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Saturday, February 4, 2012

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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

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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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Friday, February 3, 2012

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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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Roseanne Barr Running for President

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

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

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

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

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

America’s slide from the forefront of freedom to the swamp of collectivist social engineering didn’t start with the current manager of our decline and his Cavalcade of Czars.  It didn’t start with President Obama’s favorite foil and arch-nemesis the man the Corporations-Once-Known-as-the Mainstream-Media love to hate, George Bush, the Younger.  It didn’t start with the Bush-Clinton decade + 2 of continuous government growth, its thousand points of light or its thousand points of light or its Hillarycare.  
Even Ronaldus Magnus, the last good President left Washington bigger than he found it.   
Jimmy Carter not only walked in the Inaugural Parade he walked us into the grip of a Department of Energy that works tirelessly to limit our energy production and a Department of Education that presides over the greatest decline in education in world History.   He chastised us in his malaise speech about our crisis of confidence never realizing it was our confidence in him not our country that was hobbling America.  And what was his advice?  Should we work harder, invent more, or launch out in bold new ways?  No he suggested we wear sweaters and turn the heat down.  Managing the decline has long been the theme song of those who see America’s glory days in the rearview mirror instead of in the headlights as we travel towards the future. 
What about Nixon?  Forget about it!  He gave us price controls, OSHA, and the EPA.  He took us off the gold standard and left us at the mercy of the Federal Reserve, all this from the conservative wing of the Dualocracy which is the bi-polar Party of Power. 
Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society, Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamp revolution created the entitlement monsters which are poised to devour the budget.   
Though he cut taxes to spur the economy, Kennedy with his phony missile gap and foreign policy blunders did little besides set the stage for Johnson.   
Eisenhower spent eight years guiding the construction of the Military Industrial Complex he warned us about as he left the stage.  
The Fair Deal was merely Truman’s election driven attempt to increase the size, scope, and power of FDR’s New Deal which was a massive and unprecedented intrusion of the central government into the economic and social life of America.  
FDR was the 20th century poster boy when it comes to stretching the size of government and putting the stamp of entitlement as the cause on liberty’s death certificate.   
Hoover, contrary to FDR’s story line and the accepted version of America’s History, responded to the stock market crash with a massive extension of government and its programs.  The Great Engineer, as he was known before his name became a household word for failed presidency, was a champion of government intervention, and though today his devotion to the tenets of laissez-faire are blamed for the depression when it was instead his federal interference that provided a deep recession for FDR to turn into the Great Depression. 
Silent Cal Coolidge was America’s last limited President.  He limited himself and stayed with the confines of the Constitution.   
Harding tried but died.   
Wilson used the War he bragged of keeping us out of as the excuse to arrest and detain citizens, seize control of the economy, foster segregation and racism, and generally slap the cuffs of a greatly expanded central government on America’s wrists.   
Taft was Teddy Roosevelt’s handpicked successor.  And although he continued the Progressive agenda of attacking business and expanding government he didn’t do enough.  So Roosevelt broke him and his presidency running against him splitting the Republican vote and opening the door for the Progressive Democrat Wilson. 
Teddy was the grandfather of them all.  His trust busting interventionism was Progressivism personified.
Though this may be the litany of the current gang of statists who are poised to smother freedom, the struggle to keep constitutionally limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom alive has been one long series of attack defenses declines and rebirths. 
The second President, John Adams, was a man who helped write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  He was a man who worked tirelessly for the ratification of the Constitution, and passed and signed the Alien and Sedition Acts under which he arrested people who criticized him, his administration or his policies.  From there it goes on and on.   
Jefferson compromised his beliefs about the limited power of the central government and purchased Louisiana without Constitutional authority, a good deal but a bad precedent.   Monroe committed America to defending the entire Western Hemisphere. Polk sent American troops into territory internationally recognized as part of Mexico and then asked for a declaration of war when Mexican troops fired on those troops.  LincolnUnion though the Constitution does not grant that power to the Federal Government. The 10th Amendment strictly prohibits the Federal Government from having any powers not expressly delegated to it, and at least one state, Virginia, in their ratification convention suspended the right of habeas corpus whenever he needed to in order to maintain the expressly considered the Union voluntary and reserved the right to secede.   
From one battle to another America’s freedom fighters have stood before the Leviathan of Central Government and clung relentlessly to the promises first set forth in the founding document of the United States of America, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Considering that these uplifting and timeless words of human liberty were penned by a slaveholder and that it took four score and nine years for this stain to be removed from our nation we can see that our road away from serfdom has always been one of fits and starts.  
Today we face the next great challenge.  Progressivism, America’s current variation on the age-old theme of government knows best is poised to break the bounds of limited government, regiment the people, and smother the economy.  After more than one hundred years of incremental growth in just three years the promises of hope and change have broken the bank and mortgaged the future.  One more term of this profligate spending and oppressive regulations and they will kill the golden goose.   
The forces of freedom cannot afford to lose this next election to the purveyors of class warfare and division.  If we do this great experiment in limited government, personal liberty and economic liberty will have progressed from a new country on the margins of civilization to the greatest power the world has ever known, to just another socially engineered centrally planned economically shackled democracy voting itself benefits it can’t afford. 
Our adversaries believe they have stacked the deck by taking control of both major political parties which operate as two wings on the same bird of prey.  They hope by nominating a Progressive in both parties there will be no way for the forces of freedom to prevail. 
Our ranks are filled with those who have been in the trenches for a lifetime and are weary of the fight.  They have been joined by the recently awakened who know little of the history and less of the tactics.  Our opposition is comprised of the slickest, best funded, and most corrupt professional politicians, labor barons, and crony capitalists the world has ever seen with thousands of Occupy storm troopers thrown in for good measure.  The odds are against us.  The smart money is betting on the victory of the all-powerful government, lining up to get their deals and haul away the loot. 
The odds have always been against us.  We fought the greatest empire in the world to gain our freedom.  We have persevered and prevailed against plot after plot to extinguish the light of liberty and in this battle too we must remember that the one we should never be forgotten told us long ago, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”    
Yes, the blood of more than 54,000,000 innocent lives cry out for justice, yes we as a people have legalized what should be unlawful and condoned what should be condemned.  Yes, we have fallen from the high road and are weakened by an entitlement mentality and an addiction to entertainment.  But we are the American people.  We are, “We the People” and if we will but turn and acknowledge the one who has given us everything we have a chance. 
The time is now.  The place is here.  We are the people we have been waiting for.  We must rise to the occasion.  We must win this battle because if we don’t win we lose. 
Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome. 
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com/ © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

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Romney Leads Nevada Big

HT: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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

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

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

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

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Obama to Release Taliban Leaders from Gitmo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump to Endorse Romney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Donald Trump News Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Video: Game Change Trailer

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Egypt Soccer Riot Video مصر لكرة القدم الشغب الفيديو



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Onward to Nevada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rick Santorum Bad Lip Synching Video



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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Florida Primary Results

8:35pm- with 63.6% in:

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

7:11pm- with 8% in:

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

Early results from CNN show Mitt Romney with a lead.

With 1% in:

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

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Florida Exit Poll Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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WH Records: Obama Hosted George Soros Five Times

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

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


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

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Bad News: Peyton Manning's Career Likely Finished

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

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



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Interview with the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition

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

1. When and why was the DSEC started?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

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

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France Betrays NATO; Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India Won't Join EU Sanctions on Iran

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

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

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

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Gingrich: Do As I Say; Not As I Do

I just love Newt Gingrich, don't you?

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 30, 2012

Video: Occupy DC Protester Getting Tased

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

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



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The Romney Two Step

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

I couldn't agree more.



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

What do we see from you Mr. Romney?

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

That was then, and this is now.



H/T Legal Insurrection Riehl World View

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UN to Assad: Set Down Within Two Weeks or Else

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

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

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

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

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

I have had about enough of this.

Reading various blogs, sites and forums has convinced me that a large portion of anti-Romney folks oppose him simply for belonging to the Mormon faith: I've even witnessed it within my own family.

Here's an example from one my close relatives: I've been reading about Mormonism; it's messed up! Wouldn't it be better to re-elect President Obama, at least he's a Christian.

I spent last night researching the history of Mormonism and the claims that anti-Mormons often say about the religion that has over fourteen million followers in the world; half in the United States.

So what did I learn?

For one thing, most of their arguments concerning the weird doctrines of Mormonism are out of date. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young had many, shall we say, interesting theories on how life began and how life should be lived, including the thought that Adam was originally a god and that all men could become one.

However, most never mention the fact these claims were questioned immediately by most Mormons - even when the two were still alive and the theory was officially kicked out of the church in the 1890's, leaving only fundamentalist's not recognized by the church as the only practitioners of the discredited notions.

For another, I realized this long before my research, but Mormons are not afraid to fight for socially conservative values that are shared by both Catholic and Protestant Christians. They were fighting on the ground for proposition 8 to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman and they got attacked viciously for their efforts.

This stems from their history as a religion under siege. They are the only faith, in my knowledge, to have war declared on them by various state governments and at one point the federal government in the then-Utah territory towards the 1860's. They survived all this while on the frontier; don't think a liberal media's gonna stop them.

In conclusion, most anti-Mormon opinions stem from bigotry pure and simple, or simply from fear. Much like America refused to elect a Catholic President for almost two hundred+ years because of misconceived stupidity, the same folks are preaching against Mitt Romney because he's different.

He has five children; been married for four decades; doesn't drink coffee, and he tithes 10% to his religion every year. In our society today, that's quite unusual, but it's also something to look at with envy. Mormons have managed to remain married, faithful, moral and devout when most have kicked that to the curve.

We need more of that; not less.

The Only Reason to Support SOPA

SOPA is a monstrosity that deserves to go to its legislative grave. It represents a vast overreach of government and corporate interests.

However-- a new ad campaign against SOPA and PIPA has given me at least one positive impression of the proposed laws:
Maybe she'll oppose it for more than 72 days.

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Michelle Malkin Endorses Santorum

Here is an excerpt from her site:
Rick Santorum opposed TARP.

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John Holdren, Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any “Contracts with the Earth.”

Santorum is strong on border security, national security, and defense. Mitt the Flip-Flopper and Open Borders-Pandering Newt have been far less trustworthy on immigration enforcement.

Santorum is an eloquent spokesperson for the culture of life. He has been savaged and ridiculed by leftist elites for upholding traditional family values — not just in word, but in deed.
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Gingrich's Sinking Ship in Florida

With the clock counting down and folks getting ready to vote in tomorrow's all-important Florida Republican primary, the desperation of Newt Gingrich and supporters is getting quite ridiculous.

Newsmax, which I have as my homepage, has become Newt central: publishing stories faster then Gingrich press releases are filed. Sarah Palin is warning of the establishment, and the need to stop Romney at all costs, while Newt fans are touting a single poll showing him down by a few points, without mentioning the ten that have him down ten or more.

They all know Romney already has some 250,000 votes in the bag from early and Hispanic voters, another 350,000 at least from 2008's primary and who knows how many from his ongoing surge in almost every Republican constituency. Not to mention, but he's got Nevada in the bag for Saturday.

I guess anything could still happen, but if Newt keeps inviting Romney to debate on character and their records on marriage, ethics and arrogance are compared, we'll be talking about a majority for Romney; not a strong plurality.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

LIFE IN THE ASYLUM



NEWT vs. . . ANN COULTER?

There once was a reliable conservative pundit named Ann Coulter. Every Thursday morning this writer looked forward to devouring her online column. She was bright, tough and, did I say, conservative? Then came a startling revelation: if such a person ever actually existed, she no longer does.

The Ann Coulter who still publishes those columns and appears regularly on Fox News has cemented herself solidly among the elite GOP Washington establishment (now nearly indistinguishable from the elite Democrat Washington establishment). We will all get together and schmooz at Kennedy Center galas and try very hard to keep government growing and Washington as the intoxicating center of money, power and influence. Maybe she has actually been there all along. The truly disconcerting thing about this is the amount of company she has. In fact, this article is not about Ann Coulter but her affinity group. She is merely a convenient poster girl.

In addition to the many usual suspects (e.g., John McCain, Peggy Noonan), the affinity group now includes some slightly surprising members: George Will, Charles Krauthammer, nearly everyone at National Review, and even Mark Steyn. [To their credit, Krauthammer and the normally wonderful Steyn may have begun backing off a bit.] This special group has revealed its establishment credentials by joining in a massive Newt-bashing campaign, with actual truth being optional. The members obviously subscribe to the GOP establishment talking-point memos, being granted permission to use copyrighted phrases like “too much baggage” and “resigned from Congress in disgrace.”

The GOP establishment has decreed Mitt to be the 2012 candidate, and anyone who does not know that has been on Mars. Once such a decree has come down, the establishment will not hesitate to use tactics that would make Chicago aldermen or Washington Democrats blush. Mitt has now demanded that Newt “produce all documents concerning his ethics charges.” If Mitt does not know that the entire Report of the Select Committee on Ethics for this matter, dated January 17, 1997, all 1280 pages of it including all exhibits, is on line and has been for quite some time, he is a moron. And if he does know, he is a snake.

Mitt could have found out at any time, with a few mouse clicks, that Newt did not “resign from Congress in disgrace.” The New York Times, never a fan of Newt, published an article on October 11, 1998, headlined Ethics Panel Clears Slate for Gingrich. It pointed out, as none of our establishment friends named above have, that “Democrats had particular animosity toward Mr. Gingrich because in 1987 he brought ethics charges against Jim Wright, the Texas Democrat and Speaker, who was prompted to resign from Congress in 1989. But Republicans saw the case against Mr. Gingrich as an assault on the man who, more than any other, had engineered the Republican takeover of the House, after nearly half a century in the minority.” The Times also noted, as our establishment friends also failed to do, that: “The dismissal of the remaining charges came just days after Mr. Gingrich presided over the House of Representatives as it voted to open an impeachment inquiry into President Clinton, setting off a new round of partisan recriminations.”

So to sum up, Mitt, Ann, and the other suspects named above have been claiming that Newt did not actually accomplish any of the important things he now claims, and eventually was forced to resign “in disgrace” by a non-partisan process. In fact, he did accomplish what he now recounts, arousing “particular animosity” and “partisan recriminations” from vengeful Democrats who filed literally scores of spurious “ethics” charges. The fabled $300,000 “fine” was presented to Gingrich as the cost of conducting the investigation into these scores of charges. Gingrich, in effect, took an Alford plea to the final count and paid court costs. 

Is the GOP establishment attempting to stack the deck and short-circuit the voters? Consider the following: it has substantial power and influence not only over national elections, but over the state groups, every member of which aspires to move up to the big leagues. The Washington group parcels out money to the state groups, and dictates many details about how the states carry on business. For example, it tells the states when they can or cannot schedule a primary. This year several states (including Florida) defied this particular mandate, and the national group discussed penalizing such states by stripping them of half of the convention delegates that a primary would ordinarily produce. Now look at the following amazing coincidences:

THE IOWA CAUCUSES:       1) The Iowa GOP establishment declares Romney the “winner.”   2) After days of frantic work by the Santorum people, it turns out there had been “errors” in the tally; Santorum actually has received more votes. Thus, the GOP establishment declares, of all things, a “tie.”  3) After more frantic work by the Santorum people, the GOP establishment is browbeaten into admitting that when one candidate gets more votes it is not normally called a “tie.” In fact, the one with more votes is usually called the “winner.”
 
THE VIRGINIA PRIMARY:  The Virginia GOP establishment writes the primary rules, and apparently changes them whenever it wants to influence the outcome. On this occasion a late rule change simultaneously induces four (4) of the remaining six candidates (Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Bachman) to file untimely petitions for access to the ballot.  Curiously, the only two who managed to meet the new requirements are Romney and non-serious contender Ron Paul.

THE FLORIDA PRIMARY:   When Gingrich took the lead in Florida polls, the Washington GOP establishment began talking about enforcing the half-the-delegates penalty referred to above. Now, after two weeks of big money Newt-bashing ads, and establishment dinosaurs like Bob Dole chiming in, Romney has taken a significant lead. Guess what has now happened to the talk of half-the-delegates penalties?

We find ourselves today in a terrible confluence that may destroy this nation. The GOP establishment wants Mitt for one of two reasons: 1) engaging in the ultimate triumph of hope over experience, it believes Mitt will do better than Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, or John McCain; or 2) it doesn’t care, because it doesn’t want the intoxicating power center of Washington to change. At the same time, the establishment media wants Mitt because 1) it can’t wait to begin ripping him apart in the general election; and 2) Obama will beat him. And the Democrat establishment wants Mitt for the same reason – Obama will beat him. This is a powerful array of forces, and it lays to rest, perhaps for the last time, the myth that we have a genuine, 2-party, adversary political system. God help us; the GOP establishment will not.

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Palin: Gingrich is the Man to Beat Obama

Once again, just short of a full-blown endorsement, but right on the cusp:


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Liberals Create Ad Campaign Declaring All White People Racist

Liberals can't get much lower than this.  Racism is a deplorable thing in which a person or group of people declare that a certain race of human beings have certain attributes simply because of the color of their skin.  Ironically, liberals in Duluth, Minnesota's are doing just that: declaring that all white people are racist, based solely on the color of their skin.

The new campaign, called "Unfair Campaign," has purchased several billboards throughout the city.  Here is just one example:
And another:
Not surprising, the campaign has people talking.  Mainly, however, the talk is not about how thought-provoking the ads are, but at how stupid they are.  In contrast, Duluth's mayor Don Ness supports the campaign.  But wouldn't you support a man that looks like this?:
Don Ness
If you wish to contact him, here is his contact information:

Don Ness
Mayor
Mayor’s Office
dness@duluthmn.gov
Room 402, 411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 730-5230

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Interview with Laughing Conservative

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 50 in our ongoing interview series. Today we're interviewing the site Laughing Conservative.

1. When and why did you start Laughing Conservative?

I began Laughing Conservative in May 2011. I tried serious conservative blog before that but I didn't much enjoy writing it nor did it add much to what other conservative blogs were already doing. I looked for a niche that had not been filled. and humor/satire, with a conservative twist, was not well-served. I've always used humor as a means of staying sane. So I went with that concept and absolutely love doing it!

2. What is your favorite part of running the site?

Firstly, Seeing other blogs link to my work and seeing people visiting from all over the world. From Jedda in Saudi Arabia, (do they get the humor?) to Britain and Australia, Iceland...you name any country, I likely get visitors from there.
Also I greatly value e-friendships with other bloggers and their generosity in helping a newbie. Chris Wysocki at Wyblog was particularly generous in linking to me when I was a fledgling. I try to give back to others, in turn.

3. Is there a reason the site focuses mainly on humor?

Under the current administration conservatives can only laugh or cry. By definition, most of my regular readers share my quirky sense of humor, and my love of the absurd. There is so much pleasure in sharing laughter. But there is also a very serious conservative message in the blog. Humor helps me break that into manageable bites.

4. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected?

The idea of a black president was very seductive, so seductive that many voters failed to look hard enough at his record as a left-wing activist, a socialist if you will. I was guilty of that. Thank goodness his ineffectiveness as a leader has saved us from the worst of his agenda. I have experienced socialist governments in Britain and Australia. We only have to look at Europe to see how well socialism works. I detest any government that wants to make personal, life-changing decisions on my behalf. They don't know better than I do what's good for me

5. Do you see the GOP field defeating President Obama later this year?

I have faith in the common sense of Americans to perceive that, however flawed the eventual GOP nominee is [and he/she will have flaws, as we all do] any of the GOP candidates will support smaller government and so restore American optimism, and the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that Obama has suffocated.

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

I am a British-born, naturalized American and have all the passion of the converted. I love this country's optimism and have enormous confidence in America's future and try in a small way, through humor, to help us return to a secure path based on small government and economic strength.

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Cain Endorses Gingrich

From the AP:
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain threw his support behind Newt Gingrich Saturday night, providing the former House speaker with a late boost just days before Florida's primary.

Cain, a tea party favorite, endorsed his fellow Georgian at a GOP fundraiser Saturday calling him "a patriot."

"Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas," Cain said.

The former pizza executive, who left the race before the first nominating contests after facing accusations of unwanted sexual advances, suggested the two have both undergone intense scrutiny.

"I know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder," Cain said. "I know what this sausage grinder is all about."

Cain is set to campaign with Gingrich on Monday in an 11th hour push for support. Gingrich is in a fierce fight for Tuesday's Florida's GOP primary with Mitt Romney.

Gingrich on Saturday night said that, like Cain, he is running a campaign based on big ideas and bold solutions.

The decision was not unexpected but the announcement comes at a make or break moment.

"I had it in my heart and mind a long time ago," Cain said.
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