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Disorganization marring Rick Santorum's campaign

Source: Associated Press

"About the only thing you can control is what comes out of the candidate's mouth," Harris says. "Except when you can't."
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) — Almost as soon as Rick Santorum's advisers outlined a new strategy for staying on message after he lost to Mitt Romney in Michigan, it was abandoned, a victim of the disorganization that's marked his campaign and raised questions about his ability to compete against Romney over the long haul.

"They could be much better on discipline," said Republican operative Michael Dennehy, a top aide for Sen. John McCain four years ago. "They've been very open about their change in messaging after Tuesday's election. It lasted about 12 hours."

That's where Santorum stumbled in Michigan. His team blamed unflattering media coverage but conceded that their candidate suffered from the perception that he was off message when he defended polarizing comments questioning the value of higher education, the separation of church and state, and even Satan's influence on America. Eventually Santorum lost the state to Romney by just 3 percentage points.

As Santorum crisscrossed the country to rally voters ahead of Super Tuesday, talk of his mother seemed forgotten. He offered passing references to his coal-mining grandfather, as he has for months. Instead of a new emphasis on his personal background, he seized upon Romney's apparent misstep on contraception policy, delivered sometimes rambling speeches about health savings accounts with college students in Nashville, Tenn., and defended Ronald Reagan's fight against evil during an appearance at a church in Spokane, Wash.

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Just saw "The Lorax" --very very well done (SPOILER ALERT)

A quick 90 minutes.

Dany Devito as The Lorax, Ed Helms as the Once-ler, and Betty White as grandma were great.

The bears and the fish are flat out hilarious. I have never seen my daughter laugh in the theater as much as she did at this movie. In fact I heard adults roaring laughing as several parts - no double entendres just wholesome type references to boys and girls liking each other.

There are several musical numbers to stretch it out to 90 minutes but they are good.

Any anti-capitalism (anti- destruction capitalism) is basically handle in one song just as everything ends for the Once-ler. Rob Riggle plays a new character- Mr. O'Hare- who keeps the people of Thneedville inside walls and sells them air.

It has a happy ending.

PG rated - I would have to guess because of some slapping around between the Once-ler and his REDNECK family.

Highly recommend.

With Breitbart Gone, What Becomes of His Empire?

The death Thursday of the combative online blogger and publisher leaves open the question of what will become of a thriving colony of conservative websites for which he was owner, prolific contributor and relentless salesman.

He used his websites to promote a hidden-camera video with actors posing as customers that led the downfall of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. He posted explicit photos of former Rep. Anthony Weiner that caused the New York congressman eventually to resign, but an edited video caused former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod to resign over since-reversed perceptions she was a racist.


Thanks ABC NEWS I wasn't going to throw up this morning but now....things have changed.

We live in a bubble.

'Breakfast with the devil' story (Va. legislature gun story) "no portion of the story is verifiable"

She said one of her constituents, who is 82, awoke at 2 a.m. to the sound of someone breaking of a window at the funeral home where she lived. The woman, a sharpshooter, pulled a pistol and confronted the intruder as he was coming in the window, Crockett-Stark said.

"So she grabs him up. She puts the pistol under his chin. She said ‘do you want to eat breakfast with the devil?’" Crockett-Stark said.

Virginia Lawyers Weekly said in a Feb. 27 blog post that they had called around to legal professionals to see if anyone knew of the case, but no one had.

The weekly newspaper noted that Jack Harris, executive director of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, put a query on the group’s listserv to see if anybody had heard of the story.

The lack of detail, such as when or where the break-in happened and who was involved, leave us with nothing to submit to the Truth-O-Meter. We cannot prove or disprove anything the lawmaker said because no portion of the story is verifiable.

--thoroughly researched (read the article) No one has ever heard of this story let alone the accused suing the grandma.... COMPLETELY MADE UP --


(Virginia) Senate panel kills 'Tebow bill' - homeschoolers NOT allowed on public school sports teams

The Senate Education and Health Committee this morning voted down both the "Tebow bill" that would make it easier for homeschooled students to play public school sports, and a bill that would let school districts open before Labor Day without a waiver from the state Department of Education.

Gov. Bob McDonnell backed both measures.

House Bill 947, called the "Tebow Bill" after the Denver Broncos quarterback who was homeschooled, died for the year on an 8-7 vote in the panel. Sen. Harry B. Blevins, R-Chesapeake, a former public school principal and coach, cast the swing vote against the legislation.


Very funny - he must have missed all the episodes of Sawyer slamming LOST Beer

Aside from the fact that they had a coordinated food delivery system because, well, they needed a coordinated food delivery system.

CAPTION the Santorum campaign moving into Ohio

Despite Cantor’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy, More Than 10 GOP Congressmen Embroiled In Ethics Scandals

•Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), finance vice chair for the National Republican Congressional Committee (the House GOP’s campaign arm), is reportedly under federal grand jury investigation for alleged reimbursement of campaign donors by his companies, improper tax deductions, inaccurate Congressional disclosure reports.
•Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), (R-AL) continues to chair financial services despite an ongoing investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for alleged insider trading.
•Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), continues to chair the House Armed Services, despite reports that Congressional investigators allege he got a special cut-rate on his Countrywide home loan.
•Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), continues to chair the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee, despite reports that Congressional investigators allege he got a special cut-rate on his Countrywide home loan.
•Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), continues to chair the House Rules Committee’s Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, despite reports that Congressional investigators allege he got a special cut-rate on his Countrywide home loan.
•Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) continues to serve, despite ongoing Federal Election Commission and House Ethics Committee investigations into reports that he engaged in illegal campaign fundraising.
•Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) continues to serve despite reported IRS and FBI investigations into alleged tax evasion and failure to disclose $132,000 in “loans” from a company co-owned by his mother.
•Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) continues to serve despite a reported $117,000 in unpaid child support payments.
•According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Reps. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Gary Miller (R-CA), and Tim Murphy (R-PA) have also been under investigation over the past two years for ethical issues, yet all three continue to serve.

HOUSE OF THE DAY: For $38 Million, Buy A Curvaceous Compound On The Palm Beach Oceanfront

A nine-bedroom, 10-bathroom house right on the water in Palm Beach is on the market for $38 million.

Originally built in 1975, the estate has been remodeled since, and features two oceanfront living rooms, an elevator, a pool with a waterfall, a pool house, a tennis court and a three-car garage.


Musical Petting Zoo - very clever from the Richmond Symphony

Musical Petting Zoo
Music Workshop (All Ages)
All Day, Donor Lounge
This is your chance to touch and play the instruments of the orchestra. The Richmond Symphony offers budding musicians of all ages hands-on exploration of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

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