Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Political Digest for December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor—Seventy years on.
Seventy years since the United States was ruthless attacked without a declaration of war by the Empire of Japan at Pearl Harbor. (And ten since we were ruthless attacked by Islamists determined to subject humankind to the religious oppression of a new caliphate on 9/11/01). Japan sought then, as China does today, to impose a tyrannically hegemony over Asia. We swore we would never forget. And now college students on Jaywalking can’t tell you who we fought in WWII. That war generation, now rapidly passing from the scene, saved freedom and the world. But the world and freedom must be saved by every generation. It is now threatened by a more insidious enemy we have created among ourselves, an entitlement generation who wants only to take and not to give, who expects the 1% who serve in our military to die for their right to own the latest smart phone, who demands a high “minimum wage” for not toiling, who want an every larger government to take from the productive and give to them. Can we do as well as the WWII generation? I do not see much sunshine looking forward.

The Volt

Medical Freedom Zones
Excerpt: To respond to this growing problem and to take advantage of potential market gains, state governments should consider establishing a medical freedom zone within their border: a demarcated area in which medical innovation is encouraged, traditional regulations are limited, and patients and doctors are able to agree to tailored contracts. In creating such a zone, it is possible that a state could grab a substantial market share of the medical tourism industry, which sent more than 500,000 Americans abroad in 2008.

Worth Reading: Occupy Wall Street Proposed List of Demands
Excerpt: We demand…two trillion dollars! I'm sorry, is this an economic movement or an evil villain convention? I think we can all agree that something needs to change in our country but a lot of these demands are outrageous. (Not an official list, because they couldn’t agree on what hand to wipe with. I’m surprised they left out eternal life and an end to disease, death and growing old. #1 was tried in the 1930s when, against the advice of a thousand economists, Hoover signed the Smooth-Hawley bill, driving unemployment from under 9% to over 20%, where is stayed for years. Forgiving all debts would wipe out the banks, and all the checking, retirement and savings accounts, which are lent out. There would be no credit cards or home, car, student or business loans, because who would lend knowing debts could be forgiven at any time. If all these demands were met, the economy would go to pre-1700s subsistence level, and 50% to 80% of the population of North America would be dead in five years. Printing $2T would create Zimbabwe inflation. Unbelievable anyone could be this stupid. Anyone who agrees with this list is feeble-minded. ~Bob.)

The fall of ‘key man’ Corzine
Excerpt: The spectacular fall of Jon Corzine will be on display Thursday when the former New Jersey senator and governor testifies before a House panel on the bankruptcy of his former firm, MF Global. Just months ago Corzine, a Democrat, was seen as a possible successor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. So confident was MF Global in Corzine that its bond sale in August included a “key man” provision that gave investors an extra 1 percent in interest if Corzine left the firm “due to his appointment to a federal position by the president of the United States and confirmation of that appointment by the United States Senate prior to July 1, 2013.” (Obama’s Wall Street fund-raising guy. As opposed to, say, Holder, Obama’s Drug Cartel gun-running guy. ~Bob.)

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. - Thomas Paine

Hamas TV Cartoon Depicts Koran-Based Story of Jews Being Transformed into Apes
Excerpt: Following are excerpts from a Hamas TV cartoon depicting the Koran-based story of Jews being transformed into apes. The cartoon aired on Al-Aqsa TV on August 25, 2010. (Quick, send them more aid dollars and the "Islam is a Religion of Peace" memo. ~Bob.)

Euro Crisis Destabilizing the Dollar by Ron Paul
Excerpt: In response to pressure from Wall Street, the White House and central banks in Europe, the Federal Reserve last week drastically cut interest rates for currency swaps to benefit troubled European banks. This will flood world markets with more dollars and will soon mean rising prices for every American at the grocery store. This extra liquidity will temporarily ease the cash crunch for irresponsible bankers, but in the long run it will make the situation much worse for consumers all over the world.

Here’s Why There are No Jobs and No Recovery
Excerpt:  It took Bob Bertsch 25 years to build his construction business and just one day for it all to go away. Mr. Bertsch’s Kennewick -based Ashley-Bertsch Group went on the auction block last Friday. ... Mr. Bertsch, 65, said he is down-sizing because the tax burden got too expensive to stay in business. “I am tired of carrying all the tax load,” Bertsch said. “I renew 13 licenses here every year just so I can spend money in this city.” 

ITALY: Moroccan Muslim kills wife because she wanted to convert to Christianity

Excerpt: Mohamed El Ayani (39), a Moroccan living in Brescello, killed his wife, Rachida Radi (35), since he suspected she was converting to Christianity. The victim was killed with a hammer by her ex-husband, from whom she was divorcing. (Ho, hum, another Allahmurder. She was probably asking for it. ~Bob.)

Is Newt Electable?
Excerpt: The liberal playbook for conservative candidates is simple: they’re either stupid, corrupt, or mean. The easier it is for liberals to mash conservatives into that mold, the easier it is for liberals to sink them. “Stupid” is a tough charge to fight off. The left consistently attacked George W. Bush as a dummy – but believe it or not, it was tough for the left to label him dumb, since he had better grades and credentials than Al Gore and John Kerry. 

Christmas Books by Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The joys of Christmas do not include coping with crowds at shopping malls or wracking your brains trying to figure out what to get as a gift for someone who already seems to have everything. Books are a way out of both situations. You don't even have to go to a bookstore, with books so readily available on-line. As for the person who seems to have everything, newly published books are among the things they probably don't always have.

Excerpt: Americans of all colors and political orientations are disgusted with crony capitalism, with the fact that taxpayer money, through government bailouts, found its way into generous bonuses for wealthy executives. ... So if I thought the OWS protestors were really utilizing the Civil Rights Movement’s tactics to remedy corrupt government-business relationship and the wealth gap, I’d be wishing them the best of luck.

Excerpt: In every interview that is done on television, and on just about every discussion held on talk radio, the forces of Occupy Wall Street were allowed to perpetuate an idea that could not be more false. Yet they repeat it with fervor, constantly trying to brainwash any who will listen as to its reality. They don't want to admit what I'm about to state, but it must be said. Income "inequality" is a myth of hysterical proportion.

Prosecutor Warns Not to Ignore al-Shabaab Threat
Excerpt: U.S. policymakers need "to take al-Shabaab seriously" when the Somali terror group talks about targeting the United States, longtime federal prosecutor W. Anders Folk told the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Illegal Aliens, In-State Tuition and the Law
Excerpt: Consider it an illegal fringe benefit for illegal immigrants. Today, 12 states allow individuals who are in the United States illegally to pay the same in-state tuition rates as legal residents of the state without providing the same rates to others in the country who are here legally. And those states are doing it in direct contravention of federal law.

Just another Bam scandal
It’s like black gangbangers killing black kids in Chicago. So common that it fails to arouse indignation. ~Bob. Excerpt: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has officially called on the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general to investigate a suspicious $433 million no-bid contract for a dubious smallpox vaccine. Frankly, just about everything connected with this one smells. The contract was awarded to Siga Technologies, a New York-based company whose principal investor is megabillionaire — and key Democratic moneyman — Ron Perelman. (The Obama administration has unleashed yet another scandal a la Solyndra. I have drawn friendly fire from readers for calling acts of various officials a crime -- notably the TARP bailout and other bailouts to which Presidents Bush and Obama were party, along with most of Congress. The argument is that to rise to the level of a crime, the actor has to be arraigned and adjudicated in criminal court or at least declared a criminal according to a set of strict rules established by government. But what about a government that has lost its legitimacy by cavalierly ignoring the terms of the Constitution? Since such a government abuses its authority to declare as legitimate acts that redound to the enrichment of its members but harm the interests of its constituents, does it still have the authority to define what is criminal and what is not? Is it not time for the people to take back the definition of robbery? Let's take a common sense example: suppose a pickpocket robs me at the mall. I feel his hand in my pocket and see him hightailing it away carrying my wallet. Am I remiss to shout "pickpocket" or "thief" in hopes that a security guard will apprehend the thief? Because I have called someone a thief who has not been duly tried and found guilty. Am I wrong to use such a strong term? Perhaps if you are a lawyer you will think so. Perhaps another example will help show why the bailouts to banks were in fact criminal acts, even though they had the approval of Congress and two US presidents. Suppose the president and the Congress and Senate approve a bill that enables FBI officials to rob people at gunpoint out on the streets and to do so legally, ostensibly for the purpose of distributing this money to big businesses that are failing for reasons of mismanagement. Would that practice not be a crime, despite the fact that it had the approval of the "government"? I suspect that many Americans are so conditioned to abuse at the hands of cunning officials that they are no longer capable of recognizing criminality when it occurs openly in high places, and this criminality could continue to escalate indefinitely to the point of absurdity. We are being conditioned in the manner of Pavlov's dogs and the rules applied to us are canine rather than human. We now generally consider a person to be intelligent if he or she is smart enough to obey simple commands, as issued by the press, the professions, education and government. There comes a point at which government loses its legitimacy, and this is a universally accepted concept. Confucius wrote, around 500 BC, that an emperor who did not behave like an emperor was in fact not the emperor and the people had the right to dethrone him. Bringing this back to our own culture, Psalms 58 is a condemnation of unjust rulers. King David himself committed a sin against God and God's people rose up against him. A godly people would dethrone our rulers too, at the ballot box. But we are like the people described in Jeremiah 5:31: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? Indeed, what will ye do? If the details supplied in the report should prove accurate, I for one will apply the commonly accepted definition and call this unfair and unlawful bidding a crime on the part of the Obama administration. I literally believe that the people behind this crime must be tried in court and sentenced. And I urge all who learn of such crimes in high places to do likewise. We the people own the language, not the lawyers. --Don Hank)

A hard to believe number. Where would it come from? ~Bob.

Republicans See Gingrich, Romney as "Acceptable" Nominees: All other candidates seen as unacceptable by half or more of Republicans
Excerpt: Newt Gingrich (62%) and Mitt Romney (54%) are the only two candidates Republicans say would be acceptable presidential nominees from their party, emphasizing the degree to which the GOP race has narrowed down to these two men at this juncture. A majority of Republicans say each of the other six candidates measured would not be acceptable nominees.

Excerpt: Mission Sort Of Accomplished in Iraq: Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: President Obama and Vice President Biden must be deeply grateful that President Bush ignored his critics and went ahead with the surge; if they want to reduce the partisan polarization in Washington they could perhaps say something about it as our troops come home. (Obama would support a tax cut for Warren Buffett and a border fence before he’d praise the troops for winning. I’ve just started Victory in Iraq by former Congressman Duncan hunter. Will report when I finish. ~Bob.)

Occupier gets an occupation: Wall Street firm hires protester
Turns out Wall Street likes employees who hate Republicans. [See Corzine, Jon.] Note OWS is now blaming Reagan for the mess. ~Bob. Excerpt: She held signs that read, “Reagan sucks,” and, “I’ll vote after the revolution.” But she said she still needed to get a real job. So she made a new sign. On the front, she wrote, “Ph.D. Biomedical Scientist seeking full time employment,” and on the back, “Ask me for my resume.”

Crime Thug Pummeled After Attempting to Mug Chicago Man Who Turns Out to Be an MMA Fighter
A feel-good story for the holidays. Gotta love the picture. ~Bob. Excerpt: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 24-year-old Anthony Miranda allegedly pulled a gun on a driver in a parked car on the Southwest Side of Chicago Friday night. The thug ended up with two black eyes and a gunshot wound to the ankle.

Vaccine developed against Ebola
Excerpt: All previously developed vaccines have relied on injecting intact, but crippled, viral particles into the body. (…) The new vaccine contains a synthetic viral protein, which prompts the immune system to better recognise the Ebola virus, and is much more stable when stored long-term. The vaccine protects 80% of the mice injected with the deadly strain, and survives being "dried down and frozen," said biotechnologist Charles Arntzen from Arizona State University who was involved in its development. (Wonderful news! If you’re a mouse. And, if you don’t consider 18% mortality—nearly one in five—a disaster all by itself. Still, it’s much better than it was before, and breakthrough leads to breakthrough, so it can get better still. And, what is learned on one disease is often applicable to another. Ron P. Terrorists have long wanted to weaponize Ebola, so progress is good. ~Bob.)

Government reaches debt limit, borrows against federal pension funds
Excerpt: Treasury Department officials have begun to borrow against federal pension funds to meet the government's financial obligations because the country is expected on Monday to reach the limit of its borrowing authority from other sources under the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. In a letter to congressional leaders Monday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he is suspending new investments in both the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF) and the Thrift Savings Plan G Fund, which is invested in federal securities. In addition, the department will redeem some of the investments held by the CSRDF, Geithner wrote.

South Korean robot prison guards: R2-D2 maybe, not the Terminator
Excerpt: There will be no breaks, no demands for higher pay, no unprovoked attacks and not even a chance of accepting a bribe. As South Korea battles Japan for supremacy in robot technology, designers have invented what they call a team of “friendly robots” that will not just guard prisoners but keep an eye on their well-being to boot. Witness the smile etched into the boxy white head and the lumbering body that exudes more Elmo than executioner. (I'll bet they're unionized before the month-long trial is completed. On holidays, they'll want electrons-and-a-half and extra oil. Ron P.)

The case of Jose Avila and a gun he wasn't supposed to have
Excerpt: Jose had been beating up the mother of his children, Laura Gonzalez, for sometime. After the assaults, she would leave and go to a woman's crisis shelter but she would never press charges. Why? Because she and Jose were undocumented and she was too afraid that they would both be deported if she had him locked up. Being an undocumented immigrant meant that there was no legal way for Jose to ever own a gun. But he had one, and after he shot all four of his small children, he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Archbishop tells Occupy London protesters: Jesus may not be on your side
Excerpt: THE Archbishop of Canterbury has effectively accused the Occupy London protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral of grandstanding, and suggested that Jesus would not be on their side. He has also criticised protests that are staged "for an audience" rather than for a principle. (What? Jesus wasn’t for paying people for not working, and letting them borrow money and not pay it back? ~Bob.)

Grandma Got Run Over By Obama – Health Care Parody

Heroes Forgotten, Lessons Unlearned
Excerpt: Kids who visit the park in Douglasville, Georgia, just call it "Hunter Park," although its proper name is Hunter Memorial Park, and most of the children running around the soccer fields and picnic areas never stop to study the monument that pays tribute to the park's namesake. He was voted "Most Talented" his senior year at Douglas County High School, where he won acclaim for his artistic abilities, starred in the school play and was editor of the student yearbook, but his name is not well known today, when he would have been 70 years old. (“But we who loved them, we cannot forget, and won’t forgive, while breath is in us yet.” Sonnet for the Vietnam Lost. ~Bob.)

Don’t Text and Drive
Graphic warning video. Share with teens. ~Bob.

Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say
Excerpt: If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands. The past two weeks have brought three separate reports of alleged child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.

Worth Reading: The Spirit of Enterprise by David Brooks
Excerpt: Why are nations like Germany and the U.S. rich? It’s not primarily because they possess natural resources — many nations have those. It’s primarily because of habits, values and social capital. … This ethos is not an immutable genetic property, which can blithely be taken for granted. It’s a precious social construct, which can be undermined and degraded.

A China bust looms by Martin Walker, UPI Editor Emeritus
Excerpt: The euro crisis is spreading its growth-sapping effect more widely. Container shipping costs from China to European ports have tumbled 39 percent since Sept. 1 because of a collapse in European demand for China's exports. The Beijing government last week eased capital requirements for banks to encourage a little more growth as a closely watched index of purchasing managers, a reliable guide to future economic activity, sank to less than 50, a sign that the economy is contracting.

Listen to a winner: Michele Bachmann
This audio file is long, but you can't afford to miss any of it. You need Steve Deace's prologue and Michele's responses. No matter what the "pundits" have told you, she is the best debater of all of them. That is because her debating job is easiest: she is right and she knows why she's right. The rest don’t know what they stand for. No one with two minds can be an effective debater. She knows she is in a war. The others are like a soldier on the battlefield going around offering candy to the enemy. That's why none of the other candidates will even begin to solve the horrendous problems we now face. Not because they can't, but because they don't even know they are in a war. They think the Democrats are our friends. Ok, maybe one or 2 can beat Obama. Who knows? But none of the others can beat his policies because they can't figure out why they should. And none can arouse real enthusiasm. They're busy asking their managers "what do I believe in?" Mitt introduced the Obamacare prototype in MA. Newt stood behind the radical "global warming" program that is standing in the way of jobs and behind the bailouts. He is for a variety of amnesty. Michele has the highest grade on immigration awarded by NumbersUSA. If you agree that Michele is the best but think women should be in the kitchen, reread the Bible. It does not say women can't lead. In fact Ruth and Esther are examples of women doing jobs men wouldn't or couldn't do! If you like her but think she can't win, let me remind you that her poll numbers have been rising sharply and in one poll she is only 3 points behind Mitt. So you need to get behind her and send her at least $100. That is small change compared to what you will lose if a RINO or Obama becomes president in 2012. Michele Bachmann is your last best chance. Finally, be sure to get the book "We Won't be Fooled Again" by Steve Deace and Gregg Jackson. God bless, --Don Hank

Legal U.S. gun sales to Mexico arming cartels by Sharyl Attkisson
Excerpt:  Selling weapons to Mexico - where cartel violence is out of control - is controversial because so many guns fall into the wrong hands due to incompetence and corruption. The Mexican military recently reported nearly 9,000 police weapons "missing." Yet the U.S. has approved the sale of more guns to Mexico in recent years than ever before through a program called "direct commercial sales." It's a program that some say is worse than the highly-criticized "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal, where U.S. agents allowed thousands of weapons to pass from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels.

NAACP to petition UN to stop voter-ID legislation in states
Excerpt: One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, and evil Republicans, convincing voters to overlook a broken status quo. A month later, how are local governments celebrating the union victory on Issue 2? Middletown is laying off 9 firefighters, despite the city’s police and fire budgets both increasing by nearly 1/3 in the past decade. (Politics is easy. Math is hard. ~Bob.)

Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?
Excerpt: Said ex-President Herbert Hoover, Republican statesman of the day, “We have only one job to do now, and that is to defeat Japan.” But to friends, “the Chief” sent another message: “You and I know that this continuous putting pins in rattlesnakes finally got this country bit.” Today, 70 years after Pearl Harbor, a remarkable secret history, written from 1943 to 1963, has come to light. It is Hoover’s explanation of what happened before, during and after the world war that may prove yet the death knell of the West. (If accurate, this would change how history sees FDR. Ron P.)

Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records
Excerpt: Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned. The move during the final weeks of Romney's administration was legal but unusual for a departing governor, Massachusetts officials say.

Excerpt: The Obama administration’s strategy for securing congressional support for its Iran policy “has collapsed,” a GOP senator charged Tuesday. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) offered harsh words for the White House, which he said should support tougher Senate sanctions meant to curtail Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons.

Worst Nativity Sets

Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed
Excerpt: Following on from the announcement that GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires resulting from test crashes, comes further news that both the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delayed disclosure of their original findings by months. Apparently, way back in June, General Motors heard about a Volt fire that happened three weeks after said vehicle was crash tested, yet it wasn’t until November that the company, or NHTSA disclosed there was a potential problem, urging both dealers and customers to drain the battery pack immediately following an accident.

Excerpt: The physician, who practices in the Bay Area, wanted to find out why so many immigrant Indian women in the United States were so eager to find out the sex of their unborn children, and why so many of them choose abortion when they found out they were carrying a girl. What she discovered over the course of 65 interviews conducted over several years profoundly shocked her. Fully 89 percent of the women carrying girls opted for an abortion, and nearly half had previously aborted girls. (Cutting NOW off at the root. ~Bob.)
Excerpt: Gov. Jerry Brown is now advocating a new 1–2 percent increase in the top income tax rates in California, which I think would put them at or over 12 percent. If it is true, as often reported, that 2,000–3,000 residents are leaving California per week, and that many of them are top earners, will the additional taxes entice them back, or do we simply wish them, and many of the jobs they create, good riddance? 

North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.: Republicans press Pentagon for long-range interceptors
Excerpt: New intelligence indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with building its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, an easily hidden weapon capable of hitting the United States, according to Obama administration officials. The intelligence was revealed in a classified Capitol Hill briefing last month. Its existence was made public in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta from five House Republicans.

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