to repeal bestiality wasn’t there. The group likened the repeal to last year's end of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" rule on gays serving openly in the military.

“In its rush to accommodate the Left, Congress may have inadvertently opened the door to even more perversion,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement. “In its haste to make gay sex an official part of military life, the Left could be unintentionally repealing the ban on bestiality too.”
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Obama Lawyer: White House Deceived Congress

From the Washington Examiner:
Remember the Gerald Walpin affair? Republican Sen. Charles Grassley does.

Walpin was the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the organization that runs the AmeriCorps service program. In June 2009, Walpin received a call from Norman Eisen, who was then the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. Eisen told Walpin he had an hour to either resign or be fired.

Eisen's call appeared to violate the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which is designed to protect inspectors general from political interference. The Act requires the president to give Congress 30 days' notice, plus an explanation of cause, before firing an inspector general. In Walpin's case, the White House did neither.

Walpin had made some CNCS political appointees unhappy by tenaciously investigating misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama. When Grassley and other lawmakers found out that Walpin had been summarily fired, and that a political motive might be involved, they demanded an explanation.

There was no doubt the White House had failed to give Walpin 30 days' notice, but on the substance of the matter, Eisen told congressional investigators the White House had done a full investigation of complaints about Walpin's performance and the CNCS board had unanimously supported Walpin's removal.

Neither statement was true...
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Boca Raton Bans Display of Christmas Trees and Menorahs

So... apparently the Constitution bans all religions?  From the Sun Sentinel:
Tired of the annual battle over holiday decorations — a seasonal tradition in sensitive South Florida — Boca Raton this year has opted not to display any imagery, religious or otherwise, at City Hall and other facilities.

It joins at least one other South Florida city, Weston, in avoiding the wrath of special interest groups by taking a pass on holiday displays.

"The city seems to be in the middle of a decoration maelstrom," Boca Assistant City Manager Michael Woika said Thursday. "The last few years we've tried to strike a balance on decorations, but it seems like we've not been able to do that."

Every season, cities grapple with the issue of what to display and where, and how to dodge the seasonal squabble over holiday decorations from religious and secular groups.

Many cities — including Davie, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lighthouse Point and Tamarac — try to appease everyone by exhibiting the whole spectrum of displays, a menorah next to a manger, for example. That complies with a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said such displays were not unconstitutional because they endorse no particular religion.
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Nordin Amrani Pictures

With the terrible attack in Belgium earlier today, we took a look at the suspected attacker. Nordin Amrani allegedly launched the attack. We have two potential facebook profiles. One is "Amrani Nordin", found here.

The little information that is on the page is in French, which would synch with the attack happening in Belgium.

The second has no picture or details, but is under his name "Nordin Amrani", and can be found here. This one is in English.

There's a third here, which is also in French, but the name is "Nordine Amrani"

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Perry Gaffe: Supreme Court Edition

Texas Governor Rick Perry has done it again.

While answering a question on judicial activism yesterday, Perry not only mispronounced Justice Sonia Sotomayor's name, but he also said there were eight Justices on the Supreme Court, when any d+ civics student would correctly tell you there is nine. Even worse, he did all of this during an interview with the editorial board of The Des Moine Register.

I don't know what Perry's problem is - he has been elected to political office after office for well over 2 decades now, but he's answering questions and debating like he's running for class president. It doesn't make any practical sense, but in politics - what really does, anymore?

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Lamb Castration: The CDC Finally Weighs In

The Centers for Disease Control weighed in on the controversial issue of lamb castration this week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Presented is a case report of campylobacter jejuni infection in two men who used their teeth to castrate baby lambs in a multi day event at a ranch in Wyoming. This is the first such case study ever presented for an activity that has been taking place since the before the 1800's

Evidently these were the only two men to engage in such activity and it should come as no surprise that some of the lambs castrated were also noted to have mild diarrheal symptoms. Campylobacter of course is transmitted through fecal-oral contact and it would take very little imagination to foresee some significant contamination.

Luckily all the sick recovered, including the lambs.

This got me to thinking about an episode of "Dirty Jobs" that airs on the Discovery Channel. In it, host Mike Rowe gets down and dirty while castrating a lamb of his own. To my knowledge he did not fall ill, but did make an argument that can only be seen to be believed.

The CDC is now advising that ranchers use standardized, age specific methods for castrating sheep and to wash their hands thoroughly after contact with animals. I might instead recommend cleaning the surgical area thoroughly prior to castration by mastication as it seems exceedingly unlikely that there would be surgical equipment or a sink with soap handy in the middle of a pasture.

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After taking a few weeks to recover from some health issues, it is great to be back at Pundit Press.

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Obama: More Jobs in Jobless Benefits than Jobs

What in the hell is he talking about?!:
President Obama said that he will delay his vacation and keep Congress in session until the passage of his desired payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension -- two proposals that Obama said would create more jobs than the Keystone XL pipeline that his administration recently delayed.

"I would not ask anyone to do something I'm not willing to do myself," Obama said when asked if he would go on vacation while keeping Congress in Washington D.C. "We are going to stay here as long as it takes [to get unemployment extended and pass the payroll tax cut]."

As Obama called for passage of those bills, he also responded to a recent Republican push to require him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. "However many jobs might be generated by a Keystone pipeline," he said, "they're going to be a lot fewer than the jobs that are created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance."
In other words, creating 10,000+ new jobs is less than creating no new jobs.  Genius!
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Booyah- Knicks Sign Tyson Chandler

Unfortunately, it looks like the New York Knicks won't get Chris Paul. However, they got someone who probably fits what they need better: Tyson Chandler. The Knicks' defense last year was subpar and, at times, awful. Now, with the 7'1" center coming, the Knicks have an explosive offense paired with a good defense. The only problem is, other than their starters, New York's backcourt is abysmal.

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Trump Debate Fired

With Michele Bachmann's announcement yesterday, only two candidates are set to join Donald Trump's Newsmax/Ion presidential debate after Christmas. Opposition to the debate was kicked off by Ron Paul, who called it beneath the presidency, and was followed up by Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, etc. etc.

Only Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are scheduled to appear.

Newsmax has been desperate to spin this debate since they announced it with stories documenting our major conservative organizations supporting it, but what serious candidate would really allow Donald Trump, who still hasn't ruled out running third-party, and who is bad for our party, to direct a national debate.

The best thing that could happen is either Newsmax boots Trump for someone reasonable and reinvite the candidates, or cancel the debate - because you can't seriously air just Gingrich and Santorum - you need all, or none when it comes to debates this close to Iowa and New Hampshire heading to the polls.

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Officials Confirm Authenticity of Iranian TV Images Showing Lost U.S. Drone

From Fox News:
U.S. officials have confirmed to Fox News that images aired by Iranian state television do in fact show the secret U.S. drone that went down last week in eastern Iran.

"Yep, that's it," one senior official told Fox News. "And it's intact."

U.S. officials had been expecting the video to appear. The footage, which shows the aircraft intact, confirms the Iranians have custody of the drone but appears to refute Iranian claims that it shot down the RQ-170 drone.

With early knowledge that the aircraft had likely remained intact, the senior U.S. official also told Fox News that President Obama was presented with three separate options for retrieving or destroying the drone. The president ultimately decided not to proceed with any of the plans because it could have been seen as an act of war, the official told Fox News.

Among the options the U.S. considered were sending in a special-ops team to retrieve the drone; sending in a team to blow up the aircraft; and launching an airstrike to destroy it.
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Putting the Paste Back in the Tube

We all know that trying the same thing over and over expecting different results is a popular definition of insanity.  And we also know that putting the paste back in the tube is a popular illustration of an impossible task.  
I tested the first truism mentioned above as a young man whose motto should have been, “I’ll never do that again – I just did it again.”  For some reason just as not going to school didn’t lead to improved job prospects attempting to spend every day at a party didn’t lead to happiness.  Over and over I valiantly kept trying to rock-n-roll all night and party every day.  I developed a patented hang-over cure. Stay drunk.  I figured it wasn’t the drinking that caused the hangover it was the getting sober, and I tried my best to avoid hangovers from the time I was fifteen until I was thirty.   Then at thirty I had my Come-to-Jesus moment, meaning I literally came to Jesus.  With His guidance I found another path which included school and working which yielded a different result including a soul mate for a wife, a son to be proud of, and a wonderful life. 
Turning to the second truism mentioned above, as a person who actually tried putting toothpaste back in the tube I can attest that it deserves its symbolism as impossible.  At best you can manage to get a little back in the tube.  But the process is messy, frustrating and in the end so fruitless it’s laughable.  All of which brings me to my question for the week.  Can those of us who believe in limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom walk America back from the cliff to which the embrace of Progressive leadership and its collectivist mindset, one hundred years of reinforcement by indoctrination, and an addiction to entitlements have led us? 
How best to describe the problem we face?  Often a good example will expose a basic problem better than any technical explanation.  Look at the debate about the payroll tax extension.   Both wings of the Party of Power continue the baseline inspired fiction that you have to pay for tax cuts when all they ever do is allow those who earn money to keep it.  The Democratic wing, always seeking to divide America into interest groups, contends the only way to pay for tax cuts on one segment of the population is to tax someone else.  Therefore they propose to pay for the extension by taxing millionaires and billionaires.   The Republican Progressives propose cutting federal salaries to pay for it.  An approach which sounds as it if should appeal to those seeking to re-limit the central government.    
Looking at the first solution, taxing the rich to give to the un-rich is merely more of the same spreading-the-wealth-around income distribution socialism that is the hallmark of the Democratic wing of the Party of Power. 
Turning to the second solution it sounds good while in reality it is more baseline thinking where cutting a proposed increase is a cut even though the budget still increases. Instead of cutting salaries why not cut some of the tens of thousands of new bureaucrats which have been added in just the last two years?   Merely cutting the salaries of the hordes of federal drones is like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  It may look better but ultimately it really won’t help keep the ship of state afloat.  This is typical of the governance proposed by the big government Republican wing of the Party of Power.  It may look good, it may even sound good, but when you peel back the onion the deficits continue and the debt goes up. 
Peering through the fog generated by the media amplified rhetoric the entire debate is bogus because the original payroll tax cut was a trap to begin with.  It put money in the pocket of every person who receives a pay check by letting each of us keep a little more of the money we earned.  But the payroll tax is what supports the current recipients of Social Security.  There is no Trust Fund.  That is a fiction, since the money goes directly to the general funds to be replaced by IOUs that aren’t worth the paper they would be printed on if they weren’t electronic.  If this money is taken away Social Security loses even the illusion of a pay-as-you-go system and is starkly revealed for what it is: welfare for seniors.  
It is time for my generation to admit we have been ripped off for every cent ever extorted from us for Social Security, and the only way we can receive benefits is to have the government extort it from our children and give it to us.  By decreasing the plunder taken from the kids and instead taking it from the perennial enemies of the Democratic Progressives, the most productive, Social Security is revealed for what it is: just another welfare entitlement.  And merely lowering the salary of a bloated bureaucracy perpetuates the growth and legitimizes the recent exponential expansion of a centrally-planned government that has run amuck.  It also makes social security visible as the Ponzi scheme it has always been. 
Europe is exploding because the bill is coming due for countries that have played this social welfare shell game for generations.  Austerity is the word that is igniting riots and strikes from Athens to London.  Faced with the possibility that they won’t be able to retire at fifty with full pensions, generous benefits, and guaranteed vacations people are throwing fire bombs and toppling governments.   
Western Civilization was born in the Mideast, was launched as a world embracing power from Europe, and culminated in the great experiment of America.  Today Western Civilization teeters on the edge of destruction.  Our Federal Reserve is pumping out funny money faster than anyone can count trying to prop up the European launching pad as we abandon our occupation of the Middle Eastern cradle and fear for the continued vitality of its American summit.  Western Civilization burns while our Party of Power plays the fiat financial fiddle.  Will we continue the shadow dance pretending we have a limited government or will we muster up the courage to tell our media enhance perpetually re-elected puppet master that he who pays the piper calls the tune? 
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

Video: New Romney Ad Attacks Gingrich

Romney's people are arguing that the Obama team wants Gingrich as the nominee:

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Eric Holder Debates Definition of "Lying" with Congressman

"The most transparent Administration in history:"
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Attorney General Eric Holder had a sharp back-and-forth on whether or not officials in the Department of Justice lied to Congress. The questioning was during Thursday morning’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious. 
“First let me make something very clear, in response to an assertion you made, or hinted at: Nobody in the Justice Department has lied,” Holder said in response to accusations that he or his confidantes lied to Congress. “Nobody has lied.”

“Then why was the letter withdrawn?,” Sensenbrenner retorted, referring to a factually inaccurate letter one of Holder’s deputies, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, sent to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on February 4. In that letter, Weich claimed that guns were never allowed to walk.

Holder and one of his other deputies, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer have both admitted that statement was false in recent Senate hearings.

“The letter was withdrawn because there was information in there that was inaccurate,” Holder replied to Sensenbrenner’s question.

Still unsatisfied, Sensenbrenner followed up again. “Tell me what the difference is between lying and misleading Congress in this context?,” he asked Holder.

Holder responded that whether a statement is a lie or misleading comment depends on what the person making it is thinking at the time.
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Breaking News: Albert Pujols to the Angels

A ten year, $254 million deal. From ESPN:

Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols agreed Thursday to a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pujols' contract, which is subject to a physical, is the second-highest in baseball history and only the third to break the $200 million barrier, following Alex Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season."This is a monumental day for Angel fans and I could not be more excited," owner Arte Moreno said in a statement.Los Angeles also agreed to a five-year, $77.5 million contract with C.J. Wilson, who was considered the top starting pitcher on the free-agent market.Pujols had turned down an offer from the Cardinals, the only team he has ever played for, about a year ago, but St. Louis was still in the bidding as of Wednesday.The Cardinals had planned to talk with Pujols' agent one more time Thursday before heading home. But sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that the Cardinals' latest offer was for nine years and a little less than $200 million. That would have made him the fourth-highest paid first baseman. With the Angels deal, he is tops.One source who spoke with Pujols' camp Wednesday came away with the impression the two sides were farther apart than had been widely portrayed earlier in the day."We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement to keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis," Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. "Albert is a great champion and we will always be thankful for his many achievements in a Cardinals uniform, as
One source who spoke with Pujols' camp Wednesday came away with the impression the two sides were farther apart than had been widely portrayed earlier in the day."We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement to keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis," Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. "Albert is a great champion and we will always be thankful for his many achievements in a Cardinals uniform, as well as his contributions to the St. Louis community. I have the highest regard for Albert both personally and professionally, and appreciate his direct involvement in this process. I would like our fans to know that we tried our best to make Albert a lifetime Cardinal but unfortunately we were unable to make it happen."

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Gunman Loose on Virginia Tech Campus

This is horrible:
A police officer has been shot and killed on Virginia Tech's campus during a routine traffic stop, according to the university. A second victim was found dead at another campus parking lot. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a maroon hoodie, and is still at large. The shootings occurred shortly after noon.

Students are asked to stay indoors for now as hundreds of police officers are searching and securing campus buildings and public areas. Area schools are also on lockdown.

"We're looking absolutely everywhere for the person who fits the description," Mark Owczarski, Virginia Tech spokesman, said at a mid afternoon press conference. Students are not in class today because exams were set for tomorrow, he said. Those exams are now postponed. "It's a very tragic day."

Lerone Graham, a reporter for local newspaper the Roanoke Times reported via Twitter that, "students scarce now around campus; sirens sounding constantly." Reports of more gunshots on campus are unfounded, however, the university says.
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Virginia Tech Shooting Alert

There is breaking news that there has been a shooting near the Virginia Tech campus. This comes after the horrible 2007 shooting that killed over 30 people.

A police officer has been shot.

MSNBC reported earlier that shots had been exchanged between a suspect and a police officer during a traffic stop.

Virginia Tech said on its website on Thurday: "Suspect remains at large. A police officer has been shot. A potential second victim is reported at the Cage lot. Stay indoors. Secure in place."

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Obama's America - A Country Divided

I sincerely don't like calling the president a communist, a traitor, or any of the other names that some have come up with about him.  I figure he can't possibly be all the things he is accused of being.  I don't agree with his vision of what this country is (or what he wants it to be).  I also feel that it is important to have dialogue, otherwise things will never change.  

But I have reached a point that it can no longer be denied.  The man is a socialist.  He wasn't kidding when he said he wanted to fundamentally change America (not that I thought he was kidding, I just am surprised by the speed).  He and his minions are doing so much harm to this country that we are truly reaching a breaking point.  

We were attacked by Muslim terrorists more than 10 years ago.  Very few people in the country deny that.  Since that time we have been unable to have an honest dialogue of what happened on that fateful day.  Let alone on the days since when we have had other attempted and successful attacks.  One such day was November 5, 2009 and it took place in Fort Hood, Texas.  A Muslim man who was corresponding over the internet with known terrorists walked onto his military base with a gun, started yelling Allah Akbar and killed 13 people and injured 29 more.  He carried a business card with the initials SOA (Soldiers of Allah) commonly used by Muslim terrorists.  Today we are told again, that this man committed an act of workplace violence, not an act of terrorism.  He is just some guy who shot up an Army base.  The reasons for it all point to terrorism, but we can't call it that.  

There are people in this country who feel very strongly about the threats of terrorism in this country, who honestly believe that Islam is a danger to our way of life and to the Western world.  By telling us that we can't call what Hassan did an act of terrorism all they are accomplishing is further fueling that fire with more distrust.  

Today Congresswoman Barbara Lee stood up on the floor of the House of Representatives and said that the GOP is trying to deny blacks the right to vote.  Why?  Because we want people to show ID when they vote.  People have to show ID to get on airplane, cash a check, to have a job, open a bank account, enter many federal buildings, in many states to collect welfare or food stamps, to pick up a registered letter at the post office, and to collect unemployment.  But the simple act of wanting to add voting to that list makes me a racist.  Why?  Because they say so.  There is no proof that in the states that already require that ID be shown (I live in one) that minority voters are suppressed.  But that doesn't stop them.  

Having been born and raised in Texas, this certainly looks like a poll tax to me, which those of us remember as a way to prevent African Americans from voting. These voter ID laws have a partisan agenda: seeking to disenfranchise and deny specific populations of voters before they have the opportunity to elect their representatives in government.She also said the laws are meant to change election outcomes by turning the clock back to the days of Jim Crow.

Because I want free and fair elections, I am racist.  The NAACP has gone as far as to petition the United Nations saying there is an effort to suppress minority votes.  No, we are trying to have only the people who are qualified to vote voting and get rid of voter fraud.  

Here is Obama talking about Capitalism

It fits well on a bumper sticker. Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It’s never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible post-war boom of the 50s and 60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade.
.  What he doesn't seem to understand is that when the likes of Barney Franks and Chris Dodd meddled in the way banks gave mortgages it is no longer free market or capitalism.  It isn't capitalism that failed.  It was the government interference in said capitalism that failed.  Before the Community Reinvestment Act you couldn't get a mortgage unless you had a good paying job, a healthy down payment, and a good credit score.  It wasn't the market that changed that.  It was organizations like Acorn saying things like home ownership is a right.  It was people like former President Carter who thought it was a good idea for the banks to lower the standards.  Now, had we kept with the original intent of the CRA, we may not have had these problems.  The original intent was to stop banks from turning down otherwise qualified candidates simply based on the zip code of where the home was being purchased.  They were predominantly lower income areas and predominately minority applicants.  But, the left got greedy and forced more and more banks to make risky loans.  There is no denying that there was money to be made when they were bundled and that was taken advantaged of.  But the reality is that it wasn't the greedy capitalist that started down the slope of giving risky mortgages.  They were forced down that slope by our government.  Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are directly responsible for the financial mess we find ourselves in today.  The Bush administration asked the congress to look at the worthiness of Sallie and Freddie.  Barney Frank, who was having a sexual relationship with someone at Frannie, refused to do it and publicly stated over and over again that Freddie and Fannie were perfectly fine.  He belongs in jail.  

But the Obama administration feels that they can use this to stoke the fires in this country.  The left uses the word racism at the drop of a hat to describe anyone that doesn't feel that this country is going in the right direction. Which is almost two thirds of the country as this point.  So I guess some democrats are racists too.  We are living in a time when our own government is seeking to divide us more and more.  They do this to gain more power for themselves by not allowing rational discussion of the real issues we are facing in this country.  The mounting debt that is quickly becoming insurmountable and could topple this economy once and for all.  

Has this man read a history book?  Capitalism is exactly what led to the boom of the 50's and 60's and allowed the middle class to flourish.  Allowed them to buy homes, to purchases cars, and to move to the suburbs.  This entire country was founded upon capitalism.  Capitalism, with all of its faults, has made our middle class grow.  Back in the day we were a nation of land owners and the rest of the peons.  The Gold Rush, the oil boom, the industrial era allowed this country to become what it is today.  While we had our share of robber barons, and greedy people, it did trickle down to the rest of us.  We have all benefited from the capitalistic nature of this country.  Even our poor are very rich when you compare to the rest of the world's poor.  We have the most vibrant economy in the world, and if we just leave it alone it will make the proper corrections so the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs will come along reinvent the way we live our lives and provide millions of jobs as well some great little gadgets.  

Pick up a damn history book Mr. President and get your head out of your ass.  We are not Europe. We don't have, nor do we want, a stagnant economy for the long term.  For the love of Pete, please stop stoking the fires of discontent in this country.  We need to stand together to solve our problems. 

Is it election day yet?  

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Video: Christie to Obama: Get out of your Chair

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80-Year-Old Woman Criminally Charged For Feeding Ducks

It's come to this:
A woman known as “the bird lady” is facing criminal charges for feeding the ducks, geese, and pigeons at a local pond.

Eighty-year-old Claire Butcher has been feeding the birds for 45 years at Flax, Sluice, and Goldfish Ponds in Lynn.

But the controversy really began to simmer back in 2009.

At the time, Lynn officials were fed up with Butcher. They had been complaining for several years, asking her to stop bringing shopping carts full of food to the pond.

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Blagojevich Trial Sentence and Results

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has jsut been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a corruption case.
Disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison after making a final plea for leniency, acknowledging his guilt and saying, “I am unbelievably sorry.”

“I believe he did, in fact, accept [responsibility],” U.S. District Judge James Zagel said in announcing how long Blagojevich should spend in prison after being convicted of 18 corruption charges that included attempting to sell or trade an appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the election of President Barack Obama.

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Video: Christie Takes Down Another Heckler

A national treasure:

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Video- Barbara Walters Interview with Assad Excerpt

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Video: Gingrich: I Would Fire Bernanke

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World's Oldest Dog Dies in Japan

Pusuke, who was listed as the oldest living dog in Guinness World Records, died on Dec. 5, 2011 in Sakura, Japan. He reached the ripe old age of 26 years and 9 months.

Pusuke was certified for the Guinness title last December. The previous record was held by a 28-year-old beagle from the U.S. who died in 2003.

Enjoy a slideshow of the biggest, fastest, longest, weirdest and wackiest record breakers from the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records.
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Do You Talk to Your 8-year-old About Your Sex Life?

I didn't think so.  I don't have one, but I can guarantee you if I did I wouldn't be talking about it with them.  Michele Bachmann is currently promoting her new book Core of Conviction - My Story.  During a book signing a young boy leaned over to her and said:
"My mommy's gay, but she doesn't need fixing."
I realize that gay is something that young children through around when they have nothing better to say when they are trying to hurt someone else's feelings.  But, the reality is an 8 year old doesn't really understand what that means.  Children are curious and ask questions.  But a child that age will usually be fine with a simple explanation, some families have two mommy's or two daddy's whatever the case may be, and they don't require any further information. 

This is how this is being characterized in the media:
The candidate, who is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, met her match with the soft-spoken, pint-sized activist
 Pint-sized activist?  You really expect me to believe that an 8 year old went up and said to his mom, hey mom, I heard that Michele Bachmann is in town for a book signing.  Could you please drive me over there so I can tell her that there is nothing wrong with you, even though you are gay?  

This is a woman who decided to use her own child to score cheap political points against a woman who believes that gay marriage is wrong.  The same gay marriage that has been voted down every time it has been put on a ballot, including in very progressive leaning California.  

Oh, and they just happened to have someone video tape it for them too.  

I could care less that this women is gay.  What I do care about is the fact that she is willing to exploit her own child for her own self interests.  Shocker, she is part of the occupy movement.  Remind me to add her name to the Mother of the Year award.

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Don't Drink the Dimock Water?

Mark Ruffalo: "There's just an enormous amount of hubris around this issue".

Truer words were never spoken.

Dimock Pennsylvania has seen its fair share of controversy over the past several years. Outside of the state of New York, it is ground zero in the fight over horizontal fracturing for natural gas found within the Marcellus Shale formation and it would appear to a casual observer that this fight is being brought to them without their consent or invitation.

Now they are fighting back. You may know that the EPA recently announced there was no health risks associated with well water that was allegedly contaminated by Cabot Oil and Gas during hydrofracking operations. This is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, but this is not good enough for the anti-gas coalition in our midst who descended on Dimock today with much pomp, circumstance and media adulation.

But these celebrities aren't getting the welcome they expected. A local group with the moniker "Enough is Enough" is having their say.

I noted in a previous post that environmental lawyer and Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan has taken it upon himself to save the residents of Dimock from themselves and unilaterally offer free water (free for Dimock, not Binghamton) for life, if only has beneficence would be requested. He showed up today to make his case and the results speak for themselves.

Of course the good mayor did himself no favors by putting on his attorney hat and threatening lawsuits.

"I would suggest to your legal department that if you don't sign this agreement tonight that you're setting yourself up for a big lawsuit...Are you willing to take the chance that if they do get sick from that water, they're going to come back and say 'you had an opportunity to have clean water delivered?"

Had I been there, I would have suggested that Mayor Ryan shut his mouth, go home and start worrying about his own city. Luckily, Town Supervisor Matthew Neenan was there.

"You keep your nose in Binghamton. I'll give you that place, we'll worry about Dimock."

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Poll: Gingrich 37%, Romney 22%

From Gallup:

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For demographic and political reasons, the Republican Party would be wise to select someone from the Hispanic community to be our Vice-Presidential nominee in next year's election, but it can't be just any person - they have to have charisma, electoral success, experience and results.

Which is why I'm touting Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno.

Walter Reed Bans Families of Wounded Soldiers Bringing in Bibles

What kind of world are we living in when people cannot worship privately with their family after they were wounded serving their country?  On the bright side, Walter Reed has gotten so much heat from this imbecilic ban that they are considering rescinding it:
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones.

The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.

“The President of the United States should address this and should excoriate the people who brought about this policy and the individual who brought it about should be dismissed from the United States Military,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox News & Commentary.

King spoke from the House floor Thursday blasting a policy memorandum from the commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center written by Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan. The September 14th memo covers guidelines for “wounded, ill, and injured partners in care.”

“No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit,” the policy states.

“That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband,” King said. “It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their death bed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront.
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