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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:

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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 »

Diapered Donor Donates $2,300 To Obama Campaign

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 24, 2007

This kind of scandal would ruin any Republican Candidate, as would the multiple shenanigans in the Clinton Chinese Cash Machine:


Elrick Williams’s toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest contributors to this year’s presidential campaign. The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

So did her sister and brother, Imara, 13, and Ishmael, 9, and her cousins Chan and Alexis, both 13. Altogether, according to newly released campaign finance reports, the extended family of Williams, a wealthy Chicago financier, handed over nearly a dozen checks in March for the maximum allowed under federal law to Obama.

Such campaign donations from young children would almost certainly run afoul of campaign finance regulations, several campaign lawyers said. But as bundlers seek to raise higher and higher sums for presidential contenders this year, the number who are turning to checks from underage givers appears to be on the rise.

“It’s not difficult for a banker or a trial lawyer or a hedge fund manager to come up with $2,300, and they’re often left wanting to do more,” said Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics. “That’s when they look across the dinner table at their children and see an opportunity.”

Asked about the Williams family giving, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, “As a policy, we don’t take donations from anyone under the age of 15.” After being asked by The Post about the matter, he said the children’s donations will be returned.

Although campaign finance laws set a limit of $2,300 per donor per campaign, they do not explicitly bar donors based on age. And young donors abound in the fundraising reports filed by presidential contenders this year.

A supporter of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R), Susan Henken of Dover, Mass., wrote her own $2,300 check, and her 13-year-old son, Samuel, and 15-year-old daughter, Julia, each wrote $2,300 checks, for example. Samuel used money from his bar mitzvah and money he earned “dog sitting,” and Julia used babysitting money to make the contributions, their mother said. “My children like to donate to a lot of causes. That’s just how it is in my house,” Henken said.

Just how much campaign cash is coming from children is uncertain — the FEC does not require donors to provide their age. But the amount written by those identifying themselves as students on contribution forms has risen dramatically this year, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. During the first six months of the 2000 presidential campaign, students gave $338,464. In 2004, that rose to $538,936.

This year, the amount has nearly quadrupled, to $1,967,111.

“What’s driving it is a desire by maxed-out donors to max out on their maxing out,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of campaign finance reform organization Democracy 21, who sought, unsuccessfully, to outlaw child donations five years ago. “More often than not, you’re dealing with people who are simply trying to circumvent the limits of what they can give.”

Congress tried to outlaw political contributions from those under age 18 as part of the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002, but the Supreme Court struck down that provision as an infringement on the constitutional rights of minors. With that ruling in mind, the Federal Election Commission wrote new regulations two years ago that tried to balance what it considered a legitimate desire among some children to make political contributions against the possibility that parents would seek to pad their donations by funneling money through children.

The regulations established a three-step test to determine whether a contribution is acceptable: It must be made with the child’s money, the parent cannot reimburse the child for making the donation and the contribution has to be knowing and voluntary.

That last part of the test is the one that would seem to rule out a 2-year-old, said Michael E. Toner, a former FEC chairman who helped draft the rules. “If they are 16 or 17, they’re clearly old enough to know what they’re doing, as compared to someone who is, say, 10 years old. . . . I don’t know any 2-year-old who is capable of making that kind of decision.”

Source Article: Washington Post

Commentary

To me, it is clear that most of these donations qualify as breaking the straw man donor rule, and no further laws, or rules are required. I am troubled by people too young to vote contributing to a political campaign…no matter who they (or their rich relative) support

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No Sense of Irony

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 27, 2007



I saw that Obama has been caught quoting the Bible via Drudge, and I had to see what’s up with the Illinios Senator. I can’t laugh at the guy because I’ve opened mouth, inserted foot more times than I care to remember…but this is too good to pass up:

“Getting ready to talk to you today, I recall what Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount,” Obama said at New Orleans’ First Emmanuel Baptist Church. “He said, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock.”


“The rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. But it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock,” he continued.


That rock, he said, was a principal of brotherhood exemplified by
the church during Hurricane Katrina — but not the federal government.


“Something was wrong in America. Our foundation wasn’t built on the rock,”
he said.

Source: CNN.com
Hat Tip: Drudge
Related: The Daily Docket


Commentary

Surely Obama has to realize that New Orleans has been wiped out or under water multiple times by storms [1722, 1740, 1779, 1780, 1794, 1812, 1837, 1856, 1860(twice), 1871, 1886, 1901, 1915(twice…with 275 drowing after refusing to leave low-lying areas), 1947, 1957 (Audrey), 1965(Betsy), 2005(Katrina)][Source] in the past, and will again if it is rebuilt where it is now.

If people want to rebuild, fine, but don’t use federal tax dollars to do it…let them move to an area that has a more stable foundation (not to mention above sea-level!), instead of in a low-lying swamp.

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Tensions Raised in Pakistan, Obama Responsible?

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 4, 2007

The jihadists have attacked Pakistan with renewed vigor after Obama’s provocative remarks earlier this week, and the media tries to come to his rescue with an old story (two years ago) from someone not even running for President at the time.

2,000 tribesmen rally against troops

MIRANSHAH: Around 2,000 tribesmen rallied in North Waziristan on Friday calling on the government to withdraw troops from the region, Reuters reported. Holding black flags and wearing black armbands, the protesters chanted “Down with America” and demanded the government stop what they called unnecessary military operations in the region. “The government says it has sent troops to Waziristan to maintain peace and order but in fact the peace of the region has deteriorated since the army was deployed here,” Qari Mohammad Roman, an imam of a major mosque of Miranshah, North Wazirista’s main town, told protesters.

Source: Daily Times of Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – At least 22 people were killed on Saturday in spiraling violence in northwestern Pakistan as international concern grew over the deteriorating security situation and al Qaeda threat along the Afghan border.
Soldiers repulsed an attack by pro-Taliban militants in North Waziristan, and a suicide car bomber struck in another tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

–SNIP–
How to make Pakistan do more to eradicate al Qaeda hideouts has become a hot topic in the U.S. election campaign, with Democratic hopeful Barack Obama talking of American forces conducting operations or strikes inside Pakistani territory.

During a telephone call to President Pervez Musharraf, U.S. President George W. Bush said this kind of talk was “unsavory,” and assured the Pakistani leader Washington respected its ally’s sovereignty, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

On the ground, in a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, militants bombarded a check post in the Dosali area, some 40 km (25 miles) south of Miranshah, North Waziristan’s main town.

Troops repulsed the guerrillas when they launched a direct assault on the post.

“Militants fired about 50 rockets on a check post complex at around 0300 hours (6:00 p.m. EDT Friday) and then they carried out a physical attack on the check post,” military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad said.

Source: Yahoo! News

Obama touches raw nerve in Pakistan

Pakistan on Friday criticised US presidential hopeful Barack Obama for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes inside this Islamic nation to root out terrorists.

Top Pakistan officials said Obama’s comment was irresponsible and likely made for political reasons related to the race for the Democratic nomination for next year’s US presidential election.

“It’s a very irresponsible statement, that’s all I can say,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khusheed Kasuri said. “As the election campaign in America is heating up we would not like American candidates to fight their elections and contest elections at our expense.”

Also on Friday, a senior Pakistani official condemned another presidential hopeful, Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, for saying best way he could think of to deter a nuclear terrorist attack on the US would be to threaten to retaliate by bombing the holiest Islamic sites of Mecca and Medina.

Obama triggered anger in Pakistan, a key ally of the US in its war on terror, when he said in a speech on Wednesday that as president he would order US military action against terrorists in Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan if intelligence warranted it.

Source: Hindustan Times


I’d like to note for the record, that Congressman Tom Tancredo made that statement in 2005. This should show you how far back the media will go to provide cover for one of their own.

Don’t believe me? Check this out:

Tancredo: If They Nuke Us, Bomb Mecca

DENVER — A Colorado congressman told a radio show host that the U.S. could “take out” Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked the country with nuclear weapons.

Rep. Tom Tancredo made his remarks Friday on WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla. His spokesman stressed he was only speaking hypothetically.

Talk show host Pat Campbell asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

“Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites,” Tancredo answered.

“You’re talking about bombing Mecca,” Campbell said.

“Yeah,” Tancredo responded.

The congressman later said he was “just throwing out some ideas” and that an “ultimate threat” might have to be met with an “ultimate response.”

Spokesman Will Adams said Sunday the four-term congressman doesn’t support threatening holy Islamic sites but that Tancredo was grappling with the hypothetical situation of a terrorist strike deadlier than the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Source: Fox News July 18, 2005

For the record, I believe we should let the Radical Muslims, and Moderate Muslims know that they will trigger a Berserker Rage should they set nukes off on American Soil. The Moderate Muslims should fear our response more than they fear the jihadists.

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Obama might send troops into Pakistan

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 1, 2007

Holy Cow! Now the Democrats are all gonna show how tough they are!!!

Just saw this via Drudge:

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would possibly send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive.

The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that he must do more to shut down terrorist operations in his country and evict foreign fighters under an Obama presidency, or Pakistan will risk a U.S. troop invasion and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid.

“Let me make this clear,” Obama said in a speech prepared for delivery
at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

Source: Yahoo! News

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