Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Santorum's Hat Trick; White House Backing Off ObamaCare Mandate?; Is It Fair Mr. President; Suck It Up Buttercup

"Report: Syria Running Dangerously Low On Civilians To Oppress." The Onion

  • Santorum pulled off a hat trick last night in Miz-ur-a, Colorado and Minnesota by besting everyone left in the race. As the Huffinton Post reported (yes, I read the Huff Post too. Need to know what the opposition is thinking) Mitt lost two states he won in 2008 and he lost in every county in Missouri last night. But is Santorum's win yet another "surge?" We had Bachamann's surge followed by Rick Perry then Herman (Trump jumped in for a fraction of a second) then Newt followed by Mitt and now Santorum. Did I miss anyone? Oh, yes, and Ron Paul keeps hanging around the edges too.(By the way, a new Reuter's Poll shows that Ron Paul has also surged nationally. According to this poll, he's second behind Romney at 21% to 29%. Those numbers should give the Paulites a lift). Gingrich did not show well in these three states.
  • A question now being asked is Santorum's win backlash against the Obama administration's mandate on birth control? In other words, did the social conservatives come out with some type of protest vote?
  • Romney still has a comfortable lead in delegate votes and Santorum moved into second place ahead of Newt in delegates.

  • Regarding the birth control (ObamaCare) mandate in ObamaCare, it appears the Obama administration miscalculated the response from most Catholics. Let's face facts: most Catholics practice birth-control no matter what the Church teaches. But most Catholics, as most other religious denominations, don't want government over-reach into church affairs. (It's a guaranteed right in the First Amendment for God's sake---no pun intended). There have been reports that the administration might back off on this mandate. The retreat might also be due to the response by some on the Left who have also been critical of this over-reach into Church affairs. Even Chris Mathews, whom I usually target for shame but will now use him to make a point (hey, what's good for the goose is good for the goose), said of the mandate: "It gets to that interesting point for me, which is frightening,  when the state starts telling the church what to do." Jesus!!! The guy does make sense on occasion (or maybe the devil made him do it).
  • Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal had a very good piece yesterday entitled, "A Fairness Quiz For The President." I'm not going to do a run on sentence about the entire piece, but I'll tease you a bit. One of Moore's question is, "Is it fair the richest 1% of Americans pay nearly 40% of all federal taxes and the richest 10% pay two-thirds of the tax? Is it fair that after the first three years of Obamanomics, the poor are poorer, the poverty rate is rising, the middle class is losing income, and some 5.5 million fewer Americans have jobs today than in 2007? (by the way, this is me now, some of those jobs were lost in the last year of W's administration). Is it fair that roughly 88% of political contributions from supposedly impartial network television reporters, producers and other employees in 2008 went to Democrats...?" You get the picture. It's a piece that every Republican should memorize because it's all about the facts.

  • Speaking of unfairness, did you know that nearly 90 Washington, D.C., employees were suspended this past Monday because they allegedly drew unemployment while still working for teh city? Nice gig if you can get it---if you're a fake, phony and fraud. (AOL)
  • Real bad news on the Libyan front. Reports coming out today say that possibly thousands of portable anti-aircraft weapons are missing. Since 1985, these weapons have been used in attacks on 40 aircraft causing 800 deaths (U.S. State Department). This is friggin scary ass news.

  • And while we're in that wacky part of the world, it's estimated now that about 7,000 have died in Syria. I find it interesting that the Obama administration were so keen on changing regimes in Egypt and Libya (when killings were 1/7 of what they are now in Syria), but they keep stalling on what actions to take in Syria. I'm not suggesting direct military intervention. But the international community can implement No-Fly Zones and create some "safe havens" in the country. Talk is cheap with these dictators. The only thing they understand and fear is action on the part of the West. Thugs like Assad have seen other thugs like Saddam, Gadafi and bin-Laden taken out. Don't think for one moment those thoughts don't race through their sick minds every hour of every day. The more they fear what can happen down the road, the more brutal they become in trying to hold on to that power. That's exactly what we're seeing in Syria today. History is replete with this type of behavior.
  • By the way, how come the news media has not started a countdown of those 19 Americans being held hostage in Egypt? Yeh, how come?
  • "Totally Meaningless Information Break"---Oprah's "O" mag's sales have plunged recently by about 32% to the negative.
  • USA Today had an interesting opinion piece several days ago. How come The West is so obsessed with what's going on in the Middle East when nearly 8 million have died in the Sudan and the Congo from wars? I think the time for basic decency on the part of the world human rights community is way overdue for this part of the globe.
  • And then we have the selfish Greeks. Not only do they get over 100 billion in bailout money, but they also want the debt forgiven. In the meantime, Green unions keep going on strike even though they've been bailed out again and again. If you want to see what Socialism does to a great and beautiful country, visit Greece.
  • By the way, regarding the controversy over that Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad? The Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterday that yes, there is an Obama connection to that ad. Two members of the creative team for that ad worked for the Obama campaign in 2008---for free.