Paul Holding Strong Leading Into First Primary

The mainstream media continue to express surprise that the Ron Paul campaign stands firm as today’s first-in-the-Nation primary gets underway.

The final University of New Hampshire survey before the contest put Mitt Romney in a position of favor among voters in the State, leading with 41 percent. The second place spot is taken by Paul, with 17 percent, followed by Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman who are tied for third with 11 percent.

Another poll from Suffolk University/7 News illustrates a smaller gap between the leaders with Romney polling at 35 percent and Paul at 20 percent.

An article published in The Washington Times on Monday points out that Paul’s popularity is shaping up to be a major force to be reckoned with within a fractured Republican establishment, and that the devotion of the candidate’s “never-say-die” supporters should not be marginalized.  In his work, the author, William Kelly, offers one main reason for Paul’s popularity, “freedom is popular.”

Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said Monday that he believes his father has a remote chance of pulling an upset in New Hampshire today if there is a large showing of independent voters, according to POLITICO.

Conservative Radio Host: Romney Cannot Beat Obama

Popular conservative radio host Michael Savage said recently that he does not believe that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has what it takes to beat Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

Savage was apparently outraged by Romney’s lackluster response to Obama’s decision to make recess appointments while Congress is in session, and said that if the candidate is incapable of real criticism against the President he is also incapable of leading the Nation.

“If the best Mitt Romney is going to say is that [Obama's] just a nice guy, but he’s just in over his head, then Mitt Romney is a putz,” Savage said. “He is a bad guy. And he is not over his head,” Savage said. “Barack Hussein Obama is 10 times smarter than Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney is way over his head.”

The host of the highly-rated conservative radio show said that he is now eyeing Rick Santorum as the most capable GOP candidate.

Savage, who previously “jokingly” offered Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the race, is still calling for the former House Speaker to bow out because “of the damage he is doing to the other candidates.”

“Gingrich needs to be put into a barrel, stripped naked and made to run around the country like the figure he is,” Savage said on his show Friday. “This man is a rolling embarrassment and a threat to the survival not of the Republican Party but of the United States of America.”

Obama Book Author Calls Michelle ‘The Politician’

The author of the new book The Obamas, New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor, said in a recent interview that First Lady Michelle Obama was the real politician.

“Michelle Obama is the real politician in the family in the sense she is more effusive, better at connecting instantly with people,” Kantor said. “A good source of mine once said to me, ‘Here’s what you have to remember: She is Bill Clinton, and he is Hillary.'”

Kantor’s book, which is to be published Jan. 10, is described as a “penetrating, gossipy page-turner of a biography” about the Obamas’ time in the White House.

In an interview with Chicago Magazine Kantor described the occupants of the White House as Washington introverts who did not have a clear idea of what the Presidency would be like when Obama was elected.

The author conducted interviews with White House staffers, the President and the First Lady in the writing of the biography.

Terrorists ‘Like’ Social Networks

A new report by the University of Haifa says that terrorist activity is increasingly moving to the Internet as groups designated as terrorist organizations use forms of social media to convey messages and gain supporters.

Professor Gabriel Weimann spent 10 years conducting a study of encoded and public Internet sites of international terror organizations, groups supporting these organizations, forums, video clips and other information relating to global terrorism.

“Today, about 90% of organized terrorism on the Internet is being carried out through the social media. By using these tools, the organizations are able to be active in recruiting new friends without geographical limitations,” he said.

Designated terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas have embraced not only the social networking aspects of these sites, but also use them for surveillance. There are reports that Hezbollah has searched for material on the Israeli army’s Facebook activity using social networks.

The networks are also often routinely used for terrorists to share “tricks of the trade” with one another. According to the report, the following post could be found on Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’, social profile page: “I have a kilogram of acetone. I want to know how to make an explosive with it to blow up a military jeep.”

U.S., Israel Plan Joint Military Exercise For Next Spring

This spring, thousands of U.S. soldiers will be deployed in Israel to participate in the country’s largest-ever missile defense exercise amid Iran’s push to obtain materials that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, who is in command of the Germany-based U.S. Third Air Force, traveled to Israel late last month to finalize plans for American participation in the drill.

During the drill, the United States will establish command posts in Israel and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) will establish a command post at the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) headquarters in Germany in an effort to establish a joint task force that could counter large-scale Mideast conflict, according to the article.

The United States is expected to supply Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and ship-based Aegis ballistic missiles to simulate interception of missiles fired at Israel. The American systems will work in conjunction with Israeli missile defense systems.

 

Ron Paul’s Portfolio Is, Surprise, Full Of Gold

A review of Ron Paul’s investment strategy by The Wall Street Journal shows that the Presidential contender has put his money where his mouth is while investing.

Financial journalist Jason Zweig writes of Paul’s investments:

“As a financial journalist (and registered Independent), I don’t take sides in political campaigns. But, in more than 20 years as an investing reporter, I’ve never seen a more unorthodox portfolio than Rep. Paul’s: no bonds at all, no mainstream stocks or mutual funds (other than three funds that ‘short sell,’ or bet against, U.S. stocks), and 64% of all assets in the shares of companies that mine silver and gold.”

While the writer did not deny that Paul’s portfolio has performed extremely well over the past 10 years, he said that the candidate had too little diversity in his investments.

Here are a few of Paul’s investment picks:

  • AgniCo Eagle Mines (AEM), which doubled in price from 2009 through 2010 before plunging 50 percent in 2011.
  • Barrick Gold (ABX), which went from about $33 in early 2009 to between $45 and $55 in the past year.
  • Goldcorp (GG), which went from $27 in early 2009 to surpass $55 last April. These days, it trades for about $45.
  • Iamgold (IAG), a stock that went from $6 in early 2009 to more than $20 last spring. It’s now trading at about $17.
  • Newmont Mining (NEM), which has jumped almost 70 percent from early 2009.

Kim Jong Un Orders All Defectors Shot

Kim Jong Un, who seized power in North Korea following the death of his father Kim Jong Il, recently demonstrated that the regime will not be softening under his rule.

This week, sources reported Kim Jong Un ordered that defectors attempting to flee the country be shot.

A Japanese paper called Sankei Shimbun reported last week that Kim Jong Un issued an order not to let a single defector get away around Dec. 19, when the North announced the death of Kim Jong Il, citing a source supposedly knowledgeable about the North Korea-China border areas.

“Kim Jong-un has ordered intensified control in border areas in recent years since he emerged as successor to his father Kim Jong-il,” a defector-turned-reporter at Open Radio for North Korea, a Seoul-based media organization specializing in the North, told the Korean JoongAng Daily. “And now Kim Jong-un is ordering immediate executions when people are caught trying to cross the borders [without permission].”

Kim Jong Un has reportedly also ordered that three generations of relatives of any defectors are also to be killed — an act that is said to have never been carried out under his father.

The number of North Korean defectors has increased sharply over the past several years as people in the country have suffered food shortages and learned more about other parts of the world.

Iowa Results Contested

There may be an upset in store for the Iowa caucus results after one volunteer said the final tally reported for his county was wrong by 20 votes.

Edward True of Moulton, Iowa, said he helped count the votes and wrote the results on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. When he later checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find it hadn’t, according to KCCI 8 in Des Moines.

“When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”

True said Romney received only two votes from his 53-person caucus, but the State’s Republican Party website reported 22 votes for the candidate.

A spokeswoman with the Iowa Republican Party said True is not a precinct captain and not a county chairperson, so he is not authorized to talk about election results. The party will not discuss discrepancies until the caucus vote is certified.

True said he is positive that his numbers are accurate.

Defense Department Unveils New, Leaner Military Plan

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released the results of the Pentagon’s strategic review of U.S. roles and missions worldwide during a Thursday morning press conference.

White House and Pentagon planners will use the strategy to fund the budget Obama will submit to Congress in February. The strategy will lead to more than $450 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years.

The defense plan calls for reduction in Army and Marine Corps troop strength and new investments to bolster the Air Force and Navy. With the reductions in force, the Defense Department said that there will be increases in special operations and military technology in space and cyberspace.

While focusing on the United States’ ability to conduct multiple wars simultaneously and shifting importance from major grounds operations such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plan calls for an increased defense focus on Asia.

Panetta said the United States is at a major national defense turning point, as the Mideast wars are coming to an end while the U.S. economy is becoming an increasing national security concern.

“The Department of Defense will play its part in helping our Nation put its fiscal house in order,” he said.

Regardless of the fiscal shape of the country, though, Panetta said that a change in U.S. military strategy was inevitable to meet evolving national security concerns. The Defense Secretary said that the military will continue to carry out a wide range of missions, albeit with a smaller force size. A key part of the Defense Department’s reduction in force strategy involves putting in place a plan for quickly re-establishing large forces in the event of wide-scale military conflict.

A rebalanced global focus on the Asia-Pacific region and a broader part of the Mideast region is a key part of the Defense Department’s new plan. With a smaller force, Panetta said that the United States will rely on NATO allies to carry out many defense goals in the regions. Because, Dempsey said, strategic focus is changing to the Pacific region, the United States’ defense relationship with European allies will “evolve” over the course of the next decade.

Dempsey said that it is important to note that, despite the tough economic times facing the country, the strategy is not one of a military in decline but one of looking ahead to changing needs. A specific budget will be released later in the year.

Young Mother Asks 911 For Permission To Shoot Intruder

An 18-year-old Oklahoma mother who fatally shot an armed intruder on New Year’s Eve will not face charges in the man’s death, authorities say.

The woman, Sarah McKinley, feared for her life and that of her 3-month-old son when she shot 29-year-old Justin Shane Martin to death as he and an accomplice tried to break into her home, allegedly in search of drugs.

McKinley asked a 911 dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder, according to The Associated Press.

“I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?” McKinley asked the dispatcher.

“Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself,” the dispatcher is heard telling McKinley in a recording of the call. “I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby.”

The woman shot Martin after he spent about 20 minutes opening the door, which she had barricaded with a couch, and entered her home with a knife. While McKinley faces no charges, Martin’s accomplice, 29-year-old Dustin Louis Stewart, is charged with first-degree murder in the man’s death. Stewart reportedly fled the scene after hearing the gunshot.

McKinley’s husband had died about a week prior to the incident on Christmas Day, after suffering complications from lung cancer.

Iran, U.S. Officials Both In Talks With Taliban

Iran, worried that new U.S. negotiations with the Taliban will lead to Western troops remaining in Afghanistan beyond 2014, is working to fuel anti-American sentiment in the region and build its own ties with Taliban leaders.

According to The Washington Post, the Iranian plan involves forging closer relations with the Taliban, funding politicians and media for propaganda, and expanding cultural ties in Afghanistan. As the United States seeks to engage in peace talks with the Taliban, the Iranians are taking a similar strategy to the one they took in Iraq preceding the 2011 troop drawdown.

The United States has far more leverage in Afghanistan than it did in Iraq, because the Afghans are expected to remain dependent on foreign aid for years. The Administration of President Barack Obama hopes to use the dependence to keep troops in the country beyond 2014.

White House Jobs Adviser Heads Tanking Company

One member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness heads a company that will likely seek bankruptcy protection in coming weeks after 131 years in business and a once-prestigious place among corporate mammoths.

Eastman Kodak Co. is making final efforts to avoid filing Chapter 11 but has already began making preparations by  talking to banks about $1 billion needed to keep it afloat during the proceedings, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Kodak is in discussions with large banks including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co.

Kodak CEO Antonio M. Perez is on Obama’s council that was created to provide non-partisan advice to the President on continuing to strengthen the Nation’s economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States and on ways to create jobs, opportunity and prosperity for the American people.

Perez’s bio on the White House website begins:

“Since joining the company in April 2003, Kodak’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Antonio M. Perez, has led the worldwide transformation of Kodak from a business based on film to one based primarily on digital technologies.”

Despite the fact that Perez, formerly CEO of Hewlett-Packard, attempted to lead Kodak toward more digital and print-based markets, The Wall Street Journal says that it was his strategy of using patent lawsuits and licensing deals to keep the company afloat that brought to a head its 2011 financial demise.

Conservative Group Takes Notes From Liberals

A conservative organization is launching an advocacy group that will function in much the same way the liberal group Center for American Progress (CAP) does, but for a different political purpose.

The group of conservative journalists and operatives are setting up the Center for American Freedom (CAF) to wage a well-funded campaign against the Barack Obama White House and the liberal domination of partisan online media, according to POLITICO.

 The Washington-based group will have a budget of “several million dollars” to fund an online news outlet, The Washington Free Beacon¸ along with a research operation and media monitoring that will seek to do to MSNBC what Media Matters has done to Fox News.

“This is a fairly modest start-up that really hopes to combat the Center for American Progress and create something that in the not-so-distant future can be competitive,” CAF chairman Michael Goldfarb.

CAF founder say that the organization will focus on investigative reporting and research as it pursues its mission against the Obama Administration and liberal political agendas.

“Our original reporting and commentary will hold the left to the same standards to which ThinkProgress, TPM and Huffington Post hold the right. Liberals in journalism excel at portraying the GOP and conservatives as hypocritical self-dealers and lunatics,” said former Weekly Standard writer Matthew Continetti who will serve as editor to The Washington Free Beacon.

ThinkProgress speculated that the wealthy Koch brothers were behind the “comical” attempt to mimic their organization and CAP. But, while the brothers do have ties to the CAF staff, the emerging organization, like CAP, will not release a list of donors.

Virginia Schoolchildren Wrote OWS Song, Or Were Coaxed

Many conservative bloggers believe a song that a Virginia school district alleges was written by third-graders is really an attempt by educators to indoctrinate the young students with the message of the 99 percent, according to Fox Radio.

The song, entitled “Part of the 99,” was performed by children at Woodbrook Elementary School in Albemarle County, Va.

“They’re actually claiming third-grade children wrote these lyrics and chose the topic as well,” Weasel Zippers, the website that initially reported the controversy, wrote. “Because what eight-year-old child isn’t obsessed with class warfare?”

School officials said the song was written as part of a program sponsored by an organization called Kid Pan Alley. The youngsters worked with a facilitator to come up with a theme and lyrics for a song which was not allowed to promote any political or personal agenda.

“We really don’t censor the topics that students come up with,” school spokesman Phil Giaramita told Fox News & Commentary. “This is the first time we’ve had the lyrics of one of these songs criticized.”

Critics are still skeptical that 8-year-olds came up with the following lyrics:

Some people have it all

But they still don’t think they have enough

They want more money

A faster ride

They’re not content

Never satisfied

Yes — they’re the 1 percent

 

I used to be one of the 1 percent

I worked all the time

Never saw my family

Couldn’t make life rhyme

Then the bubble burst

It really, really hurt

I lost my money

Lost my pride

Lost my home

Now I’m part of the 99

 

Some people have it all

But they still don’t think they have enough

They want more money

A faster ride

They’re not content

Never satisfied

Yes — they’re the 1 percent

 

I used to be sad, now I’m satisfied

’Cause I really have enough

Though I lost my yacht and plane

Didn’t need that extra stuff

Could have been much worse

You don’t need to be first

’Cause I’ve got my friends

Here by my side

Don’t need it all

I’m so happy to be part of the 99

Obama Tramples Checks And Balances With Recess Appointment

By using recess appointment powers to name the head for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Administration of Barack Obama has tossed aside a long-standing precedent that Obama and other Democrats used against President George W. Bush.

Obama appointed former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray even though the Senate, which has the power to confirm nominees, says it is still in session. The White House, however, contends that Senate Republicans worked so hard to stall Corday’s appointment that Obama had no choice but to bypass them, according to The Washington Times.

“Although the Senate is not in recess, President Obama, in an unprecedented move, has arrogantly circumvented the American people,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

When the Senate is not in session, the Constitution gives the President power to make appointments without confirmation. Traditionally, it was understood that the Senate would have to be adjourned for longer than 10 days, and a legal opinion during the Administration of President Bill Clinton said a recess must be at least three days. Obama acted just one day after the Senate held a session.

Obama and fellow Democrats cited the three-day rule in 2007 and 2008 when they used the strategy to prevent Bush from making his own recess appointments. Back then, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the Senate convene twice a week in pro forma sessions to keep Bush’s hands tied.

China’s Growing Military Power

As part of a continuing military buildup, China is building a new class of ballistic missiles designed to arc through the stratosphere and explode onto the deck of a carrier to keep the U.S. Navy at bay in the event of armed conflict.

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the new missile, called the DF-21D, was designed to strike a moving ship up to about 1,700 miles away. Defense analysts in the United States say the missile is designed to come in at an angle too high for U.S. defenses against sea-skimming cruise missiles and too low for defenses against other ballistic missiles. The DF-21D is expected to be finished around 2015.

The United States and China have both, in recent years, been involved in a military technology race, but Pentagon officials don’t have much to say about potential conflict with China because it is not an explicit enemy, according to the article.

Reports of China’s new military tools come as the country has recently warned the United States that it opposes sanctions and military actions against Iran related to current tension in the Persian Gulf. Some commentators believe that China’s relationship with the Iranians could mean a global military conflict is looming if the U.S. uses military force against Iran.

After Iowa Bachmann Out, Perry Reassessing; Paul, Romney Are Winners

For the past several months, GOP Presidential Primary polls have been inescapable as, it seems, every news outlet in the country tries to predict the outcome of the GOP race. Now, in the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, Americans have a clearer vision of how the rest of the contest may play out.

After running a visit-every-county campaign that some pundits said looked more like a run for Iowa Governor than for President, Rick Santorum trailed leader Mitt Romney by just eight votes in the caucus (24.6 percent to 24.5 percent of the vote). While Santorum’s surge to catch up with establishment-favored Romney surprised many people, it is likely that the former Senator from Pennsylvania will lack the resources or ability to re-create the victory on a national level.

Ron Paul finished a close third in the caucus with 21.4 percent of the vote. The candidate called his third-place finish a victory. He said that Santorum may have finished second, but that leaving Iowa, it is a Paul/Romney contest.

“There were three tickets out of Iowa, and Ron Paul earned one of them,” said a statement from the Paul campaign. “One of the three tickets, the one belonging to Rick Santorum, is a dead-end due to Santorum’s weak fundraising and lack of national campaign organization.”

Fourth in the caucus was Newt Gingrich, who vowed to carry on with his campaign. Rick Perry received 10 percent of the votes, Michele Bachman 5 percent and John Huntsman received about 1 percent. (Huntsman didn’t compete in Iowa, focusing his attention instead on New Hampshire where, he says, they pick Presidents instead of corn). Poor performance in Iowa sent Perry back to Texas to “reassess,” and after initially saying he wouldn’t be headed to South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21, he announced via Twitter Wednesday that he would campaign in the State.

Bachmann, speaking from Iowa on Wednesday, announced that she was suspending her bid for President. She said that her primary reason for running was to repeal unConstitutional legislation like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, and to get the United States off of a path to socialism, goals that she says can be accomplished only if voters rally around one strong GOP candidate.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke, with a very clear voice, and I decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said.

Looking to New Hampshire, where the first primary will take place Jan. 10, recent polls show Romney and Paul both having a good shot at winning favor in the “Live Free or Die” State.

Following his Iowa victory, Romney scored an endorsement from Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain helped author the recent bill that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the Federal government. McCain twice won the New Hampshire primary but, as the GOP pick, lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

Though it is not an endorsement, Paul and his supporters got a pat on the back from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who said that dismissing the candidate and his broad support would be a big mistake for the Republican machine.

“The GOP would be so remiss to marginalize Ron Paul and his supporters as we come out of Iowa tonight and move down the road to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, et cetera.”  Palin told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. “If we marginalize these supporters who have been touched by Ron Paul and what he believed in over these years, well, then, through a third party run of Ron Paul’s or the Democrats capturing those independents and these libertarians who supported what Ron Paul’s been talking about, well, then the GOP is going to lose. And then there will be no light at the end of the tunnel.”

While the Republican-centric events played out, Obama reminded Democrats that the 2012 Presidential election will give him a chance to face off against the GOP pick.

“I think the main message that we’re going to have in 2012 is that we’ve done a lot, but we’ve got a lot more to do, and that’s why we need another four years to get it all done,” he said in a telecast.

OWS For Credit At Columbia University

A new class being offered for credit at New York’s Columbia University will allow young people to join the ranks of OWS protesters not as unemployed, disgruntled activists, but as anthropology students.

Upperclassman and graduate students at the Ivy League school where the average yearly cost of attendance is around $60,000 — well over the annual income of Americans considered poor — will take to the streets under the direction of Dr. Hannah Appel to learn about economic inequality. The class is dubbed “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” Instruction will be split between spending time with the 99 percent and lectures at the college’s campus.

Appel, who earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, reportedly has previously spent time alongside OWS protesters and defended the movement on her blog, writing: “It is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

The professor told New York Post that though she does have affection for the protests, she believes she is still objective in her teaching methods.

“Inevitably, my experience will color the way I teach, but I feel equipped to teach objectively,” Appel told the Post. “It’s best to be critical of the things we hold most sacred.”

 

Firearm Sales Soared Through Holidays

The Federal government continues to push for tighter gun-control laws through liberal rhetoric and more dubious means like the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, which may explain why wary Americans bought a record number of firearms as gifts this Christmas season.

According to the FBI, more than 1.5 million background check requests were made to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by gun dealers in the month of December. About 500,000 of those requests came in the six days before Christmas.

On Dec. 23, there were 102,222 background checks made for gun purchases — the second highest number in history, surpassed only by this shopping season’s Black Friday when there were 129,166 gun-buying background checks, according to The Telegraph.

A spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA) said he believed that more gun-buying was taking place because of shrinking police forces and more crime in many areas of the country.

Some anti-gun lobbies like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence say that the trend is indicative of more guns being bought by the same Americans out of fear.

“The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns,” spokesperson Caroline Brewer told CNN. “All the trends indicate the number of Americans who own guns has declined. It would appear because of fear-mongering by the NRA since Obama’s election that people are adding more guns to their arsenals out of fear Obama and the Democrats will take away their guns, which is absurd.”

NASA Says No 2012 Doomsday, But Preppers Have Other Worries

NASA has posted a frequently asked questions section on its website seeking to quiet talk about 2012 being a year of catastrophic disaster for the planet Earth.

Many preppers have explored possibilities of disaster scenarios that could play out in 2012 based on information from ancient texts, celestial observations or simply the general state of world affairs. Though there were numerous social and natural disasters in 2011 that have led many people to believe a massive catastrophe is looming, scientists at NASA say that 2012 doomsday theories are false in a recently released FAQs section, “2012: The Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End.”

“There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there,” says a statement from NASA senior research scientist Don Yeomans.

While the planet may not be in imminent danger this year, many people say the outlook for 2012 appears to be filled with the possibility of widespread military conflict, growing protests throughout the world, more global economic failures and further evidence of government’s inability to function in the way in which it was intended.

In what may be a prediction of rocky times ahead, a report in The Daily Mail last month explained that in much of Europe, following widespread economic calamity, being a prepper has gone from eccentric to mainstream.

Personal Liberty Digest™ has long been an advocate of survival, self-sufficiency and the prepper way of life. Though 2012 may not include a world-ending event, it is impossible to know when disaster or hardship will strike. Being prepared for the worst at the beginning of this new year is as easy as visiting Personal Liberty’s™ Survival and Self-sufficiency section and taking heed of the suggestions of the expert preppers who contribute.

 

Polls: Romney Leads in New Hampshire, Paul Second

Two new polls show that Mitt Romney has a strong lead in New Hampshire, where the Nation’s first primary will take place next week.

Romney has 43 percent support among likely primary voters in a 7 News/Suffolk University daily tracking poll, and 41 percent in a survey by the polling firm Magellan Strategies.

In second in the two polls is Ron Paul, who polled at 17 percent in the 7 News/Suffolk University survey and 21 percent in the Magellan Strategies survey.

According to Reuters, in the 7 News/Suffolk University poll, Jon Huntsman followed Paul with 9 percent. The poll placed Newt Gingrich in fourth with 8 percent.

The Magellan Strategies poll placed Huntsman and Gingrich in a tie for third place with 12 percent.

Support among New Hampshire voters for Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann was in the low single digits in both polls.