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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Because I live in a rather special world

So it came into my mind recently to track down some music CD's that I had rather stupidly sold many years ago, and a few others that I have been unable to find in any of my local shops. Taking advantage of a pre-existing account that I have at Amazon.com, I rather quickly found the ones I was looking for and placed my order. At the same time, I had been looking for a book titled Left Turn by Peter Groseclose in the same places, and had also been unable to find it. So again I managed to find it on Amazon and placed an order for it.

I'm about half-way through it right now, and absolutely impressed with the overall quality of Dr. Groseclose's workmanship. Well-researched and very persuasive, it still is a very easy read.

But as I was reading it, I came across a quote that I have seen and heard quite a few times in the past few years. I first heard it on the Rush Limbaugh Show, when I actually had time to listen to his show on a regular basis. During one of his monologues, he mentioned Pauline Kael's (not by name) quote about Nixon's winning of the 1972 presidential election. “How can this be?”, Kael is supposed to have said, “No one I know voted for Nixon.” This quote is supposed to demonstrate how out of touch the liberal press of the two coasts are with the rest of America.

Becoming curious as to the origins of the quote, I looked at the footnotes in Groseclose's book, only to find that he was quoting from one of Bernard Goldberg's books. I always like to try to find a primary source whenever I use quotations, so I turned to the Internet in order to find the original source of the quote. I finally found a webpage that discussed the origins of the quote. Here is the link to the page. According to the source quoted from the New Yorker, the actual quote is, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

Now, if this quotation is correct, we can see where the distortion of the quote came from. “I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know.”'s order is turned around and becomes, “How can this be? No one I know voted for Nixon.”

But what is overlooked is an even better part of the quote. “I live in a rather special world.” Now, can you imagine if Rush Limbaugh had said something like this? Mitt Romney? Rick Santorum? Newt Gingrich? John Boehner? Ann Coulter? Sean Hannity? Mark Levin? Glenn Beck? Sarah Palin?

Oh, the press would go nuts if Sarah Palin had ever said anything like this. “Out of touch” would be the nicest thing the talking heads would be able to say on the news shows.

And then, we have this further clarification. Apparently, Will Brantley edited a collection of interviews that were made with Kael over the years, in a book called “Conversations with Pauline Kael”. Brantley wrote to the blog author:

“Kael told me the story of that mysterious quotation when it appeared in (I think) The Wall Street Journal several years ago. She never said it, and she was irked by the fact that it was so often attributed to her. Apparently a reporter, or somebody, asked her to comment on Nixon's election, and she replied that she couldn't because she didn't even know anyone who had voted for Nixon. And the story got garbled. I may have garbled the story myself slightly, since some years have passed since she told me, but the point is: she never said it. Which is easy to believe, because I never knew her to make patently stupid statements, and when she joked or was outrageous it was never with the kind of naivete that you would have to assume to make a statement like that. The upshot is that people who know nothing about her or her work are constantly berating her for saying something she never said and never would have said.”

To which the blog author replies:

“As far as I'm concerned, the case is closed. Not that posting this on my blog is going to make a difference, but hey, if Craig Seligman can hunt me down, maybe Repugs can, too.”

Repugs. Charming, eh?

So there you have it. Kael never stated that she didn't know anybody who voted for Nixon, but she did state that she lives in a rather special world. And we have a blog poster who thinks Republicans are so repugnant, they have to have their own generic name. He lives in a rather special world, indeed.

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Junta Cedes Power in Mali

In a dramatic change of events, the junta that has ran Mali since late March has agreed to stand down from power, and cede government control to the leader of Mali's national assembly, who will run the nation until elections are held sometime in the upcoming weeks.

The junta's takeover has been a diaster from the beginning: Toureg and al-Qaida fighters have seized Mali's entire northern territory in just three weeks, while neighboring nations angered over the illegal coup have placed crippling sanctions on the regime and every ally in the world has condemned them.

I am hoping this constitutional return to power will bring more effective government on the northern front, as the Mali government cannot allow the Toureg and al-Qaida fighters to establish a foothold in western Africa, or for their country to be destroyed by 14th century nomads seeking to establish their own country on long gone herding grounds.

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TRAYVON:     Report No. 2,304,xxx,xxx,etc.

As the entire world knows, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012. Since that date, our media and our political "leaders" have deluged us with massive amounts of heat, but shamelessly little light. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) poured this not untypical bit of soothing balm on the troubled waters: "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog! He was shot in the street! He was racially profiled!" President Obama exponentially increased our knowledge of the facts by noting that if he had had a son, "he'd look like Trayvon".

Our media, tirelessly employing their investigative skills and reporting 'round the clock without the slightest hint of agenda, induced hundreds of thousands of armchair detectives and attorneys to sign a petition declaring, in their best legal judgment, that George Zimmerman must be immediately arrested.

Media biggie NBC displayed its investigative skills by editing out an important part of the first 911-call audio tape. On the original tape there was no mention of race until the dispatcher asked Zimmerman to specify:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

NBC chose to present the tape edited as follows:

          Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

It was, of course, pure coincidence that the edited version made Zimmerman appear far more race conscious, and negatively so, than anything he had actually said. When confronted with this journalistic outrage, NBC claimed there would be an "internal investigation".
Not to be outdone, rival Media biggie ABC upped the ante. Having obtained a police department video of Zimmerman being brought into the Sanford Police Department, ABC processed the video to remove image detail, then presented it on the air to show that there were no cuts on the back of Zimmerman’s head. When confronted on their own outrage, ABC was more creative than announcing a mere “internal investigation”. They claimed that, having realized on their own that there was a problem, they later brought in a video expert to “process” the fuzzy version they had aired to “enhance” it until it actually did show the cuts on Zimmerman’s head.

In an unusual follow-up, NBC’s executives may have finally remembered the “fake but accurate” fiasco of 2004 [in which the acclaimed Dan Rather presented openly forged documents as “proof” that George W. Bush had not performed his duties in the Air National Guard]. Fox News recently reported that it heard from the New York Times, which has reported that it heard from anonymous sources at NBC, that the unnamed offending editor of the audio tape has been fired. NBC has refused to comment. Got that?

A couple of other points. One, did George Zimmerman go to a hospital or not? Did he have a broken nose or not? It is hard to imagine that the same media who can, seemingly any time they want, gain access to the nations most highly classified information, could not get someone at a nearby hospital to divulge whether one of the most recognizable faces in the country recently walked into the place, and/or received treatment there.

Two, merely a question for our armchair detectives: Skittles and Tea. When Trayvon was killed, the spot was very quickly cordoned off as a crime scene. A commentator on another website recently raised an interesting issue:

            See: They are laughing at us. Skittles and Tea are druggie slang for
            Coricidin Cough and Cold Tablets (dextromethorphan) and marijuana.
            Of course few of us on the political right get the joke, which is not
            a bad thing.

Was a package of actual Skittles and/or a container of actual tea found at the scene, or anywhere nearby? Merely a question. With the nation’s devastating fiscal problems, along with those of Europe, the prospect of turmoil, maybe even nuclear war, in the Middle East, and gas prices bouncing off  $5.00 a gallon long before summer driving season, we will rivet ourselves to the crucial Trayvon questions. The media will see to it.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Obama: Vote for Me or Your Kids Will Die

I wish that I was making this up. I am not. From the Washington Examiner:
President Obama suggested this evening that the Republican governing agenda will lead to "poisoning our kids" with pollution.

"I believe that it is part of our solemn responsibility to future generations that we look after this planet; that we make sure our air is clean and our water is clean; that we’re not poisoning our kids," Obama said at a campaign fundraiser tonight. That credo came as he explained that "the contrast between visions in this election could not be more stark, because I believe that America is stronger when we’re looking for one another."

Obama's line evokes his Associated Press speech this week, when he said Republicans believe that if the government "let businesses pollute more and treat workers and consumers with impunity, that somehow we’d all be better off." Mitt Romney, at his Associated Press luncheon speech, dismissed Obama's "rhetorical excess."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called that AP speech a "wonky . . . policy speech," but has been refashioned by the campaign into an attack video and a fundraising speech.
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Video: F-18 crashes in Virginia Beach, 4/6/12

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Supreme Contempt

Recently President Obama made this remarkable statement, “Ultimately, I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”  For someone reputed to be a former professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago this statement is hard to explain.  Any high school student in a sophomore American History class knows there are many precedents for the Supreme Court making laws passed by Congress null and void.  As a matter of fact, in the system of government tradition has delivered to us overturning laws as unconstitutional has been an important power of the Supreme Court for more than two hundred years. 
And if the primary content of the President’s statement isn’t strange enough the supporting information is wrong.  Obamacare wasn't passed by a strong majority in Congress. In reality the final vote in the House vote was 220 to 215.  Every Republican and thirty four Democrats voted against the law.  In the Senate the vote was sixty Democrats and Independents voting for and thirty nine Republicans voting against.  The Democrats, even though they controlled both houses of Congress knew they would lose enough of their own members that it was going to be a close vote so they moved the bill outside the regular order of business and used a legislative maneuver known as reconciliation to avoid giving the Republicans the opportunity to filibuster the law.
What is the context of these current pressure tactics being used by the executive branch on the judicial branch?
Soon after taking office in 1829, President Andrew Jackson a long time Indian fighter spearheaded one of his signature pieces of legislation through Congress: the Indian Removal Act.  This act gave the president the power to negotiate treaties with the various tribes which still existed in America East of the Mississippi.  These treaties, often accepted either under duress or under questionable circumstances seized the lands of the tribes and forced them to move West to the Indian Territory in what is today Oklahoma.  The time for fighting had passed and most of the tribes quietly left their ancestral lands. 
One tribe decided to try another route.  The Cherokee Nation had adopted the ways of the Europeans.  They devised their own written language and wrote their own Constitution.  They had their own plantations, printing presses, and businesses.  They also had their own lawyers and instead of going on the warpath as their ancestors had done they went to court to fight the orders from the State of Georgia which dispossessed them of their land.
In two cases; Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831) and Worcester v. Georgia (1832), the United States Supreme Court considered whether or not it had the power to enforce the rights of Native American nations in disputes between them and the states. In Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, the Court ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to review the claims of any Indian nation within the United States. In Worcester v. Georgia, the Court ruled that only the Federal Government not the states, had the power to regulate the Indian nations.
What the ruling in Worcester v. Georgia meant was that Georgia could not legally seize the Cherokee lands.  It was at this junction when referring to the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Marshall that President Andrew Jackson made one his most famous statements, “Mr. Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it!”  Instead of enforcing the ruling the Federal government joined in and the result was the Trail of Tears as the Cherokee lost their lands and moved west.
Franklin D. Roosevelt legislating Keynesian economic philosophy in the New Deal sought to end the Depression through government spending and central control.  With massive majorities in both houses of Congress the president’s agenda was enacted as quickly as possible.  Then less than three years after the New Deal began to transform America the Supreme Court began overturning some of the central portions of Roosevelt's program 
In response to this resistance to his vision for what should be done FDR decided to pack the court with Justices who would support his laws.  What he proposed was that for any justice over the age of seventy who refused to retire, the president could appoint a new justice to sit beside the current justice and do his work.   If his plan had been adopted and none of the then current Justices retired he would have been able to appoint six new Justices.  Since he couldn’t force the conservative justices to retire he sought in this way to outnumber them and thus change the ideological complexion of the court.  As the president moved ahead in his attempt to pack the court the Supremes started ruling in his favor which eventually stopped the need for his effort to influence the court through overwhelming appointments.  Then time and attrition did what he had tried to do with legislation.  By 1941, four justices had retired and two had died consequently by the end of his presidency seven of the nine justices were Roosevelt appointees.
Now we come full circle to President Obama and his obvious attempt to belittle and intimidate the court.  Should anyone be surprised?  This is nothing more than standard operating procedure for a Chicago politician.  It is also a normal technique for a community organizer who has been trained in the tactics of Saul Alinsky.  No, we shouldn’t be surprised but we could have expected more of anyone who has been entrusted with the highest office in the land.  It is just such crude strong-arm tactics such as this which open Mr. Obama up to charges of being a typical South Chicago thug.  If he wishes to avoid such charges he needs to avoid such actions. 
The above brief review clearly shows that this was not the first attempt of a president to influence the court.  However coming from one who is constantly extolled as a constitutional scholar it is certainly disquieting.  As a constitutional scholar the president would obviously know what he said was incorrect leaving no other interpretation to his words than a conscious effort to alter the traditional system of checks and balances and the power relationship between the separate branches of the federal government.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future and the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holder: So, Yeah, the Supreme Court Should Assume Everything Passed By Congress is Constitutional

Desperately needing a 7th grade education:
DOJ Letter to 5th Circuit re Judicial Authority

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poll: Romney Leads Pennsylvania

The mini-Super Tuesday being held in three weeks is vital for Rick Santorum: he must win his home state of Pennsylvania, or else his campaign is officially 100% dead, and Romney will reach the 1,144 delegates sooner then anyone expected.

And if the latest survey conducted by Public Policy Polling is accurate, then the fat lady better start warming up:

Romney - 42%
Santorum - 37%
Ron Paul - 9%
Gingrich - 6%

Just two weeks ago Santorum held his home state - where he was elected twice to the U.S. Senate - by double digits, and now he's trailing to someone who has absolutely no right leading in his back yard.... And unless his campaign does something unbelievable, or voters are duped into buying the "lets deny Mitt for no reason" argument, then his candidacy is finished.

Perhaps it will finally end before we reach the last primary in early June...

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Obama's Same Tired Rhetoric

Obama's speechwriters are leaning a little too much on Copy and Paste:

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France Presidential Election Results

From France 24:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate François Hollande will face off in the second round of France's presidential election after edging out the far right's Marine Le Pen in Sunday's first round of voting.

Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande topped the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday with 28.4 percent of votes, while incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy finished second with 25.5 percent, according to exit polls. Those figures set up a widely expected run-off between Sarkozy and the candidate of France’s main opposition party who led most voter intentions surveys before the first round.

Exit polls showed Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, had conquered third place with 18.5% of the vote. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 11.7%, and centrist François Bayrou 8.8%, the Ipsos polling agency said. While the tallies of the two leading candidates were in line with dozens of opinion surveys published before Sunday’s ballot, Le Pen’s figures were well above any of those forecasts.

Marine Le Pen far exceeded her father’s shocking second-place 16.86% score in the 2002 presidential race.

Romney's Inevitable Path

After last night's trifecta of victories for Mitt Romney in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin, the race for the GOP nomination is essentially over and it's statistically impossible for him to not reach the magic number of 1,144 delegates after winning over 90% awarded last night.

And here's why:

With almost half of the delegates awarded thus far, Romney now has 655 in his corner according to the Associated Press, or almost 60% total. Meaning, he only has to win 489, or 42% of the remaining GOP delegates up for grabs to clinch the nomination, while Santorum is three weeks away from elimination.

Then we take into account California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah have yet to award delegates - 513 of them - and that Romney will win most of them, without even considering the very possible chance of winning Pennsylvania in three weeks, his path is statistically inevitable.

For the sake of ending this never ending political version of the Hunger Games, and to save resources for the true battle this fall, the three remaining competitors should end their campaigns for the good of the party, and quite frankly, our country before one of them says something that causes harm that can't be reversed...

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Maryland Primary Election Results, 4/4/2012

With 70% of precincts reporting:

Romney: 49%
Santorum: 29%
Gingrich: 11%
Paul: 10%
Huntsman: 1%

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Washington DC Primary Election Results 4/4/2012

With 99% of the precincts reporting in.

Romney: 70%
Paul: 11%
Gingrich: 10%
Huntsman: 7%

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Wisconsin Primary Election Results

From 1:13 AM EST with 99% of the precincts reporting.

Romney: 42%
Santorum: 38%
Paul: 12%
Gingrich: 6%
Bachmann: 1%
Huntsman: 1%

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Romney Victory Speech Video

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One L. Goh Named as Catholic School Shooting Suspect

From ABC:
Police this evening identified a man suspected of opening fire today at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people and wounding three others.

Police identified the suspect as One L. Goh, 43, a Korean national believed to be a resident of Oakland, though Goh surrendered to police at a Safeway supermarket in Alameda, Calif., Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.

Police planned further questioning of witnesses and the suspect, who had yet to be charged as of 6 p.m. PT, Jordan said.

Officials also were looking for Korean-speaking crisis counselors to address the needs of those touched by the shootings, Mayor Jean Quan said.

"It's the kind of pain and situation that we won't understand totally, immediately," she said, "but will leave the community asking questions for a long time."
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NYPD Investigating Disturbing Al-Qaeda Graphic

HT: New York Post

The NYPD is investigating a disturbing graphic (featured below) that has appeared on numerous al-Qaeda and terrorist oriented websites over the past day, which features New York City at sunset and says: "Al-Qaeda Coming Soon Again In New York."

The department's Intelligence Division is leading the search into the graphic's origin and any threats that might be associated with it.

This might be a stretch, but with the one year anniversary of SEAL Team Six's dramatic operation that took down Osama bin Laden approaching, maybe al-Qaeda is gearing up for acts of retribution, and its starting on a psychological level with the city that they can't help but target continuously.

Regardless, I'm confident the competent professionals at the NYPD will discover both the origin and the meaning behind this disgusting graphic, which should serve as a reminder to citizens that our war has not ended, and that our enemies will not stop fighting until we eliminate them one by one.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Video: Santorum Says He'll Exit Race When Romney Gets Majority of Delegates

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Toureg Rebels Seize Timbuktu

Mali has just gone to hell.

The aftermath of last week's coup by dissatisfied soldiers, who rebelled in part because of President Toure's handling of the Tourag rebellion in the North, has been devastating for the nation: allies are enforcing crippling economic sanctions for overthrowing the democratic government and the rebels control the entire North now.

Including the ancient trading city of Timbuktu, which fell early this morning to the rebels, who are descendants of nomadic clans attempting to declare their centuries old herding lands where they've historically dwelt as an independent nation. They are also fighting alongside islamists aligned with al-Qaida.

Mali soldiers were fleeing Timbuktu as the rebels advanced, leaving only arab militia's to defend it, who apparently weren't able to hold it for long.

Neighboring governments should immediately put the coup down, restore President Toure until the scheduled election is held in the next couple of weeks and push the al-Qaida alligned rebels back to the stoneage. There is absolutely no excuse for Mali's dire situation to be ignored...... and unless we act now, who knows how much more will be lost.

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