Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Romney Wins Florida Primary

Not only did Romney win, but he would have edged out a Gingrich-Santorum combo, if only just. If one of those two does not step aside soon, they are going to split the anti-Romney vote and ensure Romney is the nominee.


"Mitt Romney crushed Newt Gingrich in the Florida Republican presidential primary Tuesday night, surging from a second-place finish in South Carolina to sweep the winner-take-all contest and reassert his front-runner status.

The victory, in the biggest GOP contest to date, is likely to give the former Massachusetts governor a burst of momentum as he, Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul head west to battle in what has become an increasingly negative race.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney led with 46 percent. Gingrich had 32 percent, followed by Rick Santorum with 13 percent and Ron Paul with 7 percent.
Romney was projected to win all 50 of Florida's convention delegates.

Occupy DC Guy Gets Tased

Just like at Tea Party protests ... or not.

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Our President Who Art in DC: Obama Admin. Commands Catholics to Violate Beliefs

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Obama Tells Woman It Is "Interesting" Her Unemployed Husband Can't Find Job

Poor choice of words.

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Warren Buffett's Reported Plans to Avoid Taxes and the Buffett Rule

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Occupy Protesters Use Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) Against Police

Just like the Tea Party... or not. Tea Party protesters are called terrorists all the time. Occupy Protesters are actually using IEDs and the media appears to be letting it slide.


"A march to take over a vacant building by members of the Occupy movement in Oakland, Calif., turned into a violent confrontation with the police on Saturday, leaving three officers injured and about 200 people arrested.

The clashes began just before 3 p.m. when protesters marched toward the vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, the police said, and began to tear down construction barricades. Officers ordered the crowd to disperse when protesters “began destroying construction equipment and fencing,” the Oakland police said in a press release.

“Officers were pelted with bottles, metal pipe, rocks, spray cans, improvised explosive devices and burning flares, the police said.” Officers responded with smoke, tear gas and beanbag projectiles. Twenty people were arrested.
The events were part of a demonstration dubbed “Move-in Day,” a plan by protesters to move into the vacant convention center and use it as a commune-like command center, according to the Web site occupyoaklandmoveinday.org.

Made in China: The Real Reasons Why Apple Won't Build iPhones in the US

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Why Geezers Are The True Enemy of Occupy Wall Street

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Fed Promises More Cheap Money: Why Low Rates Could Expose a Weak Economy

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Met Figures Show no Warming For The Past 15 Years

Let me sum this up for you; temperature readings show no Global Warming for the last 15 years, our sun is going through a weak output cycle, and it is anticipated that the new few cycles will be weaker still.

Despite the numbers, and apparently without disputing the solar predictions, the Met is saying that we are still all going to die from man made Global Warming. I may have exaggerated that last bit. Still, they are saying that the sun is less important to how hot the planet is then how much carbon dioxide humans make. Can they really seriously believe what they are saying?

As I have said before, and will again, before we condemn a billion people in Asia and a billion people in Africa to live in abject poverty we should be pretty certain that it is absolutely necessary to save humanity. We are far from certain.

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"The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.

We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’ – which is why last week’s solar storm resulted in sightings of the aurora borealis further south than usual. But sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th Century.

Analysis by experts at NASA and the University of Arizona – derived from magnetic-field measurements 120,000 miles beneath the sun’s surface – suggest that Cycle 25, whose peak is due in 2022, will be a great deal weaker still.
Yet, in its paper, the Met Office claimed that the consequences now would be negligible – because the impact of the sun on climate is far less than man-made carbon dioxide. Although the sun’s output is likely to decrease until 2100, ‘This would only cause a reduction in global temperatures of 0.08C.’ Peter Stott, one of the authors, said: ‘Our findings suggest a reduction of solar activity to levels not seen in hundreds of years would be insufficient to offset the dominant influence of greenhouse gases.’

These findings are fiercely disputed by other solar experts.

Document Dump Shows Holder New Fast And Furious Gun Killed Border Agent Terry The Day he Was Shot

That is not what he told Congress, on two separate occasions no less. I wonder what they are going to ask Holder about the next time he is called to testify, which is happening at the end of the week.


"Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010.
That email was sent at 2:31 a.m. on the day Terry was shot. One hour later, a follow-up email read: “Our agent has passed away.”

Burke forwarded those two emails to Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson later that morning, adding that the incident was “not good” because it happened “18 miles w/in” the border.

Wilkinson responded to Burke shortly thereafter and said the incident was “tragic.” “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”

Then, later that day, Burke followed up with Wilkinson after Burke discovered from officials whose names are redacted that the guns used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious. “The guns found in the desert near the murder BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store,” Burke wrote to Wilkinson.

“I’ll call tomorrow,” Wilkinson responded.

St. Louis Holds The First Major Parade For Iraq War Veterans

Tens of thousands of people, up to a hundred thousand, showed up. New York should follow suit, but should have beat them to the punch.


"Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans.

The parade, borne out of a simple conversation between two St. Louis friends a month ago, was the nation's first big welcome-home for veterans of the war since the last troops were withdrawn from Iraq in December.
Radford was among about 600 veterans, many dressed in camouflage, who walked along downtown streets lined with rows of people clapping and holding signs with messages including "Welcome Home" and "Thanks to our Service Men and Women." Some of the war-tested troops wiped away tears as they acknowledged the support from a crowd that organizers estimated reached 100,000 people.

Fire trucks with aerial ladders hoisted huge American flags in three different places along the route, with politicians, marching bands - even the Budweiser Clydesdales - joining in. But the large crowd was clearly there to salute men and women in the military, and people cheered wildly as groups of veterans walked by.

Costa Concordia Cruise’s American Express Offer: ‘Immerse yourself’

A definite advertisement fail, but not the fault of American Express. Just a case of exceedingly bad timing.


"Have you ever dropped a letter in the mailbox and then instantly wished you could get it back? I imagine that’s how American Express feels. Yesterday my letter carrier delivered a brochure from Amex inviting me to “immerse” myself in a “truly European experience” with a Mediterranean cruise vacation aboard the ... Costa Concordia.

I think that might be a little too much immersion for me.

It actually isn’t the ill-fated Costa Concordia that’s pictured on the front of the brochure. It’s sister ship Costa Fascinosa. But inside I’m encouraged to book a seven-night western Mediterranean cruise on the Costa Concordia between Feb. 25 and Oct. 29.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ben Shapiro's Response to The State of The Union

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"A separate conservative response was delivered by Ben Shapiro. In case you’re not familiar, Ben is the author of the national bestsellers, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (WND Books, May 2004), Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, June 2005), and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House (Thomas Nelson, 2008). Following is Ben’s response on video, followed by the text of his remarks. We provide this without comment for your consideration. Enjoy."

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Is Warren Buffett's Secretary Rich? Plus, Newt Gets the Schrute!

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The Drug War

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There's Media Bias, Then There's George Stephanopoulos

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

16 Kilograms of Cocaine Seized at The United Nations

Party at the UN; now we know what they are doing in their closed door sessions...


"A shipment containing 16 kilograms of cocaine was seized last week at the United Nations's mail intake centre, a New York Police Department spokesman said on Thursday.

Paul Browne, NYPD's chief spokesman, said the drugs were in a white bag evidently masquerading as a diplomatic pouch that raised suspicions when it was being scanned because it was stamped with what looked like a poorly copied version of the UN logo.

Browne said here was no name or address on the shipment sent from Mexico City through Cincinnati.

UN security officials called the NYPD and Drug Enforcement Administration, which confirmed the substance inside the shipment intercepted on 16 January was cocaine, the police spokesman said.

SUPER PACs: Occupy The Courts, Colbert & The Fight for Free Speech

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Obama Administration Owes Over $800,000 in Back Taxes

You would think Obama would be a little more sensitive to this and have someone try to make sure that number was zero.


"We heard a lot on Tuesday night from President Obama about the wealthy paying their “fair share” in his State of the Union speech. (Well, you heard it a lot; I read the speech and then commenced to have a life on Tuesday night.) Obama made half a dozen references to fairness in relation to taxes in the address, including taking a shot at Congress:

But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes.

Just like with charity, perhaps fairness should start at home:

From postal workers to congressional staffers, federal workers failed to pay billions in taxes in 2010. According to records released by the Internal Revenue Service, active and retired federal employees and military personnel combined owed $3,420,168,684 in unpaid taxes for 2010, an increase of more than 3 percent over the previous year.

As has been the case in past years, the agency with employees who owe the most in unpaid taxes is the U.S. Postal Service, where 25,640 employees owe nearly $270 million. Employees in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives owe more the $10 million. Active duty military owe more than $100 million.

What WTOP doesn’t mention except in a chart is what the White House itself owes. That comes to $833,970, or twice what the President makes in a year.

Biden Uses a Fake Indian Accent

If a Republican did this it would be a problem. Most Democrats would get a bit of a 'ding' as well, but this is par for the course for Biden. Almost not news.

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Texting While Driving - Should It Be Illegal?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Obamacare's Impact on...

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Woman Claims Neighbor’s Energy Efficient Windows Are Melting Her Toyota Prius

Welcome to the dark underbelly of energy efficiency... . 'Even if it the window melting a neighbors car it is not a code violation'.

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3 Supreme Court Decisions to Watch

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State of Che Union 2012 (Cato)

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Obama's State of The Union: More Taxes, More Loopholes, More Subsidies, More Spilled Milk

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Rand Paul (R) Detained by TSA After Refusing Full Body Pat Down After Scanning 'Anomaly'

Who thinks a sitting US Senator is going to try hijack a plane? There needs to be some common sense used in screening so we do not keep shoveling money into a pit and burning it in the name of 'security'.

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Geothermal Test to Pour Water Into a Volcano (For Real)

This sounds like a plot to a bad sci-fi made for tv movie in which humanity comes close to blowing up the planet trying to get 'free' energy. Lets hope they don't blow up Oregon in their quest for renewable power.


"Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in central Oregon this summer to demonstrate technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.

A test well is drilled for a geothermal project at Newberry volcano in 2010.
They hope the water comes back to the surface fast enough and hot enough to create cheap, clean electricity that isn't dependent on sunny skies or stiff breezes — without shaking the earth and rattling the nerves of nearby residents.

Renewable energy has been held back by cheap natural gas, weak demand for power and lack of political concern over global warming. Efforts to use the earth's heat to generate power, known as geothermal energy, have been further hampered by technical problems and worries that tapping it can cause earthquakes.

A Unanimous Privacy Victory in U.S. v. Jones

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1000 Days Since The Democratic Senate Passed a Budget

999 days right now, a thousand tomorrow. This should be one of the first questions asked to every Democratic Senator on every interview they do, 'why haven't you passed a budget for years despite the requirement?'.

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SOPA on the Ropes? The Future of Global Intellectual Property Theft

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

'FDR Goes to War' (Burton W. Folsom, Jr.)

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Occupy Protesters Hurl Bibles And Bricks Off The Roof at Police

Two quick comments; if the hotel had Korans instead instead of Bibles they would have stuck to the bricks, and if the story was about a singular Tea Part Protester (instead of Occupy ProtesterS) and a singular brick (instead of brickS and BibleS) this would be the only thing reported on certain networks for days instead of being mostly ignored.


"You couldn’t ask for a more quintessentially emblematic moment to sum up the ethos behind the Occupy movement.

Friday night in San Francisco, Occupy protesters broke into an abandoned hotel, took the Bibles still remaining in the vacant rooms, climbed on the roof and attacked the police with the Bibles, along with bricks and other projectiles:

Occupy San Francisco’s “Day of Action” turned violent Friday night when protesters occupied an abandoned hotel and began throwing objects at police officers from the roof, police said.

“Once they gained access [to the hotel], some of them made it to the top of the roof and they then began to throw bibles down at the officers,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi said.

“One of officers was struck with a brick to the chest and one of our lieutenants was struck in the hand with an object and may have damaged or even broken his hand,” he said.

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Gabrielle Giffords (D) Announces That She Will Resign This Week

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Egypt's Islamists Win 75% of Parliament

This does not bode well for Egypt, Israel, or us.


"Final results on Saturday showed that Islamist parties won nearly three-quarters of the seats in parliament in Egypt's first elections since the ouster of authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak, according to election officials and political groups.

The Islamist domination of Egypt's parliament has worried liberals and even some conservatives about the religious tone of the new legislature, which will be tasked with forming a committee to write a new constitution. It remains unclear whether the constitution will be written while the generals who took power after Mubarak's fall are still in charge, or rather after presidential elections this summer.

In the vote for the lower house of parliament, a coalition led by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood won 47 percent, or 235 seats in the 498-seat parliament. The ultraconservative Al-Nour Party was second with 25 percent, or 125 seats.

The Salafi Al-Nour, which was initially the biggest surprise of the vote, wants to impose strict Islamic law in Egypt, while the more moderate Brotherhood, the country's best-known and organized party, has said publicly that it does not seek to force its views about an appropriate Islamic lifestyle on Egyptians.

Costa Concordia Owners Offer Survivors a 30% Discount Off Future Cruises

This is not going to prevent the wave of lawsuits headed their way, not by a long shot.


"The owners of the Costa Concordia are offering survivors of the disaster a 30 per cent discount off future cruises as they battle to stave off law suits expected to cost hundreds of millions of pounds.
It was disclosed that in an attempt to help survivors the ship's parent company, Carnival, has been telephoning passengers daily asking if they are suffering nightmares or sleepless nights.

But that move also appeared to backfire when a psychologist said such questioning could trigger post traumatic stress rather than relieve it.
A spokesman for Costa Cruises said: "The company is trying to do everything they can for those passengers directly affected.

"The company is not only going to refund everybody but they will offer a 30 per cent discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company."

Costa's chief executive, Pier Luigi Foschi, who estimated that the impact of the disaster on his firm was £60 million, had expressed confidence that the group would be able to "find a solution that, in the material sense, would satisfy" the passengers.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Government Takes Down Megaupload

Beyond the interesting questions of jurisdiction, the move will show to be completely ineffective in accomplishing their goal and more disruptive to law abiding users then the copyright violators. It is the equivalent of shutting down Greyhound bus and confiscating everything on board from all of the riders because the government found a few riders had marijuana in their pockets. Drugs will still find their way to their destinations without greyhound, and a lot of people will be inconvenienced, punished for the violations of others.

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"The government takedown of Megaupload, a popular file-sharing site, has stoked simmering fears that hard-line enforcement of copyright infringements could profoundly disrupt Internet commerce.

File sharing has become a major way corporations collaborate with employees and partners and interact with customers. It fuels the sharing of rich content across Internet-connected devices in the home and office and distributed to mobile devices and has emerged as a major component of cloud computing, the delivery of content and services across the Web.

"If legitimate content is housed on the same service that might have infringing content, it gets sucked into this vortex and it's gone," says Dennis Fisher, security blogger at Threatpost.com. "I don't know how much the government or these companies (advocating strict anti-piracy enforcement) have thought this through. I would guess not a lot."

Democratic Operative Arrested Attempting Identity Theft on a Republican Secretary of State to Implement Him in Unethical Behavior

This is a story right out of a political thriller. A Democratic operative, in an attempt to discredit Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, tries to commit identity theft against him to implicate Schultz in unethical behavior.


"A few years ago, as part of its strategy of facilitating voter fraud as a means of winning close elections, the Democratic Party undertook a campaign to secure as many Secretary of State offices in swing states as possible. From those perches, the Democrats would be in a position to oversee elections and enforce (or decline to enforce) election laws. That strategy has been quite successful, but the Democrats suffered a setback in Iowa in 2010 when conservative Republican Matt Schultz won an upset victory in the Secretary of State race. Since then, Iowa Democrats have targeted Schultz.

That targeting has taken a sinister turn–a criminal one, in fact–as the Des Moines Register reports:

A Des Moines man has been arrested after police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.

Zachary Edwards was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying Schultz’s office discovered the scheme on June 24, 2011 and notified authorities.

Iowa blogger Shane Vander Hart has more, including this mug shot of Zachary Edwards, a Democratic operative:

Edwards is a former Obama staffer who directed “new media operations” for Obama in five states during the 2008 primaries. Thereafter, he was Obama’s Director of New Media for the State of Iowa. In the Democratic Party’s lexicon, “new media” apparently includes identity theft.

Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary

Romney went from almost certainly sweeping the first three to being tied at one a piece with Gingrich and Santorum. He is still the front runner, but a lock he is not.


"Newt Gingrich resurrected his campaign Saturday with a convincing victory in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, leveraging strong debate performances and a handful of wrong turns by Mitt Romney to surge past the former frontrunner and reset the race now headed to Florida.

After claiming his first primary win, the former House speaker rallied supporters on the road to the next contest on Jan. 31. Gingrich, looking to convey the image of a general election candidate, focused his victory speech almost entirely on President Obama, unloading some of his toughest criticism to date on the White House incumbent.

Gingrich locked up a decisive victory in the state. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Gingrich pulled in 41 percent of the vote, to Romney's 27 percent. Rick Santorum finished in third with 17 percent, followed by Ron Paul with 13 percent. Herman Cain, who dropped out before the first contest, garnered 1 percent.

The leader board virtually ensures a drawn-out Republican race, a turnaround from just a week ago when Romney seemed poised to clinch the nomination in short order. While South Carolina has predicted the presidential candidate every year since 1980, the candidate in previous victories had won either Iowa or New Hampshire.

Solyndra Caught Destroying Millions in Brand New Parts

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Economic Freedom & Income Equality

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama Sings

He's not a bad singer. You know that is going to make its way into a few parity clips.

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Evaluating Congress's Response to Online Piracy (Julian Sanchez)

Reid (D), while still apparently in support of the bill, is postponing the vote indefinitely.

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Final Four? GOP Primaries Finally Get Interesting in South Carolina

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The Working Class

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Santorum Wins The Iowa Caucus by 34 Vote ... Maybe

Santorum is up by 34 vote from the certification process of the Iowa count, but they have said that eight precincts have not and will not be counted because they were lost. Super unsatisfying and a pretty sad showing from a state that prides itself on being an 'extra important' part of our Democracy.

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"Rick Santorum claimed victory in the Iowa caucuses, after the certified vote count released this morning showed him with a 34-vote edge over Mitt Romney.

But votes missing from eight precincts means it is impossible to know who really won the political event that every four years kicks off the presidential nominating season.

"Just as I did on the early morning hours on Jan. 4, I congratulate Sen. Santorum and Gov. Romney on a hard-fought effort during the closest contest in caucus history," Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement, which did not declare a winner.

Ezra Levant With a Canadian Perspective of Obama Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline

'Obama chose Venezuela over Canada'...

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The Role of Economic Freedom

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Keynesian Catastrophe: Big Money, Big Government & Big Lies

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wikipedia SOPA Protest is Driving Students Mad. Plus, Obama Hires Bain 'Corporate Raider'

SOPA, like most bills, has a noble goal. The unintended consequences and effects (again, like most bills) would fare outweigh any potential good.

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Obama’s First Campaign Ad of The 2012 Cycle

Its a 30 second ad and two of the quote are from way back in 2009. That has to be a bad sign.

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Obama Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline While Blaming Republicans

Its not like we could use the jobs or energy security or anything. Despite what his environmental supporters think, this is most certainly a defeat for them as well. Blocking the pipeline does not mean the oil will not be sold. It just means that the Canadians will ship it to Asia. It also does not mean that the United States will stop using oil. It just means we will import more from the Middle East. What part of this equation is good for the US or the environment?


"In a decision that quickly re-ignited a fierce energy debate, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because the 60-day deadline imposed by Republicans did not allow adequate time to review an alternate route through an ecologically sensitive area in Nebraska.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns made the announcement on President Obama's behalf on the project that would carry oil from Canada's carbon-heavy tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. TransCanada, the company seeking to build the $7 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline, will be able to reapply with a new route avoiding an ecologically sensitive area of Nebraska, sources told National Journal.

Put more simply, the Obama administration hit back at Republicans by saying no because of their forcing him to decide on the project in just 60 days. Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail promptly painted the decision as a rejection of thousands of American jobs purely for political reasons.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, decried the news. “President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese,” said Brendan Buck. “The president won’t stand up to his political base even to create American jobs. This is not the end of this fight.”

Ameritopia: Mark Levin Discusses The Utopian Unmaking of America

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Costa Concordia Disaster: Women And Children First? Not Anymore, Thanks to Liberals

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Newt Gingrich Scores Big Rhetorical Point in South Carolina Debate, But is he a Racist?

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Captain Schettino Refuses to Return to The Sinking Costa Concordia to Help Passengers Evacuate

A captain does not have to to down with his ship, but he should not be the first one off the sinking boat. Meet the anti-Sully Sullenberger.

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"He wasn’t the only one who put himself first. While some passengers behaved heroically, crew members were spotted leaping into lifeboats while people ran around screaming on deck. The current death toll stands at 11 with 23 still missing. And all because, supposedly, Schettino wanted to do a favor for the head waiter by making a close pass of his home island.

He’s under house arrest as I write this. Even if he avoids prison, I don’t know how he’ll function in society now that this clip is going viral. It’s a “mortal sin,” said one maritime union official to Fox News. “Unforgivable.” Exit question: Where are our Benjamin Guggenheims?

DC Law Calls For Rodents to be Captured in Families And Relocated

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"Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law--the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) --is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these animals may need to be transferred to a “wildlife rehabilitator” as part of their relocation process.

The law does not allow pest control professionals “to kill the dang rats,” Cuccinelli told CNSNews.com. “They have to capture them--then capture them in families. [Not sure] how you’re going to figure that out with rats. And then you have to relocate them. That brings us to Virginia. Now, if you don’t relocate them about 25 miles away, according to experts, rodents will find their way back. Well, an easy way to solve that problem is to cross a river, and what’s on the other side of the river? Virginia.”

Life Before The Nanny State: People Successfully Took Responsibility For Their Own Lives

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Obama Admits to Having Previously Undisclosed Sons

No real children of course, just a strange rhetorical flourish.


"However, Obama apparently has more family than we first thought:

President Obama, speaking last night in Chicago at a fundraiser at a private home, unloaded this bombshell:

Obama, according to the White House transcript, talked about “The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we’re going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.”

Sons? What sons? How many? Where? Names? Do the girls know? (More importantly, does Michelle?)

After spending the last three years bragging about passing the Lily Ledbetter Act, a minor piece of legislation that doesn’t say that we’ll have equal pay for equal work but just extended the statute of limitations for discriminatory-pay lawsuits, Obama would have the boilerplate language down pat. Of course, one would also think that Obama would know better than to claim to have sons in an attempt to underscore one of his political arguments.

MSNBC Contributors - 'Romney is Racist For Giving Needy Black Woman Cash'

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Harper (Canada's Prime Minister) Looks to Asian Countries To Sell Natural Resources

The Canadians would prefer to deal with us, and we could really use a new and secure source of natural resources. The Obama administration is on the cusp of blowing a no-brainer deal and pushing our neighbors to the north into the waiting hands of the Chinese. The result, since our government will not let us access our own bounty of natural wealth, is importing more from unstable areas with governments that hate us and use our money to fund efforts/movements against us.


"Canada is now looking to Asian countries to market its abundance of oil, natural gas and minerals as plans to build the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have stalled with the U.S. administration.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will travel to China next month to discuss selling Canada's bounty to the rapidly growing nation.

The preferred initial plan was to build the $7 billion Keystone pipeline to deliver Alberta's oilsands crude to refineries in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

Harper reasoned that the U.S. government would prefer to deal with a friendly neighbor to help meet its energy needs while creating thousands of jobs.

With widespread opposition by U.S. environmentalists, the Obama administration has delayed its decision on whether to approve the project proposed by energy giant TransCanada Pipelines.

The new plan would market to China and Asian countries through the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would transport Alberta's oil and natural gas to British Columbia for shipment by tankers.

The Real Legacy of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Iron Lady

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Heavenly Shower or Save The Planet?

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Escalate or Withdraw? Conservatives And The War in Afghanistan (Tony Blankley)

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Obama in Wonderland: White House Throws Secret Alice in Wonderland Party

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99 Cent Sneak Attack

As it became clear that my computer was nearing the end of its usable life, culminating in a cataclysmic failure, it was time to get a new one. I did my research, and found a good deal on a Dell laptop. I have an affinity for Dells, so was pleased to find a solid configuration at a solid price. Figuring it could not hurt, I called them up to see if there were any extra/better deals they were offering on the model I found, or if they had a different suggestion for me. The representative helped me make a few modifications and was able to get me a little bit better of a deal then I found on the website. The deal he proposed, and I accepted, was $850 plus free shipping with a specified delivered before date.

The next morning I woke up to an order confirmation email. The confirmation was what I was expecting except for two issue. The price was listed as $850.99 (not including tax), and the delivered by date was a full business week later. That extra dollar is not going to have any appreciable impact on my life. Still, it really just irked me. It is not about the money, but the sneakiness of it. When you make a deal with someone, you make it for the amount you agree on. In a face to face transaction this would never fly; you see something you want, negotiate on a price, and then pay them. That person is not going to take your money, and then wait for you to give them another dollar because of some implied unspoken 99 cent increase in the agreed amount.

More problematic was the increase in the delivery time. I needed the new computer by when they said they would deliver it, and the extra week would cause some issues. I called Dell back to try to get the terms to reflect what the deal actually was for both delivery and price. The representative told me they could not make any promises on the delivered by date, but tried to offer some assurance that the laptop may arrive earlier (this did end up happening). The representative also offered me an additional discount for my troubles, and added an extra dollar on top of that for the 99 cent overage.

Without the shipping issue, I am not sure if I would have wasted my time fighting over a dollar. That is likely what some unscrupulous people count on. To be clear, I do not mean to cast dispersion on Dell, nor necessarily the representative that placed my order. Dell did right by me fixing what they could and offering alternatives to compensate me for what they could not, and it is possible there was a simple misunderstanding with the representative. Upon reflection however, I hope I would have made the call.

While a single dollar would have a negligible impact on the lives of most people, if we as a society allow this surreptitious price increase to become common place through inaction, those dollars can quickly add up. The correct action is to call back, ask not only for the price to be changed back to what was agreed on but for an additional discount on top of that to compensate you for the time and hassle incurred making the call, and to cancel your order if they refuse.

Friday, January 13, 2012

John Oliver (Daily Show) Destroys Liberal Columnist Over Civility Hypocrisy

Does she really not get it...

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S&P Cuts Credit Ratings For Nine Euro Zone Nations

The Euro was already doomed, this may hurry things along.


"Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries, stripping France and Austria of their coveted triple-A status but not EU paymaster Germany, in a Black Friday 13th for the troubled single currency area.

"Today's rating actions are primarily driven by our assessment that the policy initiatives that have been taken by European policy makers in recent weeks may be insufficient to fully address ongoing systemic stresses in the euro zone," S&P said in a press release announcing the downgrade.
S&P lowered its long-term rating on Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain by two notches, and cut its rating on Austria, France, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia by one notch.

New Dawn or Rock Bottom? Has Obama Created Jobs, or Has The Economy Just Bottomed Out?

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Channeling Self-Interest For Good

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Video Appears to Show Marines Peeing on Taliban Corpses

It does not appear to be a fake, and besides being completely deplorable, this has the potential to turn into a massive public relations scandal.

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"Top U.S. officials moved swiftly Thursday to try to prevent diplomatic damage and contain public disgust from the release of a video that appeared to show Marines urinating on three Afghan corpses — images that spread quickly around the globe.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he had viewed the video and considered it “utterly deplorable.” He telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged a full investigation.

Prior to the call, Karzai described the video as “completely inhumane and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.” His administration called on the U.S. military to “apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”

The video, which runs for less than a minute, depicts four Marines in combat gear laughing and joking as they urinate on three male bodies. The caption refers to the corpses as “dead Talibans,” but it is unclear whether the men were civilians or fighters killed after a battle.

Dead People Receive Ballots in NH Primary

Voter fraud can happen, and it is not even that difficult. With elections finishing with a winning margin of less then a dozen votes, it would not take much to end up with an illegitimate winner.

Requiring voters to show ID, while no where near full proof, does increase the burden significantly on fraudulent voting. Having a simple protection, such as sealing the ballets of those who can not produce an ID to allow for a final purge of the voter rolls of the illegitimate names and in the event two or more people claim the same identity would ensure that people would not lose the right to vote if that vote was legitimate.

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Money And Credit And Sustainable Growth (Roger Garrison)

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Who's Lethal? Police or Tasers

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Firefly Firestorm: How Social Media Fought Big Government And Protected Free Speech

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Ministerial Exceptions

That is a pretty solid rebuke against the Obama's DOJ.


"When you’ve got two core First Amendment principles to guide you, even a big case can be an easy one.

In what may be its most significant religious liberty decision in two decades, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time recognized a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws, saying that churches and other religious groups must be free to choose and dismiss their leaders without government interference…

The administration had told the justices that their analysis of Ms. Perich’s case should be essentially the same whether she had been employed by a church, a labor union, a social club or any other group with free-association rights under the First Amendment. That position received withering criticism when the case was argued in October, and it was soundly rejected in Wednesday’s decision.

“That result is hard to square with the text of the First Amendment itself, which gives special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “We cannot accept the remarkable view that the religion clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization’s freedom to select its own ministers.”

I recommend reading Walter Olson’s piece at Cato from October for background on the case, as his post drips with amazement that Obama’s DOJ would try to argue that religious orgs enjoy no extra freedom in their hiring practices under the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses. His amazement was obviously shared: I can’t remember the last time a major decision on a hot-button issue went 9-0. What the DOJ could have done — and where this line of jurisprudence is clearly headed — is to quibble over who qualifies as a “minister” for the ministerial exception.

Krugman Loves Keynes: Will More Debt Produce Economic

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Romney Wins in New Hampshire

A historic first and a great sign for the Romney campaign. As good as the win is, his opponents splitting the rest of the vote and not coalescing into a single 'anti-Romney' could be even better.


"CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney cruised to a solid victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, picking up steam from his first-place finish in the lead-off Iowa caucuses and firmly establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination.

"Tonight we made history," Romney told cheering supporters before pivoting to a stinging denunciation of President Barack Obama. "The middle class has been crushed ... our debt is too high and our opportunities too few," he declared - ignoring the rivals who had been assailing him for weeks and making clear he intends to be viewed as the party's nominee in waiting after only two contests."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mia Love (R)

Someone worth keeping an eye on.

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US Debt Passes GDP

We need to stop spending money we don't have on things we don't need.


"The soaring national debt has reached a symbolic tipping point: It's now as big as the entire U.S. economy.

The amount of money the federal government owes to its creditors, combined with IOUs to government retirement and other programs, now tops $15.23 trillion.

That's roughly equal to the value of all goods and services the U.S. economy produces in one year: $15.17 trillion as of September, the latest estimate. Private projections show the economy likely grew to about $15.3 trillion by December — a level the debt is likely to surpass this month."

Politican Throwns Water in Israeli Knesset

Better then the fisticuffs that break out in some parliaments, but obviously not appropriate in a democracy.

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"Ghaleb Majadleh, an Israeli Arab member of the Labour party, had protested at an education panel meeting to reprimand an Arab school principal for letting pupils attend a human rights group rally. "You are inciting against the state," retorted Anastasia Michaeli, a member of the rightwing Yisrael Beitenu (Israel Our Home) party.

When Majadleh told her to "shut up" Michaeli rose from her seat, poured water into a plastic cup and threw it at Majadleh, hitting his face and jacket, before heading for the door.
Michaeli later told reporters Majadleh had been rude. "If there are no men in the Israeli Knesset willing to defend women, then I will defend myself, the honour of my party and of the Knesset," she said

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The History of Digital Storage

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Obama Proposes Federal Pay Raise

It this really the best timing after announcing cuts to the military, not to mention the economy in general...


"The White House will propose a 0.5 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees as part of its 2013 budget proposal, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the plans.

The modest across-the-board pay jump would be the first increase for federal workers since before a two-year freeze began in late 2010. Raises for within-grade step increases and promotions have continued during the freeze.

The proposal, which requires congressional approval, differs from Republican plans supported by lawmakers and presidential candidates that would freeze basic pay rates for one more year. Some of those plans also call for denying within-grade raises. In recent weeks, GOP lawmakers have called for extending the pay freeze as a way to pay for a payroll tax extension. "

Saturday, January 7, 2012

14 Epic Tech Fails That Will Live in Infamy

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I have some faith that smart appliances will make a comeback.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Teen Mom Kills Intruder

She lost her husband a week earlier on Christmas to cancer, and now two armed men were breaking into her house. She did what she had to do to protect herself and her infant child killing one of the intruders.

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"I’ve read a bunch of stories this week about what happened to her, including Rich Lowry’s piece today at NRO (from which I’m stealing the headline), but nothing will prepare you for hearing her explain in her own words how coolly she assessed the situation. Bear in mind, she’s 18 years old, her husband died of cancer just one week earlier, and she had not one but two lunatics attempting to break down her door and do who knows what. And yet: “I knew if I screamed I would give my position away in the house. And I wanted to see him first.” Unbelievable."

Facing The Arithmetic

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What is Regulatory Capture?

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Creepy Campaign Tactics: Is Obama Turning Families Into Reeducation Camps?

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Obama Makes Recess Appointments When There is no Recess

Explain to me how this is constitutional. Anyone that tries; please just confirm that it would be ok for a Republican president to make a 'recess appointment' after congress goes home for the night even though they are scheduled to come back the next morning.


"Remember those terrible days of the Imperial Presidency, when George W. Bush made several "recess appointments" to overcome Senate opposition? Well, Czar George II never did attempt what President Obama did yesterday in making recess appointments when Congress isn't even on recess.

Eager to pick a fight with Congress as part of his re-election campaign, Mr. Obama did the Constitutional equivalent of sticking a thumb in its eye and hitting below the belt. He installed Richard Cordray as the first chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and named three new members to the National Labor Relations Board. He did so even though the Senate was in pro forma session after the new Congress convened this week.

A President has the power to make a recess appointment, and we've supported Mr. Obama's right to do so. The Constitutional catch is that Congress must be in recess.

The last clause of Section 5 of Article 1 of the Constitution says that "Neither House" of Congress can adjourn for more than three days "without the Consent of the other" house. In this case, the House of Representatives had not formally consented to Senate adjournment. It's true the House did this to block the President from making recess appointments, but it is following the Constitution in doing so. Let's hear Mr. Obama's legal justification.

Michael O'Leary (Ryanair’s CEO) at The Innovation Convention 2011 in Brussels

Its a lengthy clip, but you won't be disappointed.

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Obama Announces Major Cuts to Our Armed Forces

This seems like the wrong time to announce a major scale-back of our armed forces.

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"As the wars of the September 11 era pass, Mr Obama said America should abandon its traditional capability of fighting two major wars at once and focus on becoming a "leaner and smarter" fighting force with an emphasis on counter terrorism, reconnaissance, cyber warfare and maintaining a nuclear deterrent.

In a rare appearance in the Pentagon press briefing room, Mr Obama however insisted that the US military would comfortably maintain its military supremacy, with proposed spending still larger than that of the next 10 countries combined. The cuts would represent less than 10 per cent of the current annual defence budget of $650 billion.

In one of the most significant strategy shifts since the end of the Second World War, the review US will turn its focus away from Europe towards the Asian Pacific region to counter the rising influence of China.

"Our military will be leaner but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats," he said at a news conference at the Pentagon flanked by Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, and senior generals.

He said the US had to "look past nation-building with large ground forces" and scale down "outdated Cold War systems".

World's First Mixed-Embryo Monkey Born

Welcome to the brave new world of mix and max creatures.


"US researchers said Thursday they have created the world's first mixed-embryo monkeys by merging cells from up to six different embryos, in what could be a big advance for medical research.

Until now, rodents have been the primary creatures used to make chimeras, a lab animal produced by combining two or more fertilized eggs or early embryos together.
Scientists have long been able to create "knock-out" mice with certain genes deleted in order to study a host of ailments and remedies, including obesity, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

Attempts to create melded primates have failed in the past, but scientists in the western state of Oregon succeeded by altering the method used to make mice.

The breakthrough came when they mixed cells together from very early stage rhesus monkey embryos, in a state known as totipotent, when they are able to give rise to a whole animal as well as the placenta and other life-sustaining tissues.

Americans 'Need Money That Works.' (Judy Shelton)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Ad Tries to Shame Parents With Obese Children

What were they thinking; besides how to mess up these child actors for life...

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UCLA Jumbotron Marriage Proposal Does Not go Well


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Top Super Bowl Ad Goes For $4 Million

The average was $3.5 million for a mere 30 seconds.


"Super Bowl ads sell out every year, of course. But today’s news that NBC has landed a record average price of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot in its February 5 broadcast of NFL’s championship game is notable because it reaffirms how important live sports on TV are to advertisers. And the Super Bowl is the biggest live event of all in an increasingly fractured media world, with a U.S. record 111 million viewers tuning in to last year’s game on Fox. That network received about $3 million per ad for the game between Green Bay and Pittsburgh, won by the Packers. The double-digit price increase for this year’s game in Indianapolis includes $4 million for a spot, an NBC spokesman told Bloomberg."

Reason.tv in Iowa: "We're All Austrians Now"

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What is Going on in Iowa? Update: Rommeny Wins by 8 Votes Over Santorum

It is way past time for me to go to bed (I have work tomorrow), but they still can not call it because of these two missing precincts. Santorum is up by 18 over Romney. That razor thin margin means the vote can go either way, but Santorum is the winner regardless. He may not end up in first place, but his campaign has been catapulted from near obscurity firmly into the 'not-Romney' spot, or the conservative alternative to Romney. Perry is almost certainly melting away, and Bachmann has to know she is all but out as well. Gingrich is left nipping at Perry's heals hoping that the third ticket out of Iowa is not being punched by Paul.

If you had any doubt that every vote still counts, doubt no longer.

What is the over-under on rumblings from the side that comes out in second place that there was something fishy going on with the seriously delayed precincts?

Santorum now up by only four votes.

Some question of miss-entered ballot numbers from some of the counties. This has the potential to turn really messy; if it has not already.

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Romeny and Santorum representatives have agreed that missing precinct gives Romeny a 14 vote state wide lead? Can that really be right; representatives just agree on the missing amount?

Update 3:
Rommeny staffers (apparently) 'flash-mobbed' their previously empty announcement room from some quick celebrating.

It is apparently official; Romney places first in Iowa with a mere 14 more votes than Santorum.

Update 4:
Now it is actually official (though not certified); Romney beats Santorum by 8 votes.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Campaign Cycle Begins Tomorrow

The Iowa Caucus takes place tomorrow night marking the beginning of the 2012 campaign cycle. It is hard to predict who will come out ahead, especially because the 'winner' is not always the one who actually wins. A surprise strong showing from a candidate coming in second or third could to more for their campaign prospects then a win by the front runner. What we can say, almost for sure, is that the field will tighten with the end of the Caucus as poor performing candidates throw in the towel.

Number of Self Identified Democrats Falls to All-Time Low (Rasmussen)

Number of self identified Republicans on the other hand is up slightly. Unaffiliated increased by more than the Republicans.


"The number of Republicans in the country increased by a percentage point in December, while the number of Democrats fell back two points to the lowest level ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports.

During December, 35.4% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.3% in November and just below the high for the year of 35.6% reached in May.

At the same time, just 32.7% of adults said they were Democrats, down from 34.9% in November. The previous low for Democrats was 33.0% in August of this year.

Alan Colmes - 'The Way Santorum (R) Dealt With The Death of His Child Sure Was Crazy'

Politician children are supposed to be off limits; how they deal with the death of a child should be doubly so.

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Colmes has since appologiesed, after driving Santorum's wife to tears.

Charlton Library Sends Police to Collect Overdue Books From 5-Year-Old Girl

Must be the safest place in the world if they can spare the police manpower for this...

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"A Charlton mom says her local library crossed the line when they sent police to collect her daughter’s overdue library books.

Her mom says the 5-year-old girl was so afraid that she burst into tears.

Charlton Police Sergeant Dan Dowd stopped by the home of Shannon Benoit to let her know that her daughter had two books several months overdue which needed to be returned or paid for.

Columbia University Offers Occupy Wall Street Course!?

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years Present From The Government - 40,000 New Laws

Happy new year!

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Man Sued For $340,000 For Twitter Followers!?

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The Future is Bright For Private Space Exploration

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The Best Digital Moments of 2011

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2012 Begins

My first wish for you in 2012 is the same as 2009, 2010 and 2011 may this year be more interesting then the last. People keep telling me it is meant as a curse, but the reciprocal would just be so dreadful.

It shall once again will follow it up with my favorite toast that I 'borrowed' from my grandfather; may the best of your past be the worst of your future.

I will end by paraphrasing and expanding a concept from Martin Luther King Jr. and Firefly; 'Life is about moving forward. If you can't run, you walk. If you can't walk, you crawl. When you can't crawl, when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you.' This year find someone new who will carry you, and that you would carry as well.
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