Saturday, April 28, 2012

Political Digest for April 29, 2012

Just under 400 e-mails Saturday, on a slow travel card. Painfully slow for pulling and formatting unformatted items. Some of the below took ten minutes to get in the blog. Sorry for all those “must sees” with no other info I didn’t have time to open. ~Bob

U.S. economic growth slows to a rate of 2.2 percent in first quarter
Excerpt: The Commerce Department says the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the January-March quarter, compared with a 3 percent gain in the final quarter of 2011. (Time to blame Bush. ~Bob.)

The List Could Be Longer: Fifty ways the Obama Administration has hurt the economy and job creation. By Gary Shapiro
Excerpt: President Obama has been the worst president for business in my lifetime. The result: a stagnant economy where some half of American adults do not pay federal income taxes and almost half live in a household that received benefits from the U.S. government. The President's rhetoric demonizing business and dividing the country, and the Administration's actions hurting the business environment or specific industries have dampened business hiring.

Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese lawyer-activist, escapes house arrest
Excerpt: Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer known for his outspoken opposition to China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies, has escaped from house arrest and has reportedly sought U.S. diplomatic protection, potentially casting the United States in an awkward position on the eve of high-level talks between the nations.

The "Equal Pay Day" Myth
Excerpt: The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in the fourth quarter of 2011 that the median full-time working woman made 81.6 percent of the wages of the median fulltime working man. Since then, big government, feminist organizations and liberal politicians repeat this "wage gap" statistic, implying that discrimination is its cause, says Carrie Lukas, managing director of the Independent Women's Forum. This, however, is simply not the case. Rather, the publication and intense focus on this presented wage gap is an exercise in statistical manipulation, espousing a conclusion that is unreal. Aggregately comparing full-time working men and women without holding other factors constant is disingenuous -- an analysis that accounts for hours worked, education and industry type would be more enlightening. Incorporating the number of hours worked variable, it can be found that while both men and women in the original analysis were vaguely labeled "fulltime," this fails to capture hours put in.

Protesters at party conventions could be armed
Excerpt: The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns.

Another Excuse from Both Ways Barack
Excerpt: “Although the economy continued to expand in the first quarter, the GDP data at face value are disappointing but also puzzling,” said John Ryding and Conrad DeQuadros of RDQ Economics reports CBSMarketWatch. “Private sector hours worked rose 3.7% in the first quarter — what were these workers producing? The unemployment rate fell from 8.5% in December to 8.2% in March — how can this be if the economy was only growing at around its potential rate?” Obviously the Commerce Department doesn’t talk to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the government brain trust responsible for the magical- and only mathematical- drop in unemployment over the last several months. (A large part of this problem is that, way back when, a Democrat-controlled Congress knew unemployment numbers were politically important and therefore dangerous. So, they set up the rules the BLS uses to calculate those numbers. Purely by accident, the required calculations benefitted Reagan in 1984. We need to devise a more equitable way to count the unemployed. It will still be politically charged, but not in such an obviously skewed way. Ron P.)

What We Should Have Learned
Excerpt: Could it happen again? That is the taboo question on the 20th anniversary of Los Angeles’s murderous Rodney King riots, just as another racially charged prosecution—this time in Florida—captures headlines across the nation. Sadly, the answer is yes.

Seven Of The Most Disturbing Quotes From Members Of The Obama Administration
Excerpt: Birds of a feather flock together and so when we see Barack Obama stacking his cabinet with radicals, it tells us a lot about his mentality. Of course, the fact that his entire term in office has been nothing but a slow motion evisceration of the American dream should tell you a lot about how he thinks, too -- but a little more evidence is always welcome. Take a look at these quotes from members of Barack Obama's administration and then ask yourself what sort of man WANTS people like this to help him govern the American people?

Lessons of Sa-i-gu: How Koreans still wrestle with the aftermath of the L.A. riots.
Excerpt: What you call the events in Los Angeles that began 20 years ago Sunday says something about your view of the world. To Leftists and black activists, it was an “uprising”; white liberals prefer to call it “civil unrest”; many others call them the L.A. Riots. But Koreans simply call it Sa-i-gu, or April 29. The date lives in infamy in the hearts of Southern California’s Korean-American population, which bore the brunt of rioters’ rage and paid a lasting price.

Fishermen tangled up by new fed rules
Excerpt: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is vowing a “full-court press” on federal fishing regulators to seek relief for New England groundfishing fleets facing an 80 percent cut in the amount of yellowtail flounder they’re allowed to catch. The flounder regulation, set to take effect Tuesday, is among several measures that advocates said threaten the already failing industry — including a 22 percent cut in cod catches in the Gulf of Maine and the continued enforcement of a catch-measuring system fishermen said has cost them millions.

‘Crucify them’: O’s real energy policy by Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: One of President Obama’s radical eco-bureaucrats has apologized for confirming an indelible truth: This White House treats politically incorrect private industries as public enemies who deserve regulatory death sentences. Al Armendariz, an Environmental Protection Agency administrator, gave a little-noticed speech in 2010 outlining his sadistic philosophy: “I was in a meeting once, and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said,” he began.

Democrats Light Themselves Pair Of Exploding Cigars By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: A couple of days ago, Obama campaign top dog David Axelrod threw in the towel on the dog war. "I thought it was a little absurd to talk about what the president had done as a 10-year-old boy," he sniffed to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, which is as near as the suddenly sheepish attack dog will ever get to conceding that Barack Obama is the first dog-eating president in the history of the republic.

Romney would not have killed Bin Laden, implies new Obama campaign ad
Excerpt: Would Mitt Romney have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden? President Barack Obama's reelection campaign released a new video on Friday that strongly implies that he would not have, using the presumptive Republican nominee's own words against him. (…) The video, taken from footage shot for Obama's 17-minute campaign commercial "The Road We've Traveled," opens with the message "the Commander-in-Chief gets one chance to make the right decision" and turns to former president Bill Clinton for validation. (It seems ironic to me that Clinton should be delivering this message after famously having, himself, refused to have bin Laden killed when Special Ops forces had a clear, clean shot at him. Ron P.)

The President Has a List ---Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign.
Excerpt: Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check. Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for "betting against America," and accuses you of having a "less-than-reputable" record.

Pollster: Economy’s next 30 days crucial to Obama re-election campaign By Alex Pappas
Excerpt: Republican pollster Ed Goeas says the next thirty days are “going to be the most important thirty days of the framing” of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. “It takes six months of solid economic information for voters to come to the conclusion that we are in a positive growing economy,” Goeas said Thursday. “We are now at that precipice.”

Second Producer Fired in Zimmerman 911 Call Edit
Excerpt: Breitbart reports on the quiet firing of a second producer in its accidental, incidental, nothing to see here dishonest edit of George Zimmerman’s 911 call….Actually, it’s pretty clear how this happened, creating the same bad edit that aired multiple times and ended up on the web, all within the same network.

Dems, unions pushing new local government bankruptcy bill
Excerpt: Although a new law to govern bankruptcy filings by local governments is just four months old, Democratic legislators and labor unions are lining up behind a major revision that local officials say would tilt the playing field. In the aftermath of Vallejo's bankruptcy, unions had pushed legislation that would require local governments to get permission from a union-friendly state commission before filing bankruptcy.

Labor Dept. withdraws farm child labor rule after Daily Caller report goes viral By Paul Conner - The Daily Caller
Excerpt: Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms. Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.

Who Is 'Racist'?: Part II By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Around this time of year, I sometimes hear from parents who have been appalled to learn that the child they sent away to college to become educated has instead been indoctrinated with the creed of the left. They often ask if I can suggest something to have their offspring read over the summer, in order to counteract this indoctrination. This year the answer is a no-brainer. It is a book with the unwieldy title, "No matter what ... they'll call this book Racist" by Harry Stein, a writer for what is arguably America's best magazine, "City Journal."

A Choice, Not an Echo
Excerpt: Yet for all their twists and turns, Romney and Obama have always disagreed on the proper role of government in the economy. Romney’s view, forged in his years running Bain Capital, is that smaller government frees private industry to create more productivity, more profits, and more jobs; that high levels of government spending and debt crowd out private investment; and that overregulation stifles economic growth. Obama’s view is that government plays a critical role in correcting market failures; in investing in public goods such as roads and schools; and in regulating industries—most notably Wall Street—that could drag the national economy down if left to their own excesses. (Notice the final six words of the excerpt, “if left to their own excesses.” I doubt anyone really favors scrapping ALL regulation, but these words are the device used to justify all sorts of mischief. Not even the leftyist of leftists claims EVERY act of business is an “excess.” But, since the real goal isn’t simply to “protect the public,” but rather to exert control over businesses, the sentence couldn’t be finished as it should have been with “if left on their own.” Economic governance is like adding salt to food: the right amount brings out the flavor, but too much ruins it. The problem is to find that right amount, and clearly, we have too much right now. Ron P.)

One-Track Minds
Excerpt: The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted among 1,000 adults from April 13-17, supports that view. Overall, 49 percent said they approve of the job that President Obama is doing, and 46 percent said they disapprove. The poll, conducted by Democrat Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff, pegs Obama’s approval rating just 1 point higher than the current averages by RealClearPolitics and Huffpost’s, as well as the Gallup tracking average, for the week of April 16-22. Not much disparity there.

Important: Spain crisis deepens with jobless rise, downgrade
Excerpt: The hole in Spain's economy is getting deeper. The government reported Friday that unemployment rose to 24.4 percent in the first quarter — compared with 22.9 percent in the fourth quarter — and that more than half of Spaniards under 25 are now without jobs. The bleak employment came one day after ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's debt. (You might think this doesn’t concern you. You’d be wrong. ~Bob.)

The 10 Most Polluted Cities in America
California has 5 ( more than any other state) and Texas none. So how is it that California has obliterated its economy in the quest for a pollution free environment and has the most polluted cities whereas Texas has been completely indifferent to pollution ( according to the Democrats in Sacramento) and yet has no cities on this list? –DH

Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas
Excerpt: Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters. “They view everything through their own personal situation and if they can’t afford to do it, they can’t enjoy it, they don’t like Obama using their tax dollars to benefit himself,” said pollster John McLaughlin.

Gamechanger: Romney once saved a dog’s life
Excerpt: You can thank BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski for the front-page thumbnail. In all seriousness, this is a “gamechanger” in the literal sense of that term. Axelrod and his pals are playing a breathtakingly stupid game with the “dog wars” and this anecdote will in fact change voters’ perceptions if/when it enters wider media circulation. Romney 2012: Because “dog” plus “water” does not equal “stew.” Oh, almost forgot. He and his sons saved a bunch of people too during this same incident.

May Day Mayhem on Its Way by Matthew Vadum
Excerpt: Occupy Wall Street supporters, labor activists, and other radicals calling for a general strike against capitalism across America on May 1 insist their activities will be peaceful. As usual, they’re lying.

Yet Another Reason Why Today’s Unions Suck: Dues Devour Wage Increases
Excerpt: On the eve of Obama’s NLRB unleashing its new rules giving unions the ability to hold ambush elections—that is, the evisceration of employers’ ability to question or challenge unions in their quest to cherry-pick voting units—more data was just released by the Bureau of National Affairs that calls into question why anyone in their right mind would pay dues to a union today. In addition to the $369 billion in underfunded union (private-sector) pension plans, the abundant evidence that unions kill companies and destroy jobs, today’s unions are doing such a miserable job at the one thing they’re supposed to do—negotiate contracts—that union members should demand refunds from their union bosses.

New Polls: Romney Surging With Independents Mitt Romney is building a huge lead over President Barack Obama among the vital independent voters who are likely to decide November’s election, a new Fox News poll shows. The two men are tied in the survey, each receiving 46 percent support, but Romney now holds a 13-percentage point lead over the president among voters who say they are not tied to either party. (Good news for America from independent Americans. –Mac)

‘The Five’ co-host Eric Bolling to Obama: ‘Quit using our military as a photo-op’
Excerpt: “And by the way, how about you stop insulting Americans who see right through you while you deliver a left-wing campaign speech while pretending to give a damn about their service?” he continued.

United States Budget Dilemma -- Video
Excerpt: Alarming! Washington's dilemma. Soaring debt and a budget congress can't balance! This video will explain WHY. Every person in AMERICA should watch this video!

DA: Deaths were justified
Excerpt: Prosecutors announced Friday they will not press charges against two Camp Lejeune Marines and a civilian who fought for their lives and killed two local men who were burglarizing their Jacksonville home earlier this month. Maurice Skinner, 33, of Banks Street, and Diego M. Everette, 33, of Graytown Road, were shot and killed by residents of 107 Country Club Drive around 2 a.m. on April 15.

Welcome to Luton: Birthplace of the English Defence League - Further Details of May 5th Demonstration
Excerpt: We’ve already made clear why we’re returning to Luton to celebrate three years of the English Defence League on May 5th. We’ve also heard from EDL Joint-Leader Kevin Carroll and Labour Council Leader Hazel Simmons. But the recent news that five more Luton men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences proves beyond any shadow of a doubt what we have been saying for years: Islamic extremism has found a home in Luton.

Louie Gohmert: 'Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life!
Excerpt: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday went "Animal House" on Democrats by saying on the House floor: "Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life."

VIDEO: Rep. Gowdy’s Religious Liberty Lesson for Secretary Sebelius
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made yet another embarrassing admission about the lack of constitutional analysis that went into the HHS anti-conscience mandate on Thursday. At a full committee hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee Secretary Sebelius was repeatedly questioned by Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on whether she had consulted Supreme Court precedent or any official legal memo before publishing a rule that burdens religious liberty of employers. Under the mandate, almost all employers are forced to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraception — regardless of any moral or religious objections to such services…. (Reelect this man! He defends the constitution, illuminates illegal rule making by regime appointees. –Barb)

Muslim Persecution of Christians in March 1012 Alone - by Raymond Ibrahim, Pundacity
Excerpt: The war on Christianity and its adherents rages on in the Muslim world. In March alone, Saudi Arabia's highest Islamic law authority decreed that churches in the region must be destroyed; jihadis in Nigeria said they "are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women"; American teachers in the Middle East were murdered for talking about Christianity; churches were banned or bombed, and nuns terrorized by knife-wielding Muslim mobs. (Hat Tip: English Defence League)

Rosenbaum Rep: ‘Why Does MSNBC Compensate a Racist Like Al Sharpton?’ by Joel B. Pollak
Excerpt: Isaac Abraham, spokesperson for the family of Yankel Rosenbaum--the Jewish student murdered by a mob during the Crown Heights riot in 1991--contacted Breitbart News today to express his outrage that Al Sharpton would claim not to have incited the violence. "That's Al Sharpton, distorting the facts….. He was there inciting the riots," Abraham says. …"He's a fraud, he's a race hustler. To walk the streets and incite prior to judgment--if he can be so sure about that neighborhood watch man [George Zimmerman], why didn't he say that about the man who stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum--an innocent person that was killed by a mob that yelled 'Let's kill the Jew'?"

Romney pounces on Obama's economic policies,0,7233112.story
Excerpt: The Republican presidential hopeful criticizes the president's stimulus package and tackles the student loan issue while addressing young voters at Otterbein University in Ohio.

The Genocide Chart

A Reset in Jewish Thinking By Stephen Robert
Excerpt: As an American Jew born in 1940, I’ve made or repeated many of the following arguments for over 60 years: “Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity[LG1] .” “Other Arab nations should absorb the Palestinians.” “Israel withdrew from Gaza and look what happened.” “The Palestinian people don’t exist.” “Israel needs the West Bank for security.” “Critics of Israel are usually anti-Semites or self-hating Jews.” “Biblically, the eastern border of Israel should be the Jordan River.” “Blame the Arabs for not accepting the U.N. partition plan of 1947.” (In a short op-ed, Stephen Robert manifests manages to squeeze in an amazing number of liberal catechisms in his one-sided and naively fairyland critique of Israel. At this point in time, one should not be surprised that a former chancellor of an Ivy League college would be so biased being immersed in a sea of elite politically correct academic nincompoops. Below, I offer comments to the most egregious errors of fact and judgment. Since the websites he is on do not offer an contact address, if anyone can forward this response to him through LinkedIn, here is this public site: Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Tax returns show Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren among nation’s top income group
Excerpt: Tax returns released today show that Republican Scott Brown’s family income more than doubled to nearly $840,000 after he was elected in 2010, while his likely Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has had nearly $1 million in joint earnings two of the past four years. During the most recent filing year, she was in the top 1 percent of earners while he was in the top 2 percent. Brown joined Warren in the uppermost echelon in 2010. (It appears being an unelected bureaucrat/consumer advocate pays well, even better than being a lawyer, senior Army Reserve officer and elected state Senator combined. But, of course, her wealth doesn’t count since she is a pious liberal formerly employed by the government, while his wealth is obviously the product of evil capitalism. And, curse him, he doesn’t condemn others for EARNING money in the private sector, while she does. Ron P.)

Presidential payback-- Obama’s ‘fairness’ is actually the opposite by Ward Connerly
Excerpt: The principle of fairness is a powerful one in American culture. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Obviously, the president realizes this fact. Unfortunately, the president has been less than consistent in distributing his passion for fairness to other public policy areas, especially to the issue of affirmative-action preferences in college admissions.

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood MP Seeks to Abolish Female Rights and Enforce Female Genital Mutilation
Excerpt: According to the Egyptian website Youm 7, Azza al-Jarf, a female Member of Parliament representing the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice Party,” is trying to abolish several laws currently enjoyed by Egyptian women—including preventing them from divorcing or even separating from their husbands, because “the man has the authority and stewardship” (see Koran 4:34); mandating that fathers must circumcise their daughters; and trying to get the Egyptian educational system to ban the teaching of the English language—on the grounds that it is an “infidel” tongue—while separating boys and girls in classrooms and mandating that girls wear the hijab.

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