Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Political Digest for June 7, 2012

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Walker Wins Wisconsin (and other Primary Election news)
The polls showing Barrett closing the gap were wrong, particularly the poll by left-leaning Public Policy Polling, showing a margin of only 3% for Walker, within the margin of ACORN fraud. (In their lest poll, PPP left out the third fringe candidate, who had been polling at 2%. Wonder why?) Barrett’s release of internal polls showing a dead heat, were, unsurprisingly, lies to generate turnout. A big turnout was supposed to help Barrett—it didn’t. So my prediction of a 4% Walker win was off, as he won by 6.9%, the first governor to survive a recall vote. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch won by almost the same margin. Liberals took time out from trying to raise a billion dollars for Obama at endless fundraisers to condemn the results as being about big money in politics. Democrats, who were calling Wisconsin a tune-up for November, now say that it will have no impact. They may be right, as exit polls suggest a large number of Walker voters still support Obama (though the exit polls were badly flawed on the out-come). But the economy and growing debt may change voters’ minds by November. Interestingly, the exit polls also showed that single people went over-whelmingly for Barrett, while married people, being more settled and established, with a larger stake in the future, were strongly for Walker. And I think there had to be a number of voters who supported Walker, from households with union members, who were grateful for the secret ballot to keep family peace.

Walker’s victory speech was perfect in tone, no gloating, lots of conciliatory out-reach, a promise to work together. He impresses. He’s now the best-known Governor in America. If he ever changes his title to President, he can thank the SEIU, as Coolidge won because of his stand against the Boston Police Strike of 1919, saying that there was “no right to strike against the public safety, anytime, anywhere,” when he was Governor of Massachusetts.

Barrett’s Last Stand
Cartoon. ~Bob

Liberals quotes on the recall
Enjoy. ~Bob.

Excerpt: Those warm, loving, kind-hearted leftists will turn on you so fast: last night an enraged supporter of Tom Barrett slapped him for conceding the race.

Wisconsin wasn’t an unmixed result. Three of the four Republican Senators facing recall votes won easily, but the fourth, Sen. Van Wanggaard, appears to have lost by about 1%, fewer than 800 votes, giving control of the WI Senate to Democrats by one vote. This margin, in my experience, will likely withstand a recount, unless there is evidence of fraud or irregularities in Democrat-controlled Racine, not impossible. No word yet if Senator-Elect John Lehman (D-SEIU) will go to Madison to be sworn in, or flee directly to a motel in Rockford, IL to shirk his duties in the grand tradition of Wisconsin Democrats.

In other election news, Voters in San Diego and San Jose, CA slapped down the public unions by voting for public employee pension reforms (cuts) by large margins. Maybe voters are starting to get the fiscal message that the party is over. It’s past time. We can only hope.

In New Jersey, US Representative Bill Pascrell (D-CAIR), easily defeated fellow liberal Democrat US Rep. Steve Rothman in the Democrat primary. There is a large contingent of Arab Muslims in the district who made Rothman’s religion an issue. “One side says, ‘We want this Jew out of office’ and, frankly, it’s pretty unsettling,” Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee based in Englewood Cliffs, told the Free Beacon. “They emphasized [Rothman] is a Jewish congressman.” Pascrell refused to condemn to actions of his Muslim supporters, who claimed Rothman was loyal to Israel, not America. More on this story here:
Most Jews, being liberals, still won’t notice that their fellow liberals despise them for the same reason that liberals find it perfectly fine to discriminate against Asians. Jews, like Asians, tend to be oriented towards family and education, thus entrepreneurial and successful in a free market economy, and success is a sin to liberals, making you deserving of attack and discrimination. (Jewish and Asian success has, in my opinion, very little to do with race and everything to do with culture. Yet liberals insist on reinforcing the poverty-orientated culture of our inner cities, despite things getting steadily worse for minorities under their programs. They care about feeling good about caring for people, not in the actual results and real pain they inflict on real people.)

Meanwhile, down the road, the teachers’ union here in Blagobamaville didn’t get the memo from Wisconsin:

Teachers take strike authorization vote today
Excerpt: CTU has asked for a compounded 30 percent raise over two years while the district has offered a 2 percent raise in the first year, no salary increase in the second and the eventual implementation of a merit pay-like system. (So, if you expect to get a 30% raise over the next two years, you should stand in solidarity with the teachers. If you are a taxpayer who won’t get such a raise, maybe not. If you are unemployed, you could offer to be a strike breaker. So you’re not trained as a teacher—could the results for Chicago students be much worse than they are now? ~Bob.)

MSM Reports Wildly Flawed WI Exit Polls To Spin For Obama. By John Nolte
Excerpt: You should've seen the MSM last night on Twitter. I make it a point to follow several of these folks in order to keep an eye on them, and the Wisconsin exit polls, released just after the state's polls closed at 8pm CT, showed the recall race between Republican Governor Scott Walker and his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, tied at 50/50. … But the number the media was most excited to share was that exit polls showed Obama beating Romney in Wisconsin by seven points.

Unions suffer blow in Walker’s recall victory
Excerpt: Organized labor suffered a crushing blow with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) victory in Tuesday’s recall, a possible sign of their fading power and a worrying result for union supporters ahead of November’s election. “They picked a fight they weren't able to win,” said Gary Chaison, a labor expert at Clark University. “This shows them at their weakest. They'll try to put a happy face on this but this is nothing less than a calamity for them.” Unions combined to spend more than $10 million on the race and were the driving force behind the recall effort.

Worth Reading from the NYT: No Recall. By Ross Douthat
Excerpt: We are entering a political era that will feature many contests like the war over collective bargaining in Wisconsin: Grinding struggles in which sweeping legislation is passed by party-line votes and then the politicians responsible hunker down and try to survive the backlash. There will be no total victory in this era, but there will be gains and losses — and the outcome in the Walker recall is a warning to Democrats that their position may be weaker than many optimistic liberals thought.

Excerpt: The leadership of the unions have done a terrible job – and have spent years convinced that the membership loved them, and that the public thought well of them as well. That may have been true at some point, but it is no longer the case, and no amount of spin can change that. Better for these organizations to confront the hard truth, and work to earn back that trust of members and the public at large, than to insist that all is well and ignore the problems.

Governor Walker's Victory Spells Doom For Public Sector Unions. By Bill Frezza
Excerpt: Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes. Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it.

A Historic Win for Reform in Wisconsin
Excerpt: The state of Wisconsin has once again lived up to its billing as a Midwestern incubator of Big Ideas. In yesterday’s case, when voters resoundingly defeated a liberal effort to recall Governor Scott Walker (R), the Big Idea was that reformers who come armed with the strength of their convictions can carry the day–even against mobs, labor unions, Hollywood, the media, academia and everything else the left throws up these days. All reformers need to do is lead. (A clear message that America is not a Marxist nation. Not even in Wisconsin. Mac McNeely)

Teacher's Unions Earn 'F' for Wisconsin Recall Abuse By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: They really outdid themselves. In Wisconsin and across the nation, public school employee unions spared no kiddie human shields in their battle against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget and pension reforms. Students were the first and last casualties of the ruthless Big Labor war against fiscal discipline.

President Obama in California gold rush
Excerpt: President Obama’s campaign is increasingly focusing its fundraising efforts on California, where Obama on Wednesday will make his third trip in a month to attend five fundraisers. (Where he’ll make speeches condemning the Wisconsin outcome as being bought by big money. ~Bob.)

Book Recommendation: Conscience of a Conservative By Barry Goldwater
Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I just re-read this book which I first read in high school, over 50 years ago. It helped me form my own conservative political philosophy, and made me a Goldwater Volunteer in 1964—at least until I reported to Parris Island for Marine boot camp in August. It has stood the test of time well. The only area where I disagree with the Senator is his contention that the constitution does not give the federal government the power to deal with school segregation, though he personally believed it was a bad thing. The constitution states, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” I would argue that allowing any level of government to discriminate on the basis of race, regardless if that discrimination is the old “separate but demonstrably-unequal” segregated southern school system, the current pernicious discrimination of affirmative action, or allowing state universities to discriminate against Asian students in the name of increasing diversity violates the “equal protection of the laws” requirement. (So, of course, does killing voter ID laws, allowing unqualified voters to cast ballots or qualified ones to vote more than once, thus making real votes of less weight.) We tend to forget that it was his speech, “A Time for Choosing,” on behalf of Goldwater that began Ronald Reagan’s rise to the Presidency. (
Rereading the book made me proud to have been a Goldwater volunteer. (Of course, the Vietnam war was my fault—liberals told me if I supported Barry, We go to war in Asia. I did and we did.) This book is short—you can read it over a weekend, clear and still a clarion call for freedom and limited government. One cannot think how appalled Senator Goldwater would be at developments in America since 2008.

Excerpt: I supported the removal of Saddam Hussein and the difficult effort to leave a consensual government in his wake — the most controversial intervention of the last 20 years that nonetheless was authorized by both houses in Congress on 23 writs and stopped the Iraqi model of turning oil revenue into regional attacks and invasions. But in the case of Syria, the obvious advantages of seeing an end to Assad — offering freedom to the populace, stopping the government killing of its own, ending Syria’s corruption of Lebanon, disrupting the Iran/Hezbollah/Syria nexus — are for now certainly outweighed by a number of factors:

Cops: Senate president's son arrested after threatening bouncer
Excerpt: The son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly threatened a bouncer in a Wicker Park bar, police said. (Silly boy. This is Illinois. His dad could just have used state inspectors to put the bar out of business. ~Bob.)

This is moot now, of course, but has an entertaining review of quirky Wisconsin candidates. My favorite fringe candidate was a fellow who lived in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, the town I lived in when I first ran for the state senate. Every election, he’d show up and write himself in for every office, from President to Town Water Board. This was well known, because when I ran in 1972, all 12 communities in the district used paper ballots. In 1972, at the recount, we learned that he had again voted for himself for every office—except for state senator, where he voted for me! Since I won by nine votes out of over 60,000 votes cast, I was grateful to get his vote away from himself. The last town to come in, Shirley, put me ahead for the first time at 6:30 am Wednesday morning. Luckily I won the recount by 126, or the Democrats would have appointed a committee, reviewed the ballots, thrown out ten of mine on technicalities and seated the incumbent Democrat. But as the Senate President later told me, 126 was too many to throw out. Bad PR. ~Bob.

Palestinianism (Follow up comment on earlier post)
If China can govern Tibet as an autonomous region and Russia can govern any number of autonomous republics, Israel should declare the formal creation of fully autonomous self governing statelets of Judea-Samaria and Gaza. Israel is already supporting these polities and should make it official. If Palestinians want "independence," they are talking about borders and border control, they must negotiate without dictating prior terms. It should be made clear to them that the longer they fail to negotiate, the weaker their negotiating position will become. Meanwhile the Arabs of those territories enjoy more control over their own lives than do Chechenyans and Tibetans. The Palestinians have already rejected creation of a worthless currency and manage quite well with shekels and dollars and the transfer they extort for the US and Europeans. As for the trappings of a state, they already have a flag, anthem, their own international dialing code, embassies and even an army. Cordially, Larry Greenberg

No Anti-Obama Jews Wanted in These Synagogues
Excerpt: Inside the synagogue, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who mindlessly called Israeli settlements obstacles to peace, was going to speak. Outside B’nai Torah, in Boca Raton, Florida, members were anxiously pointing out Alan Bergstein, writer and pro-Israel activist, to the reinforced law enforcement detail. Bergstein and other anti-Obama Jews were denied entrance [1] and told by law enforcement to leave the property [2]. (The prevalent denomination of Jews in America is liberal collectivism. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Very Short Video: Global Economic Collapse For Dummies
Excerpt: Forget the complicated flowcharts, scenarios, and government-banking-system reacharounds, the global economic collapse has never been so easy to comprehend... (Funny if it wasn’t scary. ~Bob.)

Obama Doctrine: Speak Loudly And Carry A Puny Stick
Excerpt: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a U.S. strategic shift to the Pacific. It makes sense. What doesn't is doing it in the biggest drawdown since Jimmy Carter.

The last days of MF Global: How Jon Corzine's return to Wall Street ended in spectacular calamity. A Fortune special report. By Peter Elkind with Doris Burke
Excerpt: Jon Corzine, the former U.S. senator, governor, and chief of Goldman Sachs who rode MF Global into the abyss, finds his legacy in tatters. And the hunt for the money continues, with investigators chasing $1.6 billion in customer cash that went missing—something that's never happened before on Wall Street. (Would that be Obama’s close friend, financial advisor, almost Treasury Secretary and Wall Street bundler Corzine? Yes, yes it would. ~Bob.)

Global Warming Alarmism: When Science IS Fiction
Excerpt: The pervasive hype that we are experiencing a known human-caused climate crisis is based upon speculative theories, contrived data and totally unproven modeling predictions. Much of this emanates from politically-corrupted processes and agenda-driven report conclusions rendered by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which is trumpeted in the media as authoritative gospel. Fritz Vaherenholt, a socialist founder of Germany’s environmental movement who headed the renewable energy division of the country’s second largest utility company, was once a big IPCC believer.

Twin suicide bombings in Afghanistan's Kandahar kill 20 civilians
Muslims who didn’t get the “Islam is a Religion of Peace” memo killing fellow Muslims in Allahmurder. Ho hum, what else is new. ~Bob. Excerpt: A pair of suicide bombers struck outside NATO's biggest base in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 20 civilians and wounding 50, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in recent weeks.

In euro region, fate of banks and governments is tied
Excerpt: The roots of the economic crises in Greece, Ireland and Portugal were distinct, but the countries’ problems shared a common feature: In each, the financial fortunes of the government and the banking system were intertwined, and as one staggered, the other began to falter as well. (Too big to fail, too broke not to. ~Bob.)

Spain pleads for help in European crisis
Excerpt: Spain’s treasury minister said Tuesday that his country was being choked off from access to credit, sounding the country’s clearest call for help yet in the 21 / 2-year-old crisis that could leave one of Europe’s largest economies on life support. Only three small euro-zone countries have resorted to international bailouts and the hard conditions that come with them, and Spain, the currency union’s fourth-largest economy, is desperate to avoid becoming by far the largest casualty. (When Greece collapse, will German taxpayers be willing to pour ever-larger amounts of cash into Spain? If not, and Spain collapses, it’s Katy bar the door. ~Bob.)

Supranational Government in Europe? By David P. Goldman
Excerpt: Great swathes of southern Europe operated as a fiscal scam within the European Monetary Union, we know now. Greece lied about its economy to get into EMU and then ran its national debt up to 130% of GDP to feed a kleptocratic patronage machine. Spain’s banks fed a real estate bubble that, in relative economic terms, is three times as big as America’s, by issuing bank bonds that amount to an astonishing 110% of GDP.

Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up
Excerpt: As European leaders grapple with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money. Government coffers could be empty as soon as July, shortly after this month’s pivotal elections. (they are likely to drop out of the Euro. Probably go on the “Gyro.” ~Bob.)

Excerpt: President Obama has explained his approach to health reform on numerous occasions. “Let’s find out what works, and then go do it,” the president says. In other words, let’s find something we like and then go copy it. Yet after spending millions of dollars on pilot programs and demonstration projects, there is little to show on behalf of this concept. The Congressional Budget Office has studied the demonstration projects on three separate occasions (here, here and here) and each time has concluded that their performance has been lackluster and disappointing. They are producing no serious savings and are unlikely to do so in the future.

Medicare And Medicaid Fraud Is Costing Taxpayers Billions
Excerpt: When President Obama pushed through his health care bill, he cut more than $500 billion (over 10 years) in future Medicare spending in order to claim the bill was “paid for.” A better option would have been to aggressively target Medicare and Medicaid fraud, which could have provided the same amount of savings, and possibly more.

Fisker May Never Build Electric Cars in US
Excerpt: The luxury carmaker Fisker Automotive continues to signal it could ditch plans to build its next generation hybrid electric vehicle in the United States, despite the nearly $200 million in Obama administration loan money it has already received. … One of the company's major backers is the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, according to published reports. The firm's partners include John Doerr, a billionaire tech mogul who serves on President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. (On the plus side, liberals got to feel good about themselves for supporting green energy. There is no limit to how much of your money they will invest in that goal. ~Bob.)

Renewable Energy Can't Run the Cloud
Excerpt: Facebook spreads that gargantuan quantity of data among a handful of warehouse-size data centers filled with servers located in Virginia, California and Oregon. The company's new data center is a 300,000 square-foot facility in Prineville, Ore., that draws 28 megawatts, enough power for about 28,000 homes. That's not unusual. The power needed by data centers has been a hot topic for more than a decade as local electricity grids have been forced to adapt to huge new loads. (I shouldn’t be shocked by the scale of this usage, but I am. Just this one segment of the data industry requires more steady, reliable electricity than the entire “green energy” array can provide at any point in the foreseeable future. This only comes to a bit over 1% of total use in the USA. Can we put the green dreams back into proper proportion now, please? Ron P.)

The Trial Lawyer Paycheck Act: The filibuster exists to kill legislation like this Harry Reid special.
Excerpt: It may not be fashionable to say so these days, but three cheers for the Senate filibuster. This week the 60-vote requirement will once again help kill a nasty bit of legislating known as the Paycheck Fairness Act.

An Indictment of Liberalism. By Brady Cremeens
Excerpt: We’ve become a nation of non-thinking pathological poodles, following the sweetest voice of those that call our names, be it wisdom or folly at the instigating end. We jump at the latest passing fancy with little regard to the long-term consequences of our frivolous decisions, hoping only to further our now twisted view of what it means to live in freedom and maintain essential liberty. Barack Obama has buckled the knee of prosperity and stepped on the throat of free market ingenuity, but at least his campaign has some nice slogans.

Spotted in Boston
Hope and change…. ~Bob

Seven Reasons Why Mitt Romney Is The Favorite In November
Excerpt: In other words, the more negative a candidate goes, the less people like him. That's doubly so for Barack Obama whose appeal in 2008 was built around being a post-partisan, post racial, hopeful “Mr. Nice Guy.” Unfortunately for "Mr. Nice Guy," his agenda has been extremely unpopular and so he's been forced to trade in his unicorn for a hellhound.

The Desperate Campaign of Barack Obama. By Bernard Goldberg
Excerpt: I have figured out President Obama’s re-election campaign strategy: Keep throwing stuff against the wall until something – anything — sticks. The “war on women” strategy didn’t work. Only hard-core lefties believe Mitt Romney is anti-woman. And even they don’t really believe it.

China Asks Other Nations Not to Release Its Air Data
Excerpt: After years of choking smog that stings the eyes and burns the lungs, regularly documented by an air sensor at the American Embassy in Beijing that posts the results hourly on Twitter, the Chinese government took a strong position on the issue on Tuesday. (The Reds have never been very Green, but not to worry, progressives love them anyway, for their oppressive policies. ~Bob.)

8 Killed in Renewed Fighting on Armenia-Azerbaijan Border
Excerpt: At least eight soldiers have been killed in two days of renewed fighting this week along the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, stirring tensions just as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is visiting the region. (Well, as you know, Azerbaijan is Muslim and Armenia is Christian, so…nah, that couldn’t have anything to do with it. ~Bob.)

Suspected Boko Haram members killed in Maiduguri, Nigeria
Excerpt: Nigerian security forces have shot dead 16 suspected militants from the Islamic sect Boko Haram in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, officials say.
They were killed in a fierce gunfight overnight, witnesses say.

Quotes from The Patriot Post
"According to the latest Nielsen ratings, CNN has lost 50% of its viewership in the last 12 months. In their defense, competition's tough. The Drying Paint Channel HAS added over a dozen colors since then." --Fred Thompson

"I'm sure glad the unions spent all that money for this big public effort to reaffirm what a great governor [Scott] Walker is." --humorist Frank J. Fleming

Worth Reading: Immoral Beyond Redemption. By Walter E. Williams
Excerpt: Suppose I saw an elderly woman painfully huddled on a heating grate in the dead of winter. She's hungry and in need of shelter and medical attention. To help the woman, I walk up to you using intimidation and threats and demand that you give me $200. Having taken your money, I then purchase food, shelter and medical assistance for the woman.

Worth Reading: The Upside of the Downside. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Edward Gibbon's theory of the fall of the Roman Empire has come in for some revision over the years, but his basic thesis still has merit. The Romans became so wealthy they lost the civic and martial virtues that built the empire in the first place. They in effect contracted out the hard work of civilization that allows civilization to continue.

Clinton Knows What He's Doing. By William Kristol
Excerpt: An Obama reelection loss would leave Clinton as the only twice-elected (i.e., successful) Democratic president since FDR.

Satire: Canada Bracing for Massive Influx of Wisconsin Boat People
Excerpt: The Canadian coast guard was on alert today, preparing for what it fears could be a massive invasion of boat people from Wisconsin.

Meet John Brennan, Obama’s Assassination Czar. By Patrick Poole
Excerpt: A relatively unnoticed article by Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier two weeks ago outlined new Obama administration policy changes which consolidated power for authorizing drone attacks and assassinations under political appointees within the White House. The article identifies White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan as the official assuming the role of Obama’s de facto assassination czar, raising concerns even within the Obama administration that the White House is increasingly turning into “a pseudo-military headquarters” under the direction of just a few senior Obama administration officials.( Well, I’m not worried. In fact, I wrote Mr. Brennan a letter praising his work. This was completely unrelated to the Predator Drone recently spotted over Chicago…. ~Bob.)

GOP to Obama: This is ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy. By Bridget Johnson
Excerpt: On the heels of a multi-state blitz by the GOP’s House Energy Action Team, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will today introduce his party’s answer to President Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a package of bills — all of which passed out of committee with bipartisan support — intended to spur job growth while lowering energy costs.

Documents prove senior Justice officials approved Fast and Furious, Issa says. By Matthew Boyle
Excerpt: House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Tuesday that congressional investigators now have documents that prove senior officials in Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice approved gun-walking in Operation Fast and Furious.

Countering Global Governance. By Avi Davis
Excerpt: Today, although few advocates discuss a world government in which a single political entity would govern all humanity, a sophisticated and extremely well-financed movement to advance global governance has taken root in most Western countries. Insisting on using the UN as a conduit for enacting international protocols and regulations — almost all of which would override national legislation — globalists use international environmental accords, humanitarian law, and international treaties as vehicles to advance an agenda that is becoming increasingly aggressive and unwilling to brook opposition.

New Documents Raise New Questions About Obama-Funded, Crony Green Energy Failure
Excerpt: In yet another case of crony socialism run amuck, although touted by the Obama administration as a "green energy success story" -- newly discovered documents reveal that 'Abound Solar' was experiencing troubling failures even before receiving a massive federal loan guarantee from Obama's Department of Energy (DOE): [...]Originally touted as a green energy success story by President Barack Obama and others, Abound Solar finds itself in the national spotlight after laying off almost 200 workers in February, despite a $400 million loan guarantee from the federal Department of Energy. Stryker's political ties to the Obama administration drew sharp criticism in a recent Congressional Oversight report.

France Once Again a Hell for Jews. By P. David Hornik
Excerpt: Earlier this week, as reported in Algemeiner, three yarmulke-wearing young Jews in Villeurbanne, France were attacked with hammers and iron bars by a mob of over a dozen Muslim youths. The victims had to be hospitalized and then were released.
The Times of Israel reports that police are still looking for the perpetrators, and that they’re believed to be of North African extraction.

Maldives: Blogger accused of posting "anti-Islamic material" stabbed
Excerpt: Ismail Rasheed is here described as a "liberal," which in this case means that he opposes Islamic supremacists and jihadists. When opponents of Islamic supremacism are victims, the mainstream media calls them "liberals." When opponents of Islamic supremacism are trying to preserve freedom and limit Sharia encroachment in the West, an effort of which the mainstream media disapproves, they're called "conservatives."

More quotes
The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees. --V.S. Pritchett

A liberal is man who will give away everything he doesn't own. –Frank Dane

War in the White House: attorney general Eric Holder and top Obama adviser David Axelrod ‘had to be separated’
Excerpt: Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s attorney general and David Axelrod, his top political adviser had to be separated after squaring up during a furious row over attempts to impose White House operatives in the justice department. (Who would you root for? ~Bob.)

How to remove bumper stickers
For the recovering Obot in your family. ~Bob.

Biden Spends $1 Million Annually for Weekend Trips
Excerpt: Last June, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to root out wasteful government spending. But behind the scenes, it’s a different matter. Every Friday, Biden takes a helicopter designated as Marine Two from the vice president’s residence to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then hops on Air Force Two to fly back to his home in Delaware. At the end of the weekend, he returns on Air Force Two, usually a Boeing C-32.

Excerpt: The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-Calif.) rights were not violated in its investigation of her and its case will proceed. In a letter to Waters, the committee wrote to inform the lawmaker that it had considered the 12 allegations of misconduct her lawyer had presented against the panel and found that none of them was in violation of the House or committee rules. (Any time you proceed against a black politician, no matter how egregious the offence, expect to hear loud screams of “Racism!” It’s their first defence, turns aside most liberals and many conservatives. ~Bob.)

Media humiliated over election coverage: CNN's Wolf Blitzer transforms from 'joyous' to somber in 1 hour. By Joe Kovacs
Excerpt: Radio host Rush Limbaugh said CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer sounded “joyous” when he declared at 9 p.m.: “We begin with breaking news out of Wisconsin where polls have just closed in a recall vote that could preview November’s election. Look at this! Our exit polls show it’s a 50/50 race as of this minute!”

Romney Fights Back: He has no intention of running a model, but losing, campaign. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: But there is a far better lesson from the Romney counterpunching: Apparently his campaign is not going to be a repeat of Mike Dukakis’s smiley-face efforts when knocked silly by the late Lee Atwater’s no-holds-barred management of George H. W. Bush’s 1988 campaign. Nor will 2012 prove anything like 2008, when John McCain took all sorts of issues off the table — from Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers to scrutiny of Obama’s memoirs.

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