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These are my links for February 14th through February 15th:
- How Likely Is a Brokered Convention? – Last week, I wrote that a path to a brokered convention was beginning to emerge in the Republican electorate. I was purposely vague as to how likely such an occurrence is. I called the path “very narrow” and said it is “beginning to emerge,” outlining the various contingencies required. But the truth is, at this point, the entire endeavor is pretty speculative; we won’t really know how viable the path is until after Super Tuesday.
But with polls now showing Rick Santorum running well in Michigan — a key state if he really is going to dominate in the Midwest — the topic is worth revisiting. Because if Santorum can win Michigan and Mitt Romney can take Arizona without knocking Newt Gingrich into irrelevance, then a brokered convention becomes much more likely.
- Department of Home-Lunch Security – By Mark Steyn – The home-made lunch having been ruled illegal by officials*, the preschooler was given a federally-approved lunch, for which her mother has been sent a bill. The girl didn’t care for the substitute lunch, ate only the three chicken nuggets, and left everything else on her tray untouched. It may not have worked out all that nutritious for her, but at least it’s compliant with DCDEE/DHHS/USDA paperwork, and that’s what matters.
- The GOP’s emerging Bob Dole problem – A flood of new data points to one clear conclusion: At least for now, President Obama and his Republican opponents are heading in opposite directions.
A CBS News/New York Times poll released last night puts Obama’s approval rating at 50 percent — his best performance in that survey since the spring of 2010 (not counting last May’s brief bin Laden bounce). The poll also shows Obama enjoying his best score since the summer of ’10 on his handling of the economy and his best score since at least late 2009 (when the question was first asked) on job creation, and finds voters voters more optimistic than they’ve been in nearly two years on the overall direction of the economy.
- Why Republicans Don’t Trust Romney – Why can’t Mitt Romney make the sale to conservatives? And why is Rick Santorum, the ultimate long shot at the start of this race, now in a position to be a viable alternative?
Mitt Romney used the word conservative and conservatism more than two dozen times, according to the Washington Post’s Dan Balz , in his speech last week at the CPAC convention. That rhetoric is quite different from ten years ago when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts.
He stated during that campaign that he was “not a partisan Republican” but rather a “moderate” with “progressive” views.”
- Michael Boskin: Washington’s Knack for Picking Losers – WSJ.com –
- Rivkin and Whelan: Birth-Control Mandate—Unconstitutional and Illegal – WSJ.com –
- Romney Surrogate Attacks Santorum for Voting the Same Way He Did – Mitt Romney’s campaign is now targeting GOP rival Rick Santorum as a big-spending Washington insider. On a conference call Tuesday afternoon, former Missouri senator and Romney surrogate Jim Talent criticized Santorum’s support for expanding government spending, including his vote for the Medicare Part D in 2003—a program for which Talent himself voted.
“Senator Santorum is running in Missouri as a trusted and comprehensive conservative,” Talent said. “He certainly has been outspoken on social issues, and we honor his record in that regard, but when you get outside those issues into fiscal, spending, regulatory issues, his record shows that he’s been in the liberal wing of the Republican party.”
Talent continued, pointing to a few votes that show Santorum’s “liberal” spending record. “I want to note that Senator Santorum voted for No Child Left Behind, which was a big expansion of federal power over local education,” he said. “He voted for Medicare Part D, a big expansion of a federal entitlement.”
- President 2012 Video: Romney Super PAC Hits Rick Santorum in Michigan, Arizona and Ohio | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President 2012 Video: Romney Super PAC Hits Rick Santorum in Michigan, Arizona and Ohio
- Energy Conversion Devices files for bankruptcy as solar energy lags – In the latest setback for the solar energy industry, Auburn Hills-based Energy Conversion Devices said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and intends to sell its assets, including its main subsidiary United Solar Ovonic.
“We firmly believe there is a strong and sustainable commercial market for Uni-Solar products,” Julian Hawkins, ECD’s CEO and president, said in a statement. “However our current capital structure and legacy costs are preventing USO from making the investments necessary for the future of the business without restructuring through the bankruptcy process.”
The maker of solar roofing materials, which will continue to operate, employs 750 workers, 60% of them in Michigan. They will remain active employees during the sales process though some have been furloughed, said company spokesman Michael Schostak.
ECD also said it has sold its Ovonic Battery Co. to BASF Corp. for $58 million in cash before transaction fees and other factors. The battery subsidiary’s 35 employees have been hired by BASF.
- Cold Hands During Runs | Ask the Sports Doc – RT @runnersworld: What to do about cold hands during a run: #runningtips
- Nuking our Nukes – Obama and Cutting America’s Nuclear Forces – President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to consider cutting U.S. strategic nuclear forces to as low as 300 deployed warheads—below the number believed to be in China’s arsenal and far fewer than current Russian strategic warhead stocks.
Pentagon and military planners were asked to develop three force levels for the U.S. arsenal of deployed strategic nuclear warheads: a force of 1,100 to 1,000 warheads; a second scenario of between 700 and 800 warheads; and the lowest level of between 300 and 400 warheads.
A congressional official said no president in the past ever told the Pentagon to conduct a review based on specific numbers of warheads.
“In the past, the way it worked was, ‘tell me what the world is like and then tell me what the force should be,’” the official said. “That is not happening in this review.”
The plan for a radical cut in warheads is contained in a review of nuclear weapons ordered by the president in an August directive. The review called the Nuclear Posture Review Implementation Study is nearing completion and could be presented to the president as early as next month.
- US weighing steep nuclear arms cuts – The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned.
Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama’s 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons.
- Politico reporter Ben Smith withheld information about liberal Media Matters For America – About a year ago, the organization Media Matters For America gave Politico reporter Ben Smith a 2010 planning memo for a profile he was writing on the liberal advocacy group.
But Smith curiously withheld key parts of the 89-page document when he published his story, “Media Matters’ war against Fox,” in March 2011.
The Daily Caller became aware of this after obtaining the same document while reporting the series “Inside Media Matters,” which debuted here late Sunday night.
Smith made no mention of Media Matters targeting organizations other than Fox News, such as the libertarian Cato Institute and the conservative Heritage Foundation. Nor does he reveal that, according to the memo, Media Matters was intent on researching Republican political figures like Republican former U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and Republican Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, and the prominent libertarian political donor Peter Thiel.
“An opposition research team will serve to hold Thiel and others like him accountable,” the memo states. Smith made no mention of such efforts in his story.
He also failed to disclose Media Matters’ interest in marginalizing political news websites including Newsmax and Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government, saying only that the organization had narrowed its focus to “Fox and a handful of conservative websites.”
- Peggy Noonan Schools Mika Brzezinski on Obama Contraception Mandate During ‘Morning Joe’ Panel Discussion | Video | TheBlaze.com – Peggy Noonan Schools Mika Brzezinski on Obama ‘Mischievously’ Misinforming Public About Contraceptives
- Fox News ‘course correction’ rankles some – Keach Hagey – POLITICO.com – Fox News ‘course correction’ rankles some
- President 2012 GOP Poll Watch: Is Mitt Romney Electable? | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President 2012 GOP Poll Watch: Is Mitt Romney Electable?
- Poll Watch: 46 Per Cent of Catholics Approve of President Obama | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Poll Watch: 46 Per Cent of Catholics Approve of President Obama
- Poll Watch: 59 Per Cent of Catholics Disapprove of President Obama | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Poll Watch: 59 Per Cent of Catholics Disapprove of President Obama
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: California Legislature Pushes Dentistry For All Socialism – California Legislature Pushes Dentistry For All Socialism
- (404) http://t.co/x9C – RT @ppppolls: Gingrich would be the biggest GOP general election disaster trailing Obama 52-40, incl. 19 pts with indys: …
- AD-38: Rep Buck McKeon’s Staff Says Memo Leak Was a Computer HACK » Flap’s California Blog – AD-38: Rep Buck McKeon’s Staff Says Memo Leak Was a Computer HACK
- Flap’s California Morning Collection: February 14, 2012 » Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Morning Collection: February 14, 2012
- The Morning Flap: February 14, 2012 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – The Morning Flap: February 14, 2012
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These are my links and comments for Sunday, October 30th:
- Adult Babies by Mark Steyn– Last Thursday was officially “Diaper Need Awareness Day” in the State of Connecticut. Were you aware of it? There are so many awareness-raising days, it’s hard to keep track. Maybe we could have an Awareness-Raising Day Awareness Day. At any rate, the first annual Diaper Need Awareness Day was proclaimed by Dan Malloy, governor of the Nutmeg State, and they had a big old awareness-raising get-together in New Haven. It’s not clear yet whether they’ve got an official ribbon. We’re running a bit low on ribbon colors these days: It’s not just pink ribbons for breast cancer, but also teal for agoraphobia, periwinkle for acid reflux, pink-and-blue ribbons for amniotic fluid embolisms, and pinstripe ribbons for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. We could use a Ribbon-Hue Awareness Day to raise awareness about how we’re falling behind in the race for more ribbon colors.If you’re wondering what sentient being isn’t aware of diapers, you’re missing the point: Connecticut representative Rosa DeLauro is raising awareness of the need for diapers in order to, as Politico reported, “push the Federal Government to provide free diapers to poor families.” Congresswoman DeLauro has introduced the DIAPER Act — that’s to say, the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act. So don’t worry, it’s not welfare, it’s “stimulus.” As Fox News put it, “A U.S. congresswoman in Connecticut wants to boost the economy by offering free diapers to low-income families.” And, given that sinking bazillions of dollars into green-jobs schemes to build eco-cars in Finland and a federal program to buy guns for Mexican drug cartels and all the other fascinating innovations of the Obama administration haven’t worked, who’s to say borrowing money from the Chinese politburo and sticking it in your kid’s diaper isn’t the kind of outside-the-box thinking that will do the trick?
In fact, the federal government already provides free diapers for at least one lucky American. Stanley Thornton Jr. of California receives Supplementary Security Income disability checks from the Social Security Administration in order to sit around the house all day wearing a giant diaper and a giant onesie, sucking on a giant pacifier and playing with a giant baby rattle. Stanley Jr. runs a website for fellow “adult babies” called BedWettingABDL.com. I believe I first heard of the “adult baby” phenomenon some years ago in London. If memory serves, there was a club, and the members lay around in giant cribs being read bedtime stories by a bosomy nanny. Minor celebrities and possibly backbench Tory members of Parliament may have been involved. In those days, it was what we called a “fetish” and you had to do it on your own dime. Now it’s a “disability” and the United States government picks up the tab. And, if that’s not progress, what is?Sen. Tom Coburn happened to catch Stan with his babysitter and fellow disability-check recipient on a reality show, and wondered how a chap capable of running a popular website and doing such complicated carpentry jobs as his own giant highchair could be legitimately classified as “disabled.” But the Social Security Administration said Junior qualifies, and Senator Coburn was condemned as heartless: Why, if those mean Republicans got their way, the streets would be crawling with giant babies bawling, “I want my mommy!” Conversely, if Congresswoman DeLauro gets her way and the stampede for government Huggies gets going, Stanley Thornton Jr. will still be entitled to park his giant pedal car in the disabled space while the penniless single mom from Hartford has to leave the Toyota at the back of the lot and hike in.
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- Where Rick Perry’s Campaign Went Wrong– Rick Perry’s campaign is in a bunker. On the first floor of 804 Congress St. in Austin, a 1970s building with a redbrick front, 45 people are trying to figure out how to get Perry elected President. There are no Perry for President signs – only maps (Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida – New Hampshire is curiously absent) – as during Perry’s third and last campaign for Texas governor he proudly didn’t waste money on such frivolities. The office is in an old bank space just off the lobby. At the back is a vault, its massive three-foot-thick metal door hanging open. Inside the concrete box sit campaign manager Rob Johnson and Perry’s longtime political guru Dave Carney. On Carney’s desk there is a small stack of books, including one by Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski entitled, Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America. As both men know well, Perry is in desperate need of a resurgence.When he announced his candidacy 10 weeks ago, the three-term Texas governor entered the GOP field in first place, blowing ahead of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. But his numbers have plummeted since; at 6% in some national polls he can’t go much lower. So it came as not too much of a surprise when Perry announced this week that he’d be shaking things up. He brought in four national campaign veterans, including Joe Allbaugh, who ran George W. Bush’s 2000 bid. As a former head of FEMA, Allbaugh is no stranger to disasters.Read it all
Delusions of grandeur if you think Rick Perry can right his campaign.
- Rick Perry: Turnaround or end of the road?– Implicit in this is that Perry had developed an outsize ego and national reputation that didn’t comport with his actual abilities. After all, how hard is it for a Republican who inherited the governorship to win re-election in Texas and deal with a GOP-controlled legislature that meets every other year? Yes, he suffered from lack of preparation, because he had never developed the critical ear, policy chops and rhetoric that traveled well outside Texas. You can run a quick campaign, if you are prepared to be president. But you can’t create someone of presidential stature in a few weeks or months.Many in the media and the GOP are desperate to keep the race competitive. So you’ll hear “comeback” stories. That story line, however, is more properly applied to Newt Gingrich, who was at least smart enough to figure out that he’d do better without the staff that went from his campaign to Perry’s. As for Perry, no staff in the world can make up for the defects that he’s revealed, nor make him a genuinely likeable figure. Only he can correct those flaws.Read it all.
It is the end of the road for Perry.
- Rick Perry flip-flops on debates– That was quick.Three days after suggesting Rick Perry might skip some of the upcoming GOP presidential debates, his campaign confirmed he’ll attend at least five more, a sign that the campaign may have recognized Perry had as much to lose as gain from a debate-dodging strategy.Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan told the Associated Press on Saturday that the Texas governor will attend the four events currently scheduled in November as well as a December debate.
Just by floating the idea that he might avoid debates, the Perry campaign raised hackles among activists in the states slated to host the upcoming events. But even setting aside the question of ruffled feathers, there was always a strategic reason to show up: In no other way can a candidate — especially one like Perry who is trailing front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain in national and early-state polls — reframe the campaign discussion as Perry did last week in Las Vegas.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner touched off the debate debate Wednesday when he told POLITICO the campaign wouldn’t commit to participating in any forums after the one Nov. 9 in Michigan. Officially, that’s also the position of Mitt Romney’s campaign despite his string of strong performances.
It doesn’t make any difference, Rick Perry is not in this race. He is done.
- New Iowa poll: Elimination threatens several not-Romneys– The Des Moines Register is out with a new poll of likely caucus-goers. Herman Cain (23 percent) and Mitt Romney (22 percent) are in a statistical dead heat. Far back is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) at 12 percent. Then come Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at 8 percent, Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 7 percent and Rick Santorum at 5 percent. There is plenty to chew on.We should begin with a word of caution. The poll has a margin or error of plus or minus 4.9 percent. That means Romney might be ahead or Santorum could have passed Bachmann. Moreover, there are a ton of debates and plenty of retail politicking an TV ads between now and the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3. This is at best then, a blurry snapshot in time.The GOP needs to draft another candidate or go with Newt Gingrich.
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-30 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-30 #tcot #catcot
- President 2012: George Will, Michael Dukakis and Mitt Romney – The Pretzel Candidate | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President 2012: George Will, Michael Dukakis and Mitt Romney – The Pretzel Candidate #tcot #catcot
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-29 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-29 #tcot #catcot
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-28 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-28 #tcot #catcot
- foursquare:: Gregory Flap @ Ronnie’s Diner- After LA Roadrunners and 10 easy miles. With Alice, Tara, Maria Elena, Nancy (@ Ronnie’s Diner)
- Untitled (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AIC0UjpgEJo/TqvobVeS99I/AAAAAAAAAX4/4Ja04jyecJ8/CIMG0216.jpg) – Off soon to Venice Beach for LA Marathon Roadrunner training. 10 miles today. Temps in the 60’s. Ronnie’s after!
- SD-27: Former California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg to Challenge Senator Tony Strickland? » Flap’s California Blog – SD-27: Former California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg to Challenge Senator Tony Strickland?
- Dilbert October 26, 2011 – The Underling » Flap’s California Blog – Dilbert October 26, 2011 – The Underling
- President 2012: George Will, Michael Dukakis and Mitt Romney – Oh My! | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Republicans really should seek better choices for the Presidential nomination….:
- Dental Practice Management – > Shocker – Not RT @drbicuspid Australian dental therapists may expand scope of practice. #dental
- What is your PROskore? Find out if you are a top ranking Professional in your Community at PROskore.com – #PROskore – I just joined – what is your PROskore? via @proskore
- Gregory Cole just got top ranking on PROskore with a professional score of 55. – #PROskore – I just joined – what is your PROskore? via @proskore
- Medscape: Medscape Access – Big Medicare Pay Cut Would Shut Physician Doors to Patients
- Capitol Alert: Obama administration approves California Medi-Cal cuts – Obama administration approves California Medi-Cal cuts #catcot
- President 2012 Nevada Poll Watch: Romney 46% Vs. Obama 46% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Obama and Romney locked in a close race in Nevada….
- The Divider vs. the Thinker – WSJ.com – The Divider vs. the Thinker:While Obama readies an ugly campaign,Paul Ryan gives a serious account of what ails US
- Boehner: ‘Great concerns’ Obama is exceeding Constitution – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room – Boehner: ‘Great concerns’ Obama is exceeding Constitution #tcot #teaparty
- Save America’s Food and Economy Conference Call with Rep. Dan Lungren | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @SaveUSAFood Here is my take on the conference call this afternoon:
- Save America’s Food – Was on a conference call with SAFE and Rep. Dan Lungren – more information on legislation here:
- Poll: Clinton favored over 2012 GOP candidates – Hillary Clinton leads GOP presidential candidates, poll says
- Jerry Brown Outlines His Pension Overhaul Plans » Flap’s California Blog – Jerry Brown’s Public Employee Pension Reform Plan will never make it to the ballot in 2012…
- Occupy Oakland’s Amazon.com Wishlist | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Occupy Oakland needs some love for their November 2nd general strike – their Amazon wishlist….:
- (503) http://Amazon.com – Occupy Oakland’s Wishlist #tcot #catcot
- Rep. Steve King may stay on sidelines in Iowa race – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs – Benefits Mitt Romney >Rep. Steve King may stay on sidelines in Iowa race #tcot
- Election 2012: New Hampshire Republican Primary – Rasmussen Reports™ – President 2012 GOP New Hampshire Poll Watch: Romney 41% Cain 17% Paul 11% #tcot
- President 2012 Poll Watch: Obama Showing Some Modest Improvement – 43% Approval | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President Obama remains in the danger zone for re-election….:
- President 2012: How’s That Mitch Daniels Candidacy Looking? | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Will Mitt Romney choose Mitch Daniels as Vice President?
- Poll Watch: Half of German Adults are Obese and Overweight | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – Poll Watch: Half of German Adults are Obese and Overweight
- 3 arrests in probe of Calif. street gang – 3 arrests in probe of Ventura County California street gang
- Judge rejects Edwards’s attempt to have charges of illegal payoff dismissed – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room – Jail time > Judge rejects John Edwards attempt to have charges of illegal pay-off dismissed
- What if Perry Skips the Debates? – NYTimes.com – Probably not much of an effect on the race > What if Perry Skips the Debates?
- Occupy Oakland: Mayor Quan Issues Contrite Statement after Police Crackdown | City Brights: Aimee Allison | an SFGate.com blog – Occupy Oakland: Mayor Quan Issues Contrite Statement after Police Crackdown #catcot #tcot
- Capitol Alert: Labor balks at Jerry Brown’s pension plan – Labor balks at Jerry Brown’s pension plan #tcot #catcot
- Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. – Home – RT @KQED_CapNotes: Gov. Brown’s #capension event at 11am will be live streamed on his website:
- Occupy Wall Street Launching First Nationwide General Strike In America Since 1946 – Nov. 2 >Occupy Wall Street Launching First Nationwide General Strike In America Since 1946 #tcot
- After Finishing Dieting, Hormonal Changes May Lead to Weight Gain? | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – After Finishing Dieting, Hormonal Changes May Lead to Weight Gain?
- Obama Remakes the Student-Loan Industry – By Annie Hsiao – The Corner – National Review Online – Obama Remakes the Student-Loan Industry #tcot
- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Says She Will Minimize Police Presence And That She Supports The Movement | ThinkProgress – Right! >Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Says She Will Minimize Police Presence And That She Supports The Movement
- The Morning Flap: October 27, 2011 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Today’s national political headlines on …..:
- Occupy Oakland retakes plaza, plans General Strike | Campaign 2012 – > Certainty RT @conncarroll: SF Mayor Ed Lee up for election Nov 8. Don’t expect any action against #occupysf b4 then
- Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic Church – The Washington Post – RT @postpolitics: Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic Church
- Occupy Wall Street kitchen slowdown targets squatters – NYPOST.com – Occupy Wall Street kitchen staff protesting fixing food for freeloaders #tcot
- Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball » History of presidential coattails points to Republicans keeping the House – History of Presidential Coattails Points to Republicans Keeping the House #tcot
- Twitpic – Share photos and videos on Twitter – Gallup Finds Significant Drop in Unemployment During October Link:
- Gallup Finds Significant Drop in Unemployment During October – Gallup Finds Significant Drop in Unemployment During October Link:
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These are my links for August 22nd from 14:42 to 14:45:
- The Imperial Presidency By Mark Steyn – Rick Perry, governor of Texas, has only been in the presidential race for 20 minutes, but he’s already delivered one of the best lines in the campaign:
“I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.”
This will be grand news to Schylar Capo, eleven years old, of Virginia, who made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days, and for her pains, was visited by a federal Fish & Wildlife gauleiter (with accompanying state troopers) who charged her with illegal transportation of a protected species and issued her a $535 fine. If the federal child-abuser has that much time on his hands, he should have charged the cat, who was illegally transporting the protected species from his gullet to his intestine.
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- President 2012: Paul Ryan Won’t Run – After a week of rumors that he was consulting with advisers and family members on a possible presidential run, we have learned from the Ryan camp that the House Budget Committee chair has decided not to throw his hat into the ring.
More details soon from Bob Costa.
UPDATE: Here’s the Ryan statement:
“I sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation. While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party’s nomination for President. I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation. I remain grateful to those I serve in Southern Wisconsin for the unique opportunity to advance this effort in Congress.”
And, Palin will?
- President 2012 Sarah Palin: ‘She Will Run’ – Political organizer Peter Singleton tells National Review Online that Sarah Palin will likely launch a presidential campaign by the end of September. “I believe that she will run,” he says. “I can’t see her sitting this election out.”
Palin, a former Alaska governor, is scheduled to address a tea-party rally on September 3 in south-central Iowa. Singleton is one of the forces behind the event, working with grassroots groups. “Labor Day will kick off the Republican campaign for the nomination,” he hints. “She is going to make a major, major speech.”
Since late last year, Singleton has crisscrossed the Hawkeye State, connecting a network of supporters at rubber-chicken dinners and Republican picnics. He has huddled with county GOP chairmen, spoken with a number of conservative state lawmakers, and assembled a close-knit team of pro-Palin activists.
All of Singleton’s efforts have been self-directed, with no official involvement from Palin’s political apparatus. Still, he says, “We have not been on a lark. But we are happy, delighted even, to have people think that.”
GOP presidential contenders, from Rick Perry to Mitt Romney, will be in for a shock when Palin makes her entry, he predicts. “When she gets in the race, I would not want to be the other candidates, who have shamelessly whispered to Iowa Republicans for months that she is not running,” he says. “There will probably be some defections.”
Who really knows?
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