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Saturday, November 26, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Can anyone become a major blogger?

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

4. Which interview was the most insightful?

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

5. Anything else you'd like to add?

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

For more: Making it in the Political Blogosphere

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

Useful idiots:

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OWS Protester to SC Governor: I Will Murder You

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

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

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

Update- Thanks to Breitbart for the link.

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Johnson, Libertarian Party Nominee?

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

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

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

What say you?

Video- Mitt Romney is (or was) Quite Liberal

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Irony: OWS Now the Equivalent of a Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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Huzzah! NBA Lockout to End

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Occupy LA Eviction

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

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

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

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

Good riddance.

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Irony: OWS Now in Top 1% in Income

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

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

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

How about $600,000?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dow, S&P Log Worst Thanksgiving Week Since 1932

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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We Can Trust Us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Georgian President Unveils Monument to Reagan

Georgia: the country that Russia invaded in 2008, to which Senator Barack Obama replied (and I quote), "I think it is important at this point for all sides to show restraint."  Yup, a tiny nation invaded by a once-super power really needs to show restraint.

Well, that nation survived and this week revealed a new statue to Ronald Reagan.  Georgia, which sees the United States as a "big brother," unveiled the monument to our 40th President.  Mr. Reagan is as popular there as he is here:
I guess President Obama would say they need to show restraint in honoring Americans too, huh?

Whatever the case, good for Georgia.  I'm glad the United States has a friend like them, even if our President is all to pleased to forget about their existence.

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OWS Urges Boycott of Black Friday

A campaign under the name "Occupy Black Friday" is trying to enlist supporters to boycott just about every major retailer, and quite a few mid-sized ones, the day after Thanksgiving. The protesters are casting a wide net, urging people to demonstrate against the top retail stores -- a list that includes everything from Wal-Mart to Target to Dick's Sporting Goods to Dollar Tree.

"The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits," the group's Facebook page reads, describing Black Friday as the "one day where the mega-corporations blatantly dictate our actions."

But retailers, who are monitoring the mini-movement, warn that a blanket boycott could end up hurting local communities.

"Retailers, regardless of their size, are an important part of the community, and they employ friends and neighbors of that community across the country," said Joseph LaRocca, a senior adviser to the National Retail Federation specializing in loss prevention.

He said retailers have security plans in place and will "work through" any protests and disruptions that occur this weekend.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Twilight Seizure Scene

Some weird news is coming out of movie theaters across the country. Apparently, a scene in Twilight is causing seizures.

“He scared me big time,” she added. Paramedics transported the man to the emergency room and the theater had to cancel the rest of the movie for that showing.

Several reports on internet movie sites show reports of other people suffering similar symptoms during the same scene, which contains flashes of red, black and white. Dr. Michael G. Chez, the medical director of pediatric neurology and epilepsy for Sutter Sacramento, said the reports indicate the scene may be triggering an episode of photosensitive epilepsy.

While rare, the condition can be triggered by flashing red lights in people who are genetically predisposed.

“It’s like a light switch going off, because it hits your brain all at once,” Dr. Chez said.

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New RNC Ad: A Failure of Leadership

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Plurality of Americans: Bomb Iran if Sanctions Don't Work

My my... From Quinnipiac (H/T American Pundit):
Economic sanctions to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons aren't effective, American voters say 60 - 33 percent, and 50 percent of voters say the U.S. should take military action to stop Iran's nuclear program if sanctions don't work, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

American voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll 55 - 36 percent that the U.S. should not take military action against Iran. But 25 percent of those opponents shift to support military action if sanctions fail.

The combined result is 50 percent in favor of military action if sanctions fail, with 38 percent opposed.

If Israel attacks Iran, 46 percent of voters say the U.S. should support that move, with 6 percent who say the U.S. should oppose it and 44 percent who say the U.S. should be neutral.

A total of 88 percent of Americans voters say Iran's nuclear program is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" threat to U.S. national security with no disagreement from any group.

American voters disapprove 50 - 44 percent of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.
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Happy Thanksgiving

We at Pundit Press want to wish all of our readers the very happiest of Thanksgivings.  We are thankful to have such loyal readers, so thank you.

Now go eat some turkey!

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OWS Compilation: 'Feed Fat People to Bears' and Other Crazy Demands

Occupy Wall Street is just a bunch of crazies coming together to demand something that only a Stalinistic dictator can deliver.  They have no perspective and no knowledge of history, as well as no purpose and no clear set of demands other than "change" our society and "hope" for the future.

Their narrative and wants are so garbled, I've put together some of the stranger demands of the protesters.  Enjoy their insanity.

Feed the fat to polar bears:
Tax "food hogs:"
Fat people should be taxed far higher than lean, fit people. Greedy people should be taxed at higher rates but so should food hogs.
Ban meat, my lovelies:
Bring down the corporate bigots before it’s too late. Bring them down quick! Assemble my lovelies with haste play the trumpets of freedom for we are not going to live in the past... We will not submit to your "meat" eating practices!!!!! ...We are the revolution embrace us before it’s too late for you. Life is a precious gift that everyone all man all animal shall be able to enjoy so long as this system is stopped now. .....Freedom Is Being.......Peace Love Happiness
Ban the private ownership of land.

Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda.
We must unify, make our demands known, and attack. When they realize that occupation is indefinite until change occurs, change will be heard.
Investigate 9/11 (OWS march video):

Arrest the NYPD:
And many, many more.

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Iran Claims Arrest of 12 CIA Agents

From Haaretz:
An Iranian official disclosed new details Thursday concerning the reporting exposure of a U.S. spy ring in the Islamic Republic, saying that Tehran arrested 12 CIA agents.

Parliamentarian Parviz Sorouri, who sits on the powerful committee of foreign policy and national security, claimed that the arrested agents planned to strike at Iranian interests with the aid of Israel.

Sorouri said the spy network aimed at damaging Iran in the security, military and nuclear sectors.

The Iranian official's comments come after current and former U.S. officials said on Monday that dozens of spies working for the CIA were captured recently in Lebanon and Iran, as well as after Iran's claim earlier this year that it had intercepted a major spy ring.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Arizona Plane Crash

There is unfortunate news of a plane crash in Arizona:

Initial indications were that it was a general aviation plane, not a commercial flight -- but it was not clear how big a plane may have crashed or how many people may have been involved.

Passenger flights at major area airports all were safe and accounted for, officials told ABC News.

Local authorities were having difficulty getting access to the crash site in rugged terrain, The Associated Press reported.

"We don't know yet if it's a passenger plane or a crop duster," Pinal County sheriff's spokeswoman Angelique Graham told the AP. "We can't tell the size of the aircraft involved from the air and we can't tell how many people may have been aboard."
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Amish Haircut Attacks Arrests

Some arrests have finally been made in the bizarre haircut attacks against the Amish:

Several members of the group carried out the attacks in September, October and November by forcibly cutting the beards and hair of Amish men and women and then taking photos of them, authorities said.
Cutting the hair is a highly offensive act to the Amish, who believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry. One victim told the FBI he would rather have been "beaten black and blue than to suffer the disfigurement and humiliation of having his hair removed," according to court papers.

I know how Harrison Ford would have solved this problem:

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Video- Russian News Anchor Gives Obama the Finger

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Video of Gingrich and Paul Arguing over Patriot Act


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CBO: Stimulus Created 3.3 Million Jobs... or Maybe Less Than a Sixth of That

The CBO figures released Tuesday estimate that the stimulus package raised the gross domestic product this past quarter by 0.3 percent-1.9 percent.

The CBO report provided a broad range of the estimated number of full-time jobs created because of the stimulus — from a low of 500,000 to a high of 3.3 million jobs.

Previous estimates indicated that the stimulus funded more than 400,000 full-time jobs in the third quarter, but the CBO said in its report that the figure was not a “comprehensive” look at the law’s impact.

The effects of the stimulus are fading after having peaked in the first half of 2010, the report noted.

However, the CBO estimates that the stimulus will raise GDP by 0.1 percent to 0.8 percent next year and employment by 200,000 to 1.1 million jobs.
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Russia May Target US Missile Defense Sites

Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic support.

Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.

Moscow has agreed to consider NATO's proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been deadlocked over how the system should operate. Russia has insisted that the system should be run jointly, which NATO has rejected.

Medvedev also warned that Moscow may opt out of the New START arms control deal with the United States and halt other arms control talks if the U.S. proceeds.
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Huckabee Vehemently Denies Endorsing Romney

There was a rumor yesterday that Mike Huckabee would endorse Mitt Romney for President.  It took just a few hours, however, for Huckabee to vehemently deny the report.

It's tough to get more absolute than this on Twitter.  Not only did he use caps, but there were three messages, as reported by Jake Tapper of ABC.

The first:
The second:
And the third:
We'll see, I suppose.

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OWS: Aliens, Illuminati Run the World

As days go by, I have a sort-of checklist going on in my head related to OWS.  It goes something like this: think up something absolutely ridiculous and see if Occupy Wall Street members believe in it.  The thing is, they are so absolutely crazy, that they will believe pretty much anything that they think of.  So, for example, earlier this week it was revealed that OWS believes that the terrorist attacks of September 11 was an "inside job."  And at an earlier time, the protesters were calling for the end of "the Jew" running the world.

Today I decided to see if OWS believes that some invisible, malevolent, non-existent force runs the world.  I figured that Occupy Wall Street would have to have some ramblings on aliens and the "Illuminati," a conspiracy theory that insists (among other things) that seven all-powerful Jews run the world.

As you might expect, OWS members believed wholeheartedly in such things.  Just some examples.

Why, why, why!!
"Rothschilds Satanic Illuminati" (from the OWS website):
ROTHSCHILD'S ILLUMINATI WILL FAIL!. 33rd Degree Freemasons Worship Satan :(
Bloodlines, Illuminati, and Zero Freedoms:
You are a robot in the hands of 300 people.

Our freedoms or rather slavery goes right back to Egyptian times and todays might and power is a reality far more cruel than any Hollywood movie could produce. Wars and famine are controlled and innitiated by a very few people in power on our planet.
Grey Aliens!
You might think that "SubversiveSyrup" may be kidding, but I submit to you his profile description (which he created), unaltered:
Earth OMEGALab Orbital Unit
EarthDreams & PlanetWhispers / from yesterday's decay & death / flows sweet-scented glowing ♥ LiveStrong & Perspire #WildThings! ╭⌒╮⌒╮★ ║▌│█│║▌║©©
And apparently, there is an alien on the OWS website:
Do you need any more proof that Occupy Wall Street is just a bunch of crazies?  Also, my question is, why bother protesting when aliens make all the decisions?  Isn't it all pointless?  But what am I thinking, these people are out-of-their-skull nuts.

And please, please do not insult my or anyone's intelligence, OWS, by saying that this is just a few crazy people.  We have covered exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter example of absolutely insane actions by Occupy Wall Street.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November 22, 2011 Republican Debate Live Video

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Pelosi Profiting from OWS

From the Washington Post:
For weeks now, Republicans have attacked Democrats for voicing support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, in particular faulting the DCCC for standing up for them. And the incidents of violence and excess have led some neutral commentators to predict that Dems will pay a political price if they align themselves with the movement.

So it’s interesting to see that the DCCC is sticking by Occupy Wall Street. Indeed, the DCCC is now raising money off that recent report of a GOP-connected corporate lobbying firm’s proposed smear campaign against the movement. Nancy Pelosi has authored a DCCC fundraising email that presents this as proof that Republicans are on the side of Wall Street and against Dems and the protesters...

There’s a fair argument to be had over whether it’s helpful to try to channel the movement’s energy — which was born of a critique of both parties — to target one party, on behalf of the other.

But the bottom line here is that national Dems are not flinching from defending the protests, and are clearly aligning themselves with its overall critique and its goals, despite conventional wisdom holding that doing this risks immediate political self-immolation.
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The Road in Iowa Just Got Harder for Herman Cain

The Family Leader, a social conservative group, has still yet to back any one candidate in for the Iowa Caucuses.  But, today they have let it be known that Herman Cain will not be getting the nod.  Saying in part he didn't have the proper qualifications and was lacking:
"clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness,"
Herman Cain had refused to sign their pledge.  Which early on had included wording about how black children were more likely to born to two parents under slavery then they are today.  That language had been removed, but Cain had elected not to sign on to the pledge.  The pledge also included language on staying true to your spouse and many other push button issues for conservatives:
“all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence”
 I personally found this part of the pledge to be infuriating.  I am not for pornography in any way shape or form, but it is constitutionally protected.  As such signing this pledge the candidates are saying they are willing to ignore the constitution, which is unacceptable.  So I say good for Herman Cain for not signing this pledge.  

The unfortunate part is that he now loses a grassroots organization that helped Huckabee win Iowa in 08.  His campaign has not as of yet gotten a solid ground game in Iowa, so losing this grassroots support will hurt him with a good showing.  

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Left: Super Committee Failed Because of... Bush!

They really hate that man, don't they:
A long-running war between Democrats and Republicans over Bush-era tax cuts doomed the debt supercommittee's chances of reaching a deal. Efforts to overhaul the tax code may await the same fate as both parties gear up to make taxes a central issue in the 2012 elections.

Republicans insisted during the supercommittee negotiations that curbing tax breaks to raise revenues be coupled with guarantees that all the Bush tax cuts would continue beyond 2012. The tax cuts, which affect families at every income level, were enacted under President George W. Bush and were extended through 2012 under President Barack Obama.

Republicans for years have bashed Democrats as eager to raise taxes — a theme they will employ often in next year's elections — so they weren't about to agree to a tax hike unless they also could take credit for preventing a huge tax increase scheduled to take effect in 2013.

Democrats countered that the supercommittee was created to reduce the budget deficit, not add to it by extending tax cuts. Most Democrats, including Obama, want to extend the Bush tax cuts only to individuals making less than $200,000 a year and married couples making less than $250,000.
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Erdogan: It's Time for Assad to Leave

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has now thrown down the gauntlet over Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's massacres. Assad has killed nearly 4,000 people since the (at first) peaceful protests began in the country earlier this year. Turkey has been a harsh critic, including sheltering defectors from the Syrian military.

Now, Turkey has decided to call for Assad to step aside. This is beyond its previous comments.
But Mr. Erdogan’s comments were notable nonetheless for his explicit language; he likened Mr. Assad to the self-delusional dictators of history who have met violent and messy ends, most recently Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya.

“Just remove yourself from that seat before shedding more blood, before torturing more and for the welfare of your country as well as the region,” Mr. Erdogan said of Mr. Assad in a televised statement at his party meeting in Ankara.
This is a big step diplomatically, and Turkey is also pressuring its allies to isolate Assad. Whether this will come to anything is still in doubt.

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Tony Rezko Sentence: 10 1/2 Years

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's advisor, Tony Rezko, was sentenced today. Rezko, the former Obama confidante, was charged with extorting millions of dollars. This comes as Rezko was already waiting in prison. He will be sentenced to 10 1/2 years in jail, with time served.

His family still supports him:

Several family members called out 'we love you" to Rezko as he was led away.

"That's what an honest man deserves in this country!" one relative shouted outside the courtroom.

When others tried to quiet her, she said: "I don't care, put me in with him!"

But it looks like he deserved it:

Rezko was convicted by a federal jury of extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a Blagojevich confidant. More than two years later, in October 2010, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud over the bogus sale of his pizza restaurants. He still faces sentencing for that conviction as well.

Rezko's lawyers have argued that the harsh conditions he endured since his incarceration have been unprecedented for a white-collar defendant and are a key reason why he should not spend any more time behind bars. While at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago and a jail in Dodge County, Wis., Rezko was often allowed just one hour a day outside his cell, had meals pushed through a slot and was not able to breathe fresh air or see sunlight, they have said.

Glad to see justice done.

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OWS: Those Who Don't Support Us are "Retards"

It never amazes me what the Occupy Wall Street crowd claims on a daily basis.  We've covered claims that the clearing of Zuccotti Park was a "genocide," that protesters were being sent to concentration camps, and that the terrorist attacks of September 11 was an "inside job."  And today, OWS members are declaring those against their movement "retarded."

Here are just a few examples from Twitter and the Occupy Wall Street Website.

"Mentally retarded:"
Those poor laptops (which the corporaaaaations made):
Spelling is not their strong suit:
Poor Bloomberg, his ego will never recover:
Spelling is not their strong suit, part two:
And, wait for it, an attack on Ludwig von Mises (yes, that Ludwig von Mises).  From the Occupy Wall Street website:
And please, please do not insult my or anyone's intelligence, OWS, by saying that this is just a few crazy people.  We have covered exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter exampleafter example of absolutely insane actions by Occupy Wall Street.

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Keep it Classy Hollywood - Lyin' Ass Bitch Played as Bachmann Enters Stage

The Roots, the band at the Jimmy Fallon Show, played the song Lyin' Ass Bitch as Michele Bachmann walked on the stage for her interview.  

To add insult to injury this is how the AP reported this:

The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn't political. 
But I guess I shouldn't expect much better from NBC or the AP for that matter.  

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Q3 GDP Revised Down 20%

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter) according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.

The GDP estimates released today are based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.5 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).

The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from
personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, exports, and federal government spending that were partly offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected accelerations in PCE and in nonresidential fixed investment, a smaller decrease in state and local government spending, a deceleration in imports, and an acceleration in exports that were partly offset by a larger decrease in private inventory investment.
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Congress Didn't Declare Pizza a Vegetable, Apparently

From the Washington Post:
There are many ways for Congress to frustrate the American people. A high-profile failure to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, for example. But declaring pizza sauce a vegetable? That, it turns out, might work even better.

Congress passed a revised agriculture appropriations bill last week, essentially making it easier to count pizza sauce as a serving of vegetables. The move has drawn widespread outrage from consumer advocates and pundits, who see “pizza is a vegetable.” as outlandish.

There’s just one little misperception: Congress didn’t declare pizza to be a vegetable. And, from a strictly nutritional standpoint, there’s decent evidence that lawmakers didn’t exactly bungle this decision.

Let’s revisit the facts: Despite what one might expect from the headlines, if you scour the agriculture appropriations bill, referenced in numerous stories, you won’t find a single mention of the word “pizza,” or even “vegetable,” for that matter.

This is not a fight over pizza. It is, instead, a fight about tomato paste. Specifically, it’s a fight about how much of the product counts as one serving of vegetables.

Right now, tomato paste gets a sort of special treatment under school lunch regulations. Just “an eighth of a cup of tomato paste is credited with as much nutritional value as half a cup of vegetables,” my colleague Dina ElBoghdady explained last week.

The Obama administration guidelines, outlined in January, would have nixed tomato paste’s extra credit, counting a half cup as a half cup.
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Our Military has a Message for OWS

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Corzine May Have Stolen $1.2 Billion from MF Global

If Corzine was a Republican, he would be behind bars instead of running around:
Former Governor Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ) might have outsmarted himself as head of MF Global. A bankruptcy trustee today said that as much as $1.2 billion in customers' funds is missing.

Jon Corzine took over as head of MF Global shortly after he stepped down as Governor of New Jersey. During that time, he bet heavily on European sovereign debt. As those debts started to go bad, he co-mingled customers' settlement cash with the firm's own cash.

On October 29, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Inc.) reported that the New York subsidiary of MF Global was short $600 million in customers' accounts. Two days later, the entire firm declared bankruptcy. Four days after that, Corzine resigned. And today, three weeks after the initial bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee reported that the shortfall was double what he had thought. (See also here.)

Where's the money? Does Jon Corzine have it?

Where's the money? The bankruptcy trustee is trying to find that out. But even a week ago, the Associated Press pointed out that the bankrupt firm might sue Corzine to "claw back" the salary and bonuses it paid him during his tenure as its CEO.

Did he out-and-out steal that money? Ann Barnhardt, of Barnhardt Capital Management, thinks so. (She has ceased operations now, saying that the entire commodity futures-and-options market is worse than a gambling casino. "Russian Roulette" is the metaphor she chose.) The FBI is now looking into possible criminal charges. That might be why Fox News Channel said today that Corzine could be in "Bernie Madoff-style trouble."
Here's looking at you, Scumbag!
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