Not Counting Out Santorum UPDATE: Santorum Surges to 3rd Place!

The one thing I disagree with Zombie about is his contention that any one of the candidates in the current field would lose against Obama. I don’t feel that way, at all. Maybe I’m an eternal optimist, but I think, even with the MSM totally in the tank for him, Obama is going to be limping through 2012 as the slow drip-drip-drip of Fast and Furious, Solyndra, and other scandals fall on his forehead like Chinese water torture.  If he hasn’t been driven half insane by the end of next year, Issa isn’t doing his job.

But I do want a dependable conservative at the helm in 2012. Obviously, that excludes part-time conservatives like Mitt Romney who took a break from conventional conservatism to a  big government statist/socialist form of conservatism when he passed RomneyCare in Massachusetts. Same for Newt with his not- so conventionally conservative support of an  individual health care mandate and his Nancy Pelosi inspired AGW flirtation.  Not to mention his Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac work. Good grief. What next? We find out that he was also an enthusiastic supporter of parts of Porkulus? Oh.

There is still one consistent and principled conservative left in this race: Rick Santorum:

With 45 percent of Iowa Republican voters undecided and a roller-coaster ride about to come to a screeching stop next Tuesday with the GOP caucuses, it may be Rick Santorum’s turn to take the final ascent and surprise the political class by … doing better than expected?

Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has been touted as the sleeper candidate by none other than 2008 Iowa caucuses winner Mike Huckabee. He has relentlessly campaigned in the state, hitting all 99 counties and moving his family out there. He has held 350 campaign events in the past year.

He has received key endorsements from well-known social conservatives in the state, and has had solid performances at each of the debates. And he’s running an old-school style campaign that Iowa voters expect in the retail-style politics of the Hawkeye State.

The man whose at the back of the polling pack — despite recent buzz giving him a late boost — is taking nothing for granted but has nothing to lose.

Santorum has also caught Dick Morris’s attention:SANTORUM COMES ON STRONG! DICK MORRIS TV.
In his Monday post, Morris notes that Santorum’s moving up in Iowa from the back of the pack, like a late finisher in the Iowa Derby.

Red, White and Blue Fund is responsible for the following ad:

SEE ALSO:
Stacy McCain , who thinks he’s in the running for the Ambassadorship of Xanadu, or something if Santorum wins: The Santorum Surge: Mainstream Media Finally Beginning to See Omens in Iowa.
 You can donate to Santorum’s “Iowa Surprise” moneybomb, here.
UPDATE:
Rickmentum!

Rick Santorum, who has essentially lived in Iowa for much of the last year, may finally be taking off in the Hawkeye State.

A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday indicates Santorum is now in third place among likely Iowa caucus-goers, with 16 percent support. That’s an 11-point jump from just one week ago, and a sign that his campaign may have picked up serious momentum with less than a week to go before the caucuses.

This is a very good time to be surging…

Wolf Blitzer interviewed Santorum for CNN:

Oh, look who’s doing the happy dance: SANTORUM SURGE: Finally, the Polls in Iowa Are Catching Up With … Me

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Zombie Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Republican Presidential Candidate

This particular poll excludes Ron Paul.

And Mitt Romney….

And Newt Gingrich….

Actually, it excludes, ALL of them.

Which is a good thing.

Since Herman Cain bowed out, I’ve had little to say about the Republican candidates because I’ve been so full of despair over the situation. Damnit! How did we end up with such a weak field?

I want a do-over.

Zombie expresses almost exactly what I’ve been thinking for the past month or so:

Newt Gingrich? Newt Gingrich????? The guy peaked nearly 20 years ago. Compromised, corrupt, amoral. He has about as much chance of winning the general election as do Calvin Coolidge’s decomposing remains.

Ron F-ing PAUL?????????????? The most charitable thing I can say about him is: Joke candidate. Wrong, wrong, wrong. If he gets the Republican nomination, I would actually stay home on election day, as would most voters forced to choose between a communist and a madman.

Michele Bachmann’s vaccine conspiracies have doomed her as a viable mainstream nominee, unfortunately, even though she is the most likeable of all the candidates and I would have gladly voted for her, “crazy eyes” notwithstanding.

Rick Perry has already made far too many unforced errors, and his extreme social conservative activism has turned off many Constitutionally-minded voters like myself who worry that if he wins he’ll use his power not to shrink government but to meddle in Americans’ private lives. No thank you.

Herman Cain: Toast.

Rick Santorum: If we were all in hell, I’d put my money on the snowball.

Huntsman, Johnson and the rest: Who?

Which leaves us only with Mitt Romney. He’s the sole Republican in the current field who even has a ghost of a chance at beating Obama, but as many have noted, he’s an old-school-checked-pant-double-talking-insider-flip-flopping pseudo-Republican who looks, talks and acts like a phony. I’d still vote for him over Obama, but only out of desperation; I’d rather have a president with magic underwear than an emperor with no clothes. But the growing tide of anti-Mormon bigotry in this country means that I fear few would join me in this protest vote.

Which of the undeclared Republican presidential candidates are your favorites? (Choose up to three.) Vote here.

  • Allen West (46%, 145 Votes)
  • Paul Ryan (42%, 133 Votes)
  • Marco Rubio (42%, 132 Votes)
  • Sarah Palin (31%, 98 Votes)
  • Chris Christie (31%, 97 Votes)
  • Bobby Jindal (24%, 74 Votes)
  • Other (name your choice in the comments section below) (4%, 14 Votes)
  • None; I prefer one of the existing Republican candidates (2%, 6 Votes)
  • They’re all stinkers; I plan to vote for Obama (0%, 1 Votes)

Zombie’s dead serious. His post is titled, Barack Obama Will Still Be President on January 19, 2017 which he believes will be the case unless something drastic happens:

I might seem lighthearted about all this, but I am actually deadly serious. A lame-duck Obama will have four years of not worrying about re-election to complete his conscious destruction of American capitalism and constitutionalism. It’s too hideous to even contemplate. And, aside from a long-shot chance by the slightly-better-than-a-crash-test-dummy Romney, none of the current candidates has any chance whatsoever to defeat Obama.

I know the public is waiting for an end to the unfunny charade known as the 2012 Republican Party nomination, so the real battle — between, for example, West, Palin and Rubio — can begin.

Let’s make it happen. You and I. Stop sitting on our hands waiting for a miracle.

Choose your favorite(s) from the six (temporarily) non-candidates above, and join the popular uprising to get some or all of them to change their minds.

Next: On the next page are a few resources to get you involved in the various groundswell campaigns to draft potential nominees. Send emails to your preferred candidates containing the Absolution Coupon above (download the jpeg here) and a link to this post — contact info given on the next page:

I voted for Human Events Conservative of the Year, Paul Ryan.

Judge Rules That Tucson Ethnic-Studies Program Violates Arizona Law

—Ross D. Franklin/AP-File

The LA Times reports the good news:

The Tucson school district’s Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for the possible demise of the program.

The judge affirmed a prior decision by the state’s schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District’s program violates a law that aims to outlaw divisive ethnic studies classes.

In June, John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program to be in violation of the law. That law, among other things, bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.”

The school district appealed the ruling, and testimony before the administrative law judge concluded in October.

The decision by the judge, Lewis D. Kowal, is merely a recommendation to Huppenthal, who can now take action against the program if it does not come into compliance with the law.

Should the program not come into compliance — as Huppenthal sees it — the district could lose about $15 million in state aid.

According to “Save ethnic Studies”, the  program started as a grass roots effort in the late 1990s “to reverse some disturbing educational trends among minority students in TUSD” and  “blossomed into a highly successful national model documented over and over in educational peer review literature.”

Other “educational peers” who reviewed the the program came to a very different conclusion:

In October of this year,the “Freedom Socialist Party” huffed:

Over the summer, the ongoing battle over ethnic studies in Arizona royally exposed the grimy politics and tactics of the right wing.

Arizona HB 2281 became effective Jan. 1, aimed at the popular and successful Mexican American studies program (also known as MAS or La Raza studies) of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The bill outlaws courses that “promote the overthrow” of the government, “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” are “designed primarily for people of a particular ethnic group, or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.”

The bill’s author was Tom Horne, who is famously opposed to La Raza education because it is critical of the U.S. government’s relationship with Latin America and treatment of Latinos. As the state superintendent of schools, Horne conveniently was able to find the Tucson ethnic studies program in violation of the new law immediately before leaving that position to become the state’s attorney general.

Last May, a woman had engaged in “grimy politics” by reading  excerpts from a book in the Tucson Ethnic Studies program at a school board meeting. These outrageous and toxic books were teaching kids that the United States is an institutionally racist  system filled with “bloodsucking capitalists” and Anglos who “rape Hispanic culture”.

“Hard drugs and drug culture is an invention of the gringo because he has no culture.”

“We have to destroy capitalism and we have to help 5/6 of the world to destroy capitalism in order to equal all peoples’ lives.

“The Declaration of Independence states that we the people have the right to revolution…the right to overrule the government…”

“Any country based on capitalism is based on greed…”

The woman had to be warned to watch her language as she read from the text (written for kids as young as 10 years old) because they were in a public forum where children were present.

One shudders to think how many Hispanic kids’ minds were polluted with this toxic swill, knowing that the program started in the ’90’s.

Hat tip: Brian B.

Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse

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Top 25 Celebrity Occupy Wall Street Supporters Have Combined Net Worth Over $4 Billion…

You have to love the delicious irony of these greedy 1 percenters supporting an anti-capitalist movement:

Newsbusters reports:

Occupy Wall Street attacks income inequality and the richest 1 percent, adopting as its slogan ”we are the 99 percent.” In October, its protesters staged a ”millionaires march’ ‘in New York City, parading to the homes of wealthy citizens such as Rupert Murdoch and David Koch. But only some riches bother the Occupiers, who have ignored the massive wealth of celebrities in their own ranks.

The top 25 richest celebrities supporting Occupy Wall Street, according to the website Celebrity Net Worth, possess a combined net worth just over $4 billion.

While JP Morgan and Chase banker Jamie Dimon (worth $200 million) was one of the targets of the ”millionaires march,” he has a net worth less than five of the celebrities supporting OWS.

Here’s the list of the 25 richest celebrities supporting #OWS:

1. Yoko Ono – $500 million

2. Jay-Z – $450 million

3. David Letterman – $400 million

(tie) Stephen King – $400 million

5. Russell Simmons – $325 million

6. Sean Lennon – $200 million

7. Mike Myers – $175 million

8. George Clooney – $160 million

9. Brad Pitt – $150 million

(tie) Don King – $150 million

11. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) – $145 million

12. Jane Fonda – $120 million

(tie) Miley Cyrus – 120 million

14. Al Gore – $100 million

15. Roseanne Barr – $80 million

(tie) Deepak Chopra – $80 million

17. Kanye West – $70 million

(tie) Dan Rather – $70 million

19. Alec Baldwin – $65 million

(tie) Matt Damon – $65 million

21. Tom Morello – $60 million

(tie) Mia Farrow – $60 million

23. Katy Perry – $55 million

24. Michael Moore – $50 million

(tie) Susan Sarandon – $50 million

Total: $4.1 billion

It makes you wonder how many of these one percenters have put their money where their mouths are  by donating to “the cause”. Because a great many of these occupations are rat-infested sh*tholes where occupiers subsist in disease-ridden squalor. And now that winter is upon us, occupiers could use donated funds to warm their tents.
A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed a KC occupier who was pan-handling in the cold for money to buy kerosine. When I asked her what she was trying to accomplish by being there, she answered that she would like to see the minimum wage increased.
She then told me that she had lost two jobs because they couldn’t afford the labor, prompting me to ask: “How do you think increasing the minimum wage will help with jobs if employers are letting people go because they can’t afford the labor?”
No I didn’t donate any money because I don’t support the cause in any way, shape or form.
But those #OWS-supporting celebrity fat cats sure could.
Hat tip: Trending Right where the Newsbusters story is currently the #1.

Was Christmas Day Santa Claus Massacre An Honor Killing?

This story was so horrible I refused to read beyond the headlines when I first saw it.

Here’s how MSNBC covered the story: Santa Claus killings: Financially strapped dad planned family massacre, Texas police say

Police confirm what family friends said Monday, that Azizolah “Bob” Yazdanpanah, 56, fired the fatal shots in the murder-suicide.

Grapevine police identified the victims as his wife, Fatemah “Nasrin” Rahmati, 55; their daughter, Nargis “Nona” Yazdanpanah, 19; and their son, Ali Yazdanpanah, 14. Nasrin’s sister, Zohreh Rahmati, 58; her husband, Mohamad Hossein Zarei, 59; and their daughter, Sahra Fatemah Zarei, 22; were also killed, police confirmed.

See video, read the original story at NBCDFW.com

Police received a 911 call from an apartment in the 2500 block of Hall Johnson Road on Christmas morning. When officers arrived, they found the door locked from the inside, and the worst crime in Grapevine history.

Police recovered two weapons on the scene — a Smith and Wesson 915 model 9 mm pistol with a 15-round magazine, and a Glock 23 .40-caliber pistol with a 10-round clip, according to Eberling.

Both guns were used in the murder-suicide, but Eberling would not say how many shots were fired; only saying that there were still bullets in both guns.

Last year, a bank foreclosed on Bob Yazdanpanah’s house, and he separated from his wife in the March.

Robert Spencer flagged some additional details from this Dallas Morning News story:

Yazdanpanah said he bought a gun after expressing concern that his daughter’s boyfriend was stalking him. He also insisted on picking up his daughter from her job at a phone kiosk inside Sam’s Club in Grapevine because of concerns about the alleged stalker.

The boyfriend has not been publicly identified.

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…a more ominous portrait emerged of Yazdanpanah in interviews with some of his daughter’s other classmates.

“She would come to school crying and telling us her dad was crazy,” said Lacie Reed, 18. “He wouldn’t let her wear certain things. He was always taking her phone away, checking her call history and checking her text messages.”

Friends said Nona’s father had installed cameras all around the home so he could watch the family’s comings and goings. Others said he nailed her bedroom window shut so she could not sneak out at night and see her boyfriend.

“She couldn’t date at all until she was a certain age, but when he was going to let her date she couldn’t date anyone outside of their race or religion,” Reed said.

Yiselle Alvarenga, 18, said Nona’s mother and brother seemed to come to her aid when her father punished her.

Looks like Atlas Shrugs may need to update her Honor Killing: Islam’s Gruesome Gallery.

See also:

Atlas Shrugs: Force the Media to Tell the Truth

There was mass slaughter of Christians on Christmas Day, with churches burned by Muslims in Nigeria. Obama called it “senseless” and the media completely ignored the motive, the reason for the jihad. Across the world very active jihads are ignored, underreported or worse — completely obfuscated, with the ideology again ignored and the jihadis termed “militants,” “insurgents” or “youths.”

There was a good discussion about the latest Islamic violence on Fox News between Mark Steyn and Charles Krauthammer – watch here.

In Texas, a mass murder took place that was an Islamic honor killing. A man killed his family in a rage over his daughter’s non-Muslim boyfriend. It is no accident or coincidence that Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. Islamic law specifies that there is no penalty for a father who kills his child, and in many Muslim countries, honor murders are only lightly punished — with Islamic clerics resisting the strengthening of those punishments. Today there should be editorials in every newspaper in the country about the Islamic tenets that justify honor killing. Headlines should be screaming from every front page in the country against the ideology that commanded, inspired and justified those mass murders.

Instead, we had to wait two days to learn the truth.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!