Pundit Press has moved on to bigger and better things.

Pundit Press now includes Pundit Press Radio and Pundit Press TV, bringing you the latest news and information with some of the top writers and broadcasters on the web today.

Please visit us at our new website: http://thepunditpress.com/.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Federal Election Commission Fines Obama Campaign $375,000 for Multiple 'Egregious' Violations

But, hey, nothing shady happened, I'm sure. From Mediaite:
President Obama‘s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations regarding donations received towards the end of the campaign. An audit was requested by the Republican National Committee and according to the FEC, the Obama campaign failed to provide notices for nearly 1,200 contributions which totaled nearly $1.9 million.

FEC rules say that campaigns are required to file reports on donations of $1,000 or more received during the final 20 days of the campaign. These reports must be filed within 48 hours.

The fines to the Obama campaign are among the largest ever demanded of any presidential campaign. The group paid $230,000 and the Democratic National Committee paid the remainder.
$375,000 worth of illegal violations
Please bookmark!

Sonny Archuleta Twitter Found, Possible Suspect in Aurora CO Shooting

CBSNews is reporting that Sonny Archuleta is the possible Aurora, Colorado shooter. His twitter handle has been found.
An example from a tweet:

More information here.

Please bookmark!

Sonny Archuleta Named as Possible Aurora, Colorado Shooter 1/5/2013

Uncomfirmed reports say that Sonny Archuleta was the shooter that killed three other people and himself in Aurora, Colorado, less than a year after another shooting there. The name was released by CBS News.

Please bookmark!

Hugo Chavez Death Photo?

Update: Confirmed- he's dead.

Rumors are swirling that Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has died of cancer in Havana, Cuba. There is a photo that purports to show him dead in Havana. However, it is unconfirmed and shows him with hair even though he had it shaved for cancer treatment.

See here for more information.

Please bookmark!

Obama to Officially Nominate Hagel for Defense Secretary

News trickled out yesterday that President Obama will nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) for Secretary of Defense sometime this upcoming week, even though the initial reaction to his proposed nomination was so negative only a few weeks ago from both sides of the aisle.

The odd bipartisan nature of negative comments delivered on Hagel's nomination stem from his extremely far-left foreign policy doctrine, which offend Republicans with his crusade against the Iraq War, Democrats with his suggestion that there is a Jewish lobby in Washington and almost everyone with his absolutist dove approach towards Iran's nuclear ambitions. 

Now, I'm no expert on Defense Secretaries, but from my personal research of Hagel's comments and stances, he might be the more dovish individual to lead, if approved by the Senate, America's defense policy since Mel Laird in the Nixon administration, who was strongly opposed to Vietnam and enacted the policy of Vietnamization. 

And when we're dealing with a nuclear ambitious country such as Iran, which is driven by radical religious ideology and a strong desire to see entire nations wiped off the map, it's not a good idea for our Secretary of Defense to be to the left of the United Nations and oppose any action against them...

I'm sorry, but for someone who has made reasonably good decisions in selecting officials to lead our foreign policy apparatus, what in the hell has possessed President Obama to nominate such a man as Hagel - an isolationist and much opposed individual to replace Leon Panetta... Who was approved unanimously.

I don't understand how this nomination in the foreign policy or political realm makes one lick of sense for President Obama, or honestly, the nation - and I hope a bipartisan coalition kills it...

What say you?

Sen. Mark Kirk Returns To Senate

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill), who suffered a stroke over one year ago, finally returned to the U.S. Senate yesterday afternoon and climbed up the stairs with the help of Senator Manchin, his best friend on Capitol Hill and Vice-President Joe Biden.

One of those feel good moments in Washington...

Update: Tsunami Warning Includes Washington State and Vancouver, 1/5/2012

Following a large earthquake in Alaska, there's word of a tsunami warning:

The warning area includes coastal areas from about 75 miles southeast of Cordova, Alaska, to the north tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said. The warning area extends for about 475 miles.
The magnitude 7.5 quake struck at midnight Friday (1 a.m. PST Saturday) and was centered about 60 miles west of Craig, Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
A tsunami with a "significant widespread inundation of land is expected," the center said in a statement.
The first wave was expected around 1:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m. PST) in Craig, and 2:50 a.m. in Cordova, further to the north.
The center said widespread dangerous coastal flooding is possible.
In addition to the warning, a tsunami advisory is in effect for coastal Alaska from Cape Suckling to 75 miles southeast of Cordova and from the Washington state border to the tip of Vancouver Island.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/05/strong-earthquake-jolts-alaska-sparks-tsunami-warning/#ixzz2H672FW2z

Please bookmark!

Alaska Tsunami Warning 1/5/2013

Following a large earthquake in Alaska, there's word of a tsunami warning:

The warning area includes coastal areas from about 75 miles southeast of Cordova, Alaska, to the north tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said. The warning area extends for about 475 miles.
The magnitude 7.5 quake struck at midnight Friday (1 a.m. PST Saturday) and was centered about 60 miles west of Craig, Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
A tsunami with a "significant widespread inundation of land is expected," the center said in a statement.
The first wave was expected around 1:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m. PST) in Craig, and 2:50 a.m. in Cordova, further to the north.
The center said widespread dangerous coastal flooding is possible.
In addition to the warning, a tsunami advisory is in effect for coastal Alaska from Cape Suckling to 75 miles southeast of Cordova and from the Washington state border to the tip of Vancouver Island.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/05/strong-earthquake-jolts-alaska-sparks-tsunami-warning/#ixzz2H672FW2z

Please bookmark!

Large Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes Alaska, January 5, 2012

From NDTV:
A major 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook an area in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the US state of Alaska early Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 1328 GMT, was located 102 kilometers (63 miles) west of Craig, Alaska, according to the USGS.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no widespread threat of a tsunami at this time, but it issued a regional warning affecting the Alaskan coast in the proximity of the epicenter.
Please bookmark!

Rebels Fight for Damascus Suburbs

Fighting in Syria has intensified in the past couple of days as rebel forces are pushing into the suburbs of Damascus, which are important chains in the government's supply lines, and only a stone throw's distance from the center of the capital city, Assad's last stronghold.

The suburbs, Dariya and Moadamyeh are key targets for the rebel forces, who are seeking to further isolate and cut off Damascus from the rest of the country, as well as to stage a second round of operations into the capital.

And as fighting as continued on the ground for these suburbs, Assad's loyalist air force struck a deadly blow on both towns as a combined thirty were killed and an unreported number were wounded by the attacks, showing the regimes willingness to launch deadly air strikes so close to home.

If only the international community, or at least regional powers, came to the aid of the rebels and established a no-fly zone to effectively handicap the regime's last conventional method of halting the advance towards Damascus. This war could be over a lot faster if only a few powers decided acting is better then watching...

What say you?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Video: Chavez Near Death

Please bookmark!

Creepy: Gov't Alters Pic of Congressional Women

What could possibly go wrong? From Fox News:
Nancy Pelosi's aides took a page out of the fashion world's playbook this week and did some ultra-airbrushing to a congressional class photo -- adding in four lawmakers who were never in the original picture.

The reason was innocuous enough. The Democratic women of the 113th Congress had gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday for a picture, snapped by The Associated Press, marking the start of the session.

Four lawmakers, though, were late to the shoot. So Pelosi's office added their faces after the fact -- then emailed that image around to reporters and posted it on her Flickr page.

Still, the act of digitally altering a quasi-official photo raised questions Friday. Journalism institute Poynter drew attention to the "doctored" photo, pointing out that the White House in 2011 stopped staging photos after a flap over the president re-enacting the announcement of Usama bin Laden's death.

Pelosi defended the changes on Friday.
The picture(s) in question:
Please bookmark!

Unemployment Jumps to 7.8%; MSM Pours on the Praise for a 'Strengthening Economy'

So unemployment is up and numbers are somehow doing better? Leave it to the Main Stream Media to spin it.

From the AP via Yahoo:
Robust hiring in manufacturing and construction fueled the December gains. Construction firms added 30,000 jobs, the most in 15 months. That likely reflects additional hiring needed to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy and also solid gains in home building that have contributed to a housing recovery.

Manufacturers gained 25,000, the most in nine months.

Even with the gains, hiring is far from accelerating. Employers added an average of 153,000 jobs a month last year, matching the monthly average in 2011. Employers added 1.84 million jobs in 2012, the same as the previous year.

Still, the stable hiring last month means employers didn't panic during the high-stakes talks between Congress and the White House over tax increases and spending cuts that were not resolved until the new year. That's a good sign for the coming months, since more budget disputes are expected.
Please bookmark!

Biden to Senator's Husband: 'Spread Your Legs, You're Gonna be... Frisked'

I... what?
Please bookmark!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mamaroneck Schools on Lockdown After Reports of Man With Gun

From NBC:
Schools in Mamaroneck, N.Y. are locked down after a man with a gun showed up at a middle school and tried to get in, officials said.

The man left without incident, officials said.

He tried to access Hommocks Middle School through a side entrance that was locked, and then went to the main entrance, where he was stopped.

A campus worker asked him why he was there and noticed he had a gun, according to an email sent to parents. The man said he had the gun because he works as a security guard.
Please bookmark!

Boehner Loses Speakership... then Doesn't Thanks in Part to Michele Bachmann

What a tangled web people weave. Numerous reports surfaced yesterday that House Republicans would block John Boehner from being reelected as Speaker. Looks like that bluster was all for not.

17 Republicans had to break away from voting for Mr. Boehner. Nine voted against him, including: Justin Amash (R-MI), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Walter Jones (R-NC), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).

Eight abstained, making it clear that they might vote against Bachmann if the opportunity presented itself, including the famed Michele Bachmann. That's the magic number: 17.

At the last moment, however, Bachmann declared that she was no longer abstaining and... voted for Boehner. This gives Boehner reelection and most certainly, many conservatives will be calling her a RINO.
Large and apparently in charge
Please bookmark!

Looking for Shopping Options

There are many ways that people are looking to save money in today's shopping world. There are gifts to buy and things that you want or need for your own house. When these are important parts of your everyday life, you want to make sure that you have the right tools to find the things that you need. Take a look at your options, such as a DealDash auction. You can combine fun with shopping by looking at DealDash and all of the different things that it has to offer. You can find those items that you have been looking for, buy them at ease online, while not paying too much for them.

Please bookmark!

Switzerland: Gunman Kills Three in Daillon in Valais

From the BBC:
A gunman has opened fire in a village in Switzerland, killing three people and wounding two others, police say.

The attack happened on Wednesday at around 21:00 (20:00 GMT) in the village of Daillon in Valais canton, 100km (60 miles) east of Geneva.

Police shot and wounded the suspect after he threatened to turn a gun on them. He has been arrested.

Investigations revealed the man was a known drug addict and former mental health patient, authorities say.
Please bookmark!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore's Current TV

From a propagandizing nut to propagandizing jihadists. From the New York Times:
Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, has long tried to convince Americans that it is a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister.

It just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case.

Al Jazeera on Wednesday announced a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore, a former vice president, and his business partners seven years ago. Al Jazeera plans to shut Current and start an English-language channel, which will be available in more than 40 million homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar.
How could they possibly be more trustworthy than this fellow?
Please bookmark!

Breaking: Boehner Out as Speaker

Update- Surprise: Michele Bachmann defects from ultra-right wing, hands Boehner reelection.

From CNS News:
I have confirmed with a group of Congressmen that House Speaker John Boehner will not be reelected Speaker tomorrow.

He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow.

Only 17 members are needed to block Speaker Boehner's election tomorrow. A Speaker needs an absolute majority of all votes cast for a specific person.

If no one has a majority, the House is speakerless. I've confirmed these rules with the House Parliamentarian.
Word is he's a little upset
Please bookmark!

'Tsunami Bomb' Tested Off New Zealand Coast

From the Telegraph:
The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city.

The top secret operation, code-named "Project Seal", tested the doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.

The plans came to light during research by a New Zealand author and film-maker, Ray Waru, who examined military files buried in the national archives.

"Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people," said Mr Waru.
The 2011 tsunami in Japan
Please bookmark!

Republicans Strengthen Anti-Boehner Position

The speakership of John Boehner is endangered this afternoon, as at least twenty or so Republican Congressmen, according to Breitbart, are willing to oppose his re-election when the new Congress convenes on Thursday, and if that number declines, his support could realistically fall below Nancy Pelosi's...

This quasi-coup within the Republican caucus is due to a more then two year long bittersweet relationship Boehner and members of the Conservative class of 2010 have had with each other, culminating in the fiscal cliff vote last night when Boehner supported against the will of near two thirds of his caucus.

Now the odds of them actually pulling off the defeat of Boehner as Speaker is unlikely, as they would either have to choose a well respected and ready to take charge individual to lead their cause, or gain enough Republican allies as to imperil the Republicans balance of power over Pelosi, forcing Boehner to step aside to prevent the night mare of 2007-2011 from reoccurring.

Interesting drama these days on Capitol Hill... What say you?

Boehner's Speakership in Peril

Perhaps the biggest political story line coming out of the House's affirmative vote for the Senate's short term band-aid to the fiscal cliff will be whether or not John Boehner will remain Speaker or be voted out of the third-most powerful position in America when the new Congress convenes.

Reason being the Speaker could only deliver a third of his majority, or just 85 Republicans - his vote included, a rarity for the Speaker to vote at all - to pass the compromise that's supposed to prevent the fiscal cliff from becoming a reality, while also have almost no support from his GOP counterparts in leadership.

This begs the question: if he cannot deliver even a majority of his caucus to back a bill he even supported on the House floor, at risk of alienating every single Republican lawmaker that is set within the week to vote on his position... Then can he hold a majority of their confidence when time comes to elect the House's leader?

I personally have no idea, but what say you?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Video: Gee, What Wouldn't the GOP Love about the Fiscal Cliff 'Deal'

Finding Out about Marcus Evans

There are a lot of ways to make sure that you are prepared for the economy of tomorrow. With the tough economic times that this country has been facing over the last four years, we want to make sure that we are ready to respond and be able to take care of our families. This is not always easy and of course there is still a lot of work to be done for any family or company to come up with a game plan that can plan for many different eventualities or issues that can arise.

This is why many people have looked at the different programs that the company Marcus Evans offers. Depending on your financial standing and where you are looking at your future, these may be of particular interest to you. There have been complaints that perhaps these programs are a scam. They have been fisked quite completely here, as you can read about: http://www.mahanyertl.com/mahanyertl/marcus-evans-scam-or-good-deal-you-decide/1088/. There seemed to be some problems that the author wanted to find out about, like employee happiness stats. He was able to look into them, and was contacted by the company and given more information  There are many resources out there to find out about what Marcus Evans has to offer for you. The author had some concerns about the company but was able to take a look at what Marcus Evans was offering and was compelled that it was not, in fact, a scam. Read the article to find more information to see if the programs that Marcus Evans is offering are the right ones for your situation. As the author noted, after contacting Marcus Evans, he decided to go to two other seminars with his own money. Check out the article and what it has to say.

Please bookmark!

CBO: Debt Deal to Add Four TRILLION Dollars to Deficit

This is a compromise... how? The fiscal cliff "deal" is yet another poison pill for the economy. It's already been announced that there is $330 billion in new spending alone. Then there's the fact that for every one dollar cut from the budget, we are spending an additional forty-three.

And now there's this: according to the CBO, the deal will add four trillion dollars to the deficit (not the debt).
A sham
Thankfully, some Republicans in the House have come out against it, including Eric Cantor. Rumor has it that the deal might be "tweaked." Unless Republicans take a chainsaw to this abomination, the only thing that should be said by them is "No."

A bad deal is much worse than no deal. It's like compromising to spend a thousand dollars because you can't afford to spend ten. It's the opposite of where we should be headed.

Please bookmark!

Eric Cantor: "I do not Support the [Fiscal Cliff] Bill"

Some common sense emerges. Let's hope that he convinces the vast majority of Republicans in the House that voting for this turd would be utter folly.

From CNN:
CNN's Deirdre Walsh reports from Capitol Hill that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor opposes the fiscal cliff measure passed by the Senate.

"I do not support the bill," Cantor told reporters as he was leaving a meeting of his conference.

He said no decisions have been made, and that he's looking for the best path forward.
Please bookmark!

Surprise: 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Adds $330 Billion in New Spending

All I have to say is that the House better fucking vote no on this shit. From the Washington Times:
The "fiscal cliff" deal that was designed to save money actually includes $330.3 billion in new spending over the next decade, according to the official estimate the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday afternoon.

CBO said the bill contains about $25.1 billion in new cuts, but those are swamped by the new spending on extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and other new refundable tax credits that President Obama fought for.

Of those cuts, only $2 billion are scheduled to take effect in 2013.

And CBO also warned that some of the cuts Congress is counting are from programs on which CBO never expected the money to be spent anyway — such as cuts to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, which was part of Mr. Obama's health care law.
Please bookmark!

Kathy Griffin Tries to Give Anderson Cooper, Ahem, Oral Sex on National TV (CNN)

All right then... here's the video, nothing more said:

Please bookmark!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Breaking: Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached

From the AP:
A Democratic aide says the White House and congressional Republicans have reached an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000 and briefly avert across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week.

Vice President Joe Biden was set to sell the agreement to Senate Democrats at a meeting at the Capitol on Monday night.
Please bookmark!

Doctors: Blood Clot Located in Near Hillary Clinton's Brain

From Boston.com:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton developed a blood clot in her head but did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said Monday. They say they are confident that she will make a full recovery.

In a statement that revealed the location of the clot, Clinton’s doctors said it is in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. She is being treated with blood thinners to help dissolve the clot, the doctors said, and she will be released once the medication dose has been established.

Clinton, 65, is making excellent progress and is in good spirits, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said in a statement.
Please bookmark!

Senate Report Finds State Department at Fault for Benghazi Attack

The United States Senate Committe on Homeland Security and Government Affairs has released a damning report on the September eleventh terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, blaming the failure to secure the consulate after numerous concerns were raised almost entirely on the State Department's shoulders.

The report concluded that the State Department essentially ignored the consulate's continued pleas for more personnel and funding to properly secure the grounds, while leaving protection of our diplomatic mission to Libyan guards, which the report stated was "deeply troubling, especially since this problem was recognized long before the attack."

It also found the Defense Department, intelligence services and the administration's reaction to be at fault and ineffective to the situation, and at times - blaming the assault on an anti-muslim youtube video - to be incorrect and causing confusion over the actual nature of the Benghazi attacks among the populace.

This evidence was compiled by a bipartisan group of Senators and is rather daming to the administration not just in singled out departments, but as a whole. It reflects incompetence in protecting our consulates in heavy risk areas and dismissiveness towards the requests coming from the ground.

What say you?

CNBC: "We Are Going Over the Fiscal Cliff"

Breaking: CNBC has stated officially that, in fact, the United States will be going over the fiscal cliff. One of the main reasons? President Obama's horribly polarizing, shitty, shitty speech that made it incredibly apparent that he wants the US over the cliff.

Well, he's going to get his wish.

Please bookmark!

NBC Reporter Raises Hillary Clinton Questions

Please bookmark!

Joe Biden Joins Fiscal Cliff Talks as Time Counts Down

With time no longer on anyone's side in Washington, the U.S. Senate has just reconvened on this chilly New Years Eve to hopefully consider whatever deal Minority Leader McConnell and Vice-President Biden, who was requested to join the negotiations by McConnell after he said Majority Leader Reid apparently gave up on discussions.

Just thirteen hours to go and there is no deal in place for averting the fiscal cliff in either house of Congress as our elected leaders attempt to reach some sort of compromise, which relies on D.C. overcoming the even more threatening leadership crisis that led to this situation in the first place...

Currently, Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is lecturing the Senate floor on the benefits of raising taxes on the wealthy, which is a perfect example of why compromise has failed - neither side is willing to budge on this contentious issue to perhaps deal with more manageable ones that hold mutual concern and desire to resolve.

What say you?

Clock Ticks as Fiscal Cliff Looms

With only one day left before the nation goes over the so-called "fiscal cliff," Congress has yet to reach a compromise in either house as negotiations between the two sides continue late into early Monday morning.

Majority leader Reid (D-NV) has the Senate set to reconvene at eleven Monday morning, which means Congress will have thirteen hours (this is assuming some deal is worked out over night) to debate and vote on whatever deal is crafted in both houses before sending it to the White House some point in the evening.

Since when has Congress been able to do anything in thirteen hours? Let alone something they have failed to accomplish in nearly eight or nine weeks since election day...

I hate sounding pessimistic, but I tend to be in agreement with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that Washington is unlikely to agree on anything before midnight New Year's and that we are in fact going over the fiscal cliff, higher taxes and another recession for all.

What say you?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hillary Clinton in Hospital with Blood Clot

From Fox News:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a hospital in New York with blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained several weeks ago.

Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement that during a follow-up exam, Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

Doctors will continue to monitor Clinton's condition to determine if further action is necessary.
Please bookmark!

US Layoffs Up Astronomical 20% in Single Month

And somehow, the unemployment rate is magically falling. From Reuters via NBC:
Planned layoffs at U.S. firms rose for the third month in a row in November, partly driven by the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, a report showed on Thursday.

Employers announced 57,081 job cuts last month, the highest level since May and up nearly 20 percent from 47,724 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

November's job cuts were also up 34.4 percent from the 42,474 seen a year ago.
Please bookmark!

Mali Continues to Suffer as World Sits Idly By

The Tuareg uprising that caused great upheaval in Mali last summer, including a military coup and a brutal Islamist takeover of everything North of Timbuktu has seemingly been forgotten by the international community, as their inaction to aid the people has led to the construction of terror and evil in the once peaceful nation.

In fact, when asked to consider militarily intervening in the Sub-Sahara nation to uproot the brutal Islamists and prevent the establishment of al-Qaida's presence, UN secretary general Moon said it could cause a humanitarian crisis, apparently ignorant to the horrifying conditions on the ground.

This led Oumou Sall Seck, who is the mayor of a small town in northern Mali that she was forced to flee from as Islamists started enforcing their sharia will on the populace, to pen a plea for help from the United States, France and other western bodies to come to the aid of her nation and her people who are suffering.

It was translated and published in the New York Times this past week and hopefully will awaken the eyes of the international community to the plight of the dear souls in Mali and maybe stir men of power to realize we must rally some forces, or aid African forces in driving out the wolves of barbarity and butchery.

I hope increasing awareness to the declining state of affairs in northern Mali, along with the ever increasing threat of al-Qaida constituting themselves will cause some to pause and consider whether our current strategy of non-interventionism and allowing the Islamists to run wild is actually a good course for not only the enslaved populace but of the world in general and Africa particularly.

What say you?

CNN: The Hobbit "The Worst Movie of 2012"

I don't know what CNN's writers are smoking, but not only are they bad at reporting the news, they're nuts at covering movies.

According to CNN, a station currently bereft of readers and viewers, the Hobbit was the worst movie of 2012. Forget about the fact that the Hobbit is actually fairly good (if a bit longer than it should be). By far the worst part of this analysis is the horrendous movies that CNN considers better (or less bad) than JRR Tolken's book turned movie.
Utter garbage, according to CNN
A Thousand Words? With a staggering 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Still better than the Hobbit.

That's My Boy? Quite possibly the worst Adam Sandler film in the last 10 years (an accomplishment by any measure)? Still better than the Hobbit.

Even fucking Battleship, a major motion picture based on a board game? Victorious over the Hobbit. In fact, none of these awful, awful movies are on CNN's 10 worst list.

Sweet Jesus.

Please bookmark!

Obama: We Must Limit 2nd Amendment Despite "Resistance"

Unfortunately, this is not a satirical headline. This is from the President of the United States. From MW News:
"I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools," Obama said. "And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem."

Obama said he intended to press the issue with the public.

"Will there be resistance? Absolutely there will be resistance," he said.

"The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. It certainly won't feel like that to me. This is something that - you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it's not something that I want to see repeated."

Besides getting gun violence legislation passed next year, Obama also listed immigration as a top priority for 2013 as well as deficit reduction.
Please bookmark!

Washington's Leadership Crisis

With just hours left to avoid the impending doom of the so called "fiscal crisis" and no solution to the catastrophe likely, the citizenry of the United States will be left to deal with another crippling recession, this time caused by the lack of leadership and abundance of partisanship in Washington.

Imagine the 2008 recession occurring again, but this time with massive cuts to military and social spending, the lapse of unemployment benefits for two million Americans, tax increases on every single citizen, maxing our national debt once again and further shaking trust in our already rather unreliable credit rating...

Oh.. You mean reality on Tuesday

And why is this all occurring?

Because the politicians in Washington are too concerned with the good of their future political ambitions rather then their children's economic ambitions...

Why else would President Obama seemingly remain absent during this entire debacle on Capitol Hill, then to use his immoral abdication of duty as a political gambit to blame Republicans, and same for his cronies in both houses who refuse to rise to the occasion and work for the national tranquility... And don't forget the stubborn House conservatives who refuse to follow their man, their elected leader to avoid calamity for purity reasons.

What we are witnessing here is not just a crisis of impending economic doom, but of lack of real leadership... Leadership that used to be ingrained in statesmen on both sides of the aisle, the men who founded this country based on a common set of ideals for life, liberty and happiness by not stubbornly refusing to work together, but stubbornly searching for compromise among unwilling partners....

Today, we have a leadership crisis... and unless that crisis is resolved in the next forty-six or so hours, we will have a fiscal crisis from hell reigning upon us like an unending avalanche of doom.

What say you?

Check this out!