Jon Huntsman reflects on GOP's loss: "We've lost the economy, we don't value diplomacy and we're missing the libertarian vote"Submitted by Shawker on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:42
by Ron Paul | paul.house.gov
As the northeastern United States continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, we hear the usual outcry against individuals and companies who dare to charge market prices for goods such as gasoline. The normal market response of rising prices in the wake of a natural disaster and resulting supply disruptions is redefined as “price gouging.” The government claims that price gouging is the charging of ruinous or exploitative prices for goods in short supply in the wake of a disaster and is a heinous crime But does this reflect economic reality, or merely political posturing to capitalize on raw emotions?
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the supply of gasoline was greatly disrupted. Many gas stations were unable to pump gas due to a lack of electricity, thus greatly reducing the supply. At the same time demand for gasoline spiked due to the widespread use of generators. Because gas stations were forbidden from raising their prices to meet the increased demand, miles-long lines developed and stations were forced to start limiting the amount of gasoline that individuals could purchase. New Jersey gas stations began to look like Soviet grocery stores.
By Erin Fuchs | Business Insider
Noted trend forecaster Gerald Celente sued Google this week for allegedly letting bloggers use his image in vulgar postings.
Google acquired the company that runs that blog site in April 2011. The blogs post vulgar phrases like "WAKE THE [F-] UP" along with Celente's image, according to court documents filed by Celente.
We always tivo Saturday Night Live & when Anne Hathaway did the opening monologue I couldn't believe it when Keenan sang about "writing in Ron Paul." Run the clip to around 2:20 to hear him.
Congressman and former Presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul Talks about Succession and the true socialist origins of the United States "Pledge of Allegiance" to the flag.
Note: This video is not new, but I found it fitting with all the recent "succession" posts and discussions here at the DP.
Above is a picture of America's first flag, also known as the Grand Union Flag.
You've probably heard of it, or seen it. This is the picture I carry of it, as the background image on my phone. Whenever I get a chance, I show it to long time Bostonians, and ask them if they have ever seen it. Invariably, they haven't. I never had either, until about a year ago when I moved just a few blocks from where the flag was first hoisted by General George Washington on January 1, 1776, on Prospect Hill in Somerville, Massachusetts (back then, Charlestown).
WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell set two top goals for the 2012 election: a Republican takeover of the Senate and the defeat of President Barack Obama.
He achieved neither.
Starting in January, he will be up against a president he tried and failed to bring down, with a Senate minority weaker by two.
"We all had a bad day," said Josh Holmes, chief of staff of McConnell's personal Senate office.
While there is no sign of any immediate threat to his job as minority leader, McConnell is facing intensified criticism from the right, which has seen him for some time as too "establishment."
Very interesting article and I'm surprised this is coming from George Will:
"Next time, Republicans need a more likable one. And one who tilts toward the libertarian side of the Republican Party’s fusion of social and laissez-faire conservatism."
Business Insider: Grassroots Republican operatives and Movement conservatives are quickly turning against the GOP Establishment in the wake of the party's expensive defeat this election cycle.
Republicans we spoke to this week voiced a near-universal disgust with the national Republican Party leaders and Washington political class, who are seen as having put their personal financial interest above winning the election.
As this internecine struggle gathers steam, the first target appears to be Karl Rove, the former Bush campaign mastermind who has dictated much of the GOP's strategy over the past decade.
by Judge Andrew Napolitano | Reason
Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president who wants the bureaucrats who can't run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American's health care get re-elected. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. And only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term get re-elected.
What's going on here?
What is going on is the present-day proof of the truism observed by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, who rarely agreed on anything in public: When the voters recognize that the public treasury has become a public trough, they will send to Washington not persons who will promote self-reliance and foster an atmosphere of prosperity, but rather those who will give away the most cash and thereby create dependency. This is an attitude that, though present in some localities in the colonial era, was created at the federal level by Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, magnified by FDR, enhanced by LBJ, and eventually joined in by all modern-day Democrats and most contemporary Republicans.
The media has blamed sunspots, the Washington Redskins opponent, American Idle and even Al Qaeida, for Romney's loss.
But never a mention of the Convention fight with Ron Paul, the adversarial State Conventions or Ron Paul's refusal to endorse Romney.