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Saturday, February 11, 2012

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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Friday, February 10, 2012

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.
Photo Credit: AP

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

HT: Hot Air

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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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Video of Iceland "Loch Ness" Monster



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Video: Russian Light Explosion

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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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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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.
President Obama
In addition, since the Cardona brothers were involved in extortion and money rackets, it is not inconceivable that the Beltran Leyva cartel transfered the money to Cardonas casinos to wash their hands of it. Juan Cardona gives $200,000 to Obama and the Justice Department might just pardon him.

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The Hammer: This is Santorum's Chance



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

hat tip to RCP.



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



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

Talk about drama if Santorum wins both of these states.

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

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

And for Colorado:
Romney 37, Santorum 27, Gingrich 21, Paul 13
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Monday, February 6, 2012

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.

What say you?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

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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