If you are a science fiction fan you know that a popular story line in science fiction stories is the alternative universe theory.  From Star Trek to Lord of the Rings fiction writers have advanced the idea that there are multiple alternative universes in various time frames that allow for all sorts of fantastic storylines and otherwise implausible and illogical outcomes.  In Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Peregrin Took (Pippin) finds the allure of Saruman’s crystal (palantir) to be irresistible.  When he takes it from Gandalf he is treated to a vision of what Middle Earth will be like if Sauron’s forces are successful.  It is an alternative universe that happily for the Hobbits never comes to pass.  In Star Trek The Next Generation it seems the crew of the Enterprise is always messing with the “space/time continuum” creating all kinds of rifts in time that allow those pesky alternative universes to pop up.

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Let me begin by putting my cards on the table.  I adore Ann Coulter.  After all, what’s not to love?  She is beautiful, smart, funny, and conservative.  She is always right about the left and she is usually right about the right.  But her analysis of why Gingrich won South Carolina is not only wrong, it’s wrong to the point of placing her firmly in camp of those who are actually helping fuel the Newt surge.

On Sunday’s edition of “Fox and Friends” Coulter opened her diatribe against South Carolina by saying, “Apparently, South Carolina would rather have the emotional security of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall.”  She followed by accusing the “tea party crowd” of loving the name calling while ignoring Gingrich’s past.  She ended with a flourish saying, “With Gingrich you throw out the baby and keep the bath water!”

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Very few things in our world today are certain.  For example, planes and trains run off schedule more than they run on schedule.  Appliances break down after the warranty has expired.  Clothes come into and then go out of fashion (but if you hold on to your clothes long enough, you will be in style again).  Many times, the check isn’t in the mail and our job, which we think we will have until retirement, changes or we get laid off.  Change is inevitable and the future is very hard to predict.

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Friday’s decision by the Obama Justice Department to strike down South Carolina’s voter ID law should surprise no one who has been following Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea of justice.  The South Carolina law is similar to laws passed in Texas, Rhode Island, Kansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin but so far the Justice Department’s interest has rested solely on Texas and South Carolina; the two states on the list that are among nine covered under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

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If your primary source of news is the mainstream media you are likely convinced that the Occupy Wall Street protests are insightful, peaceful, and growing by the minute.  Last week, Diane Sawyer of ABC got so excited she reported the Occupy Wall Street movement had “spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries…and every continent but Antarctica.”  For the record, according to the U.S. State Department there are only 195 countries in the world. 

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