Monday, December 19, 2011

New Gingrich Ad: Proven Conservative Leader

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Video: Romney Supporting Campaign Finance Reform in 1994

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Paul Takes Lead in Iowa

Public Policy Polling's brand new survey of Iowans is likely to stir panic in conservative ranks, as the five-way split between the conservative caucus goers has allowed libertarian Ron Paul to surge to first.

Paul - 23%
Romney - 20%
Gingrich - 14%
Perry - 10%
Bachmann - 10%
Santorum - 10%
Huntsman - 4%

The results should worry Republican strategists for two reasons: one, 25% of caucus goers believe Mr. Romney has the best chance to defeat Obama next November, but he's still stuck at 20% and two, Paul has momentum with just two weeks to go - they need all hands on deck to sway this caucus quickly.

Romney should stop kissing New Hampshire's ass and immediately head to Iowa for the next 2 weeks, because he has the best chance of anyone to defeat Paul, due to his highest non-Paul standing and his well known electability factor, not to mention he almost won Iowa four years ago and his personal life story of social conservatism does appeal.

The legacy of neo-nazi Pat Buchanan winning New Hampshire in 1996 is bad enough, we don't need the biggest anti-semite, and frankly anti-american candidate in decades to run in the Republican field to win Iowa. Ron Paul must be stopped at all costs, and though I prefer Romney, I'll take anyone over him.

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Video: North Koreans Weeping at Kim Jong-Il's Death

I'd cry too, if you threatened to kill my family.

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There is Hope for America Yet - Americans Prioritize Growing Economy over Spreading the Wealth

Gallup released a new poll that is not good for President Obama's campaign strategy.  
Importance of federal government attempting series of actions

But what is really fascinating is this:
Do you think that fact that some in America are rich and some are poor is a fact of life

Even with the economy being much worse than it was in 1998 more than half feel that there being a difference between rich and poor is acceptable.  Another words, they like capitalism. 

President Obama should take heed.  Even in a horrible economy Americans don't want a quasi-socialist economy that President Obama has spent the past three years trying to create.  

God Bless America. 

Cross Posted at Potluck Bloggers and just a conservative girl

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North Korea Launches Missile Test

In less than 12 hours after the announcement of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's death, the North has taken to provocative action. The communist state has launched a short range missile test, seemingly to ward off any action by South Korea or her allies.

This action is making an already tense situation even more so. Still, it's a pretty clear sign of desperation.

A short-range missile test that North Korea conducted Monday – reported earlier by South Korean media – was not a surprise and is not of particular concern, Dempsey said. South Korean media have reported that South Korean government officials do not believe the test was related to Kim Jong Il's death.

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Kim Jong Il Pictures

Ding dong, the douche is dead!

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Who Will Rule North Korea After Kim Jong-Il's Death?

Perhaps a military coup:
Young and inexperienced, Kim Jong-un is seen as poised to take over North Korea with the death of his father and extend the Kim dynasty's rule over the reclusive state for a third generation.

Not much is known about the younger Kim, not even his age, though his father, Kim Jong-il, and his autocratic regime had begun making preparations for the son's transition to power.

Thought to be aged around 27, Kim Jong-un Had already been made a four-star general and occupied a prominent political post when he was reported to have made an important diplomatic visit to neighboring China in May this year.

On the trip, he introduced himself to the destitute North's main benefactor, possibly one of the most crucial diplomatic moves he will ever make.

"The rest of the world is going to have to look at someone who is basically a kid as having China's support to be the North's next leader," Yang Moo-min, of Seoul's University of North Korean Studies, said at the time.
Currently burning in Hell
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Video- North Korean State TV announces Kim Jong Il's death

Booyah.  Hat Tip to Joe C.:

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Breaking News: Kim Jong-Il is Dead

Kim Jong-Il, long time dictator/leader has died, apparently from a heart attack. Good riddance!

From CNN:

North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il, the embodiment of the reclusive state where his cult of personality is deeply entrenched, has died, state TV reported.He was believed to be 69.Regarded as one of the world's most-repressive leaders, Kim Jong Il always cut a slightly bizarre figure. His diminutive stature and characteristically bouffant hair have been parodied by some in the West."He's a mysterious person -- I think by design," said Han S. Park, director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia and a frequent visitor to North Korea. "Mystery is a source of leverage and power. It's maintaining uncertainty."But for the citizens of his Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim was the embodiment of the reclusive state, and well regarded.The latest information on the death of Kim Jong IlHis father, Kim Il Sung, founded North Korea with Soviet backing after World War II.Kim Jong Il was just a little boy when the Korean War broke out in 1950 when the Communist North invaded the American-backed South. After the fighting ended, Kim became steeped in his father's philosophy of "juche" or self-reliance -- the basis of North Korea's reclusive nature. North and South Korea never formally signed a peace treaty and remain technically at war -- separated by a tense demilitarized zone.

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Yale Librarian Declares OWS, Elizabeth Warren Ramblings "Quotes of the Year"

My my, liberals are predictable:
The growing scrutiny of the rich dominated this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian who anointed the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ slogan — “We are the 99 percent” — as the year’s best.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, has released his sixth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year...

The list:

1. “We are the 99 percent.” — slogan of the Occupy movement.

2. “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.” — U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, speaking in Andover, Mass., in August.

3. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.” — Billionaire Warren Buffett in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15...

7. “I am on a drug. It’s called ‘Charlie Sheen.’ It’s not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.” — Actor Charlie Sheen in a February interview with ABC News.
Just some of the people behind the "quote of the year"
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Video- SNL Skit on Tim Tebow

Apparently being a Christian is hilarious:

Would this have been made if he was a devout Muslim? Probably not. The fact of the matter is, Tim Tebow (and everyone) should be allowed to worship whoever he wants without being mocked. We live in the United States of America, not Iran.

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Video: Christopher Hitchens on Why He Became an American

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Thoughts on Iraqi War Ending

The Iraq War is officially over today, as the last of American servicemen have left the country, but I still have some lingering thoughts about our almost nine year old conflict that need to be addressed.

1. Where is the declaration of victory? Where are the parades in Washington celebrating our successful conclusion to this war? Do we not honor our veterans anymore by publicly and robustly thanking them for them sacrifices? Americans should organize some event to cheer and be joyous that our guys won!!

2. Should we be leaving right now? I don't think our servicemen should be leaving until the Iraqi's are better fit, but I have confidence their security forces will be able to keep the peace, and that Iran's soft power will have little effect on the Iraqi government, who don't exactly like their meddling neighbors.

3. This war did not last nine years. It effectively ended in 2008 when the surge successfully destroyed the insurgency and we handed back sovereignty to the Iraqi people. Just because we had thousands of soldiers there did not mean we were actively fighting, and the same goes for Germany, Japan, and the neighboring Kuwait.

Regardless of the answers to my thoughts, our soldiers and our allies and our Iraqi friends who fought to topple Saddam and later quell the insurgency are heroes, and they deserve a heroes welcome, honor and designation wherever they go, because they didn't just fight an evil; they freed a nation and birthed freedom.

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Rule 5 Sunday

Enjoy your Sunday with friends, family, football, and yes, Olivia Wilde.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Video- Bryan Stow Speaks for First Time On Camera


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Des Moines Register Endorses Romney

Here's an excerpt:
Sobriety, wisdom and judgment.

Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader. Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government. Those qualities help the former Massachusetts governor stand out as the most qualified Republican candidate competing in the Iowa caucuses.

Sobriety: While other candidates have pandered to extremes with attacks on the courts and sermons on Christian values, Romney has pointedly refrained from reckless rhetoric and moralizing. He may be accused of being too cautious, but choosing words carefully is a skill essential for anyone who could be sitting in the White House and reacting to world events.

Wisdom: Romney obviously is very smart. He graduated as valedictorian at Brigham Young University and finished in the top 5 percent in his MBA class at Harvard, where he also earned a law degree. Romney also exhibits the wisdom of a man who listened and learned from his father and his mother, from his church and from his own trials and errors in life. He does not lack self confidence, but he is not afraid to admit when he has been wrong.

Judgment: Romney disagrees with Democrats on most issues, but he offers smart and well-reasoned alternatives rather than simply proposing to swing a wrecking ball in Washington. He is a serious student of public policy who examines the data before making a decision. His detailed policy paper on the economy contains 87 pages of carefully crafted positions on taxes, energy, trade and regulatory policy, complete with 127 footnotes.
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Ron Paul: Michele Bachmann Hates Muslims, Santorum "Doesn't Like" Muslims, Gays

Talk about burning bridges, making enemies, and throwing fellow Republicans under the bus.  But what do you expect from crazy:

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Executive Orders

The problem with social engineering is that the engineers don’t know how to drive the train.  More like a complicated machine than a single celled organism society is a collection of individuals.  Human nature decrees that freedom of choice is an inherent part of our social DNA therefore a healthy society is one built upon the choices and decisions freely arrived upon by the individuals who make up the whole.  It is the self-interest and self-direction of these choices which build into the productive life of a free society.  
Adam Smith addresses the contributions of societies individuals when he says, “intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.” 
Conversely, Friedrich Hayek warns us “To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm.”
Unfortunately, politically motivated social engineers short circuit this process by replacing the countless choices and decisions of free people with the corrosive and stifling mandates of central planning.
Our nation was not founded to be a centrally planned socially straight-jacketed empire ruled by the decrees of a sovereign.  We were founded upon the revolutionary principles born of our colonial heritage and the thinking of the Enlightenment.  Having fought our way free from the crushing embrace of an overbearing king, our Founders were determined to establish a representative republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. 
We are a constitutional Republic.  We are a nation of Laws.  As Thomas Paine said in the Rights of man, “The government of a free country … is not in the persons but in the laws.”  Paine also remarked that if someone should ask, “Where is the King of America?” let us answer, “In America Law is King!” 
Having studied the writings of Montesquieu and other Enlightenment thinkers, having established and maintained the separate branches of the various state governments, the Framers of our Constitution enshrined the principle of the separation of powers.  This separation of powers is expressly stated in our Constitution.  Article 1, Section 1 states, "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."  Article 2, Section 1 states, "The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."  Article 3, Section 1United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”  These passages separate the three functions, legislative, executive, and judicial into three distinct spheres and it is the dynamic relationship between the three which restrains the government from becoming repressive and allows freedom to bloom. states, “The judicial Power of the  
Montesquieu said, "There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person."  James Madison, the Father of the Constitution said, "The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands...may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." 
Executive Orders have been used by presidents since George Washington.  They are nothing new.  Yet they have always been controversial.  Washington issued instructed the heads of departments to make a “clear account” of matters in their departments.  His next one called for a national day of thanksgiving.  He also issued the first one to cause controversy when he issued an order in 1793 stating that the United States would be “friendly and impartial toward the belligerent powers” of Britain and France. In this "Neutrality Proclamation," Washington justified his power to issue such a statement based on the “law of nations.”  Perhaps a constitutional justification could have been found in the powers of the President over foreign affairs but these were not referenced. Washington did not convene the Congress to debate the proclamation before issuing it.  Immediately James Madison criticized Washington's order as an overextension of executive authority and an infringement on Congress's authority to decide issues of war and peace. the first one 
Although they have been stirring controversy since the dawn of the Republic originally Executive Orders were just what the name implies, orders from the executive and they were only binding upon the departments which made up the executive department.   Most were never published and were only seen by the federal agencies involved.  Some were of historical note such as when Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpusWilson segregated the military.  and issued the Emancipation Proclamation or when
The Presidency of FDR marked a major turning point in the use of Executive orders, as in many other things.  Roosevelt confronted the Great Depression as the moral equivalent of war and fought an undeclared war in the Atlantic and crippled Japan through trade sanctions.  Truman desegregated the military.  Eisenhower ended wage and price controls imposed by his predecessor.  Kennedy and Johnson ended discrimination in housing and education.  Nixon declared a war on drugs.  Presidents used executive orders to steer the ship of state.  
Then starting with the Clinton Administration a sea change took place in the use of Executive Orders.  President Clinton used his executive power to achieve results he failed to achieve legislatively.  
Over time though technically applying only to executive agencies, executive orders have taken on a wider interpretation until today they have become legally binding mandates issued by presidents who rule by decree. 
With President Obama, seconded and supported by his Attorney General Holder, deciding not to enforce laws they disagree with, the rule of law has ended in the United States.  We can date our passage from a nation of laws to a nation of men not with this momentous decision but more effectively from the moment our elected representatives declined to declare this action to be unconstitutional and illegal. 
Today we have a government that is careening out of control and those we have elected to protect our rights by upholding the Constitution are abusing our rights and subverting the Constitution.  Thomas Paine made it clear which was the cart and which was the horse when he said, “A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only a creature of a constitution.  The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting a government.” 
We have clearly reversed the order. The cart is before the horse and the tail is wagging the dog.  The use and abuse of executive orders have changed us from a nation of laws to a nation of men, from a federal republic with a limited government to a centrally-planned bureaucracy with leaders attempting to rule by decree.  We know where they want to lead us. The question before us now is; will we go quietly into that dark night?
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ © 2011 Robert R. Owens  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Video: Hitchens on Iraq

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Tribute: Christopher Hitchens Stand Up

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Freedom Tower Taking Shape

It has taken for what seems like forever, but the new Freedom Tower is now etched on the New York City Skyline.  The Steel has reached to the 87th floor.  

For some amazing shots from the tower go here.  

It is good to see this project coming along.  America may have been kicked on 9/11, but we will survive and this tower is a testament to that.  

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Video: Michele Bachmann Gushes Over Newt Gingrich... in 2008

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Support The Stop Online Piracy Act

The latest government shutdown drama and pay-roll tax cuts have dominated news coverage out of Capitol Hill this past week, but attention should also be on the Stop Online Piracy Act that is being debated in the House Judiciary Committee right now, which has members of both parties split.

Introduced by Lamar Smith, and supported by Hollywood and the Chamber of Commerce, SOPA is intended to shutdown foreign owned websites illegally broadcasting American produced shows, and movies, thus protecting their intellectual property and hopefully pushing internet piracy to the brink.

Opponents to the legislation claim the proposed law would harm innovation on the internet and lead possibly to censorship, while lawmakers say the blocking of websites could cause problems with the internet's domain system. However, this issue is not about technical problems, rather it's about law & order.

American based film companies lose millions upon millions of dollars due to pirates, who steal their property and reproduce for cheap thieves to enjoy, and something has to be done. Shutting down the website of someone illegally broadcasting these movies is not censorship; it's shutting down thieves.

Please support this law and don't allow opponents to turn this debate from common sense law and order to fears over online censorship, because they are wrong and they know it.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Video- Entire Republican Debate, December 15, 2011

Miss the Republican debate or want to see it again?  Watch below:

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Christopher Hitchens Dead at 62

From NPR:
The influential writer and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens died on Thursday at the age of 62 from complications of cancer of the esophagus. Hitchens confronted his disease in part by writing, bringing the same unsparing insight to his mortality that he had directed at so many other subjects.

Over the years, Hitchens' caustic attention was directed at a broad range of subjects, including Henry Kissinger, Prince Charles, Bob Hope, Michael Moore, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

"If you're at Vanity Fair and you're talking about some of the things that Christopher has taken on, at the top of the list is going to be Mother Teresa," said Graydon Carter, editor at Vanity Fair and a longtime friend.

In 1994, Hitchens co-wrote and narrated a documentary on her called Hell's Angel.

"This profane marriage between tawdry media hype and medieval superstition gave birth to an icon which few have since had the poor taste to question," he said in it.

Hitchens wrote about her for the magazine, too. Carter says it didn't go over so well.

"That's a tough topic to go after," he said. "It was quite negative, and we had hundreds of subscription cancellations, including some from our own staff."

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

John Kerry: Hey, Let's Give a Bunch of Money to Terrorists!

And this moron was almost President:
Senator John Kerry (D., Mass.) is in Egypt, meeting with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood — the Islamist organization whose goals are to destroy Israel, “conquer Europe” and “conquer America” (to quote its most influential jurist, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi).

The Brotherhood, which operates throughout the world, seeks the imposition by governments of strict sharia law (as outlined in Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law) and, eventually, a global caliphate. Naturally, the Obama administration describes it as a “largely secular” and moderate organization — and William Taylor, President Obama’s hand-picked “special coordinator for transitions in the Middle East,” announced last month that the administration would be quite “satisfied” with a Brotherhood victory in the Egyptian elections.

As the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports, Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and key Obama administration congressional ally, “welcomed the results of Egypt’s first democratic elections,” in which “voters gave the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) nearly 40% of seats, and more than 24% went to the ultra-conservative Salafi coalition led by al-Nour Party.” [ACM: by ultraconservative, IPT means al-Nour is somewhat more impatient than the Brotherhood for the imposition of supremacist Islam; as I've explained on other occasions, the Muslim Brotherhood is Salafist in its ideology.]

In addition to praising the Brotherhood’s election as a model of transparency and integrity, Sen. Kerry also called for an infusion of cash from the International Monetary Fund to undergird Egypt’s new Islamist government.
Would you trust someone who looks exactly like a zombie?
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Video: Gingrich and Huntsman Lincoln Douglas Debate

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Romney Leads Iowa

In a stunning survey released this morning by Rasmussen, Mitt Romney has taken the lead in Iowa with 23% of the vote, while Newt Gingrich is second with 20%; Ron Paul is third with 18% and Rick Perry is fourth with 10%. This is the fifth straight month a different candidate has led Iowa's undecisive caucus.

After weeks of slowly losing ground to Gingrich, the former Massachusetts Governor gained 4% from last month's survey and leads with 29% among caucus goers that have decided who their going to vote for. The former Speaker dropped nearly a third of his support in this survey and falls to even with Ron Paul.

With just nineteen days until Iowans vote, Romney couldn't receive better news than this. If his efforts gain him some traction in the Hawkeye state, and Gingrich continues to falter, he just might be able to deliver the one-two punch of winning Iowa and New Hampshire to kick off the primary season, ending the race before it begins.

I'm giddy with excitement over this news, but we still have a long three weeks until I can either look at this as good or bad.

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Newt Gingrich Bad Lip Synching Video

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Video: McCain Blasts Obama on Iraq

Give 'em hell, John.

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Obama, Dems Drop Millionaire Surtax Demand

Talk about caving in:
In what would be a major concession, President Obama and Senate Democrats will drop their insistence that a surtax on millionaires pay for extending the payroll tax cut, a Democratic source tells CNN. This would be part of a new Democratic offer.

The move comes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Senate Democrats met with President Obama at the White House earlier today.
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Video- Romney in Early 2000s: 'It's a Burden to be a Republican'

RINO- *cough* -RINO:

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Hale, Hale, Haley - Nikki Haley Putting her Money Where Her Mouth Is

One of the messages Gov. Nikki Haley campaigned on was that while government can't do everything, they can still get things done.  She also realizes that governments shouldn't just be paying attention to larger cities and income generators, the people living in the rural areas need help too.  Well, she is putting her money where her mouth is.  She has given all the left over funds from her inauguration ($200,000) and the $550,000 advance from her upcoming book.  All profits from the book will also be given to this new foundation The Original Six.  

The foundation will be a combination of government services, faith based groups and non profits that will go out into the community to see what the real needs of the people are and address those specific needs.  Instead of the one size fits fixes that get forced upon people by government officials who really have no idea what goes on in these smaller, poorer communities.

It is high time in this country that we admit that these government programs that cost tax payers a fortune are not addressing the real needs of the people who they say they want to help.  We need to get the communities themselves involved.  Just ask the people in New Orleans that lived through the aftermath of Katrina who gave them the most help.  It was faith based groups and NGO's who did the heavy lifting.

It is very refreshing to see a politician to keep her promise and really make a difference in the lives of the people she is being paid to represent.  Gov. Haley has a promising future in the republican party.

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Gary Johnson Joining Libertarian Party

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will announce later today that he will be joining the Libertarian Party, in order to seek their presidential nomination next year, after failing to register in almost every opinion poll since his entrance in the Republican sweepstakes earlier this year.

He has performed weakly due to Ron Paul's similar libertarian styled campaign platform, his barely existant campaign organization and the fact he appeals to such a small segment of primary votes, if opposing every social value conservatives hold dear is represented at all in the party.

I am no expert of libertarian politics, but I'm pretty sure Johnson enters with a pretty good chance of winning the nomination, especially if the 2008 Vice-Presidential nominee, Wayne Allyn Root, does not run and if he is embraced by the leaderhsip, which is likely considering he already has a national base, albeit small, but nevertheless.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

So It Begins - New Haven, CT Requesting Permission to Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

Yes, you read that correctly.  New Haven, CT mayor John DeStefano-D (Shocker, he is a democrat) has put in a petition into state authorities requesting that everyone be allowed to vote in local elections.  You don't even need to be in the country legally.  
DeStefano, a Democrat, said illegal immigrants pay taxes indirectly through rent and send their kids to New Haven schools and should be able to vote.
The estimate of the illegal population in New Haven is said to be about 10,000 to 12,000.  New Haven is what one would call a sanctuary city.  They gave all residents a municipal ID card to so everyone would have access to city services such as the library and also have the ability to open a bank account.  So, I suppose this is the next logical step.  

It is said that Gov. Malloy is willing to listen to the mayor, but doesn't seem to willing to approve it.  

The Democratic governor said he believes there are obligations and privileges that come with legal citizenship, but he's willing to "hear the mayor out" on his proposal.

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Chris Paul Headed to Clippers

From ESPN:
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal in principle with the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to acquire guard Chris Paul, according to sources close to the process.

The Clippers, sources said, will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota's unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul.

The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks, according to sources.

The deal is expected to be approved by the league Wednesday night, sources said.
We'll see if this deal doesn't get nixed too.

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Obama Campaign Begins Tracking Republicans, GOP Emails

If this isn't illegal, it is certainly immoral:
The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website.

The effort could help the Obama campaign build a database that would enable it to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. But, more perniciously, it could also become part of an Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat.

The Democratic National Committee last month released a video that seemed designed to damage Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate feared most by the Obama campaign.

The Obama information collection effort is cast under the mischievous guise of asking Obama supporters to “have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life” by signing them up to get an email from the Obama campaign ribbing them for having “inspired” the Obama supporter to donate.

The result, however, is that the Obama campaign gets a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions.
Obama 2012: Collecting Your Emails without Permission
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Video of Attack in Liege, Belgium as it Happened

The person who posted this video online apparently filmed this before grenades were thrown but after the initial gun fire:

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Team Obama Thinking of Your Holiday Gift Giving Needs

That's right.  You can donate to the Obama re-election campaign as a gift to your friends and family.  
Who inspires you to give?
This holiday season, you can give to the 2012 campaign because of someone else—maybe a friend or family member.
Simply enter their name and email address, below. Then, we'll send them a message letting them know they inspired you to donate
They will even get a message from David Axelrod and Co. thanking them for the inspiration that they have shown.  Oh, goody.  Don't you just want that under your Christmas Holiday tree?  I mean who doesn't have an Obama re-election on the list of your top Christmas Holiday gifts?  
Plus when you give, you get the added bonus of being entered in a sweepstakes to have dinner the One and his Mrs.  The Obama's will personally host a dinner in your honor.  It will be just you, the Obama's, the secret service, and every news outlet known to man to get as mileage out the fact that they are just like "you and me".  Can't you just see the headlines now?  The Obama's, the every man's (oops, I should be politically correct here) person's president.  
I just have to wonder, do you have to eat arugula?  

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Trump Vows Not to Host Newsmax Debate

But he won't rule out a Presidential run as an independent:
This just in: Donald Trump has bowed out of moderating the Newsmax debate in Iowa later, announcing his decision in a statement saying he will not give up the option of running for president as an independent. Trump:
The Republican Party candidates are very concerned that sometime after the final episode of The Apprentice, on May 20th, when the equal time provisions are no longer applicable to me, I will announce my candidacy for President of the United States as an Independent and that, unless I conclusively agree not to run as an Independent, they will not agree to attend or be a part of the Newsmax debate scheduled for December 27, 2011. It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate. Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate. The American people are embarrassed by the gridlock currently taking place in Washington. I must leave all of my options open because, above all else, we must make America great again!

I would like to thank Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for having the courage, conviction, and confidence to immediately accept being a part of the Newsmax debate. I believe this would not only have been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and interesting debate!
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They Told Me That if I Voted for John McCain There Would Be Children Living on the Streets. Turns Out They Were Right

Homelessness for children is rising in a dramatic fashion in this country.  Since Obama has taken office the rate of homeless children has increased by 33%.  

At the First Light shelter in Birmingham, Ala., the fastest-growing group is women with children, executive director Ruth Crosby says. She says the emergency shelter, which houses about 125 women and children, is full every night. An overflow room with mats on the floor fills up every night, too.

Sadly, not all of these people bringing these children to the homeless shelters are not single parents or people who have lived in poverty for long periods in their lives.  
Shelly Jordan, a case manager for the homeless in Hattiesburg, Miss., says it has become common for two-parent households or families headed by professionals to turn to the city's lone homeless shelter.
 "People had savings or unemployment and that's run out," she says. "This is their last resort."
Although, the government is not reporting this number.  The federal government is reporting only a 28% increase.  The reasons for this is that they don't count everyone.  Sort of like the unemployment number.  

The economy in this country is driving countless people to the streets and our government is having an argument over a payroll tax break that will have little to no effect on improving the job market in this country.  Without an improving job market, these families will have to stay in these shelters, or tent, or cars, or where ever they happen to be spending the night.  


Gee, I wonder if this would be getting more headlines if George Bush were still in office.  

You can read the report here.  If you want to read a blog by someone who has been homeless for months and how she is dealing with it, go here.  

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Gary Busey Endorses Gingrich

HT: The Hollywood Reporter

In Gingrich's battle for the Republican nomination, endorsements are going to be critical for the former Speaker in regards to fundraising and even get-out-the-vote efforts in early states, but I doubt his latest endorser will receive much facetime from the campaign, or even be recognized as an endorser for good reason.

The endorser? Gary Busey.

Apparently, at a party this past weekend, he said that he would be endorsing Newt for the nomination, and when asked if he was a Republican replied "I'm a Texan." He also said that he likes Mr. Perry, but that he doesn't belong in the race, and obviously wouldn't be supporting his fellow Texan.

I'm not sure how the Gingrich campaign should respond, but it would probably be best for them to say nothing about the actor and play dumb if asked about his impending endorsement, which comes close to Qaddafi's pre-death support for President Obama, before he was killed by Obama's allies in Libya.

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Obama Campaign Compares Gingrich to Monkey

Is this racist?  If it was the other way around, the Left would be crying foul:
President Barack Obama's campaign doesn't seem too troubled by Newt Gingrich's ascendancy to the top of the Republican primary polls.

Time's Mark Halperin reports that at a briefing for reporters today in Washington, Obama adviser David Axelrod said of Gingrich: "The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt."

But Axelrod didn't shy away from criticizing Romney — so far the singular target of Democratic attacks, even as he's lost some traction in national and early state polling — taking a dig at both his $10,000 bet with Rick Perry and his career in private equity.

"Generally his practice has been to bet other people’s money, not his own," Axelrod said.

Halperin adds that Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Romney's bet "may end up being Mitt Romney's grocery-score scanner moment." That is a reference to the incident in the 1992 presidential campaign where President George H. W. Bush is said to have exclaimed he was "amazed," even though they had been widely used for over a decade — a moment that brought on charges that he was out of touch.
Newt Gingrich: Apparently a Monkey
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Iran to Close Strait of Hormuz

Or at least they are apparently going to try:
A member of the Iranian parliament's National Security Committee said on Monday that the military was set to practice its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world, but there was no official confirmation.

The legislator, Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: "Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure."

Contacted by Reuters, a spokesman for the Iranian military declined to comment.

Iran's energy minister told Al Jazeera television last month that Tehran could use oil as a political tool in the event of any future conflict over its nuclear program.

Tension over the program has increased since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on November 8 that Tehran appears to have worked on designing a nuclear bomb and may still be pursuing research to that end. Iran strongly denies this and says it is developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
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Nordin Amrani Belgium Attack Pictures

Here are just some photographs from the horrible attacks that took place today in Belgium.  We offer our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives and their families.

Nordine 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"

We also have this picture from photobucket:

Belgium Attacks Pictures

Some pictures from the horrible assault in Belgium earlier today:

Nordine Amrani Facebook Profile Found?

 UPDATE: We've found a possible picture here.

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"

Liege, Belgium Attacked By Men With Grenades

From the Atlantic Wire:
Details are sketchy, but initial reports from Belgium say that at least two people were killed when someone began throwing grenades in the city center of Liege. It appears that the attacker or attackers threw grenades or other explosives into crowds then possibly began shooting with firearms. The BBC says "several men" tossed explosives at people waiting at a bus stop and about a dozen people were injured.

Some of the initial reports said that there may have been multiple attackers, while another said it was woman who killed herself at the scene. One report says there were three attackers — one arrested, one killed, and one at large. It's not clear if the dead attacker is among the dead.

Obviously, the situation is chaotic and details are changing, but we'll continue with updates as we get them.
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Nordin 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"

Monday, December 12, 2011

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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Sunday, December 11, 2011

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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