Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Obama Announces New Christmas Tree Tax

He can't wait:
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).

To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52). And, of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent Federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees.

Acting Administrator Shipman had the temerity to say the 15-cent mandatory Christmas tree fee “is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government” (76 CFR 69102). The Federal government mandates that the Christmas tree sellers pay the 15-cents per tree, whether they want to or not. The Federal government directs that the revenue generated by the 15-cent fee goes to the Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the Christmas tree program established by the Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. President, that’s a new 15-cent tax to pay for a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
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Ohio Referendum Results

Ohio voters were voting on several ballot initiatives today.

SB 5: Yes: 39% No: 61%

ObamaCare Mandate:

Yes: 66% No: 34%

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Schoharie County Clerk Election Results

In the Schoharie County Clerk race, Republican incumbent Indica Jaycox destroyed Democratic challenger Gary Hayes, garnering 64% of the vote to Hayes's dismal 36%.

Hayes ran into major opposition after he campaigned while people were literally shoveling out their destroyed homes and businesses after Hurricane Irene. Next, Hayes obtained documents and kept them illegally in his possession, telling local news sources that the Clerk was not doing her job, even though she had done much more than she had to. The lie did not stick. Hayes then stated that he would "protect" the county from hydrofracking, even though the Clerk has nothing to do with such a process. Again, his lie did not take.

In the end, Hayes lost by a whopping 28%. Next time he should try to stick with the truth instead of lying constantly.

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Mississippi Governor Election Results

Republican Phil Bryant appears to be on his way to winning the 2011 Governor's race.

Mississippi - 724 of 1876 Precincts Reporting - 39%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Bryant , Phil GOP 137,930 59%
DuPree , Johnny Dem 96,416 41%

Read more: http://www.wapt.com/election-results/detail.html#ixzz1dApe25qA

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Main Stream Media Now Reporting Obama "Liar" Scandal... After Agreeing Not To

Journalists had agreed not to report on a "private" conversation that was broadcast to them after President Nicolas Sarkozy's and President Barack Obama's mics were left on.  They didn't want to hurt the US President they adored so.

But one news source refused to be a sheep and reported on it.  And now the MSM is reporting it as well.  From Reuters:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes.

"I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

The technical gaffe is likely to cause great embarrassment to all three leaders as they look to work together to intensify international pressure on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The conversation was not initially reported by the small group of journalists who overheard it because it was considered private and off-the-record. But the comments have since emerged on French websites and can be confirmed by Reuters.
The Main Stream Media: keeping the truth under wraps.

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Shocker: Joe Paterno to Leave Penn State

ESPN is now reporting that Penn State is preparing Joe Paterno's exit from their college football program, after 61 years of employment.  More on this as it develops.

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Analysis of Greek Prime Minister Papandreou's Resignation

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Open Mic Catches Obama, Sarkozy Calling Isaeli PM a "Liar;" Obama Laments Having to "Deal" With Him

Despite President Obama's claims that he fully supports Israel, actions speak louder than words.  First the President called on Israel to stop construction in their capital Jerusalem, then he demanded that Israel recede to its 1967 borders.  Now there's this.

During the G20 summit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama's microphones were accidentally left on.  Unaware, it caught this exchange between the two as they talked about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Sarkozy: "I cannot stand him. He is a liar." 
Obama: "You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"
Considering that Iran may be on the cusp on a nuclear weapon, with Israel having to contemplate military action, Obama has apparently decided to sink a knife right into their back.  But, hey, what are "friends" of Israel for?
The President should be ashamed.

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Joe Frazier Dead at 67

The death of an American hero.  Rest in peace, Mr. Frazier.

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The Latest Allegations Against Herman Cain

Today Sharon Bialek became the first woman to go on the record and formally accuse Herman Cain of being sexually inappropriate with her.  She story is very detailed.  Something that we didn't have in the past.  The Cain campaign has denied the charges as false and baseless.  
Here are the issues with her story as I see it.  
  1. What is describing is assault, not harassment.  She says that since she didn't work for the National Restaurant Association she felt that had no claim.  That is simply untrue.  If her story is accurate, Cain asked for sex in order in return for a job.  That is exactly what quid pro quo sexual harassment is.  She would have been perfectly within her legal rights to file a claim of sexual harassment against Cain with the NRA.  
  2. She never reported this to the police.  Again, this was attempted rape at worst or assault at best, if her story is true.  Both of which are criminal offenses.  
  3. After Mr. Cain stopped after her refusal she wants people to believe that she got into a car with him.  Really?  That makes no sense whatsoever.  None.  As a women I can't imagine getting into a car alone with a man who just tried to my force my head into his crotch area so he could receive oral sex.  EVER.  
  4. She hired Gloria Allred, known publicity whore and tool for the left.  Just ask Meg Whitman.  
The NRA has released a statement confirming her employment that falls within the time frame of her story.  One of the attorney's for one of the original accusers during his time at NRA has also made a statement saying that the accusations of Ms. Bialek are "similar" to that of what happened to his client.  Easy to say, since we have no idea what the accusations of the first two women are.  The Politico story originally said that one was a gesture that was not really of a sexual nature.  Whatever the heck that means.  
I hope Ms. Bialek is ready for the firestorm that is going to come her way.  She will have people digging into her past.  Some will be doing it to prove her right, others will be doing it to prove her wrong.  
If these charges are true, Herman Cain cannot be president. Character matters.  If these charges are not true shame on the people who have made them so public.  Because once this is all over with, where will Mr. Cain go to get his reputation back again?  People will now always know him as a sexual harasser, regardless of the truth.  

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Ronald Reagan Statue Vandalized In Newport Beach

What a bunch of (expletive)heads:
A bronze statue of former President Ronald Reagan was vandalized early Sunday, according to officials.

Police received a call at approximately 5:30 Sunday morning about a possible vandalism in progress at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park.

A witness saw a suspect tie something around the top of the statue and the other end to the front of his vehicle. The witness said the suspect then got into his vehicle and put it in reverse in an attempt to pull the statue down.

The suspect, described as a male in dark clothing, fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police said the vehicle was a tan pickup with an extended cab, circa early 2000s.
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Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Michael Jackson Death

A jury says Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

Jurors deliberated for over ten hours to reach the unanimous decision.

The jury was made up of seven men and five women. Two of the men identified themselves as fans of Jackson in their jury questionnaires.

California law says jurors can only reach a guilty verdict if they all agree that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Their guilty verdict means they all believe the doctor committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury, and that the crime caused Michael Jackson's death.

The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is four years in prison. However, because of prison overcrowding and budgetary concerns a new California law allows for a possibility that Dr. Murray could serve his sentence on house arrest.

Dr. Murray's legal troubles are far from over. Jackson's father Joe Jackson is pursuing a wrongful death suit against Dr. Murray. Dr. Murray will also have to fight to keep his medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas.
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Accuser Sharon Bialek: Cain Harassed Me

A new accuser has come out to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment.
Herman Cain reached under her skirt in 1997 as she sought help in finding a job.

The Chicago-area mother, described by her lawyer as a registered Republican, urged the GOP presidential candidate to "come clean" and admit how he was "inappropriate" with her and other women.
Uh oh.

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Times: Romney Out of Touch

The New York Times has discovered the real Mitt Romney in a new article about a recent plane trip from Jacksonville, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts: he isn't exactly bubbling with outgoingness on a 1,100 mile trip between campaign stops.

Apparently, two passengers either suggested a way to save money in the health care system, or asked for a good restaurant to eat at in Boston, and Mr. Romney - exhausted and probably enjoying the only downtime of his day - basically did not respond to them and continued to read the USA Today and use his iPad.

Even though the Times belatedly admitted that "such reserved behavior seems commonplace among airline passengers," the central theme of the hit piece is that Mr. Romney has no excuse whatsoever, because he's running for President, and he must be out of touch, or failing to be in touch. All because he's acting like just about everyone else in coach.

This is another problem with American voters today - they need their leaders to be "in touch" with them, and be open, compassionate, and someone you would want to have a beer with. When, really, all we need is the right person who will get the job done competently. We don't need an everyman in the White House, we just need the right one.

This Times article is obviously an attempt to paint Romney as out of touch, and some of their readers bought it - posting comments like he doesn't understand the 99%, blah, blah, blah - but they need to come up with anything better than him brushing off some passengers during a flight in coach.

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Splinter Group in Occupy Portland: It's Time for Violence, and Carries Through

Contradictory information is coming out of the scene in Portland. Portland has seen its own share of protests in the last month and the hippy-filled city will brace for more.

However, it appears that the Occupy Movement is learning a tactic of other Occupy movements: property damage. Just after the riots in Oakland and raid in Washington DC, it now appears that Portland is the next place to see vandalism.

A splinter group has decided that the relatively peaceful ramblings of the main body of the Occupy Protests was not enough. It was time for action: in this case, vandalism.
"So we use action as our discourse rather than words, and we intend to say much more in the days to come."

But it's okay, because many in the city is on the violent side:

...we know already that within Portland there is support by many for tactics which seek to actually confront and challenge those that are responsible for our dire situation.

This group acted violently, in destroying private property:
At 8:34 a.m. Saturday, Portland police responded to a Chase Bank branch, where windows had been broken and paint thrown inside the building, police said in a statement. Nearly two hours later, a Wells Fargo branch reported its windows had been broken.

The main body of the occupiers has denied any responsibility in the attacks that followed.

"We are currently not affiliated with any other group in the city, and are still in the process of organizing the structure," according to the e-mail, which was also released by police.

Is this just the beginning of "armed" resistance? It could be.

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And In Walks Gloria Allred

Not missing an opportunity to get her name in the papers, Gloria Allred will be holding a press conference this afternoon with another woman who claims she was sexually harassed by Herman Cain.  RadarOnline is reporting that this news conference will be held this afternoon in New York City.  

Allred, the women who has made a very good living representing such women as the porn star who was having an affair with Tiger Woods, who Allred contended deserved an apology.  Let's see the woman slept with a man she knew to be married, and was paid to have sex on camera.  Yeah, she sounded like a victim to me.  

There are no available details on this woman that I could find.  So, we don't know how or where she knows Mr. Cain from.  But it would seem to me that if you wanted creditability, the last person you would go to would be publicity whore Gloria Allred.  Although, she successfully helped derail Meg Whitman's candidacy for governor of California with Nikki the lying maid.  Who admitted to committing fraud and still miraculously manages to stay in the country illegally. 

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New Obama Ad Video: What If?

Kinda gives me something to look forward to:

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Ron Paul: "I Don't Want" to Run for President as 3rd party Candidate

Republican hopeful Ron Paul has told an interviewer that he does not wish to run for President next year as a third party candidate, as he did in 1988 under the Libertarian Party banner.

"I have no intention doing that. That doesn't make sense to me to even think about it, let alone plan to do that," Paul told "Fox News Sunday."

Asked why, Paul responded: "Because I don't want to do it. That's the reason."

But, that doesn't mean he'd support Mitt Romney or Herman Cain:

But Paul said that if he's not the nominee, he's not certain that he would support the GOP nominee.

"Probably not unless I get to talk to them and find out what they believe in. But if they believe on expanding the wars, if they don't believe in looking at the Federal Reserve; if they don't believe in real cuts, if they don't believe in deregulation and better tax system, it would defy everything I believe in," Paul said.


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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Rev Wright on Obama: "Who have you become?"

Reverend Wright has faded into the background of the political process. Despite coming into quite a lot of prominence in the 2008 race, his role as being Barack Obama's spiritual mentor was conveniently withdrawn by the media.

Now, in the aftermath of the election, it appears that Obama's association with the racist minister may have not even existed. Instead, the evidence of Wright's explosive past are no longer readily available on cable news.

But Reverend Wright is offended by the lack of attention. Not by the media. Not that the coverage isn't positive. He's rather offended by the fact that the one person that he believed he had the attention of was no longer at his ear: Barack Obama.

Rather, according to Wright, Obama has become a totally different person. He gave an interview with the far left Truth Out to anti-war author Chris Hedges. Forgive the fact that the interview is a month and a half old, but Wright has even posted a link to the original piece on his own website.

Fast forward to the end of the interview. Wright is electric in his zeal against Obama's order to kill Osama bin Laden.
We have international courts. We have trials like the Nuremberg trials. Why did you murder him? Why not put him on trial? And I sat up in the middle of the night, about 10 days later, with the answer. I said, because you didn’t want him to talk. If he starts talking on the stand everything comes unraveled. We will have to look at the Cheney war machine. A trial would rip to shreds the lies we have been telling ourselves and our American public. We can’t afford that, so we murder him. We murder him and call it justice. That one really hurt. I said to myself, this is the Barack you once knew who cared enough about humankind to work in Altgeld Gardens with the poor, to not run against an African-American female, who now calls for a professional Navy SEAL assassination, a hit, and watches it. It’s like that story you heard your dad preach and you know from seminary in Acts, where the demons said to the seven sons of Sceva, Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you? Who have you become?
Of course, Wright's racist spectacles, when sparsely covered by the media was seen as a horrible act. According to Hedges:
Wright has become something of an expert on the commercial media since he was psychologically lynched by them.
And far from the portrait that the media painted of Obama barely knowing his minister for decades, Wright is far more forthcoming, as mentioned by Hedges:
Wright, who perhaps knows Obama better than nearly any other person in the country, sees a man who sold his principles for the chimera and illusion of power.
Meanwhile, to Wright, Obama is just a pawn to the big bankers and big business. He states that Obama changed mightily thanks to his election, which was actually due to the unseen hand of the capitalists. Throughout his quote, it appears to have an anti-Semitic taste:
President Obama was selected before he was elected,” Wright said, “and he is accountable to those who selected him. Why do you think Wall Street got the break? Why do you think the big three [financial institutions] were bailed out? Those were the ones who selected him. We didn’t select him.

And Wright even calls Obama naive! Before he got elected to the Senate. In fact, Wright proclaims Obama's great integrity because he based one of the most important political choices of his life on race:
I don’t know whether or not Carol Moseley Braun is going to run again. I will not run against an African-American woman.’ And I’m saying to myself, what manner of man is this? I know guys who would run against their own mama. You will not run against an African-American female? To have that kind of integrity was awesome to me. He changed. That’s unfortunate.”
Furthermore, Obama's policy was not anti-Israel enough for the pastor, either:
In November and December of 2008 during the ethnic cleansing of Gaza one of the news media persons put a microphone in front of Barack’s face and asked him what do you think about what’s going on in Gaza? He said, ‘We can’t have but one president at a time.’
Why didn't the media explore this, again?

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Video- Entire Cain-Gingrich Debate

Enjoy. Part 1:

Part 2:

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Sources: Iran Already Has Nuclear Arms

Some pretty distressing news is hitting the airwaves. Tensions have continued to rise due to Iran's nuclear program. Leaked information has indicated that Israel is considering a strike on Iran, and so is the United States and United Kingdom.

For all of this news, some could be disinformation meant to confuse the Iranian clerics. However, there may be some grains of truth to the idea that Iran is nearing a nuclear weapon.

However, there is even worse information coming from multiple sources. Unfortunately, according to both Israeli and Iranian defection sources, the Islamic Republic may already have nuclear arms. Both rumors surround supposed purchases that Tehran made in the aftermath of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

One source is the Israeli site DebkaFile. Debka file correctly predicted Syria's second nuclear reactor last week-- which was later picked up by American sources.

In waiting for a new United Nations report on Iran's nuclear activities, it appears that Debka has heard rumors of already existing Iranian arms. These functional weapons are moving the Israeli leadership to prepare a strike on the country.
According to DEBKAfile's Washington sources, the Obama administration attributes the change of heart by those ministers to a conviction that Iran already has a nuclear weapon.
A separate Debka report stated that the Islamic Republic threatened to target a million Israelis with just four missiles should there be an attack on the country's nuclear program.
However our sources cite Western intelligence as suspecting that Tehran obtained those warheads from Belarus or from unconventional arms traffickers based in the Muslim Republics which were part of the USSR up until the 1990s. And indeed the Fars report did not specify what warheads the "conventional" missiles would carry.
Separately through the Washington Post (quoted on World Threats), an Iranian defector stated that the country purchased tactical nuclear weapons nearly twenty years ago. These weapons, based in what is today Kazakhstan, were confirmed missing by Russia.

In any case, the reports are not good:
“Last week, Mathew Nasuti, a former U.S. Air Force captain who was at one point hired by the State Department as an adviser to one of its provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq, said that in March 2008, during a briefing on Iran at the State Department, the department’s Middle East expert told the group that it was “common knowledge” that Iran had acquired tactical nuclear weapons from one or more of the former Soviet republics.

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, an experienced intelligence officer and recipient of a Bronze Star, told me that his sources say Iran has two workable nuclear warheads.”
These sources could be spurious, but there seems to be a lot of agreement on some fundamental issues. This could be the reason that Israel is so concerned in the last several weeks. Or it could be intentional disinformation.

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Video- "Occupy DC" Violently Raids Tea Party Summit, Injuring Many

Before the video starts, you should be aware that, unsurprisingly, the Occupy DC crowd drops a tremendous amount of f-bombs and an assortment of other expletives. If you are offended by this kind of language, do not watch. If you are offended by stupidity, you may receive an overdose after witnessing the blithering idiocy of the Occupy crowd:

Some screenshots. Occupy DC tries to break through door:
Protesters knock an older woman to the ground:
Another woman crouches after being attacked:
Occupiers punch, try to tackle older man:

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Papandreou to Resign

From Sky News:
Greece's prime minister George Papandreou will resign today, Pasok party sources have told Sky News.

A possible replacement for Mr Papandreou is currently being discussed, the sources have also indicated.

The development comes after the country's opposition leader insisted the PM must go to save the economy.

Antonis Samaras said he was willing to help in the formation of a coalition government - but not until Mr Papandreou had stepped down.

Despite winning a confidence vote in parliament, Mr Papandreou has struggled to form a temporary coalition government to back the controversial EU bailout package.

The prime minister had gone into talks with president Karolos Papoulias on how to construct an administration to negotiate the deal to write down Greek debt and release billions in emergency aid.
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Oklahoma Earthquake Video

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Newt = Establishment?

One of the things I love doing most after a major political event, is visiting blogs and websites on our side and reading the comments of hundreds of our brethren from across the country. You can learn more about how the Conservative movement is thinking and where it's heading this way than any other method sort of surveys.

Lately, with the Gingrich surge starting to take place in the hearts and minds of voters, I've been looking for anti-Gingrich comments to figure out why so many on our side oppose the former Speaker of the House, and I have been shocked to find out it's because they think he's too establishment!

Try telling that to the House Republican leadership of the 80's and 90's!

Newt wasn't an establishment guy, oh no, he was a thorn in Bob Michel's side from the moment he was sent to Washington in 1978, and that's because he represented fire breathing Conservatism - along with his turks, and even some Democrat allies - moving the Republican Party from the token opposition party to the leading party in just sixteen years.

His two terms as Speaker were Conservative accomplishments, as was his Contract with America, which is still one of the most important politically relevant documents around today, because it documents mainstream America is in line with mainstream Conservatism and that you can campaign on said ideology and win.

Newt might be a lot of things, but establishment isn't one of them - unless the establishment has moved so far to the right that they are in line with Newt, and not the other way around.

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5.6 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma

From News9:
The United States Geological Survey has upgraded the earthquake to 5.6.

First reports had it listed as 5.2 magnitude. The earthquake shook Oklahoma again Saturday night, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

The earthquake struck Oklahoma at 10:53 p.m. Saturday. The epicenter was located four miles east of Sparks, eight miles south of Davenport, nine miles north northwest of Prague, and 45 miles east of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was only three miles deep.

News 9 is receiving reports from all over Oklahoma about Saturday night's earthquake, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, Noble, Hennessey, Yukon, Alva and more.

According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, there are no major reports of damages or injuries from the earthquake. However, News 9 is getting reports of structure damages out of Lincoln County, as well as reports of buckled roads near Prague.
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

The haves, the have-mores, and the have-a-fisking

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything here. The short version is that circumstances at work have caused me to work a lot harder than before, which has resulted in me having less free time than before. That doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon, so I'm going to have to do some work-arounds in order to continue writing here.

One of those work-arounds is that I've changed my schedule a little bit. Before, I was working 50 hours a week, 7 days a week. Some people don't like to work 7 days, but I loved it. For one thing, it prevented my ditzy assistant manager from goofing things up too badly. When I say my assistant is ditzy, I'm not exaggerating. If there is something that can be fouled up, she will find a way to foul it up. One day, I'm going to write a book on that subject.

But now, I'm going to throw in a weekly day of rest into my schedule. For now, my day of rest is on a Saturday so that I can catch some college football. I haven't watched any college football in about 20 years or so, and the game has changed a bit during that time.

I'm also going to try to write some more, although it looks like this will be my last fisking of Gene Lyons. (A fisking is a point-by-point refutation of another person's writings, with an emphasis on the refutation being humorous.) Gene has had a weekly column published in my state-wide newspaper for about ten years or so now, and I've done 0n-and-off fiskings of his columns for at least the past 7 years.

But now, Gene's columns are not being carried by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette anymore, due to their picking up of another Arkansas liberal columnist John Brummett. Brummett doesn't seem to be as insane or delusional as Gene obviously is, so I don't know if I'm going to have any fun fisking any of his columns.

Luckily, Gene is still being carried at Salon.com, and that is where I got his latest column. As usual, Gene's blatherings are in Commie Red, while my snarky comments are in the coolest shade of blue. Let's jump in!

Now and then, George W. Bush told the unvarnished truth — most often in jest. Consider the GOP presidential nominee's October 20, 2000 speech at a high-society $800-a-plate fundraiser at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. Resplendent in a black tailcoat, waistcoat and white bow tie, Bush greeted the swells with evident satisfaction.

"This is an impressive crowd," he said. "The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elites; I call you my base."

Any questions?

Oooh, ooh, pick me, pick me!

At the 2008 version of the dinner, then-Senator Barack Obama said, “Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth.” Using your logic, Gene, that means Obama is... Superman!

Funny, I don't recall Superman being such a miserable failure in the comic books, do you?

But seriously, Gene, don't you think it's a bit dishonest of you to not tell your audience that the fundraiser that Bush was at was for charity? That traditionally it is used by the candidates to poke fun at themselves?

Dishonest? Gene? Why, that's certainly unprecedented!!!!

Eight months later, President Bush delivered sweeping tax cuts to that patrician base. Given current hysteria over what a recent Washington Post article called "the runaway national debt," it requires an act of historical memory to recall that the Bush administration rationalized reducing taxes on inherited wealth because paying down the debt too soon might roil financial markets.

Eleven years later, the Post warns in a ballyhooed article reading like something out of Joseph Heller's "Catch-22," that Social Security — the 75 year old bedrock of millions of Americans' retirement hopes — has "passed a treacherous milestone," gone "cash negative," and "is sucking money out of the Treasury."

Anybody who discerns a relationship between these events, that is, between a decade of keeping the "have-mores" yachts and Lear jets running smoothly and a manufactured crisis supposedly threatening grandma's monthly Social Security check must be some kind of radical leftist.

That, or somebody skeptical of the decades-long propaganda war against America's most efficient, successful and popular social insurance program. It's an effort that's falsely persuaded millions of younger Americans that Social Security's in its last days and made crying wolf a test of "seriousness" among Beltway courtier-pundits like the Post's Lori Montgomery, who concocted an imaginary front page emergency out of a relatively meaningless actuarial event.

So, the thing to take away from this is that grandma doesn't have to worry about a "crisis" "threatening" grandma's Social Security check. Apparently, everything is hunky-dory out there in America.

All in service, alas, of a single unstated premise: the "have-mores" have made off with grandma's money fair and square. They have no intention of paying it back. That's the only possible interpretation of the Post's admonition that "the $2.6 trillion Social Security trust fund will provide little relief. The government has borrowed every cent and now must raise taxes, cut spending or borrow more heavily from outside investors to keep benefit checks flowing."

???? But, you just said, Gene, that grandma doesn't have to worry about a "crisis" "threatening" to take away her Social Security check? And now, you're saying that the have-mores have already taken it away??


Little relief? In fact, the law's working precisely as intended. After 28 years of generating huge payroll tax surpluses to cover the Baby Boomers' retirement benefits, the system must now begin to draw upon those funds to help pay current benefits—the vast majority still covered by current payroll tax receipts.

"Rather than posing any sort of crisis," explains Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, "this is exactly what had been planned when Congress last made major changes to the program in 1983 based on the recommendations of the Greenspan commission."

Again, this is the beneficiaries' money, invested by the Social Security trustees in U.S. Treasury bonds drawn upon "the full faith and credit of the United States."

1983? Why, I'm sure there was a President then. If only I could remember who it was that was President then.

Ray-burn, wasn't it? Eh, something like that, I'll look it up later. I'm sure it isn't important, anyway.

Far from being "meaningless IOUs" as right-wing cant has it, they represent the same legally-binding promise between the U.S. government and its people that it makes with Wall Street banks and the Chinese government, which also hold Treasury Bonds.

A promise not very different, The Daily Howler's Bob Somerby points out, from the one implicit in your bank statement or 401(k) (if you're lucky enough to have one). Did you think the money was buried in earthen jars filled with gold bullion and precious stones?

Raise taxes, cut spending or borrow? What other options does the U.S. government, or any government, have?

On his New York Times blog, Paul Krugman dissects the Catch-22 logic behind the Post's bogus crisis. You can't simultaneously argue "that the trust fund is meaningless, because SS is just part of the budget, then claim that some crisis arises when receipts fall short of payments, because SS is a standalone program." For practical purposes, it's got to be one or the other.

So is Social Security a "Ponzi scheme?" No, it's group insurance, not an investment.

Not a Ponzi scheme? Well, if Gene and a great economist like Paul Krugman (snicker) thinks so, then it must be true. After all, Krugman won a Pullet Surprise, I mean, a Pulitzer Prize or something like that.

I wonder who taught Krugman about economics? You don't think it was this guy, do you? Nah, he seems to know what he is talking about, and Krugman... doesn't. I don't think Krugman could dissect a Taco Bell burrito.

You die young, somebody else benefits. Its finances have been open public record since 1936. Do fewer workers support each beneficiary? Sure, but who cares? It's denominated in dollars, not a head count. The Boomers were nearing 40 when the Reagan administration fixed the actuarial tables. No surprises there.

"Denominated in dollars, not a head count."

Good heavens, I think he's actually serious with that.

Reagan? Reagan, reagan, reagan....?

OH, right! It was Reagan who was President in 1983! I knew it was something like that!

Hey wait! Did Gene just admit that Reagan, a Republican, fixed Social Security? By golly, he did!

Are longer life expectancies screwing up the numbers? Not really. Most of the rise is explained by lower infant and child mortality, not by old timers overstaying their welcome. Kevin Drum points out that gradually raising the payroll tax one percent and doubling the earnings cap over twenty years would make Social Security solvent forever.

But that's not good enough for the more hidebound members of the $800-a-plate set. See, over 75 years Social Security has provided a measure of dignity, security and freedom to working Americans that just annoys the hell out of their betters.

But don't worry, Superm- I mean, Obama will fix all of this.

This is an amazingly cogent column by Gene. Just as rife with errors as before, and a little more insane than before, but still much improved. It was probably an aberration, but time will tell.

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Occupy Seattle Schedules "Anarchist Multimedia Extravaganza," Calls for "End of System"

Unsurprisingly, those that claim to be "oppressed" at Occupy Seattle have laptops, iPhones, internet access, and movie projectors.  They also have a website on which they have published a schedule of upcoming events.

This coming Monday, November 7, Occupy Seattle will be having an Anarchist Multimedia Extravaganza.  Here is the description that they have posted to their site:
There are so many disgusting things wrong with this, it is almost impossible to know where to start.  First, notice what they have, despite being "poor:" movie projectors, access to films, and enough money to either hire a DJ.

Second, the riots in France in May 1968 were actually Left of the communists in that country, as the protesters created a "new" kind of strike.  It also led to tremendous violence where protesters would overturn random cars and burn down buildings.  It looked like this:
Third, notice who is sponsoring the event.  "Socialist Alternative and various anarchists?"  This is the hundredth example that I have seen that destroys the Left's argument that OWS isn't calling for the end of capitalism and democracy.

Here are other scheduled events (all visible on their website).  A discussion on Socialist Feminism and Anarchism, which asks, "How can capitalism and the state be abolished?"
And today's schedule (note Planned Parenthood and socialism):
Do these nut jobs represent you?  I certainly hope not.

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The Slippery Slope of Liberalism

A young couple from South Africa that was engaged to be married and about to become parents have discovered that they are actually brother and sister.  The parents of the couple split up when the women was 8 months old and the man was 2.  The father has been quoted as saying he left his wife due to her being unfaithful.  The wife kept the daughter and the husband raised the son, both as single parents.  They never told their children they had siblings.  Quite obviously neither parent had any interest in their other child either.

We live in a culture that has changed the meaning of parenthood in so many ways of late, that it is considered perfectly acceptable to lie to your children about where they come from and have bonds between child and parent.  These parents raised their children like they had either a sperm donor or a uterus host instead of another parent.

These children have grown into adults and went to college where they met and fell in love with each other.  Apparently, there is also a term for immediate family members who grow up not knowing each other who develop a strong sexual attraction to each other:
Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) is a term that describes the phenomenon of sexual attraction between close relatives, such as siblings, first and second cousins or a parent and offspring who first meet as adults.
It is not the same as incest, though this is what it is called if a sexual relationship is then entered into.
The term GSA was coined 30 years ago by American Barbara Gonyo. She wrote a book about the lust she felt for the adult son she had given up for adoption 26 years earlier.
She never acted on her feelings.
GSA is rare between people raised together in early childhood due to a reverse sexual imprinting known as the Westermarck effect, which desensitizes them from sexual attraction.
Experts believe that this effect evolved to prevent inbreeding.
A child is about to born through incest.  A couple is heartbroken.  A family has been destroyed.  All because two parents decided to be selfish instead of telling their children the truth about their family and to swallow their pride and put their children first.

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OWS That Started Colorado Fire: Ron Paul Supporter

Guess it isn't that big of a surprise. We get this via Jammie Wearing Fool.

"There's tons of drama," she said, adding activists present at the site since Oct. 10 have worked to keep it positive. "Anyone we got negative vibes off of was asked to leave."

She said Benjamin Gilmore, who was part of the movement "since Day One," is a Ron Paul supporter. There has been friction between Paul supporters and other Occupy activists, whose views are "a little bit more extreme," she said.

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Fear of Violence Spreading to Occupy Seattle

With violence breaking out among members of Occupy Oakland and Denver, there is a growing concern that the movement may break out into mob storms. With the protesters losing members and even positive press coverage, there is a further concern of outright attacks beginning.

This brings us to Seattle, where these is a very real atmosphere of tensions building in the city. In 1999 the city, known for its hippy and hipster populations, saw violent protests against the World Trade Organization.
Protesters at Occupy Seattle
Now, it has gotten so tense that parents are even cordoning the Occupy protesters from their children. The occupiers had even squatted on a playground, creating an unsafe environment:
“He likes going out in the sandbox and playing and he can’t do that anymore,” Crawford says.

Crawford says he walked around the area near the playground and saw empty beer cans and smelled marijuana.
Just as in Oakland, tensions between the police and the protesters are increasing, so much so that violence may begin in the Northwest city.
Reports of Occupy Seattle's protestors animosity towards police has been noted in confrontations since they took up encampment in Seattle's Westlake Park.
Just several weeks ago came arrests in the city as the protesters refused to move. They were met with arrests:
Those who refused are being arrested and their tents are being moved.

KOMO Radio reports there have been a half-dozen arrests for obstruction.
The costs of all of these protests for Seattle? Over $100k so far. And that's not even counting lost business and possibly lost jobs. With those factors included, the number could be much, much higher.

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Surprise: University Classes Held at Occupy Seattle

Leave it to the Left Coast to hold something like this. With the national Occupy protests waning in numbers and even receiving some critical attention from the media, it appears that their influence is declining. Even worse, the violence that has shaken Oakland and Denver has even gained the attention of some in the press.

For Occupy, times are not as fat as a month ago. Cold temperatures are draining 20ish hipsters from New York city and threatening every northern protest. As the winter months move on, this will likely thin the crowd out even further.

So, without a natural constituency to help the anti-capitalist protests, what is there to do? There was hiring of ringers to attend protests and now this.

Who would think that college professors would be out-of-touch leftists?

In Seattle, university professors have decided to spend state and federal tax dollars by holding their classes among the protests. Many of those protesting were formerly influenced by leftist ideas from college, and would be very impressionable.

And who would have guessed a union connection?

"We didn't talk about their particular strategies," said Strickland, who is the president of the American Federation of Teachers Seattle Local 1789. "I guess my impression is that these are people who are thoughtful. They certainly don't have all the answers. They make mistakes along the way. Does that mean they're ineffective or pointless? I don't think so."

Also not surprising? The non-sensical responses from the group:

"The problem with Seattle's protesters is that they get caught up in fighting what is. What they need to do right now is give an example of what can be," writer Paul Constant posted, later adding, "make your camp a destination that people want to visit. Making this whole thing a battle over a public space that nobody likes is embarrassing and it flies in the face of what the Occupy Wall Street protesters have created."

Your academic system at work.

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OWS Burns $10,000,000 Worth of Buildings

Because they're just so peaceful:
Police have arrested an Occupy Fort Collins protester in connection with a $10 million arson fire that damaged dozens of condominiums and businesses in Fort Collins.

Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of arson, burglary and criminal mischief.

On Oct. 24, a fire started at 3:30 a.m. in a four-story apartment complex under construction. The fire spread to the occupied Penny Flats condominium and retail building next door.

The fire at Penny Flats caused heavy fire damage to the fourth floor and roof, and heavy smoke and water damage to the first, second and third floors, according to Poudre Fire Authority spokesman Patrick Love.
Damage was estimated at $10 million.
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Andy Rooney Dead at 92

Sad news:
Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays - a unique genre he is credited with inventing - died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.

"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes." "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."

Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.

Rooney wrote for television since its birth, spending more than 60 years at CBS, 30 of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then news programming, before becoming a television personality - a role he said he was never comfortable in. He preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his "60 Minutes" essays.
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Gingrich's Time to Shine

Since this Republican marathon began in late Spring, we have witnessed the rise and fall of Bachmann, Perry, and now possibly Cain if the press remains this negative for too long, while Mitt Romney has remained strong at 25%, and Newt Gingrich has performed awesomely at the debates. I think if the trend of rise and fall holds with Cain - Gingrich will finally shine.

Tonight's modified Lincoln-Douglas debate between Cain and Gingrich could do more to shape the race than anything that has come out of the media thus far, because both the crowd in Houston and viewers watching from home (C-SPAN 8:00 PM), will finally be able to see substantive answers to difficult questions for once.

And considering the master of debates and knowledge will have uninterrupted time to not only promote his own solutions, but to evaluate his opponents, could very well turn this debate into a Newt slug fest - if Cain cannot hold his own and that's debatable. Will Cain be able to adjust from thirty/sixty second soundbites to minutes long answers? His talk radio experience says yes, but his previous debate performances say no.....

Regardless, if Cain is able to hold off Gingrich and perform well, then he will likely stand the test of time and be Romney's central opposition during the primaries, but if Gingrich is able to dispatch Cain on substance, it is very likely the former Speaker could become this cycle's comeback kid.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Gingrich predicts GOP race will be "Mitt and Newt"

From AJC:
Newt Gingrich predicts the race for the GOP nomination will come down to two weary candidates: "This will end up being Mitt and Newt."

Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman and speaker of the U.S. House, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that his campaign is now where it needs to be and that by December he'll have the resources to compete head to head with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"And Romney is the real competitor," Gingrich said in his Buckhead campaign headquarters, where he rallied two dozen volunteers before heading to Duluth for a town hall meeting sponsored by the 7th District Republican Party.

An obviously upbeat Gingrich said he survived June and July, which he called the darkest two months of his 53-year political career, and is poised to make a serious run at the nomination.

It's a remarkable turnaround for a candidate many pundits and news outlets had declared out of the race earlier this year. And while polls have shown Gingrich inching into sole possession of third place -- including a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday that had him distancing himself from fourth-place Rick Perry -- he's still at least 10-12 percentage points behind Romney and Atlanta resident Herman Cain.
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Greece Confidence Vote Results

Greek Prime Minister Papandreou received the necessary votes to survive in office. This came after the crisis surrounding a European bailout. He needed 151 votes of 300.

Total as of 6:56pm EST

Yes: 153

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National Restaurant Association Releases Statement on Cain Allegations

Here is the statement in its entirety:
“We have seen the statement Joel Bennett released earlier today on behalf of his client, a former employee of the Association. The Association consented to the release of that statement, at the request of Mr. Bennett’s client.

“Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint. The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement. The agreement contains mutual confidentiality obligations. Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision.

“The Association has robust policies designed to ensure that employees with concerns may bring them forward for prompt investigation and resolution, without risk of retaliation. The Association is fully committed to equal employment opportunity and to an environment that is free from any discrimination or harassment.”
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Who Votes for Democracy?

Democracy! Democracy! Democracy! This is the mantra that we hear from Tahrir Square to Yemen from Belarus to Wall Street protestors are on the march around the world demanding Democracy!
Democracy has long been the cover for all manner of despotic totalitarian regimes creating hellholes for their own people and nightmares for the rest of us.  One needs only to recall that even though the popular myth of Hitler being elected is demonstrably false, he lost the only election he ever ran in, he was however appointed Chancellor in 1933 after his Nazi Party became the largest single party through democratic elections.  His ghoulish regime achieved total power when 90% of the German people voted to make Hitler the F├╝hrer or undisputed dictator of their nation. And who can forget the many Democratic People’s Republics that have graced the world with their despotic presence, East Germany, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam and North Korea.  The cover of democracy and the votes of the people have been used to legitimize the most insidious forms of human depravity.
It is popular among conservatives to decry the nation-wide and world-wide demand for democracy as if it were something new under the sun.   It is also popular to point out that the United States of America was founded as a representative Republic not as a Democracy.  The representative nature of the Republic was enshrined in both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.  The difference is proudly pointed out that we are a representative republic which operates on democratic principles NOT a democracy.
It is not quite as popular to point out that though our representative Republic has always operated on democratic principles in the beginning that democracy did not spread out very far.  The franchise was restricted only to males of the Caucasian persuasion who owned a certain amount of property.   The dirty little secret teachers of American History Survey classes fought for years to keep from their impressionable students was that even though Wilson led America into fighting World War I to make the world safe for democracy and FDR led us into World War II as the Arsenal of Democracy the Founders of our country went to great lengths to protect our Republic from the perils of democracy.
Examples of the Founders distaste for democracy are easy to find:
James Madison said, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
John Adams said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide” and, “The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.”
Alexander Hamilton said, “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.”
The circle of American democracy was at first drawn closely around the ruling circle of intellectuals, lawyers and men of property because they feared the tyranny of those unable or unwilling to learn the rudiments of History, Economics or Governance.  However, as time passed spurred on by a combination of their desire to participate and the cajoling of those who wanted to rule them people began to agitate for an extension of the franchise and for one reason or another the circle began to expand until by the 1830s throughout the United States most Caucasian males could vote.  By comparison in Britain at the same time less than 10% could vote.
The watchword in America became democracy, not in the speeches of the first Progressives in the 1890s but in the voices of their great grandfathers in the second generation after our Revolution.  Within a generation leadership passed from Washington, Jefferson, Madison and other statesmen with grand visions of liberty and freedom to partisan leaders of political factions.  The stirring and deeply reflective tone of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers was replaced by clever slogans designed to move the masses and win votes.
Alexis de Tocqueville is often quoted to show the high state of American involvement and participation in the democratic process.  He is less often quoted in his assessment of that process, “The most able men in the United States are very rarely place at the head of affairs.”  He pointed to the character of a democracy where people ignored important issues, disdained intellectuals who were informed of these issues and instead were moved by “the clamor of a mountebank [a demagogue] who knows the secret of stimulating their tastes.”
In the recent past President Bush in 2005 during his second inaugural speech declared the doctrine that bears his name by saying, ‘‘it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.’’ Since that time democratic elections have brought us Hamas as the elected representatives of the Palestinian People, Islamists have won the first post-Arab Spring election in Tunisia and who can forget that Hugo Chavez has won multiple elections in Venezuela and then there is our new partner in our latest military adventure Yoweri Museveni Uganda’s President-for-Life who was democratically elected as was his more famous predecessor Idi Amin Dada.
The democratic revolution which began in America a generation after the establishment of our representative Republic has grown through the roughshod years of Jackson, the tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend, elect, elect, elect days of FDR and has morphed into the Occupy Everywhere movement currently polluting our cities and clamoring for the predictable goal of pure democracy, “From each according to their ability to each according to their need.” 
We are witnessing the tyranny not of the majority but instead of the majority of voters coming to fruition.  In America in a typical election only 50% or less of eligible voters bothers to cast their ballot.  Many congressional districts are gerrymandered into personal possessions, local counties, cities and states belong to good-old-boy networks and the Senate is the province of millionaire media stars.  The uninformed elect the unqualified to give them what is unearned.
Or as our old friend Alexis de Tocqueville also said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
The democratic revolution begun in America 200 years ago has circled the globe.  The leaders of the Egyptian revolutionaries have come to New York to join the protesters at Zuccotti Park to chant, the mantra, “Democracy Now!”  Looking at the paradise on earth replicated from New York to Oakland in these demonstrations supported by the unions, Democrats and the President I only have one question, “Who will vote for that?”
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

White House Rejects Solyndra Subpoena; WH Says It's a "Fishing Expedition"

After the collapse of Solyndra, a solar company that received over $500,000,000 in loans from the Obama Administration, Republicans noted the unsettling amount of ties that the White House had with the defunct company.

Vice President Biden called on his advisers to hurry through the loan, President Obama toured the Solyndra plant in 2010, and the top executives of Solyndra donated heavily to then-candidate Obama in 2008.  President Bush rejected loaning the company money, saying that it was too risky, and even President Obama's advisors told him in person that the half-a-billion-dollar loan was "not ready for prime time."

The Obama Administration has stated repeatedly that it did nothing wrong and would "not have changed" what he did if he had the chance.  Mr. Obama has also said he has nothing to hide.  And yet, today the Obama Administration rejected a subpoena on the Solyndra loan it pushed for, possibly confirming that the President does indeed have something to hide.

Kathryn H. Ruemmler, counsel to the president, stated officially that the rejection was because the subpoena was a "significant intrusion" into what the President has done in the White House. Her argument, in part, is that Congress has no need to know what Mr. Obama does or why.

She continued, "There is no basis for such a broad request beyond a 'vast fishing expedition.'"

You can read the entire document below:
Letter from the White House Counsel 11 04 11

Why exactly the Administration would reject the subpoena, considering they have consistently stated that they want the "truth" to come out, can only be speculated.  While the official report says that the subpoena is too much to deal with, the White House knew it was coming and chose an odd time and an odd reason to say no.

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Internal Fights Among Protesters Break Out after OWS Poll Released; Accusations of "Racism," "White Supremacy"

Go figure, the Occupy Wall Street is inordinately white, young, and educated.  After this internal poll was released, OWS protesters said pollsters and other Occupy Wall Street supporters championed “insidious racism” and “white supremacy.”

According to the survey, there are over 50 white people for every African-American at the protests.  Likewise, the people at OWS are inordinately young, with less than a third 45-years-old or older.  Additionally, 90% of people at the protest have gone to college, nearly twice the national average.

Here's the poll, set to various pie charts and colors:

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Deranged Homeless Man goes on Violent Rampage in Zuccotti Park

From the New York Post:
A deranged homeless man who has been squatting among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in lower Manhattan went on a violent, early-morning rampage yesterday, cursing incoherently and kicking down tents.

The only thing that could stop Jeremy Clinch from his Godzilla-like rampage was a left hook to the face delivered by a paranoid fellow protester who claimed to be an ex-Turkish diplomat -- and charged that his assailant was carrying out a plot hatched by Mayor Bloomberg.

“I’ve been here from Day One! I haven’t got a tent!” the Cleveland-native Clinch shrieked as he furiously kicked down tents onto sleeping protesters at about 8 a.m.

“I’ve been here for three months, and I haven’t been able to sleep!” the out-of-his-head Clinch screamed.

It was just the type of increasingly violent incident that has downtown residents -- already bombarded by megaphones, incessant drumming, graffiti and public urination -- feeling on edge as the OWS takeover of Zuccotti Park enters its third month.

“You want to fight? You want to get f--ked up? Let’s get it on! Let’s get it on!” Clinch ranted.

The unhinged vagrant then put the boot to the wrong man -- Recai “Rocky” Iskender, 48, of Cliffside Park, NJ, as he slept in his tent.
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Video- Cain Releases New Ad Entitled "High Tech Lynching"

Update- As pointed out by our astute colleague, this video was not released directly by Cain, but by supporters of his.

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October Jobs Report: 80k Jobs, 9.0% Unemployment

The October jobs picture is a mixed bag. The government released the figures earlier today, which provide one piece of bad news with one of potentially good news. For one, employers slowed job growth to just 80,000, coming in below expectations. Secondly, the unemployment rate fell from 9.1% to 9.0%.

This could be seen as a positive-- more are back to work, or as the fact that more have given up looking for employment.

"Either survey portrays a job market that is a bit better than people might have hoped for," said David Resler, chief economic consultant with Nomura.That said, there's still a lot of room for improvement. Roughly 13.9 million Americans remained unemployed in October, 42% of whom had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.

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Romney, Cain Tied

HT: GOP 12

The 2012 Republican Primary race is once again a two man fight for the top spot, according to a new poll by ABC News/Washington Post, but there are two more men on the outside looking in for a shot, or another, to break out and seriously contend for the nomination.

Mitt Romney - 24%.
Herman Cain - 23%.
Rick Perry - 13%.
Newt Gingrich - 12%.

Romney and Cain continue to fight for position in this continuous horse race, but the media is forgetting about Rick Perry, who is still sticking around in double digits, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has actually reached the top three/four (pending on which poll you read) of the field after struggling for relevance since his campaign began.

This poll was taken after the Cain controversy erupted earlier this week, but only time will tell if the story will really derail his campaign or have any effect at all, and this once again reflects the problem Romney has: he is stuck hovering around 25%, while the Not-Romney electorate considers their options...

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The Month in Review

It's that time of the month again.  October was a pretty successful month for Pundit Press, as we smashed through 1,000,000 views all-time and continue to climb. Thank you to all of our readers: you make it all possible.

Number of articles written in October: 347 articles

Number of Articles Per Author-

Aurelius- 192 Posts
Thomas Ferdousi- 40 Posts
Mr. K- 36 Posts
Danny R. Butcher- 34 Posts
Just a conservative girl- An Impressive First Month of 25 Posts
Unlikely Hospitalist- 12 Posts
Dr. Robert Owens- 4 Posts
The Desert Paladin- 2 Posts
MO Atty- 2 Posts
Joe C.- 0 Posts

In the month of October, Pundit Press received 93,407 pageviews, 18,500 more than August and September combined.

Top Articles of the Month-

1. "Gaddafi Death Picture" an Obvious Fake (Written Originally in August), by Aurelius, with 29,699 views

2. Occupy Madison Loses Permit Because Protesters were "Publicly Masturbating," by Aurelius, with 12,455 views

3. Qaddafi Death Photo, by Thomas, with 2,692 views

4. Occupy Wall Street: Beheading of Children, Hangings Will Make People "Fall in Line," by Aurelius, with 2,547 views

5. 'Rick Perry' Bad Lip-Syncing Video, by Aurelius, with 2,200 views

6. Qaddafi Death Video, by Thomas, with 1,625 views

7. Occupy Wall Street Defaces 9/11 Memorial Statue, by Aurelius, with 1,392 views

8. Liberals Call for Death of Herman Cain; "I Applauded" When He Almost Died of Cancer, by Aurelius, with 1,347 views

9. Working Families Party Offers People Up to $650 a Week to Join Wall Street Protests, by Aurelius, with 1,252 views

10. Occupy Wall Street Hatred, Violence, and Antisemitism Compilation, by Aurelius, with 1,078 views

11. Compilation: 40 Examples of OWS Violence, Perversion, and Anti-semitism (With Pictures, Videos), by Aurelius, with 1,078 views (yes, the same number of views for two different compilations)

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- As I mentioned before, we broke 1,000,000 pageviews all-time this past month. Here's looking forward to the next million!
- Joe C., our beloved sports analyst, did not write any articles in October
- Just a conservative girl made a strong showing this month, writing an impressive number of articles. Keep it up!

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America Divided on Charges Against Herman Cain

Rasmussen wasted little time and has polled on the country's reaction to the Politico article that discussed charges of harassment against Herman Cain.  
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 39% believe the allegations against Cain are at least somewhat likely to be serious and true.  Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree and 23% are not sure. Those figures include 17% who believe it’s Very Likely and 11% who say Not at All Likely.
The poll also showed:
most Republicans believe the public airing of the charges suggest Cain is considered a serious threat to win the nomination.
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