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Romney Wins Iowa by 8 Votes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:47 am by HL

Romney Wins Iowa by 8 Votes
Mitt Romney defeated Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses by eight votes, the state GOP said early Wednesday, clinching what appears to be the closest-ever margin of victory in a Republican presidential contest. Ron Paul finished a close third.



So, that accomplished not very much

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:46 am by HL

So, that accomplished not very much
Well months worth of motor homing across the plains of America’s corn belt has managed to reduce the potential nominees by a grand total of … one. Such excitement eliminating Michelle Bachmann. Quite a surprise. A proud day for the nation…provided something else notable happened yesterday. See you in 2016…suckers.  

Well months worth of motor homing across the plains of America’s corn belt has managed to reduce the potential nominees by a grand total of … one. Such excitement eliminating Michelle Bachmann. Quite a surprise.

A proud day for the nation…provided something else notable happened yesterday.

See you in 2016…suckers.

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Reading in the New Millennium: Forward to the Past?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:45 am by HL

Reading in the New Millennium: Forward to the Past?
I know many Americans do not read any books once they’re out of school or college. But some do, and what they read has been shaped not only by changing tastes but by availability. The availability consideration is being revolutionized.

I know many Americans do not read any books once they’re out of school or college. But some do, and what they read has been shaped not only by changing tastes but by availability. The availability consideration is being revolutionized.

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McCain To Endorse Mitt Romney

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:44 am by HL

McCain To Endorse Mitt Romney
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Will Rick Perry Drop Out Because Of Disappointing Iowa Results?
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Fox Attacks Obama Over Routinely Used Practice Of Executive Orders

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:43 am by HL

Fox Attacks Obama Over Routinely Used Practice Of Executive Orders

On Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Peter Johnson Jr. attacked President Obama’s use of executive orders as “an abdication or giving up in terms” of trying to reach a consensus. But presidents have routinely issued executive orders; in fact, nearly 8,000 have been issued since 1933.

Fox’s Johnson Attacks Obama’s Use Of Executive Orders

Johnson Attacks Obama’s Use Of Executive Orders As An “Abdication Or Giving Up In Terms Of This Notion Of Consensus.” During the January 3 broadcast of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. claimed that the “subtext” of Obama’s use of executive orders is “an abdication or giving up in terms of this notion of consensus.” From the broadcast:

STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Welcome back. We told you about the president’s plan to spend 2012 governing without Congress. It’s all part of Barack Obama’s re-election strategy. But presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that’s not only a bad strategy, it’s unconstitutional.           

NEWT GINGRICH (GOP presidential candidate) : As a citizen, I am insulted that a president of the United States would think that he could pretend to govern for a year without the Congress. And if he intends to try to do that, it would be totally unconstitutional, and I think would represent a fundamental breach in our system.

DOOCY: So can a president really govern without Congress? Let’s talk to Fox News legal analyst, America’s lawyer, Peter Johnson Jr.

JOHNSON: Hey, Steve. Thank you. Thanks, Steve. No, a president cannot govern without Congress, and Newt Gingrich is absolutely right. In fact, he’s gone a step further and said that the president should not take a salary in 2012 if that’s what he’s going to do.

DOOCY: Right.

JOHNSON: But we’ve heard it from the deputy press secretary of the White House, basically saying, well, you know, if Congress is going to be involved, that’s fine. But we’re going to be putting out two to three executive orders a week. Actions by the president that don’t require congressional approval.

DOOCY: They’re going to go around? An end run.

JOHNSON: Right. These executive actions obviously are not going to create, you know — solve an unemployment problem or solve other issues that we’re facing in this country. But Newt Gingrich is right — absolutely right — on that issue.

DOOCY: But I think to a number of people who voted for him three years ago, they remember, wait a minute, I thought he was going to go there to change things, and now he’s pretty much thrown up his hands saying, ‘I went to Washington to change Washington. I can’t. I’m going to go it alone.’

JOHNSON: I think what the subtext is kind of an abdication or giving up in terms of this notion of consensus. We look to leaders in this country to bring people of disparate beliefs together — Republicans, Democrats, independents, conservatives, liberals — and we say [to] our president, listen, this is a great melting pot. This is a place where all kinds of people come with a diversity of opinion. What can you do to forge consensus? What can you do to bring people to the middle?

And so when you say, I’m going to ignore the Congress. I’m not going to deal with the Congress, then you’re saying, well, listen, my plans and my promises for the past three years about bringing people together have, in fact, failed. What gets better in 2013, if, in fact, the president is re-elected? Where, then, is there a consensus? If there is not a consensus in 2012 at the beginning, what changes in the year 2013, when we don’t have the excitement of hope and change that we had almost four years ago? [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 1/3/12]

In Fact, Presidents Routinely Issue Executive Orders, Including Nearly 8,000 Since 1933

National Archives: Since 1933, Presidents Have Issued 7,793 Executive Orders. According to the National Archives, presidents have issued 7,793 executive orders since 1933. In his eight-year tenure as president, George W. Bush issued 291 executive orders. President Clinton issued 364 executive orders in eight years. During his one term, President George H. W. Bush issued 166 executive orders. So far, Obama has issued 108 executive orders. Obama’s 108 executive orders account for 1.3 percent of all executive orders issued since 1933.

Below is a list of presidents since 1933, how many executive orders they issued while in office, and how many years they were in office:

President

Number of Executive Orders

Number of Years in Office

Barack Obama

108

3

George W. Bush

291

8

Bill Clinton

364

8

George H. W. Bush

166

4

Ronald Reagan

381

8

Jimmy Carter

320

4

Gerald Ford

169

3

Richard Nixon

346

6

Lyndon Johnson

324

5

John F. Kennedy

214

3

Dwight D. Eisenhower

486

8

Harry Truman

896

8

Franklin D. Roosevelt

3,728

12

[Archives.gov, accessed 1/3/12] 


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:42 am by HL

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Attorney For Family of Dead Military Veteran Blasts Joe Arpaio’s Trip to Iowa
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Politics as Religion, the Ayn Rand Way

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:39 am by HL

Politics as Religion, the Ayn Rand Way
And vice-versa. The primary thing in politics is to maintain your skepticism and pragmatism. The current version of the Republican Party have abandoned both, when they are being fed what they want to hear, and cling to ideas both woefully archaic and provably tattered with failure. Presently, they seem to believe that if they build […]


What Happened to Republican Enthusiasm?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:38 am by HL

What Happened to Republican Enthusiasm?
John Avlon: “The most ominous sign for the GOP might be the low turnout in Iowa after the Tea Party-driven enthusiasms of 2010. Roughly 123,000 of 640,000 registered Republicans in the state turned out to vote, along the lines of 2008, when dueling Democrats absorbed most of the electoral energy.”

Romney Pivots, Santorum Hones In
Before the final result of the Iowa caucuses were even known, the two candidates at the top of the leader board — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum — gave dueling speeches that reflected the differences in their respective messages.

Rick Santorum focused his speech on his working class background and his economic message, and he shared personal stories about his family and how his experiences have shaped his politics. The message: Santorum is looking for Iowa to propel him into the spotlight and carry him through a longer primary calendar.

In a speech directly following Santorum’s, Mitt Romney spent a considerable portion of his speech criticizing President Obama’s policies on the economy (and briefly on Iran) and seemed to welcome the competition in New Hampshire. The message: Romney is hoping to wrap up the nomination early with an eye to a longer general election.


‘Citizens United’ Unleashed a Monster: Why the Real Winner In the Iowa Caucuses Is the Big-Money Super PAC

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:37 am by HL

‘Citizens United’ Unleashed a Monster: Why the Real Winner In the Iowa Caucuses Is the Big-Money Super PAC
They can spend unlimited amounts of money. They don’t disclose donors until after the votes are counted. They deluged Iowa with millions of dollars of harsh negative ads.

Romney, Santorum and Paul Top the Pack: What the Iowa Caucuses Reveal About the GOP Base
Romney and Santorum each finished with 25 percent of the vote, and Paul won 21 percent. But these numbers don’t get at the underlying dynamics.

Why Do Men’s Magazines Sound Like Rapists?
Why does the language of young men’s magazines sound creepily like the language of rapists?


Two Political Rumors Worth Following

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:36 am by HL

Two Political Rumors Worth Following
Here are two rumors worth noting, one Israeli, one Palestinian, each with potentially big political significance. 1. The first has to to do with Netanyahu’s decision to call a snap Likud primary for late January. The superficial explanation is that…


The Return of ‘The Right’
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