Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Ron Paul Ad: Three of a Kind

Paul Returns to DC to Assail Bernanke

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) took a break from his presidential bid to pursue one of his

favorite pastimes — criticizing the Federal Reserve.

Paul returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to question Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was appearing before the House Financial Services Committee to deliver his semiannual testimony.

The longtime central bank critic and author of End the Fed opened with a lengthy critique of the central banking system, which he maintained is a wrongheaded experiment that has fueled bubbles and bursts in the financial system.

"Nobody's smart enough to have central economic planning," he said. "Our time has come for serious discussion on monetary reform."

"The Fed's going to self-destruct eventually anyways," Paul added later.

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Is the Media Finally Paying Attention to Obama's Eligibility?

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Poll after poll in recent months has indicated that Americans have a high level of concern over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, with one poll showing fully half of the nation wants Congress to investigate the question.

But reporters for the traditional media – networks, major newspapers, major news corporations and conglomerates – mostly have giggled when talk turns to the serious question of just what the U.S. Constitution requires of presidents.

Nevertheless, media organizations from all political persuasions are seeking admittance to a news conference to be held by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

The event is tomorrow at 1 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in Phoenix, 3 p.m. Eastern, and will be live-streamed by WND.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Romney Wins Arizona GOP Primary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the Arizona primary.

Romney and Rick Santorum, meanwhile, are vying for supremacy in Romney's native Michigan, with early returns showing them in a close race.  With 13 percent of Michigan precincts voting, Romney with 41 percent leading Santorum with 38 percent, Ron Paul at 11 percent and Newt Gingrich with 7 percent.

US Government Builds $750,000 Soccer Field for Gitmo Detainees

In 2008, President Obama campaigned on closing the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention

facility, a move he said would "regain America's moral stature in the world." Apparently by "close," he meant, "make more fun!" Your tax dollars at work, America:

At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches -- at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers. The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to "highly compliant" detainees who live in a communal setting.

In addition to an indoor recreation field and the existing outdoor recreation field, the new soccer field -- selected because it is such a popular sport with detainees -- is half the size of an American football field. The new field has been specially constructed so that the detainees "have maximum access" -- about 20 hours a day. Special passageways allow the detainees to pass into the new recreation yard without being escorted by the military. On the tour, a military police representative who asked not to be identified by name said allowing high levels of activity outdoors helped reduce behavioral problems at the camps, and it also limited the amount of interaction between detainees and the guards.

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Afghans: Quran-burning soldiers to face trial

In what could chill the dedication of every soldier in the field, the U.S. government has refused to deny reports by the government of Afghanistan that claim NATO has agreed to have the soldiers who burned copies of the Quran face trial.

Last week Afghan president Hamid Karzai demanded NATO turn over the U.S. troops to be tried in Afghanistan for the incident. Barack Obama subsequently sent a letter to Karzai reassuring him that the troops involved would be punished for their actions.

Part of the three-page letter to Karzai said, “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. We will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”

It is unclear exactly what Obama meant by that statement as the White House has not released the full text of the letter. However the Afghan government may have provided insight into its contents.

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Canadian Government: Homeschoolers Can't be Taught 'Gay' Sex Sinful

Homeschooling families will soon be forbidden from teaching that homosexual sex is sinful as part of their schooling program, according to the government of Alberta, Canada.

Under the province’s Education Act, homeschoolers and religious schools will be banned from “disrespecting” people’s differences, Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk’s office told LifeSiteNews just last week.

“Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction.”

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Ethicists Argue for After-Birth Abortion

 Original Article Link

Pockets of the Internet are just beginning to bubble over paper published in the March issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Editors of the journal decided to prepublish the paper, titled, “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?”, online last week, and it’s already making waves. From the abstract:

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

So far, only a handful of blogs have picked it up (this one includes a lengthier summary of the authors’ arguments, if you’re interested), but, predictably, the comments sections on those posts are blowing up. Earlier today, the editors of the journal published a response in defense of their decision to publish the paper:

This article has elicited personally abusive correspondence to the authors, threatening their lives and personal safety. The Journal has received a string abusive emails for its decision to publish this article. This abuse is typically anonymous.

… As Editor of the Journal, I would like to defend its publication. The arguments presented, in fact, are largely not new and have been presented repeatedly in the academic literature and public fora by the most eminent philosophers and bioethicists in the world, including Peter Singer, Michael Tooley and John Harris in defence of infanticide, which the authors call after-birth abortion.

The novel contribution of this paper is not an argument in favour of infanticide – the paper repeats the arguments made famous by Tooley and Singer – but rather their application in consideration of maternal and family interests. The paper also draws attention to the fact that infanticide is practised in the Netherlands.

… What is disturbing is not the arguments in this paper nor its publication in an ethics journal. It is the hostile, abusive, threatening responses that it has elicited. More than ever, proper academic discussion and freedom are under threat from fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society.

Read the journal’s full response over here.

Ron Paul Shatters Attendance Records with 4,000 Attendees

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul shattered his already-impressive record of drawing supporters and undecided voters to his campaign events. Today, in a phenomenon unique to the Paul campaign, the 12-term Congressman from Texas drew an impressive 4,000 supporters to a youth rally held at Michigan State University.

Dr. Paul’s East Lansing Rally took place at 4:00 p.m. EST in the Concert Auditorium of Michigan State University, located at 149 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI 48824. The rally, part of a campaign swing in Michigan, was conducted in cooperation with ‘Youth for Ron Paul.’

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Poll: Ron Paul Beats Obama Nationally

Fans of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will rejoice upon hearing the following news: Congressman Paul (R-TX) has defeated President Barack Obama in a Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll of general election voters released Monday. This is the first time that Mr. Paul has defeated Mr. Obama nationally. Mr. Paul garnered 43 percent of the votes among general election voters and Mr. Obama pulled 41 percent of the votes.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney also bested Mr. Obama. The Bain Capital co-founder earned 45 percent of the votes and the former Illinois senator brought in 43 percent of the votes. This is the first time since December 2011 that Mr. Romney has led Mr. Obama in a Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll.

While Mr. Paul and Mr. Romney are now favored over Mr. Obama in a general election, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich trail the president. Mr. Santorum lost to Mr. Obama by 2 percentage points and Mr. Gingrich fell to the president by 10 percentage points.

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Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure

From The Glenn Beck Show

Kirk Cameron stopped by The Glenn Beck Program last week to talk to Glenn about his upcoming documentary, Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure.

Monumental is a live event, hosted by Kirk Cameron. On Tuesday, March 27th 2012, in over 450 theaters nationwide, audiences will come together for this live, one-night event. The two-hour event will begin at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT, 5:30pm MT, and 8:00pm PT (tape delayed), and is suitable for ages 13+.

While making this documentary Kirk Cameron came to many of the same solutions that Glenn has over the past few years. Kirk Cameron, father of six, is more than concerned with the direction our country is headed, and went looking for solutions within the founding of America. Solutions do not start in Washington, D.C. at the White House, they start in each and every one of our homes. Top down solutions will not solve America’s growing problems. First we have to fix our own hearts.

On GBTV Kirk Cameron said, “I think we’re all headed down the road to understanding that we can’t have this top down system. That ultimately it’s got to start within the heart. We’ve got to be breaking free from the chains that bind us into selfishness, and greed, and the lust, and for power, and all this; and begin serving one another, with faith in God, and loving our husbands, loving our wives, training our children, and having a long-term view of doing the right thing over the long haul, and eventually things will start to turn around.”

This documentary started as a quest for solutions to the problems facing our country, and to find out where we started going wrong. Kirk Cameron took a journey that traced the heroic travels of the early Pilgrims and the unlikely men and women who risked everything for liberty. This documentary will allow you to experience the stories of faith that guided education, government, and civil life in the early founding of America.

This morning on the radio show Glenn encouraged listeners to attend the live-event.

“He knows that America has to be restored. He is a dad. He didn’t know what the answer was. He heard about this monument where the pilgrims landed and had never heard of it. He went there at the urging of a historian because just about four or five years ago, he started paying attention. He was like, okay, there’s trouble. What’s going on with our country? We’re in real trouble and how do we fix it? He learned ‑‑ he felt that the first thing he had to do was restore history in himself and to his children,” Glenn said.

He added, “I urge you to go to and check it out. And then get your church and your like minded groups, your Tea Party group, your 9/12 project and go to the movie.

Tough Re-election Road Awaits Michele Bachmann

Rebounding from her failed presidential bid, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is

setting her sights on re-election to the House — but she faces a tough battle to retain her seat in a redrawn Minnesota district.

One recent poll showed Bachmann’s favorability rating among Minnesota voters at just 34 percent.

And the Minnesota congresswoman’s national base of conservative donors may be tiring of her pleas for money, as she carries a $1 million presidential campaign debt from her fumbled bid.

“May God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.” With those words, Bachmann departed the Republican presidential arena in January, following a disappointing sixth place finish in Iowa.

Many were surprised that one of the conservative movement’s newest icons would suffer such a disastrous defeat. But a series of fumbles and gaffes on the campaign trail not only caused her campaign to go into a tailspin, it tarnished her most important asset: her ability to raise funds from the grassroots across the nation.

During the presidential race tea partyers rallied to her side, despite a series of misstatements (that HPV vaccine causes mental retardation, for example) and campaign goofs.

The congresswoman’s presidential effort seemed to unravel in the days leading up to the Iowa caucus, when her state chairman Kent Sorenson suddenly announced he was quitting her campaign to join Ron Paul’s team.

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Can Obama's Detention Plans be Stopped?

FEMA Camps
A bipartisan team ranging from former Al Gore consultant Naomi Wolf to Ronald Reagan Justice Department official Bruce Fein have committed to working with state and local governments to make sure the citizen detention plans signed into law by Barack Obama are not enforced.

“Journalists aren’t safe. Union leaders aren’t safe. Activists aren’t safe. Liberty is not safe,” Wolf, an author of half a dozen books, said during a telephone conference call announcing plans.

The focal point of their worry is the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes several sections that provide for the unrestricted detention of even U.S. citizens under some circumstances.

Obama, in signing the law, suggested that such detentions are a possibility but promised not to exercise his power.

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One Student Dies in Ohio School Shooting

A teenage gunman killed a fellow student and wounded four others at a high school in northeast Ohio early Monday before being chased away and arrested, authorities said.

The 17-year-old began shooting at Chardon High School around 7:30 a.m., before school started, police said. Several teachers chased the suspect from the school, federal authorities said, and he was later arrested near his car a mile away.

Authorities didn't immediately identify the alleged gunman, citing his status as a juvenile, or comment on a motive. "Folks, just bear with us, we have a lot of homework to do," Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said at an afternoon news conference in Chardon, a town of 5,100 about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman said authorities believe the suspect was a student at the school.

Danny Komertz, a 15-year-old who said he witnessed the shooting, in the cafeteria, told the Associated Press the gunman was known as an outcast.

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Obama to Cut Healthcare Benefits for Active Duty and Retired US Military

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.

The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention.

The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.

Many in Congress are opposing the proposed changes, which would require the passage of new legislation before being put in place.

“We shouldn’t ask our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar hardship on the rest of the population,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a Republican from California, said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon. “We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.”

Administration officials told Congress that one goal of the increased fees is to force military retirees to reduce their involvement in Tricare and eventually opt out of the program in favor of alternatives established by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

“When they talked to us, they did mention the option of healthcare exchanges under Obamacare. So it’s in their mind,” said a congressional aide involved in the issue.

Military personnel from several of the armed services voiced their opposition to a means-tested tier system for Tricare, prompting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey to issue a statement Feb. 21.

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Gingrich slams Santorum as 'big labor Republican'

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday slammed rival Rick Santorum as a "big labor Republican," accusing him of siding with unions over Memphis-based FedEx when the Senate grappled with a labor dispute in the 1990s.

Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman and House Speaker, is hoping to revive his struggling campaign in the South, and he tailored his message Monday to Republican voters in Tennessee. Although polls show a close race between Santorum and Mitt Romney, Gingrich challenged the former Pennsylvania senator and his conservative credentials.

"I think there are profound reasons that Rick lost the Senate race by the largest margin in Pennsylvania history in 2006 and I think it's very hard for him to carry that all the way to the general," Gingrich said. "Then he comes South and you take the case right here. He voted for the unions over FedEx. I suspect most folks in the state don't know that. But in fact he was a big labor Republican in Pennsylvania and I suspect when you get to Memphis and you say to people, `Gee, this is a guy who wanted to guarantee that FedEx give into the unions.' Santorum won't be as popular the following morning."

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

MSNBC's Alex Witt Interviews Doug Wead, Ron Paul's Senior Advisor

Algae: Obama's Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Yesterday we talked a little bit about President Obama’s energy speech from a “drilling for more oil is not a strategy that will solve our energy challenge” perspective, but we didn’t much cover Obama’s plans for an alternate source that would replace fossil fuels and effectively address that energy challenge.

In that same speech yesterday, Obama provided a glimpse into one possible “green” energy future: algae:

“We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline and diesel and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance — algae,” the president said at a campaign stop in Florida. “You’ve got a bunch of algae out here, right? If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing all right.”

Obama said the nation could replace up to 17 percent of the oil it imports for transportation with “this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States. And that means greater energy security. That means lower costs. It means more jobs. It means a stronger economy.”

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Strategic Ambiguity for Fun and Profit

The US intelligence community is having a very difficult time interpreting the signals from Iran’s nuclear program. This isn’t that unusual in historical context; US intelligence tends to be surprised by nuclear detonations. But it is of grave concern that our national leadership at all levels seems to be so shortsighted about what is at stake. Our biggest problem in dealing with Iran today is framing the issue – and at the moment, we’re doing it wrong.

If we frame the issue as a question of how close Iran is to getting the bomb, as if all other things are equal – as if Iran could get the bomb in a vacuum, with nothing else mattering or changing along the way – then it makes a sort of sense to focus exclusively on the potential ambiguity of our various data points; e.g., computer files from 2003; Iran’s connections with Pakistan, North Korea, and the A.Q. Khan network; persistent attempts to import suspect materials in defiance of sanctions.

In this extremely narrow, simplistic construct – one or zero, Iran is about to get the bomb or isn’t – analysts can justify incessantly splitting the distance from here to a bomb.

“Well, they’re closer than they were, but that’s a technicality – we still don’t know if they want one. “

“Well, they’re closer than they were, and they’re being less cooperative with the IAEA, but we still don’t have direct indications that they are designing and testing a warhead.”

“Well, they’ve offered their Middle Eastern neighbors a ‘missile umbrella’ as a defense against outside powers, which is something that would only work if the missile umbrella were nuclear, but we just don’t have the evidence that they are working on a warhead right now.”

I’ve compared this approach in the past to Zeno of Elea’s famous paradox. Zeno proposed, as a basis for a reasoning exercise, that because the distance between an arrow and its target can theoretically be divided in half an infinite number of times, the arrow can never actually reach the target. US intelligence seems determined to operate on this basis, biasing its estimates with an emphasis on the remaining distance to the target.

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The Forbidden Word Impeach

 - Dr. Robert R. Owens

What does History tell us about the impeachment of an American President? It has only happened twice.

Today Lincoln is an icon. His Roman style temple and oversized statue dominate one end of the National Mall. But in 1864 he was an embattled president caught in a war he couldn’t win and running against George B. McClellan, a popular general who said he could end it. Even History was against Lincoln. No president had won a second term in over thirty years. Mr. Lincoln needed all the allies he could muster to win. So the first Republicans led by the President tried to split the opposition. They changed the party name to the National Union Party and chose a Southern Democrat as a running mate. In a surprise to everyone including Lincoln, he won re-election positioning Johnson one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

After the worst mistake by a Southern sympathizer since the attack on Fort Sumter, the assassination of Lincoln, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency and almost immediately ran afoul of the Radical Republicans who had a three to one majority in Congress and who wanted to punish the South. Johnson was the only Southern Senator to remain loyal to the Union. He served as the Union imposed military governor of Tennessee until chosen to run for Vice President. A mere forty one days into Lincoln’s second term Johnson was sworn in. When he sought to allow the South a path back into the Union that re-imposed limitations upon the freed slaves and ensured the rise of ex-Confederates to power, he was impeached for breaking a law concerning the firing of appointees. After a contentious trial he was acquitted by one vote.

Ron Paul Receives Another Endorsment

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by the Chairman of the Payette County Republican Party, Nate Jones of New Plymouth. Payette County’s main population centers include Fruitland, New Plymouth and Payette.

In making his endorsement public, Mr. Jones issued the following statement:

“I support Paul because he’s the only candidate that understands how absolutely crucial individual liberty is. He is the only candidate that has a correct understanding of the proper role of government. Congressman Paul is a ‘statesman’ in every sense of the word. He’s humble, but unafraid and unashamed to forcefully speak the truth, even when it’s unpopular…for it is often said that ‘truth is treason in the empire of lies.’

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Ron Paul: Santorum is "desperate"

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Ron Paul on Saturday laughed off remarks made by fellow GOP

presidential candidate Rick Santorum earlier in the day speculating that Paul and Mitt Romney have a backroom running mate deal going.

"I don't know what all that meant," Paul chuckled backstage of a rally he held here at Central Michigan University. "No, we've never had a conversation, anything like that ... but he's a family person, I've known him for five years, so it is a little bit different. But I don't agree with [him on] hardly anything, probably."

Santorum has openly speculated that Paul and Romney are working together. He vented his frustration at multiple events on Saturday that "in 20 debates, Ron Paul never attacked Mitt Romney." During last week's debate in Arizona, Santorum said, "I felt like messages were being slipped behind my chair."

Paul admitted to reporters that he's never "volunteered" an attack on Romney during a debate, but said he "answered the questions when they asked me." He said Santorum's sudden gripe about the issue shows that he's "desperate."

As for the Texas Congressman's attack ads, which have been harsh on Santorum but absent on Romney, particularly in Michigan, Paul said that "right now the anti-Romney candidate is Santorum, so I have to get his votes, as I did at one time with Gingrich."

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Endorses Romney for President

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) endorsed Mitt Romney for president during her appearance Sunday morning on “Meet the Press.”

Brewer said she viewed Romney as the most electable candidate to challenge President Obama this fall, and that she made her conclusion after meeting with the candidates and after a debate this week in Arizona.

“I have decided that I am going to publicly endorse Mitt Romney. I think he's the man that can carry the day,” Brewer said. “I think Mitt is by far the person who can go in and win.”

Brewer has become a national figurehead for efforts to curb illegal immigration after leading an effort to install one of the nation’s toughest immigration laws.

She also drew headlines for a confrontation recently with President Obama on an airport tarmac. She was photographed wagging a finger at the president after greeting him and handing him a handwritten note. Brewer described the exchange as being driven by Obama’s dissatisfaction with her book, though the president described the exchange as being “not a big deal.”

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Afghans Lob Grenades at US Base, Clash with Police

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Protesters angry over Quran burnings by American troops lobbed grenades at a U.S. base in northern Afghanistan and clashed with police and troops in a day of violence that left seven international troops wounded and two Afghans dead.

The attacks were the latest in six days of violence across the country by Afghans furious at the way some Qurans at an American base outside of Kabul were disposed of in a burn pit. The incident has swiftly spiraled out of control leaving dozens of people dead, including four U.S. troops killed by their Afghan counterparts, in a sign of the tenuous nature of the relationship between Afghanistan and the U.S.

Afghan authorities have launched a manhunt across the country for a driver they suspect in the killing of two U.S. military advisers who were shot to death at an Afghan ministry a day earlier. International advisers working at Afghan ministries were recalled out of fears of another attack.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Another GOP star baptized Mormon

Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who is considered a top prospect for the GOP’s vice

presidential nomination, became a member of the Mormon church while his family lived in Nevada during his childhood years, according to a report on the political blog Buzzfeed.

Family members told the publication that Rubio was baptized in the Mormon church at about the age of 8 – along with some of his family members – when they lived in Nevada.

Several years later he left the Mormon church and rejoined the Catholic Church, the report said.

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Domestic Drones Lining up to Invade Privacy

Dozens of organizations concerned about a cataclysmic loss of privacy for Americans are petitioning the federal government to address that issue as thousands – maybe even tens of thousands – of drones are expected to be put into the air over the U.S. in coming years.

“Drones greatly increase the capacity for domestic surveillance. Gigapixel cameras used to outfit drones are among the highest definition cameras available, and can ‘provide real-time video streams at a rate of 10 frames a second.’ On some drones, operators can track up to 65 different targets across a distance of 65 square miles. Drones may also carry infrared cameras, heat sensors, GPS, sensors that detect movement, and automated license plate readers,” warns the letter sent to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

That organization has been assigned by Congress to develop rules over dispatching drones over the heads of consumers all across America.

The letter was signed by officials with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the World Privacy Forum, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Patient Privacy Rights, Liberty Coalition, Government Accountability Project, Demand Progress, Cyber Privacy Project, Center for National Security Studies, Bill of Rights Defense Committee and dozens of other groups and individuals.

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Video: Ron Paul Dispels the "Alliance" Rumors

“VP” Rand Paul and the Imaginary Romney/Paul Connection

By: Jack Hunter

The media speculation about some supposed cooperation between the Ron Paul campaign and Mitt Romney has gotten completely out of hand. Ron Paul is running for President of the United States. His son, Sen. Rand Paul, is supporting his father’s run for President of the United States. That’s all that’s going on here. There is no secret “conspiracy.” During a radio interview this morning in Chicago, Sen. Paul said:

“If there’s a secret deal they’re keeping it secret from me, I think that’s mostly internet chatter and fun for people to speculate on…”

Speculative fun is exactly right. Sen. Paul explained his own views on the supposed Romney/Paul connection this morning, including his comments about being “honored” if he were to be considered as the GOP vice presidential nominee:

I think the story kind of got misrepresented, because you know when I was asked, every time I’m asked these kind of questions, these are hypothetical questions, I always say you know what? I still have my first choice in the race and that’s Ron Paul. My first choice would be a Ron Paul presidency and my first choice for a position would be an unofficial adviser to a Ron Paul presidency…

But when they push and push and push, and say ‘What about Romney? Would you do it?’ I mentioned that it would be an honor, and what I meant by that is sort of like if you were nominated for an academy award, what’s your response? You’d say “It’s be an honor to be nominated’ and so I think it would be silly for me not to say that if anybody considered me that I’d be honored by it, but I think it was somewhat overblown, it sort of fits into this sort of cabal that people write about…

That there’s this big strategy between Ron Paul and Romney, really the Ron Paul strategy as far as I’m aware of it is to gather delegates and to try to win, and one of the unwritten stories really is that Ron Paul may have already won a couple of states but people haven’t realized it because the delegates haven’t been allotted in Iowa yet, and we still think there’s an reasonable chance we can win Iowa we they count the delegates, we think there’s a reasonable chance we can win Maine when they count the delegates, and this is sort of an unwritten story that’s out there, and also why I don’t like the story out there that somebody’s trying to angle for some other position other than I’m just trying to help my dad at this point…

I Tried to Open a Lemonade Stand...

By John Stossel

Want to open a business in America? It isn't easy.

In Midway, Ga., a 14-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister sold lemonade from their front yard. Two police officers bought some. But the next day, different officers ordered them to close their stand.

Their father went to city hall to try to find out why. The clerk laughed and said she didn't know. Eventually, Police Chief Kelly Morningstar explained, "We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade and of what the lemonade was made with."

Give me a break. If she doesn't know, so what? But kids trying their first experiment with entrepreneurship are being shut down all over America. Officials in Hazelwood, Ill., ordered little girls to stop selling Girl Scout cookies.

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Surprise? DC is Nation's Adultery Capital

The revelation isn't particularly shocking, but hey, at least it's official now: DC is

home to the nation's highest concentration of cheaters.

More people per capita in the D.C. metropolitan area sign up for the website Ashley Madison than in any other city, according to the site, which helps people looking to stray. Washington has the highest per capita membership among the site's 13 million users, The Washington Post reports.

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Ron Paul Destroys Santorum, Romney and Gingrich in Latest NY Straw Poll

Ron Paul can now add yet another straw poll win to his list of wins.

Ron Paul won the Amherst straw poll Thursday night with 31.9% of the vote. Santorum garnered 26.6% while Romney and Gingrich came in third and fourth with 22.3% and 19.2%.

The straw poll had 94 participants.

- Michael

7 States File Suit Over Obama Birth Control Mandate

Nebraska, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas are joining together to file a lawsuit over Obama's birth control mandate.

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U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb

I have always believed that history is a very important tool that can help society's in the future, prevent mistakes of the past.  Here we are only a few years after the invasion of Iraq because of the allusive "WMD's" that were not there.  Have we learned nothing?  How we forgot already?  I remember I was on the same bandwagon with most conservatives that said; "Let's go kick their butt!"  I was wrong.  It just baffles me that you "conservatives" today are so ready to repeat the same mistake because once again you buy into the war propaganda.  The same propaganda that got us into war just a few years ago.  You forget the fact that war is a financial strain on the tax payer of this country.  You forget that while you sit comfortably living your day to day lives that we are sending our service men and women to die in yet another senseless war.  Yes, I know you so called "liberty loving conservatives" will laugh and scoff at this because it is to much reality to handle.  You don't realize that you who claim to love freedom, love war.  

Let's be honest.  You have made the decision already in your mind that like Iraq, Iran needs to go down.  You have bought into the propaganda and lies and you won't listen to any sort of reason.  After we go and spread our "Democracy" and it is all over will we once again find no evidence of a bomb?  Most likely.  We are no longer a Christian nation.  Jesus said you will know a tree by it's fruit.  Well all I see in America these days is a love for war and that is not what Jesus was about.  We are going down the same path like all great empires in the past.  Where are those empires today?  They don't exist.  Why?  Because they did just what we are doing.  They spread themselves to thin and in the end collapsed.

I can only say that I hope that people will wake up and see the truth of what is happening before it is to late.  Many intelligence reports continue to trickle out of Iran claiming that they don't have a weapon.  If I was an Iran leader and I heard constant reports that the US was considering a preemptive attack I would advocate building weapons to protect the country.  Why is this unreasonable for a country to want to protect themselves?  Because it is Iran?  They are not allowed to defend themselves from a power hungry, war loving country like the US?  It is this very action that would encourage a country like Iran to desire a nuclear weapon.

I have attached a related story below.

- Michael

WASHINGTON — Even as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.

Recent assessments by American spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program years earlier, according to current and former American officials. The officials said that assessment was largely reaffirmed in a 2010 National Intelligence Estimate, and that it remains the consensus view of America’s 16 intelligence agencies.

NYT: U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb

Friday, February 24, 2012

Karen Santorum: Husband's surge 'is God's will'

The wife of presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that his rise in the polls is due to God working in mysterious ways.

"I personally think this is God's will. I think He has us on a path, and I do think there's a lot more happening than what we're seeing," Karen Santorum told Glenn Beck as she and her husband sat for an interview on his Web-based show, GBTV. "Personally I mean I think Rick's a great guy, and he's really smart and everything. But I think a lot more is happening than what we can actually see."

Mrs. Santorum said she initially was reluctant to have him run for the White House — so much so that when Mr. Santorum approached her and asked her to pray about it, he said her initial reaction was that she wouldn't even pray because "God couldn't possible want you to do this."

But she finally gave the go-ahead to her husband to run for the White House once she saw President Obama win passage of his health-care law, which she said "put the fire in my belly."

She said the campaign has been challenging, and said some would "have to be crazy to want" to be president. But she said she and her husband escape that because for them "it's completely a spiritual thing. This is God's will."

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Debt Doomsday May Come Sooner than Expected

The federal government could hit the debt ceiling sooner than expected — and possibly

around the November election — according to a report out Friday.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill had hoped that last summer’s deal to end the nasty fight over lifting the debt ceiling would ensure the issue wouldn’t resurface until at least 2013.

But the Bipartisan Policy Center said Friday that the debt-limit doomsday could come earlier than that.

Analysts from the Bipartisan Policy Center projected that the United States will hit its $16.4 trillion debt ceiling between late November 2012 and early January 2013 due to lower-than-expected corporate tax revenues and the recent extension of the payroll tax holiday.

A number of other factors, such as the ongoing financial crises in Europe, volatile gas prices and how quickly the U.S. economy continues to grow could push the debt-ceiling deadline forward or backwards, according to the center.

“When the Budget Control Act of 2011 increased the debt ceiling last August, Congress, the administration, and outside analysts believed that this increase would allow federal borrowing under the limit well into 2013,” the center’s analysts wrote. “Due to unexpected circumstances … that belief appears increasingly likely to have been misguided.”

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Evangelist Ray Comfort Leaves Celebrity Psychiatrist Carole Lieberman Tongue-tied

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Why You Might Want to Delete Your Google Browser History Now

As of March 1, Google’s new, “shorter and easier to read” privacy policy will go into effect. At that time, the search giant that also includes products such as YouTube, Gmail and Calendar will begin “[treating] you as a single user across all [of its] products.” An example provided by the company is letting you know you’re late for a meeting based on your location and calendar schedule.
(Related: ‘Real News From The Blaze’ breaks down how Google’s new privacy policy … breaches your privacy)

So, what is there to do if you want Google to hold a little less personal information about you? The Daily Mail suggests a good starting step is to delete your browser history. It even offers the steps on how to do so: HERE

Pentagon Official Apologizes to Muslims in Washington for Qur'an-burning in Afghanistan

"And I apologize to free people everywhere for the idiocy of the government of my country. "Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning," from AP, February 24 (thanks to David):

STERLING, Va. (AP) — A senior Pentagon official is apologizing to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, says the military is investigating and that all troops are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.

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Newt Blasts Obama for not Demanding Apology for Death of US Soldiers

Rick Santorum Conspiracy: Paul and Romney in Cahoots

When your candidate has a really rotten debate, the temptation is great to create a distraction. However, if the distraction is harebrained and unflattering to your candidate, you wind up making things worse.

That is essentially what happened yesterday when Rick Santorum and his team came out with a conspiracy theory that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and Mitt Romney were in cahoots. A source close to the Paul campaign told me last night that the Paul camp sees this as an effort by senior Santorum adviser John Brabender to distract the media from the fact that his candidate was “not ready for primetime.” The Romney camp did not return a request for comment. (Romney staffers no doubt believe in the adage that you should never get in the way when your opponent is doing harm to himself.)

Indeed, on one hand, you can say it was foolish for Santorum to cook up an excuse for his dismal outing. Santorum already has a reputation for being thin-skinned and peevish. This tactic certainly made him seem like a poor sport.

To some extent, however, the gambit worked. When you can get major media figures and longtime GOP operatives tweeting away about non-existent deals (A Cabinet position! A VP slot for Rand Paul!) based on nothing but the accusations of a wounded candidate’s flack, that is no small feat. But, in fact, the explanations for Ron Paul’s very obvious disdain for Santorum, and, to a lesser extent, Newt Gingrich are much simpler than a Roswell-esque theory.

Both campaigns confirm that Paul and Romney are personally friendly, as are their wives. They are both of the same generation, with married kids and grandkids on whom they dote. They’ve both been happily married for decades. (It is widely known that Ron Paul’s wife was friendly with Gingrich’s second wife.)

It is human nature to show greater deference and civility to those whom you like. What the press is missing, however, is the degree to which Gingrich, Santorum and their staffs have acted in ways that the Paul camp would justifiably perceive as dismissive and rude. When I asked Brabender for reaction to the accusation that he was practicing the art of distraction, he e-mailed, “It sounds like something the Romney campaign told the Paul campaign to say.” It is precisely this sort of denigration — that Paul and his staff are unable to think on their own or advance their own interests — that has fueled Paul’s desire to skewer Santorum. The source close to the Paul camp responded, “Once again demonstrates the total lack of respect for Ron Paul, his supporters, and his campaign team held by Santorum and his top advisor. When you build coalitions and treat your fellow Republicans the Santorum-Brabender way you end up losing in the general by double digits in the swing states like Pennsylvania.” You get the picture now?

It has been going on for some time now. Santorum publicly called Paul “disgusting.” Gingrich has been telling others to get out of the race for months. In the debate, an eye-rolling Santorum couldn’t contain his disdain for Paul, who returned the favor with blow after blow to Santorum’s self-image of a “courageous” conservative warrior (wasn’t that self-definition by Santorum an unintentional moment of Newt-like ego?) .

At a staff level, the Romney team, perhaps due to an awareness of the personal relationship between the candidates, has been cordial and professional toward Paul’s people. These things matter.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Reality Check: Was Rick Santorum really a big spender while in Washington?

Doug Wead on Andrea Mitchell Reports

Study: Ron Paul's Plan is Only That Cuts Debt

In Ron Paul’s latest campaign, he calls out rival Rick Santorum as being anything but the fiscal conservative he claims to be. According to a new report, the only GOP candidate capable of bringing down America’s debt is Congressman Paul himself.

Should America undergo any of the tax plans favored by the other three GOP frontrunners, the US Budget Watch predicts that America’s massive national debt will only increase. An administration governed by Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich, says the group, would fail to reverse the increasing debt and instead only add to America’s financial woes.

The US Budget Watch, an offshoot of the DC-based bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, finalized their report early Thursday. “Each of these candidates has a detailed, albeit still incomplete, set of proposals to reduce both taxes and spending,” the group explains in their summation of their findings. “This report reviews those policy proposals and evaluates their impact on the federal debt.”

On Wednesday night, the group suggested that even under the latest tax plans put forth this week by Romney, a White House run under his watch would see around $2.6 trillion tacked onto its debt toll by 2021. By that same year, estimates that group, a Santorum presidency could cause the debt to go up by around $4.5 trillion and a Gingrich-run America could see upwards of $7 trillion in increased debt.

Under President Ron Paul, the US could see around $2 trillion taken off of future borrowing, explains the group.

Taking into account several scenarios of varying risk, Paul repeatedly comes out as the true fiscal conservative in the group’s report. Estimating the debt impact of each candidate in an “intermediate-debt scenario,” the group says Congressman Paul would be the only candidate to decrease that statistic. Under a Paul plan, America could expect to see the debt impact in relation to the country’s gross domestic product decrease by 9 percent, while on the other side of the spectrum, a Gingrich White House would increase that impact by 30 percent.

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Tim Tebow Goes Hollywood

For one reason, the Denver Broncos starting quarterback’s NFL jersey is one of the best-selling in the country. I’ve learned that the Hollywood agency WME signed Tim Tebow for endorsements, public appearances, speaking engagements, TV, film, books, the works — even helping with his foundation. With his unorthodox NFL quarterback skills, very public religious devotion, and incredible team success (they made it far in this past season’s playoffs), Tebow has attracted tons of praise, criticism, and attention from the sports world and national media. He’s already been lampooned on Saturday Night Live.

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Obama makes bold reelection prediction: "I've got another five years..."

US President Barack Obama made no bones about his chances of reelection in an interview with America's largest Hispanic radio service, saying: "I've got another five years coming up."

Quizzed by Univision's Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo about his failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform, Obama replied: "Well, first of all, Piolin, my presidency is not over.

"I've got another five years coming up. We're going to get this done," he continued, according to a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on Tuesday and broadcast on Univision Radio on Wednesday.

The remarks, coming as Republican hopefuls become increasingly drawn into a long and bitter nomination battle, and as the US economy shows signs of sputtering back into life, marked a big turnaround from October when Obama said he would "absolutely" be the underdog in the November 2012 election.

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Mitt vs. Mitt

Here is a little humor.

Obama expresses 'deep regret' over Koran burning

All I can say is who does Obama work for?  Because I don't think he works for the American people.

- Michael

US President Barack Obama sent Afghan President Hamid Karzai a letter of apology over the burning of copies of the Koran overseen by a US officer at a US military base, Karzai's office said Thursday.
Obama said the incident was unintentional and pledged a full investigation, the president's office said, as fierce anti-US protests swept the nation in which at least 14 people have died, including two American soldiers.
"I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident," Obama wrote in the letter presented to Karzai by US ambassador Ryan Crocker. "I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies."
"The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible," the letter said.
Karzai told members of parliament that a US officer was responsible for the burning that was done "out of ignorance", his office said.
The incident at the US military base at Bagram north of Kabul sparked three days of fierce anti-US protests in which at least 12 protesters were killed.

Putin praises Cold War moles for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets

(Reuters) - Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power.

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DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

Maybe we should stop worrying about Iran and start worrying about countries that
actually have a military and weapons.  Is the US being distracted from real threats?

- Michael

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities.

Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites.

Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said.

“The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said.

“China operates satellites for communications, navigation, earth resources, weather, and intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance, in addition to manned space and space exploration missions,” he said.

“China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,” he said. “A prerequisite for ASAT attacks, China’s ability to track and identify satellites is enhanced by technologies from China’s manned and lunar programs as well as technologies and methods developed to detect and track space debris.”

China’s January 2007 anti-satellite missile test involved a modified DF-21 missile that destroyed a Chinese weather satellite. The blast created a debris field in space of some 10,000 pieces of space junk that could damage both manned and unmanned spacecraft.

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Full CNN Republican Debate in Arizona 02/22/2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Romney To Santorum: In 2008 You Called Me "Really Conservative"

"First of all, let's not forget that four years ago, well after Romneycare was put into place, four years ago you not only endorsed me, you went on Laura Ingraham and said, 'this is the guy who is really conservative and we can trust him.' Let's not forget that you said that," Mitt Romney said to Rick Santorum at tonight's debate in Arizona after the former Penn. Senator questioned the former Governor's conservative credentials.

Romney also knocked Santorum for supporting former Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican who become a Democrat, over conservative Pat Toomey in the 2004 U.S. Senate race.

"He voted for Obamacare. If you had not supported him, if we had said no to Arlen Specter, we would not have had Obamacare. So don't take a look at me, take a look in the mirror," Romney said to Santorum.

CNN Ron Paul Post Debate Interview

I thought it was very interesting that CNN acknowledged that Ron Paul is second in the delegate count among the presidential contenders.  That is news that you are not hearing anywhere.

- Michael

Ann Coulter Believes Voter Fraud Took Place in Iowa

In Coulter's latest Colum she said; "Purely to hurt Romney, the Iowa Republican Party fiddled with the vote tally to take Romney's victory away from him and give it to Rick Santorum -- even though the "official count" was missing eight precincts. Isn't the party apparatus of a state considered part of the Establishment?"

If this is true where is the outcry?  I am no supporter of Romney but how can votes be stolen from a candidate and given to another?  If they are doing this in Iowa what is keeping them from doing it in every state?

Read Coulter's full article here: WHAT'S THEIR PROBLEM WITH ROMNEY?

- Michael

Ontario man finds secret GPS tracking device from US on his vehicle

An Ontario family is upset and concerned about a GPS tracking device discovered on their truck.

Not only is the real-time tracking equipment creepy, but our police appear powerless to find out who was watching Ben Ferrill and his family, who live in Warsaw, Ont., just east of Peterborough.

Ferrill found a small black box in the wheel well of his truck. The gizmo had flashing lights inside.

"I didn't know if it was a bomb," Ferrill told a reporter. "We were scared to death."

Ferrill handed the device to the Ontario Provincial Police who tried to find out who owns the transmitter. "Are they following me? Are they watching me?" asked Ferrill.

The shock of finding the device must have been compounded for Ferrill when the OPP told him they might be able to lay a mischief charge if they could figure out the culprit. It's amazing that our privacy can be thoroughly invaded, yet someone found guilty would face such a minor charge.

Legal penalties are meant to act as a deterrent to bad behaviour, so the law considers your privacy about as important as littering.

Ferrill said the OPP have admitted to him that finding the person who placed the GPS tracker on his car will take too much effort, so even the mischief charge looks like a lost cause. That makes the deterrence of similar crimes absolutely toothless.

The OPP made some initial enquires that should get the attention of the federal government. The police discovered that the transmitter reports to an American company – U.S. Fleet Tracking – via a Canadian wireless connection.

The Canadian company, Kore Wireless, says it can't reveal what information is transmitted across its network. In effect, the Canadian company passed the buck to U.S. Fleet.

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Fed War on Fresh Milk = Propaganda

TRUTH: Pasteurized milk 150 times more contaminated with blood, pus and feces than fresh milk

(NaturalNews) The vaccine-pushing, disease scare-mongering agency known as the CDC has put out a stunning piece of propaganda attacking fresh milk (raw dairy), claiming it is "150 times more dangerous" than pasteurized milk. This is all part of their anti-American agenda to crush food freedom and criminalize fundamental farming practices upon which this very nation was founded. (Yes, George Washington and the founding fathers drank raw milk, grew hemp and even smoked a little weed as medicine.)

But what the CDC won't dare reveal to the public is the far more horrifying truth: Pasteurized dairy is produced in the dirtiest milk factories imaginable, where blood, pus, e.coli and other truly dangerous pathogens are routinely bottled into milk containers and fed to consumers.

That's the whole point of pasteurization, you see: To kill everything that might be alive in their ultra-dirty milk. The real purpose of pasteurization is not to simply "make milk safe" as is claimed by the CDC, but rather to allow the dairy industry to operate DIRTY. It's so much easier to just cook the crap out of the milk (yes, there's fecal matter in it) than to clean up their operations, get it?

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Busted on Video: Romney Camp Takes Down Hundreds of Santorum Signs; Cops Watch

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$6 a Gallon Gas...Oh my

I remember traveling throughout Europe back in the late 90's and could not beleive what they were paying approximately $5.50 for a gallon of fuel.  I remember thinking how fortunate I was that I lived in the US and was paying only a fraction of that cost.  Well those days seem to be slipping away.  Not only are we paying more for fuel but the cost of everything seems to be on the rise gone.  We are becoming more and more like the countries that people left when they immigrated to the United States.

- Michael 

TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — Talk about pain at the pump! Some Florida drivers are spending nearly $6 a gallon to fill up their gas tanks.

According to, motorists are shelling out $5.89 for a gallon of regular gas at a Shell station in Lake Buena Vista, topping out at $5.99 a gallon for premium. It doesn’t get better at a Suncoast Energy station in Orlando, where drivers are paying $5.79 for a gallon of regular.

“Prices over in the Disney World area are much higher than any other place in Florida,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, told CBS Tampa, adding that people regularly complain about gas prices in that area.

The Sunshine State is opening up its wallet, paying an average of $3.67 a gallon of unleaded gas, 12 cents more than the national average. And it’s only expected to go up.

“It doesn’t look like we will have relief at the pump anytime soon,” Brady told CBS Tampa. “I do think we will see prices surpass $4 a gallon. I think we will see that closer to spring time.”

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CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King.

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) -- It's been 26 days since the candidates left the stage at the last CNN debate in Jacksonville, Florida, and the growling hunger pangs of the media have grown louder even as the candidates grow weary.

There have been 19 Republican presidential debates so far, and while some may have debate fatigue -- including a few candidates -- the forums have nevertheless proved to be illuminating experiences. They have garnered sky-high TV ratings and have become "event" television. They have helped to define several candidates while others fall from grace in front of the live cameras.

But for many voters, it has been the debates -- especially those that have preceded a primary or caucuses -- that have become the deciding factor when they choose who they want as the GOP nominee. They have provided a window into each would-be nominee, and offered insights into how they act under pressure. According to exit polls, many voters make up their minds after watching a debate.

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New Ron Paul Ad: Rick Santorum Fake Conservative

Supreme Court extends health care arguments

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

The Supreme Court has announced it will allow a full six hours for oral arguments over constitutional challenges to President Obama's health care law, granting the case the longest hearing in recent history.

The justices said Tuesday morning they would lengthen the hearing by an additional 30 minutes, after both the administration and parties challenging the law had asked the court to spend not 60 but 90 minutes on a tax law known as the Anti-Injunction Act.

The question is whether the act stands in the way of judicial action on the challenge until after the health care law fully goes into effect.

With the extra 30 minutes, the court is slated to spend 90 minutes on the Anti-Injunction Act, 120 minutes on the law's individual mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance, 90 minutes on whether just parts of the act can be invalidated while allowing other parts to stand, and an hour on the Medicaid expansion contained in the new law over a three-day period in March.

If the justices decide the Anti-Injunction Act applies, they could put off a decision on whether the health care law is constitutional for several years.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Veterans for Ron Paul March on The White House - 2/20/2012

Ron Paul Believes Social Issues are Winning Issues if They Are Constitutional Issues

On the 19th my fellow blogger and friend Reggie posted an article by the National Journal regarding comments that Ron Paul made in an interview with CNN's State of the Union. 

Those of us that know Ron Paul's stance on issues immediately understood what he meant when he made the comments he did.  For those of you who still are new to Ron Paul and his constitutional views please read the following article as it articulates his position well.

- Michael 

By: Jack Hunter

The current headline on Drudge reads: “Ron Paul: Social conservatism ‘a losing position.”

This is what Paul said, but is misleading once you understand the context. From the CNS News story Drudge links to:

“Do you–are you uncomfortable–certainly Rick Santorum is the one who has been in the forefront of some of this talk on social issues, but there have been others in the race,” Crowley asked Paul. “Are you uncomfortable with this talk about social issues? Do you consider it a winning area for Republicans in November?”

“No,” said Paul. “I think it’s a losing position.

“I mean, I talk about it because I have a precise understanding of how difficult problems are to be solved,” Paul continued. “And they’re not to be at the national level. We’re not supposed to nationalize these problems. The founders were very clear that problems like this, if there needs to be legislation of sorts, the state has the right to write the legislation that they so choose. And that solves a lot of our problems.”

What Paul is talking about here is federalism–the notion that the powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the states. Abortion, gay marriage, religious expression–to the degree that the Founders ever thought that these would become controversial issues, they most certainly believed they should be handled by the states. States have their own murder and assault laws, for example. Before Roe vs. Wade, different states had different laws regarding abortion. Overturning Roe vs. Wade means getting the federal government out of what the Founders intended to be a state issue. The same is true of marriage, in which the states have diverse rules on what age you can marry, common law marriage and a host of other issues regarding marriage. On religious expression, the Constitution explicitly says that Congress “shall pass no law” abridging citizens right to free expression of religion. These were also to be matters handled at the state level.

Gingrich archives show his public praise, private criticism of Reagan

CARROLLTON, Ga. — In an unnoticed 1992 speech, Newt Gingrich in a single utterance

took aim not only at a beloved conservative icon but also at a core tenet of the conservative movement: that government must be limited.

Ronald Reagan’s “weakness,” Gingrich told the National Academy of Public Administration in Atlanta, was that “he didn’t think government mattered. . . . The Reagan failure was to grossly undervalue the centrality of government as the organizing mechanism for reinforcing societal behavior.”

A review of thousands of documents detailing Gingrich’s career shows it wasn’t the first time he had criticized Reagan, whom he regularly invokes today in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. When Gingrich was in the House, his chief of staff noted at a 1983 staff meeting that his boss frequently derided Reagan, along with then-White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III and Robert H. Michel, the House Republican leader.

Gingrich “assumed that he’s the whole Republican Party,” said the Gingrich aide, Frank Gregorsky, according to a transcript of the meeting. “He knows more than the president, the president’s people, Michel, Baker. He calls them stupid all the time, and I think that’s going to get him into big trouble someday.”

The speech and meeting transcripts are contained in a largely unexplored cache of documents compiled by a former Gingrich aide and archived at the University of West Georgia, where Gingrich was an assistant professor in the 1970s.

An examination of the papers collected over nearly three decades reveals a politician of moderate-to-liberal beginnings, a product of the civil rights era who moved to the right with an eye on political expediency — and privately savaged Republicans he was praising in public. Even as he gained a reputation as a conservative firebrand, the documents show Gingrich was viewed by his staff primarily as a tactician — the “tent evangelist” of the conservative movement, one staffer said — with little ideological core.

The files offer a candid glimpse of the former House speaker, a man who could be charming and self-effacing one moment, ambitious and grandiose the next, an admittedly disorganized manager who viewed his role as nothing less than saving the Western world.

“When I say save the West, I mean that,” Gingrich said in a 1979 address to his congressional staff, preserved in the files. “That is my job. . . . It is not my job to win reelection. It is not my job to take care of passport problems. It is not my job to get a bill through Congress. My job description as I have defined it is to save Western civilization.”

Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond, asked for comment on the material in the files, said Gingrich’s record is conservative, because he secured the “first GOP majorities in the U.S. House in 40 years, balanced budgets” and helped cut taxes, enact entitlement reforms and bolster intelligence spending as House speaker in the mid-1990s.

“Results matter,” Hammond said.

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