Saturday, June 26, 2010

Political Digest June 26, 2010

I post articles because I think they are of interest. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article.

I write this on the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Thanks to the courage of American Troops, 38,000 of whom died in the effort, and our allies, including the ROK troops, South Korea today is a democracy with a vibrant, free economy and high standard of living. North Korea, protected by Communist China, is a communist hell hole of starvation and repression, and a constant nuclear threat to peace and stability. But no matter how many examples of murder and poverty you show leftists, they insist that, next time, they will do Marxism and central planning “right.” Thanks to all who served in this cause.

Why McChrystal and the Military Should Be Able to Speak Up
Speaking up internally to the President is one thing. Speaking derisively to Rolling Stone is quite another. Excerpt: Most of all, the Obama administration and its friends trotted out that old meme, “distraction,” to explain why it had to get rid of McChrystal. “We’re distracting from an enormously important mission,” said Gibbs. In fact, said Gibbs, the distraction was actually President Obama’s top concern with McChrystal’s comments. This seems unlikely. Then-Sen Obama made a career out of bashing the U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq in ways that were guaranteed to distract from the missions. For example, he accused American troops in Afghanistan of “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians.” He stated that American troops who had given the fullest measure in Iraq had “wasted” their lives. Distraction from the war effort isn’t exactly a foreign concept to President Obama. No, this wasn’t about McChrystal’s violation of military protocol. McChrystal was fired because he made it clear to President Obama that he would no longer allow himself to be used as a scapegoat for America’s failings in Afghanistan. McChrystal may be in charge of active operations in Afghanistan, but President Obama is the man responsible for the overarching policy failures in Afghanistan—particularly, his short and unrealistic timeline for withdrawal.

McChrystal had to go by George Will
Excerpt: In 1932, during a lunch in Albany with Rexford Tugwell, an adviser, New York Gov. Franklin Roosevelt paused to take a telephone call from Louisiana Gov. Huey Long. When the call ended, FDR referred to Long as the second-most dangerous man in America. Who, Tugwell asked, is the most dangerous? FDR answered: Douglas MacArthur. As Army chief of staff, MacArthur had just flamboyantly conducted the violent dispersal of the bedraggled "bonus army" in Washington. Nearly 19 years later, he was to become most dangerous to himself, as another commanding general has now done. But Stanley McChrystal is no MacArthur. MacArthur had some of the genius and much of the egomania of a former artillery captain, Napoleon. This made MacArthur insubordinate and got him cashiered by a former artillery captain, Harry Truman. Although McChrystal is a fine soldier who rendered especially distinguished service in Iraq, there is no reason to ascribe to him either egomania or insubordination. He did, however, emphatically disqualify himself from further military service and particularly from service in Afghanistan. There the military's purely military tasks are secondary to the political and social tasks for which the military is ill-suited, and for which McChrystal is garishly so. The American undertaking in Afghanistan is a fool's errand, and McChrystal is breathtakingly foolish. Even so, he and it were badly matched. This, even though the errand is of the president's careful devising and McChrystal was the president's choice to replace the four-star general who had been commanding there. It may be said that McChrystal's defect is only a deficit of political acumen. Only? Again, the mission in Afghanistan is much more political than military. Counterinsurgency, as defined by McChrystal's successor, Gen. David Petraeus, and tepidly embraced by Barack Obama for a year or so, does not just involve nation-building, it is nation-building. This does not require just political acumen; it requires the wisdom of Aristotle, the leadership skills of George Washington and the analytic sophistication of de Tocqueville. But, then, the grinding paradox of nation-building is this: No one with the aptitudes necessary for it would be rash or delusional enough to try it.

Hey, Remember When Harry Reid Called Petraeus A Liar?
Excerpt: And insisted that the surge engineered by Petreaus had failed? And Reid calls Sharron Angle crazy?

Obama changes his tune
Excerpt: I'm glad that President Obama has appointed Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. McChrystal, but I can't help wondering whether Obama himself feels any discomfort at turning to the hero of the Iraq surge to try to bail the administration out in Afghanistan. After all, Obama opposed the Iraq surge before it happened, and after the fact claimed that it had made only modest gains and was not responsible for the most significant improvements in Iraq. This video from September 2007 reminds us that before Obama became a lousy President, he was a lousy Senator. Watch as he badgers Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and belittles their efforts in Iraq; almost eight minutes go by before either witness gets a word in. Petraeus never does talk.

Reduced overtime stymies Border Patrol
This will fix Arizona. Excerpt: The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly reduced its current force of available agents along the U.S.-Mexico border by cutting the overtime hours they can work even as the Obama administration is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to hire 1,000 new agents, and Congress and the public are clamoring for beefed-up border security. Several rank-and-file and senior agents told The Washington Times that a new overtime directive issued at the agency's Washington headquarters will limit their ability to get their jobs done, reduce coverage during peak smuggling periods and allow more criminals to avoid apprehension.

Federal Agencies Still Failing to 'Connect the Dots'
Excerpt: President Obama’s national security agencies “do not always share relevant information with their national security partners,” according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The report shows that more than eight years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal agencies were still failing to "connect the dots" on intelligence pointing to security threats to the United States. The GAO findings come approximately six months after President Obama acknowledged that the intelligence community failed to share information that could have properly identified the attempted Christmas Day bomber as a dangerous extremist, adding he would “insist on accountability at every level” for such a failure.

Obama Knew of Blagojevich Deal
Excerpt: Rod Blagojevich’s chief-of-staff testified that he believed Obama “knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.” John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks. “The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.

US jails Cambodia coup plotter Chhun Yasith for life
Excerpt: A Cambodian-born accountant has been jailed for life in the US for plotting a failed coup attempt against the Cambodian government 10 years ago. Chhun Yasith, 53, was found guilty by a court in Los Angeles in 2008 of four charges relating to the failed attack. Dozens of armed men attacked government buildings in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, in a bid to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen. Chhun is a naturalised US citizen who fled Cambodia as a refugee in 1982. He grew frustrated with the lack of free elections under Hun Sen, a former member of the Khmer Rouge under dictator Pol Pot, said Chhun's lawyer Richard Callahan. "He saw Hun Sen as on an even par with Pol Pot," Mr Callahan said. Chhun also wanted to avenge the death of his father, whom he witnessed being beheaded by Khmer Rouge soldiers, Mr Callahan added. (This is his reward for trying to overthrow a corrupt, murderous, former Khmer Rouge Vietnamese puppet. --Mike)

House approves campaign finance bill in 219-206 vote
Excerpt: The House voted 219-206 Thursday to approve a campaign finance bill to tighten disclosure requirements for corporate and union spending on political campaigns. The bill, a response to the January Supreme Court decision that overturned spending limits for corporations and unions, now heads to the Senate, where it faces a perilous path to passage. The vote on the Disclose Act came after weeks of aggressive lobbying by supporters and critics. Democratic leaders were forced to pull it from the House schedule last week after liberals revolted over an exemption tailored for the National Rifle Association.

Parolees disappear after being released early
Excerpt: Dozens of parolees, including one imprisoned for his part in a 2008 murder, have disappeared after they were set free as part of a secret early release program, according to documents acquired by The Associated Press. The parolees were let go as part of the "MGT Push" plan that Gov. Pat Quinn shut down in December after The Associated Press revealed it. The program has embarrassed Quinn as he runs for re-election, although the Democratic governor has tried to blame Corrections Director Michael Randle, saying he didn't know Randle was going to release violent offenders. The administration ordered parole agents in January to begin "intensive compliance" checks on the released prisoners. More than 50 MGT Push parolees are currently on the lam, according to documents from Corrections obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and analyzed by The Associated Press. While many who go astray are picked up within days, some absconders have been gone for months. Those currently on the list have been missing an average 136 days, or 4.5 months, according to the AP analysis.

Gilad Shalit is not the only hostage,0,6048664.story
Excellent column. Excerpt: Shalit was attacked while guarding a place called Kerem Shalom (Vineyard of Peace), one of half a dozen border crossings that enable commerce between Israel and Gaza. For years, facilities like Kerem Shalom have been attacked repeatedly by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian terror groups precisely because they foster exchanges between Israelis and Palestinians. Hamas and other radicals have perpetrated such attacks not because they desire peace or a better life for the people they rule. They do so because they violently oppose any activity that might lead to a peaceful end of conflict—something they consistently reject in word and deed on religious grounds. Earlier this month, a Hamas preacher said on the group's Al-Aqsa TV that "[The Jews'] annihilation and the destruction of their state will only be achieved through Islam, by those who bow before Allah." Why have none of those involved in the recent, so-called humanitarian efforts to aid the residents of Gaza raised their voices — on behalf of Shalit or about the deep and vexing issues he symbolizes? Why did the organizers of the recent flotilla refuse to deliver a letter to Shalit from his family? Why, I wonder, were their voices of condemnation and outrage not heard when Hamas forced the closure of the border crossings by launching countless terror attacks and thousands of rockets at Israeli border towns like Sderot, where I experienced such a barrage in 2007?

Federal Bailout for States?
On federal bailouts, Marine Sam Skogstad (an economist) says: “At the risk of pounding on the obvious, let me comment on a single issue … Federal bailouts for states….. Despite its being obvious, I have seen little or no comment in the media on the absurdity of the concept of a ‘Federal Bailout of States.’ Its correct name is ‘Federal transfers of income and wealth from residents of some states to residents of some others.’ It is fully understandable that the Obama Administration is supportive of the fiction that funds arriving from the federal government represent a net gain to ‘states.’ It is one more non-transparent method of redistributing income and wealth from groups you do not like to groups you do like. Like ‘Healthcare Reform.’ Like ‘Carbon Credits.’ Like ‘affordable housing.’ Like ‘college loans.’ Like forcing mortgage ‘restructuring.’ Each is crafted in such a way that people for whom Obama feels ‘empathy’ get stuff that is taken from people for whom he does not feel ‘empathy.’….. Forgive me for daring to tell your readers, generally a very intelligent group as I see it, how the ‘Federal Bailout of States’ works its redistributional ‘magic’. First, my assumptions: (1) ‘the states’ and ‘the United States of America,’ are one and the same thing. (2)The ‘Federal Government’ is the government of the United States of America or of ‘the states in the aggregate.’ Thus (3) all funds in the possession of the ‘Federal Government’ were supplied by ‘the states.’…. In fact, they could very well and correctly be called ‘the states'’ funds. So a Federal bailout of the states is identically the same thing as ‘the states’ bailout of ‘the states.’ So as far as the aggregates, ‘the states’ and ‘The United States of America’ there is no such thing as a gift from one to the other. But of course that is not so when we think of the individual states. And if the concept of Federal aid to ‘the states’ is to be anything other than meaningless gibberish, it must mean resources taken from states in one pattern, and distributed to states in a different pattern. In short, it is simply redistribution of resources. I would love to see a national referendum on a state-by-state basis on the question: ‘shall the United States Government seize resources from your state, return a smaller amount to your state and send the difference to, say, California?’…. Isn't it just a comic opera unfolding in Washington these days?” (Posted with his permission.)

MacArthur Defeats Truman: The Real McChrystal Message
Some wishful thinking here, I fear. (And I thought it was Matthew Ridgway who took over from MacArthur, not Mark Clark.) Excerpt: Harry Truman was no dove. But Douglas MacArthur made him look like one. And the political consequences for Democrats of Truman's legendary dismissal of the iconic hero of World War II -- at the height of the Korean War -- were both dramatic and long-lasting. In fact, those consequences are part of the political baggage of the American left -- and the Obama administration -- to this day. It is a history that stirs yet again with the decision of President Obama to fire General Stanley McChrystal in the wake of the now infamous Rolling Stone interview with the General and his aides.

The Antidrilling Commission
Excerpt: The White House choices seem to have made up their minds.
"Under my Administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over. . . To undermine scientific integrity is to undermine our democracy. . . I want to be sure that facts are driving scientific decisions, and not the other way around." —President Obama, April 27, 2009 The President has appointed a seven-person commission to take what he says will be an objective look at what caused the Gulf spill and the steps to make offshore drilling safe. But judging from the pedigree of his commissioners, we're beginning to wonder if his real goal is to turn drilling into a partisan election issue. Mr. Obama filled out his commission last week, and the news is that there's neither an oil nor drilling expert in the bunch. Instead, he's loaded up on politicians and environmental activists. One co-chair is former Democratic Senator Bob Graham, who fought drilling off Florida throughout his career. The other is William Reilly, who ran the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H.W. Bush but is best known as a former president and former chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, one of the big environmental lobbies. (I have to say this is really sad. And yet very telling. To appoint a slate of commissioners loaded up almost totally with antidrilling activists who have no technical expertise whatsoever is a blatant political act totally focused on a preset agenda. I am actually surprised that Mr. Obama would do this, it is simply too obviously political for anyone to even attempt to present it as a sincere and appropriate effort to investigate the situation and come up with an impartial report about it. As is demonstrated by this editorial appearing so quickly in a major newspaper not known for being especially conservative. Hopefully it will reveal to even more people how bad this Administration really is. November, November..... I wish it were here now. –Del)

Obama's Approval Rating Dips to New Low
This from a BO-friendly media outlet. But see the gap between “strongly approve” and “strongly disapprove” in the Rasmussen polls below. “Strong” voters vote. Excerpt: President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll. That rating is Mr. Obama's lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark. Forty-one percent now say they disapprove of Mr. Obama's performance as president.

Rasmussen Daily Poll
Excerpt: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13 (see trends). Forty-eight percent (48%) say the government today is more of a threat to individual rights than a protector of rights. Also, most say it’s more important for the government to protect individual rights than to promote economic growth.

County Supervisor Who Supports Boycott Doesn’t Know Arizona Borders Mexico…
Jay walking for stupid public officials. Unbelievable.

Delay in Delivery of S-300 Missiles to Iran Impairs Russia's Face
Excerpt: Any delay in the delivery of the sophisticated S-300 air defense missile system to Tehran will impair Russia's face and will make it difficult for Moscow to find new trade partners in the world, an Iranian legislator warned. Head of Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Committee Mehdi Sanae'i elaborated on the agreement between the two countries, signed in 2005, arguing that Russia's delay in the delivery of the S-300 air-defense missiles to Tehran is resulted from outside pressure. "The delivery of S-300 missile defense system to Iran is part of Moscow's definite obligation and no excuse to dodge the responsibility is acceptable," Sanae'i told MNA.

Saving Obama From Himself
Excerpt: Do you remember candidate Barack Obama offering his hope-and-change platitudes in front of the fake Greek columns during the Democratic convention? Or earlier pontificating at the Victory Monument in Berlin? Why didn't an old cigar-chomping Democratic pro take him aside and warn him about offending Nemesis? She is the dreaded goddess who brings divine retribution in ironic fashion to overweening arrogance. Or maybe a friend could have whispered to Senator Obama to tone it down when he was merciless in damning the Bush administration for its supposedly slow response to Hurricane Katrina. Obama railed that Bush showed "unconscionable ineptitude." Obama further charged that Bush's response was "achingly slow," a result of "passive indifference," and that his team was rife with "corruption and cronyism." Those adjectives now apply to Obama himself, as he seems lost amid his own disaster -- eerily in about the same Gulf environs. Adding insult to injury, a recent poll revealed that Louisiana residents thought Bush had done a better job with Katrina than Obama has with BP. Couldn't one of Obama's many handlers have warned him to ignore the media's tingling-leg gaga worship, or their nonsense that Obama is "a god"?

Conservatives on the rise?
Excerpt: After two election cycles in the political wilderness, conservatives appear to be rallying in advance of the 2010 midterm election. In new Gallup numbers released this morning, 42 percent of Americans describe themselves as conservative while 35 percent say they are moderates and 20 percent call themselves liberals. The 42 percent of self-described conservatives would be a record high for Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1992, if the trend continued through the final six months of the year. (The data for the first six months of 2010 was culled from eight national surveys conducted by Gallup.) The last time four in ten Americans (or more) identified themselves as conservatives was 2004 when Republicans re-elected President George W. Bush and made gains in the House and Senate.

Generation Gap: The Kerry-Lieberman energy bill would enervate America.
Excerpt: A year ago the Waxman-Markey energy regulation bill passed the House. Now before the Senate is the Kerry-Lieberman energy regulation bill, which includes many of the same damaging provisions--government control of many aspects of energy generation, distribution and prices. The debate on this bill is of course colored and influenced by the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, fire and collapse in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. In response, the federal government has suspended drilling deeper than 500 feet in the Gulf for six months, suspended exploratory drilling off Alaska's coast and canceled oil leases off the coast of Virginia and in the Gulf--significant decisions that will reduce our oil supplies in the years ahead. All work has been suspended on 33 previously inspected and approved Gulf deepwater drilling rigs. Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana reports that will mean 3,000 to 6,000 immediate job losses and perhaps 10,000 more in the months ahead. As noted in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, beyond jobs there will be significant economic consequences from the shutdowns. According to the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, 1,400 jobs will be lost for each platform shut down, for a total of some $330 million a month in lost wages. So with this current catastrophe influencing our energy policies, where is America going? The Kerry-Lieberman bill is a bit less bad than the Waxman-Markey legislation, but only a bit.

Dems Pass Bank Bill, Admit They Don’t Know How It Works
Lets muck around with the financial system and see what happens. Excerpt: "It's a great moment. I'm proud to have been here," said a teary-eyed Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), who as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee led the effort in the Senate. "No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we've done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done."

Iran will not send aid ship to Gaza
Excerpt: Iran will not send a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza as it had planned to do on Thursday, according to a report from the official news agency of Iran. The Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Hossein Sheikholeslam, secretary-general of the International Conference for the Support of the Palestinian Intifada, as saying: "The Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid will not go to Gaza." IRNA said that Sheikholeslam told reporters in the northern city of Rasht that the ship had originally been scheduled to depart for Gaza on Thursday, but that its departure was postponed until Sunday because of restrictions imposed by Israel. He added that officials then decided instead to cancel the trip altogether, shipping to Gaza the goods by other means, IRNA said. (Hard to believe this is in response to diplomatic pressure; more likely, the presence of US ships and the Israeli Air Force had an influence on this decision. Also possible it is nothing more than theater and they'll send it two weeks from now, when things quiet down. –Ron P.)

General Madness
Excerpt: Set aside for a moment how inconceivable it is that an article in Rolling Stone magazine could be the cause of anyone's being fired -- much less a U.S. commanding general in the midst of a war. But that is what happened this week. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a tough, combat-experienced officer who knows how to fight. He knows how to kill the enemy. But he clearly doesn't get it when it comes to the media. His staff let him down -- badly -- by allowing Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone to hang around with a tape recorder. That the Pentagon, Central Command and Gen. McChrystal's staff granted unfettered, prolonged access to this publication reflects ignorance, arrogance or both. Everyone involved in approving this "embed" ought to be fired for egregious lack of judgment. They apparently believed they could win over Hastings. They were dead wrong. I don't disagree with much of what Gen. McChrystal and his staff are quoted as saying about the O-Team in the article. I have used many of the same terms to describe the present administration -- albeit with fewer expletives. It also should be noted that despite claims of "several lengthy interviews" with McChrystal, there are very few lines of text in the offending article directly attributable to the general. On our most recent Fox News trip to Afghanistan, we reported that many of the troops were concerned about new rules of engagement, cuts in night operations, and limits on raids and airstrikes making them more vulnerable to Taliban attacks and improvised explosive devices. Rolling Stone looked for and found troops who were unhappy with the rules of engagement in order to support its contention that the war in Afghanistan is "unwinnable." That refrain is increasingly prevalent because President Barack Obama refuses to use the words "win" and "victory." McChrystal's firing has been likened to President Abraham Lincoln's replacing George McClellan during the Civil War and President Harry Truman's sacking Douglas MacArthur in the midst of the Korean War. Not accurate. Both McClellan and MacArthur vocally opposed the stated policies and strategies of their presidents. That's not what happened here. In announcing he had "accepted" his battlefield commander's resignation, Obama acknowledged that he and McChrystal "are in full agreement about our strategy." This week's firing was simply political theater designed to enhance Obama's stature as a "leader" in the eyes of his supporters and critics. Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder. He routinely is described as detached, disengaged, ambivalent and uncertain in everything from the economy to securing our borders to the Gulf oil spill to the war itself. He has been unable or unwilling to name our radical Islamist enemies or define victory. He is the only commander in chief to announce a deadline for withdrawing troops while committing more Americans to combat.

Interesting quotes from the CIC
In 2007, Barack Obama, then the junior senator from Illinois with only two years of national political experience (and zero years of military experience) under his belt, accused American troops in Afghanistan of "just air-raiding villages and killing civilians." Furthermore, according to the community organizer from Chicago, American troops who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in Iraq had "wasted" their lives. The Patriot Post

Hope 'n' Change: Obama Now Says Mandate is a Tax
After Barack Obama went on the record to "absolutely reject this notion" that the individual health insurance mandate is a tax, his administration is now arguing exactly the opposite in court. The Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss a Florida-based lawsuit seeking to overturn the health care overhaul and, according to American Spectator, "cited the Anti-Injunction Act, which restricts courts from interfering with the government's ability to collect taxes." A DoJ memo argues that "no suit for the purposes of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax shall be maintained in any court by any person." So for those wondering if Obama's "no individual tax" promise would stand in a court of law, you should soon get your answer. Meanwhile, with mid-term elections fast approaching, the Obama camp is putting insurance companies on notice not to raise rates artificially because of the new law. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued the following Orwellian warning: "We want to caution insurance companies that rate increases would be watched very closely." As Aetna CEO Ronald Williams noted regarding the health care bill, however, "I think there was a recognition that consumers are going to get more. When you get more, you pay more." Apparently, this administration has yet to acknowledge basic economics. The Patriot Post

BO Highway
Your tax dollars at work. Excerpt: Is it too soon yet to judge Barack Obama as our worst president? Perhaps. But it's certainly too soon to name roads after him, though that's just what's happening in Orlando, Florida. Pres Barack Obama Pkwy is being constructed using stimulus cash, creating 200 jobs for the first $10.5 million phase. The Patriot Post

Ghetto Racism
Asians aren’t a big voting bloc. Excerpt: The presidency of Barack Obama was supposed to bring about racial progress and reconciliation. From San Francisco to New York, the rough and tumble of America’s urban centers have steadfastly refused to succumb to his message of hope and change. Instead, they have showed, through numerous recent examples, that hatred and cowardice – as delivered from African-Americans to Asians – is not only alive and kicking, but heinous and potentially lethal. In April, two black teenagers punched 59-year-old Tian Sheng Yu in the mouth in downtown Oakland, California. He fell on his head, spent the next few days in critical care and subsequently died. Between late March and early April, five black teenagers assailed five different older Asian women, including one who was 71, on separate occasions in or near a public housing project on the Lower East Side of New York City. In late March, five black teenagers surrounded a 57-year-old Asian woman at a light rail bus stop in San Francisco; one of them grabbed her and threw her from the platform onto the rails before he proceeded to beat her. In January, black teenagers kicked and beat 83-year-old Huan Chen after he got off the same bus stop. He, too, died from his injuries. Last fall, two young black men grabbed 64-year-old Rongshi Chen on his way to a convenience store in San Francisco, threw him onto the concrete, kicked his ribs and broke his collarbone before they took his cash, credit cards and identification. The criminals target not just the old and the weak but also the young and vibrant. In late March in San Francisco, a group of black teenagers beat a 29-year-old Asian man. Similarly, the two teenagers who attacked Tian Sheng Yu in Oakland assaulted his 27-year-old son before and after they assaulted the father. Some of the perpetrators, like those who attacked the 83-year-old Huan Chen, wanted money before they ran off laughing. Many, however, acted for no apparent reason than just the satisfaction of perpetrating a beating itself. After the attacks, the uncomfortable issue of race stared everyone in the face, but local officials and the media have bent over backwards to look away.

Landmark shift in the Gallup enthusiasm readings
Excerpt: National Journal noticed an event in the Gallup voter enthusiasm polling: Republicans have gone off the scale, while Democrats have fallen far off from 2006. Since 1994 the numbers have tracked with victory and defeat, with the party ahead in enthusiasm winning the House, but this scale is… well, just look. Voters of each party were asked if they are More or Less enthusiastic about voting this year. In 1994 the Republicans were at 42 More/43 Less for -1 net. 40/41 in 1998. 42/42 in 2002. 40/41 in 2006. But in 2010, the Republicans have shifted to 59/31 for a +28 net enthusiasm rating, 29 points higher than 1994, which set the trend for every midterm since. Democrats were terribly unenthusiastic in 1994, hitting a -18 net rating, which climbed to -10 and -8 before hitting +10 in 2006. Now though, they’ve dropped back to -0.

The Democrats' Vision Problem
Excerpt: We are constantly told that the American working man is so much worse off than he used to be. And if you measure income one way, you can make that case. Indeed, the Democratic Party in recent years has become obsessed in looking at the economy only in that one negative way to justify its avocation: giving more stuff to the poor and middle class because they are "falling behind." The wealth of nations, according to Adam Smith, the founding father of the market economy, is not measured in GDP or cash reserves. Rather, it "consists in the cheapness of provision and all other necessaries and conveniences of life." By that standard, American wealth in general, and the wealth of poor Americans, has skyrocketed in the last half-century, and the government had relatively little -- though certainly not nothing -- to do with it. And it's not just that consumer items are cheaper than ever, they're also better than ever. An iPhone today isn't just better than yesterday's phones, it's better than yesterday's cameras, calculators, portable stereos and computers. Many of the standard features on a 2010 Honda Accord were considered luxury items 10 years ago and almost unimaginable 20 years ago.

Bringing Nazism back in Germany: Muslims stone Jewish dance group
Excerpt: "Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews..." -- Qur'an 5:82. "Youths" at it again in Europe. At least this time AP manages to summon up a shred or two of integrity, and identifies them as "Arab" -- although that in itself is not quite accurate, since one was evidently a German Muslim. "Youths attack Jewish dance group in Germany," by Kirsten Grieshaber for Associated Press, June 24. BERLIN - Arab youths threw stones at a Jewish dance group during a street festival in Hannover, injuring one dancer and forcing the group to cancel its performance, German police and dance officials said Thursday. The teenagers also used a megaphone to shout anti-Semitic slurs during the attack Saturday, Hannover police spokesman Thorsten Schiewe said. "I don't remember such a dramatic attack in Germany in recent times," said Michael Fuerst, the head of the Jewish community of the state of Lower Saxony.

The All Mighty
A ZOMBIE-like fanatic with "superhuman" strength fought off NINE cops and a police ROTTWEILER as he chanted the name of Allah, a court was told yesterday. The religious maniac - clad in Islamic garb - shrugged off baton blows and CS gas as he marched down a street with a 12-inch carving knife. Cops fearing he was on a deadly mission resorted to "potentially lethal force" by ramming him with a police van but STILL he stayed on his feet, a jury heard. Barefoot Alderrahim El-Harti, 42, finally had to be battered unconscious by frantic officers raining blows on his head. By then he had plunged his knife into one constable - who was saved by his body armour.

Another 2 mortar shells fired from Gaza, 9 total
Gee, they must be running low. Better send another boatload of humanitarian supplies. I mean, 9 shells can hardly kill that many kids.

Is a religious bus ban on my dog right?
Increasingly, there is a newly discovered “right not to be offended” for one religion, but not others. The art work, “Piss Christ,” of a crucifix in a jar of urine, funded with tax dollars, was fine in the US. Excerpt: O n two occasions last week my dog was barred from London buses, not because she's particularly fierce or big, but on religious grounds. A friend and I had taken her to the park, and as I went across to the grocer, my friend took Daisy, a Manchester terrier, to the bus stop. As they tried to board the bus, the driver stopped her and told her that there was a Muslim lady on the bus who "might be upset by the dog". As she attempted to remonstrate, the doors closed and the bus drew away. When a second bus arrived, she again made to embark, but was stopped again – this time because the driver said he was Muslim. I know that Muslims consider dogs to be unclean, but last time I looked this wasn't a Muslim country and London Transport was a non-denominational organisation. I'm a Catholic, but I'm hardly likely to start insisting that no divorced people should be allowed on my bus. I have no intention of causing upset with my dog and I wouldn't allow her to brush against anyone who was at pains to avoid her. None the less, I instinctively cavil at this creeping intolerance, masquerading as pious devotion, whatever its origins

Sharia in Minnesota: free speech under fire as man faces hearing for "anti-Islam" posters
Are they fining others who put posters, say for a lost cat, on the poles? Excerpt: Dhimmi pseudo-journalist Dave Aeikins doesn't mention in this story that the attorneys in Benton and Stearns counties declined to file criminal charges against Elyea because they recognized that what he did -- no matter how obnoxious it may have been, and I have not seen the material he posted -- was protected on First Amendment grounds. That fact in itself gives the lie to the St. Cloud City Attorney Matt Staehling's claim that he is being prosecuted only for violating the city's ordinance against posting items on city poles. Elyea's attorney says, "Our basic argument is, we live in a country where you should be able to say what you want. Even controversial statements about political or religious views are protected by the First Amendment." Staehling appears to be pandering to Hamas-linked CAIR and to the Muslim community in Minnesota, and catering to its distaste for the freedom of speech.

Dozens of Americans believed to have joined terrorists
"There are, in my mind, dozens of U.S. persons who are in different parts of the world, and they are very concerning to us," said John O. Brennan, deputy White House national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism. In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Times, Mr. Brennan said he would not talk about lists of targeted American terrorists. However, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been tracking down U.S. nationals and U.S. passport holders who pose security threats, like the Yemen-based al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, he said. "They are concerning to us, not just because of the passport they hold, but because they understand our operational environment here, they bring with them certain skills, whether it be language skills or familiarity with potential targets, and they are very worrisome, and we are determined to take away their ability to assist with terrorist attacks," Mr. Brennan said.

Questions for Elena Kagan
Excerpt: Given Elena Kagan's aversion to "vapid and hollow" confirmation hearings devoid of "legal analysis," beginning Monday she might relish answering these questions: It would be naughty to ask you about litigation heading for the Supreme Court concerning this: Does Congress have the right, under its enumerated power to regulate interstate commerce, to punish the inactivity of not purchasing health insurance? So, instead answer this harmless hypothetical: If Congress decides that interstate commerce is substantially affected by the costs of obesity, may Congress require obese people to purchase participation in programs such as Weight Watchers? If not, why not? The government having decided that Chrysler's survival is an urgent national necessity, could it decide that Cash for Clunkers is too indirect a subsidy and instead mandate that people buy Chrysler products? If Congress concludes that ignorance has a substantial impact on interstate commerce, can it constitutionally require students to do three hours of homework nightly? If not, why not? Can you name a human endeavor that Congress cannot regulate on the pretense that the endeavor affects interstate commerce? If courts reflexively defer to that congressional pretense, in what sense do we have limited government?

I Fought For You By The Sound Tank
Worth watching

We need more than a change in parties
Excerpt: Inflation seems on the horizon yet prices have remained flat for over a year and wages are actually down. Inflation is a factor of the amount of money in circulation and the velocity of the money- how fast it circulates. Trillions of dollars are sitting in very low yield money market funds and other low risk vehicles because of the political uncertainty from radical new legislation and pending tax increases in various forms. Another factor limiting inflation is the currency scares in Greece and Europe, and some concern in China. Sometimes you do not have to be good; you just have to not be the worst. Investors and business people are taking profits this year because of the announced tax increases next year. No one is hiring, no one is investing, and no one is lending. No one want to make a long term loan if interest rates are expected to climb, and when interest rates are near zero there is really only one direction to go. We face the toxic blend of dramatically increasing inflation and regulation. Businesses are frozen in a bunker mentality.

Democrat 'Suicide Bombers'
Excerpt: Both the Cap-and-Trade bill and a VAT imposition would raise taxes on everyone in the country. Allow me to say that again -- they would raise taxes on everyone in the country. Rich, poor and middle class, union members, entrepreneurs and welfare recipients, young and old, white, black, and Hispanic, gay and straight, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, atheists, Evangelicals, Muslims, and Buddhists, those here legally and illegally. No one would be able to escape paying these taxes. There are no obvious supporters who might benefit from governmental largess that might be funded by these taxes. We're in too much debt to generate any support for yet another huge government giveaway program. So these new taxes (or fees, as they might try to label them) would simply be punitive. Democrats would be punishing the entire country for not buying into their grand plans to transform America as we know it. These new taxes are not the type that can be withheld from a paycheck, or tacked discreetly on everyone's phone bill. They are the type that will be paid every day.

The Leftist 'Purification' Movement
Excerpt: Even more disturbing is the increasing coalition between progressivism and radical Islam. Steinberg's piece includes a quote from George Galloway, a progressive British parliamentarian, when asked if Muslims and progressives could unite in a common cause: (")Not only do I think it's possible but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already. It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies... They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world turning us basically into factory chickens which can be forced fed the American diet of everything from food to Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture... So on the very grave big issues of the day -- issues of war, occupation, justice, opposition to globalization -- the Muslims and the progressives are on the same side.(") To me, this sounds like a coalition between factory chickens and poultry butchers. But it exemplifies the unreality in the strategic thinking of progressives. They visualize a world of communities living in perfect harmony with nature and each other, with minimal industrial activity, no profit motive, and no greed. Everyone is tolerant of others' beliefs (unless they are capitalists or conservatives). How they intend to deal with the violent intolerance of Islam toward other religions and cultures is not considered.

Chávez Loses in Colombia
Excerpt: Mockus also committed a disastrous unforced error on April 26, when he told a Colombian radio interviewer, “I admire Chávez,” noting that the Venezuelan leader was democratically elected. This comment caused a media frenzy, and Mockus had to walk it back. “I used the word ‘admire’ inappropriately,” he told another radio station the next day. “I think nobody would have paid attention to this issue if I had just said that I respect the government of President Chávez, who was democratically elected, anyway.” But the damage had been done. Anti-Mockus signs reading “I admire Hugo Chávez” began appearing. There’s no question that the initial statement did major damage to his election hopes. On May 30, Mockus received only 21.5 percent of the vote, while Santos garnered 46.7 percent. In the runoff election on June 20, Santos routed Mockus by a margin of 69.1 percent to 27.5 percent. To be sure, Chávez was not the only reason that Santos triumphed. The outgoing president, Alvaro Uribe, whom Santos served under as defense chief from 2006 to 2009, is hugely popular for making Colombia a much safer and more prosperous country. Santos is a fierce advocate of Uribe’s “democratic security” policies, which have been tremendously successful, and which voters continue to support. Yet the campaign momentum didn’t swing in Santos's favor until Chávez intervened and Mockus made his ill-advised comment. By my count, this is the third Latin American presidential election in which the Venezuelan strongman has played a significant role in driving voters toward a conservative candidate.

The EPA has gone mad cow disease
Excerpt: Having watched the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, dairy farmer Frank Konkel has a hard time seeing how spilled milk can be labeled the same kind of environmental hazard. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is classifying milk as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil. The Hesperia farmer and others would be required to develop and implement spill prevention plans for milk storage tanks. The rules are set to take effect in November, though that date might be pushed back. “That could get expensive quickly,” Konkel said. “We have a serious problem in the Gulf. Milk is a wholesome product that does not equate to spilling oil.” But last week environmentalists disagreed at a Senate committee hearing on a resolution from Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, calling for the EPA to rescind its ruling. “The federal Clean Water Act requirements were meant to protect the environment from petroleum-based oils, not milk,” he said. “I think it is an example of federal government gone amuck.” But Gayle Miller, legislative director of Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, said agricultural pollution probably is the nation’s most severe chronic problem when it comes to water pollution. (This is a perfect example of the hazards of allowing the bean-counters to define exactly what constitutes a bean. Since many (if not most) of the current controls on our lives are now via “regulation” rather than by “laws,” the citizens at large need to keep a much closer eye on the regulators. –Ron P.)

Taliban Commanders See Victory in the Sacking of U.S. General
Excerpt: The Afghan Taliban has a saying: “Americans may own the watches. But we’ve got the time.” As President Obama sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal this week, replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, Taliban commanders watched events unfold from afar, and then declared that this was yet another victory. The change of leadership, they said, gives them even more time in their fight against U.S. forces. Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said that sending Gen. McChrystal home in the middle of the war, in such an inglorious way, was good news as it proved how troubled and divided the U.S. political and military leadership had become. (One of the great divides in all branches of uniformed service is the one between "parade (or barracks) soldiers" (think of Dwight Eisenhower) and "field soldiers" (think of George Patton). During peacetime, the field soldiers are likely to be found in the brig or stockade; during wartime, they are the indispensible ingredient that brings victory. At times, like these, when there is neither war nor peace, knowing exactly how to deal with field soldiers--especially senior ones--becomes problematic. Leaders are supposed to be able to put the square pegs into the square holes, after all. As much as you need the field soldiers' expertise to accomplish the mission, you must to insulate them from the upper leadership and press. The field soldier has both courage and convictions to go with his focus on accomplishing the mission. Where the parade soldier will properly exercise caution in speaking out, the field soldier may well see it as a duty to raise his voice. Yes, McChrystal was insubordinate in that he failed to keep these issues behind the doors of leadership (where he actually did have a duty to speak up privately). The greater sin, it seem to me, is the failure of the leadership that put a field soldier by temperament, training, and experience into a parade (political) soldier's position. Ron P.)

Reports Finds Negative Correlation Between Immigration And Education Levels
Excerpt: A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has found that California has the least-educated labor force of any state in the United States, and this may be due to the high levels of immigration in recent decades. According to the study, 9 percent of California’s population was comprised of immigrants in 1970, but by 2008 it was 27 percent. Forty years ago, the state had the 7th most educated workforce of all U.S. states in terms of the share of workers who had completed high school, but by 2008 it ranked 50th. The researchers now estimate that one in six workers in the Golden State have not graduated high school. The report, titled A State Transformed: Immigration and the New California, concludes with the warning that without a comprehensive immigration reform and enforcement, other parts of the country may follow in California’s path.

Strip club employees say tougher regulations are bad for the economy
More government interference in the economy. Excerpt: Strip club owners and employees are urging Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill the puts more regulations on their businesses. They say it is could force adult businesses to close which would be bad for the economy.
“You are going to put a lot of people out of work,” says one dancer who did not want to be identified. The bill would ban nudity and alcohol, prohibit partially nude employees from touching customers and force the clubs to close by midnight.
“I own my home. If the law passed I would lose my home. I have a daughter getting ready to go to college. I've worked here 15 years. I couldn't send my daughter to college,” the employee says.

Calif couple tried to sell baby at Walmart
Attention Walmart Shoppers! Blue Light Special in the Parking lot! Excerpt: A California couple faces child endangerment charges after police say they tried to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside a Walmart store.

When the Levee Breaks
Link wasn’t working, so I’m taking the liberty of including the full article. Excerpt: Last Monday morning I was at the United States - Mexico border at Nogales Arizona. I was delivering right to the Mariposa Port of Entry, and following my directions, I turned my rig into the construction sight. The site was "guarded" by a pickup with the word SECURITY stenciled on the side of the vehicle. A distinguished looking Hispanic man in his forties approached me, "Documentos por favor." At first, I was a bit freaked out. I thought I had made a wrong turn and somehow had ended up in Mexico. I asked the guard several times, "Am I in the United States or Mexico?" Finally he understood what I was trying to say, "Si, United States". He pointed to a block wall and brown building about thirty yards away, "Mexico", he said. Since I stay on Central time no matter where I travel, I was about two hours early, so he gestured for me to park along the fence. I took this time to look around the construction site and observe the border crossing, close up. I watched as the US trucks entered into Mexico. All vehicles were searched by the Mexican Border Patrol. Drivers had to show papers, and have their cabs and trailers searched. I watched as Mexican trucks entered into the US. During the entire time I was at this site, about four hours, I did not see our Border Patrol search a single vehicle. Not one. Does that seem strange to you? I watched as several men from Mexico walked right through this port, and enter the construction site and begin working. One of the men unloading my truck spoke English, and I asked what they were building. "A new border station." Is it just me, or is it odd that we have true unemployment in this country of 14% to 20%, and yet Mexican nationals are walking across the border to work on our new border station? I-19 is the highway that leads from Tucson to Nogales. The first thing you notice is that this highway is marked in kilometers, not miles. Why? Who knows. Perhaps it will make it easier for Mexican citizens to use as the Obama Administration cedes parts of Arizona to Mexico. You will also notice that many many homeowners have had to resort to putting up tall chain link fences, some even have barbed wire atop the fences, to protect their homes! There are already hundred of square miles of Arizona that are deemed unsafe by local Law Enforcement, and signs are posted in various parts of Arizona stating this very thing. The Obama Administration says that they are investing more money and manpower to secure the border, but this is totally bogus. The money is being spent alright, but not to secure the border. Building this new border station is a perfect example. For the sake of an example, let's say that our town has a huge crime problem, so we elect a new Sheriff who promises to restore law and order. After his election, the new Sheriff announces that before he can begin to clean up the crime, he needs us to build him a new Sheriff's office. Also, the Border Patrol has several checkpoints, to check for illegals or drugs, but, hang on, these checkpoints are not on the border. They are 50 - 100 miles away from the border on US highways. I have been through many of these so called checkpoints, and the checkpoints are not about stopping the invasion of the United States by Mexico. On the contrary, all they do is photograph, record, and harass American citizens. You drive up to the officer, and the officer asks, "Are you an American Citizen?" Then the drug dog sniffs your vehicle, and you are on your way...if your lucky. I have seen them searching some elderly white couples RV, while bus load after bus load of Mexican citizens pass on by. Crazy. Again, to use our local example, if our local police knew that there was a meth lab in downtown McCook, wouldn't they be silly to set up checkpoint roadblocks 10 miles outside of town, stopping vehicles and asking, "Are you high?" Of course it would be silly. Go in and crush the meth lab. These Border Patrol agents need to be AT THE FREAKIN' BORDER, not Alamogordo, some seventy miles north of the border. Get down to the border. Arizona Senator John Kyl, shed some light on what is really happening. Obama told him that he will not secure the border because the Democrats want Immigration Reform. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is code for amnesty, and the Democrats are hoping to use amnesty as the single largest Democrat voter registration drive in history. The Tuscon sector, which includes this border station in Nogales, is where half of all the illegals, the invaders, come through. Senator Kyl says that with 2 billion dollars, they could secure the border. Two billion. That is how much Obama sent to George Soros as a payback for election skullduggery and market manipulation to help get Obama elected. Soros took our two billion, stolen from our grandkids, and is now in Brazil, using this money to help Brazil drill offshore, and rake in billions in profits. Meanwhile elderly American citizens are having their vehicles searched, they are being photographed and documented on American highways at these phony border inspection stations inside the US. It's nuts. The environmentalists, who control Obama like a puppet on a string, should be outraged at the environmental destruction caused by the invaders, look at the picture above. How would you like that outside your home? But they are not, instead the environmental wackos are upset when we put up a fence. You must remember that the modern day environmental movement has nothing to do with the environment, and everything to do with turning the United States into a third world Socialist nation, and controlling you. One of these so called Border Inspection Station in Texas is near the I-20 and I-10 junction. Look at a map. This station is at least a hundred miles from the border. Does that make sense to you? The fact is, the current administration has no desire to guard and secure our border. The administration works to make the problem worse, to force a radical political agenda, just like they are doing with the Gulf oil spill. Some Democrat Senators are pushing Obama to simply make an Executive Order granting amnesty to illegals. If Obama is crazy enough to try such a move, he will tear this country apart. But then again, that is Obama. He has come to divide, he has come to destroy. I wish it were not so. I wish we had a President that loved his country instead of Socialism and himself. God Help Us. I am a fan of the Mexican people. They are being used as pawns to enact a radical agenda, and they are suffering. Some businesses are using illegals as de facto slaves, it is not right. At a manufacturing plant south of Minneapolis, I noticed that almost all of the employees were Spanish speaking Hispanics. I asked the foreman about it. He told me that they could not find Americans willing to work. I replied that that was BS. He said "Why?" "Please don't treat me like a dummy," I said. "The truth is you cannot find Americans that will work for the wages these guys will work for." He smiled. "Exactly".

1 comment:

  1. Excellent Post, "As Always". THANKS. I believe You are so, "Hear, Hear" about General McChrystal and General Petraeus. Both Very Passionate Excellent Leaders. One sees The Passion in McChrystal"s Face. One could know what he is think on approach. Petraeus on the other hand has no expression in his face or body language, even in front of Congressional Ignorance. Can't help but Love McChrystal(The Snake Eater). The same for Petraeus with his Iron Face. I would not want to play chess or poker with Petraeus. Who should be called, "Our Iron Face Warrior".