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Seriously, how many Trump cards can one man have?! — How do you say, ‘The South will rise again’ in Spanish? — Tea Party going rogue on the GOP — Public losing against White House in game of 20 questions — The HuffPo Godfather: ‘I Know it was you, Breito. You broke my heart’ — Protection? You don’t need no stinkin’ protection!
“[Donald Trump] has made questions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate a pivotal part of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. And it appears to be working,” reports The Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong. “For his part, Trump denies that raising questions about Obama’s birth certificate has anything to do with his own political ambitions. … With that said, Trump launches into a passionate and detailed discussion of the subject. ‘We’ve studied it very closely. His family doesn’t even know what hospital he was born in. You know that, right? Do you know that? This is all fact. This is all in the records.’” Trump’s presidential bid could turn out to be more entertaining than watching the former Celebrity Apprentice contestants Rod Blagojevich and Bret Michaels duke it out in the next hit reality show, “The Real Survivor of American Idols Next Door: Road Rules edition.” The Donald just better hope no one asks for his mortgage certificates.
“The expansion in the Hispanic or Latino population crossed the 50 million mark for the first time in 2010, making people of Hispanic origin the second largest group in the country. The total Hispanic population in 2010 was 50,477,594 or 16.3 percent of the total population, a 43 percent increase from a decade ago,” reports ABC, which also notes that the “population center of the country moved about 40 miles west from Edgar Springs, Mo., in 2000, to Plato, Mo., population 109.” The census data also shows that the Sun Belt is experiencing the biggest population boom, with blacks and African Americans also heading south in what appears to be another Great Migration, except … you know, going the other way. “The trends of this changing American landscape will come into play during redistricting decisions state legislatures will make in the coming months,” says ABC. So expect two things in the near future: Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” becoming the “National Strategy,” and that phrase being employed by Marco Rubio.
The Wall Street Journal reports that “Tea Party activists want Mr. Boehner to stick to his guns on $61 billion in budget cuts that the House approved earlier this year. ‘You said you were going to cut X amount, and that’s what we want to see happen,’ said Chris Littleton, co-founder of the Ohio Liberty Council, a coalition of tea-party groups. ‘Just take a stand. That’s pretty cut and dried,’” Apparently, Tea Partiers were seriously nonpartisan about that whole too-much-government-spending thing. “Many tea-party activists were already infuriated with the GOP when the House—including Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia—voted down a conservative-backed amendment for $20 billion more in cuts than were passed.” Months ago, Boehner told Tea Partiers there needed to be an “adult conversation” about raising the debt ceiling. Unfortunately, voting politicians in and out of office is one of those conversations adults sometimes have.
“[White House spokesman Jay Carney’s] circumlocutions took him through much of the thesaurus as he repeatedly didn’t mention the war during the 37 minute press gaggle. He referred to the U.S. military’s air-attacks and missile-strikes against the Libyan’s government’s air power and ground forces as ‘this mission,’ ‘operation,’ and ‘action,’ but only used the W-word twice,” reports The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro. The U.S. may have bombed the crap out of Libya, and perhaps NATO forces are scheduled to “take over,” but the administration is doing anything to keep from describing this most recent, pocket-emptying adventure as a war. “His tour through the thesaurus took him through such terms as ‘enforcement of the no-fly zone,’ ‘our engagement,’ this military endeavor,’ ‘intense efforts of the United States military,’ ‘militarily driven regime change,’ and ‘this kind of thing,’ and ‘it’s a serious enterprise that involves what we have seen.’” A Libya “war” was never mentioned. The Adminstration’s next move? Renaming the Department of Defense. They’re kicking around ideas. Simply “The Department” is on the short list, as is “Of.”
Andrew Breitbart, who helped establish the Huffington Post, has been banned from the site’s homepage because he launched “ad hominem” attacks against 911 Truther Van Jones and Co. As The Daily Caller’s Steven Nelson notes: “The decision has yielded criticism from several online bloggers. ‘I’m disappointed and annoyed to see The Huffington Post buckling under a pressure campaign,’ wrote David Weigel of Slate. ‘A strict prohibition on ad hominem attacks! (‘Against Arianna’s friends,’ is the big of that sentence that spokesman Marco Ruiz left out),’ wrote Alex Pareene of Salon. Breitbart is far from the first prominently featured contributor to The Huffington Post that has made ad hominem attacks (though unlike others who had their ad hominem attacks published in posts on The Huffington Post, Breitbart’s comments were not made in posts on the site).” The whole story is just weird, man. It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that Breitbart and Huffington love throwing partisan poo. Still, it’s unclear yet whether Breitbart will lead the rebel force of unpaid commenters against the Empire.
It’s Friday (hell yes!), and as Democrats continue parading examples of how gun rights suck, firearms enthusiasts could use a good story of their own. Take this New Jersey business owner, for example. He was once kidnapped by four men and then later, was like, “Yeah, I think I’d feel better with some self-protection.” New Jersey judges think he’s over reacting. “Superior Court Judge David Ironson … rejected an appeal filed by Jeffrey Muller of Frankford, owner of J&G Pet Foods in Newton, who sought to overturn last year’s decision by another judge in Morristown, Philip Maenza,” reports NJ.com. “In the earlier decision, Maenza said there was ‘no justifiable need’ for Muller to carry a handgun, because his kidnappers had been apprehended and ‘there is no longer a threat of serious bodily harm.'” Yeah, dude! Next time you’re in serious bodily danger, just call the cops and tell the perps to hang tight for 3-to-6 minutes. In other news, a Florida beauty queen fatally shot an intruder during an invasion with her loaded and licensed burglar alarm. So Miss Congeniality protected herself against an attacker. The lesson? The only thing we should be banning are Sandra Bullock movies.
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