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New Hampshire results didn't change anything

Mitt Romney’s long-expected triumph in New Hampshire came to be and yet .. nothing changed.

New Hampshire is home to all of 12 total delegates in the GOP nomination fight where 1,144 are required to secure the republican spot which means having won the state doesn’t put Romney much closer to the end goal.

With no one changing anything in their election plans after New Hampshire, did it matter?

Conservatives are still searching for an alternative to Romney that will more closely line up with their principles which the Granite State was unable to define – being a mainly moderate-to-liberal area it should be no surprise.

South Carolina is the first primary in a Conservative state and will likely present Conservatives with the candidate that will be the anti-Romney – or if Romney runs away in the southern state, perhaps no alternative exists.

Look for Huntsman’s New Hampshire showing to fizzle in S.C., Paul and Perry will fight a place in the bottom half and Santorum/Gringrich will have another neck-and-neck battle, but this time for second. Romney will likely take South Carolina, but the question remains how decisive a win he manages.

 

Voter I.D. Madness & Minority Victimization

I’ve probably known thousands, maybe tens of thousands of Black Americans over the years.  Some are my family, some are friends, many I’ve shared a community with, and some I’ve served.  I have never met one Black person who doesn’t have some form of identification, be it a birth certificate, driver’s licence or state non-driver i.d.  Even my 80 year old aunt who was born without a birth certificate has a license! In fact, my aunt doesn’t even truly know her real birthday.  She isn’t even sure if her name actually is what we call her or just a distortion of her birth name due to the Black Michagander dialect…but she drives, has a bank account and uses Medicare – all things she needs her licence to access.

Recently the Justice Department blocked South Carolina’s latest voter registration law requiring voters to present a valid state i.d. before being allowed to vote at the polls.  Governor Nikki Haley says the law is needed in order to prevent voter fraud and secure safe and fair elections, but critics claim voter i.d. laws disenfranchise minorities, particularly Black people.  In a letter to South Carolina officials Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said, “The absolute number of minority citizens whose exercise of the franchise could be adversely affected by the proposed requirements runs into the tens of thousands,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said in a letter to South Carolina officials.”  Really? Tens of thousands of South Carolina residents have no form of i.d.?  In 2012? This is nothing more than a political ploy to continue to allow the Democrat party to steal elections through voter fraud. It makes no real sense, no matter how many big words Mr. Perez uses to describe the law.

To add insult to injury, the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People has decided to take their objections to the United Nations and request that they send an official observer to monitor elections.  That’s right, the NAACP wants the United Nation to monitor our elections! “It’s been more than a century since we’ve seen such a tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote. Historically, when voting rights are attacked, it’s done to facilitate attacks on other rights. It is no mistake that the groups who are behind this are simultaneously attacking very basic women’s rights, environmental protections, labor rights, and educational access for working people and minorities.  Voting rights attacks are the flip side of buying a democracy. First you buy all the leaders you can, and then you suppress as many votes as possible of the people who might object.”, says NAACP President Ben Jealous.

Black people are getting tired of being treated like ignorant, uneducated babies who haven’t the ability or will to care for themselves or function properly in modern society.  The idea that somehow there are scores of Black people wandering around this country with no identification whatsoever is patently ridiculous.  It is literally impossible to live an even semi-modern American life without some form of official i.d.  Am I to believe that there are thousands of Black citizens right now who have never cashed a check, opened a bank account, applied for government assistance, purchased alcohol or tobacco or firearms, bought cold medicine or picked up a prescription, registered for school, rented a car, applied for a credit card, flown on an airplane, or…you get the idea.  If identification is needed to buy cough syrup for your baby than why in the hell wouldn’t it be required to engage in the most important privilege we have as American citizens?  Is it racism that requires you to have proper identification when buying beer?  Why isn’t Ben Jealous asking the UN to monitor liquor sales in America? I’ll tell you why: because Jealous knows that his party depends on an easily defrauded system to win elections.  Dead votes, repeat votes, illegal alien votes – these are the voting base of the Democrat party.  Jealous knows damn well Black people have i.d.’s these days.  I would bet my savings account that he doesn’t know anyone over 18 without one.  This is Democrat trickery and minority victimization at its worst.

On the eve of the South Carolina GOP primary this month Black conservatives, led by Anita MonCrief (among others) will converge on the state with their photo i.d.’s to protest this gross injustice perpetrated by the DOJ and NAACP.  All are welcome, but the hope is that the administration and their media minions will be forced to see that not all Black people are willing to go along with just anything that the DOJ slaps the term “social justice” on.  We understand that leaving elections open to fraud hurts all Americans…and last time I checked Black people in this country counted as Americans.  Using our race to perpetrate a gross violation of law and common sense is simply unacceptable.  Governor Haley and other South Carolina officials have vowed to fight the DOJ’s intrusion to the highest level, but it is up to the rest of us to make our voices heard and to help restore reason and sanity to our voting process. If you have the ability, join MonCrief and company in South Carolina later this month.  If you aren’t able to make the trip, blog, post or talk about it as much as you can.

If you have no birth certificate or photo i.d. of some type than you probably aren’t a citizen, which means you definitely should not be voting.  Jealous, the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People and this current regime know that.  They don’t care about justice.  They only care about votes.  what they don’t care about is where those votes come from…and that is most certainly more un-American than any voter i.d. law.

Perry Stays In The Race

Not to be deterred by a poor 5th place finish in Iowa last night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted the following:

And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said Perry would stay in Texas until Friday. After that he will head to New Hampshire and participate in the two debates this weekend and will then head to South Carolina.

It was confirmed he will continue his bid for the nomination even though Tuesday night he said “With the voters’ decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight’s caucus … and determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race.”

A CBSNews report stated Perry told reporters in West Des Moines, Iowa, he thought the Iowa caucusing process was “loosey goosey” and that he was looks forward to competing in “actual primaries.”

“This wasn’t a hard decision,” Perry said. “[Iowa] is a quirky place, a quirky process to say the least and we’re going to go into places where they have actual primaries and there are going to be real Republicans voting.”

 

Union approves Boeing peace agreement

A Machinists union voted to approve a new contract that promises a cease-fire against their employer – Boeing.

The Machinists District Lodge 751 approved a contract with 74% of the voting members. The agreement gives one of the most generous pension packages in the industry to all employees including brand new hires. In exchange, the union promises to cease hostilities against the manufacturer for four years,  pull their complaints from the NLRB, allow Boeing to build their 737 in Kansas and the 787 in South Carolina.

The union recently filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that put Boeing’s new South Carolina facility in question. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has said the union actions threatened thousands of jobs in a struggling economy[1].

The complaints alleged that Boeing was building the factory in a right-to-work state to avoid more strikes like those of 2005 and 2008, the latter which is attributed to the delay of the 787 Dreamliner at significant expense to Boeing and its reputation.

The union agreed to pull its complaints from the NLRB now that it has gotten the contract that was perhaps the goal of the conflict. Unfortunately, the board is an independent agency that is almost completely populated by President Obama’s appointees. While the union pulling their complaint does not guarantee that the board will follow suit, the union got the agreement it wanted while giving up little more than promising not to strike until 2016. It is likely that the unions will work with the Obama administration to get the board to drop the evaluation. This would show Boeing that the union has significant sway within the government and would rid Obama of a very negative campaign issue that would likely have run  right up to the election.

Boeing has had little choice but to come out with positive statements about the agreement. Boeing needs the NLRB mess to disappear so it can get on with production of their Dreamliner at the factory in South Carolina, the 737 in Kansas and no more work stoppages from the union – at least not from Machinists Lodge 751.

Sources:

[1] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/12/07/business/AP-US-Boeing-Labor.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

Florida Takes a Stand, Sets Primary Date of Jan 31st

 It is now official: The Sunshine State of Florida will hold it’s Republican Presidential Primary on Jan 31st, 2012.

While GOP establishment operatives across America have expressed a wide variety of complaints about Florida’s decision to hold their Primary on Jan 31st, this Floridian believes this is simply a matter of Florida’s right to decide when to hold their primaries, not the decision of outsiders from other states or establishment GOP operatives who, frankly haven’t been doing so well for America in recent years.It was that kind of elitist mentality that inspired the Tea Party groups across America to take it upon themselves to restore true conservative principles back into American politics, which they did in the historic 2010 elections. Since this whole debate is about Florida’s decision to hold their primary earlier than the GOP establishment would like,  so let’s see what actual Florida politicians had to say were the reasons for the date change shall we? We will leave the national kingmakers of the GOP establishment’s opinions for the end of this article.

 NOTE: This major decision to change Florida’s Primary date in 2012 came about with the creation of a state law that required a committee to be formed that required Governor Rick, House Speaker and Senate President Mike Haridopolos to each nominate 3 choices to serve on the committee,  one of which must be a Democrat, thus the committee had 9 republicans and 3 Democrats on it. The final vote that decided the primary date change was 7 -2, with all Republicans agreeing on the primary date change along with one Democrat.

The committee members are as follows, with who picked the members noted: 

 Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his three choices for Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary Date Selection Committee.
Former Republican Governor Bob Martinez served as Florida’s 40th governor from 1987 to 1991. Before that he served as the mayor of Tampa, the city where he was born.
Former Democrat Senator Al Lawson represented Floridians from 11 panhandle counties from 2001 to 2011 in the state senate, and before that he served nearly two decades in the Florida House of Representatives.
Jenn Ungru, a Republican, is Governor Scott’s deputy chief of staff with oversight responsibilities over the Department of State. She has served in the Scott administration since the inauguration and has more than a decade of campaign and election experience in Florida and nationwide.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) announced the appointment of Senators Rene Garcia, Gary Siplin and John Thrasher to the Presidential Preference Primary Committee.
Senator Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah) currently represents Florida Senate District 40, which consists of part of Miami-Dade County.  Garcia first was elected to the Senate in 2010.  Prior to serving in the Florida Senate, Garcia was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2008.
Senator Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) currently represents Florida Senate District 19, which consists of parts of Orange and Osceola Counties.  Siplin was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and was subsequently reelected.  Prior to serving in the Florida Senate, Siplin was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2002.
Senator John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) currently represents Florida Senate District 8, which consists of parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.  Thrasher was first elected to the Senate in 2009 and was subsequently reelected.  Prior to serving in the Florida Senate, Thrasher was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1992-2000; he also served as Speaker of the Florida House from 1998-2000.

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon appointed the following House Members to the Presidential Preference Primary Date Selection Committee:
Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Representative Seth McKeel
Representative Cynthia Stafford

The following are some of the statements Florida politicians from the Republican Party have made, in regards to Florida’s early Primary date decision.

 

Florida State Senator John Thrasher, was on the committee that made the final decision to set the primary date explained, "This is about getting Floridians involved at the earliest possible time."  

 U.S. Rep. David Rivera of Miami explained, “It is indisputable that what matters most in the early primary season is MOMENTUM, not delegates," in response to those who worry about the GOP rule that says Florida may lose half it’s delegates if they went ahead with setting an early primary date. Mr. Rivera also added, "That is why states like Iowa and New Hampshire, which have minuscule delegates, matter. As in 2008, Florida will provide overwhelming momentum not because of our delegate count, but because Florida’s critical role in the November election.”

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon explained his support for the decision to set the early primary date as, "I feel the 31st is the right time," adding, "We are the largest swing state in the presidential race and have more votes than the first four primary states combined. We deserve to be a make-or-break state for the nomination." With the majority of national political insiders calling Florida the most important swing state in the upcoming presidential election, Mr. Cannon’s statements there do carry a good amount of weight as far as to why Floridians decided to take a stand against the establishment  GOP rule forbidding early primaries.

Florida RNC co-chair, Sharon Day stated her concerns as, " I don’t know if it changes the dynamics of the presidential race, but it makes it tough on the candidates," adding,  "I get the argument for Florida, but we created these rules for a reason."

I also got in touch with 2012 Florida District 03 Congressional candidate, Mike Yost to inquire about his views on the Florida Primary date change. Mr. Yost stated that while he had some reservations about the early primary date, that he was in total agreement in the fact that it is Florida’s decision to make,and not the GOP establishment’s right to impose upon Florida. Mr. Yost  also conveyed his concern about whether or not Florida will, in fact lose half it’s delegates as the GOP has threatened to do on numerous occasions recently, and if so , just what kind of a message would that send to the rest of the country?  The answer to that question will be revealed within the next week, as we approach the deadline for states announcing their Primary dates. 

Florida is receiving major criticism across the political spectrum for their choice to hold their Primary on Jan 31st, as we see by the following statements,many of it from early primary states who will now have to adjust their calendars because of Florida’s decision:

From South Carolina Party Chairman Chad Connelly we see this:  “Rogue states have once again dictated the presidential nominating calendar,”  adding,  “States who have worked so hard to maintain the nominating calendar should not be penalized and the offenders, including Florida, should lose their entire allocations of delegates at the National Convention.” Rogue states, Mr. Connelly? What is this, South American politics we are referring do here?  Drop the childish rhetoric and let’s all unite and get to work to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 please.

From Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawm we see this childish temper tantrum: “The arrogance shown by Florida’s elected leadership is disappointing, but not surprising. Equally troubling is to see this petulant behavior rewarded with our national convention (in Tampa),”  How about the arrogance  the establishment GOP has shown in trying to dictate just what day Florida will hold their presidential primary on here? maybe Mr. Strawm needs to face a real conservative challenger in 2012, unlike when he ran unopposed in the 2010 elections? Mr Strawm praises the Iowa GOP establishment on his very own blog,  while totally ignoring the true conservative grassroots Tea Party movement that rebuked the progressive Democrats and Rino-Republicans in the historic elections of 2010, allowing America a real shot of turning this ship around in 2012. Ignore the Tea party at your own risk, Mr. Strawm, as you sound a lot  like GOP establishment elitism in your above statement. Do you hear this, Tea Party of Iowa? 

The small state of New Hampshire actually has a state law that "requires" the state of New Hampshire to hold it’s primary 7 days before any other state !  Good grief, who in the hell came up with that law? Just because the blue-blooded elitists of what, over a century ago, chose to create a such a ridiculous state law in the first place is supposed to somehow dictate to the state of Florida when they can hold their primary? New Hampshire Republican Chairman Wayne MacDonald explained  that his state will move forward if Florida accelerates the season. State law in the Granite State requires that its primary be held at least seven days before any other primary. "But it really defeats the purpose," MacDonald said. "We were trying to avoid front-loading, but here we go again."  One can certainly understand Mr. MacDonald’s dismay about having to change his state’s primary date now, so here is a simple thought: "Why not instill some common sense and abolish the ludicrous law that says you have to be first in line in the first place? By the way, Iowa usually has their primary ahead of New Hampshire, but as one back-peddling politician stated, "It’s not a primary, it is a caucus."  The fate of the country is at stake and these nuts are playing word games. Lovely.

Of course the leftist-sphere had to put in their two cents:

The leftist rag The L.A.Times puts some ridiculous spin on Florida changing their primary debate in an article that features a giant picture of Hillary Clinton talking to a bunch of people holding Obama and Clinton signs back in 2008 here.  That’s right in an article about GOP primaries, the Liberal establishment running the L.A. Times uses a picture of Hillary Clinton. We must have missed Hillary’s announcement that she will be running for President on the Republican ticket in 2012 there.Of course no conservative-bashing L.A times article would be complete without a few lies and propaganda inserted into it to appease their readers out there in Liberal la-la land:

But Florida, which will play host to the 2012 Republican National Convention, in Tampa, wants to have a more central role in picking the nominee. To achieve that, it would run afoul of the RNC, which will dock it about half of its 116 convention delegates. (emphasis mine) 

So in that statement they falsely state that the RNC will dock Florida half of its delegates, period, yet later on in that very same article, they show how that statement isn’t necessarily true:

 Florida also pulled a similar move in 2008, moving its primary to Jan. 29, and helping to lock up the nomination for Sen. John McCain. Though all the Florida delegates made it to the convention floor in Minneapolis-St. Paul — with about half being characterized as "honored guests" — the RNC seems in no mood to make a deal this time.

How about actually reporting the facts and just the facts, instead of trying to inject your leftist mandate on what the GOP will or will not do regarding Florida’s primary date change decision out there in the 20-billion-dollars-in-the-red-budgetarily-bankrupt state of California ?  We do not need advice or mandates about the Republican Party of America coming  from  the ignorant hope n changers of the left coast. Don’t you have some more illegal alien sanctuary cities to be creating out there in la-la land or something else to keep yourselves busy, like spending time creating laws to ban happy meal toys, while business leave the state in droves due to your decades long march towards creating a Liberal utopia?

 

 The swing state of Florida with it’s added 2 electoral votes, giving it the same total as New York at 29,  is a very critical vote for the Republican candidate to win. Here is a little-known fact: The last Republican candidate to win the White House while losing the Florida vote was Calvin Cooledge in 1924. Florida’s demographics are such a mixed bag that it always makes it a Nervous Nelly situation across the state and country when vote totals start coming in. In 2010 conservative Rick Scott looked like he would actually lose the election to Liberal Alex Sink in the early going, then it was neck and neck through about 80% of the vote with Scott pulling ahead for good pretty much not until the end. Northern Florida and the panhandle are in the mold of the "Old South" with it’s military bases making for a natural conservative base. Central Florida, also referred to as the I-4 corridor, is a mix of retired Midwestern retirees, young suburban families and Democratic-leaning Hispanics, ( largely non-Cubans)  I live in Central Florida, and in the 2010 elections saw Central Florida shift slightly more towards conservatism, which I expect to see happen again in 2012. As people learn the truth about the hope and change catch-phrase and see how inflation, gas prices and the over-all cost of living increases are hurting Florida’s huge Senior citizen population, while living in a stagnant economy, Liberals posing as Democrats will feel the wrath of the informed voter in 2012 in Florida. So will progressive-voting Republicans,especially here in Central Florida. South Florida, which has a huge population of Cuban-Americans who  mostly shy away from the Socialistic planks of Liberal ideology and vote conservative, as many of them know just what the Cuban Socialism did to their relatives and country under Fidel Castro and Company. South Florida also contains many white retirees from the Northeast who remain active in politics. Democratic strongholds in places like Jacksonville are among the most impoverished areas in all of Florida, and we can expect to see them turning red in 2012 also. With it’s totally diverse population, huge amount of retirees, and the emergence of the Tea party across Florida, the Hurri-Cain  beat out Romney and Perry in the Florida straw poll by a whopping margin. Before that reality happened, most insiders thought Florida would be a Romney nomination win over Rick Perry. Now it remains a complete toss-up once again, yet one can not deny the conservative message Floridians sent to the country with Cain’s win, and now the moving up of the Primary date much to the dismay of the GOP establishment. This will make the GOP candidates scramble for the Florida Primary vote even more intense. 

    Here is a tip for all of the whining and crying establishment GOP operatives and assorted pundits that deem themselves so self-important as to denounce the state of Florida for taking a stand against the GOP’s elitist pattern of dictating to Floridians, and other states across the country as to how and when they will hold their primaries: Get over it, the Florida Republican Presidential primary of 2012 will be held on Jan 31st, period. 

 

 

 

Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina Viewed as Best States for Business

California, New York and Illinois Ranked as Worst for Business

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TexasNorth Carolina and South Carolina are viewed as having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released here today.

The poll pinpointed California, New York and Illinois as the U.S. states with the least favorable business climates.

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996.

“With the battle for business more intense than ever, states and their economic development organizations need to pay close attention to the results of this survey,” said DCI President Andrew T. Levine. “Whether accurate or misguided, perceptions about a location’s business climate often play a crucial role in site selection decisions and where companies invest money and create jobs.”

Nearly half (46%) of the 322 corporate executive who responded to the survey indicated that their firm would make a location decision in the next 24 months – whether a move, expansion or consolidation of a manufacturing plant, offices, distribution center or other facilities. More than half (51%) said that they would outsource a portion of the site selection process to a real estate broker or site selection consultant.

Texas was the clear-cut favorite among the respondents to the survey, with 49.4% naming the Lone Starstate as having one of the most favorable business climates in the nation. North Carolina ranked second with 27.8%; South Carolina has 14.3% of the votes. Texas and North Carolina have consistently landed in the top spots since the survey began more than a decade ago. Texas has held the #1 ranking since 1999, while North Carolina has been #2 since 2002. South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida have frequently traded top positions in the survey and 2011 marks the return of South Carolina to the #3 slot.

When asked why they selected the states they did as being best for business, the corporate executives frequently cited low operating costs and a pro-business climate. In the 2008 survey, more executives pointed to the availability of a strong workforce than they did in 2011.

For the fourth consecutive time, California was deemed as having the least favorable business climate, with 70.5% of the responses. New York was named second most frequently with 46.5%, followed byIllinois (24.4%) Taxes, high costs and “anti-business climate/regulation” spurred most of the negative opinions.

The comprehensive survey also asked a series of questions to divine the most effective economic development marketing tools, the leading sources of information that influence executive perceptions of a community’s business climate and the most important factors in business location decisions.

DCI conducted the survey online, polling a random selection of C-level executives at U.S. companies with annual revenues of $25 million or more. The survey was augmented by 250 location advisors/consultants.

For a free copy of the full “Winning Strategies” survey report or an executive summary, visit www.aboutdci.com/winning-strategies.

Best States for Business

1. Texas 49.4%
2. North Carolina 27.8%
3. South Carolina 14.3%

Worst States For Business

1. California 70.5%
2. New York 46.5%
3. Illinois 24.4%

Palin to announce today? – Update

The rumor mill has been churning out story after story about whether or not former Vice Presidential candidate and governor Sarah Palin will make a run for the presidency in 2012 since November 2008. Do a simple Google search for “Sarah Palin to announce run” and you will find over 4 million hits with predictions for the date she will make the jump from pundit to candidate.

So why should we take seriously today’s rumor, allegedly started at Free Republic and a radio host in Des Moines, that she will announce at 12:30pm EST?

For starters, today is Constitution Day (observed). Palin has traditionally made big announcements on dates that hold significant meaning to her. Many thought she would announce during the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it turns out a day reserved for labor unions to stay home from work wasn’t particularly close to her heart. Being that there aren’t many patriotic holidays coming up before the deadline to file in South Carolina, she’s running out of chances to commandeer a holiday.

Also worthy of note is Palin’s scheduled appearance on “The Bob & Mark Show” today. Palin made a promise to the Anchorage radio duo that she would make any announcement about her run for president live on their show. You can listen live here: Kwhl.com

Finally, the chatter is incredible. Twitter blew up with “unconfirmed rumors” about Palin making her announcement today based on FreeRepublic and other sources that believe her guest spot on the Bob and Mark Show is a clear indicator of her intentions. Facebook is full of posts from Palinistas and hopefuls that today is the day. The blogs are starting to light up with speculation too. The Victory Film Group, which created the Palin documentary “Undefeated,” a video resume of sorts for Palin, also increased its presence on Twitter last night, signaling the movie makers might know something we don’t.

Whether or not this rumor, after so many before it being soundly debunked, actually comes to fruition, the Bob and Mark show is likely to have a huge national audience today.

First to put out a credible story on the potential for a Palin announcement today was Kevin DuJan at HillBuzz.org. Check out some of his research on the Palin campaign strategy here.
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Update: Sarah Palin will be calling into the show later in the program. Check back for further updates.
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Update #2: All a hoax! The rumor started by radio host Simon Conway and FreeRepublic was apparently no more than wishful thinking and speculation or a flat out lie. According to the hosts Bob & Mark, she was NOT scheduled to be on the show, though they had hundreds of requests for information and access from local and national media. The rumor spread like wildfire across Twitter, Facebook, blogs and throughout media circles over the last 24 hours.

Palinistas and pundits will have to wait a little longer for America’s favorite political punching bag to satisfy their craving for credible newsbites regarding her future plans, though Bob & Mark are likely quite pleased with the listener totals today.

Thousands of Homeschooling Families Expected to Attend Southeast Homeschool Convention in South Carolina, March 2012

CINCINNATI, Sept. 8, 2011 – Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. (GHC) is gearing up for a series of five regional homeschool conventions across the U.S. in 2012. First up: the Southeast Homeschool Convention, March 22-24, 2012, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina — and with a homeschool curriculum exhibit hall, hundreds of homeschooling workshops, dozens of key speakers, and tracks just for teens, parenting and creation apologetics, GHC is expecting the convention to attract thousands of homeschoolers from the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

“More and more families are choosing to homeschool for a variety of reasons,” stated Mary Jo Dean, a homeschool parent who co-founded Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc., in 2006 with her husband Brennan. “The Southeast Homeschool Convention was created to help encourage and equip those families and help them to create positive homeschool experiences. We anticipate a packed convention center.”

The Southeast Homeschool Convention will kick off Thursday, March 22, 2012, with the first of what will literally be hundreds of information-packed homeschooling workshops. The homeschool curriculum exhibit hall will be open all weekend and already has over 100 confirmed exhibitors, including My Father’s World, the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Math-U-See, Creation Ministries International and Homeschool Legal Advantage.

Speakers slated to participate in the Southeast Homeschool Convention include author and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder Chuck Colson; Andrew Pudewa; Diana Waring; Dr. Jay Wile; Sonya Shafer; David Hazel; Amanda Bennett; Dr. Jonathan Sarfati; “Homeschool Your Struggling Learner” author Kathy Kuhl; and nearly three dozen other noted homeschool speakers, authors and advocates.

Throughout the Southeast Homeschool Convention, parents can attend over 100 workshops covering all academic subjects and spanning all educational levels. Special workshop topics will also be offered, including gifted children, learning styles, unit studies and special needs. Those who want more in-depth instruction on faith-based homeschooling can also participate in specific workshop tracks dedicated to Parenting, Creation Apologetics or the Worldview Teen Track. For families with younger children, the Southeast Homeschool Convention also offers an exciting children’s program throughout the weekend.

“Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. is excited to start the 2012 homeschool convention season in the Southeast,” Dean said. “Last year’s Southeast convention drew thousands of homeschooling families from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. We know there are many families in that region who are looking forward to the chance to connect with other homeschoolers and get the information and resources they need to thrive at homeschooling.”

Early-bird discounts are available to GHC newsletter subscribers. Learn more and register for the Southeast Homeschool Convention at http://www.southeasthomeschoolconvention.com/.

As Homeschooling Goes Mainstream, 2012 Regional Homeschool Conventions Announced

CINCINNATI, Sept. 6, 2011 — In the face of widespread budget cuts and one-size-fits-all teaching in public schools, families from all walks of life are turning to homeschooling in record numbers. In recognition of that growth, Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. has planned five regional homeschool conventions for 2012 — and with dozens of renowned speakers, hundreds of homeschooling workshops and over 200 curriculum exhibitors at each convention, Great Homeschool Conventions aims to put homeschool resources within reach of every homeschooling family.

“The five regional convention sites allow GHC to provide home education information and resources to homeschool parents nationwide,” stated Mary Jo Dean, a homeschool parent who, with her husband, Brennan, founded Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. in 2006. “We are excited to see homeschooling growing so dramatically, and we look forward to providing parents with the information and encouragement they need to have successful homeschooling experiences.”

To that end, GHC’s regional homeschool conventions will be held throughout the country to make them accessible to as many homeschooling families as possible. The conventions kick off in the spring at theSoutheast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, S.C., March 22-24, 2012, followed by the Mid South Homeschool Convention in Memphis, Tenn., April 12-14, 2012, and the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 19-21, 2012. For homeschool families in the West, GHC has scheduled the California Homeschool Convention May 24-26, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif. The season wraps up with the Northeast Homeschool Convention in Hartford, Conn., June 14-16, 2012.

Those attending the GHC regional homeschool conferences will find camaraderie, support, entertainment, and a wealth of practical information. The conferences’ featured speakers include Chuck Colson, Andrew Pudewa, Diana Waring, Dr. Jay Wile, Amanda Bennett, David Hazel, Dr. Carol Reynolds, Todd Wilson, Sonya Shafer, John Stonestreet, Dr. Susan Wise Bauer, Pastor Tedd Tripp, John Rosemond, Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Kerby, Dr. Jobe Martin, and over 20 other homeschool experts. Musicians and comedians will be on hand at each convention to provide family-friendly evening entertainment.

But the meat of the conferences is in the workshops. Parent-teachers can choose the workshops that are most appropriate for their families in subjects like math, science, language arts and music at all educational levels, along with workshops in special topics, including learning styles, gifted children, special needs and unit studies. Parents can also participate in workshop tracks covering creation apologetics and parenting, while teens and parents alike can attend the Teen Worldview Track, led by Summit Ministries of Colorado staff and speakers.

“All homeschool and unschool families are welcome at the GHC regional homeschool conventions,” said Dean. “We look forward to meeting more homeschoolers and hearing about their struggles and successes in home education.”

Register for any of the GHC regional homeschool conventions and learn more at http://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com.

Cain Shares ‘Economic Vision’ in Greenville, South Carolina

(Greenville, SC)- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain shared his “Economic Vision: Jobs for America” plan today at NEXT Innovation Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Cain’s plan details his three “Economic Guiding Principles”:

  1. Production drives the economy.
  2. Risk-taking drives growth.
  3. Measurements must be dependable.
Production drives the economy.

Cain believes that the federal government should ease the burdens of excessive taxation and regulation to spur economic growth to increase production. This includes lowering the top corporate and personal income tax rate to a maximum rate of 25 percent, suspending taxes on repatriated profits and making the lowered tax rates permanent. He also proposes a regulatory reduction commission that would seek to review and potentially eliminate some current regulations whose compliance costs weaken job creators.

Risk-taking drives growth.
Cain believes there must be increased access to capital. To do so, he proposes eliminating taxes on capital gains and their dividends. This would also incentivize companies to invest in worker training programs, new equipment and emerging technologies. History shows that the largest beneficiaries of such a reduction on capital gains taxes are new technology investments.

“The capital gains tax represents a wall between people with money and people with ideas,” Cain said. “And people with ideas are the catalyst for new businesses and new job growth.”

Measurements must be dependable.
Cain’s plan would help stabilize the value of the dollar in order to provide monetary stability by dramatically reducing the national debt through meaningful spending cuts and restructuring government assistance programs. Stabilizing the value of the dollar would help to eliminate uncertainty that impedes business expansion and job creation.

Cain believes that implementing these initiatives would provide economic certainty to businesses for investment, innovation and hiring purposes. He estimates that these changes would cut the unemployment rate in half when fully implemented.

 

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