Thursday, February 2, 2012

Political Digest for February 2, 2012

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Fresh off Florida victory, Romney pushes on to next primary fight
Excerpt: Mitt Romney hopped a one-way flight to Minnesota on Wednesday, the wind at his back as he emerged from a forceful victory in Florida's presidential primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney topped his nearest rival, Newt Gingrich, by 14 points, 46 percent to 32. But even as he celebrated his Florida triumph, the former Massachusetts governor committed himself to an extended and hard-fought nominating contest that is still near the beginning.

Gingrich vows to press on after defeat
Excerpt: The Sunshine State handed Newt Gingrich a defeat Tuesday night, but he insisted that he would plow on with his presidential bid nonetheless. “We are going to contest every place, and we are going to win,” he told supporters in the ballroom of a hotel here after Mitt Romney had been declared the winner of the Florida primary.

Mitt Romney’s Florida sweep — and how it changes the presidential race
Excerpt: Mitt Romney’s across-the-board victory in the Florida Republican presidential primary on Tuesday night serves as a direct rebuttal to the criticism that he simply isn’t conservative enough to be the party’s nominee and leaves his remaining rivals with few obvious next steps as the nomination fight moves to Nevada next month.

Recent missteps preempt White House counter-programming effort
Excerpt: The White House’s weeks-long effort to counterprogram against the GOP presidential primary fight has veered off course over the past two days. To date, President Obama has been successful in seizing the spotlight from Republican contenders after contests in several primary states. 

After Obama’s remarks on drones, White House rebuffs security questions
Excerpt: White House spokesman Jay Carney rebuffed questions Tuesday about whether President Obama had violated intelligence restrictions on the secret U.S. drone program in Pakistan when he openly discussed the subject the day before.

U.S. launches airstrike against al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen
Excerpt: The U.S. military launched an airstrike against Yemen’s al-Qaeda affiliate early Tuesday, targeting an area of the country where the group is influence. At least a dozen people were killed in the strike, including insurgents from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — also known as AQAP — and local militants, according to some reports. Other accounts put the death toll at about half that number.

Science decodes 'internal voices'
Excerpt: Based on signals from listening patients, a computer model was used to reconstruct the sounds of words that patients were thinking of. The method may in future help comatose and locked-in patients communicate. Several approaches have in recent years suggested that scientists are closing in on methods to tap into our very thoughts; the current study achieved its result by implanting electrodes directly into a part of participants' brains. In a 2011 study, participants with electrodes in direct brain contact were able to move a cursor on a screen by simply thinking of vowel sounds. (If this is ever perfected, Big Brother will take the “Ultimate Stalker” title away from Santa Claus. Santa Claus? Yes. He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake.” Ron P.)

Excerpt: Have you ever read an article in which the writer compares the incomes of the top 1% to the bottom 99% over the last decade, say? Or the comparison might contrast the top 10% to the bottom 90%? The problem: the author is encouraging you to think that the people in the top 1% at the beginning of the decade are the same people who are in the top 1% at the end of the decade. But they aren’t. People move in and out of this category with surprising frequency. Yet if they aren’t the same people, what’s the point of the comparison? A similar thing happens in health care. I frequently see writers say that a small number of people spend most of the health care dollars. True. But the small number this year are not the same people as the small number last year, or the year before.

Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court
Excerpt: The healthcare law's mandate to require religious-affiliated employers to pay for contraception for their workers has prompted two lawsuits. If the matter gets to the Supreme Court, it will go before justices who recently affirmed — in a 9-0 ruling — that the 1st Amendment gives special leeway to religious employers.

Jan Brewer Vs. Shoe-Tossing Journalist
Excerpt: The photograph of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing a finger at President Obama on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport brought out the worst in amateur psychoanalysis from our media elite. No one had an audiotape or videotape of what was said but just the finger-pointing image somehow was definitive evidence of profound disrespect. These same journalists were not only unfazed but also actually downright amused back in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist in Baghdad threw two shoes at President Bush's head. That man, they said, was an "instant hero." Over and over, they replayed the footage, each time laughing just a bit harder.

Gaining Power in Parliament, Islamists Block a Cairo Protest
When the Obama Administration and the Media swooned over the Arab Spring, you knew it was going to end badly for Women, Christians, Jews, Americans and Freedom. ~Bob. Excerpt: The Muslim Brotherhood flexed its muscles here on Tuesday as hundreds of its young members linked arms to block a protest march from reaching Parliament while its lawmakers inside dominated the selection of leaders for legislative committees. More than 70 people were injured as thousands of protesters jammed against the Brotherhood’s human wall, the Health Ministry said. Thirty people were hospitalized, the ministry said, 10 of them members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Who Is A “Natural Born Citizen”?
Excerpt: So I’m on the O’Reilly Factor and I say if the Republicans don’t put Marco Rubio on their national ticket they need to get their heads examined. Such is my regard for the freshman senator from Florida. What followed were emails from people who told me that Rubio can’t be vice president because the Constitution says only “natural born citizens” can be president or vice president, and he doesn’t fit the description.

First, They Came for the Catholics By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next?

53% Favor Fingerprinting Requirement For Food Stamp Applicants
Excerpt: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is aiming to end New York City’s policy of requiring food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted, a policy the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, wants to keep in place. A new survey shows that a majority of Americans nationwide favor requiring food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted in order to be eligible. (This is a racist policy, because, like with IDs for voting, it’s harder for minorities to get fingers. ~Bob.)

Self-steering bullet researched by US weapons experts
Excerpt: A self-guiding bullet that can steer itself towards its target is being developed for use by the US military. The bullet uses tiny fins to correct the course of its flight allowing it to hit laser-illuminated targets.

Obama’s deadly new PR firm --Whatever happened to SEAL Team 6 being a ‘secret’ weapon?
Excerpt: The dramatic rescue of an American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia by Navy commandos was a terrific encore to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan nine months ago. However, all the White House-driven publicity for both events has helped turn the once-secret SEAL Team 6 into a household term, with likely negative consequences. Although SEAL Team 6 and its official successor, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, have been around since the 1980s, their missions always were kept secret to shield their members’ identities and protect operational security.

America After Obama by Jeff Lukens
Excerpt: Barack Obama has gone from the “one we've been waiting for" to the one we can’t wait to kick out. No one ever thought one man could bring the nation to its knees, but here he is living in the White House. And on our knees we have been praying for the day that he leaves.

Worth Reading: American Tyrants
Excerpt: When Elizabeth Warren went on MSNBC to deny that she was a member of the 1 percent despite her nearly 15 million dollar net worth, the denial had a cultural element to it. Despite being a millionaire, Warren did not see herself as "wealthy". The current debate over the 1 percent and the 99 percent is notable mainly for the shifting boundaries that are not based on economics, but on identity. For all its 'Power to the People' antics American liberalism is not a movement of struggling people, there is a reason why the word limousine so often comes before liberal. Its roots lie in an upper class New England strata that relentlessly fought against Southern Baptists and working class Catholic immigrants. Those roots define modern day liberals much more so than the Jacksonian populism that they occasionally try to imitate.

Obama's Enemies List: David and Charles Koch have been the targets of a campaign of vituperation and assault, choreographed from the very top.
Excerpt: How would you feel if aides to the president of the United States singled you out by name for attack, and if you were featured prominently in the president's re-election campaign as an enemy of the people? What would you do if the White House engaged in derogatory speculative innuendo about the integrity of your tax returns? Suppose also that the president's surrogates and allies in the media regularly attacked you, sullied your reputation and questioned your integrity.

US, UN Helped Colo. Man Now Accused of Terrorism
Hard to tell the “moderates” from the “extremists” until the shooting starts. ~Bob. Excerpt: Jamshid Muhtorov opposed his home country's dictator following a 2005 massacre, endured a brutal detention, and saw his sister arrested on a false murder charge. The 35-year-old fled his country by night dressed as a woman, and the U.S. and the U.N. helped bring him to Aurora in 2007. Now, he's accused of providing material support and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union.

Time Is Up

Excerpt: On February 1, 2009, President Obama said when speaking on the economy, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” Three years later, the results couldn’t be clearer. 

What is Senator Feinstein Up To?
Excerpt: Yet another example of Senator Feinstein’s seeming anti-Obama administration “mistake” has taken place – this time revealing potential plans for future attacks against Iran. A meeting between the director of Israel’s highly secretive intelligence organization – Mossad, was held recently in Washington D.C. in which potential plans for military strikes against Iran were discussed in some detail. Feinstein, as Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman attended the meeting, as well as CIA director David Petraeus. And how then did such an important and normally secret meeting become public knowledge?

The Coming of the New Ice Age: End of the Global Warming Era?
Excerpt: Back then, the media and activists trumpeted the arrival of a new ice age, with the specter of ice sheets and glaciers covering half the northern hemisphere, and brutal winters in the remaining ice-free zones. The fact that the media and popular culture and academia have veered from one panic-inducing disaster scenario to another one which completely contradicts the first one is funny enough in its own right. But reading The Weather Conspiracy: The Coming of the New Ice Age opened my eyes to an even more significant aspect of this serial crisis-mongering: The “solutions” prescribed to solve both Global Warming and the looming Ice Age are exactly the same. (TOJ has been pointing this out regularly for years. There are some great page scans of the book written about in this article. Some of the comments and experts’ advice cited in those pages is remarkably revealing. Ron P.)

At least 73 dead after mass pitch invasion at Egyptian match
Don’t go all Islamophobic. Has probably happened at the Super Bowl and we just didn’t notice. ~Bob. Excerpt: A massive pitch invasion in Port Said, Egypt following a match between defending champions Al Ahly and fourth-place Al Masry has, according to state television, led to at least 73 deaths and more than 1,000 injured in one of the most horrific and large-scale instances of football stadium violence in recent memory.

Excerpt: Every presidential election, there's a new development that changes the nature of campaigns that one party, often the one out of power, takes advantage of. … This year, it's the Republicans' adept and aggressive use of super PACs to even the financial playing field, blunting the often-massive money advantages that an incumbent president has at his disposal.

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