Monthly Archives: January 2012

Indiana State Police Seize $4 Million Transcontinental Cocaine Haul

37 Kilos of Cocaine (Photo Courtesy: WXIN)

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WXIN-Fox 59 reports that the Indiana State Police have seized 37 kilos of cocaine that was on its way to New Jersey from California.

Around 9:30am on January 31st, a trooper on Interstate 70 pulled over a Freightliner for a routine traffic stop.  Upon speaking with the driver, 26-year-old Mosies Delgado, the trooper became suspicious and investigated further.  The trooper searched the refrigerated trailer and truck, and found a total of 37 kilos of cocaine – 20 in the truck, and 17 in the lettuce-filled trailer.

Both Delgado and his passenger, 52-year-old Rene Rocha, were charged with Posession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver.  Both men have bail set at $69,000.

 

Florida Primary Results

Down to four candidates and across the line where a new entrant into the GOP nomination race is mathematically useless, the Florida primaries come to a close tonight.Mitt Romney came on strong last week and re-took the Florida lead in the polls. Exit polling is showing him strong as well .

Ron Paul didn’t bother to campaign in Florida and has elected himself out of the news for that two week cycle.

So now we just wait on results and see how Floridians viewed the candidates.

Primary Results

Precincts Reporting: 95% – updated 10:50p 

Mitt Romney:     46.4%

Newt Gingrich: 31.9%

Rick Santorum:  13.4%

Ron Paul:             7%

 

Live Blog

  • Polls close at 8pm eastern
  • 6:45p CDN calls it for Mitt.. 
  • 8:pm Everyone else calls it for Romney, Gingrich second, Santorum third and Paul last.. surprise.
  • 11p: yeah .. nothing’s changed

CBO Predicts Fourth Consecutive Year With Trillion Dollar Deficit

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The Conressional Budget Office (CBO) treated us with some bad, yet expected, news: Another year with a deficit exceeding a Trillion dollars.  In their release, the CBO said:

CBO projects a $1.1 trillion federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2012 if current laws remain unchanged. Measured as a share of the nation’s output (gross domestic product, or GDP), that shortfall of 7.0 percent is nearly 2 percentage points below the deficit recorded in 2011, but still higher than any deficit between 1947 and 2008

The U.S. posted $1.3 trillion deficits in each of the past two years after a record $1.4 trillion deficit in fiscal 2009.

 

Stephen Colbert Campaign Would Help Republicans

Stephen Colbert

Believe it or not, as a Presidential candidate, Stephen Colbert would help the Republican party defeat President Obama.  In a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey:

Stephen Colbert, would actually hurt the president more than [it would] Romney, pulling 13% of the national vote and keeping Obama to a 41-38 margin

This is particularly shocking, because Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson fares much worse:

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is down from 9% to 7% of the national vote since last month, but he still stands to hurt Romney more, helping Obama to a 47-40 win.

Should Republicans stop criticizing and blasting Colbert, and start embracing a legitimate Colbert Campaign?

Polling numbers point to Yes.

Gingrich Security Stomps Toes Of Voter – Literally

Photo Credit: Matt Rouke/AP

At Newt Gingrich’s first campaign event of the day in Florida, the lack of class and character of Newt’s security team was on display.

Eddie Dillard, a Florida resident decided to stand outside his precinct with a Ron Paul sign and his Ron Paul T-shirt to give his candidate some advertising.  All was well until the Gingrich bus pulled in.  Chris Moody of Yahoo! News’ “The Ticket” provided an account of what transpired:

When Gingrich’s bus pulled up, Dillard stood silently holding his sign and watched the news-media horde swamp the candidate. Gingrich stepped down from the bus and made a beeline for Dillard. He stopped in front of Dillard and his sign and parked himself for a round of handshaking and pictures with voters. The placement couldn’t have been worse.There was Gingrich, standing with his wife Callista at their first event of the day, and a giant Ron Paul sign floated inches from their crowns.

Noticing the awkward optics, Gingrich aides and security personnel swarmed Dillard, trying to intimidate him into moving. One of Gingrich’s security agents stepped in front of him. When Dillard didn’t budge, the agent lifted his heeled shoe over Dillard’s bare foot and dug the back of it into his skin, twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette. Shocked, Dillard kept his ground and took a picture of the agent with his phone, which was quickly knocked out of his hand. Dillard slipped off his flip-flop to pick up the phone with his foot, and a Gingrich supporter kicked the sandal away.

“Don’t kick me!” Dillard said to the man who knocked away his sandal. More members of Gingrich’s security retinue approached, shoving their shoulders and chests in front of him.

“Just block him!” a Gingrich campaign aide said. “Everyone step on his toes!”

This is not the first incident involving a member of Newt Gingrich’s security team.  Earlier in January, a member of Newt’s detail assaulted Adam Kokesh as he was filming in a public parking lot in New Hampshire – an incident which warranted a criminal complaint filed by Mr. Kokesh.

We will continue to monitor the situation and see if Mr. Gingrich provides an apology to Mr. Dillard, or if any action is taken against the security team.

 

Beckel pulls race card on .. Allen West??

For those who’re unaware of the big dust up stirred by Fl Rep Allen West, here’re the remarks he made at a Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach Fl:

We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table. Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.

These remarks led Bob Beckel, co-host of FOX News Channel’s “The Five” to blow a gasket on Monday:

I’ll tell you this, Mr. West; When you start shooting your mouth off like that – and I admire the fact that you were in the military and you served your country. I understand that. But before you start saying that, at the end of it, you said ‘Get the hell out of the United States,’ then you didn’t say the policies. Now, there’s 20 percent of us or 22 percent of us that happen to be Progressives, who believe in what Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi say. You go on to say 100 percent of America. We’re 20 percent of America and we’re not going anywhere whether you like it or not. And you better be careful, my friend, because you’re getting on the edge there and you’re taking that Tea Party crowd with you.

Greg Gutfeld, Beckel’s co-host, argued that Beckel’s outrage was misguided, saying:

During the break, I made a list of outspoken black liberals. Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, Black Panthers, Jesse Jackson, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Public Enemy, Eric Dyson! In our culture, we celebrate outspoken black leftists. So, now you have one, provocative, American, black conservative, and you liberals whine? I wanna’ see more Allen West. He’s not the first one, but he’s the beginning. And it’s refreshing–

To which Beckel responded: “You wanna’ see more of that hatred? You wanna’ see that kind of hatred in America?” Gutfeld countered: “That’s not hatred.” Beckel reiterated “It is hatred. It’s the worst most disgraceful, despicable, disgusting—“

Mr. Beckel, with all due respect, you are wrong. What Allen West said was not hate. Your being a “progressive”, that’s how you’re programmed to respond to anyone who disagrees with you…emotionally

Consider these “progressive” accusations targeting me after the Gabby Giffords shooting:

“I guess you must be happy with yesterday’s shooting in Arizona. Sheriff Dupnik certainly was right on with the vitriolic hate espoused by radio and television personalities. Is this your answer to everyone who disagrees with you?”

“I just thought you’re happy that there is another dead Democrat. Isn’t that what you and your party want? All of us who disagree should be killed? I thought you liked that. Am I wrong? You care what happened to those people who were hit or killed? You have a heart? Wow! Had us fooled.”

Or that another “progressive”, with finger wagging, told me point blank to my face over dinner that if it was left up to them, I “would be silenced”.

That’s hatred Mr. Beckel. What Rep West said was not an emotional expression of hatred. It was a clear reference to the battle of ideas being waged in this country. Rep West is 100% correct.

The American idea, the shot heard round the world, is that We The People can govern ourselves. We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable Rights. By virtue of our humanity we are entitled to the maximum amount of Individual Liberties consistent with law and order, and to the Right of private ownership, including the Right to own and decide for ourselves. These Liberties and Rights are to be equally protected by a Constitutionally limited, representative government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. This is a distinctly exceptional American idea.

The “progressive” idea is that an all-powerful centrally planned government, with extreme hostility towards private ownership, forces redistribution of wealth through “progressive” taxation in the name of social or economic “justice”. In order to ensure “fairness”, an oligarchy of self-imagined, self appointed ”intellectual elite” must be responsible for controlling businesses, industries and “the masses” who are incapable of governing themselves. This was the position of a radical, fringe political minority who called themselves “progressives” until early twentieth century Americans saw for themselves exactly how bad ”progressive” ideas really were, forcing ”progressives” to change their label to “liberal”. This idea came to America from Britain’s Fabian Socialists and Germany’s Frankfurt School. This is a European idea, not an American one.

Among red-blooded patriotic Americans whose brains haven’t been polluted by “progressive” ideas, there’s little debate that as designed by our Founders, the United States of America is the most inventive, productive, prosperous and charitable nation in the history of the planet. There has yet to be put forth a rational, logical argument to support abandoning the highly successful American idea in favor of a European idea that’s currently failing in Europe itself.

If you and your 20-22% want to live in a European style system, move to Europe. When you get there, send Europeans who want to live in America under our system to America. America will greatly benefit from that exchange.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/bob-beckel-you-are-wrong/

Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN) Retiring

Indiana Congressman Dan Burton

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Fifteen term Indiana congressman Dan Burton announced today that he will not seek re-election to his 5th district seat in Congress.  The 73 year old Burton announced his decision today while addressing members of the Indiana House Of Representatives, but did not elaborate with details.

Burton narrowly escaped the 2010 Republican primary election, beating Luke Messer by 2%.  Currently, David McIntosh, a former congressman and lobbyist, is already campaigning for Indiana’s 5th District seat.

 

Clinton's State Department to discredit Russian elections?

NEW YORK, January 31, 2012 — Anthony T. Salvia, Director of the American Institute in Ukraine, and consultant in international public advocacy and governmental affairs, has said that Vladimir Putin is still the most popular politician in Russia.

He said: “If the Russian presidential election were held next week, Prime Minster Vladimir Putin would likely win with 52-58% of the popular vote-some 20 points fewer than the result he achieved in 2004, but still representing broad popular support in line with Western standards of electoral success. If his position were to slip between then and March 4th, and he were to receive less than 50% of the vote, he would find himself in a run-off, most likely with Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov, over whom he would certainly prevail.

“So says Valery Fyodorov, general director of VTsIOM, one of Russia’s leading public opinion research organizations. He recently presented detailed polling results to an international conference organized by the Mitteleuropa Initiative in Vienna.

“He said a greater danger for Putin than Zyuganov would be the inevitable efforts of opposition forces to de-legitimize his election-which they will do even if the process is conducted freely and fairly.

“US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provoked Moscow’s ire when she labeled the Russian State Duma elections of last December 4th “neither free nor fair,” demanding that each and every instance of fraud be investigated.

“Fyodorov contradicted this narrative. He told your correspondent that while vote fraud certainly did take place, it did not do so on such a scale as to alter the results, which corresponded broadly to exit and pre-election polling nationwide. Nevertheless, the opposition-i.e., the disaffected members of the urban middle class, the liberal intelligentsia, Communists and Russian nationalists who took to the streets to protest electoral chicanery- as well as much of the Western media and some leading Western politicians, have sought to de-legitimize the Duma elections, and, thereby, the Russian government.

“More of the same can be expected in the aftermath of the presidential vote on March 4th.

“Some opposition forces will surely seek to portray any decline in Putin’s percentage of the vote since the last time he ran (certain to happen), a lower rate of voter participation (as those who feel there is no acceptable alternative to Putin stay home), and an upsurge in support for the parties of the left, including the Communist Party (likely in view of their strong showing in the State Duma elections of last December, although as of this writing, Putin is rising in the polls) as popular disavowal of Putin. For good measure, they will allege voter fraud-whether or not it took place-in an effort to discredit and de-legitimize Putin and the Russian system generally.

“Secretary Clinton and her merry band of humanitarian interventionists at Foggy Bottom will be only too happy to egg them on. They will be aided and abetted by the Republican foreign policy establishment, which shares Mrs. Clinton’s antipathy to Putin-not because, in their view, he is not a democrat (they could not care less about that), but because he dares to resist Washington’s efforts to turn Russia into a nominally independent satellite by standing up for Russia’s legitimate national interests.”

Harris Poll: Republicans could lose the House

photo credit: R. Mitchell, CDN

The media has a “laser-like” focus on the GOP presidential nomination race, analysts are starting to talk about the Senate races, but the House has been all but ignored – and that could lead to another Nancy Pelosi speakership.

According to a new Harris Interactive Poll, a House election held today would have voters selecting a generic Republican 38% of the time and a generic Democrat just as often.

The data break-outs are where the interesting numbers lay. While almost 90% of GOP would vote for their party’s candidate, just 80% of Democrats would. That disparity alone should yield a right-leaning House.. shouldn’t it?

For the right, the key is independents. They would vote for a Democrat 28% of the time compared to 26% of the vote going to the GOP. 15% of independents would vote 3rd party and 30% of them haven’t even figured out how they would vote.

Congressional approval ratings are also at an historical low which could lead to an anti-incumbent campaign to turn the whole House over. Considering that Democrats have a 13% approval and Republican members only enjoy a 10% rating, a blood bath may ensue for the GOP.

The poor rating for Republicans may by in part by dissatisfaction from the TEA parties. The freshman conservative group that was elected in 2010 was sent to D.C. to cut spending, lower taxes and reduce the size of government. Little of that having been achieved and the back-room tactics being used by the GOP leadership to co-opt the movement may be more  reason for the backlash.

Consumer Confidence Index Decreases Slightly

Index Retreats after Two Months of Large Gains

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 — The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® , which had increased in December, retreated in January. The Index now stands at 61.1 (1985=100), down from 64.8 in December. The Present Situation Index declined to 38.4 from 46.5. The Expectations Index edged down to 76.2 from 77.0 in December.The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey® , based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch. The cutoff date for the preliminary result was January 19.

Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer Confidence retreated in January, after large back-to-back gains in the final two months of 2011. Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions turned more downbeat and is back toNovember 2011 levels.  Regarding the short-term outlook, consumers are more upbeat about employment, but less optimistic about business conditions and their income prospects.  Recent increases in gasoline prices may have consumers feeling a little less confident this month.”

Consumers’ appraisal of current conditions was less favorable in January. Those claiming business conditions are “good” decreased to 13.3 percent from 16.3 percent, while those stating business conditions are “bad” increased to 38.7 percent from 33.5 percent. Consumers’ assessment of the labor market was also less positive. Those saying jobs are “plentiful” decreased to 6.1 percent from 6.6 percent, while those claiming jobs are “hard to get” increased to 43.5 percent from 41.6 percent.

Consumers’ short-term outlook was slightly weaker than it was last month. The proportion of consumers anticipating business conditions to improve over the next six months decreased to 16.6 percent from 16.8 percent, while those expecting business conditions will worsen increased to 15.1 percent from 13.4 percent. Consumers’ outlook for the labor market, however, was moderately more favorable.  Those expecting more jobs in the months ahead increased to 16.2 percent from 14.0 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs declined to 19.5 percent from 20.2 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting an increase in their incomes declined to 13.8 percent from 16.3 percent.

What are Super PACs & When Are They Releasing Their Donor List?

Exactly who are the folks funneling unlimited amounts of money into the coffers of political candidates?  We are set to find out who is giving loads of cash to Super PACs on the same day that Floridians and Oregonians are heading to voting booths.  In Florida, today is the state’s primary elections, while Oregon’s 1st Congressional District holds a special election to fill the seat vacated by David Wu.

The most common question surrounding Super PACs seems to be, “What are they?”.  The answer  leaves many with quizzical expressions and a cloud of confusion in the air.  This is due to the convoluted legal language that is involved with their formation and operation.

For this legal language – and how to get around it – we will look at one of the most talked about Super PACs this year would be that of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert – named “AMERICANS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW, TOMORROW“.  Colbert (pronounced “Coal-Bear”) formed his own Super PAC, and has since highlighted the loopholes and fallacies of the legal structure of them.  Below is a video of Stephen Colbert talking on ABC’s “This Week” pointing out the silliness of the Super PAC structure while being a “candidate”:

Stephen Colbert

And yet another great interview that shows that contradictory nature of the Super PAC legalities:

See?  This is a twisted system with an even more twisted structure.  This page on the FEC website provides some information, and a list of registered Super PACs.

LIST OF ACTIVE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL SUPER PACs HERE

When the Super PACs release their list of donors Tuesday, we will see who is donating unlimited amounts of money to the 2012 political process.

 

Famous Person Gets Pet Sloth, Completely Freaks Out

Kristen Bell, Left

You know, I think I’ve finally arrived as a journalist, now that I’ve gotten to type this headline.  Kristen Bell (Couples Retreat) recently went on a daytime television show and shared home video of her FREAKING out over the delivery of a surprise birthday present: A pet sloth.  Folks, I can’t make this up.  Enjoy a more lighthearted video after months of dealing with this Republican Primary…
 

About That Democracy Plan in Egypt

Two U.S. political activists groups pushing for what is largely an undefined “democracy” in Egypt under the guise of  human rights/ election monitoring [U.S. Government funded]  programs have been told they will not be allowed to leave Egypt recently. The two groups involved are the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute.  (NDI) Their mission statements are as follows:

IRI –  A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.

NDI – A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

According to this IRI retread of a New York Times news report, “In addition to Mr. LaHood, four other employees from the Republican Institute, including two Americans, had been barred from travel. Officials of the National Democratic Institute said that six of its employees had been banned, including three Americans.” That would be current Obama appointee and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s son Sam, they are referring to in that paragraph,as he is listed as the current Director of the IRI.

As is always the case when Americans are detained abroad for what has been termed “politically charged” criminal investigations, the devil is always in the details. For instance, this problem didn’t just pop up on Thursday when Sam LaHood and company were detained. As a matter of fact President Obama actually called Egyptian Field Marshall Tantawi on Wednesday, the day before the people were detained. In that call he told the Field Marshall that this year’s American military aid hinged on satisfying new Congressional legislation requiring that Egypt’s military government take tangible steps toward democracy, said three people briefed on the conversation. So apparently, there were concerns prior to this week that there were investigations into possibly illegal political activities in Egypt.

Considering that last spring the Egyptian government had initiated a formal criminal investigation into  foreign financing of non-profit groups operating in Egypt during the now infamous Arab Spring, it seems ludicrous to suggest that the U.S. State dept. and the Obama administration did not see all of this coming. Then again, just this past December, heavily armed Egyptian police officers raided several of these “rights groups” offices included four that were funded by the U.S. Government. Of course the U.S. Gov’t. denounced these raids as attempts to block the human rights and democracy building groups from their stated missions of helping the people of Egypt to install a new government through a fair democratic voting process.

The question here is whether or not the United States government has the right to interfere with the formation of a new government and the creation of a new constitution. Americans were told that Egypt is free from the tyrannical dictator now, and the people can install the government of their choice through free and fair elections. So why is the U.S. still over there trying to manipulate and control the formation of the new government? This is why the U.S is hated in that part of the world. This is also why other countries are now here in America demanding that their religions and laws be obeyed here. Sharia law is now being injected into the American judicial system in many states, causing them to draft legislation that specifically outlaws Sharia law defenses in their states. We have no business influencing the political system of Egypt or any other country through political activist groups that are funded by our very own government. The U.N. is supposed to help ensure fair elections in countries where the government has been toppled like in Egypt. It is one thing to try to help to ensure fair elections, yet it is a whole new ballgame when we are caught trying to push for Western-style democracy  in a country rooted in 7th century Islamic ideology. The detention of these political activists in Egypt is a stiff warning to the American government. Stay out of  Egypt’s business .

 

 

Black Conservative Woman Berated & Degrated by Angry Interviewer

Jan Brewer is a racist for pointing her finger at the President. Ok then, what does that make this guy?  Listen (if you can) at how disgustingly rude and disrespectful this “radio host” is to his guest, Charlotte Bergmann- a Black tea party conservative who is running for Congress.  All of his complaints about her, and even the title of this YouTube post, are based solely on Bergmann’s race.  This man should be ashamed. Go drop a comment on his YouTube page and tell him so, and support Bergmann in her efforts to be an independent thinker and doer. For shame, angry Black man! For shame!

 

crossposted at kiradavis.net