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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cult of Paul

I have long contended that followers of Ron Paul have a cultish tinge to their behavior involving him, even stronger then Barack Obama's passionate base in 2008, but I have never really been able to pick through all the evidence and find that one moment to quickly sum up my point.

Until Dave Weigel's retweet from New Hampshire three hours ago:

Ron Paul protesters invade the outside of Romney's Derry, NH rally. One is reading Ron Paul's book over a megaphone.
Ahhhhhhhh, does anyone else find that last sentence odd in any way?

To me, it sounds like someone brainwashed by a cult leader and then reads his texts aloud to educate those that have not heard the master's word. It just lines up with all the other odd behavior, including the near obsession over anything Paul does and anything negative said about him by his opponents.

I'm just bringing up some valid points.

What say you?

To Buzkashi, Or Not To...

On Danny Butcher's internet radio show tonight, I mentioned the national Afghan sport buzkashi, but now I'm not sure if that was the best idea, because (1) virtually no one understood what I said and (2) they might be disgusted if they research the sport.

I'm considering a brief piece on the sport to educate people on this unique portion of Afghan culture, however, I'm not sure folks will respond to it well.

Which is why I'm leaving it up to you the reader: should I, or shouldn't write about the sport to teach Pundit Press a little more about Afghanistan's culture?

P.S. - The sport is seen being played in Rambo 3, which was based on the Afghan fight against Soviet invaders.

Huntsman's Revenge

As you have probably heard by now, a Ron Paul supporter created and posted an highly anti-Huntsman and borderline racist video depicting the former U.S. Ambassador to China as holding an agenda that is pro-chinese, even using a photo of his adopted Chinese daugther as proof of something sinister.

Mr. Paul has rightly denounced the video, but the damage is still done.

Besides from the downright stupid allegations that Huntsman is secretly anti-american, or controlled by Bejing, they not only damaged Paul by putting his name all over this sleazy video, but they went after a 12 year old girl and potentially did the last thing they wanted to - help Huntsman on the eve of voting.

With the primary in the bag for Romney and Huntsman's political future on the line, voters might just be a little more willing to make the former Ambassador the runner-up to say something against Paul's acolytes and something for Huntsman's foreign policy service to our nation. Not to mention to finally stand up against attacks on the innocent - candidate's children.

They have breathed new fire into a campaign that was hoping for double-digits and third place, while gaining them sympathy from everyone in the political world; not to mention unbelievably free press.

It's gonna interesting to see how this plays out over the next few days.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Uganda Update

The news exploded in October when it was revealed the United States would be sending 100 soldiers to train Ugandan forces in their fight to hunt down and eradicate Joseph Kony and his terrorist organization. No one saw it coming, or really understood why now, but the story has dropped out of everyone's radar.

So whats going on in Uganda?

Well, our soldiers have arrived on ground (their technically in Congo as of last month) and are training our allies to finish off the Lord's Resistance Army, mainly through better information sharing and greater technology to track the terrorists through the jungle and several borders.

And this occuring on the ground while the United Nations and African Union vowed the LRA would be eradicated in 2012 - something every human being should be able to agree with...

All I know is this: if our forces are on the ground assisting the Ugandans, and they have access to better technology now, I'm hopeful we will see the headline - KONY KILLED; LRA DEFEATED - before the year is over, and the sooner the better for the poor people of Uganda, and the bordering countries that have endured his reign of terror for nearly three decades now.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 What Will It Be

The professional doom peddlers would have us believe that because a certain Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 the world is going to end.  With a bang or with a whimper they aren’t sure, but if you will just buy their book, CD, DVD, cruise, or survival pack the end of the world will somehow be better. 
I’m not sure how making piles of more money just before the world is going to end makes a great deal of sense, but then again I’m not wise enough to know the world is going to end with enough lead time to produce my spiffy world ending products that people can buy on credit so what do I know? 
Even the Mayans have been caught up in the world ending money making marketing frenzy.  They are hosting tours and throwing a year-long party even though they know, and they used to point out, that the apocryphal reference in one ancient calendar actually refers to the end of an age not the end of the world.  And the big secret anyone who has studied Mayan culture knows and the doomsday charlatans don’t want us to share is that the Mayans actually had numerous calendars and they don’t all agree.  The so-called long calendar is reset to day 0 every 1,872,000 days.  This is known as The Great Circle.  The next reset date is December 21, 2012.   Many cultures believe in ages. Even presumably educated, though not commercially prophetic, Historians speak of the Age of Enlightenment, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, etc. 
The charlatans pontificate about the advanced astronomical calculations of the Mayans.  It is true they made accurate astronomical observations and for their time were one of the most advanced pre-telescope cultures on earth.  However their understanding of these observations was not along the lines of modern cosmology which is the study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space.  It was less Astronomy and more Astrology.  Ultimately the fact that one of the Mayan calendars ends this year is about as relevant to the unfolding of reality as the fact that this is also the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar.  This isn’t prophecy it is Profit-cy and the theme song of this cottage industry is the cha-ching of the cash register. 
And while the calendar hanging on my wall says, “Don’t Step in the Leadership” which aptly describes what we have experienced for the last few decades. Any calendar’s predictive value for 2012 shouldn’t be taken too seriously. 
So what does 2012 hold?  Will it be boom or will it be doom?  Will it be morning in America or will it be mourning in America?  Will we reclaim our place in the sun or will we continue our precipitous slide into the dustbin of History?  The answer to all these questions is the same: it depends. 
It depends on whether the American electorate once again allows their hope for change to lead them to the hopelessness of more of the same.  Or will we rise above faction, self-indulgence and the mass hypnosis of demagogues and demand that our beloved nation return to its roots.  Will we demand that our government is once again limited, our liberties secure, and our economy free or will we fall for the siren song of “Spreading the wealth around” and sink into the morass of collectivism that has swallowed the hope of millions?  
Looking to the Left all we see is the ultimate realization of the Progressive’s generational dreams of a centrally-planned regimented society based upon the dictum of “From each according to the ability to each according to their need.”  All we can look forward to under a second Obama Administration is a continued slide into the shoddy future of redistribution, political correctness, and loss of international prestige. 
Somewhere amongst the challengers, the Republicans must find someone who is ready to re-invigorate the Constitution limiting government and securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.  Somehow the Republicans must see through the smoke and mirrors of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media attempting to pick a suitable second place finisher to their previously chosen leader.   
Even before the election we are faced with a power-grab by the administration of staggering proportions. 
First there is the 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill ( NDAA 2012) which contains an amendment allowing the use of the military to arrest and confine American citizens indefinitely if they are accused of being a terrorist or of supporting terrorism. 
As we look upon the Constitution voiding legislation passed as part of the NDAA 2012, it should be pointed out, though President Obama threatened to veto the bill, according to the amendment’s co-sponsor Sen. Carl Levin the controversial language inserted into the bill were lobbied for by the Obama White House.  This was a bi-partisan effort to gut the effectiveness of the 4th and 5th amendments, the other co-sponsor being, Republican John McCain once again reaching across the aisles to limit American freedom. 
As bad as this monstrous bill is it was accompanied by a signing statement.   President Obama’s use of signing statements continues the George W. Bush legacy of de facto rule by “executive fiat.”   Often signing statements declare the intent of the executive to interpret laws in directions they were never intended to go.  At times they are used to in effect nullify the very laws just signed.   Further, Barack Obama has backtracked on his campaign promise not to use signing statements and executive orders to circumnavigate legislation signed into law. 
What this inside-the-beltway maneuvering means is that President Obama has signed a law which gives him the power to detain indefinitely American citizens arrested on American soil, a provision he lobbied for while ingenuously criticizing.  He has issued a signing statement which acknowledges the receipt of the power he sought while promising not to use it for “military” detention.  Some are calling this the martial law bill instead of the NDAA 2012.  Whatever you call it, its implications are chilling, and I must admit I never thought I would live to see such a blatant assault upon our constitutional liberties introduced let alone passed in the Congress of the United States and signed by an American president.   
Some have recently told this observer when discussing the unconstitutional aspects of this new federal power, “If they’re terrorists lock them up and throw away the key.”  How could such a provision affect you?   As one recent headline tells us, “Woman allegedly accuses man with Arabic surname of terrorist plane threat after he ends 4-day fling.”  Who might accuse who of what, might end up being a new question in a fundamentally transformed America. 
Then there is President Obama’s decision to rule without Congress.  He has announced this intention repeatedly as part of his “We can’t wait” offensive.   
He is now beginning to make recess appointments while Congress is still in session.  If this is allowed to stand the limits to the president’s power will be hard to locate.  He has taken us to war without Congress, he appoints without Congress, what is it that he cannot do? 
We don’t need Mayan calendars or other gimmicks used by the doom and gloom profit seekers to tell us that 2012 may well spin out of control on many fronts. 
Nothing sums up the Federal spending addiction which is driving us off the cliff better than the comment a Postal worker recently made to this observer after moaning about the possible closing of their tiny rural post office due to shortfalls in the USPS budget, “They print money don’t they?  Why don’t they just print some more?” 
2012, a President determined to rule without Congress, no end to the spending in sight, legislation which could easily turn into martial law, an election choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.   2012 what will it be: boom or doom?  Will it be rebirth or revolution?  The choices we make, in this the most decisive election of our generation, will decide which way we go.  Will we re-limit our government, or will we be swallowed by a bloated federal government?
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 © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

And They Say Conservatives are Anti-Science


I have heard many times that conservatives are anti-science.  This is an accusation thrown around mainly in the concept of global warming or climate change, whatever it is being called today.  We are told that the science is "settled".  Well, that really isn't true.  There are scientists who say that it isn't man-made.  So I would say that it isn't settled.  I don't automatically dismiss the idea of it, but I think that before we spend boatloads of money we should be sure.  

I have also been told that homosexuality is a genetic thing.  Sorry, but there is no proof that it is.  It may very well be, but at this point there is no "gay" gene.  From what I have read, the scientific community seems to believe that there are a variety of factors that goes into homosexuality.  
When all of the work being done to understand causes is put together, the question about what causes homosexuality seems best answered as follows. 
First, science does not have a firm answer that everyone in the field of science let alone everyone else can agree on. The origins of homosexuality are still not clearly understood by scientists.
Most researchers agree that homosexuality is multi-causal and complex; many factors contribute to the development of same-sex attraction. Most researchers, including Dr. Dean Hamer, the "gay gene” researcher who is himself a gay man, agree that homosexuality is due to a combination of social, biological, and psychological factors. Dr. Hamer has said, "Genes are hardware…the data of life’s experiences are processed through the sexual software into the circuits of identity. I suspect the sexual software is a mixture of both genes and environment, in much the same way the software of a computer is a mixture of what’s installed at the factory and what’s added by the user (P. Copeland and D. Hammer (1994) The Science of Desire. New York: Simon and Schuster.)”
 So there seems to be choice involved in it.  So I would like to know why teachers in California have decided that they are going to liberate children of gender.  Liberate you from your gender?  Gender isn't a choice.  It is biological.  This is abusive to young children. They are trying to teach them that biology doesn't matter.  The goal according to the union is that children should feel liberated from stereotypes.  So do we dress our little boys in skirts to send them to school?  Where exactly is this going to lead?  This is the slippery slope of liberalism.  We take young children who are in the process of figuring out who they are and where they belong in the world, and we confuse them more than they already are.  We get them questioning who they are and the values that they are being taught at home by their parents, who by the way should be teaching those values.  

Gender is never choice.  It is biological.  There are hormones that are different between males and females, our body parts are different, we have different functions when it comes to reproduction.  Teaching children that is basic science.  Gender is not in your head.  It isn't a state of mind.  You have a penis or you don't.  Even if you decide to have surgery to "change" your gender, it cannot be done without changing your hormones.  Which says that it is biological.  It further proves that it is science.  

We are blurring the lines between males and females and what is the end game here?  It wasn't all that long ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness.  That all changed when people started to "normalize" it.  While some may think that I am going a bridge too far with this comparison but I truly believe this is just another step in trying to normalize pedophilia the same way that they normalized homosexuality.  

If you are the parent of young children in the public school system in California you need to stand up to this nonsense.  The school system has no right to "liberate" your child of their God-given gender.  This is just one more way that the far left is interfering with the parent child relationship and pushing an agenda that is detrimental to the core family unit in this country.  It must be stopped.  

The only real cure to this is to get a movement going to get more conservatives involved in the school systems, the unions, and the school boards.  We should be teaching our children how to think critically, not that their gender is a state of mind.  


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Romney Doing The Impossible

Republican nominees come from either Iowa or New Hampshire, but up to this point not one has won both of the vital early states, mainly due to the wide gap between ideology and religion between them, but that might change if the polling in the Granite State holds, because Romney is on the verge of the impossible.

Most political whizkids are overlooking the historical and political implications of someone winning both states, especially the impact on South Carolina. There will be no two candidates vying for votes, just one man who won both states and four, or five two-time losers at that point - with Santorum the exception.

With his victory on Tuesday and his expected one next week, Romney is in the best position to win, historically and politically speaking, then any other candidate seeking the GOP nomination in years. South Carolina will ultimately decide whether this race is decided quickly or drags on, but their folk have to be considering the near impossible and rare nature of Romney's one-two punch.

What say you?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elderly-Looking Obama Gives Webcast Speech to Iowa Caucus

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I'd say Mr. Obama is looking like a seventy year old in the video:
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Official Iowa Caucus Results

Via The New York Times, the official results:

Romney - 24.6% - 30,015
Santorum - 24.5% - 30,007
Ron Paul - 21.4% - 26,219
Gingrich - 13.3% - 16,251
Perry - 10.3% - 12,604
Bachmann - 5.0% - 6,073
Huntsman - 0.6% - 745

Herman Cain and Buddy Roemer also received a few dozen votes.

Bachmann Drops Out

After her disappointing sixth place finish in Iowa last night, the one time Not-Romney alternative and Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann suspended her campaign earlier this morning. Bachmann once led Iowa with her brash style of conservatism and her favorite daughter appeal, but she ended up declining due to her below the belt attacks on Perry.

She will return to the House where she will continue to be a thorn in the Republican leadership's side, while working on her re-election campaign in Minnesota, but one thing is uncertain - who will her 5% side with now that she's gone? Especially since her campaign was built up on her being the only true conservative running...

Regardless, Mrs. Bachmann definitely made the race interesting with her in it and now we turn all of our attention to New Hampshire, and who will survive there.

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Michele Bachmann Dropping Out?

It sure looks like it. She's canceled a trip to South Carolina and she's holding a press conference at 11am today. Considering her 6th place finish last night, I wouldn't be too surprised.

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Romney Wins Iowa Caucus

According to Karl Rove, now speaking on Fox News, a high-ranking official in the Republican party has declared that Mitt Romney has won the Iowa Caucus by exactly 14 votes.
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Update- Fox News has confirmed that a second source has verified this report and that Mitt Romney has indeed won.

Update 2, 2:33a.m.- An official from Iowa has just announced that Mitt Romney has won, but by a mere eight votes.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rick Perry: "I am Returning to Texas"

In a campaign speech late Tuesday night, Governor Rick Perry stated that he is "returning to Texas" to reassess whether he is going to continue running for President.

The speech contained several emotional moments, in particular two moments. The first was when he read a letter from an adoring supporter who called him a "great man." The letter described a conversation that Mr. Perry had had with a soldier and how his supporter looked on in awe as he watched Governor Perry call the veteran his "Christian brother."
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The second was when Perry announced that he would be returning to Texas to reassess whether he will continue his pursuit for the White House. Mr. Perry paused several times and appeared to be on the verge of tears as he winded down his speech.

Governor Perry came in fifth place in the Iowa caucus today, barely breaking ten percent of the vote. His announcement tonight likely marks the end to his campaign.

USA Today quotes Perry, "With the voters decision, I decided to return to Texas and determine if there is a path forward."

You can get live Iowa results here.

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Ron Paul Projected to Come in Third in Iowa

With 87.5% of precincts reporting, Pundit Press is projecting that Ron Paul will come in third place in the Iowa caucus.

At 10:51pm, the vote percentages stand at:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.5%
Ron Paul- 21.1%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Ron Paul would have to heavily win the 12.5% of the remaining precincts to get out of third place and it is very unlikely that he will do so.
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Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, however, are much too close in votes to call either way.

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Live Iowa Caucus Results

Update- 2:36AM-

It is official. Mitt Romney has won the Iowa caucus by eight votes:

Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 30,015 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 30,007 votes


Update- 1:51AM- According to Politico, somebody screwed up counting the votes in several counties, and is now reporting that 99.5% of precincts are reporting in:

Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 29,968 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,964 votes (Only 4 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 26,186 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 16,241 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,592 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,070 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 744 votes

Update- 1:12AM- With 99.9% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 29,944 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,926 votes (Only 18 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 26,182 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 16,210 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,574 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,064 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 744 votes

Update- 12:52AM- With 99.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,908 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,874 votes (Only 34 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 26,097 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%, 16,161 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,536 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,056 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 742 votes

Update- 12:33AM- With 98.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,662 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,657 votes (Only 5 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 25,926 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%, 16,002 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,442 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,031 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 734 votes

Update- 12:26AM- With 98.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 29,625 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 29,584 votes (Only 41 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 25,875 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%, 15,974 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,410 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,016 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 732 votes

Update- 12:22AM- With 97.0% reporting (for some reason, AP is declaring a higher percentage reporting but fewer votes):

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,181 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 29,137 votes (Only 44 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,325 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,706 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,181 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,934 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 712 votes

Update- 12:07AM- With 96.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,210 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 29,173 votes (Only 37 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,307 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,722 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,194 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,934 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 712 votes

Update- 11:49PM- With 96.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 29,051 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,938 votes (Only 113 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,121 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,639 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,127 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,926 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 702 votes

Update- 11:43PM- With 95.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 28,948 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,879 votes (Only 69 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,044 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,580 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,093 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,899 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 702 votes

Update- 11:38PM- With 93.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,276 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,147 votes (Only 129 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,325 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,227 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,827 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,786 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 672 votes

Update- 11:35PM- With 93.3% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,242 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,108 votes (Only 134 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,321 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,205 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,827 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,786 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 672 votes

Update- 11:30PM- With 92.8% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,102 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,003 votes (Only 99 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,199 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,120 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,724 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,767 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 668 votes

Update- 11:27PM- With 92.7% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,049 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 27,977 votes (Only 72 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,144 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,097 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,702 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,751 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 668 votes

Update- 11:19PM- With 91.8% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.7%, 27,830 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 27,817 votes (Only 13 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.1%, 23,737 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 14,961 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,600 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,690 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 660 votes

Update- 11:09PM- With 89.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.7%, with 27,101 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.6%, with 26,976 votes
Ron Paul- 21.1%, with 23,155 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, with 14,576 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, with 11,279 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, with 5,576 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, with 645 votes

Update- 11:04PM- With 88.3% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.6%
Ron Paul- 21.1%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:58PM- With 88.1% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.6%
Ron Paul- 21.2%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:51PM- With 87.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.5%
Ron Paul- 21.1%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:49PM- With 79.0% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.9%
Rick Santorum- 24.4%
Ron Paul- 21.2%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.2%
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:46PM- With 60.2% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 25.0%
Mitt Romney- 23.2%
Ron Paul- 21.4%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.6%
Michele Bachmann- 5.4%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:42PM- With 59.1% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.4%
Mitt Romney- 23.5%
Ron Paul- 21.7%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.5%
Michele Bachmann- 5.5%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:40PM- With 53.8% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.2%
Mitt Romney- 23.5%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.4%
Rick Perry- 10.4%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:35PM- With 52.0% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.7%
Ron Paul- 21.6%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.2%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:20PM- With 49.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.6%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.1%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:12PM- With 47.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.7%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.1%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:07PM- With 47.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.8%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.1%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:03PM
Precincts are taking a fairly long time to send in new results. We should have more momentarily.

Update- 9:42PM- With 30.9% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 23.4%
Rick Santorum- 23.0%
Ron Paul- 22.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.2%
Michele Bachmann- 5.8%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:34PM- With 30.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 23.1%
Ron Paul- 23.0%
Rick Santorum- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.8%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:34PM- With 25.8% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 23.1%
Rick Santorum- 22.9%
Ron Paul- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.4%
Michele Bachmann- 5.9%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:31PM- With 24.4% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 23.2%
Mitt Romney- 23.2%
Ron Paul- 23.0%
Newt Gingrich- 13.4%
Rick Perry- 10.4%
Michele Bachmann- 5.9%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:28PM- With 21.9% reporting:

Ron Paul- 23.9%
Rick Santorum- 23.6%
Mitt Romney- 22.2%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.0%
Michele Bachmann- 6.1%
Jon Huntsman- .7%

Update- 9:24PM- With 18.2% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.0%
Rick Santorum- 23.2%
Mitt Romney- 22.6%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 9.8%
Michele Bachmann- 5.9%
Jon Huntsman- .7%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 9:13PM- With 15.9% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.1%
Mitt Romney- 23.0%
Rick Santorum- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.0%
Rick Perry- 9.9%
Michele Bachmann- 6.2%
Jon Huntsman- .7%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 9:11PM- With 15.2% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.0%
Mitt Romney- 23.2%
Rick Santorum- 23.0%
Newt Gingrich- 13.1%
Rick Perry- 9.6%
Michele Bachmann- 6.2%
Jon Huntsman- .7%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 9:06PM- With 10.7% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.2%
Rick Santorum- 23.0%
Mitt Romney- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 9.4%
Michele Bachmann- 6.3%
Jon Huntsman- .6%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 8:54PM- With 6.3% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.2%
Ron Paul- 23.7%
Mitt Romney- 22.3%
Newt Gingrich- 13.6%
Rick Perry- 9.0%
Michele Bachmann- 6.4%
Jon Huntsman- .5%
Herman Cain- .1%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 8:44PM- With 2.8% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 26.2%
Ron Paul- 22.9%
Mitt Romney- 18.0%
Newt Gingrich- 16.2%
Rick Perry- 9.5%
Michele Bachmann- 6.3%
Jon Huntsman- .3%
Herman Cain- .1%
Buddy Roemer- .1%

Update- 8:38PM- With less than 1% reporting:

Ron Paul- 42.9%
Rick Perry- 19.0%
Mitt Romney- 14.3%
Rick Santorum- 14.3%
Newt Gingrich- 9.5%
Michele Bachmann- 0.0%
Jon Huntsman- 0.0%

We at Pundit Press will be updating the results from the Iowa Caucus tonight with plenty of updates. Note that number will not add up to 100% as there will be some votes for Herman Cain, Buddy Roemer, "Other," and "no preference."

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Pundit Press Projects Gingrich to Come in Fourth, Perry in Fifth, and Bachmann in Sixth in Iowa

With the top three positions in the Iowa Caucus still up in the air, Pundit Press is projecting that Newt Gingrich will come in fourth, Rick Perry in fifth, and Michele Bachmann in sixth.
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Iowa Results

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Reason 12,834 to Home School

Virginia just can't seem to keep out of the news lately.  The latest outrage is a bunch of third graders wrote a little diddy they performed in October.  Now, if I am not mistaken a third grader is about 8 or so.  The school says the kids came up with these lyrics totally on their own:



Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes — they’re the 1 percent
I used to be one of the 1 percent
I worked all the time
Never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme
Then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money
Lost my pride
Lost my home
Now I’m part of the 99
Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes — they’re the 1 percent
I used to be sad, now I’m satisfied
’Cause I really have enough
Though I lost my yacht and plane
Didn’t need that extra stuff
Could have been much worse
You don’t need to be first
’Cause I’ve got my friends
Here by my side
Don’t need it all
I’m so happy to be part of the 99
Yeah, I really buy that a group of eight-year-olds came up with this, all by their lonesomes.  On their website, Kid Pan Alley has songs from previous engagements that they have had around the country, some of the songs are named, Christmas in Tennessee, Stinky Socks, Bouncing of the Bottom, and Whispering in Spanish.  So normally these songs take on the silliness and innocence of childhood, yet this particular class wanted to write about the 99%.  
Our public school system should not be a place to push a political agenda.  No matter who is pushing it.  At the age of eight children should be learning how to think and at this point basic information about math, science, improving their reading and writing skills.  Instead the public schools have become a place where parents are forced to entrust their children to people who have an agenda, and to heck with the fact that some parents may not agree with that agenda.  Why are they teaching young children about class warfare?  There is a time and place for these discussions with young children, and a public school is neither that place nor the time in which to engage young, impressionable children about concepts they can't possibly understand at such a tender age.  
Values should be taught at home.  The fact that the school is defending this is reason enough to home school if at all possible.  
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Iowa Caucuses Day

Today is the day Conservatives, Republicans, political junkies and six candidates have been waiting for: the Iowa Caucuses.

Hundreds of thousands of Republican inclined Iowans wont be "picking corn" as Jon Huntsman said last week, but potentially the next President of the United States. And if caucus goers are as unpredictable as recent surveys suggest, the victor might not be known until very late tonight when every precint reports.

I'm guessing Romney and Santorum finish almost even, while Perry places third and Ron Paul drops to fourth - where he belongs - leaving Gingrich and Bachmann barely placing above the bottom feeders... namely, Buddy Roemer and the five dozen diehards who write in Sarah Palin as their last act of devout followship.

One thing is for sure - the race for the nomination is no longer three debates, and two months away, just a couple more hours until the sun shines over Iowa and the regular folks who populate that little slice of midwestern heaven head to their local precints and cast their ballots.

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Harry Burkhart Identified as LA Arson Suspect

From ABC via Yahoo:
Officials this evening identified a man arrested after a series of 52 blazes in the Los Angeles area as Harry Burkhart, 24.

Burkhart was charged this afternoon with one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling, with more charges expected as the investigation proceeds, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters. Burkhart was being held without bail.

"These were serious and potentially deadly crimes that needlessly endangered thousands of innocent lives," Villaraigosa said. "These crimes will not be tolerated."

According to ABC News sources directly involved in the case, the "prime suspect" under arrest told authorities upon his detention, "I hate America."

That suspect, at the time not publicly identified, was believed to be a German national who may have been motivated by a deportation hearing against his mother that took place in Los Angeles County about a week and a half ago, the sources told ABC News exclusively.

The State Department gave the information to the intelligence and operational task forces involved in the manhunt, according to the sources.

The man being held, identified by police as a "person of interest," is now considered a "prime suspect," the sources said.
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Once Again, Rumors of Fidel Castro's Death Inundate Twitter

The death of Fidel Castro would be a significant moment for the world and Cuba, but at the moment he is still alive.  However, if you have been on twitter for the last few hours, thousands of tweets have proclaimed him dead.

The problem: the news source they cite (the Cuba Press) has stated that they have no idea what people are talking about and that they have not declared Castro dead.

Likewise, this "death picture" is making the rounds, but it is almost certainly fake:
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The Bitter and Amoral Attack on how the Santorum Family Mourned Baby Gabriel

Alan Colmes went lower than low with his attack on the way the Santorum family chose to mourn the loss of their baby boy; Gabriel, who died shortly after childbirth.  


I personally have never lost a child, but I have watched others who have.  My best friend died while we were teenagers and another woman I know lost a six week old to SIDS.  Mourning a child is a deeply personal issue and how a family that is grieving that horrible loss have the right to mourn that loss in the way they feel is best for their family.  Rick and Karen Santorum felt that their other children needed to be part of the process of saying goodbye to baby Gabriel.  They needed to see him and have a chance to say goodbye.  While it may not be the way that others would choose to handle it, it was their right as they are their children.  They hurt no one else, they broke no laws and even the hospital thought it would be good for them in dealing with their grief. 


What Alan Colmes is probably the most upset about is the fact that they didn't abort the child the moment they found out he wouldn't live.  But of course they said that their daughter Bela, who is now two, wouldn't live either.  


Any liberal who is not condemning these comments is a bad as Mr. Colmes is.  Alan Colmes has no right to tell a family how to mourn the loss of a newborn baby.  They said good-bye the best way they could and did what they thought was right by God and their other children.  

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Traffic on Official Santorum Website Explodes After Surge in Polls

For months on the campaign trail, former Senator Rick Santorum was an afterthought for many potential voters. However, in the past week, his popularity has increased tremendously right before the Iowa Caucus.

Along with his rising poll numbers, the traffic on RickSantorum.com has exploded as well. The traffic-tracking website Alexa did not even rank RickSantorum.com in the top 100,000 websites on the internet in the three months leading up to the surge. Yet, in the past week, not only has the site gone above 100,000, but it has broken 40,000:
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To put this into a bit of perspective, the Drudge Report is the 385th largest site on the internet and Little Green Footballs is the 83,591th biggest site on the web.  So, in the last week, RickSantorum.com is getting a lot more traffic than Little Green Footballs, but a lot less than Drudge.

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Iowa Predicitions

For what it is worth, here are my predictions for tomorrow's caucus in Iowa.  


While Ron Paul has been falling in the polls over the past week, I still believe he will pull out the victory, but by a small margin.  The reason why is his supporters are loyal to a fault.  They are organized and energized.  They will show up tomorrow night no matter how much snow is on the ground or how cold it is.  No other candidate has that sort of energy behind him.  


Sadly, Romney will come in second.  My thoughts on Romney becoming the nominee are no secret.  Yuck.  But I do believe that it is inevitable at this point.  I will give his campaign credit where credit is due.  Placing in the top three in Iowa is to paraphrase Biden a BFD.  Romney is not the type of candidate that normally does well in Iowa.  The largest part of the republican party are very social conservative.  


Santorum will be the real stunner of tomorrow.  He will have a top three finish.  The problem is that he put all his eggs in the Iowa basket,  and not getting a real return on it until now.  He has no money and very little organization moving forward.  New Hampshire is only 8 days away.  Now Santorum is the type of candidate you would expect to do well in Iowa, but not in New Hampshire.  He lacks any clear economic policy of consequence, so he will not get traction moving forward.  I expect him to drop out right around South Carolina.  


Perry will finish in the top 4.  He also seems to be catching fire again.  He also has social conservative creds that fit well with the average GOP'er in Iowa.  Unlike Santorum, his campaign is still well funded, and he has real plans for the economy and shrinking government.  So he can still catch fire down the road.  He will do well in South Carolina as well.  


Newt's star has faded.  He has little money and his inability to get on the ballot in Virginia and Missouri have shown the cracks of his campaign when it comes to discipline and organization.  As late as 10 days ago he didn't have sponsors to speak for him at every voting location.  He may not still.  Ultimately, people want to vote for a winner and the person who is most likely to run a good general election campaign.  Newt ain't it.  If he manages to get to Super Tuesday, he may be able to pick up some steam and give Romney a run for his money, but does he have the money to last that long?  Not likely.  


Bachmann will finish dead last (Huntsman is not competing in Iowa) and will be dropping out of the campaign within the next 7 to 10 days.  I have said all along she wasn't in it to win it.  She had something to prove to the leadership of the congress who didn't back her desire for place at the leadership table.  


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Vote: Who Would You Support in the Iowa Caucus?

The Republican Iowa Caucus is tomorrow and by all accounts it will be a very close race.  Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have been neck-and-neck in the polls for months now, but a Rick Santorum surge in the last week makes Iowa appear to be a three-way race.  Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich are also on the ballot.

Who will win is completely up in the air at the moment and will be until tomorrow night.  However, right now, who would you vote for if you had a chance to voice your support in the Iowa caucus?  Sure enough, some candidates that are in the race right now may not be in it by the time the primary in your state rolls around, so vote in our poll and make yourself heard now.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Santorum Gives Fantastic Interview on Meet the Press, Destroys Liberal Commentator

I am really starting to like Santorum a lot:


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Massive 7.0 Earthquake Hits Japan, January 1, 2012

Terrible news has just come across the news wires, as a 7.0 earthquake has struck Japan this evening.  More from the Economic Times:
A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit a wide area in eastern and northeastern Japan on Sunday, rattling buildings in Tokyo and jolting the nation still recovering from last year's quake-tsunami mega-disaster.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at 10:58 IST, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, as Emperor Akihito led the country's New Year celebrations by asking people to work together in rebuilding the nation from March's disaster.

There was no immediate information about abnormalities at nuclear reactors including those of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, Kyodo News agency reported. The epicentre of the quake was located near Torishima, a northwestern Pacific island about 560 kilometres south of Tokyo.

The mid-afternoon quake swayed buildings in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, in a New Year message, Emperor Akihito said: "Our country is now going through difficult times because of the earthquake and other factors."
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Trey Scott Atwater Identified in Texas Airport Explosives Case

From MSNBC:
Authorities have charged a member of the U.S. military who was arrested after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, the FBI said Sunday.

Trey Scott Atwater, 30, was stopped at security at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. Saturday. FBI spokesman Mike Martinez said Atwater is being held at the Midland County jail and has been charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane.

He will remain in custody at least until his arraignment Tuesday, given that the courts are closed Monday for the holiday, Martinez said.

Atwater and his wife and family had been visiting relatives in the area and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina, according to local media reports.
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Breaking: Taliban Strikes Bagram Air Base

The source of this is questionable. However, these are the very people that the Obama Administration has stated are not our enemy:
Taliban militants say they have struck the US Bagram Air Base in the north of the Afghan capital Kabul with nine missiles in an attack, which left many casualties.
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And Speaking of a Sense of Entitlement - Drunk Drivers Sues for Medical Expenses



Chelsea Hess, a 22-year-old from South Carolina, is suing the county and a local sports bar to cover her medical expenses after a car accident left her paralyzed.  Ms. Hess was 20 at the time of the accident.  After spending several hours in bar drinking and playing pool she got into her car to drive home without putting on her seat belt.  

Ms. Hess and her attorney have decided that this is the responsibility of the bar, the bartender, and the county.  Apparently, she bares no responsibility at all.  The court documents show that she feels that she should have carded and refused service of the alcohol, the bartender should have also known that she may have been drinking before reaching the sports bar, and then of course, they should have also realized that she was unable to drive due to her drinking.  
'The bartender failed to attempt to ascertain whether or not plaintiff was already impaired by alcohol consumption when she purchased the alcoholic beverage and made sale to plaintiff even though she was unable to legally purchase the alcoholic beverage, and notwithstanding the possibility that she was already impaired by alcohol consumption,
She then follows all this up with county being responsible for the road saying it has not been properly maintained.  
'suddenly dropped off into a large unmaintained area on the shoulder of Alljoj Road, which caused plaintiff to lose control of her vehicle and causing her to roll the vehicle off the side of the road.'
So let me get this straight, a woman who is legally an adult bares no responsibility for going into the bar and ordering the drinks even though it was illegal.  It is all the bartender's fault, even when apparently they are admitting that she had been drinking before even reaching that bar.   Then she gets into her car knowing that she had been drinking and ends up driving on the shoulder of the roadway, then loses control of her car.  She crashes and because she wasn't wearing a seat belt she was ejected from the car and her injuries have left her paralyzed for life.  But that is the fault of the county.  It has nothing to do with her own reckless behavior.  It couldn't possibly be that her own bad choices caused this tragic accident.  

Yes, it is sad that she will spend the rest of her life in wheelchair.  That must be a difficult thing for a young person to face.  But, that doesn't change the fact that she made some very poor choices that evening.  The county didn't force her to drive her car, she did that all on her own.  The bartender didn't force her to drink any of those drinks.  While I agree that bars should be vigilant about making sure that who they are serving is of age, it isn't the sole responsibility of the bartender.  

It seems that young woman didn't learn a great deal from almost dying.  She made choices.  Very bad choices.  She has to learn to live with consequences of those choices and stop putting the blame on others.  Her life is not over.  She can do many great things with her life while in that wheelchair.  It is high time that she accept her fate, take responsibility for her actions, and get on with her life.  

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Santorum Rising

With the Iowa caucuses just two days away now, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has rised to 15% and into third place according to the last Des Moines Register poll before the vote. Romney remains on top with 24% and Paul closely follows at 22%. None of the other candidates come remotely close.

However, the real interesting numbers are revealed when you dig into the margins - during the last day DMR called Iowans, Santorum rised unbeliveably to second place with 22% of the vote - resulting in a spurt of momentum that could allow him to come away the winner of Iowa's caucuses Tuesday night.

Now, I still believe my candidate, Romney, will win this thing because he's the steady tortoise in this race, most voters still believe he's the most electable and he has already reached his 2008 result: 25%, meaning he has to perform better with everything on his side at this point in the race, unlike last time when he was being hammered over religion.

Either way, Santorum is a force to be honest with and Tuesday night is gonna be fun, regardless of who you support.

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Happy New Year

Pundit Press wants to wish all of our loyal readers a happy and healthy new year. Hopefully the same time next year we are waiting for the inauguration of a new President.

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