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Saturday, December 3, 2011
The American Pundit is a rising conservative site that is personally one of my favorite sites. In fact, I actually have it bookmarked on my computer. So, without further ado:
When did you found The American Pundit and why?
The American Pundit was soft-launched in 2006 but started to be regularly updated in 2007. This was in response not only to the Democratic takeover of Congress but the pending presidential election, which it was already clear would be a difficult one for our side of the aisle.
What is your favorite part about running a website? What is the worst part?
The best part? It provides a channel for the venting I used to direct towards the television. It also allows me to connect with like-minded people. Worst part? It can start to take over your life. At a certain point you have to force yourself to walk away for a while, clear your head, and get reacquainted with the non-political side of life. Otherwise it consumes you.
Where do you see your site one year from now?
A year from now I hope to be writing about the desperate actions of a lame duck president during his final days in office.
Do you have a favorite candidate for 2012 yet? If so, why?
I'm leaning towards Newt Gingrich for the moment, though I readily concede he was not my first...or second...or third choice. I like that he does something too many Republicans have been afraid to do: Reject the premise of a question from a hostile moderator or interviewer. Whether I still support him a week or two from now isn't clear. But I'm leaning towards him for now.
Do you believe the Republican nominee will defeat President Obama come 2012?
Frankly, I find too many Republicans have become complacent, assuming the next election is a done deal. It's not. You look at everything that has happened and Barack Obama still has a half-way decent approval rating. As one of my favorite bloggers, Allahpundit, remarked the other day: Despite everything going on in American and around the world, Obama's approval remains just a few positive news cycles away from being above water.
Can we beat Obama? Absolutely. Not only can we beat him, but we can do so resoundingly. But that will take a nominee who can attack both aggressively and effectively. It will take a competent party machine with the structure in place to get out the vote (GOTV). It will take effective marketing. It will take support from third-party groups. It will likely take record-breaking sums of money. It will take dedicated volunteers. But most of all it will require our spreading the truth of the Obama presidency far and wide.
Looking at the way that President Obama has "led" our country, is he doing worse, better, or equal to what you were expecting?
Unfortunately, President Obama is doing just as badly overall as I thought he would. I'm proud to say I recognized from early on that he was from outside mainstream American politics -- that he would push disastrous policies. That he would make President Clinton look conservative.
Is there an issue that you think the Administration is intentionally ignoring or sweeping under the rug?
Goodness. For starters, gay marriage. We're told the president's view is "evolving". In other words, he doesn't want to take a firm position until he sees how things shake out. Another issue would be Guantanamo Bay. He was going to close that within the first year, then reality set in. Now its future is in political limbo. True to his record he likes to vote "present" a lot.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It's my sincere hope that Americans understand how consequential 2012 will be. We're at a crossroads in America. This is a defining moment in the history of our country. To quote (rather extensively, if I may) from Ronald Reagan's famous 1964 address "A Time for Choosing":
"Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, "We don't know how lucky we are." And the Cuban stopped and said, "How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to." In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."
Herman Cain just announced that he's suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination, but that he will remain involved in the political process by advocating for his 9-9-9 plan, and other conservative initiatives. His wife was by his side and the event had the appearance of someone announcing their in it to win it; not I'm dropping out.
The 2012 Republican field is now down to seven: Gingrich, Romney, Paul, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman, but only Gingrich and Perry have a realistic shot of gaining now detached Cainiacs - the others will, on the bright side, have more time at the upcoming debates and will perform better by being there, by default.
What say you?
Republicans in the House of Representatives said on Friday they will attach a bill designed to speed approval of the Keystone pipeline to payroll tax cut legislation House Speaker John Boehner hopes to pass this month.Please bookmark!
The move is designed to ratchet up the heat on President Barack Obama, whose administration has put the Keystone XL pipeline on hold pending a study of a new route, pushing a decision past the 2012 presidential election.
When complete, the pipeline would deliver some 700,000 barrels a day of oilsands crude from the Canadian province of Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Green groups oppose the line because of concerns about greenhouse gas emissions from the mining of the Alberta tar sands and on worries about spills.
Currently, the State Department is mandated by law to approve any pipeline that crosses the U.S. border.
But the unofficial results are scary and sadly vindicating for some of us who warned about the Hosni Mubarak overthrow and the impending islamist upheaval.
Here's the breakdown of results:
The bad news
The Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom and Justice" Party received 40% of the vote in the liberal cities of Alexandria and Cairo, meaning 3.2 million people (out of the 8+ million who voted in stage one) stood with the organization responsible for the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat and gave them super-minority status.
The really bad news
The salafist Al Nour Party, which wants Egypt's constitution to strictly follow the tennants of Islam, received nearly 20% of the vote after only ten months of existance compared to the Brotherhood's 80 year run. This party trailed in the polls with just 10% before votes were cast - they came out of really nowhere to finish second.
The really, really bad news
This was just stage one of Egypt's parliamentary elections, and the other two are going to be held in the even more islamist countryside which will decide who represents the other 66% parliament. The islamists, at their current rate, could control well over 75% of Egypt's government in just one month from now.
What say you?
Friday, December 2, 2011
Multiple sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO Friday that Herman Cain is “leaning toward suspending the campaign,” in the words of one, who stressed no decision has been made.
“He’ll probably get out, but nothing’s been decided,” another source said.
The one-time leader in the Republican presidential polls is scheduled to address supporters at the opening of his Georgia state headquarters Saturday. He was set to meet with his wife Friday to discuss the future of his candidacy at the end of a week at which he and aides repeatedly said he was “reassessing” his candidacy.
Cain himself has sounded conflicted about the decision, saying in interviews this week that he was eager to spare his wife and family any further pain. But at events in Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina this week, he’s taken a defiant tone.
The source cited the toll the period that began on Oct. 30 has taken on his family — something Cain has discussed publicly over the last few days.
These are the people who want to take power in our country.
Oppose war with war:"
Oh the humanity! The NYPD ate pizza:
a repeat appearance from the first tweeter:
Oh, and here's Part 1.
Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain is inviting his top supporters and donors to Atlanta on Saturday for a meeting in which he will give them advance word of whether he intends to continue his campaign, sources close to the campaign said Friday.Please bookmark!
"Tomorrow in Atlanta, I will be making an announcement. But no one is gonna get me to make that prematurely," Cain said Friday at a town hall event in South Carolina.
One supporter who has been summoned to the private session said he believes that Cain is likely to announce he is ending his candidacy.
Another who has been invited to the morning meeting says attendees have been told he has made no decision, but wanted to meet with some of the supporters to express his gratitude.
Several sources indicated that Cain is likely to announce his plans publicly at a news conference after the meeting. Cain had already scheduled an event on Saturday — the grand opening of his national headquarters in his hometown of Atlanta, as well as the announcement of his campaign’s freshly minted senior leadership team for the state of Georgia.
They have been protesting about 'corporate greed' outside St Paul's Cathedral for weeks with an apparent goal to destroy capitalism.
But it seems the Occupy London camp in the heart of the capital's financial district is having trouble controlling its own financial affairs.
This week some demonstrators were accused of becoming 'elitist' with too much power over the group amid accusations of the misuse of funds.
Some were said to regard themselves as 'more equal than others' and have been compared to the ruling elite satirised in George Orwell's famous Animal Farm.
The allegations emerged as the demonstrators met for a meeting in Starbucks on Tuesday but argued about their pot of money and how and when it should be spent, The Times said.
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The owner of an eatery in New York City's Lower Manhattan who said he was forced to let go 25 percent of his staff last month due to the Occupy Wall Street protests now says he might have to close his doors for good come next week.Please bookmark!
Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe, tells FoxNews.com that authorities have not taken down barricades around Zuccotti Park and along Wall Street despite the dwindling number of protesters since they were evicted from their encampment two weeks ago, keeping consumer foot traffic and his profits to a minimum.
“It’s like a siege mentality down here. It’s killing business for everyone down here,” said Epstein, who said he was forced to fire 21 employees after sales dropped 30 percent since the start of the Occupy Movement. “If we don’t get relief, I won’t be able to stay open past Tuesday.”
Epstein says that foot traffic has dropped despite the camp being removed from the area and that he’s losing vital business from tourists that have been avoiding the area.
Officials for the police department said there are no longer barriers at the Milk Street Cafe and haven’t been for some time. Barriers remain at the Stock Exchange, where they have existed long before the cafe opened.
Russia has delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying on Thursday, days after a United Nations commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus.Please bookmark!
Economic and diplomatic pressure has isolated Syrian President Bashar Assad following a nine-month government crackdown against protesters in unrest the United Nations says has killed more than 4,000 people.
Moscow has spoken out against further sanctions imposed by Western and Arab League states, and it has defended its right to sell Syria weapons -- tens of millions of dollars worth last year.
"The contract was completely fulfilled, almost ahead of time," Interfax cited the source as saying of the deal, estimated at $300 million. The source did not say when the deliveries had taken place.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in February that Moscow was pressing ahead with the deal despite Israeli concerns, indicating the missiles might have been delivered earlier this year.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Herman Cain's campaign is revealing suspicions about who is behind the story regarding the former unidentified employees who accused Mr. Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990's.Please bookmark!
According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaign involved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.
According to Politico's Jonathan Martin, Curt Anderson, the Perry advisor who the Cain campaign is accusing of leaking the damaging information, is denying the charges.
The latest Rasmussen survey of likely GOP voters has me worried for the first time that Mitt Romney might not be able to hold on for the nomination, as Newt Gingrich has literally come out of nowhere to crack open a 21 point lead in the long undecided race. I mean, who expected Gingrich to be at 38% in this primary, at any point?
Cain has fallen back to the second-tier with 8%, while all the other candidates - with the exception of Huntsman (now at 3%) have remained steady for the past couple of surveys.
The Gingrich Surge seems to be turning into the Gingrich Tsunami, but we still have several weeks before Iowa and New Hampshire head to the polls, kicking off the 2012 battle for real and pitting 2 strong candidates head-to-head for the GOP nomination.
What say you?
I'm no expert on Egyptian politics by any means, but the first stage of voting was centered in big cities, while the next two will be in rural areas and small cities - and typically the latter is far more islamist in nature than the former, meaning the Muslim Brotherhood could, therotically, capture a pure majority in parliament.
Not good news.
I never really had hope the Arab Spring would result in either freedom or peace, especially in Egypt, but the unbelievably strong showing of the Muslim Brotherhood has even surprised me. I'm now sure that in a couple of years, people will look back at the massive protests and say "why didn't we stop it, and protect our friend, Hosni Mubarak, from going to the way of the Shah?"
What say you?
BACKGROUND: My true story begins back in January 1977 while I was a troubled adolescent youth associating with other at-risk youth in the Center City area of Philadelphia. I was originally introduced to Mr Ed Savitz thru political election campaign social events on behalf of Ed Rendell for Philadelphia District Attorney. These political events were in the South Philly and the Center City area where I worked cleaning up tables and supporting local elected officials. At these political social events I was introduced to Ed Rendell and other local political types by Ed Savitz. These social political events were also a social magnet for wealthy politically connected pedophiles being introduced to unknowing adolescent boys working or socializing at these events. They were openly allowed to socially drink alcohol and unknowingly socialize with these various adult wealthy politically connected pedophiles. Initially Savitz pretended to mentor various boys purchasing alcohol for these various kids. Then while the kids were intoxicated, Savitz (who was subsequently convicted of child molestation and died in prison of AIDS), and other pedophile types attending these political social events, would fondle and sexually exploit these adolescent victims. He offered the intoxicated youth money and gifts in return for sexual acts. All of the warning red flags were up, but unfortunately ignored by many city officials including Philadelphia District Attorney Ed Rendell attending these political social events in the name of politics.
BACKGROND ON CHILD MOLESTOR ED SAVITZ: Edward Isadore Savitz (also known as Uncle Ed, Fast Eddie and Dr. Feel Good) (February 22, 1942 – March 27, 1993) was an American businessman who was arrested for paying thousands of young men for either engaging in anal and oral sex or for giving him dirty underwear and feces, which he kept in pizza boxes in his apartment. Ed Savitz was one of four sons by Russian immigrants Paul and Ann Gechman Savitz. The Savitzes ran an amusement arcade in downtown Philadelphia. Ed ranked first in his class of 278 students, and voted most likely to succeed. He won a full scholarship to study economics at the University of Pennsylvania, but dropped out after two years. His brother, Joseph, a lawyer who once served as a Deputy Pennsylvania Attorney - via FreeBase.com
From Eric Dondero:
Greg Bucceroni contacted Pundit Press early this week, after being shunned by local media in the Philadelphia area.
Bucceroni is a former NJ police ofcr. and currently a youth crime ofcr. in Philadelphia. He explained to LR how he was a victim of convicted pedophile (deceased) Ed Savitz. He was molested on numerous occasions by Savitz sometimes in the presence of top Philadelphia politicians.
We interviewed Greg this morning:
ERIC: Greg, thank you for allowing Libertarian Republican to bring your story to a national audience. Can you tell us why it is that you decided to step forward at this time?
GREG: Well, with everything that is going on at Penn State right now. I just saw former governer Ed Rendell as a commentator on some TV news show. NBC or something. I forgot what it was. And this son-of-a-bitch is out there talking about how horrible the Penn State cover-up is. But he was part of a similar cover-up in the late 1970s, 1980s. He was the Joe Paterno. He was in the same position as Joe Paterno is right now. And just like how Penn State covered it all up, that son-of-a-bitch protected Savitz and the internal politics of the Philadelphia Democrat Party.
The reason I am stepping forward is that I don't want this happening to other young people who may get throwin into the same position I was as a youth.
ERIC: What do you hope will come of this?
GREG: I want to make it a crime to have knowledge of pedophile behavior and not doing anything about it. I want to push national legislation.
ERIC: This is all very brave of you to do this. Are you willing to name names?
GREG: Absolutely. In addition to that scumbag Rendell, there were other witnesses. They decided to look the other way, and throw those kids under the bus, because those pedophiles were wealthy politically-connected businessmen, who were extremely generous to the Philadelphia Democrat Party.
I am willing to name names. You wanna hear names of witnesses. Congressman Bob Brady (photo) who was a political committee person at the time. He is the Chairperson today for the Democrat Party in Philadelphia. He was the one who introduced me to Ed Savitz to be my mentor.
ERIC: Our readers are particularly interested in the politics of the whole situation. How has this affected your view of the Democrat Party?
GREG: I am disgusted with the whole Democrat machine in Philadelphia. I have left the Democrat party. I am a Republican now...
ERIC: Thank you Greg. God Bless. And we hope to have more interviews with you as this story develops in the coming weeks.
GREG: No problem. Contact me any time.
Bucceroni also told PP that he is planning to contact two Republican congressional offices in the Philadelphia area this week, former Eagles linebacker Rep. Jon Runyan who represents a district in South Jersey, and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (photos), to urge them to support such legislation.
Photo credits - PressofAtlantic.com and PhillyBurbs.com Blippit.com Planetware.com
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Former Friend of Ginger White: White and I Had Lesbian Relationship While Cain "Affair" Supposedly Happened
Not only did Ginger White lose a libel case this year, according to a former friend and business partner, Ms. White is a lesbian.
And, on top of all of that, Kimberly Vay, who had a relationship with Ms. White, stated that Herman Cain was "never mentioned" during the years they spent as partners.
According to Reddy, Ginger White, the woman who alleged having a 13-year-long extramarital affair with Herman Cain, was involved in a lesbian relationship with Kimberly Vay, her former business partner.Update- The Examiner took down their story for whatever reason. However, Google cached it here.
"His name has never come up," Vay said, while telling ABC she was involved in a love affair with White for 13 years - the same length of time White said she was involved with Cain.
the Huffington Post, for example, was more than welcome to spread their lies.
But all it takes is a little digging and anyone can find Occupy Wall Street's goal is not only known, it is official. Anyone who argues otherwise is a liar or a moron (or both).
All one needs to do is to go over to OWS's official website. Under the very first article, entitled Who We Are, the group details their goals. Wade through some rambling craziness and you will come to a link (highlighted "open source project" in the article), created and put there by the founders of the protests.
Simply follow that link and in big letters you will see this:
And under their declaration, it reads:
I wonder if Nancy Pelosi still supports them...
Newt Gingrich's momentum is continuing to build, and he now leads Mitt Romney by over 25 points in both Florida and Montana.
In Florida Gingrich is at 47% to 17% for Romney, 15% for Herman Cain, 5% for Ron Paul, 4% for Michele Bachmann, 3% for Jon Huntsman, 2% for Rick Perry, 1% for Rick Santorum, and 0% for Gary Johnson.
Hypocrisy is disgusting, but racism is so much worse. And liberals constantly show their true selves. Here are just a few examples (expletives blurred):
while you are saying racist things:
The Times reported on Wednesday that the mysterious explosion that rocked the city of Isfahan two days ago struck the uranium conversion facility located just outside Iran's third-largest city. According to the British newspaper, satellite images clearly show billowing smoke and destruction, despite Iran's claim that no such blast had taken place.Please bookmark!
The Times quoted Israeli intelligence officials as saying there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident."
The uranium conversion plant is an integral part of Iran's nuclear program, where urania, also known as Yellowcake, is processed into uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6).
From there, the gas is transferred to Iran's nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom.
Iran's official news agency Fars reported Monday night that a loud blast was heard in the city of Isfahan at 2:40 pm local time, but later removed the report.
And that might be in danger too.
According to a new Rasmussen survey of likely New Hampshire primary voters - Romney is hanging on with 34% of the vote, followed by Gingrich at 24%, Paul at 14% and Huntsman rounding out the double digit contenders at 11%. Not good news for the Romney camp when your biggest opponent is in striking distance in your most important state.
These next six weeks will be Romney's tough spot - will he be able to convince Republican voters he is the best qualified to not only defeat Obama, but to replace him at the same time, or will he fall flat, and ultimately the perfectly timed rise of Newt will sweep him into the nomination circle, and end all Romney presidential aspirations.
I'm thinking the race will last for months between Romney and Gingrich, rivaling the epic Clinton vs. Obama delegate battle in 2008, but in order for that to happen voters have to start moving towards my guy, which hasn't happened up to this point and I'm worried it never will.
What say you?
Several small studies have been completed by The University of Waterloo, Ontario and Duke University, the finding show that more ignorant a person is on a complicated issue the more likely they are to allow the government handle it. I would think that Global Warming would be one of these issues, as trying to read some of the scientific data on it is a mind numbing experience.
But, I have to wonder would the results be similar if they studied less complicated issues? We live in a society where government dependency is becoming more and more commonplace. One has to look no further on the record numbers on food stamps at the moment. While there is an economic reason why so many have found themselves in a position to take help from the government at this point in time in our history, can we say that this is not going to lead to more government dependency as time goes on? I don't think that will be clear for quite some time, but it should be a growing concern in this country.
We are seeing Europe going through austerity measures and in Greece the people are not reacting well to having to retire later and getting fewer benefits. Isn't this sort of the same type of thing? Is the average person living in Greece looking at the numbers and looking at the not so healthy world economy? One would think that if they were paying even the least little bit of attention they would realize that the changes are quite literally vital to their country's economic well-being.
Uncertainty brings anxiety, Shepherd and Kay explain, and one way to deal with that anxiety is to “simply outsource personal responsibility to supposed qualified others.”Do we really have "qualified others" in our government at present? I am sure that some are, but just take a look at the failure of the "Super Committee", a committee that was formed that never had a chance of anything but failure. These are the people we should be looking at as qualified?
But here is the money item:
“Being actively critical of something one is dependent on is thought to be psychologically uncomfortable, and therefore avoided in favor of increased perceptions of legitimacy, trust, and desirability. System justification theory posits that people are motivated to justify and legitimize the status quo and the system in which one lives.”Once you have turned over the control to the government you are basically giving them unlimited power to do whatever they want to your life. You become complacent and no longer feel the need or the desire to pay close attention to what is going on around you. You become almost slave like to the whims of people who you have never met, who don't understand your real needs or desires, nor do they care to know. You have given them unbridled power to behave as they so choose. They then become addicted to the power and will say and do anything to hold onto that power.
I have been saying for years that we have no one to blame but ourselves for the mess that we are currently facing. We have the government that we deserve. We expected it work just fine on auto-pilot. Clearly, with trillions of dollars worth of debt, public schools that are failing our children, and public officials that are out of control, we were wrong.
The one bright spot of the research was the following on the Tea Party:
“Generally I think of those movements as representing instances where people are not following our model, possibly because these are people who feel a) a sense of personal control/efficacy, and b) feel like their behavior can create change. This sense of personal control and ability to create change may make people feel less dependent on the government, or change how they respond to perceived dependence. Either way, it means that the individual may be less inclined to truth authority and avoid the issues.”It is clear that we must become more involved in our government and the issues facing this country or we face a life of dependency and outsourcing any sort of control over our own lives.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Reuters article about Republicans backing an extension in tax cuts. Moulitsas then posted an article on his website, once again congratulating Occupy Wall Street for convincing Republicans to do what they normally do.
Most of the dribbling idiots on the site agreed instantly with their master:
Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday cut its credit ratings for many of the world’s largest banks, including Citigroup (NYSE: C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC).
The move follows S&P’s shift, announced earlier this month, in the methods it uses for rating the banks.Please bookmark!
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Corp. each had their long-term credit rating downgraded a single notch to A- from A. Similar cuts were applied to JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).
Dozens of other banks were also affected by S&P’s new criteria and many of the downgrades stemmed from the affected banks’ exposure to the European debt crisis. S&P cited weaker confidence in governments' ability to bail out struggling banks.
The new criteria for rating banks comes in the wake of criticism leveled at all three major rating firms – Moody’s and Fitch’s are the other two -- that they rubber stamped their highest ratings on investment products loaded with subprime mortgages in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
Congress has considered reforming ratings system to remove perceived conflicts of interest.
1. When and why did you become involved in blogging?
I started blogging five years ago. Prior to that, ghost-wrote some dozen books on art, health, and music, but I was always a closet "news junkie" and decided to try my hand at political writing.
2. Do you consider yourself more of a libertarian or conservative?
I am a small-L libertarian.
3. What are President Obama's odds of being re-elected?
That's anyone's guess at this point. I have written several blog entries noting the "conventional wisdom"--that winning reelection is next to impossible when unemployment is north of 9% or a candidate's approval rating is below 47%. But these are just rough benchmarks. An incumbent always has the edge, and the Republicans will not be nominating a candidate that voters are wildly enthusiastic about. Intrade has even money right now on Obama. I think that's a fair assessment of his chances.
4. Do you have a favorite for the GOP nomination yet?
Early on, I liked and admired Herman Cain, but I think he is now toast. Newt Gingrich has baggage, but he is a great debater. I believe the candidate will ultimately be Romney by default.
5. What has been your proudest moment as a writer (blogging and otherwise)?
Publishing my first novel, "Hot Rain," G. P. Putnam's Sons.
6. anything else you'd like to add?
Russia has turned on a new incoming missile early warning system in its westernmost region in response to US plans for a missile shield in Europe.Please bookmark!
President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the system to be activated on a visit to the radar unit in Kaliningrad, a Baltic region bordering EU countries.
The unit is equipped with the new Voronezh-DM radar system.
Mr Medvedev has warned Russian missiles could be deployed on the EU's borders if the shield is installed.
Washington wants an anti-missile shield ready by 2020, arguing that it is necessary to provide protection from the potential missile threat posed by countries like Iran.
Under President George W Bush, the US had initially intended to locate major parts of the shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, but Russia objected vigorously.
When Barack Obama took office in the White House, he scaled back the original ambitions.
Prosecutors and defence will return in January 2012 to discuss the prosecution's request for restitution to Jackson's family.
While the prosecution successfully argued for the maximum term, Murray's lawyers asked that he be kept on probation, saying he is serving "a lifetime sentence of self-punishment".
Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff said he would already be punished for life by being known as "the man who killed Michael Jackson".
In addition, Murray could still lose his licence to practise medicine.
Now, it appears that Cain is actively "re-assessing" his role in the race. Considering that the first round of relatively tenuous accusations had hurt him substantially in the polls, this may be the deathblow. This woman has texts and phone records that seem to back her story up (although we don't know the details). However, she was also involved in a libel lawsuit-- and lost.
With this re-assessment and the polls already dropping for him, Cain may very well be dropping out. I don't believe he can regain the momentum this late in the race. Even if White's allegations are totally false, the damage is done.
As Mr. K wrote, the Cain Train has derailed.