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Primaries and Caucuses

Rich Galen

Friday December 30, 2011

  • We      know the Iowa Caucuses will be held next Tuesday. A week after that, New      Hampshire will hold its primary. What’s the difference?
  • One      week.
  • Very      funny. Not counting that.
  • A      caucus …


The plural of “Caucus” is not “Caucii,” as someone – probably someone who OD’d on cable news programs over the New Year weekend – will likely say at the Keurig machine with great authority on Tuesday.

Caucus is not a Latin word. According to the Merriam-Webster 3rd Unabridged, the etymology of “caucus” is:

probably of Algonquian origin; akin to caucauasu elder, counselor; and was first used in 1760.


  • …      is a meeting of people from the same precinct held at a specific time in a      specific place.
  • Under      the GOP rules in Iowa people will go to a site representing one of 1,774      precincts; will check in to ensure they are really registered Republicans      in that precinct and not members of the “Occupy the Caucuses”      thugs, will listen to people speak on behalf of one candidate or another,      and will write the name of the candidate they are supporting on a piece of      paper which will be collected in some approved manner.
  • The      precinct chairman will count the slips of paper, announce the results and      through electronic means transmit same to the GOP State Party counting      location in Des Moines.
  • The      State Party will, at some point in the evening, announce the results and      people like me will get black and blue elbowing each other out of the way      to get in front of cameras pretending to know what it all means – with      great authority.
  • The      Iowa Democrats’ system is much more complicated but only President Obama      is on the ballot so we may cover their system in more detail in 2013.
  • Other      states’ caucuses have slightly different rules but the main point is you      have to get a supporter to that place at that time to have his or her vote      count.
  • A      huge premium is placed on “organization” in caucus states. Four      years ago, the Obama campaign understood the need to have organizations in      each caucus state including Texas which has a combination of a primary and      caucuses.
  • The      Clinton campaign didn’t understand this difference and had a battle plan      for each state which was about the same, whether it was a primary or a      caucus.
  • The      result was Obama – I believe this is correct – won every caucus state; a      result which provided his margin of victory for the nomination.
  • A      primary is a whole different kettle of chad. In many states voting begins      a week or more before the actual election day in a process known as      “early voting.” There will also likely be a huge effort to get      people to request and return “absentee ballots.”
  • Early      and absentee voters cannot ask for a do-over, once they have voted that’s      it, so last-minute attacks are of somewhat less value in primary states      where the campaigns have mounted large-scale advance voting operations.
  • You      can’t vote in advance in a caucus state. If you have to be out of town,      you don’t get to play.
  • Election      day – depending upon where you live – might allow someone to vote any time      between six AM an nine PM – a fifteen hour window. That gives campaign      workers ample time to get reports from polling locations updating their      lists of which of their supporters have actually shown up and which have      not; plenty of time to send drivers to pick up tardy supporters and haul      them to the polls.
  • In      a caucus state it is very difficult to send people out to pick up people      who said they were going to support your campaign, but didn’t show up      because the caucus may only last an hour.
  • The      best thing about caucuses is they don’t cost the taxpayers anything – or      at least not much.
  • A      primary requires the expenditure of non-existent state funds to run a real      election: Machines have to be transported, poll workers have to be hired,      trained, and paid; official state election officials have to make      decisions, and state facilities are required to pronounce a winner.
  • All      that to choose the nominee of a political party. If I were an independent      I might file a suit to forbid my tax dollars to be spent on a partisan –      essentially a private – activity in which I am, by law in most states,      forbidden to participate.
  • We      should revolt and insist the parties either pay the cost of running their      partisan activity or go to a caucus system which requires nothing more      than keeping the lights on at Hillside Grade School for an extra three      hours one night every four years.
  • Enough      preaching.
  • See      you in Iowa.
  • On      the Secret Decoder      Ring today: A link to the list of caucus and primary states. Also      an excellent Mullfoto of an outdoor advertising sign and a Catchy Caption      of the Day.

Wise Words For Gun Owners

December 28, 2011

Some words to the wise:


*    Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.


*    It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.


*    Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.


*     Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm’s length.


*    Never say “I’ve got a gun”. If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.


*    The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes.  The response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.


*    The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.


*     Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets . . . You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, ’cause it’ll be empty.


*    If you’re in a gun fight:


*    If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.


*    If you’re not loading, you should be movin’,


*    if you’re not movin’, you’re dead.


*    In a life and death situation, do something . . . It may be wrong, but do something!


*    If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?


*    You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.


You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family

New Posting on Thinking Right

December 22, 2011


December 22, 2011

Why Grandpa carries a gun

Why Carry a Gun?
 My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin.’  I don’t carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I  don’t carry a gun to scare people.  I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I  don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.  I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.  I carry a gun  because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.  I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.  I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.  I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.  I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a  cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because a man knows how to take care of himself and the ones he love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.  I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate..

I don’t carry a gun because I love it.  I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron.
  Free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’
and because the Bible tells me it’s my responsibility to protect my family and belongings 

Fast & Furious – ATF Weapons Scheme Designed to Push Gun Control

 This, if accurate, is enough to sink the BATF and the Obama Administration, including impeachment of Eric Holder!

Posted by Ben Howe (Diary)

Wednesday, December 7th at 4:50PM EST


Obama’s tactics are becoming obvious. Whether it’s destroying coal to prop up green, endlessly extending unemployment benefits to keep the public desperate so as to allow him to push through more entitlements, how he intends to bring his “fundamental changes“ to the United States are about as veiled as laminate.  He is a radical trying to institute change by manipulating the facts on the ground in order to create a narrative that allows his “solutions.”

Now comes the news that the gun walker scandal known as “Fast & Furious” in which thousands of guns were permitted to cross the Mexican border, ostensibly to help the ATF track the guns to “big fish,” may have actually been used as a justification for new and stricter gun laws CBS news is reporting:

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3″. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.” (emphasis mine)

The Obama manipulations to support radical change are now accessories to murder.

What’s worse, they never even stopped to consider that the very practice they were undertaking provided evidence by itself that perhaps these precautions weren’t necessary.  For instance, the gun shop owners were very concerned about the amount of guns that were being sold.

In April, 2010 a licensed gun dealer cooperating with ATF was increasingly concerned about selling so many guns. “We just want to make sure we are cooperating with ATF and that we are not viewed as selling to the bad guys,” writes the gun dealer to ATF Phoenix officials, “(W)e were hoping to put together something like a letter of understanding to alleviate concerns of some type of recourse against us down the road for selling these items.”

Now call me crazy, but if you’re trying to get a law passed that prevents the sale of multiple weapons to a single customer but you have to force dealers to do this, doesn’t that indicate that it might not be happening?  Forcing people to do something against their better judgment so you can make the case that that very thing must be stopped is the kind of circular logic that only a radicalized Alinskyite could get behind.

In fact, the gun dealers, who these gun laws would be targeted at, showed a level of concern that seemed to be completely absent from the ATF:

Two months later, the same gun dealer grew more agitated.

“I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation with you and various ATF agents could or would ever end up south of the border or in the hands of the bad guys. I guess I am looking for a bit of reassurance that the guns are not getting south or in the wrong hands…I want to help ATF with its investigation but not at the risk of agents (sic) safety because I have some very close friends that are US Border Patrol agents in southern AZ as well as my concern for all the agents (sic) safety that protect our country.”

The ATF politely responded that “We (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into detail.”

How’d that work out?  Not so great for Agent Brian Terry and countless victims in Mexico.

Next questions: Who knew about these plans? How early did they know them?  How did political considerations make their way into a law enforcement operation?

So far, the ATF, the DOJ, Eric Holder, and the White House are silent on the subject.  Stay tuned.


Speaking truth to power: “I would imagine that you guys are feeling fairly chipper, aren’t you? I mean you had an extraordinarily successful week in many ways. Unemployment dropping below 9 percent for the first time in the president’s reign at the White House, and coming at the same time as a resurgent stock market saw its highest week’s performance since 2009. … In a sense, [Barack Obama’s] personable, he’s handsome, he can be funny. You know, abroad he has this great image for America. A lot of things are just perfect about Barack Obama.” –CNN’s Piers Morgan to Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod

I understand things a bit better now, BHS acts like he’s a king, and the syncophant media think he is, so we have to accept him as one.  – Sundogger

How about that Tebow?

December 7, 2011

Tim Tebow and the Culture of Pseudo Political Correctness

            12/7/2011 |                         Email Susan Brown | Columnist’s Archive

Despite the fact that in America, 60 to 70 percent of people identify themselves as “Christian” to one degree or another, Christian-bashing seems to be just about as popular a pastime as watching football these days. And when a national football player commits the unpardonable sins of being both pro-life and vociferously, pro-Jesus, you end up with Monday morning pundits who cast ridiculous judgments from on top of their lofty thrones, much like the old Muppet Show characters Statler and Waldorf.

The persecution of Christians has been going on since the days of the Roman Empire; it continues today in many third world countries, brutally, and here in America, more subtly. Tolerant of most other religions, pre-fall Rome viewed Christianity as a fanatical Jewish sect which was so easy to hate they made a sport out of it. Sure, it’s a stretch to make an absolute correlation between 21st Century America and first Century Rome. Nonetheless, replace sticks with diatribes and stones with denigrations for similar results. One kills the body; the other slays the spirit. Enter Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow.

Tebow is first college-level sophomore to receive the Heisman trophy and carried more awards into his professional career than most college players could only dream of. His leadership and running game converted the Broncos’ losing streak into a winning one, effectively moving them into a first-place tie for the AFC West position.  Tebow has a better first-eight starting record than John Elway. An ESPN commentator recently wrote that Tebow is not only winning but also accomplishing “historic quarterback feats” like having the most rushing attempts by a quarterback in any game since 1970 and owning the “longest game-winning touchdown run by a quarterback in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history.” Dare I mention he’s a virgin?

Under normal circumstances, Tebow would be praised for his accomplishments, talent and leadership from around the Monday morning water cooler, but in these days of pseudo political correctness (PC), the words “normal” and “Christian” cannot run together in the same sentence. Those who praise their maker for their talent are not considered talented; they are just creepy.

You’d think with all the PC legalese injected into our lives at every turn, there would be a bit more tolerance.  Think again.

Consider these choice samplings from the peanut gallery: “Maybe he can cure leprosy.” “He’d be a better passer if he’d give in and sleep around town.” ”Where’s your Messiah?” “I don’t want to hear about his faith every other sentence.” ”Okay, here we go, the Jesus Gates are open now.” “His deeds should speak for him, not his praising Jesus after every snap of the ball.” ”Even Jesus is telling Tim he has had enough.” “God wants you to be a back-up.”


According to NFL Crime Watch, the National Football League employs quite a share of malcontents. Americans loudly worship these tights-adorned gods despite their delinquencies including: drunken driving, torturing and killing animals, drug possession, DUI, manslaughter, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery on a person 65 years and older, domestic violence, and cocaine possession – to name a few.

With that kind of lineup, you’d think this son of missionaries and walking miracle would be welcomed into the fold in hopes that some of this saint’s goodness would rub off on the sinners. For the unaware, Tebow is a “walking miracle” because his mother refused her doctors’ life-saving advice to abort her presumed-to-be stillborn son while still in her womb. They both lived.  And Tebow’s been beating the odds and his critics ever since.

What is it about Tebow that brings out such nastiness in so many of us? Why does the Jesus in Tebow bring out the Devil in us? Why is Tebow a lightning rod to those who haven’t seen the same  light? Might it be that we can’t sit back to enjoy the game and appreciate Tebow’s talent because Tebow’s goodness makes us uncomfortable with our own not-so-goodness? If that’s the case, Heaven help us.

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Susan is a motivational speaker and military advocate. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author, and of the Sundogger.

I Believe in Christmas.

December 6, 2011

Let’s spread the word, we believe Christmas is our Holy Day, not a spending holiday!  Go to