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2012 election battleground map

So, what does the battleground for the coming 2012 presidential election look like?  Well, those national tracking polls you've been hearing about won't tell you.  All they do tell you is what a national sample of registered (or maybe "likely") voters said on any given day.   And of course the samples for those polls (and even the questions) get "gamed" by the media who sponsor them.

But the simple fact is that we don't elect a President "nationally".  In effect, we hold 50 different state-by-state elections, with each state being allotted a set number of "electoral votes" based on state population.  And you can pretty much bet the farm on "how" about thirty-five or forty of the states will vote in November...which leaves you with the "swing states".

The map below reflects the most likely swing states, based on polling over the past year.  They are: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.  Of course that list could (and will) expand or contract over the coming months, but this gives you a pretty good idea of the lay of the land.

Introducing the 112th Congress Freshman Class

Introducing the Freshman Members of the 112th Congress including the following additional information:

  • The name of the Member of Congress representing the district in the 111th Congress labeled "predecessor" along with the predecessor's National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) score for the 111th Congress. The NRLC score is indicated in brackets after the Member's name.
  • Limited endorsement information to provide information about how the new Member is likely to vote on pro-life issues. Endorsement abbreviations are:
    • NRLC: National Right to Life Committee
    • RNCLife: Republican National Coalition for Life
    • SBA: Susan B. Anthony List
    • CWA: Concerned Women for America
    • FRC: Family Research Council
  • Based on this information, each new Member is categorized as one of the following:
    • Pro-life Improvement
    • No Pro-life Change
    • Mixed or Unknown
    • Pro-life Loss

Click Here to be introduced to your new 112th Congress Freshman Class.

Do as I say, not as I do

The audacity (and hypocrisy) of this president is limitless.  Barack Obama, during a high school graduation speech, told the audience that they needed to take responsibility for their actions and not to blame others.   

Obama told the Kalamazoo, Michigan Central High graduates:  "Take responsibility not just for your successes, but for your failures as well.  The truth is, no matter how hard you work, you won't necessarily ace every class or succeed in every job. There will be times when you screw up, when you hurt the people you love, when you stray from your most deeply held values.

"And when that happens, it's the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame. Your professor was too hard; your boss was a jerk; the coach was playing favorites; your friend just didn't understand. We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV."

Some nice words of advice to the high school graduates by the president.  However, by his own hypocritical actions since he became president, Barack Obama is basically telling young people:  "Do as I say, not as I do."   

He has blamed former President George W. Bush countless times for all kinds of problems which Obama inherited or has now caused in his first 17 months of office.  As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, "Let me count the ways" as to how many times Obama has blamed the former president.   

(Speaker) John Boehner's brilliant victory

The Republicans in the United States House of Representatives  --  led by next year's probable Speaker of the House, Congressman John Boehner, the Republican minority leader  --  scored a brilliant victory yesterday over Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Democrats.  In fact it was a rout.   

The Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives this week attempted to spend yet more of Americans' hard-earned tax dollars on yet another big-spending bill called the "America COMPETES Act."   Republicans opposed the bill because it would create yet more programs and provide even more money for government programs which already do not work.   

The Republicans were able to use a parliamentary tactic called a "motion to recommit" (the bill) to amend the Democrat bill.  Their provision would have forced the federal government to fire, or at least severely discipline, employees who viewed pornography on a government computer and equally as important would shut off federal funding for universities which received funds under this legislation and which did not allow military recruiters on their campuses.   

The Republican motion to recommit (MTR) was so popular that  --  in this 111th Congress controlled overwhelmingly by Democrats  --  it passed by a huge margin of 292-126.  But this does not tell the whole story about a very large number of unprincipled wishy-washy House Democrats.   

Dems Voting Down McCain Amendment Shrinking Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a Disgrace

On Tuesday, the two Democrat politicians (Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank) and the two gigantic federally-subsidized housing agencies (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) most responsible for the stock market crash, the bursting of the housing bubble, and the Great Recession won yet another victory (against the American people).  

Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, introduced an amendment to the financial regulatory-reform bill being debated on the Senate floor this week, which would have reformed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which have already received $145 billion in bail-out money from American taxpayers.  These were the two government-owned agencies which subsidized mortgage borrowers who could not afford to buy homes and which are now subsidizing these home-owners to avoid foreclosure.  

Today's "The Wall Street Journal" editorializes that:  "Thanks to his own sweetheart mortgage from Countrywide Financial  --  a leading Fannie business partner  --  Mr. Dodd isn't running for reelection."  Senator Dodd's partner-in-crime, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, whines and blusters that the housing crises was not due to his lack of oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   

Net Neutrality is not some Marxist plot

What do the Christian Coalition of America, the Gunowners of America, the National Religious Broadcasters, and the Parents Television Council, whose founder, Brent Bozell, frequently appears on Fox News, all have in common?  Each of these very conservative organizations support "net neutrality" on the Internet.  

Yet, Fox News' Glenn Beck, whose views are often correct, has blasted the idea of net neutrality on the Internet as some kind of Marxist plot or words to that effect. Beck has attacked those Americans who want to make sure that the communications corporations which provide Internet service such as Comcast, AT & T and Verizon  --  and which have a virtual monopoly on providing Internet service  --  cannot discriminate against grassroots groups such as the Christian Coalition and the Parents Television Council.  Grassroots groups want to make sure that Comcast, etc. do not put them on the slow track and censor what they communicate.  

These conservative groups, which support net neutrality legislation, do not want these handful of communications giants to relegate their groups and small businesses to second-class and much slower Internet service.   

Netanyahu, Hold Firm Against Obama's Bullies

Growing up with an Islamic background and attending a church for 20 years which spewed anti-Israel hatreds, is it any wonder that Barack Obama's foreign policy is firmly anti-Israel?  Indeed, Israel's ambassador to the United States has been quoted saying it is the biggest "crisis" between America and Israel in the past 30 years.   

The Obama administration's radical anti-Israel policy is even worse than the previous Israel-hating president, Jimmy Carter.  Like Carter, Obama promised to bring peace to the Middle East.  He has done everything but that, with his divisive policies.   

Thankfully, the conservative prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, backed by an overwhelming number of Israelis, and supported by a large majority of Americans, is not about to cower before the bullies in Obama's White House and State Department.  The top political advisor in the White House, David Axelrod, blasted Netanyahu's announcement of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem as "an insult" just before the vice president's visit to Israel.   

The Obama administration's policy toward Israel is a disgrace considering that Israel is America's only true ally in the Middle East, and happens to also be the only democracy in that troubled area.  The Palestinians clearly do not want peace, especially considering the fact that they have refused to sit down with Israel to discuss statehood for the Palestinians and cessation of violence from the Palestinians and their allies against Israel.   

Bart Stupak, Benedict Arnold, Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, and Jane Fonda

Most all Americans, even students in America's politically-correct schools, know the identity of America's most infamous traitor.  That, of course, is Benedict Arnold, who escaped to Great Britain, avoiding both arrest and the noose during the Revolutionary War. 

Most senior citizens, and other knowledgeable Americans, are familiar with Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; the American communist traitors executed for treason at the height of the Cold War.   

And many Americans, and virtually all of us Vietnam War veterans, know the treachery of actress Jane Fonda who was in our communist enemy's capital, Hanoi, Vietnam, actually pretending to shoot down American pilots with a North Vietnamese artillery piece - a photo which gave huge aid and comfort to our communist enemies all over the world.   

Which brings us to America's newest traitor in this infamous list of traitors:  Democrat Congressman Bart Stupak from the First Congressional District of Michigan.  Last Sunday, Bart Stupak single-handedly provided the enemies of American culture his vote and less than a handful of votes to install socialism (ObamaCare) for the first time in America.   

Dates of Infamy: Dec. 7th; Jan 22, 1973; 9-11; and Sunday, March 21, 2010

In addition to the three previous days of infamy in American history, Sunday, March 21, 2010 will go down in history as a very infamous day full of betrayal and deceit.  Japan conducted a sneak attack on America at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  The United States Supreme Court in its Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973 legalized abortion resulting in the brutal deaths of 50 million unborn children up to the present time.  Islamic terrorists attacked America in September 11, 2001 resulting in the deaths of over 3,000 innocent souls.   

This past Sunday, a day which will live in infamy  --  the Lord's Day of all days  --  the Democrat Party attacked the foundations of the United States of America and established the beginning of European-style socialism (and worse) in America by its vote in the United States House of Representatives (219-212 without a single Republican voting for ObamaCare.)   ObamaCare also received no Republican votes in the Senate.  

Obama's relentless crusade against Israel

The President of the Christian Coalition of America, Roberta Combs, in her January 13, 2009 column entitled:  "Bipartisan leaders support Israel as it should be," published a week before Barack Obama became president, wrote that she was pleased to see the cooperation in their support for Israel between the Democratic House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, and the Republican Minority Whip, Eric Cantor.   

It seems that the president is departing from this bipartisan support of Israel and is relentlessly attacking Israel.  Indeed, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Dr. Michael Oren, recently stated:  "We are facing the worst crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations since 1975."   

Right from the beginning, the Obama administration has been attacking Israel over Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank.  Most recently, both Obama and his Secretary of State have condemned Israel over its rightful policy of building new apartments in Israeli territory in north Jerusalem.  During a recent visit to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden blasted Israel's building of 1,600 new housing units in territory which is rightfully Israel's land.   

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