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Saturday, December 31, 2011

How Iowa works as first test of Presidential candidates

Next Tuesday represents the very first test of the strength of the Republican Presidential candidates as the Iowa caucuses are held. The caucuses represent the first time that actual votes are cast in the 2012 Presidential election.
Today the final poll was taken prior to the caucuses, and it's results will be released by the Des Moines Register at 7 PM today.
Earlier polls taken Friday and early today indicate that the race is volatile. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are running neck and neck in a dead-heat. Rick Santorum has surged, according to several polls, catapulting into second place on the strength of his support among Christian evangelicals--a significant demographic in the state.
Many Americans wonder why so much emphasis is placed on Iowa. Relatively speaking the state is small and overshadowed by surrounding states such as Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mainstream media floats notion that GOP race is 'over already'

In a curious piece in the mainstream media yesterday, E.J. Dionne, Jr. of the Washington Post floated the notion that the GOP race for the Republican Presidential nomination 'may be over already.'
Dionne contends that with Mitt Romney's margin of victory in the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 10 and a possible squeaker victory in Iowa next Tuesday, the former Massachusetts Governor would have the 'one-two punch' necessary to propel him to the nomination with very little serious opposition.
Romney has a 20-point lead over the second place contender in New Hampshire. And some polls in Iowa show that he has overtaken Ron Paul, although within the margin of error, for first place.
But Dionne is not the only pundit saying that Romney may have the nomination wrapped up....

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Thursday, December 29, 2011

***Notice! I will be taking a break for the New Year's holiday on Monday. Will resume the Roundup next Tuesday.

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

David Codrea reports the enraging news that the ATF will treat crimes committed by its agents as mere 'personnel policy violations.'

Kurt Hofmann wonders what it would be like if voting rights were treated as gun rights are in this country. A good one!

WRSA has most disturbing news on the federal government's program to engage in 'total recall' of all past communication. Yes, Big Brother is here and watching.

In case you missed it, Mike Vanderboegh provides a must read on why Dennis Burke was sent to Arizona to  be the U.S. Attorney for that district. More Gunwalker tyranny.

Tam has more on Gunwalker, focusing on statements made by Eric Holder that boggle the mind.

Brigid had some surgery yesterday and is doing well. Our prayers go out to her.

Mike McCarville, one of the most trusted names in journalism, announces some big changes.

The New York Liberty Report posts the news relayed by former Clinton cabinet member Robert Reich that Hillary will join the Obama ticket in 2012, replacing Joe Biden. The question is, is Reich right?

Pamela Geller reports ominous news from Egypt as the forces of extremism continue to strengthen their grip on the country.

Traction Control says he is considering a second firearms shop with a name change, and he solicits opinions from readers. Go look.

Ron Paul defectors create group to train grassroots delegates to GOP convention

In an exclusive Conservative Examiner interview, a Ron Paul insider disclosed today that he has defected from the Texas Congressman's campaign. He further disclosed that a new organization is being formed that will train grassroots delegates to the Republican convention next summer as a means of strengthening the voices of conservatives who adhere to Constitutional principles.
Mike Ridgway, formerly of Utah and currently living in St. Louis, is a long-time Ron Paul supporter and activist in Republican Party politics. However, Ridgway states that the controversy over newsletters that the Congressman sent to potential supporters in the past contain a major stumbling block to his continuing to work in the Paul campaign.
Critics say the newsletters pander to racists.
Although the candidate himself states that he had nothing to do with writing the controversial portions of the newsletters in question, Ridgway maintains that Paul's refusal to do anything about those who did is tantamount to Penn State's former football coach Joe Paterno's failure to be proactive in removing those accused of child abuse from his staff, leading to his resignation.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Is Ron Paul the New 'Anti-Romney?'

Despite the fact that Mitt Romney has failed to garner over 27% of Republican support, even when he was the 'front-runner' in the race for the GOP nomination for President, the candidate still manages to hang on to widespread support. Part of the reason is the failure of candidates who have been dubbed as 'the anti-Romney.'
One by one the more conservative candidates in the field have dropped by the wayside. Bachmann began strong but then plummeted. Rick Perry has lost most of the early support he gained when he first announced. Herman Cain was forced out of the race due to some dirty tricks that appear to be purely politically motivated. Newt Gingrich is now showing signs of slippage in the polls. The one conservative that remains who has enough support to mount a serious bid, should Gingrich fail, is Ron Paul.
Romney, no doubt, has been the main beneficiary of the decline of the other candidates. But the untold news story within the story is that so has Ron Paul. Dr. Paul's numbers have done nothing but rise from out of the cellar as others have fallen by the wayside and as Republican voters have begun to realize that unless a conservative emerges who can garner widespread support, and soon, they will be stuck with Romney as the nominee.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Tuesday, December 27, 2011

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

Mike Vanderboegh comments on major news concerning the TSA and government tyranny. We are on the brink of becoming the Third Reich.

David Codrea reminds us a major milestone in the Gunwalker scandal.

WRSA posts a must-read entitled, 'Proles.' Read it!

Way Up North blogs on some gun stuff of interest.

Michelle Malkin reports the major news issued today that Senator Ben Nelson is retiring. This seat has a good chance of going Republican.

Alphecca says that a new law proposed in Utah would prevent police harassment of citizens who lawfully carry firearms, which would include open carry.

CLO notes that some nitwit always has to screw things up during holidays.

Days of our Trailers produces the evidence of the lies of the anti-gun bigots.

Nicki blasts Islamic soldiers in our military for wanting to wear their head scarfs during training.

Standing By provides good reading today entitled, 'The Missed Christmas Gift.'

2012 template set for Obama team--tout dubious statistics

An urgent fact-check is needed at this point in the run up to the 2012 Presidential election. While the Republican candidates battle it out, what is Obama doing? He is winning the public relations game with statistics. How? By sleight-of-hand techniques designed to hide the real facts behind the figures. The Obama team has set the template for 2012, and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media are helping propagate the message.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Report--'new' medical ethics endanger individual human life

In the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of human life upon which American society is based, the centrality and importance of the individual is key. However, with changes in the law looming just around the corner, that commonly accepted understanding is about to be discarded in favor of the collectivist notion of 'the good of society,' according to two prominent physicians writing today in the American Thinker. 
Such ethics endanger individual human life if it is determined that the individual's need to live is trumped by the greater needs of the society as a whole, such as the need to contain the costs of healthcare.
Dr. Jerome Arnett, M.D., a pulmonologist in Helvetia, West Virginia, and Dr John Dale Dunn, M.D., a specialist in Emergency Medicine in Brownwood, Texas, believe that ObamaCare represents a grave danger to the notion that physicians are bound by their duty, first and foremost, to the individual patient.