Live Colorado Caucus Results (2/7/12)

Update, 1:27am- With 100% in:

Rick Santorum: 40.2%
Mitt Romney: 34.9%
Newt Gingrich: 12.8%
Ron Paul: 11.8%

Update, 1:23am- With 98.7% in:

Rick Santorum: 38.9%
Mitt Romney: 35.7%
Newt Gingrich: 12.9%
Ron Paul: 12.2%

Update, 12:59am- With 71.1% in:

Rick Santorum: 37.7%
Mitt Romney: 36.0%
Newt Gingrich: 13.6%
Ron Paul: 12.3%

Update, 12:57am- With 69.7% in:

Rick Santorum: 37.7%
Mitt Romney: 36.0%
Newt Gingrich: 13.6%
Ron Paul: 12.3%

Update, 12:50am- With 63.2% in:

Rick Santorum: 36.9%
Mitt Romney: 35.0%
Newt Gingrich: 14.4%
Ron Paul: 13.2%

Update, 12:48am- With 57.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 36.8%
Mitt Romney: 35.6%
Newt Gingrich: 14.2%
Ron Paul: 13.0%

Update, 12:45am- With 55.3% in:

Rick Santorum: 36.3%
Mitt Romney: 36.2%
Newt Gingrich: 13.8%
Ron Paul: 13.3%

Update, 12:09am- With 42.1% in:

Rick Santorum: 42.2%
Mitt Romney: 28.4%
Newt Gingrich: 16.3%
Ron Paul: 12.9%

Update, 11:35pm- With 30.3% in:

Rick Santorum: 42.9%
Mitt Romney: 28.8%
Newt Gingrich: 15.2%
Ron Paul: 13.0%

Update, 11:29pm- With 15.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 47.7%
Mitt Romney: 22.5%
Newt Gingrich: 17.3%
Ron Paul: 12.3%

Update, 9:52pm- With 6.6% in:

Rick Santorum: 49.6%
Newt Gingrich: 21.4%
Mitt Romney: 18.9%
Ron Paul: 9.8%

Update, 9:45pm- With 5.3% in:

Rick Santorum: 48.9%
Newt Gingrich: 21.3%
Mitt Romney: 20.5%
Ron Paul: 9.0%

Update, 9:39pm- With 3.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 49.8%
Newt Gingrich: 23.5%
Mitt Romney: 17.4%
Ron Paul: 9.2%

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Santorum Projected to Win Minnesota

With over 20% of the vote in and a 17% lead, Pundit Press is projecting that Rick Santorum will win Minnesota. Along with Missouri, that is two states that Santorum has won tonight and he is looking surprisingly good in Colorado.

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Live Minnesota Caucus Results (2/7/12)

Rick Santorum is projected to win handily

Update, 10:50pm: With 40.0% in:

Rick Santorum: 45.5%
Ron Paul: 26.8%
Mitt Romney: 16.6%
Newt Gingrich: 10.8%

Update, 10:34pm: With 30.6% in:

Rick Santorum: 45.3%
Ron Paul: 26.6%
Mitt Romney: 16.6%
Newt Gingrich: 11.2%

Update, 10:24pm: With 25.3% in:

Rick Santorum: 44.1%
Ron Paul: 26.8%
Mitt Romney: 17.3%
Newt Gingrich: 11.5%

Update, 10:18pm: With 21.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 43.6%
Ron Paul: 26.8%
Mitt Romney: 17.5%
Newt Gingrich: 11.8%

Update, 10:13pm: With 18.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 43.1%
Ron Paul: 27.1%
Mitt Romney: 17.4%
Newt Gingrich: 11.9%

Update, 9:56pm: With 13.0% in:

Rick Santorum: 43.5%
Ron Paul: 26.7%
Mitt Romney: 17.5%
Newt Gingrich: 12.1%

Update, 9:52pm: With 11.4% in:

Rick Santorum: 44.0%
Ron Paul: 26.5%
Mitt Romney: 17.5%
Newt Gingrich: 11.8%

Update, 9:47pm: With 8.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 44.0%
Ron Paul: 26.5%
Mitt Romney: 17.5%
Newt Gingrich: 11.8%

Update, 9:39pm: With 6.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 43.0%
Ron Paul: 26.9%
Mitt Romney: 17.7%
Newt Gingrich: 12.2%

Update, 9:29pm: With 4.4% in:

Rick Santorum: 44.5%
Ron Paul: 23.8%
Mitt Romney: 19.4%
Newt Gingrich: 12.3%

Update, 9:18pm: With 3.0% in:

Rick Santorum: 46.3%
Ron Paul: 23.5%
Mitt Romney: 17.2%
Newt Gingrich: 12.8%

Update, 9:01pm: With 2.1% in:

Rick Santorum: 49.2%
Ron Paul: 21.7%
Mitt Romney: 14.6%
Newt Gingrich: 14.3%

Update, 8:56pm: With 1.4% in:

Rick Santorum: 49.2%
Ron Paul: 21.7%
Mitt Romney: 14.6%
Newt Gingrich: 14.0%

Update, 8:51pm: With 1.0% in:

Rick Santorum: 44.4%
Ron Paul: 24.9%
Mitt Romney: 17.0%
Newt Gingrich: 13.6%

Update, 8:42pm: With .8% in:

Rick Santorum: 47.7%
Ron Paul: 24.2%
Mitt Romney: 16.2%
Newt Gingrich: 11.6%

Update, 8:38pm: With .2% in:

Rick Santorum: 48.8%
Ron Paul: 28.0%
Mitt Romney: 13.6%
Newt Gingrich: 9.6%

With .01% in:

Rick Santorum: 46.7%
Ron Paul: 40.0%
Mitt Romney: 6.7%
Newt Gingrich: 6.7%

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Rick Santorum Projected to Win Missouri

With an over 23% lead with over 10% of precincts reporting in Missouri, Pundit Press is projecting that Rick Santorum will win that state.
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Live Missouri Primary Results (2/7/12)

Rick Santorum is projected to win handily

Update, 11:01pm- With 90.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 55.4%
Mitt Romney: 25.2%
Ron Paul: 12.0%

Update, 10:35pm- With 80.7% in:

Rick Santorum: 55.0%
Mitt Romney: 25.4%
Ron Paul: 12.1%

Update, 10:20pm- With 68.5% in:

Rick Santorum: 54.9%
Mitt Romney: 25.0%
Ron Paul: 12.2%

Update, 10:12pm- With 62.3% in:

Rick Santorum: 54.6%
Mitt Romney: 25.1%
Ron Paul: 12.2%

Update, 9:56pm- With 54.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 54.4%
Mitt Romney: 25.4%
Ron Paul: 12.0%

Update, 9:54pm- With 44.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 54.2%
Mitt Romney: 25.7%
Ron Paul: 11.8%

Update, 9:46pm- With 40.7% in:

Rick Santorum: 54.0%
Mitt Romney: 25.8%
Ron Paul: 11.9%

Update, 9:44pm- With 37.1% in:

Rick Santorum: 53.7%
Mitt Romney: 25.9%
Ron Paul: 11.8%

Update, 9:40pm- With 29.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 53.3%
Mitt Romney: 26.0%
Ron Paul: 11.9%

Update, 9:30pm- With 22.8% in:

Rick Santorum: 52.4%
Mitt Romney: 26.6%
Ron Paul: 11.7%

Update, 9:18pm- With 14.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 51.1%
Mitt Romney: 27.7%
Ron Paul: 11.5%

Update, 9:13pm- With 10.4% in:

Rick Santorum: 49.7%
Mitt Romney: 28.1%
Ron Paul: 11.7%

Update, 9:07pm- With 8.3% in:

Rick Santorum: 48.2%
Mitt Romney: 29.1%
Ron Paul: 11.6%

Update, 9:03pm- With 2.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 51.3%
Mitt Romney: 28.4%
Ron Paul: 10.9%

Update, 8:52pm- With 2.6% in:

Rick Santorum: 38.3%
Mitt Romney: 35.5%
Ron Paul: 10.9%

Update, 8:47pm- With 1.9% in:

Rick Santorum: 37.1%
Mitt Romney: 36.3%
Ron Paul: 10.9%

Update, 8:40pm- With 1.2% in:

Mitt Romney: 37.6%
Rick Santorum: 35.9%
Ron Paul: 8.6%

Update, 8:39pm- With .9% in:

Rick Santorum: 40.2%
Mitt Romney: 32.6%
Ron Paul: 8.6%

Update, 8:28pm- With .5% in:

Rick Santorum: 42.1%
Mitt Romney: 32.7%
Ron Paul: 9.7%

With .4% in:

Mitt Romney: 36.9%
Rick Santorum: 35.6%
Ron Paul: 9.3%

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Missouri Primary Results 2/7/2012

To find the coming results in Missouri, you can look at the Missouri Secretary of State page here. Newt Gingrich is not on the ballot tonight.

Update: Live results here.

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Watch Romney Speech Live, 2/7/12

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Watch Santorum Speech Live, 2/7/12

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New RNC Ad Slams Obama Hypocrisy on Super PACs

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Breaking: Fugitive Obama Fundraiser Linked to Fast and Furious

Some developing news in the case of Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, who is a fugitive on drug and fraud charges. In 2009 it was discovered that he was involved in a plot to assassinate a rival and bribe Mexican officials.
Juan Jose Rojas Cardona
This has gone public, as has his $200,000 in fundraising done for Barack Obama. Obama has now returned the money, but the scrutiny on Cardona continues. It now appears that Cardona's links to the organized crime world also ties him to the DEA, which ran Operation Fast and Furious. Cardona was allegedly involved with a top drug cartel across the border, which laundered millions with the help of the American government.

Just recently, his brother Carlos attempted to have Juan pardoned by the Democratic Party out of Iowa:
As recently as January of last year, one of Mr. Cardona’s brothers in Chicago, Carlos Rojas Cardona, arranged for the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party to seek a pardon from the governor for Pepe Cardona, according to prosecutors in that state. None was forthcoming.
Wikileaks exposed a US Consulate cable that showed five million dollars in bribes that the Cardona brothers had paid to Mexican politicians, and also exposed that they may be linked to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.
The Consulate also added that the brothers Rojas Cardona may have ties to the cartel of the Beltran Leyva and PAN politicians. 
"T he smugglers, casino operators, and corrupt politicians form a triangle of self-protection, making it difficult for honest cops deal with organized crime. One way for the Mexican government break the cartels would review its policy on licensing of casino "concludes Williamson.
Last month Fox reported that the very same cartel was involved in a similar operation as Fast and Furious, run by the DEA. In this operation, the US helped the group (as well as a Colombian cartel) launder money in exchange for information.
The group of officials conducted at least 15 wire transfers to banks in the United States, Canada and China and smuggled and laundered about $2.5 million in the United States. They lost track of much of that money.
In his testimony, the DEA agent in charge of the operation says DEA agents posing as pilots flew at least one shipment of cocaine from Ecuador to Madrid through a Dallas airport.
The Cardona brothers were one of the most corrupt elements in the casino business in Mexico, bringing in millions of dollars. It is certainly possible that their involvement in the drug industry is far more than said. And considering their role in extortion and bribery, it is certainly possible that they were involved in Operation Fast and Furious or a related event.
President Obama
In addition, since the Cardona brothers were involved in extortion and money rackets, it is not inconceivable that the Beltran Leyva cartel transfered the money to Cardonas casinos to wash their hands of it. Juan Cardona gives $200,000 to Obama and the Justice Department might just pardon him.

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The Hammer: This is Santorum's Chance

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Michael Reagan: "Newt Gingrich Really Needs To Find Out Who Newt Gingrich Is"

hat tip to RCP.

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Video: Controversial Pete Hoekstra "Debbie Spend-it-now" Ad

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Polls: Santorum Has Huge Lead in Both Minnesota and Missouri, in Second in Colorado

Talk about drama if Santorum wins both of these states.

PPP has this poll for Missouri:
Santorum 45, Romney 32, Paul 19

For Minnesota:
Santorum 33, Romney 24, Gingrich 22, Paul 20

And for Colorado:
Romney 37, Santorum 27, Gingrich 21, Paul 13
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New Chrysler Ad: Halftime in America (with Clint Eastwood)

Pretty good ad until it started talking about Detroit "fighting back:"

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Romney Wins Nevada Big

With 89% of precincts reporting, I guess it's officially safe to say Mitt Romney has not only won the Nevada Caucuses, but has done so in stunning fashion: 50% of caucusgoers supported his campaign, while he defeated his next closest opponents by nearly 30% (29 points over Gingrich; 31 over Paul).

Those numbers could still improve, because even though it's early Monday morning - Clark County has still not reported all precints.

Romney - 15,033 - 50%.
Gingrich - 6,463 - 21%.
Ron Paul - 5,611 - 19%.
Santorum - 3,133 - 10%.

This is the second straight double-digit victory and majority/near majority share for Romney, which makes me smile considering the idiotic rhetoric that he couldn't win a majority in the primary season, although no-one brought that up when John McCain didn't get his first majority until Super Tuesday.

The next couple of contests (Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and Missouri) are basically meaningless to every candidate because no delegates are awarded in them, which wont happen again until February 28th, when the Romney-solid states of Arizona and Michigan head to the polls.

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Video: Singer at Super Bowl Halftime Show Flips Off World

In case you missed it:

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Hot Air's Ed Morrissey Endorses Rick Santorum

Here's an excerpt from his article on why he is backing Mr. Santorum:
I could cast a vote happily for Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich in a general election. Both are massive improvements over the current incumbent, and both have admirable qualities that would reflect well on the GOP once in office — even if those admirable qualities aren’t always on display now. I will enthusiastically support any of those three men should they win the nomination. My focus will be on beating Barack Obama and promoting the conservative agenda, in that order, throughout 2012, and I also believe that any of those three could beat Obama in a general election campaign.

Why Santorum? In my estimation, Santorum is the last consistent conservative standing, and the only one both promoting the conservative agenda and campaigning as a conservative in the race. That doesn’t make Santorum perfect; he lacks the executive experience I’d like to see, and some of his positions in the past and present give me pause. However, compared to the heterodoxies of his competitors in the GOP race, Santorum has a superior record on promoting conservative policies and values.

Even more than that, though, Santorum has demonstrated a level of personal integrity in this race that outshines the rest of the field. Santorum has campaigned with blue-collar Reagan Democrats in mind, pushing for an economic plan that would revitalize manufacturing and small business. He could easily have tipped over into class-warfare populism while Gingrich and Romney bashed each other over their work at Bain and Freddie Mac in order to ingratiate himself with that sector by playing on latent envy. Instead, he defended capitalism and both of his competitors on the campaign trail more effectively than either could defend themselves. In contrast, Romney keeps demonstrating a lack of fluency in conservative politics and philosophy, while Gingrich has conducted a personal, angry campaign that threatens to reinforce every negative stereotype about conservatives, both at times putting themselves and their ambitions above the party they seek to lead.
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Former Member of Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff: We Will Attack Anyone Who Attacks Iran

Axis of scumbags. Here are some quotes:
Interviewer: Dr. Leonid, do you think that these preparations and very large maneuvers, which will soon be conducted by Russia, are meant as preparation for war, or rather, a military strike against Iran?


Leonid Ivashov: These maneuvers and training will demonstrate Russia's readiness to use military power to defend its national interests and to bolster its political position. The maneuvers will show that Russia does not want any military operations to be waged against Iran or Syria. I assume that the people in the West and in Israel who design the schemes for a large geopolitical operation in the greater Middle East region draw a direct connection between the situation in Syria and in Iran. Indeed, these two countries are allies, and both are considered guaranteed partners of Russia. The only question, therefore, is who they will try to destroy first as a stable country: Syria or Iran.


A strike against Syria or Iran is an indirect strike against Russia and its interests. Russia would lose important positions and allies in the Arab world. Therefore, by defending Syria, Russia is defending its own interests.

In addition, Russia is thus defending the entire world from Fascism. Everybody should acknowledge that Fascism is making strides on our planet. What they did in Libya is nearly identical to what Hitler and his armies did against Poland and then Russia. Today, therefore, Russia is defending the entire world from Fascism.
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Super Bowl Predictions

After correctly predicting the final score in the Giants-49ers game two weeks ago, I kind of feel obligated to make a Super Bowl prediction. I think the Giants will win, but I am worried about all of the press they are getting and all the people that are picking them. Just because you are a better team doesn't mean you'll win and it doesn't help to get complacent. I'm looking at you 2007 Patriots.
So I tentatively choose the Giants, though I would not be surprised if the Patriots come out and ring their clock in the first quarter, dazing them and forcing them to play catch-up for the rest of the game. So my prediction is:

Giants: 31
Patriots: 24

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Nevada Primary Results

Update- With 71.1% in:

Mitt Romney: 47.6%, 11,822 votes
Newt Gingrich: 22.7%, 5,623
Ron Paul: 18.6% 4,619
Rick Santorum: 11.1%, 2,749

Partial results coming in:

11% in:

Mitt Romney: 41%
Newt Gingrich: 25%
Ron Paul: 22%
Rick Santorum: 13%

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Nevada Caucus Predicions

Well, the Republican caucus in Nevada is as close to a sure thing that an election can get. The real question is how much will Mitt Romney win by. So here are my predictions:

Mitt Romney- 49.8%
Newt Gingrich- 25.3%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Rick Santorum- 10.9%
Other- .6%

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Occupy Wall Street: 'Yup, We're Racists'

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Nevada Votes... Romney

I guess there's no suspense to tonight's Nevada Caucuses: Mitt Romney will win the Silver State big, possibly by thirty points over his closest opponent - topping fifty percent of the vote and winning his second straight state by double digits, while claiming somewhere around 75% of the 28 delegates.

Still, 60,000 individuals are voting tonight, and could very well surprise everyone by making Paul the runner-up, or by giving Gingrich a large share of votes then expected. So there are story lines to come out, just not a change of cast in regards to who comes away with the delegates and the victory.

One thing is for sure: this is the last prize until February 28th, when Arizona and Michigan vote, with several non-binding caucuses and primaries in between that really don't mean much, expect to gauge momentum and sentiment in the party ranks, which have been trending towards Romney the past two weeks.

Either way, if you're a Republican and you have the time to vote - VOTE! Only you can make your voice heard and your vote count. Don't rely on anyone but yourself to represent you.

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Russia, China Veto UN move to Rebuke Syrian War Criminal, Bashar Al-Assad

Russia and China are trembling because they realize that authoritarian governments are being overthrown. These scumbags have to stand together, I guess. From MSNBC:
Amid fresh bloodshed in the Syrian city of Homs, the U.N. Security Council on Saturday failed to pass a resolution calling on the Syrian president to step down.

Russia and China vetoed the resolution endorsing an Arab League call for Bashar Assad to leave power. The other 13 council members, including the U.S., France and Britain, voted in favor of the resolution.

The vote took place as Syrian forces pummeled the city of Homs with mortar and artillery fire that activists say killed more than 200 people in one of the bloodiest episodes of the uprising against Assad's regime. The U.N. says more than 5,400 people have been killed over almost 11 months in a Syrian government crackdown on civilian protests.

Spurred by the latest violence, Western nations pressed for the U.N. vote.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it had not been possible to work constructively with Russia ahead of the vote. "I thought that there might be some ways to bridge, even at this last moment, a few of the concerns that the Russians had. I offered to work in a constructive manner to do so. That has not been possible,'' she told reporters at a security conference in Munich.
Al-Assad: Douchebag
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New Poll: Santorum Would Beat President Obama

From Rasmussen:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends).

In a potential Election 2012 matchup, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is at 45% while President Obama earns 44%. This is the first time in any poll that Santorum has led the president. Several other GOP challengers have led the president a single time in the polls including Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich. Each man briefly held the lead while they were surging in the polls, only to fall quickly. It remains to be seen what will happen to Santorum’s support.

Santorum gets 78% of the Republican vote and leads by ten among those not affiliated with either major party. President Obama get 83% of the Democratic vote in that matchup. Santorum leads by 16 points among men but trails by 12 among women. As is typically the case in all matchups, the president leads among those under 40 while the GOP hopeful leads among those who are over 40.
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Surprise! Iran Using Occupy Wall Street Slogans

A lot has been written about the nexus of Islamist ideology and the far left in America and Europe. With pressure mounting on the Islamic Republic of Iran, it's not surprising that the theocracy would use the slogans of the American left to protest American intervention in the Middle East.

But exactly?

Take a look at this picture from Reuters from November. Read the placard. Look familiar?

Just in case you can't read the protest sign it says:
Wall Street %99. Down with USA.
That doesn't sound familiar, does it?

What about this one from the UPI showing a protest in Iran:

And of course, the supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a big fan, as well:
Khamenei noted that the U.S. government will not be able to eliminate this movement’s roots and that the realities of the capitalist system should be a lesson for those following the Western capitalist system. He even went on to say, “The roots of this movement will grow in such a way that will knock the U.S. and Western capitalist system to the ground. … The people of the United States are protesting the rule of the 1 percent minority over the 99 percent majority who have spent the money and taxes paid by the people of the United States on waging wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and supporting the Zionist regime.”
And as Jim Hoft reported in October, the Iranian militia the Basij even started an Occupy website to counter the "Zionist media."

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Video- Lunch Scholars (A Video About Our Broken Educational System)

Prepare to cringe. When asked who the current Vice President is, one student answered "bin Laden:"

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Blogger Who Broke Fast and Furious: Republican "Limp-Dicks" Going Soft on Gunwalking

From Talking Points Memo:
Mike Vanderboegh is drinking Diet Mountain Dew in the cafeteria of the Rayburn building on Capitol Hill, and he is pissed.

Not because his flight from Alabama was almost “as bumpy as [his] first marriage,” nor because he almost got into a physical altercation with an “idiot street urban adventurer” outside the National Archives who said Vanderboegh looked like Newt Gingrich.

The former militia man turned gun rights blogger is angry because he thinks the Republican “sons-a-bitches” on the House Oversight Committee put on the “ultimate display of public limp dickery” during a Thursday hearing in which Attorney General Eric Holder testified about ATF’s botched Operation Fast and Furious.

It was Vanderboegh who in late 2010, following the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry, published the first hint that the federal government told gun dealers to sell semi-automatic weapons to suspected “straw purchasers” they believed were buying them for drug cartels.

Donations from readers of his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog helped him fly out to Washington, D.C. this week for the hearing. Sporting a homemade press pass in a badge holder branded with an NRA logo, Vanderboegh watched from behind the press table as Republicans grilled Holder about what he knew when about the flawed operation in which agents lost track of about 2,000 weapons, many of which have been found at crime scenes in Mexico.
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DNC Releases New Crappy Anti-Romney Ad

I don't particularly like Romney, but when you have to take quotes out of context to "prove" a point, you are simply dishonest:

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Roseanne Barr Running for President

Have a vomit bag handy. From Yahoo:
Roseanne Barr said Thursday she's running for the Green Party's presidential nomination — and it's no joke.

The actress-comedian said in a statement that she's a longtime supporter of the party and looks forward to working with people who share her values. She said the two major parties aren't serving the American people.

"The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants -- bought and paid for by the 1 percent -- who are not doing what's in the best interest of the American people," Barr said.
Occupy Wall Street protesters popularized the "We are the 99 percent" slogan in their fight against economic disparity and perceived corporate greed.

Barr has submitted paperwork to the Green Party for her candidacy. The party's presidential nominee will be selected at a convention in Baltimore in July...

"I will barnstorm American living rooms," she said in a candidate questionnaire submitted to the Green Party. "Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election."
Ahhhhh, my eyes
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If We Don’t Win We Lose

America’s slide from the forefront of freedom to the swamp of collectivist social engineering didn’t start with the current manager of our decline and his Cavalcade of Czars.  It didn’t start with President Obama’s favorite foil and arch-nemesis the man the Corporations-Once-Known-as-the Mainstream-Media love to hate, George Bush, the Younger.  It didn’t start with the Bush-Clinton decade + 2 of continuous government growth, its thousand points of light or its thousand points of light or its Hillarycare.  
Even Ronaldus Magnus, the last good President left Washington bigger than he found it.   
Jimmy Carter not only walked in the Inaugural Parade he walked us into the grip of a Department of Energy that works tirelessly to limit our energy production and a Department of Education that presides over the greatest decline in education in world History.   He chastised us in his malaise speech about our crisis of confidence never realizing it was our confidence in him not our country that was hobbling America.  And what was his advice?  Should we work harder, invent more, or launch out in bold new ways?  No he suggested we wear sweaters and turn the heat down.  Managing the decline has long been the theme song of those who see America’s glory days in the rearview mirror instead of in the headlights as we travel towards the future. 
What about Nixon?  Forget about it!  He gave us price controls, OSHA, and the EPA.  He took us off the gold standard and left us at the mercy of the Federal Reserve, all this from the conservative wing of the Dualocracy which is the bi-polar Party of Power. 
Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society, Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamp revolution created the entitlement monsters which are poised to devour the budget.   
Though he cut taxes to spur the economy, Kennedy with his phony missile gap and foreign policy blunders did little besides set the stage for Johnson.   
Eisenhower spent eight years guiding the construction of the Military Industrial Complex he warned us about as he left the stage.  
The Fair Deal was merely Truman’s election driven attempt to increase the size, scope, and power of FDR’s New Deal which was a massive and unprecedented intrusion of the central government into the economic and social life of America.  
FDR was the 20th century poster boy when it comes to stretching the size of government and putting the stamp of entitlement as the cause on liberty’s death certificate.   
Hoover, contrary to FDR’s story line and the accepted version of America’s History, responded to the stock market crash with a massive extension of government and its programs.  The Great Engineer, as he was known before his name became a household word for failed presidency, was a champion of government intervention, and though today his devotion to the tenets of laissez-faire are blamed for the depression when it was instead his federal interference that provided a deep recession for FDR to turn into the Great Depression. 
Silent Cal Coolidge was America’s last limited President.  He limited himself and stayed with the confines of the Constitution.   
Harding tried but died.   
Wilson used the War he bragged of keeping us out of as the excuse to arrest and detain citizens, seize control of the economy, foster segregation and racism, and generally slap the cuffs of a greatly expanded central government on America’s wrists.   
Taft was Teddy Roosevelt’s handpicked successor.  And although he continued the Progressive agenda of attacking business and expanding government he didn’t do enough.  So Roosevelt broke him and his presidency running against him splitting the Republican vote and opening the door for the Progressive Democrat Wilson. 
Teddy was the grandfather of them all.  His trust busting interventionism was Progressivism personified.
Though this may be the litany of the current gang of statists who are poised to smother freedom, the struggle to keep constitutionally limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom alive has been one long series of attack defenses declines and rebirths. 
The second President, John Adams, was a man who helped write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  He was a man who worked tirelessly for the ratification of the Constitution, and passed and signed the Alien and Sedition Acts under which he arrested people who criticized him, his administration or his policies.  From there it goes on and on.   
Jefferson compromised his beliefs about the limited power of the central government and purchased Louisiana without Constitutional authority, a good deal but a bad precedent.   Monroe committed America to defending the entire Western Hemisphere. Polk sent American troops into territory internationally recognized as part of Mexico and then asked for a declaration of war when Mexican troops fired on those troops.  LincolnUnion though the Constitution does not grant that power to the Federal Government. The 10th Amendment strictly prohibits the Federal Government from having any powers not expressly delegated to it, and at least one state, Virginia, in their ratification convention suspended the right of habeas corpus whenever he needed to in order to maintain the expressly considered the Union voluntary and reserved the right to secede.   
From one battle to another America’s freedom fighters have stood before the Leviathan of Central Government and clung relentlessly to the promises first set forth in the founding document of the United States of America, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Considering that these uplifting and timeless words of human liberty were penned by a slaveholder and that it took four score and nine years for this stain to be removed from our nation we can see that our road away from serfdom has always been one of fits and starts.  
Today we face the next great challenge.  Progressivism, America’s current variation on the age-old theme of government knows best is poised to break the bounds of limited government, regiment the people, and smother the economy.  After more than one hundred years of incremental growth in just three years the promises of hope and change have broken the bank and mortgaged the future.  One more term of this profligate spending and oppressive regulations and they will kill the golden goose.   
The forces of freedom cannot afford to lose this next election to the purveyors of class warfare and division.  If we do this great experiment in limited government, personal liberty and economic liberty will have progressed from a new country on the margins of civilization to the greatest power the world has ever known, to just another socially engineered centrally planned economically shackled democracy voting itself benefits it can’t afford. 
Our adversaries believe they have stacked the deck by taking control of both major political parties which operate as two wings on the same bird of prey.  They hope by nominating a Progressive in both parties there will be no way for the forces of freedom to prevail. 
Our ranks are filled with those who have been in the trenches for a lifetime and are weary of the fight.  They have been joined by the recently awakened who know little of the history and less of the tactics.  Our opposition is comprised of the slickest, best funded, and most corrupt professional politicians, labor barons, and crony capitalists the world has ever seen with thousands of Occupy storm troopers thrown in for good measure.  The odds are against us.  The smart money is betting on the victory of the all-powerful government, lining up to get their deals and haul away the loot. 
The odds have always been against us.  We fought the greatest empire in the world to gain our freedom.  We have persevered and prevailed against plot after plot to extinguish the light of liberty and in this battle too we must remember that the one we should never be forgotten told us long ago, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”    
Yes, the blood of more than 54,000,000 innocent lives cry out for justice, yes we as a people have legalized what should be unlawful and condoned what should be condemned.  Yes, we have fallen from the high road and are weakened by an entitlement mentality and an addiction to entertainment.  But we are the American people.  We are, “We the People” and if we will but turn and acknowledge the one who has given us everything we have a chance. 
The time is now.  The place is here.  We are the people we have been waiting for.  We must rise to the occasion.  We must win this battle because if we don’t win we lose. 
Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome. 
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

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Romney Leads Nevada Big

HT: Las Vegas Review-Journal

According to the first poll released in Nevada before their caucus on Saturday, Mitt Romney holds a commanding twenty point lead in the Silver State over his closest competitor Newt Gingrich, and an thirty-four point lead over Rick Santorum.

Romney - 45%.
Gingrich - 25%.
Santorum - 11%.
Ron Paul - 9%.
Undecided - 9%.

Romney's base of support is unsurprisingly Mormon voters, who favor him by 85.5%, but he is also leading among Protestant (38.4%) and Catholic (38.3%) voters, while blowing out his 3 competitors with young voters (55.6%). And better for him - this poll was conducted before his blowout Florida victory.

This statewide poll was conducted by the Cannon Survey Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and 426 Republicans who said they plan to participate in the caucus were interviewed.

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Obama to Release Taliban Leaders from Gitmo

President Barack Obama has decided to release 5 Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay in order to further peace negotiations with the terrorist organization that has swore to overthrow the currently democratic government once NATO/Coalition forces leave at the end of 2014.

What the hell is wrong with this asshole in the Oval Office?

He's not only talking to terrorists, who have no interest in peace or civil government in Afghanistan today, tomorrow, or one hundred years from now, but he's releasing five of the worst individuals in United States custody, who are responsible for the deaths of untold amounts, to gain good will with barbarians.

Obama is flushing ten years of United States, NATO, and Afghan hard work down the drain. I don't know why, because I'm pretty sure the American public (and lets not forget who were betraying first and foremost - Afghanistan) don't like the idea of seeing all our blood and treasure go to waste - not for the reason the war wasn't worth it, but because the idiots in Washington screwed our mission over.

The War in Afghanistan has been worth it. We have killed or captured thousands of al-Qaida, Taliban and other jihadists, while freeing the Afghan people and using our military bases to take out Osama... However, our current President is attempting to erase ten years of progress by legitimizing the people responsible for all that aforementioned anguish.

Obama's no Lincoln... He's selling those freed back to their slave masters faster then he can think of ways to.

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Trump to Endorse Romney

Donald Trump will endorse Mitt Romney for president, sources with knowledge of the endorsement tell CNN.

Trump will make the announcement Thursday in Las Vegas, two days before the Nevada caucuses.
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Liberal Logic On Finger Pointing

This great graphic was put together by the folks at All American Blogger. If Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's finger pointing at President Obama was a racist act, what about all of the finger pointing by President Obama and the liberal left?

The liberal left sincerely believes that conservative ideas are code for racist ideas. Leftists think that the conservatives they know just don't understand the racist implications of the ideas they express.

To dislike George W. Bush, if you are a liberal, is very understandable; to think he is the incarnation of evil is unhinged. To dislike Tea Partiers because you dislike their ideas is fine, but to treat them like violent, racist anarchists is clearly unhinged. These primarily middle aged working adults, left the national mall cleaner than they found it and have had no significant violence associated with the movement.

Conservatives may be frustrated by OWS, but we just roll our eyes and make fun of their silliness. The liberal left holds them up as paragons of virtue, in spite of their lice and rat infested dirtiness and the violence that occurred all around them. In the same way they dislike Obama's bad ideas without needing to vilify him as more than frustratingly naive and incompetent.

Conservatives see these as examples of the left's cognitive dissonance. The left just doesn't seem to see much that is real about the right.

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Donald Trump News Conference

Media mogul Donald Trump is holding a press conference tomorrow. Some of the speculation is that he is going to endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. However, there is a possibility that he is setting himself up for third party run.

He likely will endorse the former Speaker, but keep in mind that he recently left the Republican Party. So we'll see what the press conference is all about.

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India Sides With Russia; Against U.S. on Syria

While the Arab League and Western nations are pushing a U.N. Security Council vote to oust Syrian strongman Bashar Assad from power peacefully, Russia - along with China, and India - are defiantly standing against any plan to interfere on the behalf of anti-Assad protesters as the country nears civil war.

Reportedly 10 of 15 Security Council members are onboard with the plan, but both Russia and China have veto power over any proposed resolution, and considering the alliance Moscow has with Syria's government on military matters (arms purchases and naval bases) that veto would definitely be used.

But the real story isn't Russia and China defending human rights abuses in Syria, which they do on a fairly regular basis, but India, who is supposedly allied with the west on democracy and economics, opposing the United States for the second time this week in regards to Middle Eastern instability.

I'm annoyed by this Indian shift towards neutrality/defending hostile nations. It's one thing to be the leader of China and defend somone like Syria, hell it's expected, but India's leader is democratically elected and his country is alligned with the United States on islamic terrorism, yet he keeps sticking his finger into our eye.

Hopefully, Indian opposition to sanctions on India and intervening in Syria are just short lived acts, because I don't know how long were going to tolerate near constant opposition to our foreign policy by one of our allies before we say to hell with them.

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Onward to Nevada

With the Romney campaign wrapping up Florida with 46% of the vote, and Gingrich touting 46 more states until the convention (even though he's not on the ballot in all 46 states), Nevada will now get to have its say in the 2012 Republican nomination battle this Saturday in caucuses held across the state.

However, the speculation over who wins and who places second should be no mystery to the media, campaigns and voters turning their attention to Nevada.

Combining the unbearable unemployment and foreclosure rates with 11% of the state worshipping the Mormon faith, not to mention Romney's universal name recognition, organization, and 51% majority victory four years ago, the state is likely to back the delegate leader once again in large numbers.

And the runner-up? Likely Ron Paul, who has performed very well in small states and appeals to the libertarian streak of Nevadans, who literally have legalized gambling and prostitution.

Winning Nevada could very well result in Romney becoming the first to reach 100 delegates, or just shy of 10% of delegates needed to clinch the nomination, which would also be very impressive five states in. But another crucial element is that Nevada is the last state where delegates are awarded until Arizona and Michigan in several weeks. The rest are all non-binding events.

But as this race has proven: anything can between in a manner of days, and the votes of Nevadans should be taken seriously as we head into Saturday's caucuses that will be held from dusty small, remote towns to loud, vibrant casinos in beautiful Las Vegas.

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Florida Primary Results

8:35pm- with 63.6% in:

Romney: 46.9%
Gingrich: 31.6%
Santorum: 13.2%
Paul: 6.9%

7:11pm- with 8% in:

Romney: 52%
Gingrich: 26%
Santorum: 12%
Paul: 8%

Early results from CNN show Mitt Romney with a lead.

With 1% in:

Romney: 52%
Gingrich: 28%
Santorum: 11%
Paul: 7%

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Florida Exit Poll Results

Voting across Florida will end at 8pm EST. Over 600,000 people have already voted before the actual polling day, with more coming out in person.

According to Matt Drudge, Mitt Romney is nearing a majority, according to early exit poll results. Drudge has Romney at 46%, Gingrich 31%, Santorum 12%, and Ron Paul 7%.

UPDATE 6:44pm. Drudge now has Romney 49%, Gingrich 33%, Santorum 11%, Paul 6%.

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Breaking: Obama Hosted Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright at WH Three Times!

Do you remember in the 2008 campaign when then-Senator Obama tried to claim that he had barely any association with Jeremiah wright or former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers? Well, Ayers claimed he barely even knew Obama: "I think my relationship with Obama was probably like that of thousands of others in Chicago and, like millions and millions of others, I wished I knew him better." Meanwhile, the New York Times tried to calm nerves by claiming that the two had barely any relationship at all. As Obama himself said, Ayers was “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.”

On the other hand, then-Senator Obama totally underplayed his relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright had married the Obamas and baptised their children. In May of 2008, Obama left the Trinity United Church and the future President and his wife stated, "Our relations with Trinity have been strained by the divisive statements of Reverend Wright, which sharply conflict with our own views."

Now by looking through the White House visitors' log, we get a completely different picture.

We can see that the President hosted Jeremiah Wright at least twice since he's taken office.

And Mr. Ayers? We see a William Ayers visiting the White House in May 2009.

Don't you find it at all disconcerting that this never made the news? Use the search bar at the database and see what you can find. We've already found George Soros there five times!

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WH Records: Obama Hosted George Soros Five Times

Then-Senator Barack Obama made a campaign promise to keep lobbyists out of the White House. Multiple times he stated that he wanted to remove their influence from politics. Of course, since then it was discovered that the President had his Administration simply meet with lobbyists right across the street rather than directly in the White House itself.

The White House has released its visitor logs since the President took office in 2009. In looking at the logs, it becomes apparent that the President or his staff has met with billionaire investor and founder of Adbusters (the founder of the Occupy movement) George Soros five different times. This number does not count the President or Administration meeting with Soros outside of the White House.

Three of the meetings took place around the time of the big debate over the stimulus. One of the records showed that Soros met with Larry Summers, who was the President's economic adviser. Reasonably, it must be expected that Soros had at least some influence over the White House's ecnomic plan and stimulus.

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Bad News: Peyton Manning's Career Likely Finished

Some sad news for football fans. Indiannapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's career is likely over as his injuries are not healing fast enough. It could be another year before a clearer picture emerges. In any case, don't expect him back next year.

“Right now, Peyton is at about six months. He should have a much better idea by July or August just how far he’s going to get … even then, that’s only a part of it. You can tell about 80 percent of how the nerves and the muscles are healing by rehab. What you really have to see is how his arm holds up when he starts to throw. Does he have the same velocity on the 15-yard out? Can he throw the 60-yard pass? Can he throw for 30 minutes before his arm gets tired? Can he throw for an hour? It’s a very complicated process.” It’s a process Irsay may not be able to gamble on at this point.

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Interview with the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 51 in our ongoing series. Today we're interviewing Tracy from the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition. The DSEC's mission is:
To offer balanced, data driven information on safe energy development, to logically and numerically evaluate benefit-to-risk ratios, free of emotional bias or ideology, and to bring together people interested in an analytical approach to energy issues.

1. When and why was the DSEC started?

In the summer of 2011, to bring data-driven, factual information to the public about energy development. We tend to favor drilling because of its economic benefits locally and nationally, but we expect adequate safeguards against factual environmental risks. We also try to bring people together who are interested in an analytical approach to energy issues.

2. How does the natural gas drilling experience in Pennsylvania affect the debate in New York?

Many of the early environmental problems in PA were incurred before the technology had evolved to its current state. However, many of the generalizations and mis- and dis-information are presented in the NYS debate as though nothing had changed from that time period in PA. This is disingenuous. One of the other results from the problems in PA is that NYS is formulating even stricter regulations than PA.

On the economic side, the explosion of growth in PA has even spilled over the boundary into the Southern Tier of NYS. The economic benefits are real and obvious, but the anti's are doing everything they can to marginalize these economic benefits.

3. Do you see widespread drilling in the Marcellus in the next five years?

Yes. We think that the lawsuits currently underway in NYS will uphold drilling. And it's clear that NYS's economy needs a shot in the arm that will benefit residents personally and will also provide the state and its local governments with new revenues, revenues based on growth rather than taxing New Yorkers more heavily.

But it's possible that state regulation may be so unnecessarily excessive that the industry is driven away.

4. How would you rate the local governments' responses to fracking in Pennsylvania and New York?

In contrast to the positions taken by the experts in the federal and state agencies charged with drilling oversight, local legislators with no expertise in gas regulation have overreacted by enacting bans and other excessive controls. If allowed to continue, this can result in different rules every ten miles, rules that potentially change with every election cycle. DSEC favors regulation at the state level through the DEC, as is already established in state laws and regulations.

5. How would natural gas drilling help or hurt these local communities?

We believe that with proper regulation, the inevitable risks associated with the gas industry are minimal, transient, and acceptable. And while economic growth carries with it its own problems as communities adapt, 22% of our Tompkins County population lives at or below the poverty line. Energy development with its high paying jobs (in contrast with other industries such as tourism) offers a way out of poverty. For landowners and farmers, it offers a new source of capital. Local schools and municipalities would benefit from increased tax revenue. And no state incentives would be necessary to jumpstart all of this.

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

The antis are trying to win the debate by instilling unreasoning fear. We urge people to get all the facts, evaluate the data carefully, avoid one-sided forums, and not succumb to irrational fear.

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France Betrays NATO; Afghanistan

The current framework of NATO operations in Afghanistan is for combat troops to be pulled out in 2014, of course with the exception of special forces and trainers to aid Afghan forces, but our allies residing in Paris decided to throw us a curve-ball: all French combat troops will be out in 2013; not everyone's agreed 2014 deadline.

This is setting alarms in the United States because we are afraid more nations are likely to follow the French and end combat missions before the Afghanistan National Army is ready to take over, before NATO's mission is over, as previously agreed to, and before the enemy is defeated.

As someone who desires victory in Afghanistan more than anything else in the world right now, the betrayal by President Sarkozy stings, especially since his decision is based on political calculations, without considering the security and future of the Afghan people. Then again President Obama has already done the same thing, so nothing new there.

I'm disappointed in the French today and I hope our other European allies don't follow suit and kill this mission before we kill the enemy.

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Michelle Obama Spends $50,000 in Lingerie Spending-Spree

$50,000 is higher than the national median for yearly income in the United States.  Less than half of working Americans can earn it in a single year.  $50,000 can buy food for a family for years.  $50,000 can pay off mountains of debts.  But for the first lady Michelle Obama, $50,000 is a spending spree for lingerie.

And apparently, the clothes store Agent Provocateur is Mrs. Obama's store of choice.  According to the Telegraph, Mrs. Obama closed off part of Madison Avenue in New York City in order to have some "alone time" shopping for lingerie.
Mrs. Obama
Agent Provocateur sells clothes that range into the thousands of dollars.  For most Americans, that's a couple weeks of pay checks.  For Mrs. Obama, that's a handmade Calais lace corset.

What effect this will have in the general election is unknown.  But this should ruffle the feathers of millions of people struggling to get by while the First Lady goes on a spending spree in Manhattan.

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India Won't Join EU Sanctions on Iran

India has announced, despite the European Union and United States increasing sanctions on the Iranian regime, that they will continue, along with China, to import oil from the belligerent Persians, who have threatened to shut down the Straits of Hormuz, and are moving towards obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Their reasons are supposedly based on economics, but Europe's going to take a massive hit for uniting with America on this very important issue, so do they prefer cheap oil to a nuclear armed Iran gunning for war with Israel? Apparently so, and they didn't support the Western world when we went to war in Libya, either.

I don't understand the Indians on this. Are they trying to remain neutral with potentially the greatest threat to mankind right now for the continuing sale of cheap oil? I hope not, considering they might secure a seat on the U.N. Security Council one day and could use that position to veto action against Iran someday to benefit their own needs.

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Gingrich: Do As I Say; Not As I Do

I just love Newt Gingrich, don't you?

In South Carolina his campaign was on the war-path against Romney for not releasing his tax records; they launched anti-capitalist attacks on Bain Capital and basically stopping short of calling the former governor a Republican version of the late Ted Kennedy. Then he went down to Florida and called him anti-immigrant and inhumane.

But now that Romney is responding with overwhelming force and money, all these attacks are just not fair! They are establishment, wall street, maybe even George Soros conspiracies to stop the man they "fear" because he will be a true conservative reformer, even though he performs worse then Ron Paul versus Obama in polls right now and the Washington establishment only cares about replacing Obama with a Republican.

It appears the former Speaker likes to lob bombs at everyone else, but takes exception when force fed his own toxic negative medicine. That, Mr. Speaker, is the height of hypocrisy.

I hope to God the good people of Florida prefer a man; someone who can take strong shots and return fire, and not a wuss who can't stand one negative advertisement without running to friendly circles in tears, because Obama is not going to wear kid-gloves in the general election and the media wont care.

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P.S. - If you can't bring yourself to vote for Mitt today for whatever reason, please support Rick Santorum and not Newt...

Video: Occupy DC Protester Getting Tased

Police were clearing out the Occupy DC camp and asked all of the protesters to leave. The police put up signs letting the Occupy people know to get out and take their stuff. Meanwhile, one of the rabble decided that he would rather stay and tear down the police signs. The police wound up having to tase him.

After the tasing you hear him shout loudly as his friends yell at the police.

Hat-tip: Ace of Spades.

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The Romney Two Step

I have been mostly silent on the Republican primary contest, but enough is enough. Mitt Romney is exceedingly disingenuous, dishonest and not to be trusted. Say what you want about Newt Gingrich, but he hasn't relegated his political opponents to abject mockery and ridicule. Nearing the end of the embedded video Romney says what is happening now is the same thing that that led to him being reprimanded and pushed out of the speaker position by his own fellow republicans.

I couldn't agree more.

Romney: "What you see now is the same old Newt Gingrich." Yep, that's right. He is the same man who ushered in the Contract With America, the first Republican congressional majority, welfare reform, balanced budgets and more.

What do we see from you Mr. Romney?

Believing in people is protecting their freedom to make their own life choices, even if their choice is different than yours. Accordingly, I respect and will fully protect a woman’s right to choose. That choice is a deeply personal one, and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.
My position has not changed. The truth is there is no candidate in this race from either party who would deny the women of our state abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and put to rest these cynical and divisive attacks made simply for political gain."
"To hide their mess on Beacon Hill, the Democrats now admit their only hope is to scare people with a fear and smear campaign aimed at me. It is the last trick of desperate politicians and the people of Massachusetts won’t be fooled by it."
"Mitt Romney supports the strict enforcement of gun laws. He is a supporter of the federal assault weapons ban."

That was then, and this is now.

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UN to Assad: Set Down Within Two Weeks or Else

Is the United Nations actually going to do something?  I wouldn't really count on it, but it sounds like they mean business.  From Foreign Policy:
The Cable has obtained a copy of the draft resolution on Syria currently being discussed inside the U.N. Security Council. It calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy and says additional measures would be taken if he doesn't comply within 15 days.

U.N. Security Council diplomats are meeting behind closed doors on Friday to discuss what's being called the Arab-European draft resolution on Syria. The Moroccan ambassador is presenting the draft resolution, which is designed to implement the recommendations of the Arab League transition plan laid out on Jan. 22.

The draft resolution condemns "the continued widespread and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities," demands that the Syrian government immediately put an end to all human rights violations, and calls on both sides to end attacks and violence immediately.

The resolution then lays out a political roadmap that matches the Arab League initiative intended to pave the way for a transition "leading to a democratic, plural political system" through the formation of a national unity government, the handing over of all presidential authority to Assad's deputy for a transition period, and then the holding of free and fair elections with international supervision.

Importantly, the draft resolution requests that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon report on the implementation of the resolution every 15 days and also directs the Security Council "to review Syria's implementation of this resolution [in] 15 days and, in the event that Syria has not complied, to adopt further measures, in consultation with the League of Arab States."
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