Newt Gingrich at a Loss for Words When Confronted by Wolf Blitzer on George W. Bush 2008 Apology for Koran Burning

Republican hypocrisy — Former president George W. Bush apologized for U.S. troops burning Korans (Qurans) in 2008 and I can’t recall hearing any outrage expressed then as we are seeing with Obama’s apology, which he called “inadvertent,” for a similar action. Personally, I don’t believe Bush should have apologized in 2008 and Obama in 2012, but it’s the hypocrisy of the GOP presidential candidates I find despicable. Rick Santorum, who can’t stay on message, said Obama’s apology “shows weakness,” though he admitted the troops’ actions were a mistake, while Newt Gingrich said the president “surrendered.” “There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama’s attention in a negative way,” Gingrich said, “and he is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States, period.” Um, exactly what did President George W. Bush do when he apologized?

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Gingrich yesterday if that standard also applies to President Bush, he was at a loss for words. Um, he didn’t realize that we are living in a technological age where everything that’s said and done is captured somewhere and can be pulled out at the drop of a hat. Gingrich’s lame response was, “I wasn’t a presidential candidate at that point.” Wow, HYPOCRISY in all caps. What I find reprehensible is the fact that we have a bunch of mediocre candidates masquerading as presidential material. To all my Republican readers, who support Newt Gingrich, just so you won’t say I’m getting in the muck, here’s the clip of Newt Gingrich waffling when confronted by Wolf Blitzer:

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Ron Paul Calls Mitt Romney Flip-Flopper in Campaign Ad, First Attack Since Iowa Caucuses

Ron Paul released a campaign ad slamming all three of his primary opponents and describes Mitt Romney as a “flip-flopper who has been on all sides.” Still think Ron Paul is a Mitt Romney surrogate? Hardly.

Mitt Romney Narrow MI Victory Really a Win for President Barack Obama, Odds of Deadlocked GOP Convention Increase

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Mitt Romney Narrow MI Victory Really a Win for President Barack Obama, Odds of Deadlocked GOP Convention Increase (Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney’s narrow victory in his birth-state of Michigan is proof that he is still not the first choice of American voters to go up against President Obama in November. If anything, I think both he and Rick Santorum were big losers last night. Romney — because he couldn’t break over 40 percent in the state in which he was born and Santorum —  because his ridiculous positions insulting women and his inability to give a stump speech and stay on message. If you ask me, President Obama was the big winner last night. Mitt Romney’s narrow win in Michigan is a referendum on the lack of faith conservatives and independents have in a Mitt Romney nomination. The odds of a deadlocked GOP convention are increasing as each day passes.

Sean Trende: “We’re finally close enough to Super Tuesday to get a sense of how the overall delegate count might work out in the GOP primary. The end result: Assuming that none of the four candidates drops out of the race, it looks increasingly as if no one will be able to claim a majority of the delegates. The candidate with the best chance is Mitt Romney, but he probably wouldn’t be able to wrap up the nomination until May or even June. The other candidates will probably have to hope for a brokered convention.”

Maureen Dowd:  “Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama. With Sanctorum and Robo-Romney in a race to the bottom, the once ruthless Republican Party seems to have pretty much decided to cave on 2012 and start planning for a post-Obama world.”

“Not even because Obama is so strong; simply because their field is so ridiculously weak and wacky. John McCain has Aeschylated it to “a Greek tragedy.” And he should know from Greek tragedy. “It’s the negative campaigning and the increasingly personal attacks,” he told The Boston Herald, adding, “the likes of which we have never seen.” When a man who was accused of having an illegitimate black child in the 2000 South Carolina primary thinks this is the worst ever, the G.O.P. is really in trouble.”

I have no doubt Mitt Romney will be the GOP presidential nominee, but he will be a very weak one, who uses dirty politics to get ahead, while having a real problem with connecting with the middle class. Rick Santorum is a joke and the more the guy speaks, the more blatant hypocrisy oozes from his pores. This is one of the worst Republican slate of presidential candidates I have seen in a long time. I suspect most Republicans aren’t too thrilled either. I’m with Maureen Dowd, I’m looking forward to 2016, post-Obama.

Neo-Nazi Republican Congressional Candidate Arthur Jones Says Holocaust “Blackest Lie in History”

Jews living in Illinois and beyond should be ticked off this morning, Arthur Jones, a Republican congressional candidate, says the “Holocaust never happened” and is “the blackest lie in history.” Jones, a Lyons, IL, insurance salesman who organizes family-friendly, neo-Nazi events around Adolph Hitler’s birthday, may go up against Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, if he wins the nomination.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Jones said. “It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV.”The more survivors, the more lies that are told.” Source: Oaklawn Patch

I have always advocated for my readers to take the time to read up about the candidates running for office in their district. A wingnut like Arthur Lyons has no place in our political discourse. So, I guess slavery didn’t happen either. There’s freedom of speech and then there’s just plain stupidity.

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NEWSFLASH: Demetrius Hewlin, 3rd Student to Die After T. J. Lane Shooting Rampage at Chardon High School

NEWSFLASH: Demetrius Hewlin, 3rd Student to Die After T. J. Lane Shooting Rampage at Chardon High School (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

NEWSFLASH:  A third student, Demetrius Hewlin, has died as a result of the shooting rampage T. J. Lane went on at Chardon High School. MetroHealth System said Tuesday that Demetrius Hewlin died Tuesday morning. He had been in critical condition.

Demetrius Hewlin was a student at Chardon High School and was among several shot by a gunman in the school cafeteria Monday morning. T.J. Lane  will make his first court appearance at 3:30 p.m. in Geauga County Juvenile Court. He doesn’t deserve to be in juvenile court. He should be tried as an adult.

Detroit Teen Joshua Smith Kills Mother Tamiko Robinson After She Tried to Keep Him Away from a Gang

Detroit Teen Joshua Smith Kills Mother Tamiko Robinson After She Tried to Keep Him Away from a Gang (Daily Mail)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Fourteen year old Detroit teen Joshua Smith kills mother Tamiko Robinson  as she slept on the couch early Monday morning because he was upset she tried to keep him off the streets and away from a gang. Isn’t that what a mother is supposed to do? Joshua Smith, who is on the swimming team at Kettering High School, reportedly ran away from home to relatives because of his mother’s actions to get him off the streets, the Daily Mail reports.

Tamiko Robinson, 36, who is suffering from lupus and is on dialysis, was killed by her son, after he got a 12-gauge shotgun from his step-father’s room and killed his mother. This mother was doing the right thing and this child didn’t want any part of a decent upbringing. Shameful and tragic at the same time.

Gun Violence Across U.S. Continues with Murder of Teen George Howard on Chicago’s South Side

The gun violence against our youth continues with the murder of Chicago teen George Howard, 15, Monday evening near Washington Park on the city’s south side. George Howard died from  a gunshot wound to the neck at about 8 p.m.

While George Howard and three others were in the hallway of an apartment building at East 53rd Street and South Martin Luther King Drive when someone jumped out of a car, walked in the front door and opened fire, NBC Chicago reports. A neighbor told the NBC affiliate that there were  warnings earlier in the day “to get off the block” because “something was going to happen.”

Jon Stewart Rick Santorum Smackdown: JFK Would Sh*t Pants Knowing He’s Running for Presidency

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Jon Stewart Rick Santorum Smackdown: JFK Would Sh*t Pants Knowing He's Running for Presidency(Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

Jon Stewart on Rick Santorum’s comments about throwing up after listening to John F. Kennedy’s speech on religion: “Rick, I’m sorry that hearing that JFK speech on religion makes you throw up. But if it makes you feel any better, if JFK were alive today, knowing you were running for President would make him shit his pants.” From Monday’s “Daily Show”

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Pot Calling Kettle Black: Mitt Romney Accuses Rick Santorum of Playing Dirty Politics with Robocalls

Pot Calling Kettle Black: Mitt Romney Accuses Rick Santorum of Playing Dirty Politics with Robocalls

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Sen. Santorum did something today which I think is deceptive and a dirty trick.” Wow, a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

— Mitt Romney, quoted by CNN, on his Santorum using robocalls to court the support of crossover Democrats.

Mitt Romney is the same person who also said he sank to that “new low” when he voted in Democratic primaries to influence the race. Sorry Mitt Romney, you can’t have it both ways.

Russell King Jr. Dies from Gunshot Wound After T. J. Lane Shooting Rampage at Chardon High School

NEWSFLASH: Russell King Jr. Dies from Gunshot Wound After T. J. Lane Shooting Rampage at Chardon High School

NEWSFLASH:  Russell King Jr. Dies from Gunshot Wound After T. J. Lane Shooting Rampage at Chardon High School.

Russell King Jr.’s death comes after Daniel Parmertor died yesterday.  Joy Rickers, 18, remains in stable condition and Nickolas Wajczak,17,  is listed in serious condition with several gunshots wounds.

Gunman T. J. Lane, described as a "bullied outcast," posted a chilling statement on Facebook: 'Now! Feel death, not just mocking you." (Facebook)

Gunman T. J. Lane, described as a “bullied outcast,” posted a chilling statement on Facebook:  ‘Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you.’ Another Jared Loughner in the making.