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Saturday, February 4, 2012

“This Week In Blogs” - The Video That’s Going Viral

“This Week In Blogs” - The Video That’s Going Viral

Stephen Green Is Hillarious

By Dell Hill

H/T - Smitty_one_Each

It’s “This Week In Blogs” and you have to see this video...

Today's 'Toon from Tony!!

Today's 'Toon from Tony!!

Because You’re Here, You May Be A Terrorist!

Because You’re Here, You May Be A Terrorist

Using An Internet Cafe Must Be A Sure Sign!

By Dell Hill

Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

February 1, 2012 in Featured
Public Intelligence

A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used for online privacy as potential signs of terrorist activity.  

The document, part of a program called “Communities Against Terrorism”, lists the use of “anonymizers, portals, or other means to shield IP address” as a sign that a person could be engaged in or supporting terrorist activity.  The use of encryption is also listed as a suspicious activity along with steganography, the practice of using “software to hide encrypted data in digital photos” or other media.  In fact, the flyer recommends that anyone “overly concerned about privacy” or attempting to “shield the screen from view of others” should be considered suspicious and potentially engaged in terrorist activities.

Logging into an account associated with a residential internet service provider (such as Comcast or AOL), an activity that could simply indicate that you are on a trip, is also considered a suspicious activity.  Viewing any content related to “military tactics” including manuals or “revolutionary literature” is also considered a potential indicator of terrorist activity.  This would mean that viewing a number of websites, including the one you are on right now, could be construed by a hapless employee as an highly suspicious activity potentially linking you to terrorism.

The “Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities” contained in the flyer are not to be construed alone as a sign of terrorist activity and the document notes that “just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not mean that he or she is suspicious.”  However, many of the activities described in the document are basic practices of any individual concerned with security or privacy online.  The use of PGP, VPNs, Tor or any of the many other technologies for anonymity and privacy online are directly targeted by the flyer, which is distributed to businesses in an effort to promote the reporting of these activities.”

Read the entire report by clicking right here.

Dell’s Bottom Line:

How incredibly foolish is this?

This administration is doing everything it can, as quickly as it can, to control every aspect our our lives.  And they’re openly encouraging YOU to actively help them!

There’s only one sure way to put a stop to this madness.  That opportunity arrives on November 6th.

"You May Kiss My Ring"

Michael Ramirez’ at Investors Business Daily

 It's quite obvious that President Barack Obama has declared cultural war on Catholicism.  He has ordered his administration to require Catholic hospitals to take part in abortion and abortion related procedures - very clearly in violation of the religious beliefs of the Church.  This will not end well for the upstart politician from Illinois - or his CINO supporters.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Today's 'Toon from Tony!!

Today's 'Toon from Tony!!

"Get 'Em While They're HOT!"

"These Deals Are Smokin'"

Holder Tells Congress He’s Taking Action....Against “Whistleblowers”!

Holder Tells Congress He’s Taking Action....Against “Whistleblowers”!

Never Mind The Illegal Acts That Cost People’s Lives

By Dell Hill

The real news of the day is taking place in Washington, D.C.  A Congressional hearing that delves deep into what actually took place on Fast & Furious, with Attorney General Eric Holder occupying the hot seat.

To give you a sense of the attitude held by Holder, watch and listen as he tells Darrell Issa how he has responded to mistakes within his agency.

Dell’s Bottom Line:

Impeach him now.  Dereliction of duty.  Perjury.  Obstruction of justice. Contempt of Congress.  All of the above.

Suddenly Pious Obama Preaches “Love Thy Neighbor”

Suddenly Pious Obama Preaches “Love Thy Neighbor”

“I wonder if Obama’s God also approves of murdering babies?” - DRH

By Dell Hill

And now the man is going all Godly on us!

That would be your President, Barack H. Obama.  

“Launched to an unsuspecting world from stage prop Greek columns in the summer of 2008 as The Messiah who could walk on water, Barack Obama revealed today all he has since done is for Jesus.

All that was missing at the National Prayer Breakfast, when he claimed that guidance for what he is doing to the Free World comes from above, were the Gregorian chants.

The Marxist misery he’s foisting on the Free World with his job-killing and spirit-killing policies don’t come from Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky, because, according to a freshly minted pious Obama,  it is all for Him.

Some of the true believers at this morning’s prayer breakfast must have all but fallen off their chairs when they heard the new Sermon from the Mount from a politician who has admitted he gets his prayer reminders via his Blackberry.

“And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk bout making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody.  But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’” (Buzzfeed, Feb. 2. 2012)”

Read the rest of Judi McLeod’s piece by clicking right here.

Dell’s Bottom Line:

I really need to buy a new pair of “swampers”, the BS from this man is getting so deep it’s just unbelievable.

And now that the campaign is in full swing, watch the alphabet networks highlight Obama’s “regular Sunday worship”...instead of his usual and customary 18 holes of golf.

What’s next, baptisms on the Potomac?

Conservatives Should Focus On Control Of The Senate

Conservatives Should Focus On Control Of The Senate

“With no chance of even nominating a Conservative for President, the focus swings to the next best thing.” - DRH

By Dell Hill

Call it “doom”.  Call it “gloom”.  Call it “all of the above”.

Conservatives are down in the dumps these days and with good reason.  The remaining Republican candidates in the 2012 primary are about as appealing to Conservatives as Castor oil.  They offer us nothing in exchange for our support and the hierarchy has been doing everything in its power to shove the TEA Party movement off to the side without as much as a “thank you” for handing control of the U.S. House of Representatives over to them in 2010.  

And the very worst part to swallow is Mitt Romney - clearly the leader in the chase for the Republican nomination, is about as Conservative as Bernie Sanders.  Despite what Ann Coultergeist might babble, Romney isn’t even close to holding Conservative values.  In fact, if he were to switch parties today, Romney would blend in perfectly with moderate Democrats.

Newt Gingrich?  I’m not sold.  Watching Newt sink into negative campaign mode with Romney in the run-up to the Florida primary was sickening.  Conservatives want a fighter; we just want one to understand that Barack Obama is the opponent!

Rick Santorum?  By comparison to Romney and Gingrich, Santorum looks like a saint.  Certainly a viable alternative.  He’s a good and decent man, but just doesn’t have the political magnetism it takes to attract excited support.

What to do?

David Freddosso was thinking along these same lines when he wrote this piece for the Washington Examiner.

“It understates the case to say that some conservatives are disappointed with the idea of nominating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to face President Obama this fall.    

So what to do if and when Romney finally sews this up?  The temptation is always there to drop out of the political process.  But if conservatives are interested in advancing their cause from beneath Romney's banner -- as they will likely have to -- they must think beyond the presidential race and to the elections that will provide context to its result for the next four years.
The institution in greatest need of conservative influence right now is the U.S. Senate, the place where House conservatives' ideas for limiting government and expanding the economy have been going to die for the last 13 months.  This year's Senate contests offer many opportunities to push the party and the nation to the right, and conservatives should pay attention.
The 2010 Senate election campaign had its share of conservative flops -- think especially of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada.  But it also brought in a contingent of active, stalwart freshmen who have shown independence in their first year of service.
Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have added their conservative voices to those of longer-serving colleagues like Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
But they remain outnumbered.  The challenge in 2012 will be to build up this group.  And the opportunities are certainly there.
In Arizona, the iconoclastic and libertarian-leaning Rep. Jeff Flake appears to have consolidated establishment GOP support for his open-seat Senate bid.
In April 2004, I was surprised to run into Flake in Allentown, Pa. -- he was there supporting then-Rep. Toomey in his first bid against liberal Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.
It was one of many lonely fights in which history would later vindicate Flake.  He made few friends in the House with his mid-2000s crusade against his colleagues' earmarks, but he eventually won that battle -- and the grudging respect of House leadership.
In Texas, the Democrats' best candidate dropped out of the open-seat U.S. Senate race before the filing deadline, so the action will be in the primary.  Ted Cruz, the state's former solicitor general and a rising conservative star, is challenging the GOP establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Cruz has climbed from nowhere to 18 percent support in the most recent poll.  That leaves him another 18 points behind Dewhurst, who had led by 29 in September.”

I invite you to read the entire post by clicking right here.

As Conservatives we are resigned to once again hold our nose and vote for anybody but Obama.  In 2012, it appears likely that vote will go to Mitt Romney.  However, a concentrated effort on electing Conservative candidates to the United States Senate is a very worthy goal.  It could, in fact, become more important than ever - especially if Obama should win a second term.

I’ll let the presidential primary chips fall where they may, and taking a much closer look at the senate races over the next few months.

Gingrich Challenge To Florida’s Winner Take All Primary Is Ill-Fated

Gingrich Challenge To Florida’s Winner Take All Primary Is Ill-Fated

Courts have repeatedly held that control of the process by which a party nominates its candidates is protected by the First Amendment’s right of association.

By Dell Hill

It’s about the same as passing a law that you know is unconstitutional from the very start.  That’s what the Republican National Committee did when it adopted Rule 15(b)(2) four years ago.  The intent was to penalize a state’s party committee in the event of rules violations regarding primary and caucus dates, specifically.  But a legal precedent had long-since been set which caused that rule to become instantly unenforceable.

Here’s the back-story from Ed Morrissey.

“Newt Gingrich wants Florida to apportion its delegates proportionally, not winner-take-all.  So does the RNC, at least officially.  Rule 15(b)(2), adopted in 2008, says that any primary or caucus that takes place before March 1st with the exceptions of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, “shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.”  However, can the RNC actually enforce this rule?  Even the RNC doesn’t think it can, as its top attorney, Bill Crocker, and one of its subcommittee chairs, John Ryder, explain:

With regard to proportionality, the RNC does not have the authority to intervene in a state’s primary plans beyond the imposition of the Rule 16 penalties.  A contest procedure exists for challenges to a state’s delegation or delegates.  The RNC cannot consider any issue regarding Florida’s delegation unless and until a proper contest is brought.  If a contest is properly and timely filed, the Committee on Contests and the RNC will have the opportunity to hear the contest and determine if there are any further steps to be taken beyond the penalties that have already been imposed.

Reid Wilson at the National Journal says that Rule 16 is as far as the RNC can go, which involved the loss of delegates to the convention, as well as a number of other perks and privileges.  Case law favors the state GOP on its decision to stick with winner-take-all:

What’s more, taking the fight to court isn’t likely to produce a favorable outcome for Gingrich.  Courts have repeatedly held that control of the process by which a party nominates its candidates is protected by the First Amendment’s right of association (Most recently, the Supreme Court decided, in California Democratic Party v. Jones, that even an open primary in which non-party members voted violated a party’s rights).  Good luck convincing a federal court to intervene in internal party rules.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Knowledge of the rules of the game makes a big difference. It’s why President Obama beat Hillary Clinton in 2008.  It’s why Gingrich isn’t on the ballot in Virginia.  And it’s why Romney remains in control of this race.”

Read Ed’s entire post by clicking right here.

Dell’s Bottom Line:

There’s no joy in Gingrichville tonight.  Mighty Newt has struck out.

What’s rather confusing is the fact that the legal advisers to the Gingrich campaign failed to research this issue and reach the exact same conclusions prior to letting their candidate issue a blustery public statement indicating a challenge to the winner take all provision.  Twenty-four hours later, Gingrich looks the fool for not doing his legal homework.

What this means is that Gingrich can challenge the decision, but stacks of case law - to and including Supreme Court decisions - indicate it would be a total waste of time.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Today's 'Toon from Tony!!

Gingrich Challenges Florida ‘Winner Take All’ Primary Results

Gingrich Challenges Florida ‘Winner Take All’ Primary Results

...And It Seems He has An Extremely Valid Beef

By Dell Hill via Allahpundit

I’ve scratched my head, wondering why the Republican National Committee allowed every news agency to give out the “winner take all” description of the Florida primary, when that proviso was supposed to be stricken.  Maybe now I’ll find out!

In the meantime, here’s the meat and potatoes...
“He’s got a case, I think.  Simple rule: Every state that goes before April 1 is required to award its delegates proportionally.  Florida was supposed to go after that date but moved up its primary in defiance of the RNC’s wishes.  They were penalized by having half of their 99 delegates taken away — but for some reason, their “winner take all” rule was allowed to remain in effect despite the date change.  So Romney ended up with 50 delegates last night while Gingrich got squat.

But maybe not for long:

The Newt Gingrich campaign is gearing up to challenge the results of the Florida Republican presidential primary based on the Republican National Committee’s own rules which state that no contest can be winner-take-all prior to April 1, 2012…

Fox News has learned exclusively that on Thursday, a Florida Gingrich campaign official will begin the process of trying to have the RNC rules enforced so that the Sunshine State delegates are distributed based on the percentage of the vote each candidate got.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus warned Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry of the violation in a December letter quoting the rule, “…’winner-take-all’ states cannot hold a primary or caucus before April 1, 2012.”

Newt’s goal here, of course, is to signal to his supporters that he’s in the race for the long haul by scrapping for every available delegate. If Florida used the simplest possible proportional rules instead of “winner take all,” Romney would win 23 delegates from his 46 percent last night and Newt would win 16 — reducing a 50-delegate margin to just seven in one fell swoop.”

Read Allahpundit’s entire piece by clicking right here.

Dell’s Bottom Line:

I waited until at least two of the big dogs - Associated Press and Fox News - declared the delegate totals before repeating them locally, but in the back of my mind was the original ruling concerning the winner take all provision.  Not a soul mentioned it until today...But, I’m glad they finally did!

As a public service, here's a reprinting of the Republican primary/caucus schedule from 2012 Presidential Election News

As a public service, here's a reprinting of the Republican primary/caucus schedule from 2012 Presidential Election News:

Full Primary/Caucus Calendar

January 3, 2012Iowa (caucus) – Results
January 10, 2012New Hampshire (primary) – Results
January 21, 2012South Carolina (primary) – Results
January 31, 2012Florida (primary) – Results
February 4, 2012Nevada (caucus)
February 4–11, 2012Maine (caucus)
February 7, 2012Colorado (caucus)
Minnesota (caucus)
Missouri (primary) – *See note below on Missouri
February 28, 2012Arizona (primary)
Michigan (primary)
March 3, 2012Washington (caucus)
March 6, 2012
(Super Tuesday)
Alaska (caucus)
Georgia (primary)
Idaho (caucus)
Massachusetts (primary)
North Dakota (caucus)
Ohio (primary)
Oklahoma (primary)
Tennessee (primary)
Vermont (primary)
Virginia (primary)
March 6-10, 2012Wyoming (caucus)
March 10, 2012Kansas (caucus)
U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus)
March 13, 2012Alabama (primary)
Hawaii (caucus)
Mississippi (primary)
March 17, 2012Missouri (GOP caucus) – *See note below on Missouri
March 18, 2012Puerto Rico (primary)
March 20, 2012Illinois (primary)
March 24, 2012Louisiana (primary)
April 3, 2012District of Columbia (primary)
Maryland (primary)
Wisconsin (primary)
Texas (primary)
April 24, 2012Connecticut (primary)
Delaware (primary)
New York (primary)
Pennsylvania (primary)
Rhode Island (primary)
May 8, 2012Indiana (primary)
North Carolina (primary)
West Virginia (primary)
May 15, 2012Nebraska (primary)
Oregon (primary)
May 22, 2012Arkansas (primary)
Kentucky (primary)
June 5, 2012California (primary)
Montana (primary)
New Jersey (primary)
New Mexico (primary)
South Dakota (primary)
June 26, 2012Utah (primary)

*Missouri: Missouri will hold a primary on February 7th, 2012, which will not count for delegates toward the 2012 GOP convention. The Missouri Republican Party will hold a caucus on March 17th, 2012, which will determine the delegates sent to the 2012 GOP convention.

Need Your Spirits Boosted Today?

Need Your Spirits Boosted Today?

By Dell Hill via The Washington Examiner

You look as though you need your spirits boosted today.

DR Hill has just what you need!

“Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried.  If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.

And here’s how the electoral map would look...

There!  Now don’t you feel better?

You’re Welcome.

The Vote Pump Video - This Is How Elections Are Really Won!

The Vote Pump Video

This Is How Elections Are Really Won!

By Dell Hill

Would you like to see how elections are really won?

Set aside six minutes and ten seconds to watch this video.

As Tina Korbe says:

“Simply put, this is one of the best videos I’ve watched in quite some time.  If you think Barack Obama will spend just $1 billion on his reelection effort, think again.  This president — like the president before him and the president before him — has at his disposal “The Vote Pump,” the elegant but unsustainable system by which the government taxes and borrows money to fund entitlement programs — and by which entitlement beneficiaries, in turn, vote to ensure the government will continue to tax and borrow money to pay their benefits.  You might know it better by another name: “The Wealth Redistribution Pump.”

Every minute the presidential candidates debate their plans to create jobs, reform the tax code, protect the country, achieve energy independence, explore space and strengthen the family (among other things) is a minute they don’t debate their plans to reform entitlements.  Those other issues are important — but, in the end, it’s the entitlement state that is bringing us to our knees.  It’s the welfare state that will, as The Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein argues, destroy us.

Bring up entitlement reform and emotionally-driven accusations will pepper the conversation.  Ground rules are required.  Here are the two I would propose: (1) Society has obligations to the weakest among us, to those who literally cannot work, but (2) The rule for those who can work ought to be, to borrow a Biblical principle, “He who does not work, neither let him eat.”  (Ironically enough, that second principle was invoked by Lenin himself — but he limited the meaning of “work” to labor.  A better definition might be the creation of value, under which definition the activity of the “bourgeoisie,” the control of the means of production, is also work.)

Incidentally, it shows far less concern for the happiness of people to give them handouts than it does to require them to earn their success.  The correlation between earned success and happiness is well-documented. It’s shabby and shameful that politicians care more about their own reelection and the consolidation of power among them than the happiness of those whose votes they buy with handouts.”