Archive for January 8th, 2008

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What the headline should be tomorrow, but won’t be.

The AP has called it for Hillary, but the final outcome remains to be seen.  Expect the headlines tomorrow will be “The Comeback Kid” or some such variation of that. 

What the headline should be is “Clinton avoids complete collapse.”  Remember, she had about a 20 point lead just a couple of weeks ago and barely won. 

Everyone grab your Dramamine, the serious spinning is about to start.

One interesting thing about tonight is the growing generation war happening in the Democratic Party.  Young people apparently came out in droves for Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire.  But Hillary brought out the elderly. 

As the exit polls have shown, the Democratic primary is turning into a battle between the people that pay for Social Security and those that collect it. 

One thing is certain, the age of cell phones has killed the art of pre-polling.  If you can’t reach the people…

UPDATE: Wow, welcome Instapundit readers!  (And damn, there are a lot of you!)  Make yourself at home, and check out our weekly podcast.  It’s a pretty fun way to spend some time.

UP-UPDATE: Joe, thanks for the heads-up.  Yes, just saw the Free Republic link, too, and there are a lot of you guys, too.  Wow!  Welcome, and please take a look around.

RE-UP-UPDATE: Welcome to all from the Daily Dish.  Crazy…Anyway, all the same stuff said before applies to you, no point in restating it.  Welcome.

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Jan
08

More legal guns, less gun crimes – the “duh” moment of the day

Liberals would like to shoot this.

 Some in Michigan are shocked that gun-related have not increased exponentially since the state made is easier to exercise Michiganders’ Second Amendment right and allow people to obtain a concealed carry permit.  This is only shocking to the media, and completely ignored by Liberals because it hasn’t been “studied.”That is what left-wingers do, they take common sense and study it in the hope that it will go away. 

Here’s how common sense people would look at this.  If you’re in a state where pretty much anyone can carry a gun, and you want to rob someone, wouldn’t you be a little more nervous than you would be if you were in a state or city where carrying a gun wasn’t allowed?  Even if you have a gun.  It’s assumed you would have a gun because you’re a criminal about to commit a crime, so you’re not really into obeying the law.  Your victim is most likely a law abiding citizen, so they would be unarmed in a place that banned guns.  Easy picking.

Think of it this way: You want to rob a house and you’re standing or a street with only 2 houses, and people are home a both.  One has an NRA sticker in the window, the other has no stickers in the windows.  Which one are you going to choose?

Even though the numbers in Michigan say gun crimes are down, the “logic” of the Left doesn’t let those facts stand in the way of a good story.

Shikha Hamilton of Grosse Pointe, president of the Michigan chapter of the anti-gun group Million Moms March, said she believes overall gun violence (including suicide and accidental shootings) is up in Michigan since 2001. Many incidents involving CCW permit holders have not been widely reported, she said.

Hamilton said that even if gun violence has ebbed, it remains pervasive, tragic and unnecessary. At the least, a more liberal concealed weapons law means there are more guns in homes and cars and on the street, she said, and more potential for disaster.

So if a shooting doesn’t appear in the papers it somehow isn’t counted in crime statistics?  Interesting…

Then there is this beauty:

Kenneth Levin, a West Bloomfield physician, was one of those critics. In a letter to the Free Press in July 2001, he referred to the “inevitable first victim of road or workplace rage as a result of this law.”

Last month, Levin said he suspected “it probably hasn’t turned out as bad as I thought. I don’t think I was wrong, but my worst fears weren’t realized.”

He wasn’t wrong, he just was the opposite of right.  Watch for this guy to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor next time around.

Why they can’t just admit the commonsense answer show the intellectual dishonesty of these people.  They aren’t hindered by facts, they just hate guns, and nothing will stand in their way of trying to stop you from living your life the way you choose.  You’re either an idiot who would shoot yourself if you had a gun, or you’re an idiot/rage machine who would shoot other people at the drop of a hat if you were angry and had a gun.  They know better than you what’s good for you!

By the way, West Bloomfield and Grosse Pointe have many, many gated communities with private roads and armed guards…

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Jan
08

Our man Phil on the scene – Dateline New Hampshire.

Dixville Notch

As the bell tolled midnight earlier this morning in Dixville Notch, a tiny hamlet in the picturesque valley between Dixville Peak and Sanguinary Mountain, the first 17 votes of the 2008 Presidential Election were cast in New Hampshire’s First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary.  These first 17 voters cast their ballots from the confines of the quaint ballroom of the very famous Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, known for its skiing, golfing, and its hosting of the casting of the first ballots every four years in Presidential Elections.

Less than 15 minutes after midnight the following 2008 Presidential Primary results were made official by election officers in Dixville Notch:

Republican Primary                                       Democratic Primary

Senator John McCain – 4 votes                        Senator Barack Obama -7 votes

Governor Mitt Romney – 2 votes                      Senator John Edwards – 2 votes

Mayor Rudy Giuliani – 1 vote                           Governor Bill Richardson – 1 vote

No that isn’t a misprint – Senator Hillary Clinton failed to receive a single vote in Dixville Notch and is tied with Congressman Dennis Kucinich with zero votes after the first New Hampshire votes were tallied.  

The question on the minds of candidates, pollsters, pundits, and voters this morning is how representative of the state of New Hampshire are the voters of Dixville Notch?  Later this evening we should get a better idea of just which campaigns will “Live Free” and which might “Die” as they leave the Granite State. 

On the Democratic side a win by Obama is sure to leave the Clinton campaign in a tailspin that might be impossible to pull out of.  Can Edwards generate a showing in New Hampshire that will allow him to see another day?  If Clinton can pull off a victory, which now seems unlikely, how does that impact the race heading into Super Tuesday?

On the Republican side a loss by either McCain or Romney leaves a lot of questions as to the viability of their campaigns in the days and weeks to come.  A win probably catapults them into the frontrunner status and for Romney probably means a win in Michigan.  How important is it for Huckabee to finish no lower than a strong third if he hopes to keep his momentum heading into Michigan next week?  Can Ron Paul beat out Giuliani in the fight for fourth?  Does Thompson become irrelevant if he barely registers or can he pull an upset and finish higher than sixth and take that momentum to South Carolina?

 We’ll try to answer these questions and others as the day progresses and the results start coming in.  I’ll post updates throughout the day as news, buzz, and scoop comes in.  If you have any questions or hear anything interesting today, please add it below!

Phil

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Jan
08

So much for the afterglow…

Pretty funny

Iowa after the caucus
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Jan
08

Early front-runner in least expected headline of the year.

Pa. man sentenced for mailing cow’s head to wife’s lover

That’s not exactly something you would expect to see when you open your morning paper, but that’s exactly what readers of the Erie Times-News saw in Pennsylvania this morning. 

This is one of many great lines from the short story:

Jason Michael Fife “understands that in a civilized society a person cannot send a severed cow’s head to anybody,” said his defense lawyer, Henry Hilles.

That is not true, you can, and you can get it there by 8:30 am via FedEx or UPS. 

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Jan
08

Pictures from the January First Friday

Thanks to everyone who came out for the first First Friday of the year, and a special thanks to our special guest.  YOU was very nice to everyone and took time for pictures for all who wanted them.

Don’t forget we’ve got Tom DeLay coming up for February’s First Friday, the 1st, and should hopefully have some pretty big news about a future guest at the end of the month.

Here is a sampling of the pictures from First Friday.  You can see a larger version of each of these by clicking on them and can see all the pics from Friday by going to our Flickr page here.

Also, we do have a Facebook group but there are only a few members because we don’t do much with it, frankly.  But we do post some pictures from First Friday there a few days before we post all of them, and you can tag people, so there is a small benefit to joining.  If you are so inclined you can join the group here.  Considering some of the odd groups on Facebook people join, joining our group isn’t all that strange.

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Jan
08

Dixville Notch has spoken

Here are the numbers from the first town to vote in New Hampshire:

McCain – 4
Romney – 2
Giuliani – 1

Obama – 7
Edwards – 2
Richardson – 1
Clinton – 0

That’s right, Richardson beat Hillary.  We don’t expect this to be the case at the end of the day, but not exactly the way she would’ve like to start the nation’s first primary. 

Seeing this result we were reminded of something, but couldn’t think of what it was.  Then it came to us.  Watch the video, it’s only 15 seconds long.

Our man on the scene, Phil, will have much more to say and analysis later tomorrow, so check back to see what he has to say.




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