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It's the Economy, Stupid!
Author: BobR    Date: 01/11/2008 13:17:45

I know it's Friday, and I know we all want happy fun time, and for a lot of people it's payday, but for a lot of people... it's not anymore. Most of you have already heard that the jobless rate rose to the 5% mark last month. According to Merrill-Lynch (not exactly a bastion of liberal thought), that was the final straw. They have finally declared that Yes, we are in a recession:
The feared recession in the US economy has already arrived, according to a report from Merrill Lynch.
It said that Friday's employment report, which sent shares tumbling worldwide, confirmed that the US is in the first month of a recession.
Merrill Lynch said that the figures showing the jobless rate hitting 5% in December were the final piece in that puzzle.

"According to our analysis, this isn't even a forecast any more but is a present day reality," the report said.

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204 comments (Latest Comment: 01/12/2008 06:47:01 by shelaghc)

A pol-fect Storm?
Author: Raine    Date: 01/10/2008 13:26:46

So what really happened in NH?

There seems to be a lot of questions out there, and not just from myself. the Polls were wrong, the polls were wrong! My kingdom! the polls were wrong!

Now, I am not trying to be all on everyone. I really am not. I think what we saw in NH was a perfect storm of everything that is wrong with media coverage, the voting system, and America's need for instant gratification. NH voters DO take voting seriously, and I do believe that the polls WERE wrong to a large extent. I saw one poll yesterday that differentiated between undecided and undeclared voters... ask yourself, is there a difference? I also believe that a large portion of republicans ended up voting for Hillary. I do not know if the pollster's took this phenomenon into account. That certainly affected the numbers. It is why I don't like anyone but my party voting in my party primary. Call me a segregationist, but I believe in this strongly. If I were an independent, then I believe I should be able to only vote for members of that party. These are Primaries, not the general election... But, I digress, another topic for another time.

There is another disturbing question here. Were the optical scanners used to count the votes legit? I actually saw this very issue get questioned on MSM yesterday. I was floored. I don't think they went far enough. From BlackBoxVoting.org:
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175 comments (Latest Comment: 01/11/2008 04:40:19 by Mondobubba)

Two Down, 48 to Go
Author: BobR    Date: 01/09/2008 13:32:34

The nation has another primary under its belt. As we all know by now, Hillary took the state with Obama in 2nd and Edwards in 3rd. On the Republican side, McCain took the state (not a big surprise there), followed by Romney and Huckabee a distant 3rd. 9ui11iani barely beat out Ron Paul for 4th, which shows just how much a tailspin his campaign is in, and how energized the Ron Paul supporters are.

McCain was called very early, not long after the polls closed. Hillary, however, wasn't called until much later. It was very close all night long, which really helped maintain the level of excitement. It gave us all a chance to watch the pundits blather and eat crow and gaze at their navels (they predicted an Obama blow out).
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217 comments (Latest Comment: 01/10/2008 04:52:00 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/08/2008 11:40:16

Good Morning. Today is our 1,756th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3911
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3772
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3450
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3052
Since Election (1/31/05): 2474

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 474

We find this morning's cost of war rolling through:

$ 483, 920, 300, 000 .00

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246 comments (Latest Comment: 01/09/2008 05:27:20 by livingonli)

Brit? Paris? Nope... this time it's Nashua!
Author: Raine    Date: 01/07/2008 13:47:26

The latest tabloid journalistic scuffle was not Brit or Lindsey or Paris, but rather involving Barack Obama. As reported yesterday:
But it was after Obama's speech that O'Reilly threw some elbows. And not so figuratively either.

Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson, a personal aide always at Obama's side during rope line handshakes, said O'Reilly yelled at him to get out of the way of his cameraman's shot. Nicholson said O'Reilly came around the waist-high barricade separating Obama from well-wishers.

"Then he grabbed me with both of his arms and tried to push me out of the way," Nicholson said after the campaign agreed to make him available to reporters.

O'Reilly, interviewed afterward by phone on Fox News, said he tried "to gently remove" Nicholson because he was standing in front of Fox's camera.

"We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation, but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on "The O'Reilly Factor." It is not going to happen," O'Reilly said.

Now I may be snarkily calling Billo a tabloid journalist, but this man is on a news network, he considers himself to be a journalist. He has an audience, albeit a shrinking one, but an audience nonetheless. I am used to seeing this behavior from the paparazzi, and places like OK! magazine, but this just goes too far.
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251 comments (Latest Comment: 01/08/2008 03:20:14 by livingonli)

Buddy, can you spare some change?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/06/2008 14:36:29

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles (495-429 BC)

Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it. (Unknown)

It was a double-header debate held in New Hampshire last night. And the secret word, in case you missed it was: CHANGE. Seems to be the buzz word of the day thanks to the decisive Barack Obama win in Iowa. First at bat, the republicans, I missed the first half-hour of them due to birthday celebrations with my wife, but I rather doubt I missed much.

Here is Velveeta’s report:
Boy, is Mitt Romney disliked! Even though he is not the leader (currently) the girls had their claws out on him. Mike Huckabee even got in a 2-circle-snap comeback to Mitt regarding his constant flip-flopping.
“I also supported the troop surge," Romney said, "Don't try to mischaracterize my position."
"Which one?" Huckabee shot back

Even John McCain jumped into the fray with a not-so veiled barb at Mitt, “I just want to say to Gov. Romney, we disagree on a lot of issues, but I agree you are the candidate of change," (Good one John).
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12 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2008 02:22:28 by TriSec)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/05/2008 14:08:40

Good Morning!

I've got a double this morning from Lew Rockwell.com.

Let's start with the horse races....if you live in a major state, you've got a primary election coming up sometime in the next 30 days, and probably no later than the next 60 days. Is everyone paying attention? We here at Four Freedoms have endorsed John Edwards, and of course we are open to any candidates anyone else wants to support.

As the 'token libertarian' in these parts (and a left-leaning one at that), I have been keeping an eye on the most Libertarian candidate of them all, a certain Republican congressman from Texas. In really paying attention to the campaign this year, I've also discovered that maybe I'm not as Libertarian as I used to think. After his stance on the war....many of his policies are just way to scary to even ponder.

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13 comments (Latest Comment: 01/06/2008 04:59:44 by Mondobubba)

Iowa Huckabee
Author: BobR    Date: 01/04/2008 13:15:07

... or at least the Republicans there do. He won a decisive victory in the Republican caucus, sending Romney off to nurse his wounds. Thompson finished a surprising 3rd. Guiliani didn't even register on the scale. It was a result few would have predicted several months ago when Guiliani was the assumed candidate (with an endorsement from Pat Robertson), when Thompson got Rove's minions working for him, when Romney supposedly got the endorsement from the Southern Baptists (although that was later qualified as not).

The Democratic caucus results were less surprising, ending in essentially a 3-way tie, with Obama slightly ahead. Edwards came in second, and Hillary finished third (perhaps the only real surprise here). The other candidates barely registered at all. Sadly, the results prompted both Dodd and Biden to bow out of the race. Because of this, we have removed the Dodd link from our ad/endorsement strip.
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83 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2008 03:39:17 by livingonli)

And... They're off!
Author: Raine    Date: 01/03/2008 13:36:03

Today is caucus day in Iowa. It's going to be cold but it doesn't look like the weather will be a reason not to turn out. That is good news. Seems like many students are going back to campus early so they can caucus. That could be very good news for Obama, since he is said to be popular among the college crowd. It also makes for a rather undecided race.

Bill Richardson is set to throw his support toward Obama. Just like Dennis, this is in case he finds himself not getting the 15% of the vote. So that is that. With Bill, I am not surprised at this move. Dennis tho, that one is going to take some time for it to sink and and digest.
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234 comments (Latest Comment: 01/04/2008 04:36:51 by livingonli)

ReDeclaration of Independence
Author: BobR    Date: 01/02/2008 06:30:10

It's a new year. Time for a new government by re-examining an old classic...
IN CYBERWORLD, Jan 2, 2008.

The unanimous Declaration of the fifty United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present President of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
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123 comments (Latest Comment: 01/03/2008 02:16:22 by TriSec)

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