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R.I.P. Andrew Olmsted

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008


Andrew Olmsted was killed in Iraq.

Read more here.

Until we met again, on the other side.

**update** 2008/01/20
The family has requested that anyone
wishing to honor Andrew may do so
by donating to a fund that has been set up to support the four children of Captain Thomas Casey, who died
while attempting to save Andrew.

Capt. Thomas Casey Children’s fund
P.O. Box 1306
Chester, CA 96020

I can only marvel, and be grateful that such men lived.

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Pauleroids Misunderstand Iowa Caucus Results

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

I have been reading in various Ron Paul Forums across the nation, and there is an almost viral thought I have found in most of them…that Ron Paul received more votes than Hillary Clinton. Not so.

The Democrats count their votes by delegate instead of by person.[1]

Total Delegates selected last night in Iowa for the Dems:

  • Obama……..940
  • Edwards…..744
  • Clinton……..737
  • Richardson..53
  • Biden…………23

The votes on the GOP side:

  • Huckabee…….40,326
  • Romney……….29,674
  • Thompson……15,726
  • McCain…………15,383
  • Paul………………11,723
  • Giuliani…………..4,059
  • Hunter………………519

Data Source: Washington Post

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Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle: January 2008 Update

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008


The January 2008 updates to the Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle are now available at the ISF OOB Page. The significant changes to the Order of Battle are summarized below.

On December 14, the quarterly report to congress was released. The details have been addressed in “Iraqi Security Forces continue to surge” and only updates or changes to that report will be addressed in this update.

On December 15, the ninth of 18 Iraqi provinces transferred to Iraqi control. Basrah marked the halfway point in the turnover of Iraqi provinces and a major shift in Iraqi forces to cover the southern provinces. According to previous reporting, Ninewa Province is due to transfer to Iraqi control in the February or March timeframe and Anbar is speculated to transfer in the April or May timeframe. Baghdad Province is planned for Provincial Iraqi Control in August 2008. Baghdad is expected to be the last province to transfer to Iraqi control.

Source: The Long War Journal, where you will be overloaded with the type of data that the Legacy (as in old & outdated) Media, the Democrats, and Ron Paul Supporters do not want you to see.

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Intrade Market Watch for Jan 4th

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

The Intrade Market picked the winners of the Iowa Caucus.

Here are the current (1.45pm) numbers for New Hampshire:

GOP:

  • McCain 74.9
  • Romney 21.0
  • Huckabee 1.4

Dems

  • Obama 67.0
  • Clinton 34.0
  • Edwards 0.1

Here are the new numbers for Party Nominations:

GOP

  • McCain 33.0
  • Giuliani 27.3
  • Romney 14.2
  • Huckabee 16.6
  • Paul 5.7
  • Thompson 2.8

Dems

  • Clinton 52.0
  • Obama 46.0
  • Edwards 2.8
  • Gore 1.8

2008 General Election

  • Clinton 31.5……… down from 40.0
  • Obama 25.5……… up from 17.0
  • McCain 13.2……… up from 11.1
  • Giuliani 10.1 ……..up from 10.0
  • Romney 6.4……… down from 7.3
  • Huckabee 5.3 …….up from 4.5
  • Paul 3.1…….. down from 3.4
  • Edwards 2.8…….. down from 4.0

Source: Intrade

According to these numbers, the winners were: Obama, McCain, and Huckabee. The losers were Clinton, Romney, and Edwards. Too close to call were Giuliani and Paul. Not even on the radar was my favorite, Fred Thompson, who refuses to talk in sound bites for the media. I hope his strategy works.

I wonder which will prove to be more accurate this year, the Scientific Polls or the Prediction Markets?

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Transcript of Rush on Fox News

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

Rush Interviewed on Fox News Channel Iowa Caucus Coverage

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

SMITH: Rush, what I’m curious about is, we were talking about this in the commercial break, you’ve been very strong in your opinions on this and I wonder what does Rush Limbaugh do now? Does Rush Limbaugh back off? Does Rush Limbaugh — what is your thinking of what happened in the Republican Party, tonight?

LIMBAUGH: Actually, to me the big story is on the Democrat side. I don’t think this is unexpected on the Republican side.

SMITH: I want to talk about this first, if we can.

LIMBAUGH: Sure, Shep, whatever you want. I don’t think the Republican race is anywhere near over, as the Democrat race might be because of what happened tonight. But this, the Republican race has got a long, long, long way to go. Huckabee was perfectly positioned because of the makeup of the base in Iowa.

But, he’s not going to have that kind of base in New Hampshire, he’s got a strong McCain fight there and he’s not going to take on McCain. He was on the Tonight Show, the other night, he’s honored McCain, he’s not going to be critical of McCain at all and so it’s at least — what he said last night and the way he’s been handling himself about McCain up to now is any indication. But, I think the Republican race is long, long to be decided.

VAN SUSTEREN: Rush, it’s Greta. Which candidate do you like and why?

LIMBAUGH: I’ve stayed out this up until now. I haven’t chosen a candidate, haven’t picked one. You know, I’m a rock-ribbed conservative, as everybody knows, and I don’t think — everybody’s talking about Reagan this and they’re Reagan that, I saw you guys earlier tonight asking Governor Huckabee about — I think Laura asked him about his Reagan credentials, he doesn’t have Reagan credentials. Very few of the Republicans do. And so it’s sort of a circumstance where you’re not going to get everything you want here because very few of the candidates come close. There’s some that do, more so than others.

But this election, you know, I made a prediction a long time ago, by the way, and back on November 7, I asked my audience to stop and consider what happens if Huckabee wins Iowa, because the conventional wisdom was that Romney was going to win, I also said what happens if Hillary loses Iowa, the conventional wisdom that she was going to win.

And this election will not be about Iraq, it’s not going to be about the war, it’s going to be about the future of the country and if Obama is the nominee, it is going to be about issues which it absolutely should be. It’s not going to be about inevitability, it’s not going to be personalities, it’s not going to be about the Clinton’s being entitled or being inevitable, I think it’s shaping up to be exciting because I think a presidential elections ought to be about issues, they ought to be about ideas and the ideas are going to be clearly contrastable if Obama’s the nominee and whoever the Republican nominee is.

INGRAHAM: Rush, isn’t it true, though, that we — we, and I’m not putting myself in your category, believe me, I’m smarter than that, but that some people out there, and I think I’m of them, are missing the boat here about what people are feeling about Huckabee. I mean, I don’t think he’s a Reagan conservative on a lot of issues, I think he’s really effective and he’s an interest guy and he’s very smart, but I don’t think he’s a Reagan conservative.

But people are anxious about this economy and they like how he’s talking about the economy and they like what they’re hearing from him. And I think that is a cause of concern for Republicans and obviously it’s not over yet. But, that’s clearly a sentiment out there that I think a lot of people didn’t predict.

LIMBAUGH: Well, I don’t — I haven’t underestimated him at all, and again, I don’t want to be repetitive, but it was back in early November that I started detecting an uptick in his movement in the polls and I asked what if he gets the nomination? Now, you know, Governor Huckabee is — you know, talk about people underestimating him and the angst that exists in the country, there’s a PEW poll that came out on New Year’s Eve, 84 percent of the people, Laura, are immensely satisfied, a clear majority, greatly satisfied with their lives. What is this angst? I think — I think this angst is driven by media — made up.

ESTRICH: Can I ask you a question, Rush?

(CROSSTALK)

LIMBAUGH: I think there is some out there, but it’s not nearly as — if you’re trying to talk — my hearing — I don’t mean to be talking over you if you’re interrupting, but I just think that 70 percent of the same people say the country’s going in the wrong direction. Now, how you balance that? You have to balance it by what – there is a trend in the news media today, we can get a story that there has been a cure for cancer and it would have four experts saying it may be bad news. We can’t rely on the good news. Good news is simply not allowed in this country today, based on current media trends, FOX NEWS excluded, of course. And I don’t think that there is this much angst, individually.

I think a lot of people think a lot of other people are hurting, the subprime crisis and all this and these attitudes manifest themselves in the form of perception sometimes equaling reality, but if you get down to brass tacks and talk to people individually, they’re not hurting. Ninety-six percent of the American people are paying their mortgages, we’re not nearly as desolate, destitute.

Edwards made the country sound like 1920’s Louisiana, tonight.

ESTRICH: Rush, let me ask you…

LIMBAUGH: Now, Huckabee is — I think he’s tapping into a sentiment here that people just like a straight talker, or somebody who appears to be, who is from outside Washington, who is outside the beltway who’s not part of the political elites in Washington, or in New York, he’s making great hay with this New York-Washington axis comment, but this is all going to shake out. We’re going to have many fewer candidates in these next debates and that’s going to clear a lot of things out. This has a long way to go.

ESTRICH: Rush, I have a question it’s Susan. How are you?

LIMBAUGH: I’m fine. Is this Susan, did you say?

ESTRICH: Yes, it is.

LIMBAUGH: Susan, you look great. I have to tell you.

ESTRICH: Thank you, darling. What happens tomorrow when Mike Huckabee

calls and tries to make up with you? You’ve been critical of him in the past, you’ve been tough on him. If I were Mike Huckabee, tomorrow morning I would call Rush Limbaugh and try to make nice to you and your audience. What do you do when that happens?

LIMBAUGH: Well, um — it isn’t going to happen. This little thing that happened before Christmas with this blog that happened on the Atlantic Monthly with one of his advisors supposedly saying that, you know, I’m not an independent thinker, and I’m part of the D.C./New York actors, and so forth. He was asked about it and he said: Well, I would love for Rush to call me, I don’t have his number, I don’t know how to get hold of him.

And his campaign people in Arkansas know full well how to get hold of me. And he did, last Sunday, send me an e-mail, it said the last thing I want to do is pick a fight with you. But, he said something very interesting, I don’t know what was said and I don’t know who said it so I can’t respond to it.

Well, it was four days after what was said, he has to know what was said, and he could have responded to it anyway. I don’t think he will. I actually think that a portion of Huckabee campaign doesn’t mind the fact that some of us are opposing him. I think they think that it will help him with his base. I wouldn’t expect him try to make peace.

SMITH: Rush Limbaugh on the phone. Hey you know what? One thing I was going to ask the panel here, Rush, and maybe you can weigh in on this, as well. I guess, there are a couple of things when we talk about the Democrats, Obama’s message seems to be hope, Edwards’ message seems to be the middle class, what kind of message does Hillary Clinton the kind of enthusiasm that Obama seems to have around his campaign?

LIMBAUGH: I’m glad you asked that because I’m — this is what I originally wanted to say. I was watching all the networks tonight, channel surfing around, and I honestly, this is an historic night in this country, folks. For the first time a black American has been — has won a presidential primary going away by nine points. Now, I’m not going to mention the networks, but without exception, other than yours, it was Huckabee, Huckabee, Huckabee, Huckabee, they were doing their best to bury what was a devastating and humiliating loss for Hillary Clinton. This was the worst night of her life other than maybe some nights during the second term during the…

ESTRICH: Oh, I think, Rush, there were worse nights, don’t you?

LIMBAUGH: Well, look, you’re — she was the candidate of inevitability, Susan. She’s the candidate of entitlement. She was the candidate of coronation. Inevitable candidates do not lose, not especially when they take their whole national campaign team into the state…

VAN SUSTEREN: Rush, it’s Greta.

LIMBAUGH: Yeah?

VAN SUSTEREN: Here’s the thing that I’m — and I keep harping back to the 1988, the inevitable candidate, here in Iowa, you would think would have been George Bush, he’d been vice president of the United States, under President Reagan, who was loved by in many this country. He lost, I’m looking at the numbers right now, by almost 20 points, 20 percentage points to Bob Dole and he lost by six percentage points to Pat Robertson and ended up being the president of the United States. So, it’s while everyone is sort of harping on this one race, and it’s a huge win tonight for the two winners, it’s like, I just don’t see this as like such a, oh, no for the Hillary Clinton campaign. It’s more — it certainly is a wakeup call, like it was for George — President George Bush, then. So, I don’t feel the way that everyone else does on this.

LIMBAUGH: Well, I would draw a distinct in that I don’t think George H.W. Bush and his wife and their whole campaign team and their whole administration, prior to the Reagan administration, running around with this attitude of arrogant inevitability like the Clintons have been running around.

This is, I think this is a wakeup call for them. I also think that President Clinton hurt her. If you take a look in any number of campaigns prior to tonight when the president, the former president went out, endorsed candidate, the vast majority of them lost.

Her tailspin began when he got off the airplane in Iowa and started running around making three-hour speeches about himself rather than her. I think — I don’t think this is a good night for them. And you know, you like to go back to history and draw some parallels, if you want to do that, you should do he same thing about Huckabee and go talk about all the people that won Iowa who then faded later, but nobody is doing that about Huckabee, they’re anointing Huckabee tonight. And Susan knows exactly why. The Democrats are hoping and praying he’s the nominee for one reason.

ESTRICH: That’s right.

LIMBAUGH: I’ll tell you what it is, Susan, I know exactly what it is. The left-wing in this country is terribly fearful of Evangelicals, the Christian right. They would love to find a way to neutralize them. You nominate a guy who represents them and take him out, you take out the whole Christian right, once and for all and you don’t have to worry about them. And I know that’s why you want Huckabee.

SMITH: Got to go, Rush. Thanks for the call in, appreciate it.

LIMBAUGH: Thank you, Shep.

END TRANSCRIPT

Commentary

I hate to disagree with Maja Rushdie, but I disagree with him over Clinton being taken out last night. I think she was weakened, but she can survive. She can survive a loss in New Hampshire as well. If she loses in South Carolina, then I will start throwing in the shovels of dirt on her. Not until then.

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Ramussen Poll for Jan 4th

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

GOP nomination:

  • John McCain 18%
  • Mitt Romney 17%
  • Mike Huckabee 16%
  • Rudy Giuliani 14%
  • Fred Thompson 13%
  • Ron Paul 6%
  • Dem Nomination:

    • Hillary Clinton 38%
    • Barack Obama 26%
    • John Edwards 18%

    Source: Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll

    Daily tracking results are collected via nightly telephone surveys and reported on a four-day rolling average basis. Each update includes approximately 750 Likely Democratic Primary Voters and 600 Likely Republican Primary Voters. Margin of sampling error for each is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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    NC Auditor Releases 2008 Progress Report

    Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

    PRESS RELEASE

    ZEBULON, N.C. – State Auditor Les Merritt today released a Progress Report summarizing the reforms implemented since he took office in January 2005. Merritt, a former small business owner who is seeking re-election in 2008, is the first Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to serve as State Auditor of North Carolina. The Progress Report can be viewed by clicking here.

    “When I took office three years ago, I found a number of things in disarray: there was a huge backlog of unfinished investigative audits; many state-funded non-profits were not filing the required reports; there was no program in place to train state-funded non-profits on compliance requirements,” says Merritt. “The office had a lot of good, hard-working people; it just needed new leadership. I am pleased to report that we have made tremendous progress on many fronts.”

    Some highlights from State Auditor Les Merritt’s Progress Report include:

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    Reduced a backlog of investigative audits by 76%;
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    Dramatically increased the number of state-funded non-profits filing the required reports;
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    Launched a new initiative to train personnel from funding agencies and state-funded non-profits;
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    Dramatically reduced the processing time for non-profit reports;
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    Developed a new, innovative “strategic auditing” process to help identify unusual trends and potential problems in state spending; and
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    Increased emphasis on performance audits.

    “While we have accomplished a great deal in three short years, there is still much work to be done,” says Merritt. “We’ve been willing to challenge the status quo and fight to change the way state government does business – and this has stepped on some toes in Raleigh. That’s why many of the politicians who have ruled the roost for so long will work to derail our reform efforts during the upcoming election. We’ve accomplished a lot – and our state simply cannot afford to go back to the old way of doing things.”

    Leslie W. (Les) Merritt, Jr. was elected State Auditor of North Carolina in 2004, becoming the first Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in North Carolina to hold the office. Prior to being elected, he owned and operated a small business for over twenty years. Les’ experience as a small business owner taught him the importance of conserving and effectively utilizing resources. Les Merritt was elected to the Wake County Board of Commissioners in 1994. During his time as a County Commissioner he developed a reputation as a voice of fiscal responsibility, fighting to set priorities and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of county government. Les Merritt is a former PTA president who served as president of his local Rotary and Lions clubs. Les and his wife, Cheryl, live in Zebulon and are members of Zebulon Baptist Church. They have two adult children. For more information about State Auditor Les Merritt, please visit www.auditormerritt.com.

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    Ron Paul Calls Border Fence "Rather Offensive"

    Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

    I’d heard that that presidential candidate Ron Paul was “hard line” on immigration and “to the right” of the Republican field. But that’s not exactly what he revealed during my interview with him. Here’s Part 4 of my edited interview.

    You want a 700-mile fence between our border and Mexico?

    Ron Paul: Not really. There was an immigration bill that had a fence (requirement) in it, but it was to attack amnesty. I don’t like amnesty. So I voted for that bill, but I didn’t like the fence. I don’t think the fence can solve a problem. I find it rather offensive.

    What should we do?

    Get rid of the subsidies. (If) you subsidize illegal immigration, you get more of it.

    Get rid of welfare?

    All the welfare benefits.

    Including government-paid health care?

    Absolutely.

    So what should a hospital do if an illegal immigrant shows up for treatment?

    Be charitable, but have no mandates by the federal government. Catholics want to help a lot of these people. I’m not for (punishing anyone who wants to help voluntarily). But we wouldn’t have so many (illegals) if they didn’t know they were going to get amnesty. If you promise them amnesty — medical care, free education, automatic citizenship, food stamps, and Social Security — you’re going to get more (illegal immigration). I think we could be much more generous with our immigration. (But) we don’t need to reward people who get in front of the line.

    Source: Real Clear Politics (excerpted from John Stossel Interview)

    One thing that Ron Paul fails to take into account is that if all his domestic policies were to be approved (a big IF, but stay with me), then this nation would be even more attractive to illegal aliens, and they would come anyway. A fence would be a necessity, or we would be destroyed by the influx.

    And here is video of some of the discussion about Ron Paul last night on Fox News…Greta Van Susteren and Susan Estrich both say Ron Paul won’t be the next President, and then shill for his inclusion in the candidate forums. I would like to point out that Greta and Susan are both Democrats, and I believe they would enjoy the circus-type atmosphere, and the disruption, that would cause to an honest discussion between viable candidates…not a professional campaigner who has been running for President since 1988!

    Posted in 2008, candidates, illegal aliens, illegal immigration, Ron Paul | Leave a Comment »

    8th Grade Science Quiz

    Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

    JustSayHi - Science Quiz

    Looking for <a href=”http://www.medical-assistant-training-schools.org/xray-technician.htm
    “>x ray tech schools?

    Now, if I had only had that score when I was actually IN THE 8TH GRADE!

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    Iowa Caucus Results: Winners & Losers

    Posted by Thunder Pig on January 4, 2008

    Results:

    Democrats

    Barack Obama….38%
    John Edwards…..30%
    Hillary Clinton….29%

    Republicans

    Mike Huckabee….34%
    Mitt Romney…….25%
    Fred Thompson…13%
    John McCain…….13%
    Ron Paul………..10%

    Winners

    Barack Obama

    He succeeded in getting out the youth vote, and energizing support for him.
    Just watch this victory speech below…

    Mike Huckabee

    He also got the youths, as well as the Evangelicals, and a lot of other people. His speech…

    Fred Thompson

    He was late to the game, and raised less money than Tancredo, and still show in 3rd, a hair’s whisker ahead of John McCain. His speech…

    Losers

    Hillary Clinton

    What can I say? She was going to skip Iowa, then she wasn’t. This removes the feeling of inevitability for her assumed nomination.

    Mitt Romney

    He spent millions for second place. This video shows the result…

    Ron Paul

    A fourth place finish exposes the lie that the scientific polls were wrong, and the internet polls were right. His rabid supporters have been playing a very childish game of gaming the results of polls on the internet, calling for people to come vote on websites they would never ordinarily visit so that Ron Paul could win in the poll.

    11, 598 Iowans voted for Ron Paul last night. Over 100,000 voted for someone else. That should be the end of the story…

    …it won’t be. Allow me to let Ronald Reagan address the problem…

    And I have even more coverage at West Carolina Report.

    Posted in 2008, Democrats, Fred Thompson, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Obama, polls, Primaries, Ron Paul | Leave a Comment »