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Three More Indictments in United States vs. Jackie Willis Shepherd and Western Amusement

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

Local reporter, and recent blogger, Cecil Bothwell reports there have been three more indictments in the case that netted former Buncombe Sheriff Bobby Medford, who lost in 2006 to Van Duncan:

South Carolina residents Joseph Wayne Vinesett, Irvin Keith Comer and Kerry Lee Comer have been indicted in the case of the United States vs. Jackie Willis Shepherd and Western Amusement, Inc. The names of the three had been withheld pending arrest.

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Intrade Market Watch: Jan 3rd

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

Here are the current numbers from the popular Political Trading Market, Intrade:

GOP Iowa Caucus Winner:

  • Mike Huckabee…..65.2
  • Mitt Romney………36.0
  • John McCain………..0.9
  • Fred Thompson…..0.3

Democrat Iowa Caucus Winner:

  • Barack Obama……66.7
  • Hillary Clinton……25.9
  • John Edwards……..8.8

GOP Nominee for 2008:

  • John McCain….27.6
  • Rudy Giuliani…22.5
  • Mitt Romney….21.0
  • Mike Huckabee..11.9
  • Ron Paul………….7.5
  • Fred Thompson..3.0

Democrat Nominee for 2008

  • Hillary Clinton…..61.1
  • Barack Obama….32.2
  • John Edwards…….6.4
  • Al Gore……………….1.8

I thought it would be interesting to see what the numbers look like this time tomorrow after the Iowa Caucus results, and may track them on a weekly basis until the numbers gel.

Here are the numbers on the 2008 Presidential Election:

  • Hillary Clinton….40.0
  • Barack Obama….17.0
  • John McCain……..11.1
  • Rudy Giuliani…….10.0
  • Mitt Romney……….7.3
  • Mike Huckabee……4.5
  • John Edwards………4.0
  • Ron Paul………………3.4

You can find out more by exploring the website of Intrade.

People bet real money on this predictive market, so we’ll see how close it matches with reality, and how the numbers will shift as a political consensus is built through this meat grinder.

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Beyond Iowa: Aiken County Republican Party Event

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

Press Release

Contact: Media Committee Co-Chairmen for the Aiken County Republican Party’s Presidential Candidates Rally
Vicki Simons, Phone: 803-652-0923 or
F. Michael Vasovski, Phone: 803-649-4446, 803-649-5727 or 803-295-7464
Email: rally2008@aikengop.comOver 4,000 Voters to Hear Republican Presidential Candidates

–Rally Expected to Draw Capacity Crowd for the “Last Word Before the First-In-The-South Primary”

Aiken, SC, January 3, 2008 – Two days before voters head to the First-in-the-South Republican Presidential Preference Primary, the Aiken County Republican Party will give them the opportunity to hear all of the Republican presidential candidates speak in person at one event. The party is holding a Presidential Candidates Rally on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

All of the Republican presidential candidates on the South Carolina primary ballot have been invited to participate. Each candidate will be given 15 minutes to address the crowd. The Rally is scheduled to end just 33 hours before South Carolina polls open on Saturday, January 19, being truly the “Last Word Before the First-In-The-South Primary.”

Media Committee Co-Chairman Vicki Simons spoke about the significance of this rally’s timing for voters in two states: “While South Carolina’s voters will have their opportunity to vote in a Republican presidential primary just two days after this rally, Georgia’s voters will have their opportunity to vote in a similar primary just two and a half weeks later. Candidates who are serious about trying to win votes in the CSRA should make every effort to attend.”

This will be the fourth time that Aiken County Republicans have hosted a rally for Presidential Candidates in the days leading up to the First-in-the-South Republican Party Presidential Primary. Over 4,000 voters are expected to attend the 2008 rally, surpassing the 3,500 who attended in 2000 when the event was held in the smaller Campus Student Center. This Rally is expected to draw a capacity crowd at USCA’s Convocation Center, which opened in 2007.

The event is free to the public, but a donation is requested. Everyone is welcome!

Who: Aiken County Republican Party
What: Aiken County Republican Party’s Presidential Candidates Rally
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM
Where: USC-Aiken Convocation Center
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
Why: This rally will be the “Last Word Before the First-In-The-South Primary.”

For more information contact:
Vicki Simons at 803-652-0923 or
Michael Vasovski at 803-649-4446, 803-649-5727 or 803-295-7464

Aiken County Republican Party Headquarters
127 Greenville Street SW
Aiken, SC 29801

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 761
Aiken, SC, 29802

Breaking news about the Aiken County Republican Party’s Presidential Candidates Rally can be found online at the party’s website:
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Mark Levin Interviews Fred Thompson

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

The Great One interviewed Fred Thompson on his radio show last night, and here it is, divided into 2 You Tube Clips:

part two

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Sharia Law Watch: Honor Killings in the USA

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

In Texas:

Most of the reports I’ve read focus on the names and ages of the father and daughters. I wasn’t going to report on it, but I realized this is just going to be labeled another Islamic “honor killing” – which hardly does the tragedy the justice it deserves.

If you look at the picture on My Space you can see two cute teenagers mugging for the camera. This is a snapshot of girls who have assimilated to American culture.

Mr. Said’s picture in the news reports shows a Middle East native, a guy driving a cab in the Dallas area. In fact, he killed his daughters in his cab. No doubt it came as a total surprise, but you know there must have been months of arguments and disagreements between father and daughters.

No mother is mentioned. Just an empty house and an “armed and dangerous individual.” No context, no information beyond the two deaths…

Source: Gates of Vienna
Also Covering:

Always On Watch

And in Illinois:

MARKHAM, Illinois (AP) — A suburban Chicago man is accused of setting an apartment fire — killing his pregnant daughter, her husband and their young child — because the son-in-law didn’t ask permission for the marriage, prosecutors said.

It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze, which gutted the 36-unit Le Claire Station Apartments.

Subhash Chander, 57, of Oak Forest, Illinois, was ordered held without bond Tuesday on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of intentional homicide of an unborn child and one count of aggravated arson.

Prosecutors allege Chander used gasoline to start the fire late Saturday. The India native told police he disliked his son-in-law because he belonged to a lower caste and had married his daughter without his consent, said Cook County First Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Milan.

“His son-in-law was beneath him in his opinion,” Milan said.

Source: STOP! Honour Killings
Also covering:


Why don’t lefties care about violence against women when it is Muslims doing the killing, raping, and beating? I think it is because they are ideological allies in Revolutionary Defeatism, which they both hope to use to destroy Western Civilization.

Watch what Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch, has to say about it:

If that isn’t enough for you, here is this little gem of hate:

If a man and woman are husband and wife, the Qur’an provides solutions, firstly reaffirming any logical and acceptable reasons for such punishment. These solutions are in gradual phases and not just for women, but for men also.

For men, it begins with abandoning the marital bed, by opting to sleep elsewhere in the house. After this, they may discuss the matter with any respected person for the husband’s or the wife’s family, who could be in a position to advise the wife. If this also does not work, then the husband yields to beating the wife slightly. They do this because of a misunderstanding in the Quran, as the word says Darban, which is commonly understood today as beating. However, in Classic Arabic it means to set examples or to announce and proclaim. The more accurate meaning of this last one is that the husband finally has to set forth, to make a clear statement or proclamation, and if these measures fail, then divorce is preferable.

This is a false statement. Qur’an 4:34 tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds. It is worth noting how several translators render the key part of this verse, وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ, waidriboohunna.

Pickthall: “and scourge them”
Yusuf Ali: “(And last) beat them (lightly)”
Al-Hilali/Khan: “(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)”
Shakir: “and beat them”
Sher Ali: “and chastise them”
Khalifa: “then you may (as a last alternative) beat them”
Arberry: “and beat them”
Rodwell: “and scourge them”
Sale: “and chastise them”
Daryabadi: “and beat them”
Asad: “then beat them”

Source: Jihad Watch

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Reuters/Zogby Iowa Caucus Tracking Poll

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

  • Huckabee – 31% ( up from 28%)
  • Romney – 25% (down from26%)
  • Thompson – 11% (down from 12%)
  • McCain – 10% (down from 12%)
  • Paul – 10% (up from 9%)
  • Giuliani – 6% (down from 7%)

This poll show a bigger (and increasing) lead for Huckabee, and Thompson, McCain, and (shudder) Paul in a statistical dead heat for third place. Julie Annie is in 6th, eating the fumes from the Pauleroids in Iowa. He should resign from the race in shame.

  • Obama – 31%
  • Edwards – 25%
  • Clinton – 24% (down from 28%)
  • Richardson – 7%
  • Dodd – 5%

The Democrat Race is more interesting than the GOP contest; A once three way race for first seems to have ended. Obama is ahead of Edwards by 6, and the Breck Girl is ahead of the HildaBeast by one in a staistical tie. Clinton has been in a free fall from 28 to 24 after she changed her mind, and decided to let Iowans get to know her…apparently they are recoiling somewhat.

You can see the poll results at Reuters.

I am not going to stay up and see what happens, but I am compiling a list of websites and widgets so you can follow the results as soon as they are announced.

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A Prandtl-Glauert Condensation Cloud and a Blue Angel

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

Hat Tip: Danger Room

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An Open Letter From An Arkansas Evangelical

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 3, 2008

A Plea from Arkansas:
Christian Conservatives Need to Take a Closer Look at Mike Huckabee’s Record as Governor

by David Thompson

As a conservative, evangelical, politically-active father of four in Arkansas I believe it is imperative for like-minded voters to become more familiar with the Mike Huckabee that just completed 10 years as our governor. I realize it’s sometimes hard to know what to believe during a campaign, so I’ve tried to include links to published stories, with most coming from years past when the events noted were taking place.

For those who don’t know much about me, I attend a very conservative evangelical church in Central Arkansas that includes some other politically active members (past/present elected officials, lobbyists, candidates, etc), and our family currently homeschools our young children. Since 1996, I have been heavily involved in numerous Republican campaigns in Arkansas at all levels (even managing a few). I have also served as vice chairman of the Republican committee in Arkansas’ largest county. Yet I don’t know of a single person in these circles who is supporting Huckabee for President – although I do know many that are definitely not supporting him. Of course, this is anecdotal evidence, but consider that Huckabee just finished serving 10 years as our governor (and I am sure there are many Republicans in Arkansas who are supporting him – I just don’t know them). The truth is, most conservatives in Arkansas had written him off long before his Presidential bid.

That said, here are 7 key reasons I cannot in good conscience support Mike Huckabee as the Republican nominee for President. This is based on his record here and is not a personal attack – I cannot speak for his or anybody’s motives. This list is not the result of intense research – it’s based on what I know and have experienced first-hand as a politically-active conservative Arkansan. It’s a list I could have given you 6 months or even 2 years ago. And I am not attempting to echo or give validity to any criticism he is now receiving nationally (and I don’t think ALL of it is fair). This is the Mike Huckabee we know.

1) Governor Huckabee did lasting damage to the Republican Party and conservative movement in Arkansas.

2) Governor Huckabee’s non-stop clemencies continually hindered the work of criminal prosecutors and miffed Republicans.

3) Governor Huckabee’s pattern was to ignore immigration laws, often in the name of Christianity.

4) Governor Huckabee was no friend to fiscal conservatives in Arkansas.

5) Huckabee left a long trail of ethics questions while Governor of Arkansas.

6) Huckabee’s education record shows him to be an advocate of the “status quo”.

7) Huckabee has very little support for his Presidential bid here in Arkansas
For the most part those in his party who know him best are not supporting him.

Two final questions:
1) Given the many vulnerabilities in his record, what is the likelihood that Huckabee would win in a general election? Democrat National Committee officials have already been quoted as saying that they see Huckabee as “easy kill” and refer to him as “the glass jaw — and they’re just waiting to break it.” The DNC has issued over 200 attack press releases on Republican candidates – only 4 on Huckabee, the last one coming 10 months ago.
2) Does his record as governor represent someone who should be given greater power and responsibility? Is he Commander and Chief material? Leader of the free world? National Review recently expressed concern, and Huckabee raised eyebrows with recent comments critical of U.S. Foreign policy and our role in the world – he was essentially repeating the Democrat talking points!

Feel free to pass this letter on or contact me if you have any questions about anything stated here. I have tried very carefully to be fair, accurate, and to stick to facts from Huckabee’s record. But it’s certainly possible I made a mistake somewhere or worded something poorly. I would be more than happy to further dialogue on any of these issues.

David Thompson
Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Hugh Hewitt, where you can read the whole letter complete with hyperlinks to back up the assertions in the letter.

I republished a liberal amount for our friends on dial-up who cannot access Townhall, which will not even load from my home connection.

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