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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Calling a Spade a Spade


The recent re-election of our Glorious Leader Barack Husain Obama has sent shock waves through the patriotic and conservative communities.  Everyone from Libertarians to fervently Pro-Life activists from Log cabin Conservatives to those advocating traditional values have accepted the narrative force-fed to a waiting public by the media.  Day after day on the one network all conservatives watch we have swallowed the intellectual gruel ladled out by the select group of anointed talking heads whose opinions Fox must believe are the only ones we ever want to hear.  From the Liberal Juan to the Neo-Con Charles from the Libertarian John to the funny Dennis we have been told that demographics defeated us. 

Yes there has been a massive demographic shift in the make-up of our country since the suicidal adoption of the Kennedy Immigration Act in 1965.  Pat Buchannan has warned us for years that this was a demographic time bomb implanted by the Progressives in the very heart of America.  Yes the massive amnesty which is soon to turn tens of millions of illegal immigrants into citizens and loyal democratic voters will effectively spell the end of any possibility for a supporter of limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom to win the White House. 

Our newly re-elected rule-by-decree president will use executive orders to incorporate a new voting majority if he can’t get the perpetually re-elected leaders of the Republicans to join him in driving this final nail into the coffin of the Constitution.  Mr. Buchannan warned us, crying out like a prophet in the wilderness, it is impossible to incorporate millions of people from the third world who have never known anything except authoritarian rule and expect them to become born-again supporters of Enlightenment political theory.  All they have ever known was oppressive central-planning and all powerful leaders wielding vast bureaucracies, in other words ideal Democrat voters.

This is all true.  This last gear is about to be installed in the Democrat re-election machine but this is not what happened in the pivotal election of 2012   However, there is another story that no one on Fox is telling us.  Instead they parrot the conventional wisdom of the Democrat controlled media.  We hear the same thing whether we tune to Fox or MSNBC: unless the Republican party embraces amnesty and softens its stance on certain social issues they will never have a chance to win the white House again.  The diagnosis may be correct but the prescription will kill the fa├žade that the Republican Party supports constitutionally limited government.

The real story behind the defeat of the media chosen Romney isn’t that this Northeast big government father of Romneycare couldn’t beat the worst president in American History riding the worst economy since FDR.  It isn’t even the fact that millions of self-identified Republicans stayed home or that millions of liberty loving constitutionalists followed their conscious and voted third party.  Even with these handicaps I believe Mr. Romney would have defeated Mr. Obama except for the one factor no one seems willing to voice: massive and systemic voter fraud. 

The Democrats in general and their professional civil rights hucksters in particular have spent endless hours howling about voter suppression finally pointing to the long lines of millions of new voters as proof that their vote had been suppressed.  That’s like saying, “Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.”

In this column over the last four years I have pointed out the Progressive ways of Chicago-on-the-Potomac.  I have pointed out that Mr. Obama was the representative of the Chicago Outfit and that everything he was doing had already been field tested for generations in the City that Works for the Outfit.  I have also pointed out that the Chicago political machine doesn’t lose elections.  With the Obama campaign headquartered in the Windy City and run by professional Chicago operatives, to this writer it was a forgone conclusion: they would steal the vote.

The massive political machines the democrats have constructed in major cities act as vote faucets that swing their states predictably into the blue column.  The irregularities with voting machines, the hundreds of precincts that went 99 to 100 % for Obama, and the legions of voters who couldn’t even speak let alone read English all point to the arrival of third world elections to the greatest democracy ever known.

At a recent gathering I heard two progressives irately attacking the audacity of the Republicans for seeking voter ID laws.  They saw this as an attempt to stop poor and elderly voters, who all have IDs, from voting.  They also bemoaned the fact that the voter ID supporters claimed they wanted to stop voter fraud.  To this claim they wailed, “What voter fraud?  Where is it?  There is no voter fraud!”

Knowing that my earlier statements will elicit the same wail let me respond with some facts gleaned from the post-election observations as chronicled in the Worldnet Daily:

Chicago elections worker Steve Pickrum, an equipment manager for the elections system, told Worldnet Daily (WND) he was called when a voting machine malfunctioned. “On early voting when I did work on the floor when voters needed help using the equipment, I was able to see the preference of the voter, and every time that I saw [a] voter voted for Romney a ‘voter save failure’ message came up on the screen,’” he reported. Then when he went on election day to vote himself, he picked Romney and experienced the same error message. He reported he never experienced the error message when the voter was choosing Barack Obama.

Another poll worker assigned at the University of Michigan reported to WND a list of irregularities including that the precinct captain told her at one point, “You go sit down, you are bothering me,” when she was trying to observe the proceedings. “I was only standing there and looking at voter documents,” she told WND. “It was clear that what bothered him was my very presence.” She said a short time later a young man arrived and identified himself as a Democrat poll challenger. “The first time he said anything was to object to my challenge of a voter. He tried to anger the voter by telling her ‘She does not believe you are who you say you are.’ He was trying to create a scene. It then happened again and I told him ‘You are not here to challenge me!’ His reply was a very loud ‘Yes I am! You are a Republican and you are here to prevent people from voting. You are holding up the line and creating obstructions,’” she reported. She told WND in fact no one waited more than about fifteen minutes to vote the entire day, and there were no obstructions.

And in Florida, the Sun Sentinel reported that election workers a week after the election said they found 963 unaccounted-for ballots – in a warehouse. “How can you lose them? This is terrible,” candidate Chickie Brandimarte told officials. Election supervisor Brenda Snipes, however, said it’s routine for various vote totals to be adjusted up until the Nov. 18 final certification.

Also in Florida, residents began demanding changes in the electoral system that handed voters chaos, frustration, and delays at polling stations. The Florida League of Women Voters and other groups are demanding from Gov. Rick Scott a plan to draft reforms for the state’s elections.

A poll watcher told WND up to 10 percent of the ballots cast at a polling station in Pennsylvania reverted to a default, which gave Barack Obama a vote no matter who the voter had selected. The incident took place in the state where officials claimed Obama got a total of 19,605 votes in 59 voting divisions to zero for Mitt Romney and not far from the 100 precincts in Ohio where Obama got 99 percent of the vote, a feat not even achieved by third-world dictators. It was in Upper Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pa., where an auditor, Robert Ashcroft, was dispatched by Republicans to monitor the vote on Election Day. He said the software he observed would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.”


Fox News reported that voters in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio also said they had pushed a button on a touch-screen voting machine for Romney, but the machines recorded their vote for Obama.

At the White House website, a report in the Examiner explains, there was a petition posted seeking a recount of the race. “In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes … but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It’s not humanly possible to get 108 percent of the vote,” the petition claims.

Fox News reported that two election judges were replaced after illegally allowing unregistered voters to cast ballots.

The Columbus Dispatch estimated that more than twenty percent of registered Ohio voters aren’t eligible. “In two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting-age population,” the report said. And, it said, in 31 other counties, registrations are above 90 percent of the population, “a rate regarded as unrealistic by most voting experts.”

Fox News also documented how Senate candidate Wendy Long, an attorney who was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, recounted her voting experience. “A poll worker who was at the scanner studied my private ballot and proceeded to tell me that it was rejected because I did not ‘fill in every space.’ She then proceeded to indicate that I should mark the Democratic line all the way down.”

The Market Daily News reported on those 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that on election day gave Romney zero votes, and Obama got 99 percent. “In more than 50 different precincts, Romney received two votes or less,” the report said. “One would think that such improbable results would get the attention of somebody out there.”

According to Philly.com, 59 voting divisions in Philadelphia produced a “head-spinning figure,” not one vote for Romney. “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,” the newspaper said.

The Washington Times reported that officials in Florida banned observers from seeing the absentee ballots being opened and “there was no way to know whether the absentee ballots that were produced were the same ones that were opened, or if all the ballots were produced.”

Human Events claimed Ohio voters who are native to Somalia were being given a slate card saying, “Vote Brown all the way down” – an apparent reference to the Democratic senator.


The Washington Times reported its suspicions of voter fraud in Pennsylvania, including that “in Philadelphia, the [New] Black Panthers are currently standing outside polling booths, intimidating voters just like they did in 2008.” It said, too, that seventy Republican polling inspectors were blocked from access.







To the Progressives who fight voter ID I want say, “This voter fraud.  Here it is?  There was massive and systemic voter fraud!”  To those who refuse to call a spade a spade, hiding their heads in the sand and pretending this election was the result of a demographic shift, the power of negative advertising, or anything else besides Chicago style politics as usual I want to ask, “Why are you so quiet about something that is so obvious?”  What’s to be gained by lending our silence to endorse the legitimacy of a stolen election?  If you are afraid to be called a conspiracy theorist let me quote a man who has ended up being right many times when everyone thought he was wrong, “It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.”

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 / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Finding Fun on Facebook

Facebook is a utility that most young people-- and many peopel in the work world use almost every single day. For many people it is something that they can not live without-- a way to interact with their friends, co-workers, family, and other people in their lives. With Facebook being in front of many computer screens in the United States and across the world, often times it comes as no surprise that it is also a great way to keep yourself occupied for hours and hours a day. From the actual parts of Facebook like posting photos, liking and commenting on other people's content, or just chatting up someone that you may not have seen for a while, it is a great way to drop in and keep in touch with people even if they live far away or even if you are out of town.

So with all of that said, Facebook can also be used for its gaming uses. There are many applications and games on Facebook ready for you to play at a moment's notice. Just login and install an app, and you can start playing your favorite games at once and you can play them for all day if you want. This is the case with free slots on facebook that you can play and use on your own time. By passing the time, you can use Facebook as a way to have some fun while not even leaving your home or office space. Just install the app on your facebook profile and you can start-- and you can suggest some of your favorite games to your friends and have them play them too if they so desire. It's just another way to get involved on Facebook and interact with the people that you know every single day.

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Oil Rig Explodes off of Louisiana

From Fox News:
At least four people are injured and two missing after an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, Coast Guard officials say.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, did not immediately have information on the conditions of those taken to hospitals.

The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

Lally said two helicopters, an airplane and small boats were sent to the area on Friday. He did not know if the fire caused by the explosion had been put out yet.
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Hostess Goes Under

In a game of chicken, 18,000 employees lost thanks to their unions. From the AP:
Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks.

The company had warned employees that it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday seeking permission to shutter its operations and sell its brands if plants hadn't resumed normal operations by a Thursday evening deadline. The deadline passed without a deal.

The closing would mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs.

"I don't know if they thought that was a bluff," CEO Gregory Rayburn said on CNBC Friday. He said the financial impact of the strike makes it "too late" to save the company even if workers have a change of heart. That's because the clients such as retailers decide to stop carrying products when supplies aren't adequate.
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The  Truth  About  Politics


1.   Things are never as they seem,  NEVER.
"Things" are only what those in power want them
to be, they are disguised as reality, then given to
the people in the form of real life events, genuine
facts, and accurate statistics.

2.  Lying is not only an accepted practice, it is
the ONLY practice.   The best liars always win,
always; and the best liars stay in power the longest.
The worst position to hold in politics is one of
trying to be honest.  Can you say, "prison?"

3.  The law exists only to keep those in power,
in power.  The law is not just, the law is not equal,
the law is not fair.  The law is nothing more than a
powerful tool, used by those in power, to keep
everyone else out of power.  "The law," is what
those in power say it is.

4.   Power does indeed come from the barrel of
a gun.  Force, threats, intimidation, character
asassination, ruined lives, trashed reputations,
murder, all are a regular function of those in power,
and used against anyone who would try to take that
power away from them.

5.   The people have only one recourse against
those in power, and it is not the ballot.   When
Tom Jefferson said, two hundred years ago, that
the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants, he
was not just whistling in the dark.  He was stating
a hard, cold, true fact about life, liberty, and those
in power whose only obsession is to keep life and 
liberty from everyone else.

Should you think this is too negative an outlook,
go to Gander Mountain, or Cabela's, purchase a
good lantern, and do the Diogenes thing in your
local government --  go search for an honest man.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Video: Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Hamas Military Wing

Suck it:

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Europe Plunges Back Into Recession

And it's expected to last well into next year. From Reuters:
The debt crisis dragged the euro zone into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday.

The two leading economies both managed 0.2 percent growth in the July-to-September period.

But the resilience could not save the austerity-hit 17-nation bloc from overall contraction as the likes of The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Austria shrank.

Economic output in the euro zone fell 0.1 percent in the quarter, following a 0.2-percent drop in the second quarter.

Those two quarters of contraction put the euro zone's 9.4 trillion euro ($12 trillion) economy in recession, although Italy and Spain have been contracting for a year already and Greece is suffering an outright depression.
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McCain to Reporter: "That's one of the dumbest questions I've ever heard"


Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was asked yesterday morning if the adultery scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, Marine General John Allen and the intelligence community was more important to the nation's security than the al-Qaida assault on Benghazi in September...

His response, with all due respect, wasn't kind: It was McCain being a badass:


I still can't believe the American people actually voted in Barack Obama when we had the once in a  lifetime to opportunity to elect such a great and passionate hero as President.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Huge Military Drills in Iran

 Pressure mounting after Hamas' military commander was killed by Israel. Huge military drills in Teheran and across Iran.

The unveiling of these advanced weapons and missiles is believed to be a warning to America and Israel against conducting a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.
“Too often, the White House and Pentagon look at these Iranian exercises and conclude they have more time, especially when something the Iranians try goes wrong,” said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq. “This policy of procrastination is no substitute for strategy, however—after all, the Iranians can learn just as much from their mistakes as they can from their successes.”

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Petitions to Secede From US Explode, Now Exceed 675,000; Texas Approaches 100k

Every single state in the union has created a petition to secede from the United States in the aftermath of President Obama's reelection.

Already, in a mere week, seven states have exceeded 25,000 each, which triggers an automatic review from the White House (or so they've promised). Those states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

At the time of writing, Texas has already garnered an incredible 97,083 signatures. In fact, over a thousand had signed the petition in the time it took to write this article.
Nearly 100,000 Texans have signed a petition to secede
Texas's petition reads:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
Combined, across the nation the number of signatures has exceeded 675,000 and it rapidly growing.

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20Sixteen -- Twenty16


So children, what do you think is going to happen
four years from now?

What do you think is happening right now?

Hmmm, lets take a peek into the crystal ball...

Somewhere in the world, there is a pothead rolling
a fatty, no citizenship in any country, no medical
history, no background, no friends, no job, no life
experience, unless you count drugs, sex and booze -

and this no account is being choomed  groomed
to be the next president of what used to be the
united states of america.

Someone group of thugs democrats is expunging
records, making up a life history, scamming up a
marriage, finding some children, buying some new
duds expensive suits, ties and shirts, shredding
documents, making up documents, whilst hitting
up the leftist idiots in hollywood for funding.

And, they are rubbing their sweaty, grimy palms,
because they can't wait to get their hands on what
is left at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave of the gourmet
food, golf, vacations and state dinners with the
third world dictators and robed sheiks with rings
on their fingers and bells on their toes.

Oh, wait, how about this?  Maybe he is some
fat redneck, dirty t-shirt, mouthful of skoal,  long
neck in one hand and a dead cat in the other.

Lives in a trailer with his boyfriend, spends all day
drinking, watching the idiots on cnn and judge judy,
channel surfing, yakking on his obama phone to some
idiot who is driving, texting, eating an egg mcmuffin
and listening to greenday.

At night he is enrolled in a charm course, is on a no
carb diet and a group of chicago thugs only has two
years to get him ready for prime time.

Who knew?  No one ever said, "Only in Russia, only
in Cuba, only in Siberia."

Right now, even as the thugs are struggling to figger
out the big words, neil diamond, barbar streisand,
mat damon, georg cloony, cris rock, alek balwin and
the rest of the hollowood idiots are preparing a big
fundraising bash at sarajesseidiot's trailer park.

What a country, where a peanut farmer, choom gang
banger and another villiage idiot can have a go at
destroying in a few short years what it took good
people 400 years to build.

Praise the Lord and pass the .223

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.

What say you?

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.

But:
 

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.”

 INTERPRETATION


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.



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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

Terrible:
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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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