Saturday, January 21, 2012

Political Digest for January 22, 2012

The Old Jarhead Blog. Bringing you news and information the MSM is too busy covering American Idol, celebrity affairs and sensational missing person cases to cover. Please forward to friends who need to be informed.

Dawn's Early Light
Great photo from blog contributor Dave Hollenbeck in Arizona. ~Bob.

Gingrich wins South Carolina primary, Fox News projects
Excerpt: Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects, further scrambling an already volatile primary race that has produced three different winners in three states. Fox News projects that Mitt Romney will place second in the Palmetto State. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for third place, and that contest remains too close to call, though Fox News exit polls show Santorum with a slight lead over the Texas congressman. (So what now? Any hope of a brokered convention picking Mitch Daniel or Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio for VP? ~Bob.)

South Carolina Primary: Gingrich Surges to Threaten Romney's Frontrunner Status
Excerpt: While Romney seemed totally unprepared for the obvious questions that came his way, Gingrich's months of planning for the inevitable controversy about his marriage shut it down entirely. The same crowd that booed Romney erupted in applause for Gingrich's bold stand. The reaction to Gingrich in the debate hall mirrored the electricity he has been generating all week in what is essentially his own backyard. (I assume Daily Beast's tone of almost-approval is for the internal problems a Gingrich victory would cause within the Republican party, not the possibility that he might actually win. Ron P.)

South Carolina undercuts Romney’s electability argument
Excerpt: The South Carolina Republican Party’s mantra is: “We pick presidents.” Voters in Saturday’s primary felt the same way, but their idea of who was most electable differed starkly from their predecessors in the 2012 GOP presidential race. By the end of the contest Saturday, exit polls show Mitt Romney’s reputation as the most electable Republican candidate took a severe blow.

Fox News Hires Soros-funded Activist
Excerpt: Sally Kohn, a former senior strategist at the Soros-funded Center for Community Change, has been hired as a Fox News Contributor. Soros is the controversial hedge fund billionaire, convicted of insider trading in France, who finances the “progressive” movement in the U.S. It is significant that Kohn is now a regular paid commentator on Fox News, while Glenn Beck, the one-time archenemy of George Soros, was ousted from the channel last year and now hosts an Internet TV show.

Free Meredith Graves
Excerpt: The Manhattan district attorney is reported to be in plea-deal negotiations with Meredith Graves, the nurse who faces serious felony firearms charges after bringing her Tennessee-permitted .32-caliber pistol to Ground Zero, apparently unaware of the fact that New York declines to recognize out-of-state concealed-carry licenses, and that New York City declines to recognize even New York State permits. Ms. Graves, upon seeing the no-guns sign at the memorial, naïvely asked a security guard whether it would be possible to check in her pistol; this attempt to comply with the posted rules resulted in her arrest, and could well result in her being sent to prison — for years.

Why Do Obama Officials Get Rich?: The president’s band of 1 percenters By Rich Lowry
Excerpt: In his signature Osawatomie, Kan., speech, President Barack Obama asserted that rising inequality hampers those at the bottom. If that’s so, shouldn’t the people around him endeavor to keep from adding to the injustice by making too much money? But none of them goes out and gets poor. Very few of them, it seems, even go out and get middle-class. They get rich. Many of them climb right into the 1 percent.

The Myth of 'Newt the Great Debater' - John Ziegler, American Thinker We are told that all of the frustration, which media-hating conservatives have been feeling after four years of watching helplessly as the great fraud Obama has somehow avoided being exposed, will be all unleashed in a series of glorious, three-hour, Lincoln/Douglas style debates. By the end of that process, according to the Gospel according to Newt, Obama will have to be carried off the stage by network news anchors as our next president basks in the glow of a nation grateful to having been shown the light of truth.

Proposed Enemy Expatriation Act to Dispossess American Citizens of Their American Nationality by Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson - American Thinker
Excerpt: Things may now be going from very bad to even worse. This January, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Congressman Charles Dent (R-PA) introduced legislation to empower the federal government to dispossess citizens of their citizenship and send them into stateless exile. The fact that reliable weathervanes of the liberal House GOP establishment like Frank Wolf (R-VA) have co-sponsored this bill confirm that this bill is not an outlier.

The Phony Saints of Liberal Land - James Lewis, American Thinker
Excerpt: With one-half of their brains, liberals are convinced they are peaceful, loving, and harmless folk, while the other half is seething with anger, rage, and envy. In fact, scapegoating and lynch-mobbing are what they do naturally. We just saw it with the Occu mobs, with all the top Demagogues telling the world how good and saintly those pooping morons of Wall Street really were. Then the New York Sanitation Dept. crews -- mostly Hispanics and blacks -- had to clean up the tons of poop... It's easy to tell the phony saints. Phony saints are the ones who tell the world how good they are. Real saints just do things.

Mozilla Touts Firefox Impact on SOPA Blackout
Excerpt: According to Mozilla, Firefox users were instrumental in getting the message to Congress. "Ultimately, 360,000 emails were sent by Mozillians to members of Congress, contributing a third of all the emails generated by EFF's campaign site," said Mozilla in a blog post Thursday.

No More 'Women and Children First' - Mark Steyn, Orange County Register
Excerpt: As Kipling wrote: "We're most of us liars, we're 'arf of us thieves, an' the rest of us rank as can be, But once in a while we can finish in style (which I 'ope it won't 'appen to me)." Sixty years later, the men on the Titanic – liars and thieves, wealthy and powerful, poor and obscure – found themselves called upon to "finish in style," and did so. They had barely an hour to kiss their wives goodbye, watch them clamber into the lifeboats, and sail off without them. They, too, 'ope'd it wouldn't 'appen to them, but, when it did, the social norm of "women and children first" held up under pressure and across all classes.

Make Up Your Mind, Newt - Mark Steyn, National Review Online
Excerpt: Jonah, Andy, I’m with you guys. Does Newt have an “open marriage” with John King? He gets to slap him around on TV, but after the show he’s all kissy-kissy with him? I’ve sat through too many third-rate nights on Broadway not to recognize the difference between cheap manipulative ersatz indignation and the real thing. More fool the crowd for rewarding him for it.

Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Survivor - by Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish Blog
Excerpt: Whatever else Newt Gingrich is, he's a survivor. The establishment sank him once over Paul Ryan and he came back. It sank him a second time over Bain and once again he's back. A much hyped interview with his ex-wife hardly touched him no matter how often Drudge pushed the story. With Perry out and Santorum lagging despite his apparent win in Iowa, Gingrich is pulling ahead as the Anti-Romney.

VIDEO: Allen West Challenges Journalists: "When are you going to go ask Harry Reid: "What's Up With That [Fiscal Insanity]?"
Excerpt: Allen West to Journalists: '[Harry Reid] stands for fiscal insanity...and I would ask you one simple question, each and every one of you people behind the cameras, with your pens, pads and recording devices, when are you going to go over to Harry Reid and ask him, "What's up with that?" [Allen West is challenging the journalists in this video, but the text on the Fox News page does not mention that. The Fox page makes it seem as if AW is talking to Harry Reid. No. He is talking to the journalists. He is saying to the journalists: "When are you going to go over to Harry Reid & ask him, "What's up with that fiscal insanity?" - Kate]

A GOP Candidate's Bitter Ex-Wife Receives More Coverage Than a Video of Obama Dining with Terrorist-Supporters By Lauri B. Regan
Excerpt: As I watch the media circus surrounding Marianne Gingrich's interview regarding her relationship with her ex-husband and GOP candidate, Newt Gingrich, I am once again reminded of the double standard afforded to the Democrats and Barack Obama in particular. Coming on the heels of the Herman Cain melee in which the press had a field day parading one accuser after another before video cameras, it is difficult not to repeat the question of why the Democrats get a free pass. Why are calls for Mitt Romney to release his tax return not met with calls for Barack Obama to release his college transcripts—something that is just as customary for presidential candidates?

Excerpt: "If you have voted after you are dead, there is a good, strong possibility that you did something illegal," he said to reporters after speaking to the panel. "At that point in time, it comes out of my hands and goes into legal hands. ... It's not my job to explain that." Marci Andino, executive director of the state Election Commission, said the DMV analysis and claims, if true, would mean the election process has been compromised by illegal activity. (No SC doesn't need a voter ID law...~Bob.)

Amazing: It's easy to judge why this inexperienced lawyer will get on the bench: Dan Degnan may not have the credentials, but he has a powerful dad by John Kass
Excerpt: Though short on courtroom time, the fifth candidate did have something more valuable: oodles of political chops. And he had the Mount Olympus of political hack jobs, executive director of the Cook County employee pension fund. But his most outstanding qualification was that his father was the political brain (and fist) of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. So guess how many candidates are left on the ballot now? If you said "just one," meaning the political guy with the father with the clout, you'd be right. (Just the daily dose of political corruption as usual here in Obamaville. Though Kass is always worth reading, you can't open the paper without being scunnered. And that's just the stuff they find out. ~Bob.

Amazing: When a bad thing is a sure thing, even a mobster can cop a plea by John Kass
Excerpt: Soon the FBI was digging for bodies near Scalise's suburban home, and this prompted his then-attorney Anne Burke — the wife of the Chicago ward boss and the future (and current) Illinois Supreme Court Justice — to insist that Scalise had nothing to say to the feds. "The FBI has been trying to get him (Scalise) to talk consistently over the years," Burke told the Tribune in 1988, saying her client was subject of FBI "harassment." She added, "On all occasions he has refused to talk to them." (So, one of our Supreme Court Justices was an attorney for mobsters? Gee, you learn something new every day here in the Land of Obama, the place where politics and organized crime are joined at the hip. ~Bob.)

Rep. Allen West Calls Obama 'Weak' on Iran
Excerpt: “Right now he’s not conveying any kind of strength whatsoever,” West said of Obama. “If I were sitting at the White House I would say two words to Iran — that’s ‘game on.’ ” West, an Army veteran and House Armed Services Committee member, criticized Obama over a report Wednesday that an Iranian lawmaker said Obama had called for direct talks with Iran in a secret communication to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Obama administration officials disputed the report.

Greenpeace's Forest Policy is Unsustainable - James Delingpole, Telegraph UK
Excerpt: Here is a guest post from one of my environmental heroes, Patrick Moore. The reason he's an environmental hero is because, unlike so many campaigners in the green movement, he doesn't believe that in order to save the world its necessary to destroy Western industrial civilisation. I highly recommend his superb book Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout which describes how he lost his faith in the organisation he co-founded: Since I left Greenpeace, its members, and the majority of the movement have adopted policy after policy that reflects their antihuman bias...

Pleading the Fifth: Gunwalker Witness Refuses to Testify
Excerpt: Cunningham’s intention to broadly exercise his rights by providing nothing more than his name and title provoked a scathing response from Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa: The assertion of the Fifth Amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the Department’s integrity in Operation Fast and Furious. The former head of the ATF has previously told the committee that the Justice Department is managing its response to Operation Fast and Furious in a manner designed to protect its political appointees. This is the first time anyone has asserted their Fifth Amendment right in this investigation and heightens concerns that the Justice Department’s motivation for refusing to hand over subpoenaed materials is a desire to shield responsible officials from criminal charges and other embarrassment. (It may be worth pointing out the Fifth Amendment gives no protection for laziness, inconvenience, ineptitude, or embarrassment. It only protects against self-incrimination. It is possible a deal may be worked out—or imposed—that would allow or require testimony with immunity. Ron P. Well, those things are protected by the Commerce Clause. At least, they claim everything else in the world is covered by it, so I assume.... ~Bob.)

California's Not Dreamin': This Is the Nightmare of an Obama Second Term by Roger Hedgecock (former mayor of San Diego )
Excerpt: I live in California . If you were wondering what living in Obama's second term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there now. California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democratic Left enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The unemployment rate is 12%.

Will Iran answer O? Jeers for outreach — in public By Amir Taheri
Excerpt: Last week, Tehran circles tipped a “top secret message” from President Obama to Iran’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei. This week, almost everyone seemed to know (or pretend to know) something about the mystery letter. In an editorial Thursday, the daily Kayhan, published by Khamenei’s office, claimed Obama had adopted “a supplicatory tone, seeking to ingratiate himself in the eyes of the supreme guide.”
But let’s start with what everyone agrees about the letter:

Franklin Raines, Ghost Defendant
Excerpt: Obama adviser Franklin Raines is glaringly absent from an SEC lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives for defrauding investors. How convenient. Raines first plunged Fannie into the subprime abyss as its chairman and chief executive from 1999 to 2005 while cooking the mortgage giant's books to score fatter bonuses for himself and other Democrats on its board. (Actually, Raines claimed he was advising Obama, not clear he really was. And worse than him was Jim Johnson who got it all going at Fannie, walked away with $100m. Not that Raines shouldn't also be in the dock. I recommend the book Reckless Endangerment. ~Bob.)

Mexico's Murderous Drug War Spills Over U.S. Border
Excerpt: Just one problem, though. Brewer may have jumped the gun months ago, but cartel beheadings have become a reality in Arizona — and are now jumping to other states. Four months after the Arizona governor spoke, the first grisly cartel beheading occurred — in Arizona. Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy's body was found Oct. 10, 2010 in Chandler, in what police believed had been a revenge attack for stealing cartel drugs.

Supremes slap racial bean-counters
Excerpt: The US Supreme Court yesterday handed down a unanimous decision in three consolidated cases involving redistricting in Texas, overturning lower court orders that had redrawn the legislative districts drawn by the state. The gist of the decision was that federal judges must be careful in throwing out state officials’ redistricting work — even when the challenge to that work is based on claims (in particular under the Voting Rights Act) that the redistricting is in some way racially discriminatory. The justices sent the cases back down with some general guidance and the admonition to be less high-handed in throwing out the state’s work wholesale.

Congressman: Marines in urination video should be punished but not charged
Excerpt: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) said Wednesday the Marines shown in a video apparently urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan should be "disciplined accordingly" but not sent to court martial. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Hunter, who served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he is alarmed by recent statements by Panetta and others that indicate the incident may result in court martials and prison sentences.

Justice Department blinks in battle against Sheriff Joe
Excerpt: In its developing battle with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over alleged violations of the civil rights of Hispanics, the Justice Department appears to have blinked, backing away from an earlier threat to take the Arizona lawman to federal court immediately. Now, the DOJ suddenly wants to talk.

Press Digs for Dirt with a One Sided Shovel
Excerpt: Reporters are digging for dirt on the Republicans. They’ve already made several earth-shattering discoveries. Like Mitt Romney is paying exactly the amount of taxes the law requires And that the second ex-wife of Newt Gingrich still holds a grudge.

France deplores 'assassination' of troops as it threatens to pull out of Afghanistan
Excerpt: France has suspended all operations with the Afghan army and threatened to withdraw its forces early from the country after an Afghan soldier shot dead four French troops. Alain Juppé, France's foreign minister, said the unarmed soldiers had been victims of an "assassination," and President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered an immediate review of security for troops training Afghan soldiers.

Muslims in Egypt Burn Christian Homes and Shops, Attack Church
Didn't get the "Islam is a religion of peace" memo, I guess. ~Bob. Excerpt: A Muslim mob attacked Copts today in the Upper Egyptian village of Rahmaniya-Kebly, Nag Hammadi, Qena province, destroying and torching their homes, straw huts and shops, while chanting Allahu Akbar. No one was reported killed or injured (video). According to reports, security forces were present but did not intervene and the fire brigade arrived 90 minutes late. An eye-witness said that a straw hut belonging to a Copt was torched to clear the area for a mosque. There are more than 300 mosques in the village and one church.

Christians in Syria targeted in series of kidnappings and killings; 100 dead
Excerpt: Damascus: January 19, 2012. (Barnabas Aid) The Christian community in Syria has been hit by a series of kidnappings and brutal murders; 100 Christians have now been killed since the anti-government unrest began.

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny. --James F. Cooper

MSNBC's Bashir Superimposes Republican Candidates In Front Of Confederate Flag
Excerpt: Witness the low stunt Bashir pulled to open his show today, on the afternoon of the South Carolina primary. Bashir superimposed photos of the Republican candidates in front of a Confederate flag image. (Next time a liberal attacks Israel, FOX should put the photo in front of a Nazi flag. Be no objections, right? ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa New Media Director was arrested Friday for attempting to use the identities of Secretary of State Matt Schultz [a Republican], and/or his brother Thomas, with the intent to falsely implicate the Secretary Schultz in illegal or unethical behavior. Zach Edwards, 29, of Des Moines, currently works for Link Strategies, a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Edwards is the Director of New Media for Link Strategies. (In Chicago, this would get him a lifetime public pension. ~Bob.)

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Showtime at the Apollo By Maureen Dowd
Obama losing the Hard Left? She must be a racist. ~Bob. Excerpt: Times have been bad and sad, and The One did not turn out to be a messiah, just a mortal politician who ruefully jokes that his talent is hitting the “sweet spot” where he makes no one happy, neither allies nor opponents. The man who became famous with a speech declaring that we were one America, not opposing teams of red and blue states, presides over an America more riven by blue and red than ever.

Brazil Stiffs Obama on Oil Deal, Exposing President's Incompetence by Mark Whittington, Yahoo
Excerpt: President Barack Obama has suffered the second embarrassment over oil imports within the space of a week. Brazil, whose offshore deposits of oil were sought by the Obama administration, has signed contracts with China for the product.

Excerpt: Hundreds of angry Libyans on Saturday stormed the transitional government's headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi, carting off computers, chairs, and desks while the country's interim leader was still holed up in the building. Libyans have grown increasingly frustrated with the pace and direction of reforms in the country more than three months after the end of the civil war that ousted longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. (This is going to blow up in our face. Only question is when? ~Bob.)

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