Happy Year 2013! We’re in Trouble!

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I’d like to take the moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  However, I might want to add that my wish is by no means a guarantee.  I fear that 2013 is going to be a terrible year, and it will result in hardships of all sorts.  Here are some of my reasons…

1.  Fiscal Cliff jumping:  It appears that we are going to go off  the “fiscal cliff.”  What does that mean?  It means that Obama’s negotiating position was “give me exactly what I want, and nothing less.”  The members of the stupid party, however, made many concessions, and proved themselves to be RINO’s.  They even went as far to offer one of Nancy Pelosi’s former proposals.  But Obama would have none of it.  However, the MSM will not report it this way.  They will portray “dear leader” as the great statesman, willing to debate and deal, but it was the Evil Republicans that caused all the problems.  This is what will happen…

  • You’re taxes, everyone’s taxes, will go back to Clinton era levels.  The MSM will blame the GOP.
  • Medicare and Social Security will be cut.  The MSM will blame the GOP.
  • Military cuts will be made.  The MSM will blame the GOP.
  • The payroll tax cut (which takes money from Social Security) will be revoked.  The MSM will blame the GOP.

Get the idea?  The GOP will be blamed for the whole thing.  The MSM will bleat the narrative like sheep, and there will be enough people stupid enough to believe it.  Then, the cowards in the GOP Stupid Party establishment will, feel the imaginary pressure, and  fold like a bad poker hand.  After that, Obama declares victory, and the MSM hails him as the man that lowered taxes for the middle class!

2.  Financial Collapse?  It’s possible.  I will not consider myself a economist by any stretch of the imagination. I do know that if there is a ton of something, that it becomes less valuable. And, given that our money is funny in the first place, it is becoming more funny all the time.  And, the US dollar is the kind of funny that most people would not find at all amusing.  In other words, it isn’t worth the paper it is printed on, and it’s only a matter of time before reality catches up with the ability of the Federal Reserve’s ability to hide that uncomfortable fact.  So, am I saying the hyperinflation, mega unemployment, and economic activity creeping to a halt is a possibility this year?  Yes, I think it is.  I don’t know enough to say more, but it strikes me as being a possibility.

3.  Religious persecution accelerates.  I can see it becoming more and more like open season on Jesus.  Oh, the Muslims will be given preferential treatment, but Christians and Jews are going to have a tougher  time of it in 2013. ObamaCare is going to force Christians to fund abortion and birth control, and companies and organizations will be targeted for refusing to comply.  Now, this can easily be seen as intentional.  If Christian business people close or sell their businesses to avoid violating the conscience, the Christian influence is weakened in society.  Also, it marginalizes Christians in the business world, meaning that less will go into business in the first place.

The second area to look at are Catholic Hospitals.  They too, are going to asked to violate their conscience to provide for murder.  However, if Obama can get them to go along with the murder plan, the Catholics are hypocrites, and their standing takes a shot.  In other words, they lose influence due to not following their own beliefs.  Better yet for liberals, if the Catholics close their hospitals. or are  shut down by the government, a crisis will be created.  That crisis will give the government greater justification to take even more control of the medical system.  Since single payer is the long term goal, shutting down religious run hospitals is a logical course.

Evil people have always hated Jews.  There are more evil people, therefore more anti-Semitism.  It really is that simple.  With the growth and influence of islam here in the US and abroad, it will become increasingly unsafe for Jews.

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Emboldened by Obama’s victory, potential  victories via ObamaCare, and protected by a compliant DOJ, persecution of all kinds might accelerate.  After all, the dad of that Jesus guy doesn’t like  what a lot the liberals do, so even though they claim not to believe in him, they sure do try to silence his followers, don’t they?

4.  Hey, I voted for Obama, and ObamaCare took my job!  Yes it did, and it’ll take a ton more before it’s done.  Of the many problems facing businesses, besides tax increases, is the fact that Obama increases their expenses so much that a ton of people are going to lose their jobs.  The estimates run from the hundreds of thousands, to over 1,000,000.  But, if yours is one of those jobs, you’re going to feel the pain.  Millions more may have their hours cut, lose their own benefits, or be forced to accept decreased  benefits.  Oh, and those premiums? Costs have already gone up around 50%.  they are likely to rise even more.

Elections have consequences.

 5.  Gun Control:  For years, the Democrats hid the fact that they were gun grabbers-at least from the under-informed.  The rest of us have always known that the Democrats wanted the guns, but needed a justification.  So, when the opportunity to use dead children to make a political point came, the masks came off , and the reaching has begun.  Having no shame, only lust for power, our leftist friends will keep on trying until either they are defeated by reality, or they do manage to pass something that make no one safer, but interfere with the ability of the average American to protect themselves.  The problem is this; if the gun grabbers go too far, they might find themselves subject to real armed resistance. While this site does not recommend violence, there are many that will no allow themselves to be disarmed.  The question will then be  how many people are the Democrats willing to kill to enforce their law? Hopefully, they will not resort to such a totalitarian plan, but you never know.

6.  Control of information:  If 2012 taught us anything, it taught that the MSM, though weakened, is still the primary means of news for millions of Americans.  Sadly, even though the alphabet networks are essentially propaganda arms of the regressives, they still have enough of an audience to swing the national conversation, and obviously cover for a failed POTUS.  There will be more and more lies, and as long as the uninformed remain blissfully ignorant of what really is happening.  Look for this to expand, as there is going to be a lot of blame to place on others, stories to omit, and facts to ignore if the MSM is to cover for Obama.

I’m sure that there is more, but I think that anyone with a brain will recognize that 2013 is not going to be a good year.  The economy is going to falter, and there is nothing we can do to change it.  People are going to suffer, and the media will either ignore it, or blame it on the usual suspects-namely us.  It’s going to be an interesting year, and not in many good ways.  The “fundamental transformation of the United States will reach a point at which it will be increasingly difficult to hide.  But, that wont stop people from trying.

Note:  I have tried to delay posting this until more was available on the fiscal cliff. However, the Senate did pass a bill, and is gone to the House at the time of this writing. I will cover that more in another post.

Happy New Year, but I doubt that will hold for long.

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Obama wins Coveted Communist Party Endorsement

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For a POTUS isn’t  a Communist, the Communist Party USA sure is interested in him staying in office.  Stacey McCain has more…

While Obama is officially the candidate of the Democrat Party, he’s also got the endorsement of the Communist Party:

Re-electing Obama is not sufficient to bring economic recovery or even relief to our people. Only a different class configuration in political power can do necessary minimum reforms to give us a chance. But re-electing Obama is absolutely essential. Now is not the time for hand washing the complexities and tactics away — or failing to triage the most critical questions from those that are less critical. We cannot win everything at once!

Um, so if the POTUS most definately NOT a commie, why are the commies so wanting him to stay in office?

I think we all know the answer to that.

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The Theory Of Evolution, Obama-Style

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“Out of 28 states where constitutional amendments or initiatives that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman were put on the ballot in a voter referendum, voters in all 28 states voted to approve such amendments.“  —  Wikipedia

In keeping with his tradition of giving the American people what they don’t want, the progressive panderer ensconced in the Oval Office has gotten behind gay marriage, so to speak, while describing his previous public vacillations on the issue (always tailored, if less than impeccably, to an election year audience) as “evolutions”.  Funny choice of words, that, since if homosexuality was the norm throughout nature, there would be no species left to evolve from — no birds, no bees, and, best of all, no ‘Bama. But, leaving aside the trappings of religion, marriage is no more a legal and societal framework designed for the protection of the offspring resulting from the bonding of a man and a woman. Consequently, there can be no true marriage between same-sex individuals, only sterile pretense.

Obama knows this, of course, but as a cultural and political Marxist, the destruction of society’s norms is a necessary revolutionary tactic:

The Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci and Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukacs contributed the most to this new cultural Marxism.  Among Marxists, Gramsci is noted for his theory that cultural hegemony is the means to class dominance. In his view, a new “Communist man” had to be created through a changed culture before any political revolution was possible… Georg Lukacs believed that for a new Marxist culture to emerge, the existing culture must be destroyed. He said, “I saw the revolutionary destruction of society as the one and only solution to the cultural contradictions of the epoch…. Such a worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones by the revolutionaries.”  (Discover The Networks)

Despite cadres of committed radicals within the government, a news media subservient to the progressive ideology, a network of subversive intellectuals operating through the federally subsidized university system, and an entertainment industry increasingly devoted to the celebration of the perverse, selling communist cultural revolution to free American citizens is proving somewhat onerous:

Alarm Grows Among Dems About Obama’s Chances

[…] Some of the problems were just bad luck (hookers), some were just blunders (hot mic) but much of the rest has been about Obama trying to galvanize his base coalition and secure the massive donations he needs to finance the most expensive campaign in history.

His trip to New York on Monday was the best example yet. Obama delivered a groaner of a speech at Barnard College in which he did everything but shout “girl power” at the end.

And then in an appearance on a left-leaning ladies chat show, ABC’s “The View,” Obama rhapsodized about his partial reversion to previous support for gay marriage in advance of attending a fundraiser with his party’s fundraising shop for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” Democrats that featured Ricky Martin, he of Menudo, bikini briefs and “She Bangs.”

You need money to win Ohio, but it may not be worth the price of all this gay pride to get it.

A look at Gallup’s current electoral map serves to prove the point:

[…] If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.  (Conservative Byte)

That, folks, is what is known as an ol’ fashioned, country a** kicking.  Maybe there’s hope for us yet.

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Another Luke Warm Obama Reception: Holds Speech in Family Garage-They’re not Sure They’ll Vote for Him

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Imagine, if you will, that the POTUS-the Great and Mighty Obama, shows up at a family home, and gives a speech.  Then, also imagine that very few people show up, and one of they home-owners later states that she might not even vote for him!  Well friends, that very thing happened just recently.  Ace has the details…

Hmmm. Probably not. I’ll call it “more Saturday Stupid.”

As leader of the free world President Obama will be used to making speeches to millions of people around the globe.So he might have felt the occasion was a little beneath him yesterday when he stopped off in Reno, Nevada, to deliver an address outside a couple’s garage.

In what could be a disastrous photo opportunity for the President’s campaign, Mr Obama spoke to a handful of people in the crucial swing state.

The president’s 15 minute address outside the home of Paul and Val Keller on Friday afternoon, drew a small audience of neighbours and supporters – though even his hosts said they were not sure if they would vote for him in the coming election.

So, let’s take this situation in light of what we know about Obama’s 2008 campaign.  We know that the entire was tightly controlled, and heavily scripted.  Crowds were ensured, even if they had to be bused in.  Questions were carefully crafted, and answers were rehearsed.  Nothing was left to chance.  So then, are we to now believe that the most tightly run campaign machine since Stalin is now intentionally leaving things to chance, or was it that troops were requested, and none showed up?  Was this family carefully vetted, or did someone in the campaign seriously drop the ball.  Either way, this doesn’t bode well for the Obama Campaign.  Because, either they are inept, or they they have a serious enthusiasm problem.

When we look at this sad event, as well as the recent failure to fill a college arena, can we say that the Obama campaign is in trouble?  Is this a question of the blogoshpere  believing the propaganda put out by the MSM and the campaign (or do I repeat myself)?  Or, is this a sign of a moribund campaign pretending to be successful and unstoppable?

Time will tell.

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A Simple Graph on Jobs

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This is what the election is about this year.

Yes, it is important that our foreign policy goals have been accomplished- killing bin Laden, finishing up in Iraq, continuing to pressure terrorists around the world, encouraging revolutions aimed at toppling autocratic dictators, etc. Yes, it is important that many of our foreign policy goals have not been accomplished- those revolutions have resulted in less friendly and liberty loving people taking control, many revolutions were not supported, free trade agreements were not passed, rogue nations have continued to advance in weaponry, our allies are collapsing economically, our enemies are growing in power, Afghanistan is not being won, etc.
But the reality is that without a solid economic base, it is impossible to build an effective foreign policy. And under President Obama- inaugurated in January of 2009 and still in office- the number of people who have been unable to find jobs or who are underemployed has gone up and stayed up. The unemployment rate is not 8%, or whatever the bureaucrats quote it as- the unemployment rate is much higher than that. The number of people underemployed or without a job is 20%- 1 in 5 people- and has been such now for almost 4 years and likely will continue to be such if Obama gets reelected.This election is about jobs. It’s that simple.

President Romney and a Republican Congress (Democrats took over in 2007, when the numbers were the lowest on the above graph, and the numbers went up after that) might not be able to return our nation back to where it used to be- but we know for a fact that Obama and the Democrats can’t do that and can at best borrow and spend trillions of dollars just to keep our nation with high unemployment and underemployment.

Let’s change that graph. Romney and the Republicans in 2012 is the best hope of that.

H/T New York Times for putting together this graphic.

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Obama Opens Official Campaign: Can’t Fill Arena

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Much is made about Obama’s campaign, and whether or not Romney has he “oomph” to defeat the sitting POTUS.  In fact, I’ve been receiving emails from bloggers questioning that very point.  While Romney is not the most scintillating candidate, I think he might have more of a chance than some are giving him.  Yes, Obama has the smear machine; consisting of the unions, the community organizations, and even the occupods promise to disrupt anything good and wholesome.  However, it seems that the Obama “get out the useful idiot efforts” have been a tad bit, shall we say, flat.

First, let me say that the idea that Obama’s “kick off” to the campaign is completely ridiculous, as he’s been in perpetual campaign mode since he was inaugurated.  That being said, since he “officially” kicked off the 2012 campaign, we’ll treat it as such.  We remember the 2008 campaign for it being completely controlled and artificial, with no real interaction and a complaint and controlled media.  Awed crowds filled events venues, and the media trumpeted the arrival of “hope and change.”

But, the start of the 2012 effort, while still fawned over by the stooges in the MSM, seemed to be lacking in one important department…people.  Breitbart has more.

Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state.  A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney’s campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance.  The above image, according to Williams, was taken during the President’s first official campaign speech.  

During the speech, Obama ripped into the presumptive GOP nominee anddiscussed nation building at home, but the most newsworthy item of the day was not the talking points Obama delivered: it was the crowd… or lack thereof.  According to ABC News, the Obama campaign had expected an “overflow” of people.  Instead, the arena looked half-empty.  TheColumbus Dispatch reports that Obama organizers even had people move from the seats to the floor of the gym in order to project a larger crowd on television. 

According to the Toledo Blade, the venue for Obama’s rally seats 20,000 but “there were a lot of empty seats.” Comparatively, Obama drew a crowd of 35,000 at Ohio State when he campaigned for former Governor Ted Strickland in 2010.

OK then, let’s look at is this way.  Obama is in an important swing state.  It’s typically a big labor, democratic bastion.  The event took place in an university arena, so the campus Marxists had to be involved, and he still couldn’t fill the place?

While we’re at it, let’s consider some other factors…

1.  Obama’s big money donors finally figured out that he is a closet Marxist, and have cut the support.

2.  The unions are spending big time cash on defeating Scott Walker, and anyone else that dares free workers from forced union membership.  There has to be a limit on what they can spend, which means potentially less money for Obama.

3.  The hard left is less than enthusiastic with Obama, because he hasn’t torn down capitalism and killed a few million people.  Yes, they’ll vote for him, but I don’t think they’ll be as many goons to beat people up, commit voter fraud, or otherwise muck things up this year.

4.  There is even a possibility that the few Voter ID laws out there will cut down on voter fraud.

So, back to Romney, he isn’t the thrilling alternative that we all wanted.  Then again, none of the GOP candidates were.  But, even though team Obama will have an impressive arsenal of useful idiots, dead voters, and the like, it probably won’t be close to what he had in 2008.  Also, the moderates don’t like being out of work, nor do they like paying until they bleed at the pump.  Both of those factors will work against Obama.

Please also remember to not trust polls unless you can look at the internals.  We know that polls are being used to shape opinions, not reflect them.   As Da Tech Guy points out, they’re not polls, they psyops! He also has a post on the empty seats.

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10 Consequences of an Obama Win in 2012

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Here are ten consequences of a victory by President Barack Obama in November 2012 over Mitt Romney:

  1. Obamacare will not be repealed. It is already being demonstrated to raise costs of healthcare and as its taxes and regulations sink deeper through the system, it will cause our healthcare system to increasingly be in a crisis, likely resulting in greater and greater government control to ‘fix’, until we have a massively inefficient and expensive and bad healthcare system.
  2. The unprecedented levels of spending in Obama’s first four years will become the new floor, as America continues its experiment in reckless spending and adding up massive debt. The new normal of debt that Obama has established- $1 trillion a year of living beyond our means as a nation- will erode the value of our currency, lead to higher interest rates, lessen our national security, and eventually cause our nation to collapse. Four more years at our current levels might just about do it.
  3. Job creators will face massive tax increases and more Americans will come off the tax rolls—resulting in fewer citizens with a stake in keeping taxes low and more with a stake in protecting benefits. The Bush tax cuts and other tax cuts may be allowed to expire while Obama and the Democrats who still support his failing policies will push for more taxes, fees, and fines to pay for the exploding cost of employing more and more government workers and providing ever more ‘free’ services and products to citizens.
  4. Government dependency, already at record levels, will continue to grow. Based on the results of his first 4 years as President in which record numbers of people went on welfare, more people will go on food stamps and bridge cards and lifelong unemployment and other government programs. They will not gain job skills and any skills they have will be eroded by time, rendering them unemployable, unhappy, and dependent on elites above to provide them with what they need to live. They’ll become slaves to the state, living in permanent poverty, and I don’t think we can afford four more years of accepting this.
  5. Four more years that we have already lost in dealing with the looming and inevitable entitlement crisis will become eight. The reforms needed for strong and healthy Social Security and Medicare programs will need to be in place many years to avoid the collapse that is coming, and the delay of electing Obama on a myth of hope and change has already set our nation back a critical 4 years- another 4 years of Obama might change the conversation from ‘implement reforms to keep these programs’ to ‘its a crisis and we’re facing a collapse.’
  6. Obama, unworried about the impact of gas and electricity prices on his reelection, will finally wage the regulatory war on fossil fuels the Left demands.As Obama stated in March, no President wanting to win re-election wants high gas prices- but a President not needing to win re-election because he is a lame duck for four years will not need to worry about high gas prices, and he is sure to wage a war to drive up the cost of gas. The cost of gasoline is a very regressive tax, which means when it goes up it hurts the poor more than the rich, and the effects of 4 more years of Obama will be a more unequal society where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
  7. He will unleash the Environmental Protection Agency to impose crushing new burdens on U.S. business. Already the EPA is an agency just barely under control, in every way it can waging its green communist war against freedom and liberty and property. Another 4 years of executive orders and ever expanding budgets will make this agency uncontrollable and its regulations and policies will be a corrupting influence on any potential economic growth.
  8. President Obama will continue and heighten his administration’s assault on religious freedom, expanding it into other areas in his effort to wipe out the influence of Christians in our nation. Already liberals and progressives speak about removing the ‘tax-exempt’ status from Churches, closing down all religious schools, and increasing the wall of separation that already exists between church and state. Eventually, once organized religion- mainly Christianity, especially Catholicism- is walled off and isolated, personalized and demonized, he can finally kill God and replace him with himself or one of his idols.
  9. Another 4 more years of Obama will gut the Defense Department, with cuts so deep that America will no longer be a superpower. Already under Obama we have abandoned our long-held policy of fighting two wars; another 4 years of Obama may lead to our inability to fight one war successfully. While the military is cut, Obama as commander-in-chief focuses on making it more gay-friendly and more green, and another four more years of this may result in the US losing its ability to protect its citizens and interests around the globe.
  10. Obama could have the opportunity to appoint more Supreme Court justices, and we have seen from President Obama’s past two picks for the judicial branch that he does not even pretend to try to appoint moderates and independents, rather fighting hard to advance and appoint the most partisan and extreme judges in our system. If he is given another four more years by winning re-election in November, we could be looking at a majority of the court that agrees with current liberal Justices who argue that the US Constitution is inferior to the constitutions of other states and that we should use international law instead of US law when making decisions for our nation. This extreme and rogue and partisan Court of unaccountable and unelected lawyers will be a great threat to your life, liberty, and property.

You and your family and friends should be opposing President Barack Obama and working to remove him from power because of consequences above, which are all policy options that President Obama freely chooses to engage in. Most of these policies he pushed for when his party controlled all of Congress, and even today his party still controls the Senate. No one forced him to adopt the policies above, which will have the logical and reasonable consequences I detailed. Racism, partisanship, extremism, and dislike for the guy personally are not to be found in my analysis above. Rather my analysis is based on logic, history, reason, and results, from those principles we can see the consequences of President Barack Obama winning re-election in 2012, and knowing this, we should all oppose him and vote for his likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

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2012 Apocalypse Nonsense: Will an Asteroid Hit the Earth This Year?

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Just like the rapture, oops, we got it wrong-it’ll happen in a few months-oh darn it didn’t happen at all, story from last year, we’re being bombarded by the tales of future doom and gloom for the rest of 2012.  Here is the latest to cross the CH 2.0 Dunderhead department...we’re about to be wiped out by an asteroid!  

Several sites have tried to persuade readers that this is a hoax. It is not. The academic departments referenced in the story have deep ties to the Military/Industrial complex and have issued denials about any observed near earth object possibly striking earth. However they will not explain the specifics of their research in Antarctica. Only recently did they admit to using an military underwater robot and hot water drill that drills through 1km of ice per day. It is the vehemence of the denials and lack of transparency that is becoming very suspicious.

If you caught Starfire Tor on CoastToCoastAM last week you may have heard her mention that ‘they’, the PowersThatBe know that an incoming near earth object is going hit earth sometime in the next 2 years. There is evidence to suggest the object is going to strike one of the poles… most likely the south pole. Special Scientific teams have been down in Antarctica mapping the ice shelf for probable weak points. The object is rumored to be 800 meters wide and when it hits the south pole the entire ice shelf will collapse within months.

Back in the 90’s, I used to listen to Coast to Coast AM-it was great comedy.  I particularly remember Art Bell interviewing a man who was a time traveler from the future.  Then, other time travelers from the future called to claim that the other time travelers from the future are fakes, and that only they were the real time travelers from the future.  Apparently, there was a great market for time travelers from the future in the 90’s, leading to quite a few frauds.  Or, was that a lack of reliable anti-psychotics?

Anywho, rest easy folks, there are no giant asteroids targeting your back yard.  

Conclusion

There is no known object that is going to impact Earth in 2012. Small to medium objects impact Earth every day with no damage. Large objects are more likely to be found than small objects, and so we are confident that we are safe from large objects for the next several decades.

While there are no signs that an asteroid will wipe us out this year, it is rumored that Snookie’s baby is due on 12-21-12 (the day the Mayan long count calendar runs out).  To me, that is, by far, the greatest threat to mankind.

Maybe those pesky Mayans were right!

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January 26, 2012: Republican Debate Live Feed UPDATED Now With 75% More Analysis!

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It’s yet another debate!  This time, it’s on CNN, and they aren’t a nice as NBC, so the live feed cannot be embedded.  However, we do have the link, and the comment section is available for highlights, or lowlights, as the case may be.

CNN Live Feed.

Considering the way that Romney and Gingrich have been attacking each other, it out to be interesting to see if there are some more fiery exchanges tonight.  It might be fun to watch.

UPDATE:  As it turns out, it was fun.   Here is the CH 2.0 Analysis…

Mitt Romney:  It seemed to me, that for about the first half of the debate, Romney  did the following…

“Let me use this question as a rationale to attack Gingrich”

I all honesty, his new debate coach does have him being more aggressive.  but he seemed to blast away at Gingrich more than discuss actual policy ideas or basic Conservative principals.  In that effort, he did get the better of Gingrich, as he was mostly able to effectively hit back at when Gingrich threw out an allegation.

Newt Gingrich:  Newt appeared to be flat tonight.  He was outmaneuvered by Romney on several occasions.  He did do well in trying to draw himself close to Reagan, but he seemed unprepared for Romney’s counter-punches.  Newt was also kind to Ron Paul tonight.

Ron Paul:  Dr. Paul was more engaging tonight, but I wish he would prepare to give succinct answers that flow well.  He, as usual, beat the others on economic issues, but, also as usual, he alienates NeoCons on foreign policy.  Also, he had the best laugh lines on the stage, and that can endear him with people.  He might also have a point in that his foreign policy may appeal to many more people, who are frankly weary of all the military actions in which we have been involved.

And, we have the man that I think won the debate.

Rick Santorum:  Santorum’s lines on the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and unalienable rights, were food for the Conservative soul.  He hit more on principals, and WHY we should do, or not do things.  That, and he was able to present himself as being above the Romney-Gingrich slap-fight.  Also, at the same time, he was able to go after Romney, in particular-not on picayune aspects of his investment portfolio, but on policy.

As always comments are welcome.

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January 23, 2012 Republican Debate: Live Feed UPDATE: Missed the Debate? Watch it Here! Also, some Analysis

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Here is the live feed for the GOP debate in Florida…

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

It ought to be interesting.

UPDATE:  The link will remain up, so people that missed the debate can watch for themselves.

I thought that Romney came out far more aggressively tonight, and had his sights set on Newt Gingrich.  However, I have to agree with the MSM talking heads in that Gingrich seemed to brush aside Romney’s attacks.  Romney did seem, at least to me, to come off as a bit more childish, and needlessly so.  Here is a dramatic recreation…

Gingrich, as usual, is a great speaker, and I think he got his points across rather well.  It is also interesting that he and Congressman Paul seemed to have had a mutual admiration society tonight.  Could it be that Gingrich is courting the Paul supporters in anticipation that Paul will eventually drop out?  Time will tell.

As for Congressman Paul, I thought he did well in articulating his points, though I must say that the moderators let the Gingrich/Romney “Wabbit season-Duck Season” exchange go on for so long, that Paul and Santorum had to think that they were window dressing.  I get that Paul is great on the economy-stronger than any other candidate, if you ask me. However, it still have a hard time thinking that his foreign policy will resonate with Conservatives.  I doubt that it will win him points with the large and vocal Cuban constituency in Florida.

Rick Santorum tried to display himself as the more consistent Conservative.  He rumbled and stumbled less tonight, and he made his points.  Will that be enough to sway enough voters to get him out of single digits?  I doubt it.

Disagree?  Great!  Exercise your free speech in the comment section.

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Imagining A Brighter Future: Stocking a Romney Administration with Conservative Talent

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Let’s think big picture here folks- in 2012, we have a chance to elect to the House and Senate people (and I honestly don’t care what party they are from) who will push for a balanced budget, reform of our entitlement programs so that they will be more fiscally sound, protection of private property, lower and more fair tax rates (more fair means flatter with less loopholes for politically connected elites), less regulations on businesses, more liberty and freedom for consumers and investors, and increased efficiency in the delivery of government services. These sorts of ‘tea party’ Congressman will drive the agenda, generate ideas, and provide oversight to the other two branches.

In the meantime, we have a chance to rally behind an effective and able clerk of a President, Mitt Romney, who will capably exercise the executive powers of the United States and serve as a good diplomat, effective CEO, able commander-in-chief, and solid head of state. Sure, he probably isn’t going to generate the ideas, drive the agenda, or be a mover-and-shaker in the White House- but he’ll be good enough for the next 4 to 8 years, and that’s okay too.

Furthermore, if the Republican Party rallies behind Romney and helps him to defeatBarack Obama, there is an opportunity to stock his administration with the kid of talent that will help set up the future of our nation over the next several years. Romney can name as his Vice President or put in his administration as top cabinet officers some young, exciting, conservatives- people who currently are not considered for the President because they lack executive experience and a track record of success at the national level- the very things that they can get while serving in a Romney administration. Remember people, this isn’t a liberal blog, so I don’t think people are just entitled to positions of authority and power and I actually think results and experience matter- so let’s give our young, exciting, conservative Tea Party voices the experience and track record of success to pair with their ideas and views, and assure our nation a brighter future.

Previously I have suggested that he name as his Vice President Sarah Palin, arguing that she would be a positive asset to his campaign and would provide his administration with a great voice (I’ve also suggested that Palin be named as Secretary of Energy, another effective use of her talents). Other great candidates who Romney could pick for Vice President or Cabinet positions are Michelle Bachmann,Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Allen West, Jeb Bush, or even Rand Paul. All of these people would balance the ticket and be the sort of young, exciting, passionate conservatives who would bring a great voice to Washington and get experience and gain in leadership to set up future runs for the President. Imagine all of them in an administration headed up by Romney with a Republican Congress dominated by tea-party types, and your day is sure to brighten!

Even further outside the box though is Condoleezza Rice. People aren’t talking about her, but she would make an amazing VP and addition to the ticket, and if not VP she could step in right away and be an immediate asset as a cabinet Secretary of State.The Washington Times recently reminded that she is still out there:

…America’s first black female secretary of state is quietly positioning herself to be the top choice of the eventual Republican presidential nominee, ready to deliver bona fide foreign-policy credentials lacking among the candidates. The 56-year-old has recently raised her profile, releasing her memoir in November and embarking on a monthlong book tour.

After 2 1/2 years as a professor at Stanford, Miss Rice is reportedly getting “antsy” to get back into the political game. “She’s ready to go,” said one top source.

Ready indeed. She still rises at 5:30 a.m. and runs through a vigorous P90X workout. (Her guns are now a match for those of first lady Michelle Obama.) Sure, she’s been playing a lot of golf, and no doubt banging on the piano (sometimes with cellist Yo-Yo Ma), but she’s clearly ready for more.

Her addition to the ticket, which wouldn’t come until late next summer, would dramatically change the dynamics of the 2012 election. As a black woman – her family has roots in the Deep South stretching back to beforeCivil War era, and worked as sharecroppers after emancipation – she would mute Democrats’ charges of racism among conservatives, especially tea party members. And her sex would likely prompt moderate women to take a serious look at the Republican ticket….

I know many of us want the Presidential candidate from the Republican Party to be the bold, bright conservative that boldly shoots tea party values, but the truth of the matter is that generic Republican does better in the general election than anyone matching that description, and so let’s pick generic Republican Romney, win the election, and then staff his administration with the future. Get excited people!

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January 8, 2012 GOP Debate: Live Stream

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I know it sounds crazy, and it’s happening twelve hours after the last debate started.  But, none the less, there is another debate this morning.  Here is the link for the live stream…

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

I would hope that the other candidates will go after Romney a great deal more. They made some swipes at him last night, but they need to nail him with his record. I guess we’ll see what happens.

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December 21, 2011: The Mayan Long Count Calendar Indicates That we Only Have one Year Left?

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Well, if we listen to the folks that take the Mayan Long Count Calendar seriously, we only have one year left.  You see, the Mayans apparently believed that this is the fourth world, and that world is set to “expire” one year from today.   Some believe that this might mean that a new era of awesome will begin.  Some believe that a planet called Nibiru will make a pass at Earth, or even hit it, causing the end of days.  Even others think that natural disasters, like a Yellowstone Super Eruption, or a pole shift, will be a potential extinction events.  Anyway you slice it, it’s doom and gloom for us.  Since this is such a momumentous event, I thought I might cover some of the possible means by which, “OMG, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIEEEEEE!”

1.  Nibiru:  This is where Ancient Astronaut Theory and the apocalypse collide…

The Nibiru collision is a supposed disastrous encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object (either a collision or a near-miss) which certain groups believe will take place in the early 21st century. Believers in this doomsday event usually refer to this object as Planet X or Nibiru. The idea that a planet-sized object could collide with or pass by Earth in the near future is not supported by any scientific evidence and has been rejected as pseudoscienceby astronomers and planetary scientists.[1]

The idea was first put forward in 1995 by Nancy Lieder, founder of the website ZetaTalk. Lieder describes herself as a contactee with the ability to receive messages from extra-terrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system through an implant in her brain. She states that she was chosen to warn mankind that the object would sweep through the inner Solar System in May 2003 (though that date was later abandoned) causing Earth to undergo a pole shift that would destroy most of humanity. The predicted collision has subsequently spread beyond Lieder’s website and has been embraced by numerous Internet doomsday groups, most of which link the event to the 2012 phenomenon. Although the name “Nibiru” is derived from the works of the late ancient astronaut writerZecharia Sitchin and his interpretations of Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, Sitchin denied any connection between his work and various claims of a coming apocalypse.

Oh, and by the way, on Nibiru there be Aliens!

2.  Pole Shift:  This one has a great deal of basis in fact.  It refers to the process by which the Earth’s magnetic field reverses,  which has been proven to have occurred in the past.  

Another idea tied to 2012 involves a geomagnetic reversal (often incorrectly referred to as a pole shift by proponents), possibly triggered by a massive solar flare, that would release an energy equal to 100 billion atomic bombs.[98] This belief is supposedly supported by observations that the Earth’s magnetic field is weakening,[99] which could precede a reversal of the north and south magnetic poles.

Critics, however, claim that geomagnetic reversals take up to 7,000 years to complete, and do not start on any particular date.[100] Furthermore, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now predicts that the solar maximum will peak in May 2013, not 2012, and that it will be fairly weak, with a below-average number of sunspots.[101] In any case, there is no scientific evidence linking a solar maximum to a geomagnetic reversal, which is driven by forces entirely within the Earth.[102] Instead, a solar maximum would be mostly notable for its effects on satellite and cellular phone communications.[103] David Morrison attributes the rise of the solar storm idea to physicist and science popularizer Michio Kaku, who claimed in an interview with Fox News that a solar peak in 2012 could be disastrous for orbiting satellites.[81]

This would screw things up mightily, apparently. However, there is no real evidence that it will happen in 2012.

3.  Galactic Alignment:  The entire solar system lines up with the Galactic core, and crazy things occur, including the polar shift!

4.  Yellowstone Super Eruption:  Yes, most of Yellowstone is, in fact, a giant volcano.  And, it has erupted before.  When it does, it poses an extinction risk…

I have to be honest, there are many more options, some of them even more freakish than Nibiru and the Ancient Astronauts.  But, they are out there, so I might as well have some fun with them.  

I love conspiracy theories.  I don’t believe in them, but for me, they are a great mental exercise-brain candy, if you will.  So, don’t fear for my sanity, and rest assured that on 12-20-12, I’ll be preparing a post to remind us all that we are still here on 12-21-12.

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America will Realign Towards the Tea Party in 2012; Write it Down in Stone

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In my post NYT’s Douthat is Wrong: Realigning Elections Exist and One is Coming I countered an argument that was advanced by the New York Times Ross Douthatwhere he claimed that Harvard Professor V.O. Key’s theory on realigning elections was wrong. Douthat thought that 2008 was supposed to the be realigning election, and now that we can all see that it was not, he has become disillusioned with the theory that Key advanced in his iconic essay “A Theory of Critical Elections” and now thinks that elections that change America’s direction are no longer possible. But he is wrong.

In my post Why 2008 Was Not a Historic or Realigning Election (written in 2009) I addressed Key’s theory of realigning elections and looked back on the election of 2008 and looked forward to 2012. Here is some of what I wrote:

The theory of realigning elections (sometimes called key elections, critical elections, or historic elections)is that sometimes there is a dramatic change in the political system that you can observe in one election or a couple elections in a row. Usually it coincides with the coming to power of a new coalition of voters or the movement of a large or important bloc of voters to a new coalition, these realigning elections occur when voters decidedly break in a new direction on a particularly important issues, when a new party leader emerges who takes the party in a new direction, when the regional and demographic bases of power of the two parties switches, or when there is a new rules of the political system (ie, expansion of suffrage). Because political parties in America tend to be rather stable coalitions, a sudden realignment by a voting group tends to have a longer-lasting and dramatic effect. These realigning elections seem to occur once a generation (every 30-40 years). V. O. Key, Jr. is the professor who pioneered the study of these elections….

…Based on the 30-40 years estimate, the next ‘realigning election’ is due 2012-2020. Many though, because Barack Obama is black, want to say to say that the 2008 election (Democrat Barack Obama beats RepublicanJohn McCain) was a historic election, an unprecedented election, or a realigning election. Does it fit the model though?…

…If Obama had run as a liberal- running on a liberal platform and advocating liberal issues and highlighting his sharp policy differences from the past- then 2008 would have been a realigning election.

But let’s go back to (2008). Watch the campaign commercials that Obama ran. Obama did not run as a liberal. He did not run on a platform that advocated stimulus packages, massive spending, large amounts of debt, pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, nationalized healthcare, raising taxes, cap-and-tax, or government-take-overs of companies. Obama ran as a moderate. He ran as a new and different candidate, one who would not be liberal or conservative, but would reach across the aisle and be a post-partisan President. He talked about tax cuts and strong defense and ending corruption.

Obama ran as a moderate- on a moderate platform- and McCain was a moderate, and the gains in Congress for Democrats were mostly from moderate Blue Dogs, and the polls show the election map as being essentially the same as 1996-2004, so 2008 was not a historic, realigning, critical, key, or unprecedented election…

…2012 will probably be the historic election that we are all looking for. Obama will be running as a liberal and will be seeking a mandate and approval for his policies- which this time around will be clearly liberal and far left. Voting blocs will have to move to vote for him, the map will have to change, and our nation will indeed embrace change with an Obama victory in 2012, setting the stage for likely Democrat control of government for 30-40 years and a shift in our nation farther to the left. If Obama loses, he will lose to a conservative candidate (the GOP is not going with another moderate- Romney, Pawleny, Palin, Huckabee, etc are all conservatives) running on a conservative platform, and it will mark a return to power for conservative Republicans and a move back to the right for our nation.

My theory that 2012 will be a real realigning election continues to receive support.Forbes Ralph Benko wrote an article last week called The Constitutional Populist Realignment Of 2012 that speaks to my theory:

…There are two theories. Progressives believe that the answer lies in government job creation (stimulus, bailouts, “shovel-ready” public works). Supply-siders believe that the answer lies exclusively in human action, entrepreneurs and businesspeople, and that the government needs to get its boot off our necks…

…Constitutional populists, like the Tea Party Patriots, demand a return to free market principles to create jobs. Top notch populists such as Victor Davis Hanson, writing in National Review, anticipate bidding an unsentimental farewell to “A Tottering Technocracy.”…

…Being a republic(an) isn’t for the fainthearted. The sainted Jefferson once wrote “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” One can imagine the outrage which this violation of Civility by Jefferson would have provoked at theHuffington Post (if they deemed him conservative). Compared to Jefferson or Paine Rick Perry thus far has proved himself to be a model of rhetorical restraint.

Will 2012 go down as the year of Constitutional Populist Realignment in which the American political rank and file decisively reins in the elites? A populist realignment, sweeping both the White House and the Senate into conservative populist hands would be epochal and is by no means out of the question.

The populists’ paladin should expect ridicule at the hands of the smug, failed, modern day royalists. The prize is big and the scorn worth bearing. That’s the way to the White House: jobs through free markets. As our Founders knew, as we now rediscover, as Perry, Bachmann, and Paul, among others are agitating for: jobs need real, rather than funny, money. Onward to gold.

The prize is big indeed and the scorn is worth bearing, but the way there is clear- in the primary you must be active in both the Republican and Democratic parties in advancing solid conservative constitutional libertarians who believe in our Founding Principles, and in the general election you must vote for whomever of whatever party better fits that label better and get your friends and family and coworkers to do the same. Let’s dream big, my friends, and dream about taking back our nation, one election at a time, over a generation or two, and then perhaps America will once again be the great nation of freedom and liberty and prosperity that it once was.

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Anatomy of an Obama 2012 Email: The not-so subtle art of public humiliation

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When I turned myself into Ataaaaack Waaaatch the other day, my email apparently got put on the Obama 2012 mailing list.  I guess snitching has its rewards, as I’m betting these emails are some primo blogging material.  I got one today, so I’ll repost it here, and add some appropriate  comments…

2012
Friend –I love seeing 2008 bumper stickers on cars and bicycles when I travel across the country. But as we start to see Republican gear hit the streets, what about making sure people know you’re supporting the President in 2012?

Does anyone still have Obama 2008 bumper stickers?  I mean, who would still proudly display that, unless they are fans of failure or liberalism?

Or do I repeat myself?  

You can do that with a 2012 campaign car magnet. Will you donate $10 or more and we’ll send you one?

 

Get a 2012 car magnet today.

Yes, I want one.

No thanks, but I want to check out what else is in the store.

Maybe you’re wondering how putting a magnet on your car will help re-elect the President.

When people see us out in the neighborhood showing support with our clothing, our dog leashes, our cars, or our water bottles, it starts conversations. You might get a chance to tell someone why you’re supporting the President, and maybe even convince someone to sign up to volunteer.

You might also draw jeers. laughter, be disowned by your family, or be subjected to a good, old fashioned, Amish styled shunning.  

At the very least, you’ll show everyone that you’re on the President’s team — and you’re proud of it.

Causing others to question your sanity, and/or intelligence.  

Even if a car magnet isn’t for you, the 2012 store just got stocked up with some great new stuff. Stop by today if you haven’t in a while:

http://store.barackobama.com

I look forward to seeing you out and about with your new gear.

Thanks,

Julianna

Julianna Smoot

Deputy Campaign Manager

Obama for America

Paid for by Obama for America
Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible.

 

Seriously, they have to know that Obama is doomed in 2012. He might take a Mondale styled drubbing. It’s even hitting the MSM. Pollsters are having an increasingly difficult time hiding results. The man is in the tank, and it’s likely to only get worse as conditions continue to deteriorate, and the fact that he is am empty suit become apparent to more and more people. If anyone actually displays Obama merchandise, they’re going to look like people that bought an Edsel.

So, to Julianna, I have to say, thanks, but no thanks.  I can look foolish easily enough without trying.

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Tea Party Group Protests NAACP Convention

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This past Sunday, a Tea Party group protested the NAACP Convention.   That statement alone should have brought forth the MSM in force to invent some “Tea Party Racism,” right?  Where were the network cameras, leftist infiltrators holding racist signs, and slanted coverage?  Nowhere to be found, and with good reason. For, you see, this Tea Party group would NEVER fit the leftist narrative, so they were ignored.  The reason?  You’ll understand in just a moment…

There is no way on God’s green Earth that the MSM will ever give this group any fair coverage, if any at all.

And just like all Tea Party groups, they had their share of hecklers as well.

And guess what, leftists, the MSM, and the Democratic Party, there are more and more Tea Party groups similar to this one cropping up all over the place.  That ought to give you a lot more to ignore, and in the process, give you yet another means by which to discredit yourselves.

Obama is not the “post-racial President,” but the Tea Party is the post-racial cure.

Source:  Bond Action

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