Will Iowa Republican Caucus Be Held This December?

This is just insane, if you really sit down to think about it.

Nevada will hold its presidential caucus Saturday, Jan. 14, Nevada GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian said. The state party set the date Wednesday night after New Hampshire refused to allow Nevada to tether its caucus date five days after the New Hampshire primary. The move could put the New Hampshire primary as far up as Jan. 3, which would push the Iowa caucus into December.

Wisconsin GOP Legislators Should Be More Concerned About Science Than High School Hunter Safety Courses For Credit

Can you image the leaders of South Korea, in this demanding time when the world requires more top-notch scientists and engineers, approving high school students to take hunting courses for credit?

Can you image some Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature thinking that school time should be used to promote hunting?  Would you be stunned to know their rationale for such a plan is an effort to soothe the feelings of some sporting groups who think not enough people partake in the outdoor sports?

Can you image…..?

I am not sure if  the Republicans promoting this idea are aware of the fact that a revolution in technology has transformed the way we live, how we work, and what type of businesses are in operation today.    As was noted on CP this week just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there’s an internet connection.   This global type of discussion should be the center of the 2012 presidential election, as should other races around the nation.

The future is not about who can learn fly fishing, or shoot the biggest buck.  Instead around the globe more and more schools are starting to educate their students sooner, and keeping them in classrooms longer.   While other nations understand the race to the top, too many in this country seem to think we can continue to skate along as we have been doing.

While some Wisconsin GOP state representatives are strategizing about using valuable class time to help out local businesses that feel a pinch of not enough guns and fishing reels being sold, China has set up the largest private solar research facility in the world.

Is the connections between education and economic prowess lost on some elected officials?  We hear plenty of  talk about job creation, but then comes along this idea today for using schools for the benefit of hunting/sporting groups!

How can there be such a disconnect between where nations around the world are headed , and what Wisconsin Republicans are proposing?

If Republicans want to assist in this time of economic upheaval with job creation, and truly engage a growing competitive world unlike anything we have had to contend with before, then I suggest they get serious about education. 

Lets start with science, by ramping up those programs in our Wisconsin schools. 

In the latter portion of the past decade half of America’s scientists and engineers were 40 years of age or older.  Since then the average age is rising.  In China 60% of bachelor degrees were earned in science and engineering degrees.  In the United States that number was 31%.

There is more than enough evidence to showcase the education problem in this country, and I know it is not a sexy topic to ponder.

Which is why I guess three Republican legislators decided hunting courses were more interesting for our high schools.  It is a shame that everyone in the statehouse does not realize the importance of every minute of the school day.

BREAKING: Apple Says Steve Jobs Has Died

Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Jobs had battled cancer for years, took a medical leave from Apple in January and stepped down as CEO in August because he could “no longer meet (his) duties and expectations.”

New York Times Editorial On Rick Perry’s Racist Rock In Texas

In part, this is what The New York Times had to write on their editorial page about the rock from Rick Perry’s past that is now part of the 2012 presidential campaign.

Instead, Mr. Perry’s father simply painted over the name, although not very thoroughly. The Washington Post foundseveral people who said the word was clearly visible just in the last few years. Now that the hunting camp has become part of the presidential campaign, the governor says the name “has no place in the modern world.” In that, he is certainly right.

The more common attitude expressed by some of his neighbors is that the name is a mere historical artifact, nothing to see here. “It’s just a name,” David Davis, a county judge in the area, told The Post. “There was no significance other than as a hunting deal.” It is that supposed lack of significance to the Perry family — and far too much of the nation — that is so disturbing.

Virtually all states, particularly in the South, have had creeks, hills and hamlets bearing this offensive epithet. Someone may have decided a rock outcropping resembled an African jaw. Nigger Skull Mountain, as one spot in North Carolina was known until just a decade ago, was apparently named for the remains of two blacks who froze to death on it sometime around the Civil War. The place names were given with the same nonchalance as blacks were openly referred to as niggers.

In 1962, the federal government changed all such place names under its jurisdiction to “Negro.” Three or four decades later, states like Texas, Florida and North Carolina got the hint and did the same with state lands, though the results were often not much better. Negro Skull Mountain is hardly an improvement, and neither are Colored Mountain or Dead Negro Draw, both in Texas.

On private land, and in common parlance, these offensive names often continue, surviving a century of social change, lasting through Reconstruction, world wars, the civil rights movement, right up until the current moment, when the word has added new doubts to Mr. Perry’s staggering political campaign. However much paint was actually applied to Mr. Perry’s rock, it was not enough to wipe away the memory of a national shame.

Mitt Romney Is The Candidate Establishment Republicans Will Support

This seems to be the mood within the establishment wing of the Republican Party.   With a strong desire to win back the White House the GOP is not going to nominate a fringe candidate that will be eaten alive before the nominating convention.  Rank-and-file Republicans will start to flock to their eventual nominee.   That will be Mitt Romney.

Even before Mr. Christie told a televised news conference Tuesday in Trenton, N.J., that “now is not my time” for a presidential run, some of his more fervent supporters were already switching their allegiance to Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has moved back ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in recent polls.

“The search is over. It’s time to step up to the bat and galvanize around one person,” said John Catsimatidis, a New York-based supermarket magnate who was among many wealthy donors clamoring for Mr. Christie to enter the race. He is now backing Mr. Romney.

Mr. Christie’s departure could mark the last mass flirtation among Republicans for a candidate not yet in the race. Only two potential contenders are still thought to be pondering a late run: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But with the first nomination ballots now just three months away, few in the party think it likely that either will enter the contest.

The surge in calls for Mr. Christie to jump in was itself a reflection of the jitters that spread through the party after Mr. Perry, the most recent entrant to the field, stumbled in recent debates and slumped in the polls.

Mr. Perry surged to front-runner status last month but has since dropped to well below Mr. Romney in most national surveys.

“There’s the old line that Republicans don’t fall in love, they fall in line,” said Republican strategist Jim Dyke, who is aligned with no candidate. “And now that the field is set, Romney could well be the beneficiary as the party falls in line.”

GOP Tired Of Sarah Palin

What took the Republicans so long?

Sarah Palin hasn’t closed the door yet on a presidential bid. But few Republicans appear to be waiting for her answer.

Never was it clearer than Tuesday, when Chris Christie’s announcement that he would not run in 2012 prompted a throng of strategists to conclude the Republican field was finally set – never mind Palin’s indecision. A new poll published on the same day revealed that two thirds of Republicans don’t want her to run.

After spending the better part of three years in the center of the national political spotlight, the former vice presidential candidate appears to have worn out the patience of the GOP.

Even as Republicans continue to cast about for new options, only a distinct minority are gazing longingly toward Wasilla – or wherever else Palin is in her secretive, largely apolitical travel schedule.

“She stirs up a lot of conservatives in the base, but I don’t think conservatives are looking to her as a presidential nominee who can save the conservative movement,” said Chuck Muth, the Nevada-based conservative activist. “What niche in the conservative movement does Sarah Palin fill that’s not already filled by one of the other candidates?”