‘Don’t Dismantle the EPA’: Occupy Protesters Arrested Outside Paul Iowa Headquarters. We have pic; there are six of them.

‘Don’t Dismantle the EPA’: Occupy Protesters Arrested Outside Paul Iowa Headquarters
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"Gary Johnson asks Iowa supporters to back Ron Paul." My response - Gary who ??!!

Headline:  Gary Johnson asks Iowa supporters to back Ron Paul

My response: Gary who?

Best Headline of Week: New problem for Santorum . . . . . overcrowding

Debate Commission has scheduled three presidential debates, all in October.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates for the 2012 Presidential debates between President Obama and the eventual GOP Presidential nominee. A date has also been announced for a Vice Presidential debate.
First presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Vice presidential debate:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Centre College, Danville, KY
Second presidential debate (town meeting format):
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Third presidential debate:
Monday, October 22, 2012
Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

Here is the GOP Primary Calender beginning with Iowa on Jan 3rd. Obama, here we come !!!

January 3, 2012Iowa (caucus)
January 10, 2012New Hampshire (primary)
January 21, 2012South Carolina (primary)
January 31, 2012Florida (primary)
February 4, 2012Nevada (caucus)
February 4–11, 2012Maine (caucus)
February 7, 2012Colorado (caucus)
Minnesota (caucus)
Missouri (primary) – *See note below on Missouri
February 28, 2012Arizona (primary)
Michigan (primary)
March 3, 2012Washington (caucus)
March 6, 2012
(Super Tuesday)
Alaska (caucus)
Georgia (primary)
Idaho (caucus)
Massachusetts (primary)
North Dakota (caucus)
Ohio (primary)
Oklahoma (primary)
Tennessee (primary)
Vermont (primary)
Virginia (primary)
March 6-10, 2012Wyoming (caucus)
March 10, 2012Kansas (caucus)
U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus)
March 13, 2012Alabama (primary)
Hawaii (caucus)
Mississippi (primary)
March 17, 2012Missouri (GOP caucus) – *See note below on Missouri
March 20, 2012Illinois (primary)
March 24, 2012Louisiana (primary)
April 3, 2012District of Columbia (primary)
Maryland (primary)
Wisconsin (primary)
Texas (primary)
April 24, 2012Connecticut (primary)
Delaware (primary)
New York (primary)
Pennsylvania (primary)
Rhode Island (primary)
May 8, 2012Indiana (primary)
North Carolina (primary)
West Virginia (primary)
May 15, 2012Nebraska (primary)
Oregon (primary)
May 22, 2012Arkansas (primary)
Kentucky (primary)
June 5, 2012California (primary)
Montana (primary)
New Jersey (primary)
New Mexico (primary)
South Dakota (primary)
June 26, 2012Utah (primary)

Virginia A.G wants to open the GOP Primary vote. Only two qualified.

Only Romney and Ron Paul qualified for this ballot contest and the 49 delegate votes up for grabs on March 6th,  Super Tuesday.  The change,  requiring "emergency" legislation,  is supported by both Republicanism and Democrats within the state.  

Another electric car "fire sale."

Fisker is the company's name.  They make 100,000 dollar luxury electric plug-in cars.  They managed to build 239,  but has had to recall everyone of them for fear of engine compartment fires . . .  adding new meaning to the notion of "fire sale."

In a related bit of news, there have been 33 such fires reported against the Chevy Volt this past year and that car's sales total was around 6,000 for the 2011 year when Toyota  Camrey sales were near 25,000.  Both companies are subsidized by the Obama Administration.  Fisker has received nearly  $1 billion for Obama and the Volt has received well over $3 billion in  assistance plus a government "donation" of $7,500 for each car sold  (reimbursement to the customer - a bride from Obama to get people to buy these things).

My list of 21 notable deaths in 2011.

Notable Deaths

Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters, 92. The man who fought in several major battles in World War II and whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers." Jan. 2.

David Nelson, 74. He starred on his parents' popular American television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." Jan. 11. Colon cancer.  I watched "Ozzie and Harriet" as a young boy back in the 1950's.  

Ed Mauser, 94. The oldest living member of a 101st Airborne Division company that became known as the "Band of Brothers" and fought some of the fiercest battles of World War II but kept his Army service secret even from his family. Jan. 21. Pancreatic cancer.

Duke Snider, 84. Baseball Hall of Famer for the "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their only World Series crown to Brooklyn. Feb. 27.  Another early childhood hero for this Dodger’s fan.

Jane Russell, 89. The voluptuous actress who starred in the controversial film "The Outlaw" and favorite  pin-up girl of our  GIs'  during World War II. Feb. 28.

Elizabeth Taylor, 79. The violet-eyed American film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life set her apart from so many other Hollywood hopefuls. March 23.

Geraldine Ferraro, 75. A relatively obscure Democratic congresswoman who became the first woman on a major U.S. party ticket when she ran for vice president in 1984 and emboldened American women to seek office. March 26. Complications from blood cancer.  She was the first woman to run for V.P. with Walter Mondale  --  a great lady.  

Grete Waitz, 57. The Norwegian runner who won nine New York marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. April 19. Cancer.

Harmon Killebrew, 74. The baseball slugger for the Minnesota Twins and for many years the face of the team. May 17. Esophageal cancer.  An early sports hero of mine.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage, 58. A larger-than-life personality from professional wrestling's 1980s heyday known for his raspy voice and brash style. May 20. Car crash.

Jack Kevorkian, 83. Defiant proponent of doctor-assisted suicide who said he oversaw the deaths of 130 gravely ill people. June 3.

James Arness, 88. Television’s  Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke." June 3.  The series last for 22 years and was the longest of its type,  in televised history.  I believe I watch every show,  more than once.  

Peter Falk,  famous for his role in “Columbo,” died on June 23 at age 83 of complications relating to dementia.

John Stott, 90. A minister who led a resurgence of evangelism in Britain and went on to become one of the most influential evangelical thinkers of the 20th century. July 27.   He founded the inner city All Soul’s Church

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and one of the most innovative intellectuals of the modern era.  (died Oct.5, at age 56 of a cancer he could have defeated if he had begun the process earlier)

Dorothy Rodham, 92. Mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's mother-in-law. Nov. 1. 

Andy Rooney,  cantankerous CBS “60 Minutes” commentator.  He hated anyone who was slightly “right wing” or “evangelical.  (Nov 5)

Joe Frazier, 67. One of the great heavyweight boxers of his era. His three bouts with  Mohammad Ali, winning the first and losing the next two, will forever be a part of the folklore of boxing’s history,  including the "Thrilla in Manila." Nov. 7.

Harry Morgan, 96. An actor best known for playing the fatherly Col. Sherman Potter on the TV show "M-A-S-H." Dec. 7.

Christopher Hitchens, 62. (Dec. 15).   An author, essayist and polemicist but most notably, an aggressive atheist who campaigned openly against religion and,  especially, Christianity.

Kim Jong Il , Moammar Gadhafi, and Osama bin Laden died during the year.  No dates are given, here;  a demonstration of the deeply felt disrespect I have for each man.  Each should have been tortured before experiencing deaths similar to the type of deaths they inflicted on others.

Obama finishes year at 46% approval, down form 48% a year ago.. . . . . . . . . (no article)

Leave Kelly alone !!

American Idol super star,  Kelly Clarkson,   a lady who has stayed on coarse after becoming ridiculously rich,  announced that she will vote for Ron Paul.  

Me?  If he is the GOP candidate,  I won't bother voting.  He is far to the left of Obama on national security and national security trumps ObamaCare. 

Having said that,  Kelly has a right to her opinion.  Instead,  she has been maligned, terribly,  by the anti-Paul crowd.  

That should not be.  My policy,  on this blog,  is to “go after” people who are our leaders,  who should know better and/or  who are moving aggressively against our traditional values and the very historicity of this great nation.  That criteria allows me to function in our society.  Without such,  I would hate almost everyone including my wife.  It is unfortunate that Kelly does not understand the seriousness of Ron Paul's idiocy,  but she doesn't.  Let's stop with hating her for her innocence.  

Financial Advice: Criteria for "Stocks on the Move."

Important daily list in Investor's Business Daily that highlights stocks that had the greatest percentage increase in volume above their normal past daily trading level. Usually a sign that institutions are buying or selling stock. Found in the Making Money section of Investor's Business Daily.

It can also be found on the Investors.com home page, where it's updated intraday.  

The criteria for a stock to make it on the list are as follows:

Stock must trade on the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange.

Stock price must be at least $20.00 ($16.00 for Nasdaq).

Stock must have a price change of 1/2 point or more.

50-day Average Volume must be a minimum of 60,000 shares.

For stocks up in price only, the Earnings Per Share (EPS) and Relative Price Strength (RS) Ratings must each be a minimum of 70, 

Accumulation/Distribution Rating must be D+ or better and next year's earnings estimate must be 15% or higher from the previous year's earnings.

 (Stocks without earnings estimates are included.)  

Brock Lesnar v Alistair Overeem. MMA Championships. Brock lost in first round.

Brock Lesnar v Alistair Overeem.

Brock was caught with a kick to the gut in the first round and could not recover.

He was a great champion,  but tells us that this will be his last fight.  

Holder tries to fix the election against High Court's judgments otherwise

The 1965 Voting Rights Act was created to combat the systematic disenfranchisement of minorities, especially in Southern states with a history of discrimination. But the Justice position is a lead zeppelin, contradicting both the Supreme Court and the Department's own precedent. In 2005, Justice approved a Georgia law with the same provisions and protections of the one Mr. Holder nixed for South Carolina. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board that an Indiana law requiring photo ID did not present an undue burden on voters. . . . .  Read the full story at the WSJ. 

Another example of the ineptness of crisis warming.

I live in Central California.  The region is color coded "green"  and dark green" for temps 2 to 4 degrees below normal.  That is what they are telling you.  The truth is this:  we have run the wind machines more than at anytime in the past 10 years.  "Normal," here,  is 28 to 32 F.  Three degrees below normal for 5 hours at a time,  will destroy much of our citrus crop.  This map shows 80% of this nation to be within 4 degrees of normal,  either warm or cool.  There is no alarm in this.  And why are these weather models so important,  anyway.  do you not know that it is these same "weather models" that are used to predict weather "two weeks out."  and, we all know how thoroughly inaccurate those predictions are.     --  blog editor.                                                                                                                     

From the Washington Post:    "Just 19.6 percent of the continental United States is covered in snow, according to the latest snow analysis by NOAA, compared with 50.3 percent this time last year.
Scientists and those who question dire global warming predictions emphasize that one warm season should not be interpreted as a broader sign of climate change. . . . ."  
Editor's note:  of course the Leftist Post,  a pro-warming publication,  fails to mention in its article,  that last year was one of the coldest winters on record.  In Colorado,  for example,  the state had 250 inches of snow,  in "them there hills," most most in Colorado recorded history.  
There is a mountain of scientific material debunking the notion of man-made crisis warming.  We have a page, on this blog,  dedicated to such,  entitled "Latest in warming news."  Check out our hyperlinked page as you remember that the Libs want to criminalize such commentary  -- all the while declaring their allegiance to the Constitution.  Traitors all.  

Obama plans to kiss and make up with the . . . . . . Taliban

Understand that Obama intends to extract promises from the Taliban for peace and the end of hostilities  -  how difficult will that be?  Seriously.    He intends to release five Muslim murderers as a show of trust.  Idiot.  The man is an absolute idiot.  Some believe that peace is the time when the enemy stops to reload.  You can't make peace with bullies and evil people but the idealists and ignorant do not understand how this can be . . . . so they waste lives and threaten our security,  all for a idealistic pipe dream.  You have any idea how many times an old guy such as me,  has seen this idiocy played out?  
The United States is debating whether to transfer Mohammed Fazl, a senior Taliban official suspected of various human rights violations, into Afghan custody, in an effort to improve relations with the country, according to Reuters.

Fazl, held in Guantanamo Bay since 2002, is believed to be responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghani Shi'ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001. In addition, a report released by WikiLeaks said Fazl was on scene when CIA operative Johnny Micheal Spann was killed, making him the first American who died in the Afghan War, though it is not known if he played a part. 
A senior administration official told Reuters that the Afghanistan government and the Taliban representatives asked for the release of Fazl, along with four other Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay, as far back as 2005. However, that official said that this effort, which has been in the works for 10 months, has reached a "make or break" point. The Obama administration is working on "confidence-building measures" between them and Hamid Karzai's administration, which would include not just the transfer of prisoners, but also the building of a Taliban liaison office in Afghanistan.
However, not everyone in the government is fond of this plan.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) told Reuters that even once the detainees were transferred they would "likely continue to pose a threat to the United States." One U.S. intelligence official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity that "The hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month ago, and there's been very, very strong letters fired off to the administration."

The senior administration official confirmed that letters were received, but wouldn't characterize the tone of them, saying "What is clear is the President's order to us to continue to discuss these important matters with Congress." He stressed that the detainees would not be set free, but would remain in custody, though what form isn't clear.

Both know Tiger: here is a story of musical chairs you won't believe.

The one on the left is or was Tiger's ex-mistress. Her name is Rachel.  

The one on the right is or was Tiger's wife. Her name is Elin.    

Both have dumped Tiger and Elin is now dating Rachel's ex.  

How does this sort of thing happen?  

Taking off might be more the problem than landing at the most dangerous airport in the world. No, it no located in Fresno, California.

 One of my sons did some medical research on the Himalayans,  at the 18,000 foot mark of Mt. Everest.  The video is so much better on “full screen.” 

There is a small airport in the Himalayan mountains with a 6,500-foot runway and picturesque surroundings. When flying into Paro Airport in Bhutan passengers may be staring in terrified awe of the 18,000-foot mountainous peaks or have their eyes squeezed tightly shut as the pilot weaves through the range.

But only eight pilots are qualified to fly into Paro. And up until earlier this year, only one airline serviced the airport. The Daily Mail reports that take off and landing can only take place in daylight hours

How to get rid of the GITMO nuisance? Pack them up and send them to Afghanistan. Think I am kidding?

As things stand,  now,  he is talking about just one prisoner.  What if this is a leader,  an attempt to discover public opinion as he looks forward and tries to move his GITMO failure into the "win"  column?

Tufts University evidences a dramatic loss of support for Obama. Read their study, here.

From the article:  
The state-specific data for young voters from both of these battleground states shows what can only be described as a profound loss of the registration advantage Democrats held during the 2008 election cycle,” said Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE.  “That decline is a warning sign for Barack Obama, since more than two-thirds of young voters supported the Obama/Biden ticket in 2008.

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Can the GOP establishment BUY an election?
Will the nomination be won playing Obama/Chicago-style politics?
The Republican establishment seems to think so.
Newt Gingrich thinks they are wrong.
Newt used the debates to talk directly with the American people. And climbed from nowhere to lead in the polls.

Newt won a recent Tea Party poll. He also won a recent TownHall/HotAir.com poll.

That’s why the establishment's candidate has gone negative.

Because he can't win on his merits. He can't run on his record.



You know Newt.
You have watched him on Fox News fight for your conservative values.
He fought for you as Speaker of the House:
  • With Newt, we balanced the federal budget four straight years
  • With Newt, we reformed welfare
  • With Newt, we cut taxes
  • With Newt, we created 11 million new jobs.

And,We did it all without the establishment’s help.
Newt is the proven conservative leader:
  • Newt defended Life.
  • Newt defended our 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
  • Newt has a Lifetime 90% rating from the American Conservative Union.

Newt has fought for us. Now we need to fight for him.

If the establishment buys this nomination, we all lose.

Don’t let them.

Palin as Secretary of Energy. Gateway to presidency, someday?

In a tele-town hall session hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, Newt Gingrich was asked if he would consider choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination. Gingrich responded that Palin “is certainly one of the people you would look at” and told the caller that he is “a great admirer of hers,” saying “she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska.” He also floated appointing Palin to a Cabinet position such as Energy Secretary because he “can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin.” 

Now, Obama is leaking his "secret" plan for Syria. Hopefully, it has nothing to do with waiting for 10,0000 to be killed before going into action.

Foreign Policy, a Left leaning [but not radical] internet publication, has busied itself in support of Barack Obama, where it could.    In so doing,  it published this silly headline:  Obama administration secretly preparing options for aiding the Syrian opposition.  

Understand that Syria is, yet,  another diplomatic failure of this Administration.  Five to sex thousand people have been murdered,  outright,  during the year long struggle for freedom, within that country.  The Syrian people have been murdered in triplicate numbers compared to the loss of life in Libya.  

Why did we go into Libya and not Syria? Answer:  the politics of a warped Obama re-election agenda.  On top of being a murderer, Murmar Gaddafi  was, also,  a serious idiot.  The president of Syria is simply a common,  everyday,  murdering despot with ties to the radicalized Muslim world (especially Iran but Hamas, as well).  Syria has been our enemy,  for years, and,  Obama has no clue as to what to do with this country.  So he tried to score political points as a "tough guy," in his dealings with Gaddafi;  the Syian disaster be damned.  

In the end,  something happened that Obama did not see on the horizon --- an American electorate asking,  “So,  why Libya and not Syria?”  This story is an attempt to give “cover” for Obama’s hapless “Arab Spring” foreign policy. 

Nothing cements the notion that Libya was all about re-election politics more,  than the continuing calamity in Syria.  And now . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  we learn that he is working on "secret plans."  Good grief !!  We are actually talking a secret plan. 

This is nothing less than a load of chunky style barnyard.  How long does it take to think up a plan and who on earth believes it is a secret? 

And the reelection beat goes on. 

Actually, we are not leaving Iraq, entirely.

As a prerequisite comment,  understand that Ron Paul would have "resolved" this problem by simply pulling the troops out and letting the remaining 17,000 to their own devises.  Keep that in mind as you continue reading. 

This past December 18,  we observed the border crossing of the last of the American forces leaving Iraq and moving into Kuwait, where they wait for their return home or to new military assignments.  What was left behind were 17,000 folks working to support the US Embassy and certain unmentioned Iraqi concerns critical to U.S. interests within that country.  Most of those "left behind" are citizens of countries other than the United States,  but working on our behalf and for the State Department.  It is estimated that only 600 or so are actually part of the remaining US Embassy.  

I hesitate to attach a number to the mercenary forces needed to protect the remaining contingency,  but it is estimated to be somewhere in the range of 5,500 personnel.  Understand that this number comes from reports generated back in February of this year.  The final number could be less,  but it does not appear that it will be more.  

According to Stars and Stripes,  our Ambassador to Iraq,  James Jeffrey,  is currently working on an umbrella agreement that will offer an increased degree of legal protection for the remaining mercenary force.  I have no idea if the State Department will release the final negotiated agreement to the public (fine with me if it doesn't,  btw),  but the Department is trying to make up for the  lost opportunities of the past year and a half.  

Hillary is our Secretary of State.  It is not likely that,  without her,  there would have been any effort at all as to such an agreement. 

The fault of the Department's failure in not having an agreement in place at the time of the final withdrawal lies, squarely,  on the shoulders of Barack Obama.

 It is apparent to me,  that the current decision regarding a residual force was not made before April of this year and was a political decision,  at that.  Prior to that time,  all parties concerned,  believed that a five to ten thousand member force would be left behind and it would be a US military force. But Obama chose to fire up his campaign, instead,  and another diplomatic failure was created out of thin air.    Time will tell as to whether Jeffrey, under Hillary's oversight,  can solve the problems ignored by our Novice Commander In Chief.  

Better late than never,  I suppose.  

In picture form, the two best stories of 2011.

Get the "picture?" 

Emily's List gives Newt an "F" on the abortion issue in a very misleading use of terminology. Emily's List owes Newt an apology, period.

The pro-abortion political group Emily’s List has released a new ranking of the Republican presidential candidates and it labels former Speaker Newt Gingrich as the worst of the GOP hopefuls seeking to defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

Emily’s List is releasing a scorecard on all of the candidates and sees Gingrich as the worst if only because he has refined his pro-life position and recently moved to supporting a position that life begins at conception or fertilization as opposed to saying it begins at implantation.

Gingrich’s voting record on pro-life issues reflected the consensus pro-life views of the majority of Americans.

Gingrich voted in favor of a ban on partial-birth abortion. (President Clinton ultimately vetoed the bill and a ban was not signed into law until President Bush took office.) Gingrich also voted to cut federal funding to organizations that perform or promote abortions abroad, including the United Nations Population Fund, which is complicit in carrying out China’s One Child Policy. In addition, Gingrich supported restrictions on funding for assisted suicide.
In the 2012 presidential race, Gingrich has pledged to appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court, end taxpayer funding of abortion, de-fund Planned Parenthood and sign into law a federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  Gingrich is also committed to repealing the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law, which contains massive abortion funding and threats of rationing. . . . .

Editor’s notes:  the chief complaint is not that Gingrich is pro-abortion,  but that he “only recently”  changed from believing life begins at implantation to “life begins at fertilization.”  The first position allows for “abortion” via the “morning after” pill.  The later thought does not.  I personally believe this rating is extremely misleading and does the truth of Gingrich’s present position no good at all. 

Understand that it is most misleading to make this comparative statement:  "Speaker Newt Gingrich as the worst of the GOP hopefuls seeking to defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama."  If one did not know better,  you might believe that Newt's views are similar to that of Obama's.  

If you are pro-life,  you will be happy with the Gingrich position.  

Update:  time between fertilization and implantation is normally between 7 and 10 days.  

Also, understand that my defense of Newt is based upon a knowledge of his present position.  He believes exactly as I do, now,  and "now" is all I care about.  Emily's List presents Newt as the "worst" of the bunch when Romney was much further to the Left on this issue.  Give me a break.  

The TEA Party on social issues compared to the general electorate

The Chart tells the story  (from PEW Research)

The Shocker !! One Percent? They work in the Halls of Congress !!

Boom Years for Congress

December 27, 2011 - by Donny Shaw at Open Congress
Between 1984 and 2009, the average net worth of American families has decreased by about .7 percent. But for the folks in Washington that we elect year after year to make laws for us and spend our money, these past few decades haven’t been so bad. Over the same time period that average Americans experienced a slight decrease in their net worth, members of Congress, on average, have enjoyed a increase in their worth of about 159 percent.  (PERMALINK)

Obama may transfer GITMO prisoners to . . . . . Afghanistan. What if he leaves them there and walks away?

Here's the headline that got me to thinking:   Obama mulls transfer of Gitmo prisoner to Afghanistan...       Look,  I am afriad he plans on taking these prisoners to Afghanistan and leaving them there.  Who could stop him?  After we leave and these fellows are released back into the terrorist world,  he could blame the Afghans and millions in this country would believe him.   Let's not forget that the GITMO killers are the worst of the worst.  They are murderers,  not soldiers and Obama just might be planning on getting them out of his hair with this maneuver.  

Ron Paul denies paying off people in Michele Bachmann's camp to come over to his side . . .

You be the judge.  Michele Bachmann told the media that her previous campaign manager,  Ken Sorenson,  was offered "a lot of money"  from the Ron Paul camp to quite her campaign efforts.  When asked about this by Fox News reporters,  Paul appeared irritated and marched ahead without saying a word.  

Here at Midknight Review,  I will report this as if Michele is telling the truth and Ken Sorenson's denials are lies.  Sue me.  

Quote of the Day: Rick Perry on earmarks . . . . .

"Earmarks are the gateway drugs for the spending habits of Washington,  D.C. 

Obama, the gift that keeps on giving. Another example of why Obama's record will be the primary campaign issue. Oh !!! We are so ready for 2012 to get here.

From theCharleston Daily Mail:   The Service Employees International Union was an early and important ally of Sen. Barack Obama when he took on Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

He repaid the favor as president by appointing Mark Pearce, a labor lawyer, and Craig Becker, a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, to the National Labor Relations Board.

Becker's term ends this month, and that would leave the five-member board with only two members, one Republican and one Democratic appointee - and thus one person shy of the quorum needed to operate.

By a 2-1 vote, Becker and Pearce made a fundamental change in unionization elections.   Companies no longer will be able to challenge who votes in these elections before the election takes place. Brushing aside such concerns as who qualifies to vote as "unnecessary litigation," Becker and Pearce ruled that companies can sue only after elections.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace immediately sued to stop the NLRB rule from going into effect on April 30.

"This year, Christmas came early for the AFL-CIO, with a huge gift to organized labor from the NLRB," said Randy Johnson, the chamber's senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits.   "This rule has no conceivable purpose but to make it easier for unions to win elections."

Editorial notes:  this president's process for making agency appointments is as ancestral as any president in modern history.  Elena Kagan (Supreme Court) came from Harvard Law School and was Obama's Solicitor General.  Elizabeth Warren,  chosen to plot the organization of the new Consumer Protection Agency (like we need another agency) and was an associate of Obama's before he came to Washington.  In fact,  he appointed her to help oversee the TARP funds created in 2008.  Jeffery Immelt,  CEO of GE and a chief donor to Obama's campaign,  was chosen to oversee the advancement of the Administration's jobs concerns.  The  SEIU president, Andy Sterns,  visited the White House more than 30 times in the first year;  AFL-CIO president,  Richard Trumpka,  claims to talk so someone in the Administration each and every day.  Leaders in the press met with Obama each morning,  on the phone and on occasion,  in White House offices,  all under the purview of his first communication director,  Anita "The Babe"  Dunn.  

And now,  we learn of these appointments to the NLRB.  There is hope that this obvious effort to please the unions will be dealt with, legally,  in the coming months,  but,  if not,  it will become a campaign issue.  There are sooooooo many.  Obama is truly the gift that keeps on giving.  

Last week, the media, including Fox, were talking about Obama's trending popularity. Today - it is a very different story.

If you do not yet know this,  41% is a near record low.  

Chavez thinks the United States gave him cancer. Does he know about "stupid pill" that was slipped into his drink?

Bloomberg is reporting that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.
Sooo,  the U.S. used a “stealth” virus to infect Chavez?  While I would not put this past the Obama Administration,  I doubt it.  

Apparently Chavez does not know about the stupid pill operatives put in his drink,  last month. Ah,  no stupid pill,  you say!!   Wow.  That must mean he is a natural.