Sunday, March 11, 2012

US Soldier Kills at Least 16 Afghan Civilians in Bloody Rampage

From the BBC:
A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province, senior local officials say.

He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire in at least two homes; women and children were among the dead.

Nato said it was investigating the "deeply regrettable incident".

Anti-US sentiment is already high in Afghanistan after US soldiers burnt copies of the Koran last month.

US officials have apologised repeatedly for the incident at a Nato base in Kabul, but they failed to quell a series of protests and attacks that killed at least 30 people and six US troops.

Local people have reportedly gathered near the base in Panjwai district to protest about Sunday's killings, and the US embassy is advising against travel to the area.

Lt Gen Adrian Bradshaw, deputy commander of Nato-led forces, said he was unable to "explain the motivation behind such callous acts", adding that "our thoughts and prayers are with those caught in this tragedy".
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Iron Dome of Israel Took Out 90 Percent of Missiles Fired by Gaza

From Arutz Sheva:
The Iron Dome system has intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on urban centers during the latest rocket bombardment from Gaza.

The expensive systems were inaugurated last year amid controversy over its worth. A primitive Kassam rocket costs terrorists only a few hundred dollars while each Iron Dome anti-missile missile costs $50,000.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated Saturday night, “We will continue to improve home front defense including by means of additional Iron Dome systems, the effectiveness of which was shown again over the weekend."

The Iron Dome system intercepted about 90 percent of the rockets fired at Be’er Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon, including three on Sunday morning.

Despite the rocket barrage, Israel kept open the Erez Crossing for passengers and employees of international organizations operating in Gaza. Kerem Shalom was open for the delivery of 200 truckloads to Gaza residents.

Its deployment this past weekend appears to have defeated Hamas, at least for the time being. The terrorist organization has been talking with the new regime in Egypt for another ceasefire after failing to inflict mass casualties or property damage on Israel.
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Paul Wins Virgin Islands, But Not Really...

2012 Virgin Islands GOP Caucus:

Ron Paul - 112
Romney - 101
Santorum - 23
Gingrich - 18
Uncommited - 130

Ron Paul has won his first contest of the 2012 Republican marathon, and it will gain him absolutely no attention whatsoever, because he only won one delegate as the victor, while Mitt Romney won 7 and 1 remains uncommitted right now.

So, the media is reporting an Romney victory, which is correct considering all 3 of his delegates on the ballot were elected to the convention (all 3 superdelegates supported him, as well as one former uncommitted) and Paul's top delegate finished in fifth place, while the other 5 all finished below 20 votes.

I guess we can call this the victory that wasn't, because while Paul can now say he won one contest, which took place on islands known for brilliant vacationing, he won only one of nine delegates and the press is already reporting Romney's delegate victory as the more important of the two.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Video: Nick Zoricic Dies After Ski-cross Crash


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Steven Daniel Kravetz ID'ed as Judge-Stabber and Deputy Shooter

From Komo News:
Police have tracked down and arrested a man suspected of stabbing a judge and shooting a deputy with her own gun Friday at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse.

The suspect, identified as Steven Daniel Kravetz, 34, was taken into custody after investigators tracked him down to a residence in West Olympia.

Earlier on Saturday, authorities issued a "wanted" poster for Kravetz and his mother, Roberta L. Dougherty, 58, also known as Roberta Kravetz or Roberta St. George.

After their names and photos were released, the mother called police from a residence in the Olympia area of Thurston County and began negotiating with authorities for her son to turn himself in, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said.
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Santorum Wins Kansas in Crushing Victory, 3/10/12

Pundit Press projects that Rick Santorum will win the Kansas caucus, defeating Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich by over thirty percent. With over 30% of the vote in, Santorum has garnered over 50% of the vote while Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have not broken 20%.

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Romney Wins Guam, Northern Mariana Caucuses

While the world was sleeping, the pacific territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands took their turn in the 2012 Republican marathon via caucus, although their contests were not contests, but rather Romney rumps and another 18 delegates awarded to the front-runner.

Guam results:

Romney - 215 (100%) - 9 delegates

Northern Mariana Islands:

Romney - 728 (87%) - 9 delegates
Santorum - 51 (6%) - 0 delegates
Ron Paul - 25 (3%) - 0 delegates
Gingrich - 24 (3%) - 0 delegates

The Romney campaign also made history in the pacific caucuses by sending his son to represent him in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, the first time any U.S. presidential campaign has ever sent someone there to court the local Republican electorate on their behalf.

While these two victories are nice, they obviously pale in meaning to the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, which could very well either seal the deal for Romney, or restart Gingrich's nearly dead campaign with new southern energy.

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Chanting of "USA" Deemed Racist

What country do we live in again?

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Guam Results, 3/10/12

Mitt Romney has won the Republican caucus in Guam, garnering all of its nine delegates. However, the big prize today is Kansas and its 40 delegates up for grabs.

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Video-- "Game On" for Rick Santorum

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Steven Kravetz Arrested

From Komo News:
Police have tracked down and arrested a man suspected of stabbing a judge and shooting a deputy with her own gun Friday at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse.

The suspect, identified as Steven Daniel Kravetz, 34, was taken into custody after investigators tracked him down to a residence in West Olympia.

Earlier on Saturday, authorities issued a "wanted" poster for Kravetz and his mother, Roberta L. Dougherty, 58, also known as Roberta Kravetz or Roberta St. George.

After their names and photos were released, the mother called police from a residence in the Olympia area of Thurston County and began negotiating with authorities for her son to turn himself in, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said.
Update- Kravetz has been arrested.

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Warren Buffett-Owned Company Owes Over $366 Million in Taxes and Penalties

Hmmmmmm. Maybe I'm starting to see why Warren Buffett pay less than his secretary in taxes... Because he doesn't pay them all. From Bloomberg:
NetJets Inc., the private-plane company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), was countersued by the U.S. over $366 million in taxes and penalties.
NetJets in November sued the U.S., saying the federal government had wrongly imposed taxes, interest and penalties totaling more than $642.7 million.

Claiming the federal Internal Revenue Service wrongfully assessed a so-called ticket tax -- an excise tax on payments made in exchange for air transportation -- to private aircraft owners maintaining their own planes, the Columbus, Ohio-based company demanded refunds and abatements.

The federal government, in a revised answer and countersuit filed yesterday in federal court in Columbus, rejected NetJets’ claims and alleged that four of the company’s units owe unpaid taxes and penalties.

NetJets Aviation Inc. owes more than $302.1 million, and another unit, NetJets International, is liable for $52.9 million, the U.S. said. Executive Jet Management Inc. owes $10 million while NetJets Large Aircraft owes $1.19 million, the U.S. claimed.
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Real Rebels and the Counter Revolution

Think of America’s Founders.  These were real rebels.
Sam Adams agitated against the imposition of taxes.  He penned the petitions which brought forth the rallying cry “No taxation without representation!”  While avoiding violence he led the effort to organize resistance to tyranny.  He founded the Committee of Correspondence in Massachusetts and inspired its spread to the other colonies.  He organized boycotts of British goods and the public trial of the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre.
In a world of divine right kings where the common man was a pawn to be exploited and demeaned James Madison made these revolutionary statements, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”  And, “An ELECTIVE DESPOTISM was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”
Patrick Henry did more than say, “Give me liberty or give me death.”  Before the Revolution, as a member of the Assembly in Virginia he led in the formation of a resistance movement against the tyranny of the British crown.  During the Revolution he served in the Continental Congress that passed the Deceleration of Independence.  After the Revolution he was not afraid to stand up against the desire of many to impose a Constitution without a Bill of Rights leading in the fight to maintain the greatest amount of individual liberty and the strongest limits to the central authority possible under the new Federal Government.  As if he could see the convolutions which currently threaten to swallow the Republic Mr. Henry reminded us at the beginning of our national experiment in limited government, “When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.
Today the world is turned upside down.  The so called radical rebels of the sixties now own or control most things including the government.  The anti-establishment has become the establishment and the silent majority is being told to remain silent while this progressive minority transforms our nation into what their collectivist programmers have taught them it should be.  And yet they still see themselves as the rebels fighting a faceless bureaucracy for freedom never realizing they have met the enemy, and they are them.
All of this made me think about my old friend the professional revolutionary and something hit me.  He has always considered himself a rebel.  And considering he has made a living out of being a spokesman for the movements dedicated to destroying the America we have always known that kind of made sense at one time. 
But in reality he is now and has consistently in the past loyally spouted the logical progression of the anti-American, anti-capitalist garbage that many of the teachers at our good old public High School tried to shove into our young skulls full of mush.  He also sounds exactly like all of our contemporaries who have spent a lifetime drinking at the well of the Corporations Once Called the Mainstream Media. Though they see themselves as deep thinkers it has always been obvious they receive their programming, their news and views from the major networks, and the transcripts in the print media.  They spout the same anti-traditional values pro-socialism talking points time after time.
Their representatives have spent decades chipping away at the America we love in the movies, on television, and in songs.  They have gained control of one component of society at a time: education, the media, the board room, the Congress, and finally the White House.   Through patience and planning they have gained control of the entire federal government and the elites of most areas of society.  Therefore I cannot see why we should continue referring to them as rebels merely because they see themselves that way.  When you listen to their current spokesmen such as the Daily Show, Bill Maher, or any of the MSNBC line up they come off as so hip and so cutting edge when in fact they agree 100% with the current administration and its collectivist anti-life New Age agenda.  What’s rebellious about that?  That’s like saying Pravda was a radical spokesman for change when they parroted whatever the leaders of the former USSR had to say.
Today my friend the professional rebel is actively helping recruit and train the brown shirt Occupy troops?  They may rail against Wall Street but that same Wall Street promotes and funds the very people these protesters vote for.  Someone is being used for something, but they never seem to wake up to ask, “Why should we pay no attention to the man behind the curtain?”
I can no longer consider myself a conservative.  What is there left to conserve?  I am a radical and a rebel, because I advocate for limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.  These 1960s retreads who continue to advocate for the progressive collectivists who have won their revolution and now occupy the seats of power are faux rebels: organizational apparatchiks spouting the party line.
Look at how revolutionary some of our real rebels still sound today:
Sam Adams said, “The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.AndThe liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.  He also said, “Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”
Patrick Henry said, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.  And, “We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”  When thinking of his most famous statement we should keep it in context and recall the whole quote, “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
So the next time the nightly faux news shows are filled the antics of the faux rebels demonstrating for more government power, or the next time one of your relatives or old friends wants to fill your ear with their oft repeated mantras for the collectivist establishment tell yourself, “This is the time for real rebels and the counter revolution.”
And if pointing out the transparent hypocrisy of the faux rebels of today should ever be considered too rebellious for the faint of heart let me share one more quote from Patrick Henry, “If this be treason, make the most of it!
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future and the author of the History of the Future @ © 2012 Robert R. Owens  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Moscow Reformists Gain Some Power

HT: New York Times

Russian history is depressing: Tsar's ruled the country with an iron fist for several hundred years, communists destroyed the country's spirit for nearly one hundred years, bringing eastern Europe's existence to record suffering, while the past two decades have witnessed the country being run by Vladimir Putin, former KGB officer.

However, there might be some positive news to report.

While Putin was once again elected to the presidency, defeating his opponents by large margins, numerous anti-kremlin independents were elected to local councils all across Moscow - bringing something unique to the seat of Russian power - reformist ideals. and power to young people not associated with Putin, or communism.

Sure, being elected to local councils limits their power to park benches, zoning and maybe some government reforms, but it's a major step in Russia. If young Moscovites, who protested against Putin's government in below zero weather and had no political backing whatsoever, can get onto council boards, then maybe one day parliament is possible.

Maybe one day real reformist-minded candidates reach power, then maybe the power of the state starts to trickle down the politioburo to the citizen, and maybe one day Russia will end their long tyrannical nightmare.

For the sake of Russia, lets hope this trend continues and that Putin opponents don't mysteriously disappear, but that they set a fire of reform and, yes, even liberty in Russia.

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Pittsburgh Shooting Kills One, 3/8/12

From Yahoo:
A shooting at a Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic left one person dead and injured at least five people, including a police officer, ABC affiliate WTAE reported.

One person is in custody. However a SWAT team has been deployed to search the hospital for a potential second shooter.

Police responded to a call at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, a division of the University Presbyterian Medical Center, shortly after 2 p.m.

The caller said one person was being held at gunpoint.

The University of Pittsburgh, which is currently on spring break, issued a safety alert to students and staff.
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Turkey May Send Troops To Syria

With the ongoing conflict in Syria stuck on replay the past couple of weeks: Assad kills more rebels; Arab and Western world sit idly by; U.N. action blocked by China and Russia; no end in sight for the people of Syria, particularly Homs; etc. etc., we have some interesting developments to report.

Turkey's Foreign Minister signaled the administration might seek permission from parliament to send troops into Syria if conditions continue to deteriorate to the point of Turkish national security being endangered. And considering refugees flee to Turkey on a fairly regular basis, that may occur sooner then later.

Besides for Senator John McCain and a few others calling for our military to get off the sidelines and take the fight to Assad in this country, most heads of state and foreign offices have been stressing the need for dialogue with the man who has killed almost 10,000 people without batting an eye, and even Turkey continues to do so, but they are the first to recognize action might be necessary.

You do not negotiate with terrorists, especially someone who is following nearly step-by-step in his father's shoes for how to deal with domestic opposition (read: Hama massacre). You warn them and then you kill them.

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Welcome to Obamaville--Homelessness on the Rise

While there are no updated stats to give exact rates, this gives a pretty good indication.  What is sad is that only two local stations reported this story.  People in this country need to open their eyes to what is going on, homelessness is on the rise.  Everything is going up; food and gas prices.  For some, there is only so much that they can cut because they are already living so close to the edge.  If gas prices truly do rise to $5 a gallon for most Americans, more and more of these tents cities will be popping up.  Be grateful for what you have.  

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Obama Admin: International Law Trumps Congress As 'Legal Basis' For Action In Syria

Constitution? What Constitution:

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Need a Job? Check Out Employment Crossing

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Job Crossing has an advanced search option which allows you to look for specific types of job posting and geographic location. Thousands of new job options are added to the site daily and offer you plenty of choices. That way you can pick jobs that are closest to you and would be easier to commute to. Also, you can look up jobs only in your field or in a related field. If you are curious, you can also look up jobs in another area or another field. You can also use other search functions to make sure that you get the best results quickly.

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So make sure that you check out the right site to get you a job as soon as possible. By doing so you can find job security for yourself and your family.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Watch Secret Obama Video / Tape

Here's a carefully edited version of a tape reportedly held by Breitbart:

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Breaking: Obama Tape to be Released Tonight

Be sure to watch Sean Hannity tonight at 9pm for a shocker. The awaited Barack Obama college tape will be released on television. Breitbart has some of the early information:

However, the video has been selectively edited--either by the Boston television station or by Buzzfeed itself. Over the course of the day, will be releasing additional footage that has been hidden by Obama's allies in the mainstream media and academia.

Get the popcorn ready.

UPDATE: A portion of the tape, though edited.

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The GOP Delegate Road Going Forward

With the ballots all counted, and most of the delegates either awarded or estimated, we can finally take one moment and examine the road forward to the nomination for all three of the leading candidates.

And one thing is for sure, that road is going to be difficult for all three of them.

As of this morning's latest Associated Press estimation, the various states have awarded 745 delegates among five GOP candidates, and 1,541 remain to be awarded as the process continues into spring, and god forbid, early summer.

Mitt Romney has won 415 delegates, or over 56% of those awarded.
Rick Santorum has won 176 delegates, or just 23% of those awarded.
Newt Gingrich has won 105 delegates, or just 14% of those awarded.
Rep. Ron Paul has won 47 delegates, or barely 6% of those awarded.
Jon Huntsman has won 2 delegates, or simply 0.1% of those awarded.

So how does the road look for each candidate moving forward?


To claim the nomination, Romney has to win just around half of the remaining delegates, while both Santorum and Gingrich have to win in excess of sixty percent.

However, in April states can start awarding their delegates by winner-take-all, which will eliminate this idiotic proportional system we're dealing with right now, and it makes the road ever so slightly easier for Mitt Romney, who can run up his delegate count in states like California, Maryland, New York and maybe even Pennsylvania.

Regardless, this road is going to be a long one for the eventual nominee, and it starts again Saturday literally across the world in Guam, Kansas, The Northern Marianas Islands, and The Virgin Islands, which award a combined 67 delegates all through caucuses.

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Saudi Diplomat Killed in Bangladesh

The killing of Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali in Bangladesh comes after Iranian plots to kill Israelis in two neighboring countries, India and Thailand. It's not clear who shot al-Ali, but it may be part of an Iranian plan. Last year, Iran was implicated in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested higher protection for its staff in Bangladesh and had conveyed condolences to his family, a ministry statement said.

Last year, the U.S. government accused Iranian agents of being part of a foiled plot to kill Saudia Arabia's ambassador to the United States, and Israel has accused Iran of attacks or attempted attacks on its diplomats in India, Thailand and Georgia this year. Iran has denied all of the accusations.

This also comes after the Saudis backed rebels fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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Colts to Release Peyton Manning

From ESPN:
Peyton Manning's 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end after owner Jim Irsay informed the four-time NFL MVP on Monday night that the team will release him, according to team sources.

Irsay and Manning traveled together Tuesday night from South Florida on Irsay's private jet and will conduct a joint news conference at noon ET on Wednesday, which sources said will be to announce the quarterback's departure.

The pair was spotted together in Irsay's car after arriving in Indianapolis. Irsay began to address the media before Manning, while smiling, "We'll see ya'll tomorrow. We're gonna talk tomorrow."

When asked if they were both happy, Manning said: "We're good, we're good. We're gonna talk tomorrow. We're gonna do it the right way tomorrow."

Manning then repeated the same "We'll do it tomorrow" response when asked to describe how tough his pending release was for him.
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Romney Wins Ohio

Update: Fox News just projected Mitt Romney's victory as well.

With 99% of precincts reporting and over one million votes counted, Mitt Romney has won the Ohio Republican Primary by 12,000 votes as of 12:30 eastern time.

County-by-county results show all Santorum strongholds have reported at, or near 100%, while the 2 remaining counties with incomplete results support Romney by over six percentage points each.

This caps one amazing night in the Buckeye State, as Mitt Romney came from ten points down to win Ohio in the final week of campaigning and did so with almost 80,000 more voters participating then in 2008 when McCain and Huckabee were fighting at the tail end of the nomination process.

Final results:

Romney - 451,972 (38%)
Santorum - 439,932 (37%)
Gingrich - 173,797 (14.6%)
Ron Paul - 110,289 (9.3%)

Isn't The Tea Party Standing up for The Constitution?

As you may have figured out I am very active on social media.  I am on every presidential candidate's email list, I get emails from all types of conservative groups, and I have twitter and facebook accounts as well.  I get all kinds of things sent to me about the conservative movement.  Many of which mention the constitution.  I have been doing reading and going to different events to learn more about the constitution.

So I was very surprised today when I was told that The Tea Party Mission didn't include the rally that is being held on March 23 to preserve religious freedom.  The posting I put up on this rally was removed and I was given a warning for breaking the "rules".  Really?  I would like to know what exactly I have been doing for the past three years then.  Wasn't the entire point of learning more about the constitution was to be able to elect officials that would actually follow it?
I am in agreement that social issues are not necessarily the purview of The Tea Party, but how exactly do you separate an issue of the first amendment and The Tea Party?  The entire reason we are in the place that we find ourselves in now is because the federal government has been trampling all over our constitutional rights for several generations now.  The federal government has grown well beyond what the founders ever intended.  As such they involve themselves in things that are none of their business and are better left for the states and local governments to decide.  When they do this they waste more and more of our resources in terms of time and money as well as stripping our freedoms away; bit by bit.

The Tea Party was also formed to let our government know that we were no longer going to stand and allow them to take more and more of our freedoms away.  Mandating to the church that they have to violate their consciences in order to provide free birth control is all about freedom.  It doesn't matter what you personally feel about birth control and/or abortion because they are not the issue.  This is strictly a first amendment issue.  It is just being discussed in terms of birth control and women's health.

You need to ask yourselves if the government is allowed to take this protected right away from the church what is next?  If the Tea Party isn't going to stand up and protect this then they may as well just fold up the tents and go home.  Because we are done.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Video: Watch Robots Perform James Bond Theme

A palate cleanser away from Super Tuesday coverage:

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Super Tuesday Results

UPDATE (9:38 PM):

Cavuto just said we don't know where the results are coming out of Ohio. I guess he doesn't have people reading the New York Times website, which has county-by-county results.

UPDATE (9:29 PM):

Santorum's big counties in Ohio are reporting close to 50% or more, while Romney's vote centers have reported less then 5%. This is going to be a long night.

Santorum - 39%
Romney - 35.7%
Gingrich - 15.1%

UPDATE (9:25 PM)

While Santorum speaks in Ohio, he leads in North Dakota with 4% of precints reporting - Santorum 52.4%; Paul 21.1%; Romney 15.2%; Gingrich 11.3%.

UPDATE (9:20 PM)

Oklahoma: Santorum - 34%; Gingrich 27%; Romney 27%. The closeness of Oklahoma's primary is very interesting, although Santorum is the projected victor.

UPDATE (9:17 PM):

While we await three caucus states, Ohio is slowly reporting their anticipated results, which show the two candidates split by just six thousand votes.

UPDATE (9:12 PM):

Ohio: Santorum - 38.4%; Romney - 36.6%.
Oklahoma: Santorum - 34.4%; Gingrich 27.4%

UPDATE (9:00 PM):

Ohio: Romney - 75,706, 37.8%; Santorum - 75,688, 37.8%

The Idaho Caucuses have begun.

UPDATE (8:57 PM):

Oklahoma is getting interesting... Gingrich is slowly gaining votes, while Santorum is losing them, and Romney just sits around 28%.

UPDATE (8:52 PM):

Ohio: Romney - 38.9%; Santorum - 37.6%; Gingrich - 14.6%
Oklahoma: Santorum 36.8%; Romney 27.2%; Gingrich 25.1%

UPDATE (8:48 PM):

Gingrich is going step by step through the entire 2012 primary process right now after his big win in Georgia, which reveals the interesting fact he has won only 2 of the first 20 states...

UPDATE (8:46 PM):

Romney is leading in the vote rich cities of Cinncinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, while Santorum's gaining rural counties.

Romney - 39.2%; Santorum 37.5%; Gingrich 14.6%

UPDATE (8:44 PM):

Gingrich is now speaking in Atlanta, while the race tightens in Ohio between Romney and Santorum.

UPDATE (8:41 PM):

Fox News is projecting Tennessee for Santorum. Quite interesting.

UPDATE (8:39 PM):

189 Republicans have voted for Jon Huntsman in Vermont.. Why?

UPDATE (8:35 PM):

Ohio (9%) - Romney 41%; Santorum 36.3%; Gingrich 14.5%.
Oklahoma (2%) - Santorum 37%; Romney 29%; Gingrich 23%.

UPDATE (8:30 PM):

Romney leads with 72% in Massachusetts; 59% in Virginia and 42% in Ohio, while Santorum has near 40% in both Oklahoma and Tennessee.

UPDATE (8:27 PM):

Santorum is doing well in both Oklahoma and Tennessee, but like Romney's early lead out of Ohio, less then one percent of precincts have reported.

UPDATE (8:22 PM):

Some results from the various states:

Georgia (10%) - Gingrich 47.2%; Santorum 24.1%; Romney 22.7%.
Ohio (1%) - Romney 39.6%; Santorum 37.6%; Gingrich 15.1%.
Vermont (19%) - Romney 38.7%; Paul 27%; Santorum 24.1%.

UPDATE (8:19 PM):

Ohio (1% reporting) - Romney 39.6%; Santorum 37.3%, Gingrich 15.1%; Paul 6.5%

UPDATE (8:13 PM):

Caucuses in Alaska and North Dakota have started, but we are hours away from actual results. The contests that have concluded, such as Ohio and Tennessee, are slow to report this evening.

UPDATE (8:10 PM):

Ohio results - Santorum 38.4%; Romney 37.6%; Gingrich 15.5%. Under 1% of precincts reporting.

UPDATE (8:07 PM):

Add "critical" to the drunk-blogging game... Fox is projecting Oklahoma for Rick Santorum, so all three main candidates have at least one state in their column tonight.

UPDATE (8:03 PM):

Fox News is projecting Massachusetts for Romney, which shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Ohio, with negative 1 percent reporting: Santorum 38.3%; Romney 38%; Gingrich 15.1%

UPDATE (7:59 PM):

Polls are closing in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and in most of Tennessee, while we are starting to see results come in from Ohio.

UPDATE (7:57 PM):

Results are coming in from Ohio (<1% reporting) - Romney 38.6%; Santorum 37.1%; Gingrich 16%

UPDATE (7:54 PM):

1.8% of Republicans still support Jon Huntsman in Vermont.

UPDATE (7:52 PM):

Delegates will be awarded proportionally to all candidates receiving at least 20% in most states tonight, so keep that in mind when calculating how everyone is doing delegate wise.

UPDATE (7:46 PM):

Note: 419 delegates will be awarded in tonight's 10 contests. Ohio is the biggest prize at 66 and Vermont has the smallest give out at 17.

UPDATE (7:40 PM):

Paul's strong showing in Virginia is impressive, but the vote rich areas of Norfolk and Richmond have yet to report in, which will put a dent in his overall vote percentage.

UPDATE (7:35 PM):

While results in Georgia and Vermont are slowly come in, Virginia has nearly 20% of precincts in - Romney 58%; Paul 42%. Awaiting Ohio...

UPDATE (7:30 PM):

Fox is projecting Vermont for Romney (Pundit Press readers not surprised) and polls are now closed in Ohio.

UPDATE (7:27 PM):

Here are some early results:

Georgia (1% reporting) - Gingrich 39%; Santorum 31.5%; Romney 23.6%; Paul 4.8%

Vermont (1% reporting) - Romney 33.1%; Santorum 31%; Paul 27.5%; Gingrich 7%

Virginia (6% reporting) - Romney 59.2%; Paul 40.8%

UPDATE (7:20 PM):

Fox is projecting Romney has won Virginia. I'm sure everyone was on the edge of their seat...

UPDATE (7:15 PM):

This is going to be a long night, so if you need to eat, drink, or get some alcohol for every time someone mentions "its too close to call," I would suggest doing so now.

UPDATE (7:11 PM):

Fox apparently believes Romney's forty point lead in late Virginia polls does not warrant an immediate call.

UPDATE (7:03 PM):

Polls are now closed in Georgia, Vermont and Virginia. It's safe to project Newt Gingrich has won Georgia, while Mitt Romney has won Vermont and Virginia. We will publish results as they come in.

UPDATE (6:56 PM):

Projections will be made in Georgia, Vermont and Virginia as soon as polls close at 7 eastern time, due to poll and historical trends.

-- Original Article --

Polls are about to close in Georgia, Vermont and Virginia - followed shortly by Ohio and Tennessee. I, and my fellow co-bloggers will be covering the results from all Super Tuesday states tonight. Delegate counts, projections, live results will be posted through-out the evening.

This article will be updated frequently.

Stay tuned.

Super Tuesday Preview

With Republicans voting across the nation for their voice to be heard loud and clear in the nomination process, it's time to briefly review the 10 states awarding delegates today:

Alaska - 27 delegates; caucuses close at 12 eastern time. Romney won Alaska in 2008 by 14%.

Georgia - 76 delegates; primary ends at 7 eastern time. Huckabee won Georgia in 2008 by 2%.

Idaho - 32 delegates; caucuses begin at 9 eastern time. McCain won Idaho in 2008 by 46%.

Massachusetts - 41 delegates; primary ends at 8 eastern time. Romney won in 2008 by 11%.

North Dakota - 28 delegates; primary ends at 10 eastern time. Romney won in 2008 by 13%.

Ohio - 66 delegates; primary ends at 7:30 eastern time. McCain won Ohio in 2008 by 20%.

Oklahoma - 43 delegates; primary ends at 9 eastern time. McCain won in 2008 by 3%.

Tennessee - 58 delegates; primary ends at 10 eastern time. Huckabee won in 2008 by 3%.

Vermont - 17 delegates; primary ends at 7 eastern time. McCain won in 2008 by 57%.

Virginia - 48 delegates; primary ends at 7 eastern time. McCain won in 2008 by 10%.

Most of these states were Super Tuesday voters in 2008 as well, but besides for Mitt's showing in three of them, we have nothing but pure speculative polling to go on, tonight is going to be fun.

International Hacking Group LulzSec Brought Down by Own Leader

From Fox News:
Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader -- who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months -- arrested three and charged two more with conspiracy.

Charges against four of the five were based on a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court, has learned. An indictment charging the suspects, who include two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American in Chicago, is expected to be unsealed Tuesday morning in the Southern District of New York.

“This is devastating to the organization,” said an FBI official involved with the investigation. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”

The offshoot of the loose network of hackers, Anonymous, believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by a shadowy figure has identified as Hector Xavier Monsegur. Working under the Internet alias “Sabu,” the unemployed, 28-year-old father of two allegedly commanded a loosely organized, international team of perhaps thousands of hackers from his nerve center in a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side. After the FBI unmasked Monsegur last June, he became a cooperating witness, sources told

“They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI,” a source close to Sabu told
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Super Tuesday Predictions, 3/6/12

Note: Just because I pick someone to win does not mean that I endorse them! With that out of the way, here are my predictions for this Super Tuesday in the Republican field:

Ohio: Romney
Massachusetts: Romney
Tennessee: Romney
Vermont: Romney
Virginia: Romney
Alaska: Romney
North Dakota: Romney
Idaho: Romney
Oklahoma: Santorum
Georgia: Gingrich

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Report: Bin Laden Body Not Dumped at Sea

Color me skeptical, but it would be interesting, nonetheless. The Russia Today is reporting that Osama bin Laden's corpse was not buried at sea, which was stated after his death last May. This news came leaked from Wikileaks, which cites Stratfor, an intelligence website.

Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence, Fred Burton, believes the body was “bound for Dover, [Delaware] on [a] CIA plane” and then “onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda [Maryland],” an email says.


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Monday, March 05, 2012

Pontificating pot-heads twist the Scriptures

Scripture-twisting Pot-Heads seek divine blessing…

If it were not such a serious affront to God, I would find the latest attempts on the part of Marijuana Users to justify their habit uproariously laughable.

Some might say, “You just don’t get out enough” but I had never before seen a sticker advocating pot-smoking which actually tried to cite a scripture to justify it!
The scripture was Gen. 1:29, which says “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth…to you it shall be for meat.”

Okay, first you will note that not only do they cite from the King James version Bible which uses the word “meat” instead of “food”, but they severely truncate the verse in question leaving out the full context of what God is prescribing here, so let me quote it from the English Standard Version – “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.’” (Gen. 1:29)

The differences are subtle, yet important. Instead of just “herbs”, the word “plants” is used since the Hebrew word “ehseb” applies to all plants and herbs which are edible as food.
They also seem to prefer the word “meat” which they have strained to render “consumables”, allowing consumption via smoking to be considered alongside ingestion. This they do, since cannabis sativa has hardly ever been classified as part of the four basic “food” groups, having little or no nutrient value, much less palate-appeal. No, it is a drug, and consumption in food form is more about the intoxicating effect than it is about the taste. I speak from experience here; “Pot Brownies” are “icky”, as my kids used to say, but endurable if the desired end was to get “high”, and as for “Cannabis Tea”… I think the connoisseurs term for it is – “blech!”, and in no threat to replace Earl Gray in most cupboards.
No, it is a Mummer’s farce to watch as they try to wrest scriptural justification for what is clearly sinful behavior.

What Genesis does teach us…

Following God's inaugural commands for man to "be fruitful, multiple, and replenish the earth; subduing it and having dominion over all things", God then prescribes their initial diet.
It is their "initial diet" since that is what they (we) were to eat at first, but later, after Adam & Eve's fall into sin, their (now OUR diet) diet was expanded to include eating animals; i.e. - fish, birds, and land animals. See: Gen_9:3
*It is important to note that animals shared the same basic diet, and did not yet prey upon each other. (Vs.- 30)

Some, who desire to legitimize the use of mind altering drugs such as Marijuana a.k.a. "Cannabis Sativa", attempt to force-interpret this verse to mean that ALL "herbs"... including Marijuana are given "divine sanction". Nothing could be further from the truth, and this is truly a case where "the wish is father to the thought" as "interpretations" go.

First - While in the Beginning, all herbs may have been suitable for human consumption, it cannot be reasonably argued that this remained the case after The Fall when the destructive consequences of sin entered the picture. (Rom. 8:19-22)
Also, it is pure conjecture to assert that "cannabis sativa" was amongst them, since no herbs were listed by name.

Second - In their desperation to find proof-text Scriptures legitimizing their desires, the Cannabis advocate conveniently "over-looks" the fact that all of Creation was negatively effected after the Fall of Adam & Eve, which resulted in the introduction of all manner of previously unmentioned plant and animal life which would now be unhealthy, if not deadly for man & beast alike to consume; and Marijuana may just as likely be one of them. (Gen. 3:18) If we allow baseless assertions that cannabis sativa existed before the corruption of the creation, then we could equally argue that it may well have been the plant God had forbidden mankind to eat from.
Truly, it seems to have the same fool-appeal today as it had then. Eve, despite being told by God that it was NOT on the menu, yet insisted that it was “good for food”, and had eye-appeal, and what’s more… “Was able to make one wise!” (See Gen. 3:3-6) I can’t recount how many times I’ve heard people say, “Yeah, but it loosens-up my creative juices man!” and/or “It elevates my spiritual understanding!”… Sound familiar?

Are they right? Am I just being “judgmental”? I mean, how do I know what it actually does for them?
Well, for one thing, I have my own subjective experiences to draw from; so “I know whereof I speak” when I say such claims are a load of “hooey”!
But I also have decades of objective scientific data to draw from which also supports my “judgment”; for example, as far back as…

March 24, 1982, the Department of Health and Human Services submitted to Congress a report reviewing the consequences of marijuana use. Marijuana and Health, 1982, ninth in a series, was primarily based on two recently conducted, comprehensive, scientific reviews by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Addiction Research Foundation, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Both independent reviews corroborate the Public Health Service's findings of health hazards associated with marijuana use…
Among a few of the established effects of frequent Marijuana use were…

  1. Serious, acute effects on perception and reasoning resulting in illogical and/or irrational behavior, a noted DECREASE in skilled performance of routine tasks; and a marked effect on more complex skills/tasks such as driving, which require fine motor skills.
  2. A marked decrease in sperm count and sperm motility (they get lazy).
  3. Interference with ovulation and prenatal development (very bad)

So much for “elevated understanding”…”spiritual enlightenment”, blah, blah, blah... And as for the “creative juices” thing: Any fool high enough quickly becomes a “Legend” in his or her own mind, and you can forget about pro-creative “juices” too it seems; doing cannabis actually REDUCES your procreative potential!

What “spiritual enlightenment” did Adam & Eve get out consuming their forbidden fruit? Answer: They came to the rude awakening that

  1. They just sinned away their innocence, and were now naked before the Judge of all Creation
  2. They actually FELL from the true “enlightenment” they already possessed, which only God can grant…without the aid of drugs
  3. They brought decay, destruction, and death to all of their descendants and the world they would have to live in
  4. Rather than “enlightenment”, they brought spiritual darkness upon themselves and their descendants for countless generations; a thing only God, in His mercy could ever undo.
  5. And worst of all, mankind was cut-off from the Tree of Eternal Life which meant we not only lost fellowship with God here & now, but for all eternity! *See Genesis 3

No, the only way to true “spiritual enlightenment” is not through being joint-smokers, but rather “joint-heirs” with Christ, through whom we have access to the Father again, and with it, all the spiritual wisdom we could ever crave. (Rom. 8:13-17; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Cor. 1:19-30; Col. 2:3; Jas. 1:5)

We must therefore conclude that there is no evidence to justify using Genesis 1:29 as a divine license to use Marijuana, and such a twisted misapplication of divine writ is sinful. (2 Pet. 3:16)

Cannabis: A plant of “renown”, or infamy?

Yet another scripture, pot-puffers have taken to misquoting and wresting to their own use is Ezekiel 34:29, which reads…

“And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.”

This “plant” they take to mean the Marijuana plant. Again, it would be laughable were it not such a deadly serious sin on their part.
I mean, to suggest that marijuana is the plant which shall do away with “hunger”? Ha! Any fool knows it brings on the notorious “munchies”! 

The whole context of Ezekiel chapter 34 is that of God restoring his now exiled people to their promised homeland, and not by larger application God’s People from out of all Nationalities, people groups, and ethnicities. It is a Messianic prophecy full of allusions to the Messiah to come, and variously depicted as that “One Shepherd” (Vs. - 23)… “My servant David” (Vs. - 24)…, and notably, there would be no more ravenous beasts in the land. (Vs.-25) The identity of this singular “plant of renown” is readily apparent, and has ever been identified as Christ the Messiah. Marijuana and cannabis were never once mentioned in the scriptures, and so can hardly be this “plant of renown” since it was literally UN-KNOWN. And besides, even it was known to them, it would be a plant of infamy and not “renown”. On the other hand, the “root of Jesse” a.k.a., Jesus Christ was well-known, and held in the highest esteem!

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”  (Isa 11:10)

“And again, Isaiah says, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.”  (Rom 15:12)

“His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.”  (Psa 72:17)

Of “bigots” and “Sorcerers”…

It is at about this point that people who don’t have a rational counter-argument to make begin to throw around labels such as “bigot”. I find that ironic since it is THEY who have no reasonable basis for their opinions! It matters little to me: For while that class of sinners known to the world as “bigots” is nowhere to be found among those mentioned in Scriptures; “Drug-Abusers” a.k.a. “Sorcerers” certainly are. There’s no record of any “bigot” being damned to hell, but there are plenty of “sorcerers” there.

Now, if I were a “mean-spirited bigot” about such things, I’d be quite content to keep such facts to myself knowing that my pot-puffing neighbors were on a fast track to annihilation, and would soon die-off via attrition; but I am NOT such a person, and I really DO care about others, and the dangerous things they’ve duped themselves into believing.
Webster’s defines a “bigot” as “A person who is obstinately and unreasonably wedded to a particular…opinion”
Well, I have herein given the Reader some very sound reasons for my opinions concerning marijuana use; I hope that they will allow that, however forceful my arguments, I am not a “bigot”, much less “mean-spirited” in any sense.

In conclusion, it becomes plain to the objective reader that those seeking to assert divine sanction to use cannabis from the Holy Scriptures, fail miserably in the attempt, and in fact have only proven that they fully deserve the divine CURSES and not blessings, promised to all those who would so misuse the Word of God. They have over-reached themselves in touching that which is holy in a vain attempt to justify their sinful desires; and they shall not go unpunished. Little did they realize that in daring to open God’s Word seeking a “liberty” He forbids, they have instead ensnared themselves! They have no excuses now…They have held the divine oracles in their hands which warned them against misusing it, and they ignored it! And now they must face the Bar of His justice and answer Him as He demands to know…

“But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?” Psa 50:16 

The Apostle Peter warned us that it is the “ignorant and unstable” who twist the Scriptures to their own (“apoleia”) damnation. 2 Pet. 3:16

Rev 22:18-20
(18)  “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
(19)  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
(20)  He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
*See also – Deu. 4:2; 12:32; Pro. 30:6

As King Solomon said, “There is nothing ‘new’ under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9), and that includes drug abuse. In Biblical terms it was known as “sorcery” from the Koine Greek word “pharmakeia”, from which we derive our English word “pharmacy”; i.e. – “drugs”. And while the Bible does not condemn the genuine medicinal use of drugs, it does condemn its use in deliberately altering one’s state of mind so that they become “ensorcelled”; i.e. - easy to influence. Cultists and Occultist alike have long used such means to break-down the normal walls of inhibition and caution in their subjects, and thereby brainwash them.
Both they who abuse drugs, and those who promote is abuse are flatly condemned by God. (Gal. 5:20; Rev. 9:21; 18:23)

Friend, there’s not enough pot in the whole world to make it worth the exchange for your very soul. And if the factual health arguments aren’t enough to convince you of its dangers, then consider this… Whether it be drugs like pot, or excessive drinking, or sexual immorality; it’s a pretty sure indicator that its already having a corrupting influence on your life that you’d stoop so low as to attempt twisting God’s holy word to justify it. Think on it – Is it really a “plant of renown” to you, or one of infamy? Are you really that dumb to risk having your hope of eternal life to go…“up in smoke”?

In loving truth,

The Desert Paladin

Video: Israeli Channel Says that Israel Has Already Decided to Attack Iran

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Syria Complains to U.N.


The Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote an official complaint to the United Nations this morning about the reaction to their actions in regards to the one year old uprising in the Arab nation, which they call just plain old domestic terrorism and ask why the world would condemn them for defending their country.

Within the complaint the regime actually said they were fighting back to defend innocent civilians, as more refugees flooded neighboring Syrian towns from the besiged City of Homs. And the latest U.N. report on the Syrnian crisis has the civilian death toll at 7,500 and rising, while the western world sits, horrified, and does nothing.

This complaint, which should be returned to the rogue regime with "you are the terrorists" written on several margins, especially next to any claim of them protecting civilian life, comes as Iran is sending the Assad regime even more weapons, and Russia continues to stand with their old ally.

I am purely disgusted at this entire situation. Almost 10,000 civilians dead, including an American journalist, and the world does absolutely nothing to stop the bloodshed. They are hindered by U.N. rules China and Russia are using to prevent official action, and general uselessness of western and arab governments to act.

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Residential drug rehab in Texas

Drug addiction is a difficult subject for so many in our society. Addiction affects not only the addict but those around them and can ruin so many lives. This is why the best treatment as soon as possible is so important. Denial should be avoided, especially when other people are involved.

When Rush Limbaugh had a drug addiction years ago, we were all pulling for him to get through the process. Fortunately, he was able to get to rehab and get off of drugs. High-stress situations can cause so many unfortunate effects, and addiction can be one of them. This has happened many times to celebrities, politicians, and sports stars. This is why people have to be so careful and look for help. Friends and family can be an excellent support network, but often professional help is the best and the most likely to stick. There are many choices out there, but it is important to research your options before you make any decision.

So if you or a loved one has a problem, make sure they get the help that they need. That is why you should consider advanced methods of getting off, such as Dual Diagnosis rehab. Increase the chance of success and picking up your life. Increase the chance of someone else returning to their job and family.

By using the correct methods, the chance of success increases greatly. In fact, it would increase the drug rehab success rates to make the right choice. Research your options and choose which would be best for you and your family. It could be the most important decision that you ever make.

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Earthquake Strikes San Francisco; 4.0 Magnitude on 3/5/12

From CBS:
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 shook the Bay Area at 5:33 a.m. on Monday.

The shallow quake was centered a mile north of El Cerrito, two miles from Richmond, four miles north of Berkeley and 13 miles from San Francisco City Hall.

An initial report placed the magnitude at 4.3. The U.S. Geological Survey subsequently downgraded it to 4.0.

Phone-in and e-mail reports from viewers and listeners to KPIX-TV CBS 5 and KCBS All News 740 AM &FM 106.9 indicated that the quake was felt across much of the East Bay as well as the North Bay and San Francisco. The jerky tremor lasted only a few seconds.

One Twitter user wrote, “All of San Francisco just woke up, tweeted, and are now going back to bed for an hour. Thanks early morning #earthquake.”
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Sunday, March 04, 2012

New Documentary About Obama and Israel: Daylight

From the Emergency Committee for Israel.

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Russian Election Results

From Fox News:
Exit polls cited by state television say Vladimir Putin has won Russia's presidential election, which the opposition and independent observers say has been marred by widespread violations.

Putin tallied 59 percent of Sunday's vote, according to a nationwide exit poll conducted by the VTsIOM polling agency for Channel one television. Another exit poll done by the FOM polling agency for Rossiya TV showed Putin received 58 percent of the ballot.

Communist Party candidate Gennady Zyuganov, got support of some 18 percent, according to the survey, and the others -- nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, socialist Sergei Mironov and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov -- were in single digits.

Opposition leaders and Russian observers said Sunday they are seeing widespread violations in elections that are expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin.
If confirmed, claims of violations could undermine the legitimacy of Putin's victory and help fuel opposition protests.

The independent elections watchdog agency Golos said it was receiving reports of so-called "carousel voting," in which busloads of voters are driven around to cast ballots multiple times.
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2012 Republican Delegate Count

These are the current estimated delegate counts from the Associated Press:

Romney - 180
Santorum - 90
Gingrich - 29
Ron Paul - 23
Huntsman - 2

Through two months of voting, slightly more than 300 delegates have been awarded to the field, but everything is about to change - 466 delegates are set to be awarded in Super Tuesday's 10 state run, which could result in either this race getting a lot closer, or someone pulling away altogether.

1,144 delegates are required to win the Republican nomination, anything less after the first ballot is considered to be an brokered convention, in which delegates can support whomever they please for our nomination, regardless if they have been in the race, or not.

Stay tuned for continuing primary updates from Pundit Press.

China's Newest Hit TV Show: Death Row Interviews

From the Daily Mail:
With her silk scarves and immaculate make-up, Ding Yu looks every inch the modern television presenter. Indeed, for the past five years she has hosted a hugely successful prime-time show in China which has a devoted following of 40 million viewers every Saturday night.

But while in Britain the weekend evening entertainment will be The X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing, Ms Ding’s show features harrowing – some would say voyeuristic – footage of prisoners confessing their crimes and begging forgiveness before being led away to their executions.

The scenes are recorded sometimes minutes before the prisoners are put to death, or in other cases when only days of their life remain.

The glamorous Ms Ding conducts face-to-face interviews with the prisoners, who have often committed especially gruesome crimes. Her subjects sit in handcuffs and leg chains, guarded by warders. She warms up with anodyne questions about favourite films or music, but then hectors the prisoners about the violent details of their crimes and eventually wrings apologies out of them.

She promises to relay final messages to family members, who are usually not allowed to visit them on death row. The cameras keep rolling as the condemned say a farewell message and are led away to be killed by firing squad or lethal injection.
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If you've been keeping up with the news, then you know about the Rush Limbaugh controversy. If you haven't, here it is in a nutshell.
This link has a good synopsis of what prompted Limbaugh to cover the issue in the first place. Let me quote from the article:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said she called the hearing of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee because Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown University Law School, was not allowed to testify at the Feb. 16 hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“Democrats are prepared to hear from a single witness today, a Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, to testify before the committee,” Pelosi said in her opening remarks. “We are proud to bring Sandra before our Steering and Policy Committee to deliver the testimony she was denied last week, to stand firm in the cause of women’s health -- to no longer be held silent. Sandra is a bold and passionate leader for young women and all women, at Georgetown and across the country. She understands that this issue that we’re discussing is a matter of women’s health, plain and simple.”
Pelosi noted that Fluke has been active in the battle against human trafficking and domestic violence, and she also served as the president and secretary of a “reproductive justice” group at Georgetown Law School
Fluke said Georgetown, a Jesuit school, does not provide contraceptive coverage in its student health plan, a situation that places "financial, emotional and medical burdens" on students.
She expressed gratitude for the Obama administration's contraception mandate, which will force religiously affiliated schools and hospitals to provide services that some religions, including Catholicism, find morally wrong and impermissible.
Okay, I hear you ask, but how did Limbaugh come up with the conclusion that Sandra Fluke was a “prostitute” and a “slut”?

Well, for the answer to that, we'll have to read another article. This article is one with a little bit more detail. Again, I'll quote from the article:

"Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception), Fluke reported.
It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint in law school, according to her calculations.
"Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school," Fluke told the hearing. (my emphasis)

So, according to Fluke's calculations, 40% of Georgetown Law's female students are having three thousand dollars worth of sex over a three year period (no pun intended). Which works out to an average of one thousand dollars every year.
Rethink those numbers for a second: Forty percent of Georgetown Law's female students are spending one thousand dollars per year in order to have protected sex.
Let that sink in for a few seconds. One thousand dollars per year to have protected sex.
And, because Fluke wants that to be covered by insurance, you and I will be paying for it. Unless you know of some other way for something to be covered by insurance? No? Me neither.
Now, there are a myriad number of ways to have protected sex nowadays. The cheapest (and according to the contraception experts, most effective) ways to do so is by using a condom. Now, I admit, it's been a couple of years since I've had to buy a condom, so they may have sky-rocketed (no pun intended) in price lately. But I don't think that they've gone so far up that they are a $1,000 a pop (again, no pun intended).
As a matter of fact, let's find out, shall we? After 30 seconds (because I've got a slow connection, that's why) of googling the subject “condom prices”, one of the first links is . Perusing the selection, we find that the most expensive condom is $1.25, and is known as The Strapped XL condom. Since the Georgetown Law female student is so strapped for cash, this is obviously not the first choice. That would probably be the Crown Condom by Okamoto, retailing for the spine-tingling price of $.45, or 100 for $19.95.
Well, let's suppose that the Georgetown Law female student decides to get $1,000 worth of the most expensive condoms. How many would that be? Some quick math tells us that $1,000 divided by $1.25 equals 800 condoms. Divide 800 condoms by 365 days and you get 2.19 times. That's at least 2 times a day and three times every 5 days every day for an entire year.
Wait, there's a Kennedy Party Pack! $30.95 for 100 condoms! How many would that be? Some quick math tells us that $1,000 divided by $30.95 equals about 32 1/3 packs of 100 condoms. Divide that by 365 days in the year, and we've got 8.85 instances of protected sex every day for the entire year.
Nah, who wants the most expensive condom? Let's suppose instead that the Georgetown Law female student decides to get $1,000 worth of the least expensive condoms. How many would that be? Some quick math tells us that $1,000 divided by $.45 equals 2222.22 condoms. Divide 2,222.22 by 365 days, and you get a smidgen over 6 times. That Georgetown Law female student would be having protected sex 6 times a day, every day for the entire year.
Nah, we're going for quantity here, not quality. Let's suppose instead that the Georgetown Law female student decides to get $1,000 worth of the least expensive condoms, but in the $19.95 100 pack set. How many would that be? Some quick math tells us that $1,000 divided by $19.95 equals 50 1/8 sets of 100 condoms. That's a little over 5,000 condoms to be used over the next year. That's, um, not quite 14 times a day every day for the entire year.
Now, as you can see, the range for the daily ration of protected sex is anywhere from a little over 2 times to a little under 14 times, depending on your wants and needs. That's every day for an entire year, with no days off.
Now, there are other options, but I think I've made my point clear. The only way that you could spend $1,000 to have protected sex is to be using that protection at the very least two times a day everyday for the entire year. Perhaps 40% of the females at Georgetown Law are doing that, but I'm thinking not. For one thing, nobody would be getting any studying done!
Guys at Georgetown Law are really liking their odds nowadays, though.
Now comes the news that Ms. Sandra Fluke is contemplating suing Rush, apparently for slander. I don't think Fluke is getting the best legal advice available to her if this story is true.
I want to see this happen. The prosecution, according to established law, would have to prove that Ms. Fluke is not “a prostitute” or “a slut” in order to win. The defense would have a heyday, and I guarantee you that once Mr. Limbaugh is up there on the stand, things would get very interesting. I can just imagine him running through all of these numbers that I've just run through.
And the calling up of old boyfriends would make for fascinating TV, to say the least. What would they have to say, I wonder? The testimony of how many times they had protected sex would run on every nightly newscast. The laughter and jokes would carry us through the long hot summer that is coming up.
Please, please, please, Ms. Fluke, don't throw Br'er Limbaugh into that thorn bush!

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