Half a dozen of the GOP's top contenders for the White House are hitting the road in Iowa on a multi-city bus tour to promote the return of the gold standard for the nation's monetary system.

The Iowa Tea Party and American Principles in Action are co-sponsors of an 18-day bus tour starting today. According to a press release announcing the junket, featured speakers on the tour include Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.); former pizza chain CEO Herman Cain; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

A California high school has canceled a fundraiser involving inscribed paver bricks after two generous donors insisted that their bricks be inscribed with Bible verses. The two Christian women, Lou Ann Hart and Sheryl Caronna, had contributed several hundred dollars for the pavers that were to be included with others placed along walkways at California�s Palm Desert High School (left). The women asked that their bricks include scripture quotations � including Psalm 68:34, Luke 17:13, Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Ephesians 5:32.

Mavericks win! Too late for McCain and Palin.

The first Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire for the 2012 campaign season will be held tonight at Saint Anselm College in Manchester and in the geopolitical lingo of the new world order, "the coalition of the willing" will attempt to exercise "lead change" on perceived front runner Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who would like to have New Hampshire voters think of him as State Farm. Like a good neighbor, Romney is there.

New Mexico police are investigating the murder of a prominent businessman in Hidalgo County, and many who know the area believe his murderer is an illegal alien.

As the presidential election of 2012 approaches, it will be of little surprise to historically minded constitutionalists that President Barack Obama has been quoted lately in several interviews complimenting the campaigns of some of his Republican rivals.

In a recent New York Times piece, aides to President Obama gave current frontrunner Mitt Romney a little unsolicited advice. They suggested that "Mr. Romney had been wise to remain out of the fray for as long as possible -- giving rivals less time to attack him...." They went on to reassure Romney, saying that his "previous experience as a candidate, they suggested, could help him deal with the problems he faces."