Saturday, June 2, 2012

Political Digest for June 2, 2012

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Worth Reading: Holder's Chutzpah. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Attorney General Eric Holder recently told a group of black clergymen that the right to vote was being threatened by people who are seeking to block access to the ballot box by blacks and other minorities. This is truly world-class chutzpah, by an Attorney General who stopped attorneys in his own Department of Justice from completing the prosecution of black thugs who stationed themselves outside a Philadelphia voting site to harass and intimidate white voters.

Bill Clinton says Mitt Romney qualified to run, defends Bain work
Excerpt: Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday night became the latest surrogate for President Obama to stray from campaign talking points, saying GOP nominee Mitt Romney's business experience "crosses the qualification threshold." (Sure, Romney understands business and the economy. But how much community organizing has he done? How many autobiographies has he written? ~Bob.)

Public sector union head says Dems could do more for Wisconsin recall
Excerpt: The leader of one of the country’s most politically powerful unions said Thursday that national Democrats could have done more in the Wisconsin recall race. Gerry McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said more could and should have been done in the effort to remove Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) from office by the national party. (I take it as a good sign that the finger pointing has already begun. ~Bob.)

Recall Election Could Foretell November Vote
Excerpt: The outcome of the election on Tuesday will not just decide the state’s leanings on matters of budget, taxes and policy, as well as the ultimate trajectory of Mr. Walker’s fast-rising political prospects. It will also send a message about a larger fight over labor across the country, and about whether voters are likely to reject those who cut collective bargaining rights, as Governor Walker did here last year for most of the state’s public workers, setting off this battle in the first place.

Moment of Truth in Wisconsin. By Arnold Ahlert
Excerpt: If a new poll taken by Democrats is accurate, the recall race in Wisconsin is closer than the conventional wisdom indicates. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake contends that Republican Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, are now tied at 49 percent.

Battle Ground: Marxism vs. the American Republic
Forty-five years ago my battle ground was Vietnam, today it is in America. One of the most contested battles is going on in Wisconsin. Vietnam then or Wisconsin today, the battle is on and the enemy was and is Marxism. Consider the following and take a stand one way or the other. If you are not aware of what is going on in Wisconsin please take the time to educate yourself. Presently, Walker, Wisconsin and the Republic are ahead and winning but the Marxists are pulling out all stops to destroy Walker and in my opinion, destroy Wisconsin and the Republic. Being from Texas, I cannot vote in the Wisconsin election in less than a week. What I can do and am doing is sending a financial contribution to Walker and forwarding and posting this message. Hopefully it will reach the hands of others that can vote, make a contribution or at least forward to others that might. --Semper Fi, Mac McNeely (Mac is a Khe Sanh combat vet. ~Bob.)

House Dem: Warren response on heritage 'like water torture'
Excerpt: Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) has badly botched questions surrounding her Native American heritage and the issue is damaging her campaign, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) told The Hill. "There has to be an answer for this at some point, something that's full and comprehensive and has some closure to it as opposed to the way it's been dragged out — like water torture," Lynch said late Thursday afternoon. (Could Democrats be getting ready to throw Liz “Paleface Squaw” Warren (D-OWS) under the old dugout canoe? Stay tuned. ~Bob.)

What Elizabeth Warren did wrong. By Chris Cillizza
Excerpt: Elizabeth Warren’s acknowledgment Wednesday night that she had formally informed both Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was a Native American seemingly contradicts a month of the Massachusetts Democrat’s assertions on the matter and represents a major misstep for the nationally touted candidate.

Rubio shows foreign policy chops in NYC
Excerpt: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of U.S. foreign aid — a target in the Republican presidential primary debates — warning that “getting rid of it doesn’t solve anything, but it creates a host of problems.” Rubio’s comments came in a high-profile address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the second foreign-policy speech in two months by a rising GOP star seemingly auditioning for a larger role on the political stage. (I’d certainly make foreign aid a lot more targeted to friends, not enemies. ~Bob.)

Obama Tells Donors Health-Care Fight May Loom After Court Rules
Excerpt: President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.

Worth Reading: The Citizen and the Government. By Cal Thomas
Excerpt: The economic lesson is this: Human nature has demonstrated that if government can squeeze more money out of its citizens without having to cut wasteful spending, it will; and if citizens can get other people's money without having to earn it, they will become addicted to government and come to regard the sustenance as an entitlement.

Excerpt: Ed Schultz is the kind of shameless liberal hack who can go on air standing in front of screaming labor-union crowds in Madison, Wisc., calling for Gov. Scott Walker's head on a platter, and then turn around and announce that "Fox News is an arm of the Republican Party."

Pelosi gives Senate Democrats who pay women less a pass, scolds companies
Excerpt: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday condemned companies that pay women less than men, but was unwilling to condemn Senate Democrats who pay their female staffers less than male staffers, saying that the Senate is “another world.”

What is O’s case? It’s sure not the economy
Excerpt: As June begins and the election inches closer, the question bedeviling the president and his advisers is this: What case will Barack Obama make on his own behalf to undecided voters over the next five months? That must have been on their minds yesterday, as they surveyed the cascade of disappointing data. “All the economic data was bad,” wrote Joe Wiesenthal of Business Insider.

Excerpt: U.S. employers created 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year. The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11 months. The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering. (And if you were to count the tens of millions who have given up looking…. ~Bob.)

Why the first Friday of the month matters so much. By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
Excerpt: Obama simply cannot afford to have that happen again in 2012. If unemployment rises in May, June, and July, the president will struggle to make the case that the economy is starting to pick up steam. And if he can’t find a way to answer the “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” question, it’s hard to see how he wins.

French Fried Potatoheads. By Burt Prelutsky
Excerpt: It’s rare that a country and its president so richly deserve one another. France, after all, is a nation that sat by while its Muslim population set its cities afire because sharia law wasn’t yet on the books. Then, more recently, they had riots because their former president proposed that in order to save the economy, retirement age would have to be raised from 60 to 62. The fact that they might have to work an additional two years 40 years down the road was more than enough to send outraged 20-year-old Frenchies into the streets.

Car battery start-ups fizzle
Excerpt: Since 2009, the Obama administration has awarded more than $1 billion to American companies to make advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Halfway to a six-year goal of producing one million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, auto makers are barely at 50,000 cars.

54% of WI AFSCME employees voted with their feet in 2011. By Moe Lane
Excerpt: Particularly, say, The American Prospect also made this stunning tacit admission of epistemic closure: “Public Policy Polling numbers showed that 39 percent of union households still plan to vote for Scott Walker. That’s a stunning number given Walker’s anti-union stance (most recently highlighted in his ambiguous support for “right-to-work” laws).” I would suggest that it is not a stunning number; merely one that reflects the reality that mandatory participation in a labor union does not change your politics or your opinions.

Excerpt: Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year. A provision of the Walker law that eliminated automatic dues collection hurt union membership. (So a lot of workers don’t want to belong to unions, must be coerced by Democrats passing laws. They call this “The Land of the Free.” ~Bob.)

Feds order Florida to halt ongoing push to remove ineligible voters from rolls
Just because they are here illegally and not citizens doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to vote several times each election, just like other Democrats do. They should move to Chicago, which is so fair it doesn’t discriminate against even dead folks in voting. ~Bob. Excerpt: Federal authorities are demanding that Florida halt its push to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls. In a move that comes just months before the state could play a pivotal role in the 2012 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that the state is violating federal law in its effort to identify and remove ineligible voters.

Insurance Plans Fall Short of Health Law Standards
Excerpt: More than half of the nation's insurance plans for individuals do not meet the minimum standards of coverage set by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago and Towers Watson, a risk-management research organization. In contrast, the study found that most group plans do meet the standards of the act, says the Pew Center on the States.

Worth Reading: Gasoline Prices: Why So High, and What to do? By Kenneth P. Green
Excerpt: In recent congressional testimony, Robert Murphy, of the Institute for Energy Research observed: that: “From its peak in March 2009, the dollar has fallen 17 percent against other major currencies. Therefore, holding everything else constant, the dollar depreciation alone from early 2009 can explain a 20.5 percent increase in oil prices (quoted in dollars)….It is on the basis of such calculations that a recent Joint Economic Committee report estimated that Federal Reserve policies have added almost 57 cents to the price of a gallon of gasoline for American motorists.

Congrats to John Edwards for ruining his life and getting away with it.

Romney Reminds Us: It’s Still About Jobs
Excerpt: We all remember the Solyndra incident. The largest solar company in the nation that received $535 million from the Obama Administration and then went bankrupt, costing over 1000 people their jobs. Why did this happen? None of your business. The government knows best. Let them run the economy.

Darrell Issa's Discovery Summer. By John Ransom
Excerpt: With the presidential campaign in full gear, expect Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform to expand his public probe of the Obama administration’s green crony program that included risky loans to below-investment-grade companies like now-bankrupt Solyndra. The Republican National Committee (RNC) yesterday released a devastating 22-page report on the green company scam formerly known as Solyndra. (OK, the good news is that the sad and sordid truth is continuing to emerge. Hopefully it will continue to help people realize that under the Obama Administration different rules were applied to different companies trying to get to the government cash trough. And those different rules ended up wasting taxpayer dollars by the hundreds of billions. --Del)

Young woman sentenced to death by stoning in Sudan
Warning to Progressive Readers: Please avert your eyes and chant, “All cultures are equally valid.” ~Bob. Excerpt: A Sudanese woman, believed to be around 20, has been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, and is being held near Khartoum, shackled in prison with her baby son, rights groups and lawyers said on Thursday.

Excerpt: Mona Eltahawy’s piece in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy criticized a series of practices that are justified in Islamic law, including child marriage, wife-beating, and female genital mutilation. Counter-jihadist activists and writers have been calling attention to these human rights abuses for years, but Eltahawy’s piece was singular in that she is a Muslim journalist. Muslims for the most part (with some notable exceptions) don’t criticize Muslim practices, particularly those that are rooted in Islam, and mainstream media journalists do so even less often. But the reaction to Eltahawy’s article among her fellow Muslim women is even more striking than her article itself. (She doesn’t understand. Not paying for upscale college students' birth control is a “war on women.” But child marriage, wife-beating, and female genital mutilation are part of the beauty of multiculturalism. ~Bob.)

Denmark: Somali immigrants finance terror with 3.3 million dollars each year
Excerpt: Only 43.3 percent of male Somali immigrants and 33 percent of female Somali immigrants in Denmark have a job. It is therefore fair to guess that social benefits from the Danish states finance terror against Denmark. On May 27, two Somali immigrants were arrested for planning terror against Denmark.

Allah Will ‘Bring Down’ America’s Skyscrapers: Horrific New Farrakhan Audio Praising Sharia Law and Threatening ‘Death’ Unless ‘America Submits.’ By Billy Hollowell
Excerpt: During the last 10 minutes, the fiery Farrakhan erupted with fervency, applauding the violence of sharia law and giving some cryptic warnings to America regarding Iranian intervention. (I’m expecting a statement from Obama—something like, “If I had a minister, he would sound like Louis.” ~Bob.)

Shamed, Civil Beat Revises 'Fact' Check Questioning Djou's Afghanistan Combat Record. By Andrew Walden
Excerpt: Even after “updating” a May 17 ‘Fact’ Check which this writer characterized as "taking three sentences from an hour-long May 1 Rick Hamada interview with Afghanistan combat veteran Rep. Charles Djou, twisting Djou's words into a pretzel and fact-checking statements Djou did not make", Civil Beat is still lying about Charles Djou’s Afghanistan combat record and his votes in Congress relating to that war. ("Civil Beat" is a Honolulu news site that claims to be bringing all current news to the people of the islands in a balanced and impartial way. A few seconds on their site reveals one of their columnists slamming Wisconsin Gov Walker for undermining "the rights of women, unions, schoolteachers and other public sector workers". I guess she means the rights to force every state employee to pay union dues collected for the union by the state, and the right of the teachers' union to force all school districts to buy health insurance from a union owned company at exorbitant rates. So one gets a good idea of where Civil Beat is coming from. Recently they went after a state representative who is an Afghanistan combat vet, and published some really tall tales about him. Fortunately they were so carried away that it was not hard for others to nail them for their misrepresentations and lies. See the article below. Again we see a Liberal media outlet sliming those they don't agree with. So.... what else is new? --Del)

Obama’s abortion, marriage views inspire dozens of Democratic politicians to join the GOP
Excerpt: Five months ahead of the presidential election, the Democratic Party is already losing seats to Republicans, as a growing number of elected officials are changing parties over issues like the right to life, the definition of marriage, and the Obama administration’s mandate that religious institutions cover abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. Wednesday afternoon, seven local office-holders from three Mississippi counties announced they had voted with their feet.

'Europe' alienates us all - as foretold 40 years ago
Excerpt: With chilling candour, this paper (from FCO folder 30/1048) predicted that it would take 30 years for the British people to wake up to the real nature of the European project that Edward Heath was about to take them into, by which time it would be too late for them to leave. Its author made clear that the Community was headed for economic, monetary and fiscal union, with a common foreign and defence policy, which would constitute the greatest surrender of Britain’s national sovereignty in history.

Obama’s America: EPA Officials Visit Man For Sending Email. By Shannon Bell.
Excerpt: About a month ago, EPA regional official Al Armendariz made news when a YouTube video of him describing the way the agency handles oil and gas companies surfaced. In it, Armendariz said an analogy he liked to use about enforcement was how the Romans used crucifixion to keep smaller towns and villages under their thumb. Since then, Armendariz has resigned his post at the EPA. Case closed, right? Wrong. (About the expansion of misuse of power by bureaucracies. This just keeps getting worse. This story should be on the MSM, but you'll never see it there. And there should be an inquiry in Congress about such gratuitous harassment of a citizen exercising in a perfectly reasonable way his right to contact officials of his government to discuss their actions. Now we are all supposed to be afraid to even ask to communicate with public officials? That's NOT America. --Del)

Addiction: The Coming Epidemic - by Damian Thompson, Telegraph UK Blogs
Excerpt: There is already plenty of evidence to suggest that men’s growing fascination with rough porn is spoiling their relationships with real-life, non-slutty wives and girlfriends. And, as I explain in the The Fix, internet porn has played a significant if mostly unrecognised role in the scandal of Catholic paedophile priests. (Some research that porn keeps down violent sex crimes as well. I’ll have to study the subject further to make a judgment. It may take awhile… ~Bob.)

OFFICIAL: The more scientifically illiterate you are, the more you believe in "Climate Change." By James Delingpole
Excerpt: Turns out that a stunt arranged by the US climate alarmist establishment to discredit sceptics has backfired horribly: A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens. The results of the survey are especially remarkable as it was plainly not intended to show any such thing:

Queen with a gun: "Try abolishing this..." - by Tim Stanley
Excerpt: This weekend is Her Majesty’s jubilee [60 years]. I’m only a “soft monarchist.” As a mix of Catholic and non-conformist, the institution has never been kind to my family. As a recovering socialist, the blood still boils when I think of all the pomp and money lavished on it. But as a conservative convert, I appreciate the stability and fidelity that the royal family brings to public life. Most of all, I appreciate Elizabeth II. (Well, if we’d restore the Stuarts…. ~Bob.)

Imposing Cap & Trade Through LOST
Excerpt: The insane LOST treaty that Obama et al. are trying to sneak through the Senate would do much more than redistribute $billions of Americans’ money to Third World dictatorships. It would cripple the economy by inflicting backdoor Cap & Trade. Unsurprisingly, the treasonous Hanoi John Kerry is behind the latest maneuver:

Documents Show that Drugmakers Vowed to Push Obamacare in Exchange for White House Blocking Provisions They Opposed
Excerpt: Drugmakers led by Pfizer Inc. agreed to run a “very significant public campaign” bankrolling political support for the 2010 health-care law, including TV ads, while the Obama administration promised to block provisions opposed by drugmakers, documents released by Republicans show. The internal memos and e-mails for the first time unveil the industry’s plan to finance positive TV ads and supportive groups, along with providing $80 billion in discounts and taxes that were included in the law. The administration has previously denied the existence of a deal involving political support.

Georgia man’s death during threesome nets his family $3M in trial: Relatives argued he wasn’t properly warned about the dangers of physical activity
Excerpt: The family of a Georgia man who died when his heart couldn’t take a three-way sex romp was awarded a hefty $3 million payout by a jury, according to reports.
William Martinez’s estate was originally seeking $5 million in a medical malpractice case that claimed a cardiologist failed to warn the 31-year-old to stay away from physical activity. (Only in America. I remember my last threesome. Sure, there were a couple of no-shows, but I still had a good time. ~Bob.)

The Patriotism of Palestine - by Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish Blog
Excerpt: It is of course difficult to find as compelling a national interest as the [United Nations Relief and Works Agency], a refugee agency created exclusively for the benefit of five million Arabs, approximately 30,000 of whom are actual refugees, but all of whom hate the United States.

VIDEO: Muslims. The choosiest beggars and least grateful of all the people in the history of the world. - from Vlad Tepes Blog
Excerpt: It is quite stunning how in the same short scene in one video Choudary can talk about how Islam and sharia will be imposed on all unbelievers no matter how much we like it or do not, and a few breaths later talks about how Muslims are oppressed everywhere as if suddenly that is a bad thing. Clearly he loves oppression. It just has to be by Muslims.

It's Not Our World. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: As I'm always at pains to point out, an author doesn't get into the apocalyptic doom-mongering biz because he wants it to happen. As anyone who's tried enforcing his copyright in China or the old Soviet Union or your average nickel-'n'-dime Third World basket case well knows, in a world without Western civilization the royalty checks are going to be a lot smaller. So you write the head-for-the-hills stuff in hopes of preventing the need to.

Excerpt: Not only does he not feel bad about the tab taxpayers have to pick up for his haircuts, President Obama obviously also does not care much about the massive carbon footprint his haircuts are leaving on our planet which, we are told, is tipping precariously.

StratCom Boss Says Nukes in "Bad Shape"
The U.S. nuclear weapons complex is in “really bad shape” after the country’s failure to invest in industry and the national laboratories after the Cold War, the top U.S. nuclear commander said. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the U.S. has let the infrastructure that supports the country’s nuclear stockpile slip.

Astrologers Say Celestial Charts Favor Obama Over Romney
Excerpt: The votes are in and it is unanimous: Barack Obama will win re-election to the U.S. presidency in November, according to five astrologers who offered predictions at their convention on Tuesday. (“When you grasp upon a straw, reading stars fills you with awe…” ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: Barack Obama: Drone Warrior. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: You go around the world preening about how America has turned a new moral page by electing a president profoundly offended by George W. Bush's belligerence and prisoner maltreatment, and now you're ostentatiously telling the world that you personally play judge, jury and executioner to unseen combatants of your choosing, and whatever innocents happen to be in their company.

Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
Excerpt: From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program. Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet. (Five pages long and every page is worth reading. Since this is from NYT, it’s anyone’s guess how much Obama puffery and spin has been added. Certainly from all other reports, Obama merely dabbles in national security issues just as he dabbles in everything else that doesn’t have his name on it. If true though, NYT takes another opportunity to expose secrets that invite retaliation against us. This time, though, the retaliation wouldn’t simply be against those uncivilized ruffians in uniform, but rather against the civilian infrastructure. The same infrastructure NYT depends on every moment to produce and disseminate its news. Are they suicidal? I think perhaps they are, if they can only take the rest of us with them. --Ron P. If you are playing chess, and you assume your opponent won’t see a response to your moves that you see, you will lose. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Unbelievably, the Obama campaign seems to want to have a debate about which of the two candidates is more qualified to run the world’s largest economy. Writing earlier this year I considered where the campaign seems hell-bent on going. This is a debate that can prove only disastrous for the forces of O.

After bad jobs report, Obama parties with radicals. By Matt K. Lewis
Excerpt: On the heels of a depressing jobs report, Barack Obama is raising $5 million at fundraisers in Chicago this Friday – including one co-hosted by Marilyn Katz. So who is Marilyn Katz? According to the New York Times, she’s the person who gave Obama “entry into another activist network: the foot soldiers of the white student and black power movements that helped define Chicago in the 1960s.

Holder's Racial Incitement: When looking for the Attorney General's motives, think
Excerpt: The United States of America has a black President whose chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, is also black. They have a lot of political power. So how are they using it? Well, one way is to assert to black audiences that voter ID laws are really attempts to disenfranchise black Americans. And liberals think Donald Trump's birther fantasies are offensive?

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