Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cain Wins Florida Straw Poll

The delegates, made up of Republican voters from every county in Florida, cast 2,657 ballots for the straw poll that was sponsored by the state Republican Party.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney placed third with 14 percent and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann came in last with just 1.5 percent. Neither campaign officially participated in the straw poll.

"You'd think Mitt Romney would've done better today after being in the race for five and a half years," said Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner. "It's a devastating loss for him today."

The straw poll concluded three days of campaigning in Orlando that began Thursday with a presidential debate and included a conference for activists sponsored by the American Conservative Union.

Several delegates participating in the straw poll said that Perry's weak performance at the debate led them to consider Cain instead.

Full results:
  1. Herman Cain, 37.1%
  2. Rick Perry, 15.4%
  3. Mitt Romney, 14.0%
  4. Rick Santorum, 10.9%
  5. Ron Paul, 10.4%
  6. Newt Gingrich, 8.4%
  7. Jon Huntsman, 2.3%
  8. Michele Bachmann, 1.5%

The grinding is nearly completed.

Panem et Circenses

The folks who are getting the free shit, don't like the folks who are paying for the free shit because the folks who are paying for the free shit, can no longer afford to pay for both the free shit and their own shit.

The folks who are paying for the free shit want the free shit to stop.

The folks who are getting the free shit want even more free shit on top of the free shit they are already getting!

The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free shit have told the people who are RECEIVING the free shit that the people who are PAYING for the free shit are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... the people who are GETTING the free shit have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free shit by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free shit and giving them the free shit in the first place.

We have let the free shit giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free shit than paying for the free shit.

Now understand this: All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.

The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago.

The number of people now getting free shit outnumbers the people paying for the free shit. We have one chance to change that in 2012.

Failure to change spells the end of the United States as we know it.

Oh - by the way - panem et circenses is Latin for Bread and Circuses.

Those scornful words "bread and circuses," panem et circenses in Latin, become more meaningful when you understand that in Ancient Rome, the citizens became increasingly addicted to free distributions of food and the violent gladiatorial and other contests held in the Coliseum and the chariot races of the Circus Maximus. Romans had lost the capacity to govern themselves so distracted by mindless self-gratification had they become. 

Thus, bread and circuses, is a phrase now used to deplore a population so distracted with entertainment and personal pleasures (sometimes by design of those in power) that they no longer value the civic virtues and bow to civil authority with unquestioned obedience. Bread and Circuses has also become a general term for government policies that seek short-term solutions to public unrest.  

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Victim in Montana grizzly attack was shot by friend

Don't worry about the Bears - Look out for Elmer Fudd 

The "Victim" was not the hunter, but the hunted.

This most recent revelation was predicted by Dana (my better half) as soon as the lame-stream media began wringing their hands after this pair of "poor innocent sportsmen and nature lovers" were "attacked and killed by a "rogue bear".

It sure as hell is not the bear's fault. The bear was protected by state an federal law, however no law, rule, or regulation can protect anyone or anything from a mouth breathing, knuckle dragger with a six-pack and a hunting license .

The one and only requirement to obtain a hunting license is a paltry license fee.  The very idea that these fools could not discern a Grizzly from a Black Bear shows full well they had no clue what they were hunting for.  Milk cows, horses, dogs, and even farm implements are shot by hunters with licenses each and every year.  Here's an idea:  how about testing these idiots on game recognition before they are let loose on an unsuspecting public?

It is difficult to decide which is more dangerous - the government bureaucrats making the rules, or the idiot citizens that elect them.

(Reuters) - An autopsy shows that a Nevada man believed to have been fatally mauled by a grizzly bear in northwestern Montana was instead shot and killed by his hunting partner, authorities said Friday.

Steve Stevenson, 39, of Winnemucca, Nevada, was mauled on September 16 by a grizzly bear that had just been shot and wounded by Stevenson's friend, Ty Bell, 20, also of Winnemucca. Bell opened fire on the bear again when it turned on his buddy.

"In attempt to stop the grizzly bear's attack on Stevenson, hunting partner Ty Bell shot the bear multiple times. One of those rounds struck Stevenson in the chest," Lincoln County, Montana, Undersheriff Brent Faulkner said in a statement.

Faulkner said an autopsy by the Montana State Crime Lab showed Stevenson died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Stevenson and Bell had paired off as part of a four-man hunting party seeking black bears in the rugged Purcell Mountains that straddle northeastern Idaho and northwestern Montana.

Bell mistakenly identified a young male grizzly as the quarry he was licensed to kill and shot the bear, which sought refuge in a heavily wooded area. The two men tracked the grizzly, which then attacked Stevenson and was shot repeatedly before being killed by Bell. It was one of those shots that caused Stevenson's death, authorities said.

"It was a very unfortunate, tragic accident where bad timing and the snap judgment on the initial shot at the bear came to a head and someone lost his life," Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe told Reuters.

Preliminary findings from the investigation showed the grizzly was on top of Stevenson at one point and that the animal was dragging him, Bowe said.

Bear experts said the case of mistaken identity will reemphasize programs designed to ensure hunters can distinguish between black bears and their hump-shouldered cousins.

A struggling population of about 30 grizzlies, which are listed as threatened in the Lower 48 states under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, roam the mountain forests where the hunting accident happened.

While hunting the protected bears is banned, the law allows them to be killed if they threaten human life.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A hunter attacked by a wounded grizzly in a Montana forest was killed not by the bear, but by a gunshot fired by a companion trying to save him, authorities said Friday.

Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe said an autopsy determined 39-year-old Steve Stevenson of Winnemucca, Nev., died of a single gunshot to the chest. The cause of death was determined by a medical examiner with the Montana State Crime Lab.

The shot was fired by 20-year-old Ty Bell, also of Winnemucca, as he attempted to stop the bear's attack. No charges are expected, Bowe said.

The autopsy found bite marks on Stevenson's leg caused by the bear.

"We're fairly convinced it was obviously an accident," Bowe said. "But the county attorney will review the final report once we're done."

Bell and Stevenson were on a black bear hunting trip with two other people in a thickly-forested region along the Montana-Idaho border when the attack occurred Sept. 16.

The foursome had split into two-member teams, and early in the day Bell shot and wounded what he thought was a black bear, which are considered less aggressive than grizzly bears.

Bell and Stevenson waited about 15 minutes until they thought the bear had died, then tracked the 400-pound grizzly into thick cover, according to Stevenson's mother, Janet Price.

When the bear turned on the men, Stevenson yelled at the animal to distract it and keep it from attacking Bell, Price told The Associated Press last week. When the animal instead went after Stevenson, Bell fired multiple shots trying to kill the animal, Bowe said.

It was unclear how many times the bear was hit, or whether the bullet that killed Stevenson had first hit the bear. Bowe said that possibility was under investigation.

The bear also died.

It is illegal to kill grizzly bears in the lower 48 states, where the animals are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and the case is also under investigation by federal wildlife agents.

Grizzlies were largely exterminated across the lower 48 last century, but their population has rebounded dramatically in recent decades.

The grizzly shot by Bell was one of about 45 of the animals that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates live in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem Area in northwest Montana and northern Idaho.

Ron Aasheim with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the case underscored the potential danger hunters face when pursuing wounded animals.

"Anytime you follow a wounded animal, but particularly a predator like a bear, you have to be very careful," he said.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Obama Photo Fail

The article on Yahoo had this photo captioned as" Obama accidentally ruins U.N. photo"

At the Open Government Partnership Event, President Obama covered the face of another world leader.  Obama’s hand accidentally blocked the face of the President of Mongolia.


I don't think so.

Barry is such a media hog that there is no doubt he hammed it up on purpose. Looks just like a typical third grade class picture.

As usual the class goof is clowning for attention.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Obama: "25 dollars is a fair price for a cup of coffee and a muffin"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. government grapples to find ways to trim the bloated federal deficit, a new report suggests officials might start with cutting out $16 muffins and $10 cookies.

"We found the Department (of Justice) spent $16 on each of the 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington," said a DOJ Office of Inspector General report released on Tuesday.

The DOJ spent $121 million on conferences in fiscal 2008 and 2009, which exceeded its own spending limits and appeared to be extravagant and wasteful, according to the report that examined 10 conferences held during that period.

The review turned up the expensive muffins, which came from the Capital Hilton Hotel just blocks from the White House, as well as cookies and brownies that cost almost $10 each.

The department spent $32 per person on snacks of Cracker Jack, popcorn, and candy bars and coffee that cost $8.24 per cup at another conference, the report said.

The DOJ also spent nearly $600,000 for event planning services for five conferences, the document said.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said most of the gathering were held when there were no strict limits on food and beverage costs, adding the DOJ had taken steps since 2009 "to ensure that these problems do not occur again."

Word of the agency's extravagant spending drew a swift response from Capitol Hill.

Senator Chuck Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee which has oversight of the Justice Department, said the report was a blueprint for the first cuts that should be made by the "super committee" searching for at least $1.2 trillion in savings.

"Sixteen dollar muffins and $600,000 for event planning services are what make Americans cynical about government and why they are demanding change," Grassley said in a statement. "People are outraged, and rightly so."