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Saturday, January 19, 2008

McCain Wins, Thompson Comes in 3rd in S.C.

Arizona Senator John McCain has won the South Carolina Republican Primary, narrowly defeating former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee by roughly 3 percentage points, with 92% of the vote counted.

Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson from Tennessee posted a respectable 3rd place showing, although it was not what the Senator had hoped.

Thompson campaigned hard in South Carolina in the 11 days leading up to today's primary, but apparently it was too little too late for a win. However, Thompson did surge enough to beat Mitt Romney, who came in 4th.

Rounding out the GOP candidates, Rudy Giuliani came in 5th, Ron Paul 6th, and Duncan Hunter 7th.

U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter stated following the S.C. Primary that he would be abandoning his campaign for the White House.

The question remains as to whether or not Fred Thompson will stay in the race. The candidate did not hint one way or another as he gave a vigorous speech before his supporters early in the evening. However, Thompson had put a lot on the line hoping to finish in first place in his home territory in the South.

Supporters of Thompson, including this writer, hope that he stays in the race. He is the ONLY true Reagan conservative in the 2008 Presidential campaign. It would be a devastating loss to lose his voice during this pivotal year in American politics.

But we are aware of political realities and that all-prevalent issue--money. We can only hope that Thompson has enough cash available to at least stay in the race until Super Tuesday.

Weather No Problem in Early S.C. Voting

With weather prognosticators predicting snow, sleet, and freezing rain in key GOP strongholds in South Carolina, GOP officials feared the worst with regard to voter turnout in today's South Carolina Republican Primary.

So far, however, the weather has not been a factor.

Although the snow began to fall in the Upstate (the Piedmont and mountainous regions) at roughly 3 PM, the morning hours were free of precipitation and the early afternoon hours saw nothing but rain.

Voter turnout so far has been moderate to brisk as this year the GOP race has stirred considerable interest among citizens.

The problem is with those who have waited to vote in the late afternoon and early evening in the Upstate. With the snow now falling and temperatures dropping, travel could become hazardous.

Polling places will be closing at 7 PM. Check back with the Liberty Sphere later this evening for complete information on the vote as the information becomes available.

This Is It: S.C. GOP Primary Today

Polls open in South Carolina at 7 AM this morning for the Republican Presidential Primary. No Republican thus far has won the GOP nomination without winning South Carolina.

The Democrats in the state will be holding their primary NEXT Saturday, January 27.

Although polls show John McCain in the lead going into tomorrow's primary, one central factor may well spell trouble for the Senator. McCain and S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham spearheaded President Bush's plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens--a bill that the citizens beat down with their sheer outrage.

Although McCain and Graham have toned down their rhetoric concerning the issue after the voters made their anger heard, the two are still not really getting the message that Americans want to end sanctuary cities and incentives for illegals to flood the country such as tuition breaks and free medical care, and they want illegals to get in the back of the line where honorable persons seek to enter the country legally.

A vote for McCain is not going to do one whit to end the present disastrous policies toward immigration.

With that said, I have already said all that I need to say.

The Liberty Sphere will keep you updated on any pertinent, late-breaking info as the vote proceeds.

Check back with us later in the evening for the results. And, by the way, we will be casting our vote for Fred Thompson.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Down to the Wire: S.C. GOP Primary Poll Numbers

It's 24 hours to go and counting until the big South Carolina GOP primary on Saturday.

According to the latest statewide poll conducted by Survey USA and News Channel 7, John McCain and Mike Huckabee are in a statistical tie for first place.

Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney are tied for 2nd place in the poll.

Falling far behind in the low single digits are Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul, and Duncan Hunter.

The weather may be a factor in Saturday's primary. For the 2nd time in 3 days a system is expected to move into the state bringing a mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

McCain has polled well among senior adults in South Carolina. But they are also the most likely to stay home in the event of inclement weather.

The big news, however, is that 50% of likely GOP voters in the primary say they still have not made up their minds on a candidate. This means that in actuality the race is up for grabs, particularly among the top four--McCain, Huckabee, Thompson, and Romney.

Thompson has the momentum and has been surging fast, but the question is does he have enough time for his surge to take him to the top and surpass McCain by Saturday.

In addition, when the undecided GOP voters decide on a candidate, how many of them will break in favor of Thompson? My hunch is that a significant number will do so, but it is uncertain as to whether or not it will be enough for him to win.

Thus, this thing is going down to the wire, folks. Don't count anyone a shoo-in and don't count anyone out.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/17/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

Snow Flakes in Hell points to two polls that show Fred Thompson surging ahead in South Carolina:

John Lott reports that Fred Thompson was the very first GOP candidate to blast the Bush Administration for its support of the D.C. gun ban in the Heller case:

The Buckeye Firearms Association has an analysis of the Democratic candidates' stance on gun control, and of course, the news isn't good:

From the NRA: Georgia Senate to vote on right-to-carry legislation (the vote is today!):

Eugene Volokh says that apparently Preacher Huckabee hasn't been paying attention to his Bible:

Liberals love to portray conservatives as 'intolerant.' ROFL! Michelle Malkin has the statistical proof that it is actually the Liberals who are most intolerant, and downright dangerous!:

This is no real surprise, but still....Nicki reports that the ACLU has summarily rejected the Second Amendment as an individual much for our 'liberties,' eh?:

Nicki also has a complete run-down on why the Huckster is no conservative:

Looks like Tam was all geared up for a big snowfall in Knoxville last night, but all they got was rain. On the other side of the mountains, in the foothills of South Carolina, we got about 3-4 inches of snow. It was real purdy too:

Squeaky posts some serious, in-depth religious and philosophical questions that are well-worth the time to read:

Mike McCarville reports on campaign dirty tricks in the days leading up to the GOP primary this Saturday, and Romney and Huckabee are right in the middle of it:

Armed and Safe alerts us to a new initiative to 'stem the flow of illegal guns into Mexico,' which of course, is Mexican code for 'we want the U.S. to pass more gun control':

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel blog on well-balanced pistols, including not only the Warthog, but the S & W 908 and the Glock 26 and 30 models:

The ATF is at it again. Red's reports that the JBTs now claim that any individual who sells a gun must be federally licensed as a gun dealer (although it is legal for individuals to sell guns):

Say Uncle has a link to an excellent explanation as to why the popular vote is bad for a Constitutional Republic such as ours (in case you are still wondering, I am all for keeping the Electoral College):

Thompson Contrasts His Record with McCain's

Seeking to make a final case for the fact that he is the one consistent conservative in the GOP race in South Carolina, Fred Thompson contrasted his record with that of John McCain in several campaign stops in the state over the past two days.

Thompson has already shown that Mike Huckabee is no Reagan conservative when one looks at his entire record. Now he has set his sights on the supposed 'front-runner,' John McCain, although no GOP candidate thus far can actually lay claim to that title.

Two major national polls show that McCain is ahead in South Carolina. But Thompson has been surging fast. And as Thompson's fortune rises, Huckabee's plummets.

While McCain is certainly good enough to vote for against the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or John Edwards, his record is certainly far from being 'conservative.'

Yes, he has supported every tax cut since the Reagan Administration. And yes, he is strong on national defense, U.S. foreign policy, and the War on Terror. He also has a stellar record on abortion.

However, McCain's stance on other issues is highly problematic. Despite a fairly favorable rating by the NRA, McCain has actually voted AGAINST some key pro-Second Amendment legislation in his long political career.

His involvement in the environmentalist movement is also troublesome. He has totally bought into the political rhetoric of the radical tree-huggers that global warming is caused by human activity rather than naturally occurring forces.

McCain also made no friends among conservatives when he spearheaded so-called 'campaign finance reform' and proceeded to limit free speech in the process.

And his stance on illegal aliens has been disastrous. Despite his recent rhetoric about 'making the borders secure,' he still refuses to deal with sanctuary cities, tuition breaks for illegals, and forcing illegals in get in line with the rest who wish to come here LEGALLY.

One CANNOT adequately deal with the problem of the illegal assault on America unless these specific issues are addressed, which McCain refuses to do.

One by one, Thompson showed how his views have differed drastically from McCain's on these critical issues concerning our nation.

Thompson wants to end federal funds to sanctuary cities that harbor illegal aliens against federal law. He is opposed to tuition breaks for illegals. He is also opposed to any form of amnesty, including a separate 'path to citizenship.' There is already a path to citizenship for illegals, i.e., get in line and go through the LEGAL process like ALL trustworthy human beings would do.

In addition, Fred stands for a totally unfettered Second Amendment, just as the Founders specified and is against D.C.'s gun control laws in D.C. vs. Heller at the Supreme Court. He has a 100% pro-life rating from the national Right to Life group. He has also been endorsed by South Carolinians for Life--a state pro-life group.

Thompson believes that the 'global warming' bandwagon is largely a hoax that has been debunked and discredited by at least 400 scientists--a list which is growing by the day. And he doesn't mind telling you what he thinks about the 'Big Brother' nanny state that tries to tell us what to eat, what to do, what to buy, what to drive, and all of the other symptoms of those who have a Hitler/Stalin/Messianic complex.

In short, the candidate has done his homework. Thompson can demonstrate on the record how his votes have differed with McCain's.

Thus, we South Carolinians who cherish our liberty, unrestricted First Amendment and Second Amendment rights, the right to live our lives in freedom without the nanny state dictating to us our lifestyle habits, the simple and basic premise that any honorable person in another country who wishes to live here should be expected to do so LEGALLY, MUST support Fred Thompson in this coming Saturday's GOP primary.

A vote for John McCain is like a vote for Senator Lindsey Graham. The both of them are responsible for the hideous amnesty legislation they tried to push through Congress which would have made the illegal alien problem worse.

The outcry from the average citizens across the country resoundingly condemned McCain, Graham, Ted Kennedy, and President Bush for attempting to dump this piece of garbage on the American public.

We can do better. MUCH better.

And Fred Thompson is the logical choice.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/16/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

Nicki has the MUST-read of the day as she urges the GOP Presidential candidates to condemn the actions of the Bush Administration in siding with the gun-grabbers in the Heller case:

Tam has good reading today, entitled, 'Sometimes Zombies Are Real':

Breda blogs on some new idiotic products in the 'self-defense' category:

The Bitch Girls give us the latest example of why Romney is a Rectum. Bitter puts it a bit more vehemently:

Mike McCarville says that the GOP could possibly have FIVE front-runners going into Super Tuesday:

Alphecca has the wolves in sheep's clothing--straight from their mouths:

A Keyboard and a .45 says that more Illinois Counties have bucked Cook County in order to embrace freedom:

Front Sight, Press has a complete run-down of the latest info on the DOJ filing in the Heller case:

Of Arms and the Law notes that D.C. is sorely lacking in support in the Heller case:

Snow Flakes in Hell perfectly describes why many of us who are Christian cannot and will not support Mike Huckabee:

Sharp as a Marble shows us what happens when so-called 'common sense gun control laws' are put into place:

The War on Guns has essential reading today entitled, 'Who Shall Guard the Guards?':

John Lott says that both Romney and McCain have it wrong:

Da Man--William F. Buckley, Jr. comments on the confusing nature of the primaries:

From the NRA: Tennessee Right to Carry Reform Needs Your Help Today!:

Michigan Behind; On to South Carolina

As most of you know by now, Mitt Romney was able to win his home state of Michigan Tuesday night in the state's GOP Presidential primary, beating John McCain by roughly 8 percentage points.

Mike Huckabee came in a distant third, followed by Ron Paul and Fred Thompson.

Doing what he had to do in order to stay in the Republican race, Romney focused on traditional blue collar workers--'Reagan Democrats,' as they once were called--in order to contrast his views with McCain's insistence that those manufacturing jobs were never coming back to Michigan.

McCain also suffered from the fact that far fewer Independents and Democrats voted in the GOP primary this time, when compared to his Michigan win in 2000. Michigan allows so-called 'open primaries,' meaning that in today's case the voting was open to voters other than Republicans.

Thus, Romney had a clear edge among the more traditional Republicans in the state.

Now it's on to South Carolina for a key primary on Saturday. Polls indicate that John McCain has surged to the top in the state, pushing Huckabee into 2nd place.

The good news, however, is that Fred Thompson has experienced a super-surge in the last few days with his poll numbers rising by 9 percentage points.

Initially the former Tennessee Senator had experienced a 4-point bump in the polls following his impressive showing in the S.C. GOP debate last week.

With Tuesday's poll numbers showing a 9 point jump since the last poll was taken, Thompson has experienced roughly a 12 to 13 point jump since the debate.

Thompson has also begun running a series of new television ads in the state which show that his credentials as a consistent conservative far outshine the convoluted neo-con, RINO, and faux-conservative records of candidates such as Huckabee, Romney, and McCain.

As Fred quipped Tuesday evening, 'I was a conservative before the others started talking the talk. In fact, not only did I talk the talk but I walked the walk.'

This is a chance for South Carolina to make a difference by really putting their hearts into their votes. Thompson is the one candidate who most closely shares the values of S.C. Republicans and the citizens in general.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/15/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

Michelle Malkin has info and continuous updates and analysis of the Michigan GOP primary today:

Mike McCarville has more on the Michigan primary:

McCarville also has the breakdown of support for each of the individual candidates, according to the latest state-wide survey in Oklahoma:

A Keyboard and a .45 has a Second Amendment primer:

The MUST-read of the day is by Born Again Redneck, who provides an excellent and detailed run-down of Fred Thompson's bus campaign in South Carolina:

Armed and Safe announces this year's Illinois Gun Owners' Lobby march on Springfield to let legislators know that assaults on the 2nd Amendment are unacceptable:

Snow Flakes in Hell notes that Fred Thompson answered a question from a voter about 'Christian charity' and the government's role in it, if any:

Sebastian also has a disturbing read concerning human resources departments in the workplace that are now conducting an assault on gun owners:

GREAT NEWS! Traction Control's challenge has raised ONE MILLION DOLLARS for Fred Thompson as of this afternoon!:

The War on Guns says that liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer may be a friend to gun owners in the D.C. case:

Nicki says that Citi Merchant Services is getting payback in the aftermath of its snub of gun sellers. The company is in severe financial straits:

Dustin's Gun Blog says that the Miami Herald is once against spreading some whoppers:

Uncle points to some pants-shittin' hysterics from a college paper:

Robb Allen comments on citizens who try to rig the outcome of an election:

The Buckeye Firearms Association reports the disturbing news that the NFL and the NBA have gone anti-gun:

From the NRA: Proposed Bills Could Lead to Bans on Lead Ammunition in Massachusetts:

The Volokh Conspiracy has riveting reading today on Barack Obama's church and its support of racist demagogue Louis Farrakhan:

Michigan GOP Primary Today

Today is the day for the Michigan GOP Presidential primary, the state where the father of Mitt Romney, the late George Romney, was once Governor.

Romney grew up in Michigan, but he has had a tough time selling voters on the notion that he should be the GOP nominee for President.

His biggest problem of late has been John McCain, who has experienced the comeback surge of historic proportions, rising from a dismal 4% standing in the polls to a 34% lead.

McCain and Romney have been running neck and neck in Michigan, and it would appear that the edge has been given to McCain, although Romney's appeal to traditional factory workers in the state could tip the scales in his favor.

This is do-or-die time for Romney. He will not win South Carolina or Florida. If he cannot win in the state where his family has had a traditional stronghold, then his campaign is immediately in trouble.

Only three candidates are in serious contention for the top spot in Michigan--McCain, Romney, and Huckabee. Of the three, McCain is clearly the best choice.

So stay tuned. We should have the results by early this evening.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/14/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

Michelle Malkin has poll results of potential matchups between the GOP candidates:

John Lott has an excellent new op-ed on the Bush Administration's decision to launch an assault on the Second Amendment in the D.C. case:

The Buckeye Firearms Association is reporting that Fred Thompson is counting on gun owners to give his campaign a major boost in South Carolina:

The Volokh Conspiracy suggests that the brief filed by the Bush Administration in support of D.C. in the Heller case is something we would expect from a John Kerry Administration:

The War on Guns notes that the Democratic Presidential candidates have exploded with negativity by using the race card--against each other!:

The War on Guns also says that now more than ever we need to support 'Academics for the Second Amendment':

Nicki reports that a Congressman has started a petition in Congress condemning the actions of the Bush Administration in the D.C. v. Heller case:

Sebastian has a list of Congressmen who have signed a letter to the D.C. case specifying their support for a complete ban on all handguns:

Say Uncle has an important update to the news story on Christian Trejbal and the Roanoke Times' decision to publish the names of concealed handgun owners:

Squeaky has THIS to say about 'global warming':

The Bitch Girls explain why a McCain win in Michigan would be good for gun owners everywhere:

Breda gives us a report on her trip to the range on Sunday:

Traction Control says that a German business owner has a very politically incorrect view toward smoking...good for him!:

Oscar Poppa has the quote of the day from Samuel Adams, from 1775:

Oscar Poppa also says that youths are arming themselves due to violence in the streets:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel have an interesting pic of a Para Warthog:

Alphecca points to yet another reason to believe our growing Police State is raging out of control:

Roberta X comments on her day at the gun show:

A Keyboard and a .45 has more on the 'Save the Second Amendment' Petition:

Mike McCarville reports on the latest CBS News/NYT poll on the GOP Presidential race:

Media Spin in South Carolina on Presidential Race

The moguls of the mainstream media are at it again with their latest smear tactics against Fred Thompson in the GOP Presidential race.

In Sunday's Spartanburg Herald-Journal, a major Upstate S.C. newspaper which, by the way, is owned by the New York Times, an article appeared on the front page of the local news section which stated several times that Fred Thompson had 'gone negative' in his campaign strategy.

Not only did the article state that Thompson had 'gone negative' about Mike Huckabee but that he had adopted negativity as a campaign strategy for the rest of the way to Super Tuesday.

First, let's get this notion out of the way at the very outset. Thompson did not 'go negative.' Since when did pointing out someone's very public record as a Governor constitute 'going negative?'

This is Huckabee's definition of going negative. The Governor does not want his record discussed, since the record proves that his rhetoric concerning his days as Arkansas's Governor is at best grossly exaggerated and at worst contains some outright untruths.

That the mainstream media has adopted Huckabee's definition of the term is very telling.

A clear-headed, rational attempt to contrast one's views with another's is NOT 'going negative.' The opponent's views must be pointed out in order to differentiate those views from one's own.

Second, Huckabee himself has contrasted his record with that of other GOP candidates, yet to date no mainstream media outlet has described this tactic as 'going negative.'

Yet Huckabee went far beyond merely contrasting his record with the others. In Mitt Romney's case, for example, Huckabee went out of his way to attempt to portray himself as the 'Christian' candidate, the Baptist minister, in the very areas where there is yet a marked religious bigotry against Mormons.

This is, no doubt, exceeding the boundaries of discussing political differences by personally attacking an opponent's religion.

Yet Huckabee to date has gotten a free pass on his religious bigotry in the mainstream media in South Carolina. In fact, in Sunday's article in the Herald-Journal, no mention was made of Huckabee's ever going negative.

Further, the article not only focused on Thompson's supposed 'negative campaign' but Romney's as well. And the rift between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani certainly did not escape the scrutiny of the writer.

In short, Huckabee came out smelling like a rose. The rest were portrayed as nasty ogres who say nasty things about poor little preacher Huck.

And, mind you, this was NOT on the editorial page. This was supposedly a news article.

The article also failed to mention that as an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, Huckabee is not getting much support from the denominational leadership. SBC conservative icon Judge Paul Pressler of Texas has endorsed Thompson. Richard Land, powerful head of one of the SBC's major agencies, has also expressed reluctance to support Huckabee but speaks in positive terms about Thompson.

Agency heads in the SBC do not officially make 'endorsements.'

The mainstream media, particularly anything affiliated with the New York Times, would naturally promote Huckabee. After all, he is widely viewed by Democratic insiders as the one GOP candidate that would be most easily defeated in the general election.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Getting to the Real George W. Bush

We have seen signs of it all along, but until now we never actually believed that President George W. Bush is no friend of gun least not in blatant terms.

But now we know.

The Administration has thrown its support behind D.C.'s case in D.C. vs. Heller at the Supreme Court. Despite White House rhetoric, this means that in actuality the Bush Administration supports D.C.'s ban on handguns and handgun sales.

Those who have been watching George W. Bush closely for the past seven years are not really surprised at this blatant attack on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. After all, this is the Administration that suspended Habeas Corpus, spied on average U.S. citizens, and launched an assault on free speech in airports and other public places in the aftermath of 9/11.

Not only that, but the Justice Department under Mr. Bush has taken the position that the Second Amendment is a 'collective right' rather than an individual right.

The collective right balderdash was implemented as official Justice Department policy under former Attorney-General Alberto Gonzalez following a period of time under John Ashcroft's watch that the Department was avidly pro-Second Amendment as an individual right.

Bush has also totally turned his head to many other travesties of justice, such as the illegal and possible criminal prosecution and imprisonment of two innocent Border Patrol agents, Ramos and Compean, in order to appease the Mexican government.

In order to get elected Mr. Bush had to appeal to GOP conservatives, and in fact, he rewarded them with support the first few years of his Presidency. However, observers note there has been a gradual retreat from these positions to those that closely mirror that of the elitist, moderate GOP establishment as embodied in his father, Bush the Elder.

Here are a few examples--he supported banning incandescent light bulbs as passed by Congress, he supports establishing a Palestinian State in spite of the fact that Muslims control 99% of the land in the region already, he has hinted at dividing up the ancient Jewish city of Jerusalem and giving half of it to Muslims, he tried to push through an 'immigration reform' bill that would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, he has refused to enforce federal law on illegal immigration, he has launched an assault on national sovereignty by pushing a North American Union plan which would unite the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and he has turned a deaf ear to the cries of those who have been attacked and brought to ruin by a rogue agency of the U.S. government--the BATFE (ATF).

In the last two years of his Presidency, Bush has only gotten worse with these liberal-leaning policy initiatives. It is as if he had to become a lame duck in order for us to get to the real George W. Bush.

But even so, those with eyes to see and ears to hear have seen this coming for a long time. The big surprise, however, is just how flippantly the President has totally forgotten those who placed him in office.