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Boo! Who Are These Phantom Republican?

November is shaping up to be very interesting.  With national elections for every member of the House of Representatives on the ballot, a third of our Senators putting their records up for scrutiny and a discontented public grumbling loudly, challengers are coming out of the woodwork and oozing out of every crevasse.  Names are appearing on ballots in districts where incumbents at all levels of government have run essentially unopposed by another major party for years.  Even in the primaries over the past several months incumbent Republicans and Democrats were being challenged from within.


One thing though does bother me about all these names and citizens popping up to enter the fray of national politics.  What is it that bothers me you ask?  Well, specifically among Republicans putting their names on ballots there seems to be a lot of, what I will call, Phantom Republicans.


By the term Phantom Republicans I mean Republican candidates now on the ballot and challenging Democrats in the general election but who do not seem to be taking their run for office very seriously.  They seem to be sitting back and just hoping and praying that they will win with some key words, hot button buzz phrases and a healthy dose of voter distrust for those currently in power.


Every day I am getting emails from people in around the country where there is a Republican nominee for a seat at some level of government currently held by a liberal Democrat.  Every day these emails tell the same story.  That story is of a candidate, who is virtually unknown, who won the Republican Party nomination and who has been just sitting there not doing much of anything in the run up to Election Day.  Sure, the candidate has a website and that website hits all the red meat talking points of lower taxes and tax reform, paring back government, etc.  But beyond that there is very little.  And there is rarely a mention of anything that could be considered at all controversial for fear of giving a readymade attack ad to their liberal opponent to run against them.  There are few, if any, television and radio ads.  There are few, if any, public appearances.  There are literally no interviews in the local papers, radio talk shows or television stations to get the message out.  Basically there is no doing anything of importance to get substantive top of mind presence with the local electorate.


Now you see why I call these people Phantom Republicans.


Personally I cannot speak to any of these instances and sightings of Phantom Republicans except one.  Here in Pennsylvania in PA-14, the district where I live, it seems that we have our very own Phantom Republican by the name of Melissa Haluszczak (R) challenging liberal incumbent Mike Doyle (D).


Now, most of you out there in America have not heard of Mr. Doyle.  That is because he is very astute politically.  He is not smart lest you think I am suggesting that.  He is just a masterful politician.


Doyle is a raving leftist who will roll over for Nancy Pelosi, joyously ask, “How high?” when President Obama says jump, and sign on to almost anything that expands federal authority beyond its constitutional limits.  But he does not run to the microphones and seek attention like so many in his party do. He knows for the most part how to keep his big and grossly ill informed mouth shut.  Thus his obscene love affair with liberalism is virtually unknown outside of the district.  Heck, even within the district it is pretty much unknown even though he sends out flyers every now and again boasting about how he is proud to violate the Constitution and seek to infringe upon our liberties. Most people locally however, based on my conversations, just throw those mailers in the trash and never read them.  These are the same people that are shocked when I actually tell them what Mr. Doyle is up to.  Go figure.


Now for a little history lesson.  In 2006 Doyle’s only opposition was the ultra-liberal Green Party and he won re-election with 90% of the vote.  In 2002, 2004 and 2008 Doyle ran unopposed.  That is how bad it is here and how little the Republican Party cares to challenge for the seat Mr. Doyle currently holds.  But this year there is actually a Republican Party candidate on the ballot this year as I already mentioned.


The problem with Ms. Haluszczak however is that few seem to know that much about her and even fewer still have not heard hide nor hair from her as to why people should vote for her.  Sure, she has a website and every now and again she even makes an appearance here or there according to her site (melissaforcongress.com).  But in conversation after conversation I have with voters in my home district I get the same blank stare when I bring up her name and the election.  Heck if it were not for the random and rare Melissa Haluszczak for Congress signs out there in yards or along the road side there would be no indication that there was even an opponent to Mr. Doyle.


Sure, her website has all the right talking points on unconstitutional government bailouts for industry, outrageous deficits, family, immigration, socialized medicine, the economy, national security, the second amendment and taxes.  But what good is that if few voters even know there is a choice this year?  And what good is it if those that do know there is a choice are wary of a candidate who seems not all that interested in getting her message out to the public?  She seems to just be content to ride the wave of anti-liberal sentiment that will be on display this November 2nd and see if it is powerful enough to wash her up onto the shores of the Potomac and into a term as our Representative.


What’s more is that her name barely gets mentioned in the media.  And even when it does get mentioned it is often for obscure reasons such as being mentioned solely as the opponent to Mr. Doyle in the final line of any article.  When local media has tried to reach Ms. Haluczszak for comment on issues she is not to be found.  For example in one article titled, “Mosque issue reaches Pennsylvania campaign trail” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) it was noted that Ms. Haluszczak could not be reached for comment.


Just after she won the nomination of the Republican Party in the primary I reached out to Ms. Haluszczak and offered to interview her.  However I did warn her that any such interview would not be a puff ball piece and made it clear that tough questions would be asked.  That offer was met with the sound of crickets chirping.  Maybe she thinks that I have nothing to offer her by helping her get her message out despite being published on dozens of websites each week?  Considering that she barely gets a mention in the news at all I would say confidently I could have at least doubled her name recognition in the news however.


On Tuesday of this week a Google News search for her name turned up just three hits.  One is WPXI’s candidate profile on her which is a sum total of four paragraphs and bland.  The second article talks about how Ms. Haluszczak got a judge to rule that she be allowed to use a school for a town hall event but has no discussion of her issues and stances.  The third is only there because someone made a comment on a post at BigGovernment.com pleading for Sarah Palin to come to the district to stump for Ms. Haluszczak.  Wow!  Great press there huh?  Way to inspire voters to vote for you eh?


After this article gets picked up and published there will be probably just one more article mentioning Ms. Haluszczak’s name.  And in all honesty it will be the only one seriously discussing her candidacy ever published as best as I can tell.


Listen, I can understand the concept of not spending a lot of money during the summer when people have things other than politics on their mind.  Especially for a candidate like Ms. Haluszczak who as of June 30th had raised just a whopping $ 22,654 (source: opensecrets.org).  Mr. Doyle has over $ 429,000 on hand.  So I can understand conserving resources until the end.  Believe me, I understand that.


But don’t you think that it is getting to a point where a little serious campaigning might be in order Ms. Haluszczak?  There are just three weeks and some change to go before Election Day and, call me crazy if you like, but convincing people to vote for you might be something that should be high on your priority list.


Yeah, I know you have been doing some town halls and meet and greets.  But based on my sources these have been so sparsely attended that your name recognition within the district has not moved more than a whisker.


Back before the primary I received a flyer from the Haluszczak Campaign hitting all the bullet points.  Ok, I got it.  And you know what, I agree that even if she is not solidly conservative on every issue (there are so many she has not spoken on so we voters do not know where she stands on them) that Melissa is infinitely better to represent us than Mr. Doyle is.  I agree!  But it is getting close to H-Hour on D-Day here and nothing of any seriousness is being done to promote her campaign among general voters; voters she will need the support of to win.  These voters need you, Ms. Haluszczak, to be more than just eye candy around here.  See, I am a little different than your average voter.  Politics is my life so I pay attention to candidates even when they are not out there actively promoting themselves.  But most voters are not like this.


Time to come out of the shadows all you Phantom Republicans.  Don’t just put your name out there and hope that voter discontent will sweep you into the Congress.  Because I will tell you this much for certain; it will not!  I, for example, want someone to represent me who I know can do more than spout talking points, shake hands and kiss some babies.  And I want the person that I vote for to prove to me that she or he can at least think.  This means moving outside of the controlled and focus group list of red meat items and showing me that you can reason and come up with answers to serious questions posed to you on the spot and that at least make me understand that you know how to use your brain when confronted on an issue.


J.J. Jackson is the owner of American Conservative Daily Blog. He is also the lead designer for The Right Things – Conservative Political T-shirts and his weekly articles and exclusive content can be found at Liberty Reborn.

Check Out These Insane Black Ops 3 Easter Eggs

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 PC Version Has These Unique Features

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Converting Hdmi to Vga and the Features of these Converters

It is possible to covert Hdmi to Vga through converters. When it comes to converting Hdmi to Vga, a key challenge is the maintenance of support for high bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP). HDCP is a copy protection scheme that seeks to eradicate the possibility of intercepting data between the source and the display. Several Hdmi to Vga converters are able to connect an Hdmi cable to a Vga port, but when the HDCP is present, you will find that the monitor will be black since the video signal will not be rendered.

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Elevate Your Game With These Professional Basketball Drills

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Discover How To Refine Your Game With These Insider Farmville Hints

Farmville commences nice and easy when you chiefly begin playing. You will plow your land, plant some crops, and pick them when they mature, all on a tiny piece of farmland. You purchase those first precious seeds using the coins you have at the beginning of the game, then you earn more coins with your first harvest that enable you to buy more seeds for your next crop and so start the cycle over again.

It doesn’t take long to discover that these few coins actually aren’t enough to run a really successful farm – you’ll need more coins for more crops, animals that have to be looked after, new levels to try and reach, experience points to be picked up.

And just like that, you’re stuck in a rut, unable to advance forward and trying to figure out where you can turn to pick up a few Farmville hints and tips on how to turn your Farmville game into a smarter and more interesting experience.

Even though there are others that are further along in the game than I am, I might share a few tips on playing Farmville that might help you out. Contemplate these strategies:

Growing Smart – Choosing Crops That Offer the Most Cash

There are many factors to contemplate when choosing which crop to plant; you want to get the most money you can, but you have to consider how long the crop grows along with the amount of time you have to play the game. There are various characteristics for each crop – they have their own costs, maturation rates and even rewards. For instance, if you won’t be able to get online to harvest your crops for 6 hours and you plant a crop that can be harvested in 4 hours, by the time you check in again your crops will be wilted and you will have lost money. Take the time to think about what crops shall work for you. Contemplating planting crops that grow slower is one more strategy that might work for you. Not only giving you more time, these crops will yield more experience points and cash.

Don’t Forget the Extra Prizes You Get from Ribbons

Each new ribbon that you receive also brings you additional funds or a handy tool that you can use on your farm. Always publish the news of your ribbon on your Facebook wall – every time you do this, your neighbors will also receive a bonus. The more you perform to share with your neighbors, the more your neighbors might do to share things with you when they earn prizes or bonuses.

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Improve Your Game With These Beginner Golf Tips

The activity of golf is a game played and appreciated by millions. Here are a few of the beginner golf tips which are the simple fundamentals after you start actively playing golf, whether for a hobby or if you’re considering going pro. Golf is just like almost any other sports activity and you’ve got to start treating it as such for you to get better. Don’t treat it like some pleasurable activity you do just for fun; it should be treated with esteem and passion in a sportsmanlike way. That way you are going to practice much harder and get more effective in learning the basic principles of the sport.

The very first suggestion would be to be sure you work on your sense of balance whenever swinging the golf club. Make certain you’re set like you should be. Pay no attention to how some fancy professional golfer balances on Tv; they already have their personal way and it is time for you to begin on your very own unique balance approach. You are likely to recognize when you have achieved your ideal balance if your body routinely seems more comfortable every single time you keep that position. Balance is without a doubt the cornerstone of golfing as each swing will depend on you being ready.

Other beginner golf tips to point out are to practice, practice and practice! It’ll help make you far better and help to make the basics of golfing grow to be second nature to your brain. Ensure you practice regularly and not every once in awhile as it’ll get you nowhere.

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The very last of these beginner golf tips will involve playing golf on the golf course. Be sure to play at your current level. Don’t start out actively playing with skilled golfers and having ambitions of winning if you have no practice or desire of getting far better. It will only reduce your self-confidence.

Perform against beginners like your own self and take it slowly but surely. You’ll get much better – but not tomorrow. That’s a guarantee. You must just take advice and keep an eye on how the big shots play, nothing more. They have their own method of actively playing and you really should never imitate their style. When you do, you almost certainly will burn out and quit playing. At all times stay true to yourself, in playing golf as well as in life.

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How To Fix The Yellow Light Of Death On Ps3 With These Effective Steps

Are you looking for a way on how to fix the yellow light of death on ps3! Did you know the reason why ps3 yellow light of death happen to you is because general hardware failure which results by overheating on the motherboard.

Here are some few steps you need to follow on how to fix the yellow light of death on ps3:

A- Turn off your PS3 and check if there is any loose cable, then give it some time to cool down and turn it back on again

B- After switching your PS3 off! Try to remove the hard-drive, and plug it back in. From time to time the hard drive connections on your PS3 can become loose and cause the ps3 blinking yellow light. So you might want to repeat this 2-3 times for better results.

Did you implement the previous steps and still no positive result. Here are some other options that you might want to look at it:

1- Send your PS3 to Sony:

Sony will fix your ps3 blinking yellow light for free IF you are still covered by their warranty, but if your ps3 had passed the warranty period, then you need to pay huge fee $ 150+ to get your ps3 fixed, and it takes around 2-4 weeks which it’s almost a month for Sony to fix your PS3. and the most important part you will lose your saved information which i’m sure you don’t want that happen to you .

2- Fix your PS3 by yourself without Sony’s help:

You can fix your Playstation 3 yellow light of death by yourself with a repair guide. Don’t worry the process that you need to follow is really simple and effective and most importantly you will not lose you saved data in your hard drive, besides you wouldn’t believe at the tools you need use to start fixing your Playstation 3.

Let me list down the advantages when you plan to fix your console by yourself:

1. You don’t need to pay Sony huge fee because you will be fixing your ps3 by yourself a lot cheaper

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3. Fixing yellow light of death ps3 by yourself will not cause you to lose your saved information in your hard drive


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Ghost Inventory – You Can Profit From These Unlisted Foreclosure Homes

With the rising numbers of foreclosures, lenders have far too many properties to sell. To avoid eroding the value of their repossessed properties, banks often hold an inventory of unlisted repossessed homes. These unlisted properties may be referred to as ghost inventory and you can profit from these unlisted foreclosure homes.

How did all this happen? Job losses, subprime mortgages, a slow economy; all of this has led to the current situation.

Homeowners in droves have walked away from their homes because they can no longer afford to make their mortgage payments. Because they owe more than the house is worth, they can’t sell for enough to pay off their mortgage. So often the only solution is to allow their homes to slip into foreclosure.

With this huge glut of homes, the value of houses has slipped more and more. Lenders aren’t anxious to lose even more money, so they avoid listing all of their foreclosed homes, so as not to flood the market.

On the other hand, they don’t really want the expense of holding onto their foreclosed properties any longer than necessary.

It’s a vicious circle. As more homes are listed, the value of individual houses slips even further. In fact some real estate experts estimate that only about a third of foreclosed properties are listed for sale. The rest are held as inventory.

Banks don’t like carrying ghost inventories. And that’s where you can profit from these unlisted foreclosure homes. Lenders eventually sell these properties at auction or in bulk, for a fraction of their value.

As an investor, or even an individual looking for a house to rent out, you can take advantage of this ghost inventory. Plan to attend auctions, check out listings on foreclosure websites, or directly contact local banks for addresses of local foreclosures.

As a buyer you are in the driver’s seat. The longer a bank has to carry property, the more it costs. Taxes, maintenance and repairs, not to mention the money the lender has tied up in this ghost inventory, are all reasons why you can profit from unlisted foreclosure homes.

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