Friday, March 30, 2012

Political Digest for March 30, 2012

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Trayvon Martin: Couple who fled home after Spike Lee tweet hires Morgan firm
The couple's address was tweeted by a man who believed he had uncovered the address of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month. The problem is, the address does not belong to Zimmerman, but to the McClains, who have a son named William George Zimmerman who lived there in 1995 and still lives in Central Florida.

George Zimmerman Video Outrage: Where Are Injuries From Travyon Fight?
Excerpt: If the police video of George Zimmerman being taken into questioning shows what it appears to show, if Zimmerman really was devoid of the injuries that had been so feverishly and eagerly recounted by his defenders, then we have on our hands an absolutely catastrophic failure on the part of the media, and one of the most dramatic, devastating examples in recent memory of the Internet’s power to decide “the facts” long before anyone has a clue what they are. (Slanting the News 101: Reading the article, it’s clear the authors think Martin was “guilty of no more than being a teenager.” While they do manage to present the few facts that are known, even as they urge “skepticism,” they do their best to show they don’t really believe Zimmerman could possibly have been justified. The way “news” is presented has a lot to do with the way we react to it. And, yes, Daily Beast does know that. In this case, they’ve satisfied their obligation to “report the news” while still doing their best to influence how we perceive it. Ron P.)

The more up-to-date pictures are interesting. ~Bob.

Excerpt: In the last 48+ hours, despite The Law finding no fault, ill-intent or wrong doing by George Zimmerman, the Black Panthers have openly put out a $10,000 bounty on him, and Spike Lee issued a ‘soft’ hit by Tweeting, then Re-Tweeting George Zimmerman’s home address. And because Lee accidentally Tweeted the wrong address, an elderly couple now flees for their lives.

Black on Black Crime Statistics
Excerpt: While African Americans comprise 13.5% of the U.S. Population, 43% of all murder victims in 2007 were African American, 93.1% of whom were killed were African Americans. … we find that whites committed 48.0% of all murders and blacks committed 51.2% of all murders. However, whites outnumber blacks in the population. In fact, non-Hispanic whites are about 69% of the population and blacks are about 13%. These statistics alone, shows that blacks are 13% of the population, but commit 51.2% of the murders, indicate that blacks commit a seriously disproportionate number of murders. (Note to Rep. Bobby Rush [D-Black Panthers]. There might be a reason for people to “profile” young black men. As with Muslims’ Allahmurders, mostly of fellow Muslims, profiling will stop when the profiled folk’s murder rate comes down! ~Bob.)

Disgusting!… ABC Outs 13 Year-Old Witness to Trayvon Martin Killing
Excerpt: In addition, an eyewitness, 13-year-old Austin Brown, told police he saw a man fitting Zimmerman’s description lying on the grass moaning and crying for help just seconds before he heard the gunshot that killed Martin. The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning. (I see their point. If the New Black Panthers murder the 13-year-old, it’ll make a great story for ABC. Depending on his race. ~Bob.)

The Bankrupt Race Card By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Trayvon Martin case is a wholly familiar one to residents of any major urban city. If you live in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, then it’s only a matter of time until an incident between a law enforcement officer, or more rarely a civilian defending himself, and a member of a minority group flares up into a citywide grievance theater complete with angry reverends on the steps of City Hall, women with stony faces holding up banners calling for justice and a media-driven debate about police tactics and racism. This sort of thing happens with depressing regularity in cities where even the most liberal residents have to choose between police overreach and being murdered.

More Attacks on Jews in France
Excerpt: Even as French Jews are still in shock and mourning after the murder of Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse, fear stalks the community. As the BBC has noted, the beating of another student at a Jewish school by anti-Semitic assailants is only the most notable example: … Yet while France’s Jewish population is bracing itself for further hostility, the New York Times (among other Western media outlets) continues to worry more about the possible repercussions of the attack on Muslims:

Good Conservative Humor Site
Liberal Pick-up lines

Profiling Cartoon
Painful but true. ~Bob

Supreme Court’s health-care ruling could deal dramatic blow to Obama presidency
Excerpt: The Supreme Court’s skeptical consideration of President Obama’s landmark health-care legislation this week has forced his supporters to contemplate the unthinkable: that the justices could throw out the law and destroy the most far-reaching accomplishment of the Obama presidency. … But supporters argue that on a substantive level, the results would be devastating.

Marco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney
Excerpt: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday, becoming the latest big-name Republican to throw his support behind the likely Republican nominee. Rubio, considered by many to be the favorite for the GOP’s vice presidential nomination, declined to endorse before the Florida primary earlier this year. But he said Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News Channel that it’s time to coalesce around Romney.

0-414 vote: House clobbers budget proposal based on Obama's 2013 plan
Excerpt: The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama's 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout. The vote came just hours after the White House cast the pending vote as a political "gimmick," an apparent attempt to downplay what many expected to be an ugly-looking vote for the White House.

Dems in panic mode after Obama's 'flexibility' moment
Excerpt: But the frantic Democratic reaction to his comments, and an intense effort to turn a presidential gaffe into a partisan food-fight, belies the official White House dismissal of the incident. ... Democrats and Obama's campaign team took the opportunity to, in a classic political reflex, to attack rather than defend, releasing a barrage of tweets and eight emailed press releases [attacking GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney]. (Think this oversells a tad to the right, but with most of the media spinning left, helps the balance. ~Bob.)

Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming? The whole of the Earth heated up in medieval times without human CO2 emissions, says new study
Excerpt: Current theories of the causes and impact of global warming have been thrown into question by a new study which shows that during medieval times the whole of the planet heated up. It then cooled down naturally and there was even a 'mini ice age'. A team of scientists led by geochemist Zunli Lu from Syracuse University in New York state, has found that contrary to the ‘consensus’, the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ approximately 500 to 1,000 years ago wasn’t just confined to Europe.

U.S. corporate tax rate: No. 1 in the world
Excerpt: On Sunday, the United States gets a distinction no nation wants -- the world's highest corporate tax rate. Japan, which currently has the highest rate in the world -- a 39.8% rate on business income between national and local taxes -- cuts its rate to 36.8% as of April 1. The U.S. rate stands at 39.2% when both federal and state rates are included. (Don’t bother your Congress Critters with this stuff. They’re too busy trying to figure out why international companies are moving jobs overseas. ~Bob.)

California lawmakers to don hoodies to protest Trayvon Martin case
Excerpt: California lawmakers plan to wear hoodies Thursday to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was shot to death last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Members of the Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander caucuses will don hooded jackets and hold a morning news conference in the Capitol to show solidarity with Martin's family, who have said their son was a victim of racial profiling. (Any solidarity with the 13-year-old white kid set on fire by two black teens? Or with the family of Christopher Cervini, a white teen shot by a black man who was acquitted in similar circumstances? ~Bob.)

A supreme shock for ‘La-La’ libs by John Podhoretz
Excerpt: This came as a startling shock to the liberals who write about the court. Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker and CNN confidently asserted on Charlie Rose at the beginning of the week that the court would rule 7-2, maybe even 8-1 in favor of ObamaCare. The previous week, he called the anti-ObamaCare arguments “really weak.”

'Dozens killed' in clashes in Libyan town of Sabha
 Excerpt: At least 70 people have reportedly been killed in fighting between militias around the Libyan town of Sabha. (They are “killing their own people,” but pose no threat to us. Under the “Obama Doctrine,” aren’t we supposed to declare a “no fly” zone and bomb the snot out of them? ~Bob.)

Spanish workers hold general strike over labour reforms
Excerpt: Scuffles broke out between protesters and police as workers from Spain's largest unions picketed at the capital's bus depot early on Thursday. A total of 58 people were detained and nine were injured, the interior ministry said. (Thuggery won’t be tolerated. Spain is not Wisconsin, you know! ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: The Second Oil Revolution by Victor Davis Hanson
Interesting speculation from Hanson. Ron P. Excerpt: Likewise, Western petrodollars seem to find a way into the coffers of terrorists bent on killing Americans and their allies. But at a time of shrinking defense budgets, an oil-rich America might not need to protect Middle Eastern oil fields and lanes. U.S. foreign policy for once really could be predicated on the principle of supporting those nations that embrace constitutional government and human rights, without worry that offended dictators, theocrats and kings would turn off the spigots.

Gutteling -- Politicians gone wild
Excerpt: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Unfortunately, these noble words are from the Declaration of Independence, not our Constitution. From these principles Americans claim a unique and revolutionary legacy: that every person possess their own sovereignty just by being born, and that these rights don't come from any government or person. … The ratchet only goes one way: only towards less personal sovereignty and rights, and more government power and control. (My granddaughter is on the third book of The Hunger Games trilogy. I told her the lesson is a government powerful to do everything you want, is powerful enough to do everything it wants. ~Bob.)

Killer Acknowledges 1994 Attack Targeted Jews
Excerpt: A cab driver's killing of a 16-year-old Yeshiva student in 1994 "was one of the early cases of terrorism in New York City," the victim's mother said this week, but it has never been determined who else might have been involved. Rashid Baz is serving a 141-year prison sentence for shooting into a van carrying Yeshiva students on the Brooklyn Bridge. The case initially was cast as an act of road rage, but the New York Post reported Monday that Baz told investigators in 2007 that he deliberated targeted the van. "I only shot them because they were Jewish," he said.

After Bo’s ouster, a mysterious death adds to China’s churning rumor mill By Keith B. Richburg and Andrew Higgins
Excerpt: Until a week ago, few Chinese had ever heard of Neil Heywood, and fewer still raised any questions when the 41-year-old British business consultant was found dead in his hotel room. Today, he is so famous — and such a sensitive topic — that China’s Internet censors have banned searches of Heywood’s Chinese name, Hai Wu De. Such is the insatiable appetite of tens of millions of Chinese for news — no matter how tangential or speculative — about the country’s biggest political drama in two decades that “Heywood” has joined “tanks,” “military coup” and a host of other search terms now proscribed by the ruling Communist Party as it struggles to calm a national spasm of jitters.

And now, something cool
The Sand Flea jumping car for the military. ~Bob.

His Worst Mistake: Obama Surrenders to Vladimir. Aiding the rebirth of the USSR. By Kim Zigfeld
Excerpt: Barack Obama went to South Korea and met with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Huddled tête-à-tête with Medvedev, when he thought nobody was listening he told Medvedev the he would be able to sell out U.S. security interests and allies in Europe on the missile defense issue once he had his reelection in the bag. The purpose: he’d like the Russians to shut up and stop criticizing him because he needs his Russian “reset” to appear valid until then.

Excerpt: A couple of key observations emerge. First, the author points out how both conservatives and liberals adhere to values that are formed around a moral code, but conservatives follow some additional core values that liberals do not. Kristof phrases it as: “Americans speak about values in six languages, from care to sanctity. Conservatives speak all six, but liberals are fluent in only three. And some (me included) mostly use just one, care for victims.” Kristof summarizes the values:…for liberals, morality is largely a matter of three values: caring for the weak, fairness and liberty. Conservatives share those concerns (although they think of fairness and liberty differently) and add three others: loyalty, respect for authority and sanctity

Caught on camera: SEIU activists discuss $20 payment for Obamacare protest By Grae Stafford - The Daily Caller
Excerpt: Video footage obtained by The Daily Caller appears to show a group of women dressed in purple Service Employees International Union-branded clothing, discussing how much they were paid to attend a March 27 protest outside the Supreme Court. The video first appeared online Wednesday. The SEIU-affiliated women were leaving a protest in support of President Obama’s health care overhaul law.

Bosnian Muslim neo-Nazi group vilifies Jews
Excerpt: As Leftists in the West continue to vilify counter-jihadists as "fascists" and "neo-Nazis," it's useful to remember that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, lived in Berlin during World War II, made broadcasts for the Nazis, and raised up a Muslim SS division in Bosnia, home of this new movement. Real Nazis have always had an affinity for Islamic jihadists and supremacists, and vice versa.

Can Dems Win by Losing?
Excerpt: They don’t want the mandate to be said to be constitutional. I mean, they’ll take it but that’s not what their objective is. Their objective is the abolition of private sector health insurance as an industry and the creation of a single-payer health care system with them charge. They want there to be nowhere else for anybody to go for health insurance but to them, and in so doing they can regulate every aspect of our lives.

Justices Signal Distaste for Cutting Up Health Reform Law
Excerpt: Justices Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer seemed to have made up their minds that if the mandate is cut, then other provisions that depend on the mandate must go, too. “This seems like a situation where Congress would prefer half a loaf,” Kagan said. “Why should we say it’s a choice between a wrecking operation, which is what you are proposing, or a salvage job?” Ginsburg asked Clement. “The more conservative choice would seem to be the salvage job.” (It looks to me as if the Court’s liberals are making this an “all or nothing” situation. That could be an error. But it could also keep a vote that likes the idea of universal healthcare but not the exact wording of the law to make it so (he/she may feel better a bad law than no law—which is what they are offering). Ron P.)

Barack Obama: I Have A “Moral Obligation” To Neuter America
Excerpt: Barack Obama actually plans to do it. He actually plans to neuter America by unilaterally dismantling most of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal. In fact, Barack Obama says that the United States has a “moral obligation” to disarm as we lead the way to “a world without nuclear weapons”. Sadly, a “world without nuclear weapons” is a fantasy that will not be possible any time soon.

TSA Manager Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring
Excerpt: A manager at the Transportation Security Administration has lost his job after being arrested on prostitution-related charges. According to court documents, the agency had received a complaint of "very similar" activities back in 2009. Bryant Jermaine Livingston, 39, was arrested while on the job as a supervisor of TSA agents at Dulles International Airport. (I wondered why they charged me for a pat down last time I flew. ~Bob.)

Message from Israeli people to Iranian people
Wouldn't it be marvelous if the Iranians took this as a spark to overthrow their oppressors? Cordially, Larry Greenberg

Mitt Romney or not, GOP is coming for ‘Obamacare’
Excerpt: With the general election now in sight, Republican strategists and party officials have begun crafting a strategy that puts health care front-and-center in the campaign against President Barack Obama, even if Mitt Romney is at the top of their ticket. GOP strategists are almost unanimous in their desire to keep campaigning on the issue that helped Republicans take control of the House in 2010. But the anti-“Obamacare,” anti-big-government war cry of the midterm campaign requires some freshening in 2012.

Romney’s slog to the nomination: Not what you might think
Excerpt: Across all the contests so far, Romney has won 38 percent of the vote to 29 percent for Santorum and 16 percent each for Gingrich and Ron Paul. In fact, Romney’s winning percentage is identical to that of John McCain’s — the eventual 2008 GOP nominee — at this point in the 2008 GOP primaries. And for McCain, that tally includes 15 contests after Romney dropped out after Super Tuesday and two after Mike Huckabee exited the race.

Prominent Pakistani acid victim commits suicide
Excerpt: Pakistani acid attack victim Fakhra Younus had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided life was no longer worth living. The 33-year-old former dancing girl — who was allegedly attacked by her then-husband, an ex-lawmaker and son of a political powerhouse — jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment.

“Occupier” burns down historic Town Hall in Colorado, ignites himself on fire in the process
Well, you recall all the building torched by the “dangerous” Tea Party, right? Me neither. ~Bob. Excerpt: Kyle Lawrence, a Colorado Springs Occupier, remains in a Denver Hospital burn unit with second-degree burns that he received when he caught on fire during the arson that leveled the Historic Green Mountain Falls Town Hall.

The Jewish strike
Excerpt: The intent of this Friday’s impending “Global March to Jerusalem”, like the goal of the IHH flotilla and last year’s “Nakba” protests is none other than provocation.
 By surreptitiously camouflaging their ulterior purpose, by basterdizing Gandhi and MLK’s non-violent means of social protest, they in turn hide behind a mask of social justice. Their true aim is no different than it has always been – a one state solution called Palestine.

Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects? By Ken Blackwell
Excerpt: Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the people tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.

Excerpt: This story concerns the case of a brutal assault on a mother of two in December 2011, for which eight Afghans are now facing charges. The assault took place in the Mariannelund Asylum Centre and was extended over a seven-hour ordeal. According to the men, the victim was “a bad woman, and a whore.” The woman went into shock while the rapes were still underway, and has since been in a heavily traumatised state. She is now subject to nightmares and panic attacks, and lives in a psychiatric clinic. She is bound to a wheelchair due to damages to her abdomen, and suffers from faecal incontinence. (Well, the real tragedy would be if she becomes Islamophobic. ~Bob.)

Media Largely Ignore ObamaCare's War on Physician-Owned Hospitals By Ken Shepherd
Excerpt: With the two-year anniversary of the law's signing and this week's marathon set of hearings before the Supreme Court about ObamaCare, it's a good time to examine just another area where the media have failed to report on a little-reported liberty-infringing aspect of the health care overhaul. No, I'm not talking about not the individual mandate. I'm talking about a provision that forbids the formation of new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) and severely restricts the expansion of existing ones.

Nottingham Imam jailed for sex attack on two boys
Excerpt: The mother of the two boys has been "vilified" by the Muslim community for reporting the assaults, Nottingham Crown Court heard. She has been subjected to "a number of unpleasant incidents" including an episode at her home and damage to her car, Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said.

Conservatives: Waging the Dumbest Civil War Ever
Excerpt: I’m having a very hard time defending my own party’s maturity when the moment a candidate comes out in favor of another candidate, it becomes suddenly okay to act like the first candidate came over to your house and murdered your dog. Now personally, I’m not a Romney fan (Dear Romney fans, this is not clearance for you to argue the case for your boy), but Rubio’s endorsement of said politician does not make him public enemy number one. In case a lot of you have forgotten, there’s a liberal progressive agenda being accomplished outside the walls of our political strongholds.

Brockton man’s soldier son died saving life of Afghan child
Excerpt: A Brockton man will bury his son Monday after the Army sergeant was killed in Afghanistan while saving the life of a young girl. Sgt.. Dennis P. Weichel Jr., 29, was killed March 22 in Laghman Province when he was struck by an armored fighting vehicle. … He grabbed a girl who was trying retrieve an item from underneath a U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle and swung her to safety, but was hit by the 16-ton vehicle himself. (A hero. Or as the Afghans call him, an infidel dog. ~Bob.)

Racial Beatdown in South Carolina
Excerpt: Police in Seneca, South Carolina have arrested six men for beating another man at an Applebee’s on March 17. According to the police, the alleged perpetrators may have attacked the victim based on racial motivations. 9was the victim wearing a hoodie? ~Bob.)

What Does the English Defence League Stand For?
Excerpt: [We] stand for taking opposition to Islamic extremism seriously: we want a public debate, we don’t want fair-minded criticisms of Islam ignored, and we want combating Islamic extremism to be a priority for the government. But anyone new to the English Defence League will no doubt want to get a better idea of what we actually believe needs to change. That is why we’ve launched a new section on the website entitled ‘Common Questions‘ (under About Us).

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