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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Puerto Rico's Language Primary

The 2012 Republican marathon has moved to Puerto Rico as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are campaigning for the island territory's 20 delegates up for grabs tomorrow. However, Santorum has launched a firestorm by suggesting Puerto Rico can only become a state if they make English their "main language."

Puerto Rico is bilingual and all legal business is done in both English and Spanish, and if they ever become our 51st state, that is unlikely to change. They understand the importance of English, but it doesn't quite match up with their several hundred years of conducting all business, private/public in Spanish.

Santorum has stepped back his comments by recognizing their right to bilingual, but the damage is already done and Romney has already capitalized by agreeing with Louis Fortuno's argument that Puerto Rico has federalism on their side in regards to what emphasis they put on language.

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P.S. - By the way, this doesn't contradict with Romney's support for English becoming our official language of the land, because such a law would apply to federal matters only and all Puerto Ricans involved in such matters would have to know the language to be involved in the first place.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Duke Goes Down in Shocking Upset

Lehigh 75 (15), Duke 70 (2). Madness!

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Robert Bales Identified as Afghan Shooting Suspect

The alleged shooter of 16 Afghans has been identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, according to FoxNews. Now much more information is forthcoming. His attorney held a press conference earlier today.

UPDATE: There's a cached article that references a Staff Sergeant Robert Bales deployed in Afghanistan that seems to be about the same age.

It quotes him:

“How’s the security affecting your family?” Asked Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2-3 Inf., to a village elder relaxing outside of his home.

“Much better than yesterday,” replied the man.

UPDATE 6:22-- Pictures of the Staff Sergeant have been found here.

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Possible Robert Bales Pictures Found

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has been identified as the alleged shooter in a spree that killed 16 Afghans.

Apparently, there are several articles circulating that may be him.

These show a Staff Sergeant named Robert Bales on deployment in Afghanistan in

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Afghan Shooting Suspect Identified as Robert Bales

The alleged shooter of 16 Afghans has been identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, according to FoxNews. Now much more information is forthcoming. His attorney held a press conference earlier today.

UPDATE: There's a cached article that references a Staff Sergeant Robert Bales deployed in Afghanistan that seems to be about the same age.

It quotes him:

“How’s the security affecting your family?” Asked Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2-3 Inf., to a village elder relaxing outside of his home.

“Much better than yesterday,” replied the man.

UPDATE 6:22-- Pictures of the Staff Sergeant have been found here.

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Michelle Obama to Supporters: Barack 'In Love With You'

If you don't think that Michelle Obama telling you what you can and cannot eat is not creepy enough, try her telling you that her husband is in love with you. In a new mass-email to supporters, Michelle Obama has declared her husband's undying love for their supporters.

The email, titled "I Love You Back," details an event where President Obama vowed his love for people that vote for him. The email explains:
Someone in a crowd yells at my husband, "We love you, Barack."

That's when he interrupts himself, smiles really big, and says, "I love you back." And he does.
Mrs. Obama then asks for money, implying that if you really love her husband, you'll give him your money.

Here is the entire email:
From: Michelle Obama
Subject: "I love you back"
To: "XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX" (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.com)
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012, 2:29 PM


I see this happen a lot:

Someone in a crowd yells at my husband, "We love you, Barack."

That's when he interrupts himself, smiles really big, and says, "I love you back." And he does.

That's why Barack's dinners with supporters mean so much to him -- because they give him a chance to show it and to say thanks.

I can say from experience you won't want to miss out on the next dinner. I hope you'll consider donating $3 -- or whatever you can to support the campaign -- and be automatically entered today:


Thank you,

Barack Obama: In Love With You
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Dharun Ravi Found Guilty Facing 10 Years in Prison

Today a jury has found Dharun Ravi guilty of intimidation, spying, and witness tampering among other charges in the events that led up to the death of Tyler Clementi.  Clementi was an 18 year gay college student who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after a tape of him kissing another man was streamed and commented upon on twitter.  This case had garnered national attention about cyber-bullying and gay-bashing among teenagers.  

What hasn't been made clear in much of the news coverage is that Tyler was out of the closet.  He told his family that he was gay.  Ravi had also met his boyfriend before the taping took place on one previous occasion.  A text that was sent to Tyler around the time he jumped from Ravi said the following:
"I've known you were gay and I have no problem with it. In fact one of my closest friends is gay and he and I have a very open relationship. I just suspected you were shy about it which is why I never broached the topic. I don't want your freshman year to be ruined because of a petty misunderstanding, it's adding to my guilt. You have a right to move if you wish but I don't want you to feel pressured to without fully understanding the situation." 
No one knows if Tyler read the text before he jumped to his death.   

There are also other parts of this story that are not getting a great deal of media attention.  One being that his mother was having a difficult time accepting her son being gay.  She was saddened to learn that he wouldn't be getting married and starting a family. She loved her son and wanted to be part of his life, but her dreams for him were not going to be as she had envisioned.  She needed some time to make that adjustment.  Another point that isn't getting enough media coverage in all of this is the fact that the school bears some responsibility in this death as well.  

Tyler went through the proper channels to get a room change.  While it isn't easy to change rooms once a semester is underway, it would seem to me that they could have at least tried harder to understand that boy's discomfort with living with a guy that was spying on him.  It wouldn't have been any more pleasant had the video showed him kissing a girl.  The act of his privacy being invaded doing something so personal is enough that they should have realized that these two young men could no longer share a room.  I would also think that the school would have been justified in kicking him out of the dorms for what he did.  

Tyler didn't leave an explanation as to what motivated him to take his own life.  Was it his mother's disappointment?  Was the fact that people at school had confirmation that he was gay, or was it the school not being willing to help him get out of his living with someone who was spying on him that made him think that jumping off that bridge was the better alternative?  We will never know since he is not here to answer those questions.  But we do know that none of these things were something so terrible that he couldn't have gotten beyond them had he given it some time.   

What we also do know is that a young man will be facing 10 years in prison for a hate crime that it seems to me wasn't proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  Don't get me wrong, he needed to be charged with a crime.  But I am not sure that him spending his 20's in prison is an effective use of our resources.  

This case is indicative of why I find hate crimes to be a bad idea.  You can not ever know for sure what is in someone elses heart and mind at any given moment.  Tyler's death is a tragedy, we just compounded it by this outcome.  

I hope that Tyler's family can get a measure of peace now that this trial is over.  

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George Clooney Arrested

Hollywood actor George Clooney, U.S. Congressman Jim Moran and others were arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington earlier today. They were protesting the Sudan government's recent decision to block humanitarian aid to civilians in disputed border areas where fighting continues.

Clooney detained by Secret Service for civil disobedience outside the Sudan Embassy

While I don't exactly like Clooney, mainly for his not-so-terrific acting and his snobbish liberalism, I do find him consistent in his unwavering devotion to the people of South Sudan and against the evils of Sudan's leading officials, who have been indicted for war crimes by the Hague, and thus, give him credit.

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Breaking: George Clooney Arrested

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Praetorian Progressives and Their Imperial Dreams

Under President Obama we doubled-down in Afghanistan?  We sent more of our fellow citizens to a long hard slog in a country whose synonym is Quagmire while announcing the eventual date of their withdrawal at the same time.  In an unprecedented action Mr. Obama announced our attack as he heralded our retreat in a calculated political decision that has cost lives, squandered treasure and told the Taliban to wait in the wings for the second act.

As our economy was being outsourced, our debt monetized, and our infrastructure crumbled we meekly followed the leader deeper into a thankless nation-building campaign in the Little Bighorn of nations.  A nation that is more of a Western construct than an actual nation-state, and the tribes which inhabit this mountainous waste have resisted and foiled every empire from Alexander to Moscow. 

There is a fundamental difference between a republic and an empire.  Republics are based upon the consent of the governed.  Empires are imposed from above.  Republics foster a community of equals each with the opportunity to achieve.  Empires exalt the ruling class at the expensive of everyone else.  Though settled by European kingdoms seeking empires the United States wasn’t founded to become an empire.  Individuals fought against the empire building tyrants until their determination and resolve won independence against all odds.

It is time to re-think America’s international military commitments.  It is our world wide web of foreign commitments and entanglements that has been used by the self-righteous Progressives and their cronies in the military industrial complex in their efforts to transform the United States from republic to empire.  They have used the never ending wars for peace to regiment our society and create a centrally-planned bureaucratic mega government.

 George Washington warned us to avoid foreign entanglements telling us, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…”  He warned us about allowing the military to grow to big, “Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson outlined the essential principles of our government which included this advice concerning foreign affairs, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.” 

For the first 100 years of our existence we followed Washington’s great rule, “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

The temptation to empire captured the American imagination in the 1890s: the beginning of the Progressive Era.  This was a time when Europe was rushing to gobble up the last places open for colonization or carving up those areas unsuited for colonies into spheres of influence. 

Under President McKinley the United States entered the scramble for colonies in the Spanish-American War winning Puerto Pico and the Philippines as well as a long war against those in the Philippines who wanted the independence they had expected when liberated from the Spanish Empire by the American Republic. 

Teddy Roosevelt the great grandfather of the Progressives followed McKinley walking softly while carrying a big stick in the form of the Great White Fleet.  He used America’s new found industrial might and military power for multiple intrusions into the sovereignty of Latin American countries.  While better known for his war against business, or trust busting as it was then called, the first President Roosevelt extolled war as a means to national greatness, “No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumph of war”

After being re-elected on the promise to keep America neutral President Wilson proclaimed America must fight to “Make the World Safe for Democracy.”  An adventure which cost over 300,000 casualties and which actually expanded the empires of England, France, and Japan while sowing the seeds of an even greater war. 

After Wilson’s war the Congress of the United States re-asserted control by rejecting the international entanglements of the League of Nations Treaty returning to the traditional American foreign policy of freedom of trade and freedom of action. 

Under FDR America fought an undeclared naval war against Germany in 1940 and 41 and imposed draconian embargoes against Japan prior to Pearl Harbor.  Once we were attacked we had to defend ourselves.  However, when World War II ended with the defeat of German, Italian, and Japanese totalitarianism and the vast expansion of Soviet totalitarianism, the guiding light of America foreign policy seems to have been permanently extinguished. 

As the British Empire sailed into the sunset we filled the void taking up the role of leader of the West in the Cold War. For forty-six years we faced the Soviets until they collapsed.  Then instead of coming home we spread our wings even further embracing Eastern Europe.  We made a vain promise to send young Americans to fight for Estonia and Slovakia.  We coaxed color-coded revolutions all around Russia while our allies moved the EU to the East.  All of this rebuffed the hand of the Russians and made them instead of friends bitter foes who realized America had exploited their weakness and attempted to surround them with enemies.  This is the exact scenario which has haunted Russian paranoid dreams for centuries.

It is against the traditional principles of American foreign policy to establish and maintain an empire of far-flung outposts.  Doing so has broken the bank and we cannot afford to be the Policeman of the world.  We cannot afford to build nations for people who don’t want them while allowing our own infrastructure to decay.  How did a peaceful nation of free citizens become the advocate of pre-emptive attack and endless occupation?  How much blood and treasure did we invest in Iraq and what will be the result: a precipitous pull-out resulting in a Shi’a ally for Iran. 

The war in Afghanistan was obviously defensive and retaliatory in nature given the Taliban’s support and collusion with Al Qaeda.  But ten years later what’s it all about?  Are we really dedicated to building a modern nation for tribal people who have no sense of nationhood?  Have we blundered into the same trap that brought the Soviets to their knees?

And it isn’t only our current hot deployment that is problematic. 

The United States has armed forces in over 130 countries.  We’re committed to defend most of these countries against aggression.  Where were these allies on 9-11?  Where are they in Afghanistan?  Why do we have treaties binding us to go to war to defend those who refuse to support us when we’re attacked?  If these policies are counter-productive are there any alternatives?

Close the foreign bases and bring our troops home.  Sell the bases and save the money.  Station our troops on the borders to protect us from the on-going invasion of illegal immigrants who are overloading our systems. Let the maintenance of the bases and the spending of the troops contribute to our domestic economy instead of the economies of other countries.  If we need to project American power, use the carrier battle-groups designed for that purpose.  Protect America and rebuild our infrastructure. 

When asked what to do with the American Military after World War I Will Rogers said, “Get 'em all home, add to their number, add to their training, then just sit tight with a great feeling of security and just read about foreign wars. That's the best thing in the world to do with them.” 

We must jettison the Empire to save the Republic!  If we don’t the imperial power will swamp the republican nature.  We will retain the forms our Founders gave us as we find ourselves under the jackbooted heel of the Praetorian Progressives and their imperial dreams.  

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 @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It Begins: Obama Campaign Documentary "The Road We've Traveled"

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Video - America Deserves Better Paul Ryan on Budget

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Controversial "It's Time to Quit Islam"

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Video: Why Did the Stimulus Fail?

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Homeschooling Reaching the Black Community

A dirty little secret that you won't find out about from the U.S. media (shocker, I know) is that more and more black families are turning to home schooling in an attempt to give their children the education that they deserve.  While I am sure it is very difficult in the more urban areas where the public schools are especially atrocious, it is still a growing trend.  Another thing many are probably not aware of the existence of is a homeschool cooperative dedicated to the black community.
 Monica Utsey, who runs a home schooling co-operative for African American children in Washington DC, says: "African-American mothers, especially those who have boys, have a lot of trouble in the school system. The way the classroom is designed is more conducive for girls."
For her, though, the main motivation was cultural - she wanted her sons to learn about their African roots and not "to believe that their history begins with slavery"
Another words, she doesn't want her sons to be taught that they are victims who have no real chance of succeeding because of a racist society that is America.  Derrick Bell will be rolling over in his grave.  How will the left indoctrinate these young sons who are taught they are equal human beings and have the same opportunities that their white counterparts have, they just have to work for it? Oh Al Sharpton, watch out, you may not be able to make a living peddling fear anymore.

It is true that homeschooling is not something that will work for every family.  Some parents don't have the discipline, the qualifications, and some children do well in a public school environment.  I know someone who has one child in public school and homeschools the other.  Her son was just not doing well in school and his teachers were not communicating that to them.  They pulled him out and have him at home.  She works full-time, but works from home most of the time.  He does much of his school work online and if she happens to be away from home she can log in and watch his progress.  She told me the difference is night and day; he is learning --eager even--and is much happier.  Her daughter has excelled in the public school and is a very social young lady, homeschooling wouldn't suit her personality.  It is a situation that works for their family.  It is the essence of choice.  Not every parent who has that choice will pull their children out of public school.

Of course that destroys the narrative that the public school system will crumble.  More homeschooling will make the public school system better.  Competition is a good thing.  If they need to compete for the dollars they make sure that they are giving an added benefit to the parents who are making that choice.  One of the things you hear unions complain about all the time is the fact that the class sizes are too large (they are right, they are in most cases) this will also help with this problem.  The teachers will have smaller classes and will be able to give more attention to the individual students.

Another topic that has come up with these homeschoolers is how they resent that teachers now are only teaching to the test (Thanks Sen. Kennedy and President Bush).  The evil of No Child Left Behind has left children behind.  The school systems are under so much financial pressure to keep and/or improve test scores that the joy of learning has been taken out of the equation.  I am sure it is no joy for the teachers either.  But students are suffering because of this piece of lousy legislation.  Parents are seeing for themselves that their kids are losing motivation:
It was not the violence, or even the fact that he was being bullied, that finally led to the decision to remove Copeland from his public school in what she describes as a "really bad area" of Washington DC, but the fact that he was "losing his love of learning".
Of course this little boy was learning his love of learning - which by the way, is innate in a child - if he is being bullied, seeing violence, and being taught only to a standardized test.

The shift to homeschooling has been much slower for the black community than for the white.  They are under even more pressure to keep pretending that the public school system has their child's best interests at heart:
"For the African-American community there was a huge amount of pressure against it, because in America, the grandparents of today's home-schooled children fought for desegregation of schools. They thought, 'The public schools are going to save us,'" he says.
But Dr Ray, who regularly interviews black home-schoolers as part of his research, says attitudes are changing fast - and it's also a lot easier today for black families to try it than it was 20 years ago, he points out.
Joyce Burges, co-founder of National Black Home Educators, who home-schooled all five of her children, aged 16 to 35, says the practice is growing "exponentially" in the African American community.
"The failings of public schools have caused all of us, whether we are white or black, to come up with creative ideas about how we can educate children.
It is way past time that the black community push back and stop accepting the failing status quo that has become our public school system and take matters into their own hands.  Stop listening to the stories of the past generation that believed that it was going to be public schools that solved the ills of the black community.  Access is meaningless if the school is failing.  Your children will be much better off for it.

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Of Course! Keynsianism Led to Reagan Boom!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking to Sell Your Car?

Have a car that you're looking to unload or waiting to upgrade? Now there's a chance to sell your car online. By getting cash for cars, you can have a transaction done in just twenty minutes!

All of this can be done online and can be just what you were looking for. If you're looking for cash for cars, make sure you take a look. It could be a way to make some extra cash and get rid of an unwanted vehicle.

Take a look at this video on how your life could be easier.

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The Race That Will Never End

After a severe lack of sleep last night, partially due to waiting for American Samoa and Hawaii to announce their results, I have reviewed the numbers from last night and they are interesting to say nothing else of yesterday's mini super tuesday contests.

First off, Santorum's twin-Dixie victories are important for his campaign. It basically kills all hope Gingrich had of realistically contesting the nomination, while setting up the two-man race we have waited 30 contests for.

Secondly, Romney won the evening's delegate count: Romney 42; Santorum 36; Gingrich 24. He's slowly building up his impressive lead over Santorum, which is still two-to-one, while lacking just several more delegates to reach 500 overall.

Thirdly, American Samoans have the right idea for these political contests: hold them at the bar & grill, have some delicious steak, then caucus. As someone who doesn't believe in drinking, I really envied them last night as I watched the results slowly come in from dixie.

Lastly, the battle that will never end continues onward. Both Missouri and Puerto Rico caucus this weekend and Illinois votes on Tuesday; over 120 delegates are at stake, and if Romney does really well, he could reach the half-way point of 574 delegates.

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Ever Wonder About Your Dreams?

Ever had a dream that you just could not figure out what it meant? Maybe someone important to you appeared in a dream or you were doing something that just seemed strange. Well, maybe that dream had a meaning, but you're just not catching it. Sometimes your dreams can hold a meaning that are not apparent to you right away. That's why, with the help of a free dream dictionary online, you can determine what your dreams may really mean!

The Dream Dictionary has many different topics listed on its site in alphabetical order. You can browse through the different dreams that you or a loved one may be having and check out what they mean. For example, if you had a dream about the month of November, the dream dictionary says that it's about success in your life. If you have one about nutmeg, it's about prosperity. You can search for many different terms on the site to get a picture of what might be in store for you.

So, if you're ever confused about what your dream might mean or want a deeper meaning to them, check out the free dream dictionary online. By doing so, you do not know what you might find out! It could change your life and your dreams forever.

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Earthquake Strikes Japan; 6.1 Magnitude on 3/14/12

From Reuters:
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 hit east of Tokyo on Wednesday but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no initial reports of damage or troubles at area nuclear plants, the Japan Meteorological Agency and local media said.

High-speed bullet trains serving northern Japan were halted and the two runways at Tokyo's Narita International Airport were closed after the quake but quickly resumed operations, local media reported.

No abnormalities were reported at the Tokai No.2 nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo, which has been shut for routine maintenance, or at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi and Daini plants, local media said.

The earthquake, which caused substantial shaking in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures east of Tokyo, followed just a few hours after a magnitude 6.8 quake jolted northern Japan. A tsunami warning was issued but later lifted after that earthquake.
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American Samoa GOP Results

Mitt Romney has captured all nine delegates in American Samoa.

About 70 local Republicans showed up at the caucus, which was held at a local bar and grill, and they elected six pro-Romney delegates to the convention, while the three super delegates also pledged their support to Romney - delivering his campaign an unanimous slate.

Romney swept all three of the pacific territories this past week, which adds another 27 delegates to his ever increasing national count.

The Delegate Battle (3/14/12)

Update (12:50 pm) - With Romney's 20 point victory in Hawaii, he won yesterday's delegate contest with 43, while Santorum gained 36 and Gingrich got 24. There are still delegates floating around in Alabama and Hawaii, but Romney only needs 5 more to reach 500.

Update (2:26 am) - Proving I have no life outside of politics, I waited for American Samoa to report - 9 more delegates for Romney. He now leads the night 33-30 over Santorum, if he wins big in Hawaii, he reaches 500 delegates before breafast on east coast.

Here are the latest delegate counts from the close Alabama and Mississippi GOP contests, which Rick Santorum both won last evening.

Alabama (50 delegates):

Santorum - 17
Gingrich - 12
Romney - 10
Unknown - 11

Mississippi (40 delegates):

Romney - 14
Santorum - 13
Gingrich - 12
Unknown - 1

With 12 delegates still up for grabs in the dixie primaries, we now have to consider the 29 delegates that American Samoa and Hawaii will award sometime this morning, most of which are expected to land in Romney's camp.

Meaning - that even though Santorum won the two big battles, although by small margins in the all-important delegate count, Romney could still take the day in terms of widening his lead in the magic number battle of 1,144 to become the nominee against Obama this November.

Romney stands at 476 delegates right this moment, while Santorum is 232 behind in second, and the others are even farther back. He may very well reach 500 tonight and the half-way point of 572 next week in Illinois, while the others rapidly approach it being statistically impossible for them to win.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Santorum Wins Alabama, In the Lead in Mississippi, 3/13/12

After Drudge declared a victory for Mitt Romney in both Alabama and Mississippi, Rick Santorum has won Alabama and is in the lead in Mississippi. In the former, Mr. Santorum has won with a 5% lead and over 60% reporting. In Mississippi, Mr. Santorum is in the lead by 1.6% with 84.6% reporting. Looks like another nail-biter.

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Mississippi GOP Results

Update (12:00 AM):

Santorum has won Mississippi as well:

Santorum - 92,125 - 32.9%
Gingrich - 87,616 - 31.3%
Romney - 84,648 - 30.3%

Update (10:29 PM):

It's still too close to call with 78% of precincts reporting

Santorum - 68,051 - 32.7%
Gingrich - 66,047 - 31.7%
Romney - 62,781 - 30.1%

Update (9:33 PM):

Please visit the NY Times for continued updates

Update (9:31 PM):
With 20% of precincts reporting

Santorum - 20,570 - 33.3%
Gingrich - 19,188 - 31.1%
Romney - 18,366 - 29.8%

Update (9:20 PM):

With 15% of precincts reporting

Santorum - 11,003 - 33.5%
Gingrich - 10,012 - 30.5%
Romney - 9,834 - 29.9%

Update (9:12 PM):

With 9% of precincts reporting

Santorum - 6,097 - 33.4%
Romney - 5,557 - 30.4%
Gingrich - 5,461 - 29.9%

Update (9:03 PM):

With 4% of precincts reporting

Romney - 3,193 - 34.2%
Santorum - 2,847 - 30.5%
Gingrich - 2,596 - 27.8%

Update (8:55 PM):

Gingrich - 415 - 34.4%
Santorum - 398 - 34%
Romney - 325 - 26.9%

Update (8:46 PM):

Gingrich - 278 - 37.3%
Santorum - 238 - 31.8%
Romney - 180 - 24.2%

UPDATE (8:24 PM):

Only because no results have come in yet.

CNN exit poll - Romney 33%; Gingrich 31%; Santorum 30%

UPDATE (8:08 PM):

Polls are now closed in Mississippi. Results will be coming in soon.

Note (7:20 PM):

The NY Time's Nate Silver wrote earlier today that late polling in both Alabama and Mississippi will likely not reflect the final results tonight, as polls are usually five, or more points off in predicting the victor in these deep states of dixie.

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Polls will be closing in under one hour in Mississippi's GOP Primary tonight. We will be covering the results through out the evening as the candidates compete for the state's 37 binding delegates.

Stay tuned.

Alabama Election Results

Update (10:26 PM):

Rick Santorum has won Alabama.

Latest results - Santorum 34.5%; Gingrich 30.2%; Romney 28%

Update (9:30 PM):

Please visit the NY Times for continued updates

Update (9:27 PM):

With 5% of precincts reporting

Santorum - 4,128 - 34.2%
Gingrich - 3,529 - 29.4%
Romney - 3,390 - 28.3%

Update (9:16 PM):

With 4% of precincts reporting

Santorum - 3,763 - 34.2%
Gingrich - 3,190 - 29.0%
Romney - 3,128 - 28.4%

Update (9:08 PM):

With 1% of precincts reporting

Romney - 928 - 32.3%
Gingrich - 851 - 29.5%
Santorum - 843 - 29.3%

Update (8:58 PM):
Romney - 479 - 35.9%
Santorum - 400 - 29.9%
Gingrich - 331 - 24.7%

Update (8:50 PM):

Santorum - 87 - 31.9%
Romney - 77 - 28.2%
Gingrich - 76 - 27.8%

Update (8:40 PM):

Santorum - 60 - 32.6%
Romney - 53 - 28.8%
Gingrich - 48 - 26.1%

Update (8:28 PM):

Santorum - 56 - 33.9%
Romney - 47 - 28.5%
Gingrich - 43 - 26.1%

UPDATE (7:59 PM):

Apparently, the Times didn't realize Alabama is in central time - their polls are closing right... now. I am sorry if my early mistake confused anyone.

Note (7:17 PM):

The NY Time's Nate Silver wrote earlier today that late polling in both Alabama and Mississippi will likely not reflect the final results tonight, as polls are usually five, or more points off in predicting the victor in these deep states of Dixie.

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Polls are now closed in the 2012 Alabama GOP Primary. We will be posting updates through out the entire night, as the three main candidates compete for Alabama's 47 binding delegates up for grabs.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

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Three-Way Battle in Dixie

After the caucuses this past weekend gave us mixed results: Romney won 3 contests, Santorum won 1 contest and Paul won 1 contest, the Republican marathon is heading to Alabama and Mississippi in an statistical dead heat between the three main candidates.

In what could only happen this primary, three candidates are within single digits of one another in the states of true dixie, where 90 delegates will be proportionally awarded tomorrow night, likely split up three ways if polling reflects the actual results.

However, Romney does have bragging rights regardless - for him to be currently leading in Alabama, and closely in second in Mississippi, when most consider him a creature of the north eastern moderate establishment, means Republicans across the country recognize the strongest candidate when they see him and that both his opponents are very weak in their ideological backyards.

Tomorrow's results could very well end the campaign as we know it if Romney can pull off one, even two victories in dixie, which he admitted last week was like playing an away game. Gingrich would have no more excuses for remaining in the race, and Santorum could finish third in both contests, and that wouldn't help convince voters he can seriously challenge Romney.

Either way, tomorrow is going to be fun.

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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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