Even Michele Bachman Beats Thune

For all those holding out hope for a John Thune White House, a newly released New Hampshire straw poll should make you pause and wake up from your dream.

As expected, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won with 35-percent of the vote. He was followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 11-percent.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty came in third with 8-percent, followed by former vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin with 7-percent.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman was fifth with 5-percent.

Thune tied with U-S Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr. with zero-percent.

0 percent, really?

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GOP Seeing Windfall Of Corporate Money

They say money can’t buy you happiness but if you are a GOP member in Congress these days it sure comes close and it is now time to repay the favor.

The new Republican leaders in the House have received millions of dollars in contributions from banks, health insurers and other major business interests, which are pressing for broad reversals of Democratic policies that affect corporations, according to disclosure records and interviews.

Much of that money flowed to the GOP chairmen overseeing banking, energy and other key committees – leaders who will play a central role in setting the House agenda over the next two years.

The impetus behind such largess is simple: Many companies and industry groups hope House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other Republicans will succeed in rolling back Democratic policies they find objectionable, including environmental and Wall Street regulations.

I would hope that Boehner sends thank you cards to the Supreme Court justices, their ruling last year giving corporations carte blanche to spend whatever they want on campaigns likely helped put him in power. Now those same corporations are reaping the rewards of that spending in the form of self serving legislation submitted by the grateful recipients of those nice donations.

Tea party rhetoric and misspelled signs aside, it is still business as usual (if dems had control it would be no different) and now even the polar bears are no longer safe

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On To Fox News?

Okay of course I am joking about Fox News but it was just announced that MSNBC has terminated the contract of Keith Olbermann and that tonight’s just completed show would be his last.

No word yet on which party ended the contract but it comes on the heels of NBC Universal’s purchase by Comcast being approved by the FCC (MSNBC possibly making a hard right turn?) and only several months after Olbermann was suspended for making donations to a Democratic political candidate either of which could be possible reasons.

MSNBC’s statement:

“MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors”

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More Evidence Church Covered For Pedophile Priests

If anyone not wearing their religion blinders had any doubt of how destructive the Catholic Church has been to society, especially our children, this should remove any doubt.

A newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims groups described as “the smoking gun” needed to show that the Vatican enforced a worldwide culture of cover-up.

The letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican’s rejection of a 1996 Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests following Ireland’s first wave of publicly disclosed lawsuits.

The letter undermines persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that the church in Rome never instructed local bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. It instead emphasizes the church’s right to handle all child-abuse allegations, and determine punishments, in house rather than hand that power to civil authorities.

Pretty much shoots semi truck sized holes in Vatican claims that the church never instructed bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police doesn’t it? Hope all good Catholics are filling the collection plates big time on Sundays as I think the church is going to need every penny it can muster…

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Job Killing Health Care Law, So That Is What You Are Going With?

I was just perusing Kristi Noem’s page on OpenCongress.org and I came across one of the first bills our freshman representative co-sponsored. H.R. 2 is the oft promised attempt by the GOP to repeal Obamacare and the fact that the newly christened GOP controlled House has chosen to make this a priority early into this session is no surprise nor is the fact that Noem is a co-sponsor. What caught my eye though was the name of the bill.

H.R.2 – Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Official Summary

1/5/2011–Introduced.Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act – Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act. Repeals the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of the Act’s enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by the Act’s health care provisions.

As things stand now, this bill will likely not get farther than the House so it is a moot point but that still doesn’t address the little problem of their logic being a bit in question. You see, their own quoted sources, the CBO and NFIB, actually could be used to show a net increase of as many as 240,000 jobs. (GOP interpretation from CBO pulled directly out of their a** -650,000, NFIB Healthcare related jobs created +890,000)

Certainly both sides can spit out their own numbers until the cows come home, but is job killer really the best they could do? How about “H.R.2 – Repealing the evil Liberal plan to secularize America”? Or maybe “H.R.2 – Repealing the Socialist’s plot to overthrow our way of life”? After all let’s not let the facts get in the way some some good old fashioned fear mongering.

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How The Mighty Have Fallen

Believe it or not I actually thought that  John Edwards would have made a great Presidential candidate back during the primaries leading up to the 2008 elections. Of course that was before everything hit the fan. An affair, a love child and now we learn he is being investigated for possibly using campaign funds to cover up the affair.

A federal criminal investigation targeting John Edwards is examining how much the two-time presidential candidate knew about money used to cover up his extramarital affair and out-of-wedlock child and whether he had other practices that pushed the bounds of campaign finance laws.

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Gervais Hosts The Golden Globes

Noted Atheist and comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes Sunday night and I am guessing next year’s awards will not be featuring him. Firstly he pulled no punches while roasting some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest throughout the show including Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Cher, the entire cast of Sex and the City 2, Scientology, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Hugh Hefner, etc. Watch:

And in his closing he likely pissed off some of the most humorless among us (besides the Hollywood elite), you know who you are, with the line “And thank you to god. For making me an Atheist.

Almost makes me sorry that I didn’t tune in…almost.

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Where Were You? – January 17th 1991

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the beginning of the first gulf war also know as Operation Desert Storm. On January 17th 1991 the US commenced the air campaign against Iraqi forces that had invaded Kuwait the year before. The “war” officially lasted only another 42 days but the effects are still being felt today.

20 years and 1 day ago I made my one and only carrier trap aboard the USS Midway which was in a full war footing in preparation for launching what would be the first of 20 years of almost continuous air operations that continue to this day.

Who would have thought back then that 20 years later we would still be fighting in the region with no end in sight?

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