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How to Operate The New Widgets On My Sidebar

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 9, 2008

I have worked myself pretty hard chasing down headlines, trying to decide which ones to post on West Carolina Report, and have decided to use a variety of widgets to handle the headlines in various categories by creating a widget for each category of news so I won’t be spending four or five hours every morning copying and pasting headlines and URLs. That will give me more time to highlight a few of the important stories, and perhaps comment on them.

I’ll still have to get most of my state and local news headlines in person because most of the local papers don’t use feeds.

The Widgets will also be in my sidebars…probably on my right sidebar for three categories, and the rest will be at West Carolina Report.

Here are the first two widgets I have developed, one for tracking Jihad Watchers:

and another for tracking the 2008 Presidential Campaign:

The Menu button will allow you to access the feeds individually, and you can use your mouse to scroll down the selections and choose a feed to read, or you can use the arrow keys to go through the websites one by one. Currently, I have 14 in the Jihad Watchers category, and about eight in the 2008 Campaign Tracker, and will be adding more. You can click on a story, and a new window or tab will open up to take you to that website to read more on what piques your interest.

If you have a blog or a website, you can add the widget to your website by clicking on options and selecting either HTML, or JS for use on most platforms, and copy and paste the code into your website template.

I will be adding more categories of widgets for the next few weeks, until I have all my news categories covered. I will also put them on West Carolina Report when I figure out where I am going to put them. Let me know here if you have any trouble operating them.

Posted in 2008, Counter Jihad, jihad, news, self promotion, Widgets | 2 Comments »

Rasmussen National Tracking Poll for Jan 9th

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 9, 2008

The GOP:

  1. Huckabee 22% (21)
  2. Romney 19% (19)
  3. McCain 19% (18)
  4. Thompson 12% (11)
  5. Giuliani 9% (13)
  6. Paul 3% (3)

I should have been paying attention to the national numbers instead of looking at the pre and post primary polling…I missed the Giuliani slide on his miscalculation on waiting later to campaign in the primaries. That was apparently a fatal flaw in his strategy that he may never recover from, as well as Thompson…even though I agreed with him at the time.

The Dems:

  1. Clinton 32%
  2. Obama 31%
  3. Edwards 19%

Hillary no longer enjoys double-digit leads in the the national polls, and it will be a real slug-fest to see who emerges on top.

Daily tracking results are collected via nightly telephone surveys and reported on a four-day rolling average basis. The overwhelming majority of interviews for today’s update were conducted before results from New Hampshire were known. The next update is scheduled for Thursday at 11:00 a.m. 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.

Upcoming events are the Michigan Primary on Tuesday the 15th, and the Nevada Caucus and South Carolina Primary on Saturday the 19th.

Posted in 2008, candidates, polls | Leave a Comment »

Hillary Not The Only Alinsky Acolyte In 2008

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 9, 2008

If I were the least bit prone to gratuitous sympathy, I would be tempted now to feel quite sorry for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Poor, poor woman. She was quite nearly brought to all-out tears yesterday in New Hampshire, as she soliloquized over the sad state of her drooping campaign and how completely personal this is for her.

Barack Obama seems to have effortlessly achieved voter adoration, fresher, younger, more at ease within his own skin than she will ever be. He would appear to be as much a natural as her own Bill. It may appear to a great many observers that Barrack Obama is just one incredibly audacious, even lucky, albeit frighteningly charismatic dude.

These personal qualities are not the sole reason he is where he is, and I suspect the wily Mrs. Clinton knows this full well. I suspect it must bother her that Obama also appears to have mastered the playbook used by her own political teacher, the legendary amoral guru of left wing activism, Saul Alinksy.

Hillary has met not only her match in Alinsky tactics, she has met the master of bloodless socialist revolution, in my opinion.

Obama’s Alinsky Lessons

Barack Obama had just graduated from Columbia and was looking for a job. Some white leftists were looking for someone who could recruit in a black neighborhood in the south side of Chicago.

Obama answered a help-wanted ad for a position as a community organizer for the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC) in Chicago. Obama was 24 years old, unmarried, very accustomed to a vagabond existence, and according to his memoir, searching for a genuine African-American community.

Both the CCRC and the DCP were built on the Alinsky model of community agitation, wherein paid organizers learned how to “rub raw the sores of discontent,” in Alinsky’s words.

Source: Kyle-Anne Shiver writing in The American Thinker

This race just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. At least my Countering Alinsky Playbook will come in handy no matter who wins the democrat nomination.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Concepts, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky | Leave a Comment »

New Hampshire Primary Results

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 9, 2008

Surprises all around:

The GOP:

  • McCain 37% or 86,802
  • Romney 32% or 73,806
  • Huckabee 11% or 26,035
  • Giuliani 9% or 20,054
  • Paul 8% or 17,831
  • Write-ins 2% or 4,058
  • Thompson 1% or 2,808

McCain and Romney, no story there. Huckabee, Giuliani, and Paul…now THERE is a story. All had less than expected, with the Ron Paul numbers more interesting to me because I had expected them to be two-thirds higher than they were. Does this signal the end of the Ron Paul revolution? The Presidential win was never a possibility, my concern lies with whether or not the revolutionaries will be dependable Republicans, or will they push their anrchic agendas.

Now the Dems:

  • Clinton 39% or 110,550
  • Obama 36% or 102,883
  • Edwards 17% or 47,803
  • Richardson 5% or 12,987
  • Kucinich 1% or 3,845
  • Write-ins 1% or 2,351

Wow. Just wow. I didn’t see that one coming. Hillary by three points, or nearly 8,000 people, and Edwards begins a slide into oblivion.

Here is McCain:

And here is Hillary:

Posted in 2008, Democrats, GOP, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Obama, Primaries, Ron Paul | Leave a Comment »