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Winner Winner Turkey Dinner

by Ronald A. Rowe March 6th, 2014 Winners & Losers
victoryOK, maybe I’ve been a little grumpy lately. It was brought to my attention this week that I’ve been selecting far more losers than winners of late. In my defense I would argue that the American political system creates far more losers than winners on an ongoing basis. But in a spirit of joy and brotherhood* I have caved in and hereby present Just Winners this week. As my grandfather used to say: “Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!”**

Winners:

Rush Limbaugh -- The Right Wing’s loudest mouthpiece was vindicated this week when his words from a quarter of a century ago
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Obama’s Weak Foreign Policy Comes to a Head

by T Akery March 4th, 2014 Republican Reflections
ukraine nasaIn the past, Presidents have been pretty strong with foreign policies. Even some of the worst Presidents have conveyed some kind of strength overseas. While things haven't always gone as planned and mistakes happened, this perception has helped America become a world power. Now, all of that power is being threatened by Obama's inexperience and his obvious lack of leadership as one of the free world leaders. It is so obvious, that countries like Russia are now using that weakness against him.

In many ways, it did start in Iraq. While it was absolutely necessary to pull out troops, it was
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Red Phoenix

by Eric M. Blake March 3rd, 2014 Conservative Considerations
putin at mic usaIn the late 1980s, Rush Limbaugh wrote the original 35 Undeniable Truths Of Life.  The first two are as follows:

1) The greatest threat to humanity lies in the nuclear weapons arsenal of the Soviet Union.

2) The greatest threat to humanity lies in the Soviet Union.

Following the end of the Cold War, the Godfather wrote the 35 "Revised" Truths, which are, with few exceptions, so different they might as well be Truths 36-70.  Gone are the references to the Soviet Union, naturally, but there is still this:

54) The first 35 Undeniable Truths are still undeniably true.

The first has proven obvious:
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The Earth Does What?

by Ronald A. Rowe February 20th, 2014 Winners & Losers
earth n sunThe United Auto Workers -- Loser -- The UAW tried to gain a foothold in the South by unionizing Tennessee this week but came up short.

President Obama -- Loser -- The U.S. President’s recent power grab has rankled many people this week. Camp Campaign’s Eric Blake explains just what’s so wrong with Absolute Executive Power.

Comcast Cable Company -- Winner -- It’s good to be the king, and after a $45 Billion buyout of Time Warner, Comcast is definitely the King of Cable.
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Unimpeachable Acts

by Eric M. Blake February 17th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
obama points whThis article may be interpreted as my beating a dead horse.  Maybe it is, I don’t know.  But when the big story is a continuing issue — and those in a position to do something end up doing nothing — well … I guess that leaves the rest of us who are aware of what’s going on to speak out … and speak out … and speak out some more.  Believe me, I don’t like it … but when that’s all you can do, and you feel it is your duty to do what you can to change society
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More Bad News for Small Business

by Ronald A. Rowe February 13th, 2014 Winners & Losers
food store signKen Ham – Winner – Creationist Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, hosted well-known Evolutionist Bill Nye for a debate last week. The debate was ostensibly over whether Creationism or Evolution better explains the origins of the universe but if you followed the build up to the event more closely there was a different spin from both sides. The debate was not actually about which side is right. If that were the case there would be no winner and no loser since no one’s mind was changed during the course of the two hour debate. No, the event
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Acronyms in the News: MSNBC, NJ, & IRS

by Ronald A. Rowe February 6th, 2014 Winners & Losers
camden epaMSNBC – Loser – MSNBC is in the spotlight again this week. As often as that happens, and it happens a lot, it is never for a good reason. The beleaguered “news” network was forced into yet another apology this week. You can read all about that plus get columnist Eric Blake’s take on the State of the Union address (Spoiler alert: it isn’t positive) here.

The Unemployed – Loser – President Obama raised the minimum wage – for a select few individuals – last week. This might be good news for the
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President Obama’s Symbolic Minimum Wage Hike

by T Akery February 4th, 2014 Republican Reflections
mcdThe President announced in his State of the Union speech that he was raising minimum wage for some Federal contractors' workers. While he signed this Executive Order before the speech, the impact of this raise is almost nonexistent except for a few people who might benefit. Even then, it won't be until next year that any kind of benefit is seen. But there is one effect that it will have almost immediately. The price of Federal contractors is going to go up.

Those new wage increases will have to be factored in. Which means that these Federal contractors can justify
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Union Busting and Building

by Eric M. Blake February 3rd, 2014 Conservative Considerations
obama before sotu whFirst —

As the main Conservative voice of CampCampaign, I feel something of an obligation to at least have some focus on Obama’s State Of the Union address.

To be perfectly blunt, I’m with Dr. Charles Krauthammer: there was practically nothing fresh or new about the speech — it was a tired recycling of same-old, same-old — and considering how this is Mr. Fresh-And-New at the podium … well, dare we hope Obama’s running out of steam?

There were a few things that stuck out.  One, naturally, was the big round of applause for the veteran who was critically wounded in battle
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Obama Apologetics, Poor 1%ers, & More

by Ronald A. Rowe January 30th, 2014 Winners & Losers
sotu birdseyeObama Apologists – Losers – Politics are tough. Partisan politics can be even tougher. Sure, blindly following party dogma relieves you of the burden of free thought, but sometimes it gets to the point that even the most fervent followers have to see at least a sliver of reality creeping in.The blogosphere is blowing up with statistical measures of the Obama presidency to date. And it isn’t good. The Federal debt is up almost 90%. Gas prices are up 82%. Household income is down. Six point seven million more Americans are living below the poverty level than when President
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The Olympics and Politics As Usual

by Jessica B. January 28th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
sochi soyuz nasaThe Olympics are getting closer, and as usual the political chess maneuvering is underway. Many are concerned about growing risks of terrorist attacks as threats made against the games get closer and closer. And although the Russian government has planned an extensive police presence, there remain many who are skeptical as to how they can pull off a successful Olympics in Sochi amid the current political backdrop.

Already, President Barack Obama has appointed several openly gay delegates to represent the U.S. in Sochi, Russia, a move many say is sparked by Russia’s strong anti-homosexual laws, which prevent, among other things,
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A Thought Experiment

by Ronald A. Rowe January 23rd, 2014 Winners & Losers
consideringThis week we have a very special edition of Winners and Losers. This week is not a list of politicians, causes, and events that deserve recognition (positive or negative). Instead, this week we are performing a little thought experiment. The Winners are those readers who use this as an opportunity for some introspection and come away with fresh insight into their own thoughts and prejudices. The Losers are those readers who scoff and come up with tangential rebuttals that fail to address the core issues. Sorry, there is no appealing your status this week. This is my game and
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