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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Track Santa Claus on NORAD

I'm sure, with all the Christmas merriment, our site's readers must be wondering about the progress of one Saint Nicholas.  Well, the best place to go to find our where Santa Claus is:  http://www.noradsanta.org/en/.  Yup, go over to NORAD and their watchful gaze will be on that jolly old elf.

Interesting fact: Barack Obama wonders why Santa doesn't get shot down over the no-fly zone of Iran.

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Former Obama Administration Strategist: Attack Iran

From YNet:
A former special adviser on Iran policy to the Obama Administration said that a US-perpetrated strike on the Islamic Republic on is the "least bad" option in dealing with its nuclear threat.

"The truth is that a military strike intended to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, if managed carefully, could spare the region and the world a very real threat and dramatically improve the long-term national security of the United States," Matthew Kroenig, a nuclear security expert at the Council on Foreign Relations who served as a strategist under Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said in an article published by Foreign Affairs Magazine.

Kroenig acknowledged that a military operation in Iran is not an "attractive prospect," but explained that it is within the US' power to minimize the anticipated effects.

"If it does so successfully, it can remove the incentive for other nations in the region to start their own atomic programs and, more broadly, strengthen global nonproliferation by demonstrating that it will use military force to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons," Kroenig wrote.
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Pictures: Obama Campaign Can't Do Third-Grade Math

And these are the people who are trying to "fix" the American economy?

The Obama Campaign has launched a coordinated effort urging people to save money... or something.  On their official Wisconsin, California, and Indiana twitter feeds, the President's campaign is slamming Republicans for their supposed "fuzzy math."  Unfortunately for Obama, he is employing idiots.

Because every:
Single:
Tweet:
Cannot multiply forty times twelve.  By the way, forty times twelve equals four hundred eighty dollars, by my estimation.

Also, if I had forty dollars to burn, I would buy the Obama Campaign a calculator.

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Pictures: Ron Paul Praises David Duke in 1990

"Liberals are notoriously blind to see the sociological effects of their own progress. David Duke was hurt by his past. How many more Dukes are waiting in the wings without such as taint?" As a Republican, I hope there are no David Dukes "in the wings" because David Duke is a disgusting racist.

Either Ron Paul wrote this himself or he, once again, "didn't read" the article before his name got slapped on it. Here's the entire article:
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Ron Paul in 1991: US Soldiers Committing War Criminals

This is the reason why only Ron Paul's staunchest supporters believe he is a viable candidate.  Even (most) Democrats don't wildly accuse our soldiers of this, especially when they are in harm's way:
During the Iraq war, American troops were instructed to use specially equipped tanks to bulldoze the trenches that held Iraqi soldiers- Not a single American was hurt, so meager was the resistance. Thousands of Iraqis, teenagers coerced into the army by the dictator Hussein, were buried alive, while the unprecedented military tactic was hidden from the public through media censorship. Captain Benny Williams, who Led the charge was awarded the Silver Star for his role. Also hidden: the apparent fact that many of the rag-tag teenage soldiers were trying to surrender as they were entombed.
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WHY IS THIS SO HARD??  UPDATE I

The timing could hardly have been better. WHY IS THIS SO HARD? was barely posted when one of the signature “moderate, steady, and electable” squishes of the “mainstream” Republican party reappeared, like Banquo’s ghost, and favored us with more moderate, steady, and electable wisdom. George H.W. Bush, progenitor of the “compassionate conservative” George W. Bush, used his dynamic moment to “unofficially” endorse Mitt Romney. According to CBS News, Mr. Bush told the Houston Chronicle that he is drawn to Romney's "stability, experience, principles," adding, "He's a fine person. . . I just think he's mature and reasonable - not a bomb-thrower." Hold that thought one moment for a disclaimer:

The purpose of this Update is not to beat up on an 87-year-old gentleman who has served his country in a number of ways, some more successful than others. The wider purpose is that he is the perfect metaphor for the moderate, reach-across-the-aisle, “mainstream”, country-club, summers-at-Kennebunkport Republican, of which there are many, and of which Mitt Romney perfectly represents the next generation. Now back to the Update.

In 1979-1980, as the country suffered through the last gasps of Jimmy Carter, H.W. decided that his own stable, mature and reasonable principles would make him the best successor to Carter. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, who had probably never even been to Kennebunkport, had some wild-eyed idea about rescuing the economy with substantial income tax rate cuts. While Reagan lived by his own Eleventh Commandment throughout the primaries (no one can recall a caustic, pithy attack phrase leveled by Reagan against Bush), H.W. never heard of it. He devised, among other things, the brilliant “Voodoo economics” to attack Reagan’s economic plan. Reagan won the nomination, and you will never guess: the phrase “Voodoo economics” appeared on every Democrat billboard and in every Democrat TV ad for the rest of the campaign, frequently  in phrases such as “Even Reagan’s own running-mate thinks his economic plan is sheer Voodoo economics!”

Return now to the “bomb-thrower” comment. H.W. went on to say of Newt Gingrich: "I'm not   his biggest advocate." He revealed his twenty-year grudge against Gingrich for the following act of extreme disloyalty: in the 1988 campaign, H.W. repeated over and over, to thunderous applause, the emphatic and memorable pledge: “Read! – my!! – lips!!! NO! – NEW!! – TAXES!!!” Not long after his election, H.W., succumbing to his own maturity and reasonableness, reached across the aisle to liberal Democrats to pass a substantial tax increase. Newt, then the House Minority Whip, thought H.W. should abide by his most memorable and emphatic campaign pledge.  H.W. thought Newt and the other “leaders” “were all going to walk out into the Rose Garden and announce this deal.” Note that “this” was not a violation of a pledge, or an undermining of Reagan’s very successful economic program; it was just a “deal”. After all, how do mature and reasonable people run a government without making “deals” with their most intractable enemies?

The point of all this? H.W. likes Mitt because he sees himself in Mitt. H.W. hates Newt because Newt thinks presidents ought to keep their most emphatic campaign pledges, and, having successfully arrived at demonstrably stimulative lower tax rates, should not turn right around and raise them again. The very reasons why an H.W. would “unofficially” endorse a Mitt are the very reasons why we should not want a Mitt anywhere near the White House except as a     dinner guest. Candidate Mitt will give us one of two things: 1) A loss to Obama and four truly nightmarish years in which Obama might finish his terrible work; or 2) A win for Mitt, and maybe a second term, in which most of Obama’s terrible work will get done anyway. Time will take care of the H.W.s and the John McCains, but we need to stop replacing them with the Mitts.

Newt has his warts, as we all do. If you don’t like Newt, so be it. But then find someone else. Someone who has given thought to first principles; someone who has at least read the Constitution [a slow reader can read it from start to finish in less than an hour]; someone who might get a tear in their eye repeating the mutual pledge of “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” [or can at least repeat it without snickering].

And urge your relatives and friends to start paying attention. Offer to take them to a tea party gathering; offer to tape Dancing With the Stars for them while they are out so they won’t have to miss it. Try to make them understand that if they wait until three or four days before election day and then read their local paper’s Election Guide, their country may be gone.

MO Atty


Uh Oh: Donald Trump Leaves Republican Party

Can't say I'm terribly sad, but Donald Trump has left the GOP. Unfortunately, he may be setting up a Trump/Bloomberg ticket.

According to the source, he did so because he is “disgusted” with the way Republicans are handling matters in Washington, including the recent payroll tax cut deal. But the move also sets Trump up for a potential third-party run for president — a possibility he began talking about almost as soon as he told his fans in May he wasn’t running.
Trump has sought to reach out to the group, Americans Elect, an online, independent presidential nominating organization that has already made it on the ballot in several states, including California.
“Couple Donald Trump’s name recognition with his extraordinary wealth and Americans Elect truly becomes a viable force in determining who the next president will be,” Trump’s top political adviser Michael Cohen told ABC News. “One thing is for certain, Donald Trump is adamant that Barack Obama must be defeated in 2012 under any circumstances.”

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Video: Ron Paul Boasts His Investment Letter



Hat tip: Huffington Post.

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RNC Finances In The Black

HT: Newsmax

As Christmas nears the Republican Party has something to celebrate: not only did we raise $500,000 more than the DNC in November, but our party was able to pay off $7+ million in debt since Reince Priebus defeated Michael Steele and took over as Chairman and we're now $700,000 in the black.

We still have $13 million in debt, but it's under control and going down every month, due to the solid leadership skills of Chairman Priebus, and his successful efforts to bring back fundraisers who didn't write checks under Steele's scandal ridden tenure.

It has taken a long time to reach this point, but our party has proved something by their own actions - eliminating debt isn't going to happen over the night, but changing leadership and the way you spend begins the long road to recovery that at times looked dire, but in the end will conclude successfully. I hope this occurs in the federal government when we elect a new President next year.

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American Crossroads Ad: "Great"

Good old President Obama, the fourth greatest president in history:



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Blasts Hit Syria, Who's To Blame?

Two blasts have hit the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing approximately 30. That is, if the state-run media is to be believed. The two bombings took place outside of a government security building just as Arab League observers arrived in the country.

State TV said several soldiers and a large number of civilians were killed in two attacks "carried about by suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives against bases of State Security [General Security Directorate] and another branch of the security services" in the upmarket Kfar Sousa district, south-west of the city centre.

The Syrian government is blaming al Qaeda, just as it blamed the group for a 'terrorist' attack on the American embassy in Damascus in 2006. Their condolences about the attack:

“It is regrettable that U.S. policies in the Middle East have fueled extremism, terrorism and anti-U.S. sentiment,” the Syrian Embassy in Washington said in a statement. “The U.S. should ... start looking at the root causes of terrorism and broker a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.”

Chances are it's not al Qaeda, which was helped for years by the Assad regime in attacking targets in Iraq. It could be the Muslim Brotherhood, but this also appears unlikely considering their lack of recent attacks. That leaves two options left:

1. The opposition believes that Assad's dictatorship launched the attack itself to cause civilian casualties and blame it on the opposition. This certainly is a significant possibility.
2. The opposition launched the attack on the security building, mainly killing military or intelligence personnel. It may seem that the opposition would want to take credit for such an attack, but if any civilians were killed, they would not want such publicity. In addition, the regime would not want to accept such an attack publicly because it shows increasing strength and coordination among the rebels.

So it's not immediately clear who actually launched the attack, but expect more to come.





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Good News: British Soccer Brawls Down

And just in time for Christmas! Apparently arrests in Britain related to soccer have dropped, according to the police. Considering the large hooliganism we've seen over the past decades, this is impressive.

There were no arrests at 70% of games in the 2010/11 season, and only one English fan was arrested at the World Cup, after he confronted members of the England team following a match in Cape Town.

Over the past two decades the UK has made steady progress in reducing football-related violence and disorder”

The Home Office said football banning orders continued to have "a positive effect" a decade after their introduction.

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Video: Christopher Hitchens on Michael Moore

Talk about destroying that fat bastard:


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Virginia Primary Ballot Bombshell

HT: The Other McCain

The political bombshell of the night is Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum all failing to achieve the necessary 10,000 signatures to qualify for the Virginia Republican Primary in just two months, while Gingrich and Perry barely managed to pass the threshold, and they could still be bumped off if enough petitions are thrown out.

Leaving Mitt Romnney and Ron Paul as the only candidates with enough signatures to definitively qualify for all 46 delegates up for grabs in one of the most important battleground states in the general election next year.

Talk about epic.

As someone who fully supports the Romney campaign, I'm pleased by this news, because it means Mitt is likely to carry Virginia without much issue, but I am concerned about what it means for our process: nearly half of the GOP field isn't even showing up in one of the states we plan to take back next year, which should leave some doubt about our field's strength in general.

What can you say about this? Epic fail by three candidates who want to be President, but apparently not enough to actually organize any real effort to even show up in Virginia, one of the biggest prizes.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Video: Hitchens on Why Women Aren't Funny



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WHY IS THIS SO HARD?


Where is Ronald Reagan when we need him? Why is his Eleventh Commandment such a hard concept to remember and to follow?
[For readers who don’t recall the Eleventh Commandment, see the picture.] But what did Reagan ever do that would make it a good idea to emulate any of his concepts? How about this: from the very founding of the Republican party in Abraham Lincoln’s day, there have been only two back-to-back Republican presidential landslide victories. Want to guess who holds the record? Stupid old Ronald Reagan (1980, 1984). What about Ike, you say? Close, but no cigar.

But . . . but . . . 1984 was soo long ago. How can we expect our younger, union teacher-educated Republicans to know or remember such things? If only there was some kind of new technology (we could call it “the internet”) where we could learn about such things. If we did have access to such a wonder, we could discover that “mainstream”, “establishment”, “moderate” Republicans did not want any part of Ronald Reagan. They insisted in 1976 that Gerald Ford was the best candidate. He, after all, was moderate, steady, and “electable”. Especially since, during his partial term as the “accidental president,” he had given us “WIN Buttons” and a lifetime Supreme Court seat for the awful John Paul Stevens. Ford went on to stumble his way through a terrible campaign and gave us four horrible years of Jimmy Carter.

Thank God the “establishment” Republicans are always there when we need them. After we barely survived four years of Carter, they tried very hard to give us either Ford again (believe it or not), or George H. W. Bush. Fortunately Reagan won the nomination, but in their wisdom they named H. W. as Reagan’s running mate, because H. W. was moderate, steady, and electable, which, of course, Reagan was not. 

After two landslide election victories and two very successful presidential terms, Reagan was Constitutionally limited and had to step down. The “establishment” nominated H. W. to run for what only the totally clueless (including H. W.) did not realize was Reagan’s third term. Bush did win, and went on to break his pledge not to raise taxes, and to give a lifetime Supreme Court seat to the awful David Souter. After four years the nation realized it had not gotten Ronald Reagan’s third term, and in 1992 handed the White House to the libertine Bill Clinton.

This brings us to the real point of this article: one of Clinton’s first political masterstrokes was naming his wife and a secret committee to devise a secret national healthcare plan (Hillarycare) to be shoved down the throats of unwilling Americans. Enter Newt Gingrich. Gingrich, a “bomb-throwing” “backbencher,” devised the Contract with America and in 1994 astonished the political world by engineering the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years.  Even Ronald Reagan had been unable to accomplish that. Under the circumstances Hillarycare was never even brought to a vote.

Gingrich was elected Speaker of the House and accomplished some notable things, including a very successful welfare reform, the first balanced budget in thirty years, 
and forcing Bill Clinton to state: “The era of big government is over.” But thank God 
the mainstream Republicans were still there when we needed them. The 1996 presidential election loomed and we needed a moderate, steady, and electable candidate. How about Bob Dole? After all, it was also his turn. Dole, a decent person and wounded war veteran, muddled his way through a losing campaign, later going on to make a number of memorable erectile-dysfunction TV commercials. 

Meanwhile Gingrich, surprisingly enough, had made a lot of enemies among the moderate, steady, and electable people of both parties. He resigned from the House before the 2000 election ushered in two terms of the “compassionate conservative,” George W. Bush. Bush did some good things and some very bad things as his eight 
years ground by. 

In 2008 there was no incumbent candidate for president, but thank God we still had the services of the “main-stream” Republicans. Once again we needed a moderate, steady, and electable candidate, even better if it’s his turn. Enter the truly inept John McCain. Has anyone started to see a pattern here? McCain, inexcusably, almost literally gave 
us President Obama. Obama has given us a nightmarish first term, including lifetime Supreme Court seats to the awful “wise Latina” and the awful Elena Kagan.

And here we are. Another presidential election looms. At last we have learned our lesson. We need a candidate that is moderate, steady, and electable, even better if it’s his turn. The description answers itself: Mitt!  He’s rich, preppy, looks good on the cover of GQ, and really, really wants to be president. What could go wrong? 

Mitt, you may recall, gave the long-suffering people of Massachusetts the gift of Romneycare, a literal model for Obamacare. Has he acknowledged any error over this? Not a bit. He bursts with paternal pride at this “accomplishment”. The key difference, you understand, is that with Romneycare, you won’t have to go to Washington to beg some bureaucrat for permission to see the doctor of your choice, you will only have to 
go to your state capitol.

Governor Mitt was also bursting with pride in a press release dated December 7, 2005 (an ironic way to commemorate Pearl Harbor) when he bragged: “Massachusetts is the first and only state to set CO² emissions limits on power plants…the toughest in the nation”; and that in enacting those regulations he had elicited input from “experts” such as “John Holden” (sic – Holdren). That name may ring a bell - John Holdren, a dangerous left-
wing lunatic, today holds the post of Obama science czar. Click around on Google and take a look at some of Holdren’s “expert” ideas. Has Mitt acknowledged any error over this? Not a bit.

Paul Rahe summarizes Mitt well: “He is not an especially well-educated man. He is the son of a businessman, and he is himself a business-school product. He understands management; he believes in management; and he is ready, willing, and able to manage our lives for us. Like many Republicans of similar background, he has given next to no thought to first principles.” 

For obvious reasons the likely Republican primary voters are simply not enthralled with Mitt. Stupid people! Reenter Newt, who comes into the primaries on a shoestring budget. He is not poor, but he is not rich in the Mitt sense. He takes part in every one of the seemingly daily candidate debates. And all he does during each of those debates is give by far the best answers to every question put to him. When the questions can be answered he answers with knowledge and erudition. When the question is ludicrous, [as many are, e.g., tell us what you would do to fix the economy – you have 30 seconds] he chides the questioner (as no other candidate does). When the premise of the question is completely bogus [Have you stopped beating your wife?], he challenges the premise, while other candidates try to fumble their way to an answer.

Newt suggests (correctly) that we need to get a runaway judiciary back within its constitutional bounds. Everyone else freaks out: “Crazy!” “Dangerous!” Unfortunately, Newt (not a lawyer) has read Article III of the Constitution and either the others have 
not, or worse, they don’t care what Article III says. Read it. It is barely one page long. Newt says a runaway court like the Ninth Circuit could be abolished. Article III says: “The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” This 
is what is known as the plain language of the Constitution: Congress may establish a Ninth Circuit, and Congress may disestablish the same Ninth Circuit.

The likely primary voters began to notice the difference in the candidate’s debate performances. Seemingly out of nowhere Newt’s numbers began to rise, and he became 
a serious challenger, perhaps even a likely winner over the Mitt. Once again, the nation turns its lonely eyes to the “mainstream” Republicans. Newt must be stopped. What Eleventh Commandment? This is war! We can’t count on the left to destroy Newt, we have to do it ourselves. Mitt, Michelle, Rick, and the why-won’t-he-just-go-away Ron Paul, get together in the Green Room with the left-wing moderators for fully coordinated attack-Newt sessions. Attack Newt videos and billboards spring up like mushrooms. 

And here is, at least to this writer, a real surprise: some of the most vitriolic attacks come from people one may have thought were reliable conservatives. George Will. Charles Krauthammer! Ann Coulter!! Mark Steyn!!! What is going on? Perhaps some of these folks just aren’t who you thought they were. Mark Steyn relies on anti-Newt statements from John Sununu. You may recall John Sununu as the brilliant advisor who pushed H. W. Bush to break his no new taxes pledge, costing him reelection, and to nominate the awful David Souter to the Supreme Court. Mark, we love you, but John Sununu?!

Newt is not the perfect candidate. Ronald Reagan may not have been the perfect candidate. In reality, there is no such thing as the perfect candidate. The terrible failing of the United States in 2008 was that 53% of the voters were seduced into believing Obama was the perfect candidate. Now we are running out of time. We have to take the best that is available. There was a moment when Abraham Lincoln desperately needed a general who would fight and could win battles. When he noted that Grant might have those qualities, his advisers objected that Grant was reportedly a heavy drinker. Lincoln replied [Pick one]:  A) “That man has too much baggage!” or  B) “Find out what he drinks; I want to send a barrel to each of my other generals.” For us, this may well be one of 
those moments.

MO ATTY


A Different Gospel

A Pew Research Center national survey found that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) believe President Obama is a Muslim and 43% don’t know what religion has our president’s allegiance.  The study goes on to say that 34% of Conservative Republicans believe the president is a Muslim as do 30% of those who disagree with his policies.  Amazingly it also shows that only 46% of Democrats believe Mr. Obama is a Christian.    After more than two years campaigning and two years in office this confusion about the spirituality of the leader of our nation is without precedent.  
As a retired pastor and a continuing follower of Jesus Christ I have often been accused of practicing an exclusivist belief that discriminates between believers and is intolerant of opposing views.  I have often had other believers and non-believers beat me about the ears with Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  The problem with this is that it is addressing the believer who judges non-believers.  In a more related passage I Corinthians 1 5:12 Christians are taught, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?”  Therefore when the President goes on record declaring why he became a Christian it is appropriate for others who profess to be Christians to weigh in, offering their considered judgments and reactions. I say “converted to Christianity” because according to Islamic tradition President Obama as the son of a Muslim Father was born a Muslim.  As a youth in Indonesia he attended an Islamic school and ostensibly lived as a Muslim and was accepted as a Muslim by those around him.   His official records from Indonesia list him as a Muslim, so I don’t believe it is inaccurate or partisan to say he converted to Christianity. 
Moving on to the statement which has opened this door for a Christian to render and express a judgment.  Reacting to the many questions concerning his faith President Obama shared why he became a Christian telling a group of residents in New Mexico that he had become a “Christian by choice.”   The reason for that choice being “the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brother and sister’s keeper.” 
Not to be doctrinaire, there is an answer to the question, “Why have I become a Christian?” that is Biblically sound and universally accepted by those of an Evangelical, Pentecostal or (dare I say it) Fundamental view of the Bible and of faith, and the one our President shared is not that answer.  The answer, which directly addresses the belief that Jesus is THE Way is found in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  This exclusivity, this belief that salvation is found only in the acceptance of Jesus, in the belief that He is God from all eternity, that He came to Earth to bear the burden of our sins, that He died, rose again and ascended into Heaven to come back again one day for those who have chosen Him is the source and the summit of the faith. 
It all relates to the fact that human beings have been separated from God.  Most of us notice along the way that there is something out of phase in this world, something not quite right.  As in, “Why do bad things happen to good people,” or “What's it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live?” Personally I spent thirty years wandering about in a fog thinking, “There’s got to be something more” until I came to the end of myself, read the Gospels, and had to decide whether this good news that there is a way back to God is either true or a lie. I decided it is true, confessed Jesus as my risen Lord, and began a new life. 
This “something’s not quite right” situation is aptly expressed in Romans 5:12-14, “You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we're in— first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn't sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.”    
The Bible doesn’t leave us hanging. It shows us the way home too.  How are we supposed to get across this gulf that exists between us and God?  Someone has to pay the price.  And in Romans 5:6-8 it tells us “Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn't, and doesn't, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn't been so weak, we wouldn't have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” 
That’s it.  He paid the price and we get the benefit.  Any other answer than one which conforms to this is “Another Gospel.”  How do we know this and where does Dr. Owens get off saying this is the one, the only answer?  The ancient creeds (or statements of belief) of the Church testify that this is the Gospel as received by the Apostles and as delivered to the Church. 
Paul the principle author of the New Testament warns us in Galatians 1:6-8 when speaking to believers who were wandering from this simple Gospel, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” 
And this is what the narrative of our President tells us: he believes another gospel a gospel based on collective rather than individual salvation.  He spent more than twenty years sitting in the pew listening to Reverend Wright.  I know he claimed to have never heard anything like the Reverend’s famous “God Damn America” tirade, but is that believable?  The President has said Rev. Wright is the one who led him to the Lord.  Rev. Wright performed the President’s wedding ceremony, and baptized his children.  Most telling of all Mr. Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope is named after one of Wright’s sermons, so it strains credulity to believe he sat there for twenty years and never heard his Pastor preach week in and week out the tenants of Black Liberation Theology, which is a variant of Liberation Theology.   Liberation Theology was condemned by the Catholic Church, whose South American priests developed it as a heresy and not as a true reflection of the Gospel as received by the traditional church.  Pope Benedict went so far as to say, “the visible consequences’ of the ‘deceitful principles’ of liberation theology have been ‘rebellion, division, dissent, offense, anarchy [that] are still being felt.’” And it is this gospel our President follows. 
The question that needs to be asked is do you believe in personal salvation based upon the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus?  Or do you believe in a collective salvation which is diametrically opposed to the truth who was born in a manger, lived a perfect life, died on a cross in payment for sin, and rose from the dead.  President Obama has said he believes his salvation is impossible without a national collective salvation. Christ tells us salvation is possible for all who believe in Him.  Paul tells us that whoever confesses Jesus as Lord and believes in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead will be saved.  I don’t know about you, but I know in whom I believe.   
Celebrate the season and remember the reason.   
Merry Christmas!
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

Aw: Nature Itself Mourning Kim Jong Il's Death

Well, it appears that even nature is saddened by the death of the Dear Leader. According to the North Korean news, there have been bizarre weather patterns since Kim Jong Il's death on Saturday.

Of course, the Glorious Leader could control the weather during his long and prosperous reign, so it should be no surprise to the imperialists.

A snowstorm hit as Mr Kim died and ice on the volcanic Chon lake near his reported birthplace at Mount Paektu cracked, it said.

Following the storm's sudden end at dawn on Tuesday, a message carved in rock - "Mount Paektu, holy mountain of revolution. Kim Jong-il" - glowed brightly, it said. It remained there until sunset.

On the same say, a Manchurian crane also apparently adopted a posture of grief at a statue of the late leader's father in the northern city of Hamhung.

Kim's birth was greeted in a similar fashion. He was born in a log cabin (seriously, they say) and nature was impressed.

The official tales of Kim Jong Il's death have continued the myth that he was born on Mount Paektu, with the moment 'foretold by a swallow' and 'heralded by a double rainbow'.

Maybe Kim was the son of Marx, as was foretold.

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Conservative Think-Tank "The Heritage Foundation" Comes Out Against SOPA

From CNet:
The Heritage Foundation, probably the nation's most influential conservative advocacy group, has long been a reliable ally of large copyright holders. But not when it comes to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.

The venerable think tank, which enjoys close ties with the Republican Party and inspired President Reagan's missile defense program and the GOP's welfare reform effort, warned today that SOPA raises important security and free speech concerns.

"The concern with SOPA is that it enforces private property rights at the expense of other values, such as innovation on the Internet, security of the Internet, and freedom of communication," James Gattuso, Heritage's senior research fellow in regulatory policy, told CNET this evening. While SOPA addresses a "very real problem," he says, it's not necessarily the right solution.

Unlike some Washington advocacy groups that are predictably anti-copyright, Heritage has historically taken the opposite position. It called the Motion Picture Association of America's decision to sue peer-to-peer pirates a "wise choice," and suggested that disrupting P2P networks to curb piracy, an idea that some politicians actually proposed, is a step "in the right direction."...

"The areas that are the most concern are the obligation of service providers to block resolution of IP addresses and the obligation of search engines to block search results," says Gattuso, whose conservative credentials include working at the Federal Communications Commission during the first Bush administration and for then-Vice President Dan Quayle. "Those get to the core issue of why the federal government could be able to interfere with the way the Internet is operated, and the core issue of what people can say and what information they can get on the Web."
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Preview: Game Change

Looks interesting, though I imagine a lefty bias:



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LIFE IN THE ASYLUM


WHERE TO BEGIN?


Today, when one undertakes to address the problems confronting our great country, the phrase that inevitably comes to mind is: Where to begin? No doubt we have successfully dealt with  serious problems in the past. In a second war with Great Britain, our nation’s capital was captured and the White House itself burned to the ground. Yet we prevailed. In our Civil War, the very concept of our national unity was put to a bloody test. Yet we prevailed. We emerged better and stronger after that terrible conflict than in any comparable event in recorded human history. The major reason for that outcome is that a gangly, unphotogenic bumpkin set us on a path to bind up the nation's wounds rather than engage in an orgy of executions and imprisonments.

By the way, if during the last several decades that bumpkin had been a candidate for president, he would not have gotten through the impenetrable media filter. He was not a Democrat, he would not have looked good on the cover of GQ, he was not schooled at Harvard or Yale, and no stock photos of him windsurfing or playing basketball would have been available. Worse yet, he had a propensity to use the word “God”.  He used it six times in his four paragraph second inaugural, while using the first-person singular only twice. Stupid man – he didn’t realize that an inaugural address was the perfect opportunity to blather on for an hour, promoting himself with first-person singulars by the score as they rolled up his teleprompter. Which brings up a perfect opportunity for a Life In The Asylum challenge: if any reader of this column has a child in our wonderful public education system, show the child this column and see if he or she knows who the gangly bumpkin was. Feel free to post the result as a Comment.

Despite our ability to prevail in the past, today’s situation is unique in the sheer number of serious, potentially catastrophic problems that confront us all at once. We have herein identified several of them (not in any particular order): our despicable sham of a “media”, our atrocious joke of an “education” system, and the combination of those two that has given us our absurd method of selecting pygmies as presidential candidates. [The good news is that we will have room for a lot of our recent presidents on Mount Rushmore if we size their images on the mountain in proportion to the presidential stature of the ones already there.]

Lets start with education, because it not only overlaps other problems, but in many ways it holds the key to other problems. For instance, if you (as a staunch Progressive) want to take over our nation’s media, it gives you a nice head start if you have already taken over the journalism schools. And the journalism schools being parts of various colleges, it gives you a nice head start taking over the colleges if you (e.g., Bill Ayers) have never left college since the Summer of Love. The progressive takeover method is admittedly somewhat slow (compared, e.g., to the more direct Hugo Chavez method), but it has the virtue of going almost entirely unnoticed by the somnolent American people.

You do remember Bill Ayers, don’t you? Wikipedia begins his bio as “an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the movement that opposed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.” One might more accurately begin his description as “an unrepentant terrorist whose bombing campaign resulted in multiple fatalities”. In 2001 he published his “memoir,” for promotion of which he posed standing on a crumpled American flag [see picture, prominently featured in “Chicago” magazine]. For reasons at which one can only guess, the University of Illinois at Chicago gave him a career, a fine income, and lofty titles such as “Distinguished Professor of Education”. If you want to barf while thinking about Ayers, click  on the above “educational theorist” link. His other claim to fame was when he lent his living room to introduce our current president (hereafter referred to as “B.O.”) to electoral politics.  B.O. described Ayers as “just a guy in my neighborhood”, and the watchdog media diligently let that pass.


But the point is, for decades we as a nation have allowed Bill Ayers and people like him to be in charge of the curricula in our schools. By electing the inimitable Jimmy Carter, we gave ourselves the Department of Education, and gave people like Bill Ayers the opportunity to take their “education theories” nationwide. When such people control the education schools, the next generation of teachers comes out indoctrinated in such theories and passes garbage on to our children. When such people control the journalism schools, the next generation of “journalists” come out inspired not to report facts to the people, but to promote “social justice” and to “make a difference”. When such people control the law schools, successive generations of lawyers come out with the same inspiration, ultimately giving us lifetime-appointed Justices like the “wise Latina”.

We once had ways, such as the SAT, to gage how well our children were learning under all these new theories, and the answer was always “not too well”. So naturally we needed to dumb down the SAT scoring. When that didn’t work, we naturally needed to make the test partially essay instead of all multiple choice, thereby doing away with the very concept of the “standardized” test. Since that didn’t work either, of course the SAT has to go, and we are working on that. Meanwhile, other tests have been producing award-winning gains by students, the result of a new education theory: widespread cheating by teachers and principals.

Along the way we allowed militant left wing unions to “organize” virtually every one of our teachers, willingly or not, into their corrupt clutches. This was something even a left wing hero like FDR would not permit.  For those who were watching, the militant, organized teachers put on a wonderful display of concern for the children in Madison, Wisconsin not so long ago. These same types of people now have the next generation of Americans as captive indoctrination subjects from kindergarten through college and beyond. And for our trillions of dollars we get people like this in charge of our schools.

Test scores aside, viewing a few videos of the college folks at the Occupy sites tells us a lot. To the extent they are able to articulate a coherent sentence, they frequently express astonishment and anger at the fact and amount of their college loan balances. There is rarely a discussion about having read the loan documents before signing them. [Can we assume that we still require people to sign for government loans?] Naturally their demands include forgiving the loan balances. In other words, free college at the school of their choice. Couple this with B.O.’s inspiration that every American should go to college, and our new path to the future beckons.

But first, we must see to it that any college professor who wants our darlings to do any actual work has been purged from the system. We have begun this process, and not at Berkeley or in Manhattan, but in Orem, Utah [at Utah Valley University]. A professor in the business school dared to inflict several outrages on his students: he wanted them to work in teams (they did not want to), he asked them questions (they wanted him to just lecture), and, take a deep breath, he sometimes called on them even when they did not have their hands raised. The students retaliated by trashing him on their evaluations, and the University denied him tenure (effectively firing him). The matter now resides, of course, in the courts. God help us.

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You Can't Fix Stupid

I am sure many of you have seen or heard about the father of the year who tied up his one-year-old child with duct tape.


The genius then decided to photograph it and post it on facebook under the caption:




The photo went viral shortly after being posted.  I saw it a few nights ago and asked the person who posted it to tell me it was photoshopped.  No such luck.  This child abuser will be dealt with by the police and luckily for that poor little girl, child protective services has gotten involved and God willing she will never have to be subjected to this again. 


But what I found just as disturbing as a father doing this to his helpless child is this quote from a friend of his:



"[He was] being playful with his child, people play with their children differently."
Mr. Curry is now in the cross hairs of law enforcement and child protective services.  But his friend, JeVanna Cubbins, is out running loose in the world.  You can't fix this kind of stupid.   Let's just all hope this woman can't be bothered to vote.  


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Interview with Resourceful Earth News

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 49 in our ongoing series. Today, we're interviewing Beth Shaw from the site Resourceful Earth News, which has been tipping Pundit Press with pertinent news articles for months.

1. When and why was Resourceful Earth News started?

Resourceful Earth was started by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in the summer of 2011 as a forum to call attention to the various obstacles, mainly political, to the responsible stewardship and development of natural resources in the United States from a market-oriented perspective.

2. Do you see the Trans Canada Pipeline (or something like it) being constructed in the near future?


Yes. The pipeline is too important not tot move forward. But something needs to change in Washington first. Obama is allowing radical environmentalists to dictate our natural energy policy. Over the next year taxpayers, industry, and state and local governments all of who would benefit from the low cost energy provided by the pipeline need to force this issue and all natural resource development issues front and center in the Presidential campaign.

3. Is there a future for fracking in the United States?


Yes. Hydraulic fracturing, an American innovation, has already reformed the energy landscape in the United States. It will continue to do so in the future, and time will tell the extent to which the fracking process can extract energy from the ground.

Technological advances in fracking will continue, such as recent developments that allow for fracking without the use of water. These improvements will help to satisfy those opponents who are genuinely concerned by the risks created by hydraulic fracturing, who are separate from those who are against oil and natural gas regardless.

There will always be opposition to both fossil fuels and digging stuff out of the ground, of which the fracking of oil and gas satisfies both. Because of this, there will likely be continued pockets of opposition to fracking, though the economic benefits will hopefully overcome the manageable environmental risks.

4. How does the United States fix its energy needs? Is this possible under Obama?

The most important thing we need to do to meet our energy needs is to develop the natural resources we have right here in the US. Our abundant coal, natural gas, and uranium give us the resources we need to provide reliable and affordable energy for generations to come.

But fixing America’s energy needs is certainly not possible with people like Lisa Jackson at the EPA in charge and her job killing agenda of blocking natural resource development. Obama has consistently come down on the side of radical environmentalists. Yet, we are willing to take him at his word that he wants to get America working again- if so he needs to reign in the radicals in his administration and party on the Hill as they seek to cripple fossil fuels energy and resources development in the US.

The U.S. could also make significant strides in lowering the kilowatt hour cost of electricity by choosing not to allow the EPA to implement increasingly stringent air pollution rules that target coal fired power plants, by deregulating state electric utilities to allow for increased competition, and by ending various programs that support or promote uneconomic forms of energy. This is not possible under Obama

5. Do you see more green energy boondoggles in the near future?

Sadly yes because our energy policy, much driven by the states, is structured for government to pick winners and losers in the energy market. States are increasing ratcheting up renewable portfolio standards where the government mandates a certain percentage of the states energy comes from renewable sources like wind or solar. But these renewables projects are not economic and would never be build in a true free market. The only way these boondoggles will be build is with our taxpayer money. Until we turn back these renewable portfolio standards I only see the “green boondoggles” increasing.

California is a prime example of energy market manipulation as you would expect but even Governor Christie in New Jersey has gotten into the act by giving long term energy contracts to politically connected energy companies to build new natural gas plants in the state in the move that will likely destroy the states competitive energy markets as unfavored competitors struggle to committee against companies that don’t need to follow competitive market rules.

Furthermore what is truly ironic about these green energy boondoggles is that wind and solar projects would be made more economical and perhaps be developed without government handouts if they had a stable and affordable supply of the minerals, metals, and rare earth elements needed to build them but the environmentalist proponents of green energy are also leading the fight to stop mining in the US.

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

Developing American natural resources for energy is not the only crucial development we need in the US. We need to mine the minerals and metals that are the foundation of our modern lives and national defense. China and other countries are quickly dominating the world market for mineral resources. We have abundant deposits here in the US but radical environmentalists and an activist EPA and administration are standing in the way of developing them. What is troubling is that China and other countries are controlling the minerals such as rare earth minerals or even every day minerals like Copper. The result is more manufacturing jobs moving to China because they have the affordable raw resources for manufacturing. Even the win turbines beloved by the environmental community are now being manufactured in China. The most disturbing consequence of US inertia on tapping our vast mineral reserves is that these crucial minerals are also essential to our advanced military weapons systems and the worlds supplies are coming under the control of nations that do not have our best interests at heart.

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Occupy Wall Street Infographic

From a reader, Sean:




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English Soccer Player Charged with... Using Racist Term

Now, if this is true, I'm not condoning any racist language, especially directed at a group or an individual. That being said, American freedom of speech and press protects us from offensive but not illegal speech. For example, "Stalin was really great" is an idiotic thing to say or write, but if it's illegal, it's censorship.

English player John Terry is under charge and may be fined up to 2,500 pounds!

John Terry said: "I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible.

"I have never aimed a racist remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my closest friends.

Chelsea FC has always been fully supportive of John in this matter and will continue to be so”

"I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence."

What's going on?

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My New Hero - Six-Year-Old Spends Prize Winnings on Sick Children


Meet Aiden Moe.  He is a six-year-old little boy who lives in Bryant, North Dakota.  He won a cash prize of $1,000 recently and decided to use that money to buy pillow pets for sick children in Brookings Hospital.    Apparently little Aiden was a patient in that hospital at one time and while there he was given a pillow pet.  He decided that all the sick kids needed to have one too.  
This just warms my heart.  Most kids that age would want a new bike or video game system, but this little kid wanted to give back and help others.  At six he understands the true spirit of Christmas more than many adults do.  His proud mom said:
‘It makes me feel like I raised him well.’
I would say that she is 100% right and she did raise him well.  He is my new hero.




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Cartoon of the Day

We have this one from the UK's Guardian:




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Crappy Movie Alert: Ghost Rider II

Yes, seriously. This is not a joke.



From the description:

As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Wow.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Liberal Dumbass: Having More Jobs Means Having Less Jobs!

I honestly don't know how anyone could not reject this drivel on its face:
With all the political posturing in Congress over the Keystone XL tar-sands oil pipeline, it’s easy to lose sight of the real issue: This pipeline is dangerous, unnecessary, and would cost the American people far more than we can afford. What we’re watching unfold in Washington, DC, is more than just a high-stakes political power play — it’s a scam undertaken by Big Oil’s congressional puppets on the orders of oil companies that have billions of dollars at stake.

The politicians pushing the pipeline are (how can I put this politely?) lying to the American people and pandering for dirty oil money. What do we really stand to gain if this thing is rammed down our throats? Higher gas prices, more air pollution, the threat of poisoned water, and enough carbon pollution to make stopping climate disruption next to impossible — but few of the jobs and none of the huge profits that Big Oil would reap.

Exaggerated job numbers play well to public concern about unemployment and the economy, but they are a hollow promise. The numbers from TransCanada — the company behind the pipeline — have already been discredited as fuzzy math for using tricks like double counting and incidental employment for dancers, choreographers, and speech therapists. Here’s some non-fuzzy math: The pipeline would raise gas prices across the Midwest — hurting both consumers and businesses. Ironically, the pipeline could actually destroy more jobs than it generates...

President Obama did the right and responsible thing by deciding to reevaluate this project. The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is dangerous, unnecessary, and would cost the American people far more than we can afford. We cannot — we must not — let Big Oil and its minions in Congress force it upon us against our will.
Michael Brune: Dumbass
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Video - Whoopi Goldberg Likes Communism in Theory

I don't think everyone agrees that communism even looks good on paper, but she is correct,   theory is not practice.  Communism doesn't work.  

Video: The Hammer on Kim Jong Il's Death



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Check Out Silver Sky Imports

Looking for that special gift for someone? Looking to impress someone in your life with a thoughtful and unique gift? Well, look no further than Silver Sky Imports, which includes Singing Bowls, gongs, and more!

There are many items that you can purchase here, either for yourself or as a gift. Here you can find meditation accessories, prayer flags, spa salts, and the like. If you need a new gong or a singing bowl, this is the place to find them. These reasonably priced items would make an excellent addition to your household. There are dozens of singing bowls available at Silver Sky Imports, as well as other hard to find goods.

So check out Silver Sky Imports for your needs. It's one place that you will be able to find them all in one place.

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Kim Jong Il Death Photo





Hat Tip: Daily Mail

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Video: Romney Won't Call Obama a Socialist



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Buy Amsoil Online and Save

We here at Pundit Press are able to bring to you not only the finest in politics and news, but also products that could be of use, especially in these tough economic times. Every family wants the most for their money, especially if they are relying on a car or multiple cars for their jobs, families, and lives.

So, if your car is such an important part of your life, shouldn't you make sure that you are doing the most to keep it well maintained at the right price. That's why you should consider Amsoil for your vehicle.

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By checking out Amsoil's website, you can inform yourself about why it's the choice for you. There are helpful videos explaining the ins and outs of why it's the top choice. Even better, Amsoil was used by racing champion Bobby Unser-- and you can see the interview where he explains how Amsoil helped him win so many races.

So use this opportunity to check out their site and the chances that you have to save big on all of your synthetic oil needs. You're going to have your oil changed multiple times this year. Why not go with the brand that Bobby Unser counted on?

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Video- Barney Frank "Lets it all Hang Out"

This is a video of Barney Frank in Congress this past week. First: what the hell?!  Second: ewwwww:


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Check Out IDrive for Online Storage Needs

Imagine you are working on that important project on your home computer: a term paper, an important presentation for work, or a legal document. Then a thunderstorm knocks out power or a virus fries your hard drive. What are you going to do if you didn't make sure to back up that file? Do you want to have to go through hours and hours of re-doing the project, or do you want to make sure that you're prepared?

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So check out IDrive to see all of their services and how they can fit your home, family, or business needs.

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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. 

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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.
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