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A World without Catholic Charties

I think it will come as no surprise to anyone that I have strong opinions about a myriad of topics. The Catholic Church among them. I am strongly anti-Catholic church, but not Catholic people. I have no issue with someone who chooses to follow the faith, it just isn't for me. One of the reasons that I feel so strongly about it is the hypocrisy of allowing people like Nanny Pelosi to meet with the pope and to receive communion, especially in his presence. My church wouldn't allow someone like the strongly pro-abortion politician to receive communion. You want to espouse those ideas so publicly and pass the laws that undermine church teaching you shouldn't be allowed to partake in receiving the holy sacraments.

But my opinion doesn't cloud my judgement when it comes to the autonomy that they should receive when it comes to the right to worship. Catholic Charities does works around the entire world for the betterment of society. They help the forgotten children get into the homes of the childless among many other things. I know several people who adopted through Catholic Charities.

More than 90% of the homeless shelters and soup kitchens in this country alone are run by faith-based groups. They never ask what faith, if any, you are. They will give you shelter and food. They will give one time loans to the people who may be on the verge of homelessness. They help people with young children keep the electricity and heat on in their homes. They clothe the needy.
In the aftermath of Katrina the faith-based groups worked tirelessly to help the victims get back on their feet. They are still there in some cases. The same is true of Haiti. Our world is a better place because of faith-based charities.

Over the weekend at CPAC I was having dinner with a friend who ran into a friend who is a liberal and she joined us for dinner. She told me that she didn't see it as an attack on the church. She reminded me that many catholic women use birth control. Ok, I suppose that is true. But it doesn't matter if many Catholic women use birth control or not. The church doesn't run by polls. It runs by a doctrine based upon the belief system set out in the bible. Just because many of the "faithful" choose not to follow the doctrine doesn't mean that the doctrine doesn't exist. It doesn't mean that the doctrine should be changed. It doesn't mean that the doctrine is misguided. Nor does it mean that the church should have to pay for it. All human beings fall short of the will of God. Every last one of us. Sadly, far too many Christians fall into the cafeteria style religion that has become all to common in modern-day society. We pick and choose what we take from the faith and leave the things that we find hard or go against what modern-day society tells us is acceptable in the world. This being the case makes it even more imperative that the church stands its ground. The moral guidance that faith gives our society should not be watered down.

The exemption for faith-based groups exist. They are so stringent that they hard to achieve, but not impossible. I once worked for a charity called the prison fellowship ministries. I only worked there on a contract basis, but the full-time employees have to sign something saying that they accept Jesus Christ as their savior. If you are unwilling to sign it, you can't be an employee there. It is that simple. But most faith-based charities don't require that. You can be of any faith to work there and they will help anyone of any faith, or lack thereof.

I asked this woman if she would be alright if Catholic charities and other faith-based groups stopped helping people of different faiths. She told me she would fine with that. Really? You are willing to forgo the good these organizations do just to prove a point about birth control? I was stunned to say the least. I would like to think she doesn't have a firm idea of what faith-based groups do around the world.

But I got to thinking, maybe that is the point. Maybe this is the whole reason that they are pushing this. Stay with me now. Say that many faith-based groups do decide to change the way they run their organizations. They will only administer help to people within their own faith in order to stay in compliance with the exemption. What happens to all the others who will no longer be getting the help that they give? They have to turn to the state. Especially if they are not people of faith.

It would be virtually impossible for the faith-based groups to know if the people they are helping are truly people of that faith. I wouldn't put it past atheist activists to try to get services from a faith-based group and then publicize the fact that they were not truly just administering to the "faithful". Many good people would lose jobs at Catholic University's and hospitals. Many people in need of service would be turned away.

Many government grants go to Catholic charity groups all over the country. They are much better at administering to the needs of the poor and underprivileged. This will all have to stop. The programs again would fall back to the pervue of the federal and state governments. The entire reason that they were given to the faith-based groups in the first place was that they helped more people for less money. They understand the needs of an individual community much better because they live there. They dont' fall into the one size fits all mentality that is the norm with government based programs.
So the next time that President Obama talks about helping the poor we need to remind ourselves of the damage he will cause by pushing this mandate to its logical conclusion. The poor will become even more underserved, unless of course they happen to be of the same faith of the organization down the street that could and would help.

I don't think this was the hope and change that people voted for.

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Report: Russia Almost Nuked Itself in 2011

Or as Reuters puts it, "Russia faced major nuclear disaster in 2011:"
MOSCOW, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Russia came close to nuclear disaster in late December when a blaze engulfed a nuclear-powered submarine carrying atomic weapons, a leading Russian magazine reported, contradicting official assurances that it was not armed.

Russian officials said at the time that all nuclear weapons aboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine had been unloaded well before a fire engulfed the 167-metre (550 feet) vessel and there had been no risk of a radiation leak.

But the respected Vlast weekly magazine quoted several sources in the Russian navy as saying that throughout the fire on Dec. 29 the submarine was carrying 16 R-29 intercontinental ballistic missiles, each armed with four nuclear warheads.

"Russia, for a day, was on the brink of the biggest catastrophe since the time of Chernobyl," Vlast reported. The 1986 disaster in modern-day Ukraine is regarded as the world's worst nuclear accident.

Neither the Russian Defence Ministry nor the office of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who has responsibility for military matters, would immediately comment on the report. A spokesman for the navy could not be contacted.
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U.S. Constitution: Bad Model?

So, have you heard the news? Apparently, the United States Constitution is a bad model and modern nations should not use it when drafting their own forms of government.

That was the main sticking point of Noah Feldman's article in Bloomberg earlier this week, agreeing with Associate Justice Ginsburg that our constitutional model is out of date and that nations like Egypt would be better off copying South Africa's model.

I haven't read such baloney in a long, long time concerning the law of the land, and quite frankly it sickens me, so here's a few minor points to counter Feldman's arguments:

1. Originalism - Feldman argues that the fights over originalism are old and tiresome, and new forms should attempt to avoid any supposed murkiness in the founders intent. The truth is, if liberals would stop trying to rewrite the constitution to suit their ideology and actually followed the letter of the law, there wouldn't be constant battles over originalism. Such as the debate over the 'welfare clause' in the preamble, which shouldn't even be considered because preambles are non-binding and only state what a document means or why it was written.

2. Subjective history - Feldman argues that the originalists on the court today have a subjective view of the constitution that always lines up with conservative ideology. There's a reason for that: conserve means to preserve something, to keep it the way it was. Conservatism is based around preserving law, culture and government as intended by our founders. So, yeah. When your ideology is based on living up to the founders original intent, which was small government, and checks and balances, your going to line up most of the time.

3. Judicial review - Feldman claims judicial review isn't mentioned in the Constitution and that the system naturally evolved to accomidate the necessary change. I call bull. Considering the judiciary was and is charged with upholding the constitutionality of laws and actions from its creation, legal review is required. But, okay, the constitution doesn't say the words judicial review, but thats what their tasked with doing, such as Chief Justice Marshall correctly pointed out in 1803.

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Camp Whitney V. Camp Bobby

I am so over all the coverage on the death of Whitney Houston. Yes, of course it is tragic. She was too young to die. But the wall to wall coverage, especially when you consider they don't really know anything, is over the top. But that is the nature of the beast in our celebrity driven culture today.

What we do know is that she drowned in a bathtub, the coroners have confirmed water was found in her lungs. What we also know is that in normal circumstances if you fall asleep in the tub and fall into the water you will wake yourself up in time to keep yourself from drowning. It isn't a stretch to believe that Whitney had some sort of drugs in her system that rendered her unable to wake herself up in time. Her addiction issues are well-known and her most recent stay in rehab came less than a year ago in April or May. There are witnesses that said they saw her out drinking several nights before her death and TMZ reports that prescription drugs were found in her hotel room. Anyone that is less than one year out of rehab should not be drinking, let alone taking prescription drugs. All that is doing is changing one addiction for another.

I have watched and read many of things being said about her death. There are many that are putting the blame on her ex-husband Bobby Brown for the downward spiral that became her life shortly after marrying him. While it is true that most of her fame came before and immediately after her marriage, she was a big girl.

Many young women go through the I am addicted to a bad boy phase during the teen and early adult years. I went through that myself. I stayed with a man who had substance abuse problems for far too long. The closer my wedding got to him the more I realized that I couldn't go through with it. Mainly because the realization of how bad of father he would be hit me and I didn't want to put my children through that. While it was painful, I walked away. I also spent years after that examining the reasons that I stayed with him for as long as I did. The conclusion that I came to was my own low self-esteem. He treated me the way he did because I allowed it. I was smart enough to never became the substance abuser that he was. While I did partake in things that I shouldn't have, I always understood my limitations.

To blame Bobby Brown for the downward spiral of Whitney's life is to take every bit of responsibility that she had for her own life. Life doesn't work that way. It would be nice if it did, but the truth is, it just doesn't. While no one can argue with the facts that if you come from a family of substance abuse you are far more likely to be an abuser yourself. That is also true of child abuse, many child abusers were abused themselves. But it is not a forgone conclusion that you will become an abuser simply based on your childhood.

People do survive whatever issues they face in their childhoods and grow to be happy, well-adjusted adults. There are people who have no substance abuse in their childhoods and grow up to become abusers. We make choices in life. One of the reasons that I don't drink very much is because I have addictive personality so I avoid things that cause those type of problems. I won't take much in the way of pain medication unless it is absolutely necessary and I just can't get through the day without it. I try not to take aspirin if I can at all help it.

The truth is that substance abuse is one of the most selfish acts you can do as a human being. Once it has wormed its way into your life it completely takes over. The addiction is first and foremost in your life. It comes before your spouse, your job, your child, and anything else that you love. For you to reach that point your self-esteem is very low. Somewhere within yourself you feel you are not good enough. You need to be drinking and partying for others to like you. It helps you be "one of the crowd". You put everything else in your life on the back-burner. Nothing else really matters as much as the next high. I have seen people walk away from their children, I have seen people ruin their marriages, and I have seen people die at far too early of an age just for the next high. The man I loved died at the ripe old age of 35, leaving two small children who will not even remember him. He did that to himself. No one else was to blame for his problems. He knew he had a problem, but he refused to do anything about it. He didn't love himself enough to change the direction of his life.

The same is true of Whitney Houston. She didn't love herself enough. She didn't realize that her daughter, while a young adult, still needs her mommy. Her family wasn't ready to say goodbye to her. But she didn't care enough to deal with the real reasons that she was addicted. After being in rehab, she was no longer physically addicted to the substances that landed her there in the first place. It became what was between her ears and what was in heart, not what was in her bloodstream. That problem had been licked.

While Bobby Brown is not a man I would want in my life, I certainly can't blame him for someone else's actions. They only things that caused Whitney to use drugs and drink too much were her own two hands. One of her big hits was about the greatest love of all, the love of yourself. Too bad for her family and for the world that loved her talent that they were no more than lyrics to her.
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Real Clear Politics Average: Santorum Now Beating Romney

Talk about a surge (click on image for better quality):
And this comes just a few months after Santorum was getting 1% in polls.

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Attempted Attack on Israeli Diplomats in Two Countries

Assassins, likely from or linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran, have attacked Israeli diplomats in two different countries. The assaults took place in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and India.

Both diplomats are okay. Four others were injured.

In India, an assailant on a motorcycle apparently attached a bomb to an Israeli diplomat's vehicle and it quickly exploded, officials said. Israel said an attempted car bombing in Georgia was thwarted. Netanyahu also said Israel had thwarted attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan and Thailand and unspecified other countries.

Things are ratcheting up....

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The Romney Double Standard

So..... John McCain looses the 2008 CPAC straw poll to Mitt Romney, someone who dropped out the race before 25% of participants voted, and it's McCain just losing another vote at an organization that dislikes him. Nothing to see, move on, lets grab some coffee and cake on the way out.

On the other hand, in 2012 Mitt Romney wins the straw poll by 7 points (38-31) over Rick Santorum, and the anti-romney spin is that a majority of conservatives still don't trust his campaign to deliver on promises to the base. I guess the same could be said about Santorum, "the true conservative" who lost badly to the man some are declaring no better then Obama... at CPAC!

I don't understand the hypocrisy of the anti-romney crowd this cycle. I don't remember articles about McCain failing to win a majority until Super Tuesday, while Romney did it on his fifth try, and even Santorum doing it in his seventh. Or how the constant threats of him not winning a majority of votes would divide us, when he only won 46% in the primaries.

Don't get me wrong, I love McCain and I'm glad he wasn't as savagely attacked as Romney has been this cycle, but the double standard and hatred of the anti-romney crowd is breathtakingly transparent, and I would hope leaders in the conservative movement would push back against this action before it is too late.

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CPAC Straw Poll Results

With the close of the CPAC convention in Washington, a lot of attention has been turned to the straw poll. This year, in a bit of an upset, Mitt Romney carried a victory.

Romney: 38%
Santorum: 31%
Gingrich: 15%
Ron Paul: 12%


Source: Washington Times.

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Why Did Whitney Houston Die?

As of yet, there are no reports about why the legendary singer Whitney Houston died. From the AP:
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

News of Houston's death came on the eve of music's biggest night - the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony. Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."
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Whitney Houston Dead at 48

From the AP:
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

News of Houston's death came on the eve of music's biggest night - the Grammy Awards. It's a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday's ceremony. Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."
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Romney Wins Maine Caucuses

After a string of disappointing finishes on Tuesday, Mitt Romney has once again claimed the Maine Republican caucuses, albeit by a smaller margin then 2008 when no-one competed against him, and topped Santorum in CPAC's annual presidential straw poll by seven points.

Maine GOP caucus results (84% of precints reporting):

Romney - 39.2%
Ron Paul - 35.7%
Santorum - 17.7%
Gingrich - 6.2%
Others - 1.1%

Paul has heavily contested the Maine caucuses, which Romney won with over 50% last time around, while Romney mostly took the state for granted until this past weekend when he flew up to campaign after focusing on Colorado earlier this week. Both Santorum and Gingrich ignored the state.

The caucus is non-binding, so no delegates will be awarded until the state convention, and this is the last contest before Romney leading Arizona and Michigan head to the polls in two weeks, which will set up Super Tuesday's big event in March.

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Syrian General Assassinated

Talk about the situation intensifying in Syria over night: the United States is holding talks with allies outside the United Nations to find a solution to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and the Syrian rebels assassinated Brigadier General Issa al-Khouli outside his home in Damascus.

I'm not exactly sure what the death of al-Khouli will mean in the long run, but he was one of Assad's highest ranking military officers, who was the chief of a military hospital in the capital and the crisis could very well escalate even further. One thing is for sure, the opposition does have some training - something that is absolutely vital if we decide to arm them.

As for the United States consulting France, Morocco and Turkey over future action against the Assad regime, it reveals 1. the impotency of the United Nations to resolve this conflict, 2. the seriousness of Syria's situation, 3. the understand America has that this situation must be resolved and 4. that Obama has realized going the unilateral route is often necessary.

This conflict will not be resolved quickly, and the United States must take action before Assad takes action based on his father's example of destroying an entire city just to defeat the enemy, careless to civilian deaths...

The clock is ticking.

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Ulugbek Kodirov Pleads Guilty to Obama Assassination Plot

Ulugbek Kodirov, a national of Uzbekistan, pleaded guilty to charges that he was planning to kill President Obama. Kodirov was arrested in July.

According to the plea agreement, in July 2011 Kodirov came into communication with someone known as "the Emir", who he believed was a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

That group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the US state department.

Kodirov and "the Emir" discussed ways in which the president could be killed, including by sniper rifle from long distance.

Kodirov rejected that option because he thought a sniper rifle cost too much and was not trained to use one. Instead he plotted to shoot at the president at closer range.
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Kodirov's a menace. Fry him.

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Kim Jong Un Dead? Rumor of Coup in North Korea

Things just got interesting. There are tremendous rumors coming off of Twitter that new dictator of North Korea Kim Jong Un has died. Further, the rumors say that there's a coup in the hermit kingdom.
All rumor of course, and one that appears to have been started on China’s twitter-like platform Weibo. As the story goes, a couple assassins barged into Kim’s room in Beijing and shot him, before being shot and killed themselves by bodyguards.

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Gulf of America Legislation Introduced

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From the "I couldn't think of something this idiotic if I tried file" - Mississippi Democrat State Senator Steve Holland introduces legislation to rename the Gulf of Mexico the Gulf of America, Hispanic GOP organization cries racism, State Senator admits legislation is to make GOP look bad and I end up here, writing about it.

To settle this once and for all - the large body of water bordering the South Eastern United States and Eastern Mexico should only be referred to as the Gulf of Mexico, as 1. it was named nearly 500 years ago due to it's location in relation to Mexico's large shore-line and 2. Spain controlled the entire Gulf Coast then, so they had the right to name it whatever they wanted.

It would be like the Crimeans renaming the Black Sea after their own people; not going to happen any time soon, nor should it.

Plus - Mississippi, even if they wanted to, could not legally rename an entire body of water. That has to be done by nations under maritime law and international agreements, which is unlikely to happen since Mexico would never allow their name to be removed, and the United States government is not stupid enough to challenge historical fact.

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Top Democrat: Obama Contraception Rule 'Un-American'

With a majority of Americans rallying against the Obama Administration's rule that religious institutions must be forced to provide contraception, it appears that the sentiment is growing. The ObamaCare mandate mainly affects the Catholic Church, but many non-Catholics are making clear their opposition to this government intrusion.

It's even spread to Democrats.

One Democrat in particular, Senator Joe Manchin, has been unequivocal in his condemnation. Manhcin is up for re-election this year after serving two terms as West Virginia's Governor.

"This is not only unacceptable, it is un-American," says Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a Catholic who faces re-election in November in a state where Wednesday nights are reserved for church services.

Meanwhile, other Democrats are speaking out against the rule, even as the Administration now appears to be waffling.

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The Sun is Setting Tell Everyone You Know

If we say nothing while watching someone walk off a cliff and plunge to her death we would be criminally negligent.  If we ride past a home in the early morning and see smoke rising from the roof and don’t call 911 we would be criminally negligent.   Today, as we watch our nation walk off a cliff, as we watch the smoke rise from the home of the brave and the land of the free, if we do not do all we can to raise the awareness of our fellow Americans we are criminally negligent.   
Those who are awake to the coming end of limited government have watched this slow motion train wreck for our entire lives.  We have watched as inch by inch the Federal Government has lured our fellow citizens into one entitlement trap after another.  We have wondered when they will wake up and pay attention.   
Election after election we have marveled at the shallowness of the debate.  One side says, “If you elect them they will gut the safety net and throw Grandma off the cliff!”  And after every election no matter who wins the safety net becomes more of a hammock.  The other side says, “If you elect them they will gut the defenses and whoever the currently fashionable model of a barbarian horde happens to be will soon stifle freedom, walk upon Old Glory and turn us all into slaves.”  And after every election the defense budget grows and the policeman of the world continues to walk the beat. 
Blind justice may be good but a blind electorate is falling for these two straw man arguments electing demagogues whose motto might as well be, “You know I’m lying but you like what I say.”  The social safety net will not be eliminated by any of these empty suits. It will instead become the sack the cats are sewn in before the crazy guy throws it in the river.  The defense budget will not be gutted.  It won’t even be reduced.  Baseline budgeting and secret off budget black ops funding will make sure our 900 base 130 country overseas empire continues to make sure the sun never sets on the stars and stripes.  
As each constitutional guarantee falls by the wayside we wonder when enough people will turn off the game, forget about the vampires, the hoarders, and the dysfunctional non-reality reality stars and realize our nation and our children’s heritage is being transformed into what our ancestors fought a revolution to be rid of?   
Most of us, even the comatose can recite, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Our assembly line public education has drilled that into our heads. 
What our one more brick in the wall system hopes we don’t recall is the next line, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”  And they pray that we don’t shout the next line, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.” 
When a government uses the excuse of security to tap our phones, monitor electronic communications, and generally read our mail without a warrant, to arrest and detain American citizens on American soil without a warrant, and hold them indefinitely without trial, to wage war without declaration or even congressional approval what we have here is more than a failure to communicate.  What we have is a central government establishing a tyranny in the name of providing security. 
Ben Franklin told us, “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” 
Looking for substance we tune into the ad nauseam insipid debates organized and orchestrated by a partisan press merely trying to make the Republicans look like the bar scene from Star Wars.  What do we hear?  Except for the lone exception we hear one after another big government professional calling for less spending, less regulations and more war.  Out of that list all we will get is more war.  And the lone exception is continuously relegated to the status of an also ran by every news organization including the supposedly conservative one. 
On the other side we are offered four more years of this: four more years of total transformation until we wake up one day in the Progressive version of Heaven: a cradle-to-grave nanny state fighting endless wars for peace.  Regimented, controlled, secure and listening as the same comatose voters who brought us to this place repeat the pabulum that jumps off the teleprompters into the mouths of the info-announcers as if these were their own opinions. 
We cannot, we must not allow this to happen without at the very least exerting every effort to wake up anyone within the sound of our voice.  To do this we of course must be awake and aware ourselves.   
If we do not know where we came from how can we know where we are?  If we don’t know where we are, how can we know where we are going?   
We must study to show ourselves approved.  If we lose the foundation how will the structure stand?  We must know and understand the constitutional and historical underpinnings of this noble experiment in human freedom if we are to preserve it.  We must know and understand the flow of current events if we wish to shape the future. 
Study, learn, share, and look for the lights in the tower.  One if by land and two if by sea, we must recognize the signs of the times and try to wake up as many people as we can.  The time is late, the hour is dark, but the right shall prevail. 
Forty-seven years ago a young pre-rap poet songwriter tried to wake people up to the intrusion of government and the need to recognize it when he said, “Maggie comes fleet foot face full of black soot talkin’ that the heat put plants in the bed but the phone’s tapped anyway Maggie says that many say they must bust in early May orders from the D.A.  Look out kid Don’t matter what you did. Walk on your tiptoes don’t try “No-Doz” better stay away from those that carry around a fire hose keep a clean nose watch the plain clothes you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”   
Knowing which way the wind blows should tell us that we must do our duty to save our country or it will be lost.  I don’t know about you but in the future when my grandchildren ask, “What did you do to hold back the night?”  I want to be able to say more than, “I didn’t notice the darkness.” 
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

Alawites Fuel Assad's Stronghold in Syria

After discussing the ongoing situation in Syria for one hour tonight on Danny Butcher's radio show, I decided to - guess what - research the country's armed forces to discover why they are so darn loyal to Assad's regime, and I have discovered the reason.

Alawites.

The distinct Shia sect has mostly resided in the Alawite Mountains along the Mediterranean Sea, are a mix and blend of numerous religious beliefs - including Christianity, Islam and paganism - and have a long history of isolation within the Islamic community for their non-orthodox beliefs.

Why is this important?

Because even though only 10-15% of Syria's population belongs to Alawi, 70% of Syria's professional army is Alawi; 80% of Syria's military officers are Alawi and nearly every man in the elite Republican Guard is Alawi and until the Assad's took power in 1970 were excluded from all government affairs.

Oh, Assad is also an Alawite.

The intentional stacking of the military to Alawi is working for Assad - the loyalty of those in the sect, not to mention the common fear of what should occur if the overwhelming Sunni population were to gain power, has prevented the military desertions we saw in Libya, which fueled the armed resistance, and have maintained his military superiority over the rebel forces.

When we consider the options we have in Syria, we must understand that Assad's military will not abandon him and that we must use the Sunni super-majority in Syria to our advantage when siding with the rebels and seeking Sunni nations like Saudi Arabia to join our efforts to oust Assad's evil, brutal and disgusting regime.

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U.S. Military Beginning Review of Syria Options

War drums? From CNN:
Although the U.S. focus remains on exerting diplomatic and economic pressure on Syria, the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities, CNN has learned.

The options are being prepared in the event President Barack Obama were to call for them. Two senior administration officials who spoke about the review to CNN emphasized that U.S. policy for now remains the use of non-military options.

The focus on diplomatic options was underscored by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

"Before we start talking about military options, we very much want to ensure that we have exhausted all the political, economic and diplomatic means at our disposal," Ambassador Susan Rice said on CNN's “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

The president has also said that the U.S. is working on non-military options first.

"I think it is very important for us to try to resolve this without recourse to outside military intervention, and I think that's possible," Obama said in an interview with NBC News that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
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Romney Going Forward

I wont lie. Last night was horrible for Mitt Romney, and my mood was definitely sour as I watched the results stream in from Minnesota and Colorado showing Rick Santorum winning both caucuses with relative ease. In fact, everything sucked last night, even the turnout was pathetic in all three states last night.

However, my solace is this: all three events were absolutely meaningless and non-binding, which gives Santorum media time and a now-solid claim to be Romney's alternative in the battle for the nomination, but no delegates were awarded, which is all that really matters (Romney already has close to 10% of the delegates needed).

Moving forward, Romney is still the front-runner money and organization wise, while Santorum might very well become the first true not-Romney as we head into delegate rich Super Tuesday. We will learn who won Maine's week long caucuses on Saturday and then the race quiets until February 28th, when Arizona and Michigan head to the polls.

Things are only going to get more interesting as we get closer to Super Tuesday.

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Santorum Victory Speech: "Conservatism is Alive and Well"

An excerpt from last night:

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Rick Santorum Wins Colorado

Update- Final Results:

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

~Original Article~

A top Republican official has just said that Rick Santorum has won Colorado. It is a remarkable upset considering that Santorum trailed Romney is polls just days before the vote.

This result means a clean sweep of all of the votes held today in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota.

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

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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

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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