Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Canadian Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Recognize Jewish Refugees

HT: The Jewish Daily Forward

We have all heard of the untold number of Palestinian refugees displaced by the evil Israelis since they occupied the formerly Arab controlled lands in 1948, but what about the near million Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab lands after the U.N. passed their two-state solution sixty years ago?

Oh.... You haven't heard about that? Well, one Canadian lawmaker wants to change that.

Irwin Cotler, a Liberal Party lawmaker and former Canadian justice minister, introduced a measure last week for his national parliament to recognize the 850,000 Jews who were displaced, to call on the U.N. to recognize both refugee populations and to reaffirm the original two-state solution agreed  to six decades ago.

The greatest example of Jewish migration is Baghdad - before the creation of a Jewish nation almost 40% of the Iraqi capital was Jewish, but it quickly dissipated to a non-existent ethnicity, something that was seen across the Arab world as their rage against their former neighbors and even friends grew over the audacity of the Jews to reclaim their promised land.

Cotler is motivated by the complete absence of the crimes committed against Jews, Christians and other refugees from Arab lands during the same timeframe of over one hundred U.N. resolutions in support of the Palestinians plight and hardships, and desires the international record to be corrected.

We can only hope he succeeds in his efforts and Canada takes this stand with the Jews against the U.N.'s hypocrisy.

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Deficit 'Unexpectedly' Increases in October

I'm shocked! Shocked! From Reuters via Yahoo!:
The budget deficit rose in October, the first month of fiscal year 2013, as looming negotiations over expiring tax cuts and imminent spending reductions dominated the post-election political landscape.

The Treasury said on Tuesday the October deficit was $120 billion, larger than economist forecasts for a $114 billion gap and up from $98 billion in October of 2011.

Growth in expenditures outpaced rising receipts, deepening the deficit. Outlays grew to $304 billion from around $262 billion in the same month last year while receipts rose to $184 billion from $163 billion.

Following President Barack Obama's election to a second term last week, the debate in Washington has quickly shifted to the combination of expiring tax breaks and new spending reductions known as the "fiscal cliff."
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Hmmmm: Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

From ABC:
In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred.

The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi.

"He was looking forward to testifying," a Petraeus friend told ABC News. "He wanted to be fully prepared."
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Facebook Blocks Arab Group Because they Show Women Not Wearing Veils

Facebook is striking back at the administers of the group Uprising of Women in the Arab World. The reason? One of the women in the group had the audacity to show herself without a veil on.

In October, Dana Bakdounes posted a picture of herself unveiled, holding a message that read in Arabic and English, “I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because for 20 years I was not allowed to feel the wind in my hair.”

By October 25, the picture was removed by Facebook. Facebook took further action, temporarily banning five administrators of the group because they had posted "content that violated" Facebook's terms of service.
Deemed offensive by Facebook
The crime? The picture “threatens, intimidates, harasses, or brings unwanted attention or embarrassment to an individual or group of people.” In this case, the Arab world.

There is also word that the group was temporarily blocked completely.

Freedom of speech? Not on Facebook.

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The Fall and Rise of America’s International Image

Over the past decade, the reputation of the United States has plummeted in countries throughout the entire world. Many that used to place confidence and respect in the country now mock it. Someone can find many factors that contributed to the decline in global popularity, but a combined effort of each factor is what caused the reputation ruin.

The past decade hasn't brought much hope of restoration of the country’s former glory internationally. However, the past few years have brought hope of a strong reputation in the future. According to a study by Pew Research, the global reputation of America has strengthened the past few years. This new found image is the result of several different practiced used by the United States to develop and maintain our public image to the world.

One of the biggest contributors to the stronger international reputation was a simple change in leadership. Under the new presidential administration, several more countries have placed confidence in the United States. Sometimes, certain leadership simply doesn’t mesh right. This even occurs in the corporate world. Ford Motor Company was on the brink of closing its doors. Yet after a simple change in the CEO, the company prevailed in an awesome comeback. It now thrives as one of the top automobile companies in America.

Another challenge America faced with their international reputation was hearing from the crowd. Other nations had opinions and America seemed too caught up in their own business to care. Under the new administration, America leveled itself down with everyone else and became a part of the crowd in order to help serve them better. By doing this, the public image of America began to rise again.

A similar instance happened with the popular pizza chain, Domino’s. In the middle of a rough recession, Domino’s stopped worrying about going bankrupt and started worrying about pleasing its customers. It complete revamped its recipe and used a cleaver campaign to move forward. Since its campaign, Domino's has restored its reputation and even gained new customers.

Ultimately, whether a country or corporation, you must educate yourself in order to succeed. Listen to what others are saying about you and do whatever you can to change the negative opinion. Read the Wikipedia review of Reputation.com to see what lengths some businesses are willing to go in order to protect one of their company’s greatest assets: their reputation. Then take what you learn and apply it to your company. If an entire nation can turn itself around, so can your business.

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In 59 Philadelphia Voting Divisions, Mitt Romney got Zero Votes

Piggybacking on what Pundit Press covered in Cleveland, Philly.com discusses the fact that in 59, I repeat, fifty-nine districts, Mitt Romney did not get a single vote on election day. How lucky!

From Philly.com:
It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch...

Still, was there not one contrarian voter in those 59 divisions, where unofficial vote tallies have President Obama outscoring Romney by a combined 19,605 to 0?

The unanimous support for Obama in these Philadelphia neighborhoods - clustered in almost exclusively black sections of West and North Philadelphia - fertilizes fears of fraud, despite little hard evidence.

Upon hearing the numbers, Steve Miskin, a spokesman for Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, brought up his party's voter-identification initiative - which was held off for this election - and said, "We believe we need to continue ensuring the integrity of the ballot."
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Well, there you go.

I know that this past Election Day was disappointing.  The bad guys won, the good guys lost.  It happens.  Now we have to pick ourselves up out of the dirt, dust ourselves off, and get back on that proverbial horse.

I’ve seen quite a few opinion pieces lately examining the election’s outcome.  The blame of Romney’s loss (notice I didn’t say Obama’s win; I’ll examine that in a little bit) range from too extremely conservative to not conservative enough.  From not buying enough votes to not buying enough votes in the right places.  From Romney’s flip-flopping to not being flexible enough.  From his maligning of the 47% to his being too rich.  From his purported hypocrisy of wanting a bailout while he was managing the 2000 Olympics to his not wanting to bailout the automotive industry.    There is even an opinion piece in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette stating that there were too many “buffoons" that ran in the Republican primaries.  “Banish the buffoons," the piece states, or “demography will reduce the Republican Party to regional influence and national irrelevance in the not-too-distant future."

Face-palmingly stupid.

Well, you get the idea.  Opinions range on the reasons why Romney came up short.  And while they make for interesting reading, the fact remains that more people in the right places chose to believe in another four years of hope and change than people who chose to believe in reality.  However, I would like to put in my two cents’ worth on whether being “too” conservative was what sank the Romney campaign. 

There is a trilogy of non-fiction books by Robert Greene that I highly recommend.  They are entitled The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War.  Each has quotations and other interesting tidbits that illustrate lessons that the author is trying to convey.  They are available at any bookstore or online. 

The following selection comes from The 33 Strategies of War, and is the very first strategy, “Declare War On Your Enemies - The Polarity Strategy”.  The author gives a little background on the former Prime Minister of England, Margaret Thatcher, noting that the Labour Party and the Conservative Party had come to resemble one another.  Then Thatcher was proposed as leader of the Conservative Party, which she took when the party was split. 

In the winter of 1978-79, she linked the public-sector unions strike with the Labour Party and Prime Minister James Callaghan.  Greene notes:

This was bold, divisive talk, good for making the evening news - but not for winning elections.  You had to be gentle with the voters, reassure them, not frighten them.  At least that was the conventional wisdom.

In 1979, the Labour Party called a general election, and Thatcher kept the attack up, even intensifying it.  She categorized the election as a crusade against socialism and as Great Britian’s last chance to modernize.  (Sound familiar?)  Callaghan fired back, and Thatcher’s popularity numbers fell.


her rhetoric polarized the electorate, which could finally see the sharp difference between the parties.  Dividing the public into left and right, she charged into the breach, sucking in attention and attracting the undecided.  She won a sizable victory.
    Thatcher had bowled over the voters, but now, as prime minister, she would have to moderate her tone, heal the wounds - according to the polls, at any rate that was what the public wanted.  But Thatcher as usual did the opposite, enacting budget cuts that went even deeper than she had proposed during the campaign....  
    She seemed bent on pushing everyone away; her legion of enemies was growing, her poll numbers slipping still lower.  Surely the next election would be her last.

Then, in 1982, Argentina decided that the time was right to claim the Falkland Islands, which they had a historical claim to possess.  Argentina felt sure that the British were too busy with their own troubles and too distant from their territory to contest their claim.  Many in Thatcher’s party thought that a war to reclaim the islands would be pointless and be much too costly.  Thatcher thought differently, however, and sent a naval task force the 8,000 miles to retake the islands.

The public

...now saw her qualities, which had seemed so irritating, in a new light: her obstinacy became courage, nobility.  Compared to the dithering, pantywaisted, careerist men around her, Thatcher seemed resolute and confident.  The British successfully won back the Falklands, and Thatcher stood taller than ever.  Suddenly the country’s economic and social problems were forgotten.  Thatcher now dominated the scene, and in the next two elections she crushed Labour.”


Margaret Thatcher came to power as an outsider: a middle-class woman, a right-wing radical.  The first instinct of most outsiders who attain power is to become insiders -life on the outside is hard- but in doing so they lose their identity, their difference, the thing that makes them stand out in the public eye.  If Thatcher had become like the men around her, she would simply have been replaced by yet another man.  Her instinct was to stay an outsider.  In fact, she pushed being an outsider as far as it could go: she set herself up as one woman against an army of men.
    At every step of the way, to give her the contrast she needed, Thatcher marked out an opponent: the socialists, the wets [men of her own party who questioned her abilities], the Argentinians.  These enemies helped to define her image as determined, powerful, self-sacrificing.  Thatcher was not seduced by popularity, which is ephemeral and superficial.  Pundits might obsess over popularity numbers, but in the mind of the voter -which, for a politician, is the field of battle- a dominating presence has more pull than does likability.  Let some of the public hate you; you cannot please everyone.  Your enemies, those you stand sharply against, will help you forge a support base that will not desert you.  Do not crowd into the center, where everyone else is; there is no room to fight in a crowd.  Polarize people, drive some of them away, and create space for battle.
    Everything in life conspires to push you into the center, and not just politically.  The center is the realm of compromise.  Getting along with other people is an important skill to have, but it comes with a danger: by always seeking the path of least resistance, the path of conciliation, you forget who you are, and you sink into the center with everyone else.  Instead see yourself as a fighter, an outsider surrounded by enemies.  Constant battle will keep you strong and alert.  It will help to define what you believe in, both for yourself and for others.  Do not worry about antagonizing people; without antagonism there is no battle, and without battle, there is no chance of victory.  Do not be lured by the need to be liked: better to be respected, even feared.  Victory over your enemies will bring you a more lasting popularity.  [all emphasis mine]

The only thing that I can add to that is that whenever you compromise, you give away a part of yourself.  Too much compromise, and you will have given too much of yourself away.  

We as conservatives need to stick to our principles.  To Hell with the people who hate us; they'll never like us, no matter what we do.  They have proven their enmity to us, and they will never be our friends.  Why continue to reach out to them when we know that they will bite us like a rabid dog?

Was Romney a good candidate?  I'll answer with, "Good enough".  Definitely better than the alternative, but that's a pretty low bar to be jumping over.  

Did he run a good campaign?  Ah, now, that's a different question.  Some of the things that happened, I didn't personally agree with, but I could see the thinking behind it.  The ultimate answer, however, is "not good enough".  

We need to start working on winning the midterms in 2014, and blocking what we can legislatively, turning Obama into the lamest duck in American history.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Papa John's to Cut Employee Hours Thanks to ObamaCare

Already having the desired results, I see. From Fox News:
The CEO of popular pizza chain Papa John's says his employees may face reduced hours and he expects his business costs to rise because President Obama's re-election most likely insures the president's health care reform law will be implemented in full.

NaplesNews.com reports John Schnatter made the remarks to a small group at Edison State College's Collier County campus the day after the election.

Schnatter, who supported Mitt Romney in the election, said all Americans having health insurance under ObamaCare is a good, but estimates the change will cost Papa John's $5 million to $8 million annually.

Schnatter estimated that these rising costs could adversely affect his workers. Since only full-time employees working 30 hours or more must be covered under the new law, he said he expects franchise owners will be forced to cut employees' hours because they can't afford the costs of health insurance plans.

"That's probably what's going to happen," he said according to NaplesNews.com. "It's common sense. That's what I call lose-lose."
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An Emerging Conservative Megasite

Tired of having to trudge through dozens of websites to get your conservative updates, especially in the aftermath of the election. Fortunately, in the last year we have seen the rise of a new site that will boil it down and show you on the best?

BadBlue has been that dependable site, indexing the top conservative blog posts into one convenient site, showing everything in an organized way. And know that it's done by the same mind behind Director Blue, you know it'll be good.

Bookmark 'em and notice how your news comes a lot easier!

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Syria, Israel Exchange Fire

From the Jerusalem Post:
The IDF fired a warning shot, in the form of a guided missile, at the Syrian military on Sunday after a Syrian shell exploded in the Golan Heights for the second time in recent days.

Israel has not fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

"In the midst of Syrian infighting, a mortar shell fired by the Syrian army struck near an [IDF] outpost at Tel Hazeka," IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said. The shell failed to cause injuries or damages, but was one of a series of shells that landed in Israeli territory.

"In light of the policy instituted by IDF Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, a warning round was fired back into Syria. We don't believe it caused injuries or damages," Mordechai added.

Military sources said the IDF fired an advnaced Tapuz-type missile at a Syrian artillery cannon.
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Picture of Indianapolis Explosion That Obliterated Two Homes

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Audio Emerges of Dem Poll Watcher Getting Rid of GOP Inspectors: 'I Say What the Law Is!'

We've heard about Republican inspectors being removed from their poll places all across Philadelphia on Tuesday. Now audio has emerged to not only confirm this, but illustrate the audacity of the corruption.

According to the source of this audio, "Election officials in Philadelphia's 20th Ward, 1st Division attempted to prevent court-appointed Republican minority inspectors (regarding minority party) from doing their job to monitor elections."

Here is a complete transcript of the interaction:

GOP Inspector: These guys have a court order. They have to be able to sit here.

Dem Inspector: They not sitting here. They can sit in here, but they not sitting at this board. They not running this. I run this!

GOP Inspector: Well, they're the minority inspectors, ma'am.

Dem Inspector: I don't care. I don't care!

GOP Inspector: That's what the law says.

Dem Inspector: I don't care what the law says, I say! I'm not turning them away... they aren't sitting here at this board.

GOP Inspector: I'm going to call the legal division.

Dem Inspector: I don't care, call 'em!

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The Post-Mortem-- Your Say

With all of the issues from this week's election still being picked through, there are many different reasons people see as why Barack Obama was elected. With all of the reasons that could have been part of the post-mortem, I want to ask the readers why this happened.

There are a lot of points that could be the reason or part of the reason for this to happen. These include parts of: the media, the debate moderators, Hurricane Sandy, demographics, or whatever. Let us know where you think everything landed.

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Thank You, Veterans

Pundit Press would just like to say thank you to all of our veterans who selflessly defended our freedom on foreign shores. Thank you.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Vote: Will the United States Go Off the "Fiscal Cliff?"

With the balance of power in Washington hardly changed, many people have now changed their attention to the looming "fiscal cliff" of sequestration and tax increases. Neither side seems to want the United States to go off the fiscal cliff, but neither side seems to apt to compromise either.

So the question for you today is, will the United States go over the fiscal cliff? Or will politicians in Washington work something out? Or will they just kick the can down the road like they've been doing for years on this issue?

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Video: Walmart Employees Throwing iPads

From what I've read, these men have been fired and prosecuted for deliberately destroying merchandise. Here's the video (Warning, some bad language):

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Allen West on Recount: "We Win by 195" |UPDATE: A Picture of the Results?

Allen West took to Facebook to update his supporters on his recount efforts. From his Facebook page:

This should mean that there will be a FINAL RECOUNT in Tallahassee of ALL the votes in this election!! It is my understanding that they will now go thru ALL the ballots and make this official! Could take a week or two!

I cannot thank the patriots of South Florida who did some unbelievably tireless work.

Update: A picture of the results? H/T, The Right Perspective:
Update 2: Is he behind in the vote count?

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2016 Polling Already Begins

Sigh. The election was this week, and there's already polling out for potential 2016 candidates. From Politico:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start out as a dominant favorite in the 2016 Iowa caucuses if she chooses to run for president, a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds.

The PPP poll, which was shared exclusively with POLITICO, shows Clinton taking 58 percent of the Iowa vote in a hypothetical presidential run. Vice President Joe Biden trails far behind at 17 percent, followed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 6 percent and Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren at 3 percent.

None of the other Democrats tested – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner – cracked 1 percent in the poll.
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Boehner: 'Obamacare is the Law of the Land'

That didn't take long. From NBC:

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Hmm: Obama Received Over 98% in Dozens of VA Districts, Often in Odd (But Similar) Patterns

In looking at the voting data from Richmond, Virginia, an observer is struck by a few things. First is that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were running neck-and-neck for the first several precincts. Even in heavily democratic precincts, Romney was still garnering around 25-30% of the vote.

Then, all of a sudden, all in order, starting with Precinct 213, Obama received: 90.30% of the vote, then 95.91%, then 89.62%, then 94.68%, then 97.49%, then 94.16%, then 95.09%. Before these Obama numbers began, Romney had gotten over 30% of the vote, and after they finished, Romney shot back up to 23%.

But this wasn't the only "blip" on the radar. Mr. Obama received over 99% of the vote in two precincts in Richmond, over 98% in another two, and over 97% in four. And they all came in peculiar fashion.
Voters in the same districts would go slightly towards Romney or slightly for Obama, then six or seven in a row would be plus-90% for Obama... then go back to slightly for one of the candidates, then again, another five or six in a row 90% for Obama.

The same odd pattern showed up in Norfolk, Virginia. Precincts would be relatively close, going to Obama or Romney. Then they'd explode towards Obama. For example, starting with Precinct 311, Obama received 68.97%, then exploded to 98.08% of the vote, then 98.21%, then 99.05%, then 97.86%, then 97.96%, then immediately dropped to 58.66%. And these heavily-Obama precincts were not all in the same city, but various cities through Virginia.

It's a good thing the vote in Virginia wasn't close, though, right?

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Obama Received Astounding 98% of the Vote in Detroit

President Barack Obama defeated Governor Mitt Romney by astounding numbers in Detroit, Michigan, amassing 98% of the vote to Romney's 2%. In a city of over 700,000 people, Mr. Romney was only able to get 6,016 votes according to government tallies.

Mr. Obama received a staggering 281,382 votes, over forty-five times that of the governor. Democrats won heavily in Detroit, though no Democrat who faced a Republican challenger received a higher percent of the vote than the President.
When there were two democrats running for the same office, they received almost the exact same number of votes. Voters, however, always chose the one who appeared on the ballot first slightly more than the democrat who appeared next.

Turnout was just under 51% in the city.

Other interesting results in this campaign include Mr. Obama receivimg over 99% of the vote in numerous districts in Broward County, Florida. In various districts in Cleveland, he received 100% of the vote. In Florida, Mr. Obama received over 99% of the vote in precincts where GOP inspectors had been removed.

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Stunning Pictures of Syria Released (Warning, Some are Graphic)

Simply powerful and shocking:

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McConnell: 'We Have a Voter Mandate Not to Raise Taxes'

Let the games begin. From the Wall Street Journal:
In the wake of President Barack Obama's electoral victory, gleeful Democrats believe that the impending "fiscal cliff" has Republicans trapped into finally accepting higher tax rates. But as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sits for an interview in his Capitol office 48 hours after the election, one thing is certain: He is in no way chastened by Tuesday's results. If Mr. Obama wants fiscal hand-to-hand combat, he will get it.

"Let me put it very clearly," says the five-term Republican senator from Kentucky. "I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period." On Jan. 1, Washington faces both a huge tax increase and an automatic spending cut known as the "sequester," which could tip the economy back into recession. A newly emboldened President Obama is likely to take his soak-the-rich case straight to the people, I remind the senator. The political pressure to capitulate could become intense.

"Look, he may think it would be helpful to his presidency to continue to divide and demonize us," says Mr. McConnell. "But my answer will still be short and firm: No. We won't agree to any tax increases that will hurt the economy."
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Friday, November 09, 2012

BREAKING: St. Lucie County, Florida Had 141.1% Turnout; Obama Won County

Out of 175,554 registered voters, 247,713 vote cards were cast in St. Lucie County, Florida on Tuesday. Barack Obama won the county.

When faced with the astronomical figures, Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for St. Lucie County, said she had no idea why turnout was so incredibly high. She was flabbergasted, saying, "We've never seen that here."
"Never seen that here"
Coincidentally (or not), St. Lucie County is also in Allen West's district, where 6,000 votes mysteriously "shifted" from Mr. West to his challenger.
Out of the 247,713 cards cast, somehow election machines counted 123,591 total votes.

Along with this questionable result, Mr. Obama also received over 99% of the vote in numerous districts in Broward County. In various districts in Cleveland, he received 100% of the vote. In Florida, Mr. Obama received over 99% of the vote in precincts where GOP inspectors had been removed.

As for the Presidential race, there's no connection between Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, right?

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In Florida: Obama Got Over 99% in Broward County Precincts

President Obama must have run the greatest campaign in the history of campaigns (and he's been telling us he did too). First he got over 99% of the vote in places where GOP inspectors were kicked out in Pennsylvania, then he got 100% of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland. Now he's done it again!

Down in Broward County, Florida, Mr. Obama came away with more votes than he garnered in 2008, a particularly staggering accomplishment considering he received fewer state-wide totals in both Florida and across the country.
How exactly did he accomplish this? Well, in part thanks to Broward County Precincts L024 to L029 (though I'm sure it's all a coincidence that this happened to precincts all in order).

In those precincts combined, all in order, Mr. Obama won over 99% of the vote, defeating Mitt Romney 5,392 to... 54. Golly, how lucky! This especially impressive because in precincts L019-L022 (L023 doesn't exist) Mr. Romney did over 14 times better than in L024-L029, and the precinct after, did 30 times better.

But hey, is Florida that important in the race for the Presidency?

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Petraeus Resigns

From the Daily Mail:
David Petraeus today resigned as director of the CIA after admitting an extra-marital affair.

The former general had been one of the most respected figures in the military and intelligence establishment, but has stepped down to deal with the 'personal and professional issues' surrounding his relationship with a woman who is not his wife.

He had been sworn in as head of the CIA in September 2011.
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Good News: Obama Won County in Ohio with 108% Voter Registration

I can't believe President Obama's luck. First, he received over 99% of the vote in districts where GOP inspectors were illegally removed. Next, he won 100% of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland. Well, he's gotten another lucky break!

Mr. Obama won Wood County in Ohio this year. That's right, Mr. Obama won the majority of Wood County's 108% of registered voters. That's not a typo.

In 2012, 106,258 people in Wood County are registered to vote out of an eligible 98,213. But it certainly must all be a coincidence, right?
Democrat Daniel Gordon, First Ward Council Member, remarked at how well the President had done this election cycle. “There has never been a more efficient and powerful ground game in American politics,” he said. “I think this is a win for the American people, and I’m very proud of all the young people who poured their hearts out into this.”

And secretary of College Democrats Morgan Holliger chimed in, “We won Wood County, we won Ohio.”

Mr. Obama did indeed win Wood County, along with its 108% of voters.

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CBO: Obama, Congress Have 52 Days to Avoid Recession

HT: New York Post

The President and Congress have just 52 days to come together and reach a deal to avoid the coming so-called "fiscal cliff" that is steamrolling towards the United States taxpayer, as unless we resolve the scheduled $800 billion in spending cuts and the soon to be lapsed Bush tax cuts, we're looking at another recession.

And that's not me talking; that's the Congressional Budget Office.

According to their estimates, if we allow the spending cuts and tax hikes to occur on January 1st, 2013, the result will be the immediate shrinking of our economy by 0.5%, the average taxpayer paying anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 more in taxes per year and the unemployment shooting back up to over nine percent.

With the election done and over with, this is a place where President Obama should put behind some of his petty ideological attempts at governing, and meet with Republican leaders on Capitol Hill to not only avoid the second recession in five years, but to start fixing America's fragile and weakening fiscal situation.

This should be Washington's first priority when Congress reconvenes next week to settle 2012's business, but if President Obama's announced trip to Asia is any indicator, he might not have the same interest in avoiding calamity as House Speaker Boehner does. But for the sake of our weak economy, lets hope we can avoid this disaster.

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Johnson Sets Libertarian Record for Votes

In the aftermath of Tuesday's, well, depressing victory by President Obama, I noticed something rather interesting in the national results - Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson captured one million one hundred thousand votes, or the highest vote total for their party in history.

Where did this come from?

I knew there was an underbelly of libertarianism that had infected our nation's politics, but did we really just see the small, feeble Libertarian Party double their vote total when turnout was down almost ten million votes from last election... Apparently, that's a yes... But why?

Gary Johnson isn't a household name like Ron Paul is, he wasn't noticed in the GOP primaries - except for a joke involving Obama and dog crap - and his best state was his home New Mexico at 3.5%, or 27,000 votes. None of the aforementioned factoids point towards Johnson becoming the first Libertarian to best a million votes.

However, the answer might lie in the growing anti-Washington sentiment simmering in the western United States, as he took the Libertarians to over 1% in every Rocky Mountain and Pacific State, and in some cases 2%, and he did so with increasing vote totals when overall turnout was down.

And while some of Johnson's 1.1 million votes probably came from disaffected pro-marijuana legalization Democrats, I bet you most where potential Romney voters, or at the least former McCain supporters, and if so, is yet another demographic issue for the Republican Party to deal with as we look to 2016 and rebuilding.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

What Luck! Obama Won Dozens of Cleveland Districts with 100% of the Vote

President Obama must have run a great campaign considering the tremendous numbers he put up in numerous big cities. Over in Philadelphia, he was lucky enough to get 90% percent turnout in some districts with over 99% of the vote.

In Cleveland, in some districts he did even better with an astounding 100% of the vote in dozens of locations. For example, in Cleveland's Fifth Ward, Mr. Obama won districts E, F, and G 1,337 to Mitt Romney's... 0. And in case you're wondering, Gary Johnson received more votes than Mr. Romney.

Well, maybe that's just a fluke. In the Ninth Ward, Mr. Obama won districts D-G with a paltry total of 1,740 to... 3. Hey, at least Romney got .2% of the vote!
Okay, what if we look at an entire Ward? No way this trend continues, right? An entire ward. Why not do the First Ward? Obama won that one 12,857 to... 94. This time Romney got .7% of the vote. He's moving up in the world!

In total, there are 21 districts in Cleveland where Mr. Romney received precisely 0 votes. In 23 districts, he received precisely 1 vote. And naturally, in one of the districts where Obama won 100% of the vote, there was 100% turnout. What a coincidence!

By the way, in case you are thinking that Romney did so poorly because maybe those districts were not very populated: Nope.  In those 44 districts, Mr. Obama won 14,686 to 23.  That's .16% of the vote for Romney.

But Ohio's not important in the electoral college, right?

Update: Mr. Obama won in St. Lucie County, Florida, which had over 140% voter turnout.

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Hillary Clinton to Step Down

Getting ready for a run in 2016? From the Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton will step down as U.S. Secretary of State within 'days' of President Barack Obama's second inauguration in January, her spokesman said today.

Her long-respected departure is expected by most Democrats to be a prelude for a White House run in 2016, when she will be 69.

The top candidate to replace her is believed to be Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the losing 2004 Democratic presidential nominee.
John Kerry's replacing her too? That just gives me shivers.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

As predicted numerous times in the History of the Future, the Progressive Republican could not defeat the Progressive Democrat.  Why would people want a shadow when they can have the real thing? 

It was a hard choice to endorse the Progressive Romney, but I felt that the stakes were so high it was worth the effort.  As I said repeatedly he might have driven us to the poor house a little bit slower.  Instead we have a triumphant President Obama and the Chicago Outfit he represents sitting astride the prostrate body politic.  The last four years will be but a prelude to the horrendous destruction these looters will do to the American Experiment in the next four.  And given their obvious ability to lead their army of useful idiots, takers, and corrupt city political machines to electoral victory we should probably brace ourselves for President Biden in 2016.

The perpetually re-elected establishment rigidly controls the entrenched two party system, which conveniently calls itself Democrat and Republican.  They are two sides of the same coin, and two wings on the same bird of prey.  They both represent the Progressive central-planners who believe government is the answer when we know it is the problem.  No matter which side wins the government grows and devours more of the nation’s output and its wealth.  The election results ratify the electoral majorities’ union with the statists.  It also points to:

·         the permanent establishment of Obamacare

·         the probable capture of the Supreme Court

·         the loss through re-interpretation of our rights

·         the full implementation of the Cloward/Piven Strategy with massive debt , borrowing, and inflation

·         the expansion of rule by decree

·         the continued and expanded humiliation of America in international affairs

·         the end of the American experiment in limited government, personal liberty and economic freedom as we have known it

As alarming as all this sounds do not despair, God did not leave us nor forsake us.  First of all He gave us plenty of warning.  This author and many others repeatedly predicted an Obama win.  As I stated numerous times, the Chicago Machine doesn’t lose elections.  Also our hope is not in the hand of man.  Man didn’t give us the peace that passes all understanding and he can’t take it away.  God gave us His Word which is always our refuge and our fortress. 

He told us:

·         A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.

·         Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength

·         Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

·         God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…

·         If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

That is why I can face this morning with joy in my heart and hope in my spirit for I know who my Savior is and I know what He has promised me.  Build your life upon the Rock that doesn’t roll and when the wind and waves beat against you, you shall not fall. 

God’s Word tells us not to put our trust in leaders whose plans are of this world.  Don’t look for utopia here.  Don’t keep your treasure in the world where rust destroys and time forgets instead keep your treasure with God.  He promises us that if we draw near to Him He will draw near to us, and that if we humble ourselves before Him He will lift us up.

So don’t despair.  Don’t let the passing victory of the evil steal your joy because if the devil can’t steal your joy he can’t keep your stuff.  And remember, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  Trust God, praise Jesus, and remember: the hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.  The plans of the wicked may flourish but they will also wither like the flower in the field.  Trials and tribulations come upon us so that we may grow and persecution was also promised to those who believe along with a way of escape.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Keep the faith, keep the peace, we shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens


Compilation of Democrat Fraud in Election

There was a tremendous amount of fraud from the Left yesterday. Did that swing the entire election? Probably not.

Fraud in PA: Obama Got Over 99% of Vote at Polls Where GOP Inspectors were Removed; Turnout Somehow "30%" Above Gov't Numbers

What Luck! Obama Won Dozens of Cleveland Districts with 100% of the Vote

 Did their disgusting fraud disenfranchise thousands of people? Yes. Here now is just a short compilation of outright fraud that Democrats celebrated yesterday:

Multiple people proudly declared that they had voted repeatedly for President Obama. This man voted four times and intended to vote again:
These people proudly declared that they had voted at least twice:
Across Philadelphia, Republican poll watchers were forcefully (and illegally) removed from polling locations, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Throughout the country, Republicans went to vote... only to find that their name and vote had already been used.

They hadn't voted:
"Voted for BO:"

Down in Texas, voters were bribed with Obama phones to vote for the President:

In the meantime, back in Philadelphia, Black Panthers were intimidating voters again. Here's a picture of one man smiling as he intimidates voters:
And here's video of it:

And we mustn't forget thousands of ballots for soldiers and veterans that mysteriously disappeared.

...But thank goodness there's no fraud.

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Voting on Initative 502

Initiative 502 is a ballot initiative voted on yesterday by the voters of the state of Washington. It was to reform the system and allow legal marijuana. This is an imporant issue to many people, and the ballot initiative passed. You can find out more information about Initiative 502 and how it could affect you. This is a great way to get informed. Please bookmark!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Romney vs. Obama Virginia results

With 14% of precincts reporting:

Romney - 58.9% - 318,000
Obama - 39.8% - 215,000

Obama Vs. Romney Electoral College

8:22 PM:

Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been called for Obama.

Obama - 51
Romney - 40

8:10 PM:

Connecticut, Delaware and Illinois have been called for Obama, while Romney picked up Oklahoma. Things are tightening up.

Romney - 40
Obama - 36

Original article

With five states called already, Mitt Romney has an early 33-3 lead over incumbent Barack Obama in the electoral college. Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and South Carolina for Romney and Vermont for Obama.

Romney - 33
Obama - 3

270 is needed to win the White House.

Romney Vs. Obama Indiana Results


Results are streaming in from the Hoosier State quicker then I can follow, as their 11 electoral votes are up for grabs between incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt  Romney.

With 22% of precincts reporting:

Romney - 54.4%
Obama - 43.7%

President Obama won this state by under 20,000 votes in 2008.

Romney Wins West Virginia

With polls just closing in the great state of West Virginia, we can safely call it for Republican contender Mitt Romney - bringing his early electoral college lead to 13-3 over incumbent Barack Obama.

Kentucky, Vermont Called

With the first polls closed, we can safely called the state of Kentucky for Mitt Romney and the state of Vermont for President Obama, bringing Mr. Romney to an early 8-3 lead in the electoral college with a full slate of states yet to call.

Stay tuned.

"#RomneyRyan2012" Highest Trending on Twitter; #ObamaBiden2012 Trending Below "#Man City"

Compared to those supporting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, few people are talking about Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The hashtag "#RomneyRyan2012" is getting a tremendous amount of traffic. "#ObamaBiden2012" is getting less traction from, I kid you not, "#Man City."

#RomneyRyan2012 is the second highest trend on twitter today. Number one is "#ivoted."
#ObamaBiden2012 does not even crack the top ten.

You can see the top trends right now on Twitter below:
Even the video game Halo 4, which details the epic battle between the character Master Chief and aliens is getting more attention than Obama.

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Video: Say, Why is Joe Biden Coming to Ohio?

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Why Romney Will Win The Popular Vote: A Statistical Analysis

Whether or not Mitt Romney will win the general election is up in the air. It all comes down to a few key states and, possibly, just a few thousand voters. One thing is being predicted far and wide, however: Mr. Romney will win the popular vote.

But even though political pundits like to take guesses and say what their gut is telling them, there's good statistical data to back up these predictions.

In 2008, Barack Obama won the popular vote with a total of 69,456,897 votes. John McCain received a total of 59,934,814. In case you cannot instantly do complex math in your head, Obama won 7.2% more total votes than McCain (52.9% versus 45.7%).
Barack Obama
Compare that with a poll that Rasmussen released in early November of 2008. According to the poll, 33.8% percent of people saw themselves as Republicans, 41.4% as Democrats, and 24.7% as non-affiliated. The difference was Democrats with a plus 7.6% advantage.

Obama wins by 7.2%, 7.6% of Americans see themselves as more of a Democrat than a Republican. Does the trend hold?

Well, in November of 2010, Republicans made huge gains in the House and some in the Senate. According to Rasmussen, in November of 2010, 36.0% of Americans saw themselves as Republicans and 34.7% as Democrats. That's a 1.3% advantage for Republicans.
Mitt Romney
But you are probably wondering what the current party affiliation is. Well, if you support Mr. Romney, I have good news. According to a Rasmussen poll released on October 31, 39.1% of Americans see themselves as Republicans, 33.3% as Democrats, and 27.5% as unaffiliated.

Does that mean that Romney will win by almost 6%? Probably not. Does that show that it is extremely likely that Mr. Romney will win the popular vote? Yes.

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Where to Report Voter Fraud

If you spot any voter fraud, you can call the "National Integrity Hotline" at 855-444-6100. The FBI's hotline is 800-253-3931.

If you'd like to send us a tip about fraud, feel free to email us at punditpress(at)gmail.com.

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Obama-McMahon in Connecticut?

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon's campaign is deploying an interesting election day strategy to sway voters to support her candidacy at the polls:

Obama-McMahon 2012?

In a state as deep blue as Connecticut, this is probably her best chance of winning over some uninformed voters heading to the polls today, as splitting their ballot is McMahon's only real shot at defeating her Democratic opponent, same with Senator Brown in neighboring Massachusetts...

FRAUD: Democrat- "Already Voted Twice Today, Once in MO, Once in KS"

We've already covered fraud in Pennsylvania and intimidation in Philadelphia. Now we have declarations of voting more than once.

Multiple liberals have taken to Twitter to tell their followers that they have voted twice or more. In an election that is so close, fraud like this cannot be allowed.

One man proudly declared that he's already voted in both Missouri and Kansas:
Others were just happy to declare that they voted for Obama twice today.

"People make jokes:"
"Voted more than once:"
"I voted twice:"
Liberals at their finest.

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FRAUD: GOP Inspectors Kicked Out of Polling Locations Across Philly

First the Black Panthers made their return. Now this.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Tom Fitzgerald  GOP poll watchers and inspectors are being forcibly removed from polling locations in Philadelphia. In a state so hotly contested, this could have a major impact:
Mr. Fitzgerald later specified that inspectors were being forced out of 14 different locations:

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Vote in Our Poll: Who Will Win the Election?

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I still am dour. It all comes down to Ohio. Stats say Romney's in good
shape, and so is his spirit. Romney there by a nose.

Black Panthers Intimidating the Vote in Philadelphia (With Video and Pictures)

The Black Panthers are at it again. Video and pictures have emerged already showing that the racist group are intimidating voters in front of a polling location in Pennsylvania and possibly other locations.

This picture was taken earlier today showing a member of the Black Panther party staring down people going in to vote:
Here is another picture of the Black Panther member:
Fox News has also voted on the incident:

Considering how close Pennsylvania is, just a little voter intimidation could have major consequences.

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Election Prediction, November 6, 2012

Our site has endorsed Governor Mitt Romney for President, and I believe that he will win the popular vote. However, I believe he will come just short of the electoral college vote, meaning that Barack Obama will win a second term.

I did not come to this decision lightly, particularly because I want Romney to win (and because Obama is an egotistical maniac). However, I do not believe Romney will come away with a victory in Pennsylvania and will just barely lose in Ohio.

He will come very close, though. In my analysis, I have Obama winning a mere 275 electoral votes. Romney, however, will receive a popular vote of around 67,000,000 people, with Obama possibly only receiving about 66,000,000.

But this is only my prediction. My fellow contributors surely see it differently in some ways.

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Pundit Press Endorses Romney

Our fair website, despite the dissenting vote of a certain Joe, has decided to endorse Mitt Romney for President of the United States.

We believe that Mr. Romney will lead our nation much better than the current administration. We also believe that Mr. Romney has a tangible plan for the next four years while Mr. Obama has not stated a plan other than, "Tax the rich."

America needs leadership. Mitt Romney can provide it.

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My Endorsement and Prediction for the 2012 election

I am endorsing Barack Obama for president, and the electoral college will be 281-257 in favor of Obama.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Statistical Analysis: Cuyahoga Early Vote Numbers Show Romney Cutting Obama Lead in ENTIRE STATE by 26%

Down 16% overall, down from 54,340 in 2008 to 45,337 this year-- down 9,007 or 16%. And most of the decline came from Democratic voters.

The numbers show a huge increase in GOP voters here:

Democrats: 127,741 53.36% or 89% of 2008
Republicans: 47,091 19.67% or 138% of 2008
Other: 64,544 26.96 or 78% of 2008
Total: 239,376 or 84% of 2008

Compare this with the 2008 results:

Obama: 458,422 69.05%
McCain:  199,880 30.11%
Total difference: 258,242

If GOP voting is up 38% in just the early voting and the Republicans are better prepared for election day, they could narrow the gap.

Let's assume that the early voting numbers are directly proportional to the overall vote count. If the independents flip 50/50 and the Democrats and Republicans keep their partisans, it leads to this result:

Obama: 404,202 66.74%
Romney: 200,768 33.15%
Difference: 203,434

This six point shift would represent about a net 44,812 vote decline for the President compared to 2008 (assuming the voting totals are down 8%, or about the level of people that left the county since the last election).

Furthermore, if the GOP increases their turnout 10% over the Democrats, the numbers get a little better:

Obama:  391,726, 64.68%
Romney: 213,911 35.32 %
Difference: 187,815

Assuming the same 8% drop as before, this would represent a massive 70,427 swing. Considering Obama won the state by 262,224, this would be 25.86 of his entire margin last time. Cuyahoga was about 12% of the electorate in 2008 and would hand Romney a huge step toward winning the rest of the state.

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