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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Joe Paterno Dead at 85 | Update- Incorrect Reports?

Update- Joe Paterno's son Scott says that CBS is wrong and that his father is still alive. Developing...

From CBS:
Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno died Saturday night from lung cancer at the age of 85, CBS Sports confirms.

The winningest major college football coach of all time, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted him Nov. 9 in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was getting treatment since, and his health problems worsened when he broke his pelvis — an injury that first cropped up when he was accidentally hit in preseason practice last year.

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” family spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.

“His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” he said.
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Live South Carolina Primary Results (1/21/12)

Update- 1:13AM- The Final Tally:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%, 243,153 votes
Mitt Romney- 27.8%, 167,279
Rick Santorum- 17.0%, 102,055
Ron Paul- 13.0%, 77,993
Herman Cain- 1.1%, 6,324

Update- 10:51PM- With 99.4% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.9%
Rick Santorum- 17.0%
Ron Paul- 13.0%
Herman Cain- 1.1%

Update- 10:25PM- With 98.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.8%
Rick Santorum- 17.0%
Ron Paul- 13.0%
Herman Cain- 1.1%

Update- 10:03PM- With 94.9% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.7%
Mitt Romney- 27.0%
Rick Santorum- 17.2%
Ron Paul- 13.3%
Herman Cain- 1.1%

Update- 9:55PM- With 88.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.0%
Rick Santorum- 17.4%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:40PM- With 88.2% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.5%
Mitt Romney- 27.0%
Rick Santorum- 17.4%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:32PM- With 85.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.1%
Rick Santorum- 17.4%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:28PM- With 80.0% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.6%
Mitt Romney- 26.8%
Rick Santorum- 17.4%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:23PM- With 77.2% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.8%
Mitt Romney- 26.5%
Rick Santorum- 17.5%
Ron Paul- 13.5%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:18PM- With 72.1% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.5%
Mitt Romney- 26.7%
Rick Santorum- 17.6%
Ron Paul- 13.5%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:10PM- With 65.0% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.6%
Mitt Romney- 26.4%
Rick Santorum- 17.8%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:04PM- With 62.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.6%
Mitt Romney- 26.3%
Rick Santorum- 17.9%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 9:01PM- With 58.4% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 26.5%
Rick Santorum- 17.8%
Ron Paul- 13.5%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 8:58PM- With 55.3% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.2%
Mitt Romney- 26.7%
Rick Santorum- 17.9%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 8:53PM- With 53.6% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.3%
Mitt Romney- 26.4%
Rick Santorum- 18.0%
Ron Paul- 13.5%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 8:47PM- With 46% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.2%
Mitt Romney- 26.6%
Rick Santorum- 18.0%
Ron Paul- 13.3%
Herman Cain- 1.0%

Update- 8:40PM- With 40.1% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.1%
Mitt Romney- 26.5%
Rick Santorum- 18.0%
Ron Paul- 13.4%

Update- 8:34PM- With 35.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 26.2%
Rick Santorum- 18.1%
Ron Paul- 13.4%

Update- 8:26PM- With 30.3% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.7%
Mitt Romney- 26.1%
Rick Santorum- 17.8%
Ron Paul- 13.5%

Update- 8:18PM- With 20.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 41.4%
Mitt Romney- 26.3%
Rick Santorum- 17.3%
Ron Paul- 12.8%

Update- 8:10PM- With 12.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.6%
Mitt Romney- 27.6%
Rick Santorum- 16.9%
Ron Paul- 12.5%

Update- 8:09PM- With 10.9% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 39.5%
Mitt Romney- 27.8%
Rick Santorum- 17.2%
Ron Paul- 13.0%

Update- 8:05PM- With 6.2% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 37.9%
Mitt Romney- 31.3%
Rick Santorum- 15.9%
Ron Paul- 11.7%

Update- 7:52PM- With 3.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 37.6%
Mitt Romney- 32.0%
Rick Santorum- 15.5%
Ron Paul- 11.4%

Update- 7:48PM- With 2.3% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 36.3%, 6,840 votes
Mitt Romney- 34.1%, 6,440
Rick Santorum- 15.1%, 2,840
Ron Paul- 10.7%, 2,097

Update- 7:42PM- With .9% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 38.4%, 4,767 votes
Newt Gingrich- 32.7%, 4,064
Rick Santorum- 13.6%, 1,682
Ron Paul- 10.2%, 1,264

Update- 7:34PM- With .4% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 37.3%, 2,131 votes
Newt Gingrich- 34.2%, 1,951
Rick Santorum- 13.3%, 759
Ron Paul- 9.4%, 535
Rick Perry- 3.7%, 214

Update- 7:31PM- With .3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 37.8%, 1,991 votes
Newt Gingrich- 33.7%, 1,778
Rick Santorum- 13.2%, 694
Ron Paul- 9.3%, 489
Rick Perry- 3.9%, 208

Update- 7:27PM- With .2% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 38.1%, 1,857 votes
Newt Gingrich- 33.1%, 1,614
Rick Santorum- 13.1%, 639
Ron Paul- 9.3%, 454
Rick Perry- 4.0%, 197
Herman Cain- .5%, 25

Update- 7:20PM- With .1% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 36.7%
Mitt Romney- 36.5%
Ron Paul- 11.4%
Rick Santorum- 9.2%
Rick Perry- 5.1%
Herman Cain- 2.6%

Update- 7:17PM- With .05% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 35.9%
Mitt Romney- 35.9%
Rick Santorum- 15.4%
Ron Paul- 5.1%
Rick Perry- 5.1%
Herman Cain- 2.6%

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Gingrich Wins South Carolina

First Santorum won Iowa, then Romney won New Hampshire.  Now Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican Primary.
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South Carolina Predictions

Though my fellow writer Mr. K predicted a Mitt Romney victory tonight, I am going to have to say that he will be wrong.  In fact, I believe that Newt Gingrich will win the South Carolina Republican Primary convincingly.

Mr. Gingrich has all the momentum on his side.  He performed well during the two debate this week and the new accusations from his second ex-wife has not bothered him in the polls.  Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has little momentum and has been dinged up by his tax returns (though personally, I don't think it's very important).

So, my predictions:

1. Newt Gingrich- 38.7%
2. Mitt Romney- 29.4%
3. Ron Paul- 15.2%
4. Rick Santorum- 14.1%
5. Other/Stephen Colbert/Herman Cain- 2.6%

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Herman Cain's South Carolina Primary Results

Unfortunately for Stephen Colbert, also known as Herman Cain, Herman Cain is only doing marginally well in South Carolina. Here are the results with 53.6% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.3%
Mitt Romney- 26.4%
Rick Santorum- 18.0%
Ron Paul- 13.5%
Herman Cain- 1.0%
Update- With 62.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.6%
Mitt Romney- 26.3%
Rick Santorum- 17.9%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%
Update- With 85.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.1%
Rick Santorum- 17.4%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%
Update- With 94.9% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.7%
Mitt Romney- 27.0%
Rick Santorum- 17.2%
Ron Paul- 13.3%
Herman Cain- 1.1%
Update-- With 98.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.8%
Rick Santorum- 17.0%
Ron Paul- 13.0%
Herman Cain- 1.1%

Herman Cain has just broken 6,000 votes! That is only a mere 230,000 behind Newt Gingrich!
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South Carolina Votes

The good people of South Carolina are heading to the polls today to make their selection for the 2012 GOP nomination and if today's vote is as crazy as the past week has been, who knows whats going to happen when the results start rolling in.

So who's going to win?

I personally have no idea, although I'm rooting for Romney, but the tea leaves and polls are all saying Gingrich is going to pull off one very impressive come-from-behind victory tonight. However, I'd say that depends on whether voters go stronger for Santorum then expected and if Romney keeps his 30% base and steals some undecideds.

Regardless, the vote is going to be close tonight and I don't expect an early call in this one.

What say you?

P.S. - My official prediction is 1. Romney; 2. Gingrich; 3. Paul and 4. Santorum.

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Stephen Colbert's South Carolina Primary Results

Unfortunately for Stephen Colbert, also known as Herman Cain, Herman Cain is only doing marginally well in South Carolina. Here are the results with 53.6% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.3%
Mitt Romney- 26.4%
Rick Santorum- 18.0%
Ron Paul- 13.5%
Herman Cain- 1.0%
Update- With 62.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.6%
Mitt Romney- 26.3%
Rick Santorum- 17.9%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%
Update- With 85.7% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.1%
Rick Santorum- 17.4%
Ron Paul- 13.4%
Herman Cain- 1.0%
Update- With 94.9% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.7%
Mitt Romney- 27.0%
Rick Santorum- 17.2%
Ron Paul- 13.3%
Herman Cain- 1.1%
Update-- With 98.8% reporting:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%
Mitt Romney- 27.8%
Rick Santorum- 17.0%
Ron Paul- 13.0%
Herman Cain- 1.1%

Herman Cain has just broken 6,000 votes! That is only a mere 230,000 behind Newt Gingrich!

Update- The Final Tally:

Newt Gingrich- 40.4%, 243,153 votes
Mitt Romney- 27.8%, 167,279
Rick Santorum- 17.0%, 102,055
Ron Paul- 13.0%, 77,993
Herman Cain- 1.1%, 6,324

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Sign the Keystone Pipeline Petition

This comes to us via our friends at Resourceful Earth News:
Resourceful Earth is going to take the fight to the President. We will make him hear loud and clear that the American people want jobs and reliable energy now.You can sign the petition at the links below and use these sample posts to share with your networks:
  • [FACEBOOK] http://on.fb.me/yomDu2 Sign the petition! Urge the Obama Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by the February 21 deadline.
  • [TWITTER] Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/A8K2mV Urge #Obama to approve the #KeystoneXL pipeline by the February 21 deadline! #YesKXL
Please pass this information and petition links on to your readers, friends, family and colleagues.Over 78 percent of Americans want this project to go forward. Please do what you can to make sure the President knows how strongly we feel about American jobs and energy independence!


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How Dumb Do They Think We Are

I’ve been called a fascist by communists and a communist by fascists.  I’ve been called a pagan by Christians and a Christian by pagans.  I’ve been called an optimist by pessimists and a pessimist by optimists.  All of us have been labeled by others.  We’ve all been called this by that and that by this, we’ve all had people try to insult us by how they refer to us, but when people insult our intelligence they are usually showing their ignorance. 
The actions of the second-stringers, stand-ins, and understudies from the theater of the absurd who now pass for leadership in our Republic not only insult our intelligence, they act as if the American people have the IQ of a potted plant and the attention span of someone riddled with ADD.  There is one good thing about people who insult our intelligence; they’re probably misunderestimating the true level of our understanding. 
Our President tells us that killing the Keystone Pipeline is no big deal.  Instead he tells us "However many jobs might be generated by a Keystone pipeline, they're going to be a lot fewer than the jobs that are created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance."  Making decisions that kill the opportunity to create real jobs is offset by the jobs created by extending payments made to those who are unemployed.  That doesn’t make sense to anyone outside the beltway 
At the same time this oxymoronic newspeak pours from the White House, the valiant leaders of the loyal opposition in the House vote to deny our spendaholic President another trillion all the while knowing that they already gave him the money last year.   
You see, according to the debt increase law which was supported by all of the Republican Congressional leaders, the debt limit is automatically raised fifteen days after the president officially notifies lawmakers that the government is close to the current $15.2 trillion cap.  That is unless Congress votes to deny the borrowing increase and the President signs the bill.  This is where the Republican leaders add insult to injury by staging a symbolic vote to hold the line against an ever rising debt they already approved.  Their powerless measure passed the House with ease. Yet they knew all along it was DOA in Harry Reid’s Democratic-controlled Senate.  And even if by some miracle it was voted on and passed by the Senate, President Obama would veto it guaranteeing the increase will go through as planed and the debt will grow by another 1.2 trillion. 
While Mr. Obama may work day and night to kill projects that might actually provide some work for the rest of us he has no problem investing billions of our dollars in green energy boondoggles that turn a profit for his donors and cronies.  Then when the flimflams are about to be exposed as the money pits they are, on the eve of an election, the Energy Department which turned a blind eye to the initial foolish investment suddenly becomes involved and the announcement is delayed until after the marks, I mean voters, have cast their ballots. 
In foreign policy our Commander-in-Chief announced the date for our withdrawal from Afghanistan at the same time he announced the same type of surge he was against in Iraq.  Now he decides it’s time to negotiate with the Taliban.  Are we supposed to believe these highly dedicated, highly motivated, and religiously fanatic battle hardened warriors will rush to make concessions?  Won’t they instead hang tough, demand concessions, and pick up the pieces as our leader leads our valiant, though under-cut warriors, for the door?  Does anyone doubt that Karzai, our creature in Kabul, will be on a jumbo jet filled with American dollars before our last soldier gets home?  All this is presented as a rational settlement instead of an abject surrender and jaded political maneuver. 
There’s no inflation.  At least that’s what the Federal Government wants us to believe.   Everyone who goes to the supermarket buys gas or pays to heat their home can evaluate the reliability of that piece of government information for themselves. 
How could anyone ever see through any of this unless of course they have at least the IQ of that potted plant mentioned earlier?  This may be insulting, it may show us what the perpetually re-elected think of their constituents, but it also shows that they’re giving us an advantage.  We’re smarter than they think we are so we should be able to blind side them with organizational skills and motivational abilities far beyond what they’ll expect. 
They are counting the Tea Party out because we aren’t holding mass rallies.  They believe they’ve won the organizational battle because they were able to mobilize the occupy everywhere crowd to gather for a street party and pollute some major cities.  They believe that since the conservative vote is currently split in the GOP they will manage to nominate the next Bob Dole/John McCain moderate to play the part of the Washington Generals in a Harlem Globe Trotter game: good but never quite good enough.  In 2012 they see the Republicans, like the Washington Generals, there to provide a platform for the chosen winner to shine.   
The parties of power treat us with such disdain it’s obvious they believe we’re the sheep they work so hard to make us.  They believe Americans have been dumbed down enough and fattened with enough entitlements that we’ll barely bah bah bah as they lead us to the shearing shed one more time.  Our Progressive leaders in both parties see that election is the one that counts.  This is the election that will either drive us over the cliff into the shabby abyss of collectivist conformity or the one that will give us one last opportunity to return to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.  
We may not be demonstrating in the streets.  We may not be organizing boycotts.  We may not be united behind one candidate.  However, we are awake.  We are educating ourselves.  We are determined that this great experiment in human freedom shall not perish from the face of the earth.  Vote for the Constitution.  Vote for personal liberty.  Vote for economic freedom.  If we all do what we can do we will accomplish what must be done.  We will keep the faith.  We will 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

Chuck Norris Endorses Newt Gingrich

Norris explains why:
Our republic as America’s founders created it is under assault from extremists outside our country and anti-constitutionalists inside our country. Combined with the flailing American economy and global markets, Western civilization remains on the brink, as experts and all the GOP presidential candidates agree.

President Obama has tried and failed miserably to fix our economy, deepening us and our posterity into more than $6 trillion in additional national debt – something he criticized former President Bush for as “unpatriotic” and “irresponsible.” Yet unemployment rates remain at higher levels than when Obama was elected, and the dollar is as unstable as the Middle East.

As important as it is, now is not the time to be mincing through minutiae and infighting via typical partisan battles. Rome is burning, and we need to appoint the best firemen possible to rush in and put out her fury. What’s critical at this point is to appoint a commander in chief who can clearly lead America to a more solvent and secure future.

No man or candidate is perfect. We all have skeletons in our closet. If buried bones became unforgivable bones of contention, the world would never know or will never know another Benjamin Franklin, King David and others like them. We must remember that we’re electing a president, not a pastor or pope. And with the mainstream media and a billion-dollar Obama campaign coffer on the president’s side, we need a veteran of political war who has already fought Goliath, because he will be facing Goliath’s bigger brother.
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Can Someone Explain Why The Gov't is Pushing SOPA, but They Still Took Down Mega Upload?

Piracy on the internet is bad.  There is no doubt about that.  However, some members in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have been pushing SOPA and PIPA so that the government can censor offending sites.  They claim they need the power.

And yet, yesterday the Justice Department took out the file-sharing website Mega Upload and arrested its founders.  The site was pulled and those who supported it were put in handcuffs.  The government was able to do this without SOPA or PIPA.

So, if the government is able to pull such sites... why do they need SOPA or PIPA?  (The question is rhetorical).  Obviously they've just shown that they can follow current laws in order to get rid of pirate sites, which is supposedly why they so desperately needed these new regulations.

The government is trying to over-reach and they already have the power to do what they need to.  SOPA and PIPA are a canard.  There is no doubt about that either.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Video: Republican Debate Highlights from 1/19/2012









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Video- Gingrich Responds to ABC's Impending Interview with Ex-Wife


Jim Robinson, Founder of Free Republic, Endorses Newt Gingrich


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Jim Robinson, Founder of Free Republic, Endorses Newt Gingrich

The founder of Free Republic, Jim Robinson, has endorsed Newt Gingrich for President. Free Republic is one of the internet's largest political forums, garnering hundreds of thousands of hits per day. Here is a short excerpt from Mr. Robinson:
I'm officially endorsing Newt Gingrich for president today. Was going to wait until after Florida, but see no reason to delay. We need Newt to win in South Carolina and Florida to stop any possible momentum building up for the establishment big government, statist, abortionist RINO!!

RomneyCare = ObamaCare = government tyranny!! Taxpayer funded abortion is as evil as evil can be!!

Newt is a pro-life Reagan Revolution conservative who led the Republican Revolution of the 90’s, taking the majority away from the democrats who had held it for 40 years. And as Speaker, cut the taxes, cut the government, cut the spending, cut the deficit, cut regulations, cut unemployment, brought the federal budget under control for four years running. And unlike Romney, actually blocked a socialist healthcare system from becoming law. And created a pro-growth, pro-free market, pro-jobs environment and extended the Reagan economy throughout the 90’s!! Newt is the ideal candidate to lead the Tea Party Revolution!!

Newt plans to go to a 15% personal flat tax after deductions and a 12.5% corporate tax and eliminate the capital gains taxes altogether. He wants to privatize social security and medicare and eliminate the payroll tax.

And he wants to neuter the EPA and the Fed. Repeal ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley. Fire all of the czars, dismantle the Marxist state and fire if not jail Bernanke. And send 185 federal socialist welfare programs back to the states and the people, and return education back to local control.

Newt will directly challenge the liberal activist judiciary and end the unconstitutional power grabs of our usurping black robed rulers.
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Santorum Wins Iowa

Surprise:
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum edged Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses by 34 votes, but can’t be declared the winner because results from eight precincts are missing, officials said Thursday.

Romney was eight votes ahead of Santorum in the preliminary results of the Jan. 3 caucuses--the much-watched, first-in-the-nation presidential nomination contest.

But when the certified tallies were submitted to state GOP officials Wednesday, they showed Romney trailing, 29,839 votes to 29,805.

“Certified vote totals were unavailable for eight of Iowa’s 1,774 precincts,” the state Republican party said in a statement.

No explanation as to why the votes were missing was provided.
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Breaking: Rick Perry Dropping Out

Some news coming our way from CNN. According to two backers of Texas Governor Rick Perry, he is dropping out of the GOP race. The candidate suffered lower-than-expected outcomes in Iowa and New Hampshire, and was unlikely to win in South Carolina.

The person this probably helps? Dr. Newton Gingrich, who is surging in the South Carolina polls. We'll see how this news squares off with the interview with his ex-wife which is soon to be released.

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Gingrich Pulls Ahead of Romney in South Carolina

The only poll released since the debate on Monday night has Newt ahead in South Carolina.  While the numbers are in the margin of error (32% to 29%) this is significant due to the fact that just days ago Romney was leading by double digits.  


Romney looked like he was going to coast to the republican nomination, but South Carolina has decided not so fast, the voters still have something to say.  


The poll also shows that Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are both losing steam.  Ron Paul has a slight lead 15% to 11%.  Gov. Perry is getting a very sad 3% of the vote, the same number that chose Other Candidate and less than the 7% that has no opinion.  


Where's the fork?  Perry is done.  


This poll was conducted by InsiderAdvantage, who has never been wrong in South Carolina's primaries.  


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4.5 Million People Sign Anti-SOPA Petition... In ONE Day

Talk about a ground swell of opposition:
A spokeswoman for Google confirmed that 4.5 million people added their names to the company's anti-SOPA petition today.

Not too shabby.

The petition, which was available via a link from Google's homepage, states that although fighting online piracy is important, the plan of attack described in the SOPA and PIPA bills would be ineffective.

"There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs," the petition reads. "Too much is at stake -– please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA."

The search engine frequently delights users by toying with its homepage logo, but on Wednesday it did something it had never done before: it blocked out its logo completely.

A link below the blackout read "Tell Congress: Please don't censor the web!" and lead to a page with the petition.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Reason 15,893 to Home School


The NEA among others have come out with new guidelines for teaching sex education to our children.  While the report doesn't specifically say this, I doubt that this will be opt-in.

Lets begin with what will be taught to your 5-7 year-olds:

They should be able to properly name both male and female anatomy, they should be able to talk about all different types of families, and show respect for these families.  They also need to be able to talk about and demonstrate how media influences how boys and girls think and act.
7-10 year-olds:

They should be able to define sexual orientation, and be able to name parents or adults that can help them understand sexual orientation.

Apparently, the worry is that right now, only about 3.1 hours is spent talking to elementary school children about HIV/Aids, pregnancy, and STD prevention.  Silly me, I didn't think I needed to talk to a five-year old about STD prevention.  I am so out of it.
Here is one of my favorites:
By completion of the eighth grade, the report says, students should be able to “[d]ifferentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” “[e]xplain the range of gender roles,” and “[d]efine emergency contraception and its use.”
Upon completion of middle school, students should be able to “[a]nalyze external influences that have an impact on one’s attitudes about gender, sexual orientation and gender identity”; “[a]ccess accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”; “[c]ommunicate respectfully with and about people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations”; “[e]xplain the health benefits, risks and effectiveness rates of various methods of contraception, including abstinence and condoms”; and “[d]escribe the steps to using a condom correctly.”
I am not naive enough to think that kids don't have questions about sex or are not tempted to experiment.  Their bodies are changing and many kids hit puberty in the eighth grade and they start to have sexual feelings.  I get that.  I also get that kids are much more advanced in many areas then I was at that age.  But I will tell you, the very last thing I wanted to talk about, let alone participate in at that age was the down and dirty details of sex.  I was horrified whenever anyone brought it up.  I wasn't ready at that age, plain and simple.  I get that not all kids will be like that, but there will be children who are just not ready for these types of conversations and to force it upon them is abusive.
And by the time they graduate from high school students should be expected to “[d]efine emergency contraception and describe its mechanism of action” and “[a]ssess the skills and resources needed to become a parent.”
Also included in the guidelines are the following: “Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of abstinence and other contraceptive methods, including condoms”; “Access medically-accurate information and resources about emergency contraception”; “Compare and contrast the laws relating to pregnancy, adoption, abortion and parenting”; and “Describe potential impacts of power differences (e.g., age, status or position) within sexual relationships.”
Well, at least they are willing to talk about adoption over abortion and abstinence.  I guess I should take some comfort in that.  But never fear, the NEA, in all of its infinite wisdom, has partnered with Planned Parenthood and GLSEN to help write these guidelines.  Thank heavens, they contacted the experts in giving our children moral guidance.  /sarc.

You can read the report here to get a gander at the glossary they provide.  Ooh, can't wait.   Bedtime reading.


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Marianne Gingrich's ABC Interview Called "Explosive," Claims Circulate that it Will "End Gingrich's Career"

I'm not exactly sure what is on the interview that ABC just held with one of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives, but I'm guessing it's pretty explosive. How did I come to that conclusion? Well, Drudge has blaring headlines and a siren front and center on his home page:
Likewise, the subheadline blares: "Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband's career with a single interview."

Over at Free Republic, they describe that a "Civil War" is taking place at ABC over the interview and when/whether to air it. I don't know what took place, but whatever it is, it certainly sounds explosive.
Newt Gingrich
Update from the Blaze:
Executives at ABCNews say it would be “unethical” to run Marianne Gingrich’s interview so close to South Carolina Primary. According to Drudge, a tentative decision has been made to run the interview next Monday after all votes have been counted.
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Snow in Afghanistan

In what can only be described as good news, snow is blanketing the mountains of Afghanistan and will likely continue to do so until May, which means the farmers will finally have enough water to maintain vital wheat crops, and prevent the dire threats of mass starvation Afghans have faced this past decade.


It is also good news for the Afghans militarily, as it will allow their people to catch their breathe for several months after the treacherous 2011 campaign waged by the Haqqani and Taliban networks. I can't say the same for our soldiers, because their timeline to get business done is greatly diminished by the enemy retreating to the mountains and because Obama is drawing down troops early this year for political gain.

Hopefully, we can use this military downtime to continue further training of Afghan forces and even launch a couple of operations into the mountains; catching the Taliban off guard and perhaps setting the precedent for continuing to engage the enemy through all seasons in the nation, although the near evil weather will most likely prevent that.

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Video- Palin Endorses Gingrich

Or at the very least, she states that, were she a South Carolinian, she'd vote for Newt Gingrich:



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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ways Around the Wikipedia Blackout

In case you haven't heard, Wikipedia, along with other large websites, are going "black" for twenty-four hours on Wednesday. This is to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, or "SOPA," a bill which may very well end the internet as we know it. Wikipedia will go black, meaning that no one will be able to access the site.

If you want/need to view Wikipedia, you will face a problem, obviously, when the site goes down. However, using Google cache, you could very well side-step the blackout.

So let's say you're looking for... bagels on Wikipedia for some reason. On Google, all you have to do is search "Wikipedia" and whatever you wish to look up. So, enter "Wikipedia bagel" on Google.

To view the cached page, there are arrows on the side of the results. All you have to do is click/hover over the arrows, which will expand into a picture of a preview of the page. After this, just click "cached" and you'll be taken to the page that was cached by Google. Hopefully these pictures help (click on any/all the pictures for better resolution):
Arrows on the side
Cached
Bagels!
Additionally, Wikipedia is blacking out "English Wikipedia," which means that you can access Wikipedia in different languages. If you speak French or Spanish or whatever (or you have Google translate handy), you can access much of the same information.
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Pelosi: GOP Knows Mitt Romney Can’t Win



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Newt Gingrich and the ABC Interview

I'm not exactly sure what is on the interview that ABC just held with one of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives, but I'm guessing it's pretty explosive. How did I come to that conclusion? Well, Drudge has blaring headlines and a siren front and center on his home page:
Likewise, the subheadline blares: "Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband's career with a single interview."

Over at Free Republic, they describe that a "Civil War" is taking place at ABC over the interview and when/whether to air it. I don't know what took place, but whatever it is, it certainly sounds explosive.

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Iran Warns Saudi Arabia

With the Iranian government becoming more aggressive by the hour, specifically in regards to their nuclear ambitions and threats of closing the Strait of Hormuz, Saudi Arabia has become our crucial friend in the Arab world - as they vehemently oppose Iranian nuclear power, and have promised to release oil supplies to match those lost by Iranian production slowed by sanctions.

Now, there is no love between the two countries: they practically fought a proxy war in Bahrain 12 months ago, but the Saudis strong alliance with America on the Iranian issue has caused increasing clashes between the two nations.

Remember Iran's plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States earlier this year? Or Saudi Arabia's near constant messages to Israel letting them know their airspace is theirs for any air attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Which brings us to today's news: Iran is warning Saudi Arabia not to release additional oil supplies when sanctions start neurting Iran's production, adding that such an action is "not friendly." Some would find that odd, considering the plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador could be considered unfriendly.

I have a feeling this threat is likely to cause the Saudis to stand even closer with the U.S., and allies, while beginning their own anti-Iran efforts even sooner. Because if the Saudi's are one thing, it's not gutless and they are not going to stand such belligerent threats from the likes of Iranian scumbags.

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Watch Entire Republican Debate from January 16, 2012

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Video: Gingrich Takes on Paul's bin Laden Response



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Good News: Islamists in Control of Egypt Parliament

Can't see anything bad happening here. Not like Egypt controls the Suez Canal or has 80 million people or shares a border with Israel. Nothing to see here.

“This is a one-day agreement for the day the parliament opens,” Mohamed Abou el-Ghar, the head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party said in an interview. “We have to cooperate so the main posts in the parliament are distributed fairly to all parties, including the people who won the elections.”

Abou el-Ghar said it was possible that his own party could still be allotted one of the deputy positions if the Wafd party chose not to go along with the accord. The Social Democratic Party is part of an alliance of liberals and leftists that is expected to take the fourth most seats after the Freedom and Justice Party, the Nour party and al-Wafd.

Not good.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Watch Republican Debate Live 1/16/2012

Watch the whole thing here:

http://www.punditpress.com/2012/01/watch-entire-republican-debate-from.html


Old link:
Watch here:

http://live.foxnews.com/

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Pass the Gas New York!

Shale Game:
Perhaps what motivates the environmentalists’ attack on shale gas is worry about the survival of their movement. The green movement gave up on hydrocarbons years ago: it has already announced the arrival of “peak oil,” and the imminent demise of petroleum power—despite many recent discoveries of large oil and gas fields around the world—is a fundamental article of green faith. Environmentalists see shale gas as a relapse, a return to destructive habits, an end run around their self-appointed role as judge and jury for energy policy in America. And they understand that natural gas is a much harder target than dirty coal or imported oil. Further, an acceptably green technology that can compete with natural gas doesn’t exist yet, so once consumers enjoy the benefits of the shale-gas revolution, it will be almost impossible to wean them away from hydrocarbons and steer them to more expensive and less reliable technologies, such as solar and wind.


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Breaking: Huntsman Withdrawing from Presidential Race; Will Endorse Mitt Romney

From MSNBC:
Campaign spokesman Tim Miller confirms to NBC News that Jon Huntsman will withdraw from the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Huntsman plans to speak to reporters Monday at 11 a.m. ET in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A senior source tells NBC News that Huntsman will announce his support for Mitt Romney.

The former Utah governor placed third in last week's New Hampshire primary despite devoting much of his campaign resources to the state. He had already acknowledged that expectations for him in South Carolina's primary this week will be "very low."

Huntsman was routinely at the bottom of national polls, barely registering at 1 or 2 percent.
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Despite Atrocious Ref Calls, Giants Down Packers, 37-20

Good game other than the repeated ridiculous calls by the referees against the Giants. The New York Giants win against the Green Bay Packers, 37-20.
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Perry Defends Marines Accused of Urinating on Afghan Corpses



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Russia: Attack on Tehran is Attack on Moscow

Great. An axis of scumbags emerges:
Russia has given Iran its bear hug and warns Israel and the West that an attack on Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow. The threat heightens the prospect of World War III in the event of a military strike on Iran.

“Iran is our neighbor,” Russia's outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”

Kremlin Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev accused Israel of provoking the United States towards war against Iran, the Russian Interfax news agency reported Friday. “But at the same time, we believe that any country has the right to have what it needs to feel comfortable, including Iran," he added.

Rogozin warned on Friday that more attacks on Iran could cause "a scorching Arab Summer."

Russia also has come to the defense of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning Western nations not to intervene in Syria with military forces. Russia is a major arms supplier to Syria and has a heavy investment in Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Japan also is drifting towards Iran, backtracking from its promise last week to back American sanctions aimed at persuading Iran to halt its unsupervised nuclear development.
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