Saturday, February 11, 2012

ROMNEY WINS CPAC TAKES MAINE, PAUL CLOSE SECOND


Romney wins The Washington Times/CPAC Straw Poll - Returns to top after two years on the outs - Washington Times
Maine results
Romney doubles down, wins CPAC, Maine caucuses - Politico (image source)
At CPAC, the former Massachusetts governor nabbed 38 percent of activists’ support to edge out Rick Santorum, who finished second with 31 percent.

In Maine, he won by just three points, 39 percent to Paul’s 36 percent. Santorum trailed in third with 18 percent, and Newt Gingrich received 6 percent of the vote.
Romney wins Maine caucuses - Politico
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SARAH PALIN BRINGS CPAC TO ROUSING CONCLUSION



CPAC: Sarah Palin says long GOP battle will strengthen nominee - LA Times
The crowd welcomed Palin by singing "Happy Birthday" to her--she turned 48 on Saturday--and she delighted them in return by mocking Obama, turning some of his slogans against him. She said there had never been a bigger disconnect between how a president sees the state of the union and how Americans do.

"We don't want an economy built to last, we want an economy built to grow," she said.
At Conservatives’ Event, Palin Aims at President - NY Times
'Hope and change' she says, 'you have got to hope it is going to change' - WND
Sarah Palin CPAC Speech Drowns Out Occupy Protesters - Elise Foley/Huffington Post
Sarah Palin’s CPAC Keynote: ‘Time To Drain The Jacuzzi And Throw The Bums Out With The Bathwater’ - Mediaite
“I came from a state with the corruption problem, too,” she said, while calling President Obama a “Chicago politician” and distinguishing herself for having fought the machine, and mocking the President for singing “Let’s Stay Together” at a fundraiser. She ended with a call for more competition among Republicans, to cull out a “Commander in Chief worthy of our troops.”

Allen West CPAC 2012 Full Speech

HUMBOLDT REPUBLICANS MOVE TO ENDORSE ROBERTS FOR CONGRESS

February 6, 2012 - After hearing presentations from two Republican candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat, the Humboldt County Republican Central Committee at its monthly meeting last Thursday voted to recommend that the California Republican Party formally endorse one of them, Dan Roberts.

Roberts, of Tiburon in Marin County, has for 25 years been a partner in a small stock brokerage firm in San Francisco. He is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. In his presentation he emphasized a balanced federal budget, reduction of the national debt, economic recovery and job creation.
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Full Speech: Governor Scott Walker at CPAC 2012



Scott Walker's courageous conservatism - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

Throughout his remarks, he spoke about his tangible achievements as governor to reform education, balance the budget and loosen the stranglehold of public sector unions.

"It's a simple concept," he said. "Thinking more about the next generation than about the next election."

An excellent speech from Gov. Scott Walker tonight. This is a man who is on the bleeding edge of fighting the progressives in his state, but so far he is winning. - The Right Scoop

FULL TEXT: Gov. Scott Walker's remarks to CPAC - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

In a wide-ranging discussion, a number of participants urged Romney to refrain from attacking rival Rick Santorum with the scorched-earth intensity that he directed at Newt Gingrich.

Conservatives urge Romney not to attack Santorum - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Romney told the group he had thought Gingrich's surge would be the last challenge in the primary campaign, only to see Santorum surge with victories in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri last Tuesday. Now, with Santorum the man of the moment, Romney joked that it is time to get the oppo research up and running again. He quickly added: No, no, I'm only kidding.

But Romney's remarks suggested he wasn't entirely kidding. "He said Rick has to be held up to the same scrutiny as everyone else," says one meeting participant.

Ann Coulter at CPAC 2012

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Ann Coulter: What they’re doing is using insurance as communism - HotAir

Mitt Romney at CPAC 2012

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Romney at CPAC: My record is “severely conservative” - HotAir
Romney wins The Washington Times/CPAC Straw Poll - Returns to top after two years on the outs - Washington Times
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Newt Gingrich at CPAC 2012



Gingrich speech gets conservatives cheering - HotAir
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Andrew Breitbart at CPAC 2012



Breitbart tells CPAC: I have videos of Obama in college and they’ll come out during the election - HotAir

He’s says he’s got some films of Obama from college, and he’ll release them at just the right time. - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Toward the end of his speech, he made a comment that I think is worth quoting: - The Right Scoop

I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate!

When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.

And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restoring school-bus money

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation restoring $248 million for school buses after rural and urban districts complained that the midyear cut would sink their budgets. - Kevin Yamamura/Sacramento Bee

Senate Bill 81 replaces the $248 million bus cut with an across-the-board reduction of roughly $42 per student that affects all K-12 districts. Under the previous plan, the isolated Death Valley Unified School District would have lost $1,734 per student, while Davis Joint Unified would have lost less than $8 per student, according to the California School Boards Association.

The state's coalition of education groups, including teachers, school boards and administrators, supported the change, as did lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The only opponents were charter schools and some suburban districts that stand to lose more under SB 81 than they did under the bus cut.

The bus reduction was triggered in December when fiscal forecasters determined California would fall $2.2 billion short of the optimistic revenue projections that Brown and lawmakers used last June.
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Chesbro thanks governor for signing SB 81

SACRAMENTO – Praising the Governor for his swift action and understanding of an issue of critical importance to rural California school children, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) today thanked Jerry Brown for signing SB 81, the bill that restores this year’s funding for the Home to School Transportation program. The signing came in time to save districts on the brink of firing their school bus drivers.

“I am thrilled that the Legislature and Governor were able to come together to restore the funding that gets California’s students to school,” Chesbro said. “Home-to-School Transportation is an essential service in my district. This bill was signed just in time to save the jobs of many school bus drivers and ensure that there is no interruption in getting kids to school.”

SB 81 replaces the $248 million cut to the Home-to-School Transportation program made by Governor Brown, with a smaller, more equitable reduction across all school districts in California. SB 81 moved quickly through the Legislature and made it to the Governor’s desk in just three days.

As a budget bill, SB 81 will go into effect immediately.

SoHum School Buses Seem Saved; Gov. Signs SB 81 - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost
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Background:

Stop the Buses: It’s an Attack on Rural Education - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
Next Stop, No Students: Southern Humboldt Struggles with School Transportation Funding - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
Southern Humboldt Takes a Field Trip to Sacramento - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
Southern Humboldt Pulling Out All the Stops to Protest Transportation Cuts - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
SB 81 Passes Budget Committee: Bus Bill Roars on to Governor - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
Southern Humboldt to take school bus woes to Sacramento; North Coast's state senator, assemblyman promise to restore cuts - Jessica Cejnar/Times Standard
School transportation bill on governor's desk; Sen. Evans: Southern Humboldt key in getting bill passed - Jessica Cejnar/Times Standard
SoHum schools may eliminate transportation program; county education official calls on state legislators to stop trigger cuts - Jessica Cejnar/Times Standard
Local K-12, college officials react to $1 billion in cuts; schools worried over slashed transportation funding - Jessica Cejnar/Times Standard

Crowd goes wild for Santorum at CPAC



SANTORUM SLAMS OBAMA & ROMNEY AT CPAC, RECEIVES STANDING OVATION & ROARING APPLAUSE - Billy Hallowell/The Blaze

Fresh off the heels of his major victories in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Rick Santorum sought to solidify himself as the true conservative option during his CPAC 2012 address today in Washington, D.C. Throughout his nearly-30-minute speech, he attempted to convince the audience that he’s the candidate who best reflects their values. The Hill’s Cameron Joseph called it “one of the strongest speeches of his presidential campaign.”

In his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Santorum drew sharp contrasts between himself and both President Obama and Mitt Romney, although he didn't mention the former Massachusetts governor by name. - The Hill

“Government will own you because you will have to pay tribute to Washington in order to get the care you need for your children,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “The major reason I’m in this race is because I believe ObamaCare is a game-changer for America.

“We've seen the president of the United States not only tell you what insurance coverage you should have, how much you’re going to pay, how much you’re going to be fined if you don’t, but now he's telling the Catholic Church that they are forced to pay for things that are against their basic tenets and teachings, against their First Amendment right,” he said, framing the issue not just as a religious one but one of personal freedom.

“This is the kind of coercion that we expect,” Santorum added. “It’s not about contraception. It's about economic liberty. It's about freedom of speech. It's about government coercion. It's about government control of your lives and it's got to stop!”
The audience roared to its feet — the standing ovation lasted a full 30 seconds.

Santorum could be the trial by fire the GOP needs - HotAir
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Senator Marco Rubio Addresses CPAC 2012

Rick Perry: I was right about Obama's war on religion



"Who would have thought, that when I talked about President Obama's war on religion that now its probably the biggest issue that's being talked about today," Perry said. - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner

No Double Play

The Obama administration sets off religious wars even as if fights its own. - Peter Hannaford on 2.10.12 at The American Spectator Online

In two areas the Obama Administration has been proving itself too clever by half. It had hoped to score a double play by subsidizing "green" energy companies and forcing Catholic institutions into a once-size-fits-all contraception policy. Instead, both efforts have produced unwanted results.

Almost from Inauguration Day, Obama's Department of Energy has been giving loans and loan guarantees to solar, wind and car battery companies. Normal due diligence by a private venture capital company would have denied (and probably did) loans to several of these, but this didn't stop the DoE. It was driven, after all, by the religion of Environmentalism, whose worshipers had given Obama so many votes in 2008 and continued to insist that Americans must be made to use less gasoline and industry must be made to use less energy to produce its goods.

Today seven or so of the energy companies that received the taxpayer-funded loans are now in bankruptcy, led by Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer, which received half-a-billion dollars.
The fact that the Bush Administration had decided against a loan to Solyndra was ignored by Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Mr. Chu is a respected physicist, but has no known business experience.

What business does the U.S. Government have dabbling in venture capital investments? None.

Private providers are very careful in assessing risks before investing in new ventures. Even then, some don't pan out. Most do and, in either case, it is private money at risk, not yours.
Just as ideology drove the unwise energy loans, so it has driven the Department of Health and Human Services edict that Catholic-owned hospitals, schools, colleges and charities must provide free contraception devices and services (including "morning after" pills) in all employees' health insurance policies. This is in opposition to the Catholic Church's long-held position on contraception.

A huge backlash has ensued following this edict, and it is far from over. Obama's minions were counting on the fact that many Catholics are not personally opposed to contraception and may practice it. What they overlooked was that this mandate forces Catholic institutions to choose between their consciences and the Department of HHS. Catholic bishops and many lay members -- as well as Protestants, Jews and others -- see this as an abridgment of religious freedom as protected by the First Amendment.

The pro-abortion forces, led by Planned Parenthood, have tried to frame the issue as one of "women's health." It is not. A large number of people -- many of them not Catholics -- are employed by the Catholic institutions targeted by the administration. Catholic Charities, a network of social services organizations, for example, has more than 70,000 employees. There is no record of an employee of this or any other Catholic institution, quitting because the institution's health insurance policies did not include free contraception devices. (Note: when we were young, this writer's wife purchased a contraception device recommended by her doctor. Health insurance policies did not provide free ones.)

Like the energy loans, this edict was driven by the ideology of Obama's left-liberal base which is pushing towards it goal of "single-payer" (that is, federal government-controlled) health care. The edict was a far riskier tactic than the Obama forces had estimated. It could result in a major loss of Catholic votes in November.

Obama and his circle seem intent on forcing all elements of civil society into becoming vassals -- if not wards -- of the federal government, just as many of its policies seem designed to increase the number of American dependent upon that government. If he is reelected in November, it is likely he will succeed.
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Peter Hannaford’s latest book is “Reagan's Roots: The People and Places That Shaped His Character.”

Thursday, February 9, 2012

L.A. Board of Supervisors Impose $1,000 Fine for Having Fun on the Beach



The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to raise fines to up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or a Frisbee on any beach in Los Angeles County. - Michelle Malkin

The updated rules now prohibit “any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll” any object other than a beach ball or volleyball “upon or over any beach” between Memorial Day and Labor Day.... Digging holes in the sand over 18 inches deep is also prohibited

In other words, the states are stuck trying to meet an impossible NCLB standard by 2014 and Congress is stuck trying to reach a compromise on revised standards before then. But rather than merely waiving the current standards until Congress has come up with something new, O’s actually going to impose new standards of his own as a condition of the waiver

He’s basically swapping out a federal law for his own policy, in other words. Just like he did in ignoring the War Powers Act to wage war in Libya, just like he did in ignoring the Recess Clause to appoint Cordray and the new NLRB commissioners. - HotAir

This strategy of bypassing Congress with unilateral executive action actually dates back nearly two years, well before the GOP took back the House, but he’s gotten more aggressive with it lately as our gridlocked Congress’s approval rating sinks ever deeper into the toilet. He’s making a bet here about the public’s view of separation of powers: So long as he can argue that he’s taking action towards a virtuous end — and education is as virtuous as it gets politically — voters will let him slide on the legal niceties. A war to avert a humanitarian disaster in Libya, a new consumer-protection advocate, relief for public schools from onerous, unrealistic federal regulations: The ends justifies the means in all three cases because that darned “do-nothing Congress” he’s running against refuses to see the light.

Obama declares himself dictator of education - Conn Carroll/Washington Examiner

Any time the federal government decreases its role in education should be a good thing. But that is not what Obama is doing. The Heritage Foundation's Lindsey Burke reports:
These are not simply waivers to provide relief to states from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind. These are conditions-based waivers, and the strings attached to this “relief” further tether states to Washington.
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One of the most concerning conditions attached to the waivers is a requirement that states adopt common standards and tests or have their state university approve their standards. None of the waiver-approved states opted for the latter. The administration’s various carrots and sticks ($4.35 billion in Race to the Top grants and potential Title I dollars) had already pushed them to begin implementing the Common Core national standards and tests.

When national organizations and the Department of Education dictate standards and tests, they effectively control what can—and can’t--be taught in local schools. The degree to which these critical decisions are about to be centralized and nationalized is unprecedented in America.
Even worse, nothing in federal law grants Obama the power to issue these conditional waivers. He is unilaterally rewriting federal education policy through selective enforcement. The American Enterprise Institute's Frederick Hess tells the Christian Science Monitor: "NCLB, for all its flaws, was crafted by the US Congress … [but] these waivers impose a a raft of new federal requirements that were never endorsed by the legislative branch. Once this administration opens this door, it’s hard to imagine future administrations not building on this precedent."

Sen. Rubio blasts White House on religious conscience controversy



As the furor grew over the recent Obama administration ruling regarding abortion-related services at faith-based hospitals, Florida's freshman Republican Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up the counter-attack from Capitol Hill. - Human Events

Rubio added his view that this is "the first time" an administration has clashed with faiths over matters of conscience and said if the president doesn't change his mind on the issue, "we [Congress] will have to do it for him."

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are entering negotiations over — or seeking ratification of — five treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty and the reach of our democratic institutions.

Obama’s sneaky treaties - Dick Morris/The Hill

Particularly scary is that the treaties, once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts.

Those who wish to preserve our sovereignty and democratic control over our future must rally to block these treaties, either by pressing Obama and Clinton not to sign them or by blocking their ratification.

International Criminal Court — Clinton has reversed George W. Bush’s policy and entered into negotiations over U.S. participation in the court. Specifically, the leftists who are sponsoring the court wish to create a new crime of “aggression,” which is essentially going to war without the approval of the United Nations....

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) has been signed, and the Obama administration — with the aid of RINO Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.) — will push for its ratification as soon as Lugar’s primary in Indiana is over this year....LOST will also oblige us to hand over our offshore drilling technology to any nation that wants it … for free. ...Read the rest...

Video: The Obama 2012 fashion show!



The ad opens with shots of the invitation to the event, co-hosted by actress Scarlett Johansson and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Both have been prominent donors for the president in the past. Subsequent shots of the invitation reveal other big-name attendees, including pop stars Beyonce Knowles and Sean Combs and fashion icons Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg and Vera Wang - HotAir

Rick Santorum’s Missouri victory speech: Full transcript

at The Washington Post

Gallup: Obama's approval below reelection standard

According to Gallup's most recent daily tracking poll, Obama's current approval rating is even at 47 percent. He has not been over 50 percent since Osama bin Laden was killed last May. - Conn Carroll/Washington Examiner

House passes line item veto in rare bipartisan action

Critics of the line-item veto says it will turn the presidency into a monarchy, some hesitated in giving the power to Obama. - Audrey Hudson/HUMAN EVENTS

The House Wednesday passed a presidential line-item veto in a rare show of bipartisan support despite criticism from both sides of the aisle that the bill is unconstitutional and gives the executive branch too much power.

The measure passed 254 to 173 with 57 Democrats voting yes and 41 Republicans voting no.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, and the panel’s ranking Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, authored the bill that they
said would help cut wasteful government spending.

“We believe this bill will return trust, accountability, and transparency to the way we spend the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars,” Ryan said.

For example, Ryan said, members of Congress will have to be more accountable to public scrutiny when appropriating $40 million for a rainforest museum.

“This will make every member of Congress think twice … that they might have to justify this spending bill on the merits,” Ryan said. “We think this act of sunshine and transparency will help improve the integrity of the spending in Congress.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What would happen, though, if a website covered the left in the same way that the left covers the right? You are about to find out.

CONTINETTI: COMBAT JOURNALISM - TAKING THE FIGHT TO THE LEFT


...Try as they might, conservatives could not command anything that approached the cultural power of the progressives. The reigning trends and theories and opinions in New York and Washington set the standard and tone of news coverage and political debate throughout the country. There was simply no way for the right to correct a misimpression or caricature once it set like concrete in the public mind....

The desolate playing field was littered with the political detritus of conservatives and Republicans who had been unprepared for the blitz. Yet a few on the right looked around at the carnage, scratched their heads, and wondered: What if we returned fire?

New media led the conservative counterattack. Exposing the CBS forgeries provided a model: Scrutinize the left’s claims with the same adversarial techniques that the left uses to cover the right. Don’t back down from confrontation. Stick to the facts and avoid the cul-de-sac of conspiracy theory.

Andrew Breitbart pioneered the new approach. His websites were dedicated, impassioned, and broke news. Glenn Beck exposed White House czar Van Jones’s radical, 9/11-Truth past. Guerilla journalist James O’Keefe performed sting operations that led to ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and NPR having very bad days. Tucker Carlson’s website, The Daily Caller, published excerpts from the Journolist, which showed liberal writers coordinating their party line....

What would happen, though, if a website covered the left in the same way that the left covers the right?

You are about to find out. The Washington Free Beacon is here to enter the arena of combat journalism. Our talented staff will add to the chorus of enterprising conservative reporters, publishing original stories, seeking out scoops, and focusing on the myriad connections between money and power in the progressive movement and Obama’s Washington.

At the Beacon, we follow only one commandment: Do unto them.
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Dick Morris reviews Ameritopia

Broadly, he divides them into two camps: Utopians and Libertarians. He explains how utopians laid the basis for modern socialism, leftism, and Obamaism and how the libertarian (he calls it Americanism) enlightenment philosophers set the stage for modern conservatism and free market economics. - DickMorris.com

ObamaCare's Great Awakening: HHS tells religious believers to go to hell. The public notices.

What the law does cement is the principle that the government will decide for everyone what "health care" must mean. The entire thrust of ObamaCare is to standardize benefits and how they must be paid for and provided, regardless of individual choices or ethical convictions. - Wall St. Journal

The political furor over President Obama's birth-control mandate continues to grow, even among those for whom contraception poses no moral qualms, and one needn't be a theologian to understand why. The country is being exposed to the raw political control that is the core of the Obama health-care plan, and Americans are seeing clearly for the first time how this will violate pluralism and liberty....

The White House is now trying to cauterize the political damage and saying it is open to some "compromise" on its own contraception decision. But the rule is already final. HHS tried to sell it as a compromise when it was announced, and in any case HHS would revive this coercion whenever it is politically convenient some time in Mr. Obama's second term. Religious liberty won't be protected from the entitlement state until ObamaCare is repealed.

John Boehner: “The federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries. This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand”

Cardinal-Designate Dolan: President Obama Needs To Stop ‘Intruding Into Internal Life Of A Church’ - Contraception Issue Just Won't Die Down, Much To White House's Chagrin - New York CBS local

There was a sharp rebuke Wednesday from Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan that put even more pressure on the president to calm a widening election year uproar. The issue at hand was the president’s insistence that Catholic institutions provide free birth control to their employees.

Dolan came to the South Bronx to bless a library, but he had no blessings — just harsh words — for President Barack Obama, who wants Catholic institutions to pay for birth control, the morning after pill and other services for people who work for them.

“The federal government should do what it’s traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of a church,” Dolan told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

The leader of the New York Archdiocese picked up support from Speaker John Boehner, who said either Obama reverses the policy or the House will.



Rasmussen: Majority opposes Obama contraception mandate on religious organizations - HotAir
Obama Weighed Religious Politics Before Contraceptive Decision - Mike Dorning & Margaret Talev/Bloomberg News
Vice President Joe Biden and then-White House chief of staff Bill Daley, also Catholics, warned that the mandate would be seen as a government intrusion on religious institutions. Even moderate Catholic voters in battleground states might be alienated, they warned, according to the people familiar with the discussions.
White House tries to quell birth control storm - Carrie Budoff Brown & J. Lester Feder/Politico
This is Not Just a “Culture War,” It’s An Attack on The First Amendment - Ron Futrell/Big Journalism

How Santorum's sweep changes the GOP race (and how it doesn't)

The question now ahead of an unusual gap between nominating contests is whether last night represented a minor hiccup or a major setback for the former Massachusetts governor's hopes to win the GOP nomination. - Michael A. Memoli/LA Times

Despite the losses, the delegate math is unchanged. The caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado only started the delegate apportionment process in those states. And Missouri's primary was a nonbinding "beauty contest" -- the state GOP opted to hold caucuses next month when the legislature failed to move the primary to March to comply with new rules from both parties.

According to the Republican National Committee, Romney still leads the GOP field with 73 delegates. Gingrich has won 29, Paul 8, Santorum 3, and 30 are unbound. That's exactly where it stood Monday, too....

The biggest advantage Romney still has is in numbers. Had Santorum not succeeded as he did Tuesday, the pressure would have built for him to get out of the race. Instead, he and Newt Gingrich will still be fighting a two-front war, to establish themselves as the strongest "anti-Romney" and then to take on Romney himself.

President Obama, if you're not going to stop Iran, let Israel do the job!



Urgent. From Netanyahu’s Former Chief Of Staff Re: Iran - Dick Morris

Rep. Allen West: The Danger of A Nation of Dependents


Guest post at The Foundry - Heritage.org

As someone who grew up in inner-city Atlanta, I understand there are times when people need whatever help they can find. The social safety net—in conjunction with generosity from neighborhood groups, churches, charities, and private companies—can help lift Americans out of poverty and toward the path of self-reliance and individual prosperity. However, that “net” should never turn into a “hammock”—and that is what this President and his policies are allowing....

Your independence is a precious gift, protected by the Constitution and enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Fight for it. I know I will. Read the rest...

Dan Roberts for U.S. Congress



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Santorum surged as Romney and Gingrich fought

The shift to Santorum was fast and overwhelming. In the end, Santorum beat Romney by 27 points in a state Romney had won by 19 points back in 2008. - Byron York/Washington Examiner
Santorum scores major victories in GOP contests - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner

Ron Paul’s speech in Minnesota: ‘A strong second place, and it’s going to continue’

Ron Paul took second place in Minnesota's Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday night, pushing Mitt Romney into his first third-place finish of the 2012 campaign. (Video at the link)
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SANTORUM HAS HUGE NIGHT – Cleans Up In Missouri & Minnesota (and Colorado)


Caucus night open thread: Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri - Michelle Malkin
The first returns in Missouri, where Gingrich failed to make the ballot, showed Santorum with a lead over Romney with 1% of the total votes counted -- a turnout far too small to be considered a trend. - CNN
Results - CBS
Rick Santorum eyes conservative Republicans to fuel his revival in Tuesday caucuses - The Star
MO-MN-CO - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
SANTORUM HAS HUGE NIGHT – Cleans Up In Missouri & Minnesota - Update: Santorum Winning in Colorado, Too - Gateway Pundit
UPDATE: With 30% reporting in Colorado, Santorum is winning 42% to 30% over Mitt Romney. - cnn
Missouri primary, Minnesota and Colorado caucuses results: Santorum wins Missouri and Minnesota - Politico (image source)
Santorum Surge Returns: Wins Missouri, Minnesota; UPDATE: Wins Colorado - The Other McCain
UPDATE II: With the Associated Press reporting just 67% of precincts in Colorado, and Santorum leading Romney 39%-35%, the chairman of the Colorado GOP just called into Fox News to say that he has results from 99% of precincts, and Santorum has definitely won there.
UPDATE III: The results from Missouri:
Rick Santorum ………..138,957 — 55.2%
Mitt Romney ………….. 63,826 — 25.3%
Ron Paul ………………… 30,641 — 12.2%

Rick Santorum sweeps Tuesday contests with Colorado win - LA Times
Santorum revives campaign with wins in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota - Washington Post

Rush Limbaugh's Clint Eastwood "Halftime in America" Parody



"That's the Clint Eastwood ad that I would expect to hear at halftime if somebody tells me that there was one."

Reason TV's parody - (◼ Found at HotAir:)



The original piece of Propaganda:

Santorum running strong in first results

Caucus night open thread: Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri - Michelle Malkin
The first returns in Missouri, where Gingrich failed to make the ballot, showed Santorum with a lead over Romney with 1% of the total votes counted -- a turnout far too small to be considered a trend. - CNN
Results - CBS
Rick Santorum eyes conservative Republicans to fuel his revival in Tuesday caucuses - The Star

POLL: Ron Paul moves into 2nd place...

Romney's lead dips despite wins: Reuters/Ipsos poll - REUTERS

Feinstein challenger Elizabeth Emken


For the first time since she was elected in 1992, more Californians do not want Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein re-elected than do, and her likely Republican opponent hopes to capitalize on that desire for change to oust the three-term senator. - Alexis Levinson/Daily Caller

Elizabeth Emken, a former efficiency expert at IBM and Vice President of Government Relations for Autism Speaks, believes that 2012 is her year.

“When you look at a Congress that has an 84 percent disapproval rating, that means that for the most part, the people of this country and certainly California are looking for new leadership,” Emken said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “It’s really, when you think about it, very sensible and logical to say look, we have got to shake out the existing environment.”
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Maybe it’s dawning on Wisconsinites — even some who don’t like Walker’s policies — that it would be a disaster to cut his term in half at the behest of a special interest group. That would confirm Wisconsin’s public-sector unions as the state’s de facto rulers, which really would be the end of democracy.

The 2012 U.S. elections could be the most exciting and consequential in years. In Wisconsin, we might be looking at political Armageddon. - Charles Lane/Washington Post

For public-sector unions, the Walker recall is no mere exercise in payback. The unions, upon which Democrats depend heavily for funding and foot soldiers, say Walker must be ousted and his reforms reversed for the sake of the middle class. Progressive values — even democracy itself — are in mortal danger.

Actually, the opposite is true. The threat to such progressive goals as majority rule, transparent government, a vibrant public sector and equality comes from public-sector unionism.

Harry Reid's Parallel Universe

Even more amazing, he's hardly the only Dingy Democrat in Washington. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator Online 1.26.12

One year when George W. Bush was president, there was talk of his making recess appointments when Congress would be on holiday. Senate Leader Harry Reid countered by keeping the Senate technically in session by having one or two members show up each day. Bush, with the Constitution in mind, dropped the recess appointment idea.

Barack Obama, by contrast, went right ahead with a recess appointment last month, despite the fact the House Republicans stayed in session for the same reason -- to prevent such a move.
This time, Harry Reid said it was right and proper for Obama to do what he did. Reid saw neither the irony nor he inconsistency in this, for he lives in a parallel universe.

Prop. 8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules

A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year. - LA Times

The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8 have vowed to appeal.

Read the Proposition 8 decision - Sacramento Bee
9th Circuit holds Prop. 8 violates 14th Amendment - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
The Court essentially used a bootstrap argument — that since there was a prior right to samesex marriage (based on a California Supreme Court decision which gave rise to Prop. — the taking away of that right without justification violated the 14th Amendment. Judge N.R. Smith filed a 35 page dissent from this finding.

The Court also held that (i) the supporters of Prop. 8 did have standing to defend the law, deferring to the Certified Opinion of the California Supreme Court, and (ii) trial court Judge Walker did not have to recuse himself based on his own longterm samesex relationship. These two findings were unanimous.
Document drop: Lib 9th circuit panel rules Proposition 8 unconstitutional - Michelle Malkin
Calif. court declares Prop 8 unconstitutional – Updates coming in - HotAir

California Republican Party Announces GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich to Speak at State Party Convention


Gingrich appearance signals California Primary may play key role in 2012 Presidential Election

SACRAMENTO, CA – State Republican Party chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced today that GOP presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will headline an event at the State Republican Convention this month.

"It is my privilege to welcome one of the most dynamic figures in GOP politics over the last 50 years," said Chairman Del Beccaro. "Speaker Gingrich brings energy and vision to the Convention during a critical election year."

Gingrich will be the keynote speaker at Saturday's lunch event during the Convention which will run February 24th through 26th in the Bay Area.

"Speaker Gingrich's appearance at this month's Convention illustrates the importance of California as a key Primary state this election cycle," said Eric Beach, California Finance Chair to Gingrich. "There are more delegates in California than have been awarded in all of the other States’ primaries to date."

For more information on the Convention, visit ◼ CAGOP.org.

Project Veritas: Registering Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to Vote in Minnesota



On the day of the Minnesota Caucus, shocking video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – broken here first at PJ Media – shows how easy it is to register NFL stars Tim Tebow, Tom Brady and practically anybody else to vote in that state. - Roger L Simon/PJMedia

The expected bill is the latest attempt by the Democrats to broadly expand the authority of executive branch agencies over the Internet. Details about the bill remain shrouded in secrecy.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, following a recent anti-piracy legislative debacle with SOPA and PIPA, will lead his second effort of 2012 to push Internet-regulating legislation, this time in the form of a new cybersecurity bill. - Josh Peterson, Tech Editor/Daily Caller

In California: The new voter registration statistics are bad news for Republicans, and the closer you look, the worse it becomes for the GOP.

Here is the number of counties, coastal or inland, where Republicans are a majority: zero. - Ethan Rarick/Fox&Hounds

When the Secretary of State released the new report the other day, plenty of people noted that statewide Republican registration is now at an all-time low of 30.4. But even more striking is GOP registration in the 20 coastal counties (those that touch either the Pacific Ocean or San Francisco Bay). It’s down to 27 percent.... (Even in more conservative areas of the state, Republicans can muster only a plurality, not a majority.)

The Coming of the New Ice Age: End of the Global Warming Era?

I just finished reading a terrifying new book about climate change. - Zombie at PJMedia

I realized: The solution (commit civilizational suicide) always remains the same; all that differs are the wildly divergent purported “crises” proffered up to justify the imposition of the solution....

Turns out my choice of reading material (discovered recently at a rummage sale for 25¢, in case you’re curious) was fortuitous, as climate change — and ice ages — are suddenly back in the headlines this past week. And the news is not good for the crisis-mongers.

First we learned that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is actually helping us stave off the next inevitable ice age by a few years. Yes, you read that right: the “runaway global warming” scenario is now off the table; a new ice age is coming for sure, and whatever human warming effects there may be will only make our descent into the deep freeze a little more comfy.

Then, in a different breakthrough, leading scientists announced the discovery of a heretofore undetected type of molecule in the atmosphere which spurs cloud formation and negates global warming effects. Thanks to something called “Criegee biradicals,” the more we pollute, the more clouds form, and the cooler the planet becomes. Thus, the cumulative effect on the climate due to mankind’s activity: zilch. So for the second time in a week, the entire Anthropogenic Global Warming theory was fatally undermined....

Missouri Presidential Primary, and Minnesota and Colorado Republican Caucus today

A Political Math Problem - The Other McCain

Between now and Super Tuesday on March 6, the calendar looks like this:
Feb. 7
Colorado (caucus) ……………………. 36 delegates
Minnesota (caucus) ………………….. 40 delegates
Missouri (non-binding primary) … 0 delegates
Feb. 11
Maine (caucus) …………………………. 24 delegates
Feb. 22 — Arizona Debate (CNN)
Feb. 28
Arizona (primary) ……………………… 29 delegates
Michigan (primary) …………………… 30 delegates
March 1 — Georgia Debate (CNN)
March 3
Washington (caucus) …………………. 43 delegates
So there will be 202 delegates awarded before Super Tuesday, 100 of which will be awarded before the next debate on Feb. 22.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Could Be the Dark Horse GOP VP Pick


Although largely unknown outside her district in eastern Washington state, Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers could be the next U.S. vice president. - The Swash
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Our Next Vice President? - Moms4SarahPalin
Cathy McMorris Rodgers could be the fall vice presidential surprise - Daily Caller

Fisker Automotive, which was granted a $529 million US Dept. of Energy loan guarantee and then announced they would assemble the first line of cars in Finland, has announced layoffs at a Delaware plant that has yet to produce a single car:


The company says 26 Fisker employees have been let go from the Delaware factory where renowned automotive engineer Henrik Fisker promised to one day begin producing affordable electric sedans. - Michelle Malkin

A Delaware newspaper also reported that subcontractors working on the car venture have been let go.

Pete Wilson endorses Mitt Romney, to serve as California co-chairman

Former California Gov. Pete Wilson endorsed GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney today and will serve as the candidate's honorary co-chairman in California, the Romney campaign announced - Sacramento Bee

Wilson critics immediately trashed the choice. Eliseo Medina, international secretary treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, said Romney's association with Wilson will hurt him with Latino voters.

Obama Freezes Iranian Government, Central Bank Assets in U.S.

President Barack Obama ordered a freeze on all Iranian government and central bank assets held in the U.S. or any foreign branch of a U.S. entity, the White House announced today. - Newsmax

Previously, only assets belonging to sanctioned Iranian entities or individuals were frozen. The order signed by the president yesterday blocks all property and interests in property belonging to the Iranian government, its central bank, and all Iranian financial institutions, even those that haven’t been specifically designated for sanctions by the U.S. Treasury.

Santorum’s got game


From the Santorum campaign: Polls have provided empirical data to this trend in the key battleground states of Minnesota and Colorado, where Rick Santorum has emerged as the clear conservative alternative to moderate Mitt Romney. - Michelle Malkin
Rasmussen: Nationally, Rick Santorum is the only Republican contender to beat President Barack Obama head-to-head. - Rasmussen
Santorum Only GOP Candidate Beating Obama, Rasmussen Daily Poll Finds - CNS (image source)

Andrew Breitbart and Tucker Carlson's Dinner with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn

Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn auctioned off an evening for dinner in their home in Chicago and Tucker Carlson of “The Daily Caller” took advantage of the opportunity. For $2,500 Tucker and a few of his friends secured an evening with the radical couple. - The Victory Sessions

Tucker invited along Andrew Breitbart who called into Stephen K. Bannon’s “The Victory Sessions” on KABC and gave a play-by-play of the meal. Breitbart said that they had “no game plan” going in to the evening, and that strategy produced an unforgettable event that the Ayers won’t soon forget. ◼ FULL INTERVIEW with Andrew Breitbart

Celebrate President Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday



Leave a Tribute to Ronald Reagan at Heritage Foundation

California Supreme Court Chooses Citizen Redistricting Commission Senate Maps

This is the fourth legal decision which has upheld the work of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. - Huffington Post
...not only do the Commission-certified Senate districts appear to comply with all of the constitutionally mandated criteria set forth in California Constitution, article XXI, the Commission-certified Senate districts also are a product of what generally appears to have been an open, transparent and nonpartisan redistricting process as called for by the current provisions of article XXI.
Back to the campaign drawing board for California Republicans. - CalWatchDog

The immediate fallout: State Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, told his hometown paper that he wouldn’t seek reelection, due to the unfavorable maps approved by the court. In another swing seat, Republicans have yet even to field a candidate. State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection in order to run for a new seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If Republicans lose both state Senate seats, their Senate caucus will be reduced to fewer than 14 members, the all-important two-thirds threshold that gives Republicans the ability to block tax increases. At 13 Republican and 27 Democratic state senators, Democrats in the Senate could vote to impose infinite tax increases.

“It’s going to be seriously difficult for Republicans to stay above one-third in the Senate because of this,” California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro complained to the Mercury News. “It puts the two-party system in the Senate in jeopardy.”

Republicans can now put a cost on their defeat: $2.1 million.

Senator Marco Rubio Defends Life



On Feb. 1, 2012, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) rallied pro-life supporters at the Susan B. Anthony List's (SBA List) fifth annual Campaign for Life Gala in Washington, D.C., saying that the country "can never truly become what it fully was intended to be unless it deals with [abortion] squarely...it's that important." Rubio also noted that America can do nothing more important than show the world that "all life is worthy of protection."

Marco Rubio Gives Amazingly Powerful Pro-Life Speech - Life News

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to achieve orgasm during sex: Match.com survey

It’s the G-OHHHHH-P! - NY Daily News

Republicans are more likely to have better sex than Democrats, according to a new, 5,000-subject survey released by Binghamton University and Match.com on Friday.

"Hidden" mortgage fee paying for payroll tax cut

Just before Christmas, American workers got a rare gift from Washington politicians - the current payroll tax cut would be extended for two more months. - CBS

At the time, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner lauded the move to avoid a tax increase for millions of working Americans.

But there's something the politicians weren't bragging about - the fact that they're paying for the two-month tax cut with what has turned into a brand new fee on home buyers.

The new fee is a minimum of one-tenth of 1 percent on Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed loans, and is likely to go much higher.

It will be imposed for the next 10 years on most mortgages and refinancings and it lasts for the life of the loan.

For every $200,000, it amounts to an extra $15 dollars a month.

It's bad news for Patty Anderson, who's buying a home in Virginia.

Anderson will save a couple hundred dollars from having her payroll tax cut extended but her mortgage broker told her the new fee would cost her almost $9,500.

"I was absolutely startled that it would add up to that much," she said.

The $35.7 billion collected in fees won't go into the Social Security fund to replace the lost payroll tax. It goes to the general treasury where Congress can spend it however they please.

Surprise! Borrowers get to pay for payroll-tax holiday - HotAir

So you think you got a payroll-tax holiday for free? Think that the big fat-cat mortgage lenders will foot the bill as part of Obama’s promise to make the cut pay for itself? CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson delivers the wake-up call to home buyers, who will pay a pretty penny for the latest gimmick of Obamanomics:



Middle Class Payroll Tax Cut Extension Comes Courtesy of Mortgage Fees on Home Buyers - Michelle Malkin

During the clamor to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut, President Obama asked “What does $40 mean to you?”

His opponents of the way the extension was handled might now be able to counter with, “What does $9,500 mean to you?”

Obama's isolation leads to skewed decisions

It's unusual when a reporter sympathetic to a politician writes a story that makes his subject look bad. But Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker has now done this twice. - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

The first time was in an article last April on Obama's foreign policy in which he quoted a "top aide" (national security adviser Tom Donilon? It sounds like him) saying that the president was "leading from behind" on Libya. Not what most Americans expect their presidents to do.

Now, in an article based on leaked White House memos marked up by Obama, Lizza has done it again.

Contrarian liberal blogger Mickey Kaus sums it up: "The president's decision-making method--at least as described in this piece--seems to consist of mainly checking boxes on memos his aides have written for him."

A $60 billion cut in the stimulus package? "OK." Use the reconciliation process to pass the health care bill? A check mark in the box labeled "yes."

Include medical malpractice reform in the health care bill? The man who as an Illinois legislator often voted "present" writes, "We should explore it."

According to Lizza, Obama prefers getting information and making decisions by staying up late and reading memos rather than meeting with people -- a temperament that's a liability because face time with the president is one of his major sources of political capital.

Worse Than Death Panels

During the debate over ObamaCare, more than one critic charged that government panels would make life and death decisions affecting patient care. - John C. Goodman /Townhall

Now it seems the Obama administration is contemplating something that is even scarier: doctors would be given immunity from malpractice lawsuits, but only if they practice medicine according to government guidelines. The pressure would be enormous. Have you ever met a doctor who wanted to be sued?

Romney turns guns on Santorum

The campaign has sent out three press releases attacking the former Pennsylvania senator in the past 24 hours — and is trotting out lead-surrogate former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to attack Santorum in a conference call this afternoon. - HotAir
Romney Shifts Targets To Santorum - Buzzfeed
Romney vs. Santorum? - Bill Kristol/Weekly Standard
If Mitt Romney wins all three contests tomorrow, it's not the end of the race—but it might be the beginning of the end. Winning three out of five (the current situation) is good for a candidate; winning six out of eight is commanding. Are you convinced of the case for Romney? If so, vote for Mitt.
It’s hard to know how strongly the Romney campaign will go after Santorum. Everything will be driven by internal polling as to whether Santorum represents more than a localized problem. - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Krauthammer: Leak indicates Israeli attack on Iran ‘certain’

Last week in his Washington Post column, David Ignatius wrote that Israel was preparing to attack Iran to prevent it from being able to build a nuclear bomb. - Daily Caller

According to his Post opinion page colleague Charles Krauthammer, based on the source behind Ignatius’ claim it is likely an attack will occur.

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer explained his thought process.

“I think it’s fairly certain the Israelis are going to attack or you would not have had this leak, deliberately coming this week from secretary of Defense through David Ignatius of The [Washington] Post saying that he thinks there is a high likelihood Israel is going to attack, and then he went ahead and specified when. He said three months, April, May or June. And you don’t say that unless there is obviously indications from the Israelis that they are going to do this even if they get and they are getting a signal from the United States not to do it.”

"If Romney sweeps February, the arc of his effort will be so strong... it will be over."

Analysis: Romney Win Leaves Rivals Few Options - AP

Mitt Romney's big win in Nevada four days after his breakthrough victory in Florida spells big trouble for his remaining rivals. Simply put: Is there any way to stop Romney now?

There is no question now that Republicans have begun to coalesce around the former Massachusetts governor's candidacy in earnest. He swept nearly every voting group in Nevada including those that have been slow to come aboard, such as tea party activists and voters who describe themselves as extremely conservative....

A handful of states hold caucuses this week, including Maine, Minnesota and Colorado. Then comes a three-week lull until primaries on Feb. 28 in Arizona and Michigan, where Romney grew up and where his father served as governor.

It's takers versus makers and these days the takers are winning

“Fifty thousand for what you didn’t plant, for what didn’t grow. That’s modern farming -- reap what you don’t sow.” - Glenn Harlan Reynolds/Washington Examiner

That’s a line from a song about farm subsidies, “Farming The Government,” by the Nebraska Guitar Militia.

But these days it applies to more and more of the U.S. economy, as Charles Sykes points out in his new book, A Nation Of Moochers: America’s Addiction To Getting Something For Nothing.

The problem, Sykes points out, is that you can’t run an economy like that. If you tried to hold a series of potluck dinners where a majority brought nothing to the table, but felt entitled to eat their fill, it would probably work out badly. Yet that’s essentially what we’re doing.

In today’s America, government benefits flow to large numbers of people who are encouraged to vote for politicians who’ll keep them coming. The benefits are paid for by other people who, being less numerous, can’t muster enough votes to put this to a stop.

Marco Rubio pushes back at Obama contraception rules under healthcare plan

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Catholic who has always opposed abortion, has emerged as one of the leading national warriors in the politically explosive cultural war over birth control. - Miami Herald

Sitting in his pew at St. Louis Catholic Church in Miami one recent Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio heard the same homily as other parishioners who were urged by church leaders nationwide to contact Congress about the use of contraceptives.

Uniquely positioned to act, the Republican senator last week filed legislation that would repeal part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring some religious institutions to offer their employees contraceptives and family planning services as part of their health insurance coverage....

Rubio defended his legislation Friday in an op-ed in the New York Post.

“From a practical standpoint, this will force Catholic organizations to make an unacceptable choice: Ignore a major tenet of their faith, or not provide any insurance to their employees and be punished with a federal fine for violating ObamaCare’s mandate on employers,’’ Rubio wrote. “As Americans, we should all be appalled by an activist government so overbearing and so obsessed with forcing mandates on the American people that it forces such a choice on religious institutions.’’

Obama plays his anti-Catholic card - Hugh Hewitt/Washington Examiner

Obamacare vs. the Catholics, The administration’s breach of faith. - Weekly Standard

The battle is joined on religious liberty - Kathleen Parker/Washington Post Writers Group

At the heart of recent cases is the right to act on one's moral beliefs without fear of intimidation and/or government coercion.

These immediate battles may be about abortion or contraception, but ultimately they are about whether we stand firm on our nation's core beliefs in freedom of conscience and religious liberty. The stakes could not be higher and, though surely political, the endgame shouldn't be about Republican or Democratic war spoils.

The fundamental question is: Who are we? As we individually search for the answer, we know this much: Coercion and intimidation are the tools of mobs and tyrants and have no place in this calculus.

Democrat Party Is Losing Christian Voters in Droves - Obama's attacks on religion is turning away believers. - Jim Hoft/Human Events

Mexico conservatives back woman presidential candidate


Voters from Mexico's ruling conservative party selected their first woman presidential candidate on Sunday, choosing a former education minister to battle the opposition's nominee, who has a big lead in the polls. - Reuters (image source)

National Action Party (PAN) voters threw their support behind former party congressional leader Josefina Vazquez Mota, pushing aside Ernesto Cordero, a close ally of President Felipe Calderon.

Jose Espina, who organized the vote, announced Vazquez Mota was ahead with 55 percent support with around 87 percent of the votes counted, more than enough to secure the party nomination. Cordero came in second with 38 percent.

The Gore Effect kicks in, plus ça change …

(T)he “Gore Effect”, which says that wherever His Nobelity Albert Gore III might hold a Climastravaganza to remind the world of the critical and imminent climate overheating that we can only avert by sending him some more money, it will be way below the average temperature for that location and time. - Watts Up With That?


Heck, even Antarctica can’t resist the Gore effect. Case in point? Big Al, along with the failed serial doomcaster James Hansen and billionaire Richard Branson, are currently in the Weddell Sea, off the Antarctic Peninsula, just chillin’ with the penguins.... if you look at Figure 1, you’ll see that the area right where they are is running about 15°C (27°F) colder than normal … and normal even in the summer is kinda cold to start with.

Europe's cold snap spreads west - CNN

The cold snap that wreaked havoc on eastern and central Europe this week moved west on Saturday, triggering a rare snowfall in Rome and prompting Heathrow Airport to cancel some flights.

Ukraine appears to be the worst affected so far, with Poland, Romania, Serbia and Belarus also suffering much more severe winter conditions than usual.

A total of 122 people have frozen to death in Ukraine since the cold spell started more than a week ago, the state-run news agency Ukrinform reported, citing government ministries. More than 1,500 people have been hospitalized, it said.

In Rome, residents woke up to snow for the first time since 1985. The rare precipitation caused traffic jams and left some people stranded.

While further west, in London, Heathrow Airport said it would cancel approximately 30% of its flights on Sunday in response to the winter weather.

Tragic winter weather in Europe doesn’t fit the Mannian narrative... a bitterly cold winter in Europe with snow reaching into northern Africa which has caused nearly three hundred deaths. You can decide who’s committing “journalistic malpractice”. - Watts Up With That?

Heaviest snow ever in Bosnia - News24

Happy 101st Birthday President Reagan



Reagan’s birthday prompts Obama comparisons - Daily Caller

The above video — which juxtaposes Reagan’s and Barack Obama’s “two visions of America” — was produced by American’s for Prosperity (AFP). “On Reagan’s birthday, I can’t help but miss the President more than ever,” said AFP president Tim Phillips. “His vision for America contrasts so sharply with the big-government waste and cronyism that will be the legacy of the Obama Administration.”

Sunday, February 5, 2012

#Occupy Protesters Heckled Outside Super Bowl

Fail. Only around 50 Obama-endorsed #Occupy protesters turned out today to protest the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.... - Gateway Pundit

They were heckled by spectators who told them, “Get a job!”

Rick Santorum With Dr. James Dobson

The Maine Republican Party is encouraging all municipal committees to hold their caucuses between February 4th and 11th.

MAINE G.O.P. 2012 CAUCUS INFORMATION

Gingrich on ‘Meet the Press’

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


The morning after the Nevada caucuses, the GOP presidential candidate discusses his path forward, why he believes Mitt Romney can’t beat Barack Obama, and the “war against religion” he believes is being waged in the United States.

Halftime in America

Next President could alter stance of federal appeals courts

A second term for President Barack Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals courts, the final stop for almost all challenged federal court rulings. - AP/Seattle PI

Despite his slow start in nominating judges and Republican delays in Senate confirmations, Obama has still managed to alter the balance of power on four of the nation's 13 circuit courts of appeals. Given a second term, Obama could have the chance to install Democratic majorities on several others.

Fourteen of the 25 appeals court judges nominated by Obama replaced Republican appointees.

The next president, whether it's Obama or a Republican, also has a reasonable shot at transforming the majority on the Supreme Court, because three justices representing the closely divided court's liberal and conservative wings, as well as its center, will turn 80 before the next presidential term ends.

The three justices are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the court's liberal wing, conservative Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy, who leans conservative but on some issues provides a decisive vote for the liberals.

Already, the jockeying for 2016 has begun

DISTANT as it may now seem, with the Republican race dominating the news and President Obama sitting in the White House, the Democrats are not all that far from the tumult of another nominating contest themselves. - NYT

No matter what happens on Election Day in November, when Mr. Obama wakes up the next morning, he will no longer be the future of his party. If he loses, attention will immediately turn to which Democrat might be able to pick up the pieces from the deep disappointment of his one term. If he wins, the party will begin turning to who might be able to accomplish the difficult task of winning a third straight term for one party. Already, the jockeying for 2016 has begun.

Local: Campaign finance disclosure forms filed for Humboldt County supervisors race

Campaign finance disclosure forms filed for supervisors; Rex Bohn leads on contributions in all races with more than $93,000 - Donna Tam/Times-Standard

Recently filed campaign finance forms (California Form 460s) show 1st District supervisor candidate Rex Bohn surpassing the candidates of every district by tens of thousands of dollars.... Aside from Bohn's sweep on contribution totals -- he raised nearly $94,000 -- the challengers in the 2nd and 3rd district races raised more money than the incumbents by several thousand dollars.

Fellow 1st District candidate Annette De Modena raised $1,105 in contributions, with no nonmonetary contributions. De Modena has loaned herself $13,000, leaving her with a total of $14,105 this period. Her fundraising efforts for the entire 2011 year netted $17,655. She has spent $17,412 so far. This leaves her with a current balance of roughly $242.

...Second District supervisor candidate Estelle Fennell raised a total of $31,972 with $30,598 in monetary contributions. In nonmonetary contributions, she raised $1,374.... The race's incumbent, 2nd District Supervisor Clif Clendenen, raised roughly $6,096 this period -- $5,977 in monetary contributions and $118 in nonmonetary contributions.

...Third District supervisor candidate Karen Brooks raised a total of $20,327 with $19,827 in monetary contributions.... Incumbent 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace raised $625, with a $500 monetary contribution from himself and $125 in contributions from various individuals who gave contributions that were less than $100.

SCOTT WALKER SUPPORTERS TAKE UP EFFORT TO WRITE IN GOV’S NAME IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

According to the Menomonee Falls Patch, the write-in effort started as a conversation on Facebook, but in little more than a week the page “Operation: Write in Scott Walker in Democrat primary“ garnered more than 900 ”likes.” - The Blaze

“If we can gain a majority of the votes in the [D]emocratic primary we will have defeated the [D]emocrats at their game and save [sic] the tax payers millions of dollars,” the page states. In addition to Wisconsin-related news, recent postings on the page include anti-Obama and anti-Nancy Pelosi links.

Such a write-in effort is possible under Wisconsin’s open primary system, which allows voters to vote in a party’s primary even if they do not share its political affiliation.

◼ Facebook: Operation: Write in Scott Walker in Democrat primary

MITT TAKES NV; RON, NEWT FIGHT FOR DISTANT SECOND