CONTENTS: Gerlach Protest; New Hampshire Debate; Unemployment discriminates; Lowry – unemployment catastrophe; Morrissey – another buck for gas; BO & community colleges; 4th Arab Spring – Yemen; Pipes – Yemen; 11th Circuit skeptical of OCare; Costs skyrocket for libya; Alabama’s new immigration law; Newt’s staff jumped; Jump to Perry?; Sit or smoke – lethal; Illinois tax; Exxon more oil in Gulf; EPA regs coal $180 billion; Hanson – Euro socialism implodes; Cain wants loyalty oath; Bilderberg 2011; O’Donnell back; Hillsdale seminar; FannieGate; Guzzardi – school choice; Among the truthers
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6/10/1692: Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, was hanged.
6/10/1854: The U. S. Naval Academy graduated its first class. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
Dear President Obama…I am writing today with a somewhat unusual request. First and foremost, I will be asking that you return America to its August 20th, 1959 borders so that Hawaii is no longer a state and you are no longer a citizen…Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Thanks Joanne!)
June 10th, 3-5 PM: Jim Gerlach Protest, Reading UNITEPA-912
I lunched once in a French restaurant with a HUD representative who decided on his own that Spring City “deserved more black people.” Park Springs appeared but the rep vanished…possibly something to do with government money and the lease on an Audi….It’s been about twenty years…Park Springs might be an interesting study of the good things that may come from socialism…
Where: Jim Gerlach’s Berks/Lehigh County Office
840 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, Pa. 19610, 610.376.7630
I am not sure you are aware, but Jim is backing a new program (First Suburbs Project).
First Suburbs Project has the idea that there is zip code tyranny and that Section 8 housing needs to be integrated in our neighborhoods. Do you want Section 8 housing next to you? We need numbers at this rally, this is too important!
Please let me know if you are willing to stand up and fight the battle. firstname.lastname@example.org
MapQuest: PA-100 north / Pottstown Pike; Take ramp right for US-422 west toward Reading (18.6 miles); Take ramp right (0.2 mi); Turn left onto N Wyomissing Blvd (0.3 mi); Turn right onto N Park Rd (0.2 mi); Arrive at 840 N Park.
CNN: June 13th, 8 PM – New Hampshire Debate
“Washington (CNN) — After months of criss-crossing the country and trying to woo potential supporters in early voting states, seven Republicans hoping to capture their party’s presidential nomination will meet this month for the first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 election.
“Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the June 13 debate on the campus of Saint Anselm College.
“This is the first time that Bachmann, Gingrich and Romney will appear in a 2012 presidential debate. The event is being sponsored by CNN, WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader. CNN Chief National Correspondent/Anchor John King will moderate the debate with journalists from WMUR and the Union Leader participating in the questioning…”
DailyCaller: Unemployment Discriminates
“Less than half of African-American men now have full-time jobs, and less than half of all white men will have full-time jobs in 2018, according to post-2000 trends hidden in federal population and workforce data.
“There are roughly 14 million people formally labeled as unemployed, but “there’s probably 22 million to 23 million people who are unemployed, mal-employed or underemployed,” said Andrew Sum, an economics professor at Northeastern University in Boston.
“The hidden data shows that ‘we’ve got an overwhelming job gap that effects men more than women, less-educated men more then better-educated men, and the group aged 25 to 29 the most,’ he said.
“One startling result, he said, is that only 43 percent of African-American men aged 18 to 29 have a full-time job…”
Rich Lowry, NRO: “An Unemployment Catastrophe”
“Pres. Barack Obama is given to cute vehicular metaphors about the state of the economy. We were ‘in a ditch,’ then got out and hit a ‘bump in the road.’ This is studiously folksy. It also vastly understates the nature of our situation.
“President Obama is presiding over an unspooling social catastrophe in the form of unemployment, and especially long-term unemployment. For all those people who are chronically unemployed, it’s as if they have been hit by the proverbial car and then backed over by it again and again.
“According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly a third of the unemployed – 4 million people – have been out of work for more than a year. Almost half of the unemployed have been out of a job for more than six months, a figure higher than during the Great Depression. They may wonder when it was exactly that we got out of ‘the ditch.’
“The statistics tell a dire, but incomplete, story. We were built to work. When we want to and can’t, it is an assault on our very personhood…”
Ed Morrissey, Detroit News: Another Buck for Gas
“…The Obama administration wants to push US automakers to stop producing so-called gas guzzlers, pushing the average efficiency to as high as 62 MPG by 2025. Akerson says that will add $3500 to the average price of cars, which will put US automakers in poor competitive position against their imported competition.
“That argument has two problems. First, politicians will continue to tinker with CAFE standards regardless of tax policy, so Akerson’s trade wouldn’t be a trade at all — it would be an additional cost on top of the financial and safety tradeoffs that come with increased CAFE mandates. Second, the problem in this case isn’t which government intervention to demand but the government mandates themselves, on a cost issue that should be regulated by consumer demand. When gas prices rise, people will look for more fuel efficiency without government either stripping consumers of choice or taxing them into oblivion.
“Besides, this is hardly the environment in which to demand a gas-tax hike. Drivers have already gotten sticker shock from skyrocketing costs at the pump — and at the grocery store. Akerson seems to be blissfully unaware that while CAFE standards impact costs in his industry, gas tax hikes impact costs throughout the entire distribution chain. Gas prices have a multiplying effect as they impact costs of bringing all goods to market, especially food. Consumers are already seeing their declining buying power erode even faster due to escalating fuel prices and an insane government policy that keeps America from exploiting its own resources to bring more supply on line and stabilize the markets.
“Rather than solve the actual problems, Akerson defaults to piling more taxes on consumers as a solution. Maybe consumers should keep that in mind when considering GM for their next transportation solution, too.”
MJ Lee, Politico: BO & Community Colleges
Professor X told us that fifty percent of new enrollees to a community college do not return for a second year. Isn’t there a better plan?
“President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled an expansion of an administration program to improve industry partnerships with community colleges.
“In a speech at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, Obama told an audience of about 100 that the administration is committed to helping both employers and job-seekers through programs such as Skills for America’s Future, which helps pair businesses with individuals who have the necessary skills.
“‘The irony is even though a lot of folks are looking for work, there are a lot of companies that are actually also looking for skilled workers,’ the president said. ‘There’s a mismatch that we can close…’”
Professor X (2011) In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. NY: Viking.
Mark Mazzetti, NYT: The Fourth Arab Spring: Yemen
“WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.
“The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power…”
Daniel Pipes, NRO: The Emptying of Yemen
“For the first time in its exceedingly long history, Yemen now threatens the outside world. It does so in two principal ways.
“First, even before the current political upheaval began there on January 15, violence out of Yemen already impinged on Westerners. As Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh’s weak government controlled only a small part of the country, violence had emerged both near to Yemen (such as attacks on American and French ships) and distant from it (Anwar al-Awlaki’s incitement to terrorism in Texas, Michigan, and New York). With Saleh’s apparent abdication on June 4, when he traveled to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, the central government’s writ will further diminish, leading to yet more attacks being planned inside Yemen for execution outside the country.
“But it’s a second danger that staggers my mind: an unprecedented emptying out of Yemen, with millions of unskilled and uninvited refugees, first in the Middle East, then in the West, many of them Islamist, demanding economic asylum…”
David G. Savage, LA Times: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Challenges OCare
“Reporting from Atlanta—If the Obama administration had any doubt that its signature healthcare law faces a severe challenge in court, it was erased soon after Chief Judge Joel Dubina opened the proceedings here.
“‘I can’t find any case like this,’ Dubina said. ‘If we uphold this, are there any limits’ on the power of the federal government?
Judge Stanley Marcus chimed in: ‘I can’t find any case’ in the past, he said, where the courts upheld ‘telling a private person they are compelled to purchase a product in the open market…. Is there anything that suggests Congress can do this?’
“After nearly three hours of argument Wednesday, the three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals seemed prepared to declare at least part of last year’s law unconstitutional…”
Financial Times: Costs Skyrocket for Hillary’s War in Libya
Reuters: Alabama’s New Immigration Law
“Republican Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed into law a crackdown on illegal immigration in Alabama that both supporters and critics consider the toughest in the nation.
“Under the new measure, police must detain someone they suspect of being in the country illegally if the person cannot produce proper documentation when stopped for any reason.
“It also will be a crime to knowingly transport or harbor someone who is in the country illegally. The law imposes penalties on businesses that knowingly employ someone without legal resident status. A company’s business license could be suspended or revoked.
“The law requires Alabama businesses to use a database called E-Verify to confirm the immigration status of new employees.
“‘We have a real problem with illegal immigration in this country,’ Bentley said after signing the law. ‘I campaigned for the toughest immigration laws and I’m proud of the Legislature for working tirelessly to create the strongest immigration bill in the country.’
“Alabama is the latest state to follow the lead of a controversial measure passed in Arizona last year…”
DailyCaller: Newt’s Staff Jumped
Newt’s on a cruise and eleven staffers quit…many of them former workers for Rick Perry…
“Numerous members of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign resigned today, including key managers and the candidate’s entire Iowa campaign team.
“The AP reported that Gingrich press spokesman Rick Tyler and campaign manager Rob Johnson have resigned, along with strategists and aides in key early primary states. Other sources are reporting that Dave Carney, Gingrich’s top New Hampshire aide, and Sam Dawson have also resigned.
“Meanwhile, The Des Moines Register reported that all six of Gingrich’s remaining paid staff in Iowa resigned today, too.
“Reached by phone by Daily Caller reporter Jonathan Strong, Gingrich said, “I have nothing to say…”
See also NRO: Jim Geraghty, Newt’s Guys Jump to Perry?
“GOP Consultant One: ‘Knew this was coming… I bet Perry is in this thing sooner rather than later – these guys aren’t jumping off without somewhere else to land.’
“GOP Consultant Two: ‘Knowing all those guys, they are neither impetuous not impulsive. I also have never seen a two week vacation two weeks after entering [the race]; I took that as portentous.’
“GOP Consultant Three: ‘Gingrich was clearly melting down, and Perry is clearly gearing up, so it was time for the switcheroo.’…”
CBS: Sitting or Smoking?
“Smoking cigarettes is the cause of so much preventable, deadly disease. But now new research shows sitting for long stretches of time may be just as dangerous…”
WSJ: “Illinois Tax Firesale” – a Case Study
“Illinois gained nationwide notoriety in January when Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a 67% hike in the personal income tax rate while lifting the corporate tax rate to 9.5%, the fourth highest in the nation. How is that working out?
“The good news is that corporate tax receipts in Springfield are up by about $300 million amid the economic recovery—though the state comptroller’s office announced in April that the state still faces $8 billion in unpaid bills. The bad news is that, according to the state’s Department of Commerce, Illinois has already shelled out some $230 million in corporate subsidies to keep more than two dozen companies from fleeing the state. And more are on the way…”
Andrew Restuccia, The Hill: Exxon Finds More Oil in Gulf
“Exxon Mobil said Wednesday it has discovered an estimated 700 million barrels of oil equivalent at a deepwater well off the Louisiana coast, a major find that a top House Republican argued should push the administration to speed up offshore permitting.
“‘This is one of the largest discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico in the last decade,’ Exxon Mobil Exploration Company President Steve Greenlee said in a statement.
“Exxon Mobil made the discovery after the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved an application in March allowing the company to resume exploratory drilling. Drilling at the well was halted in the aftermath of last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“The well is located about 250 miles south of New Orleans in about 7,000 feet of water, Exxon Mobil said…”
Paul Bedard, USNews: Coal $180 Billion – New EPA Regs
“Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.
“Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.
“‘Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,’ said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. ‘Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized,’ he said.
“The EPA, however, tells Whispers that the hit the industry will suffer is worth the health benefits…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: European Socialism Implodes
“The European Union, like the 19th-century Congress of Vienna, can point to one achievement: a general absence of war in Western Europe for more than 60 years. Otherwise, almost all the socialist promises of an equality of result are imploding before Europeans’ eyes.
“The higher taxes go, the more people cheat on them, and the less revenue comes in. There are sometimes two prices in Italy (and elsewhere in Europe) — the official price that the unwary pay, which includes a high value-added tax, and the negotiated, under-the-table, tax-free price that the haggling shopper obtains.
“Europe is essentially defenseless, as governments further trim defense budgets to keep their shrinking spread-the-wealth entitlements alive. The French and British — the continent’s two premier military powers — have been trying for nearly three months to defeat Moammar Qaddafi’s ragtag nation of less than 7 million, itself rent by civil war. The descendants of Wellington and Napoleon so far seem no match for Qaddafi and the Taliban. Both nations will soon be leaving Afghanistan in frustration.
“Subsidized wind and solar power have not led to much of an increase in European supplies of electricity, but have helped make power bills soar. Highly taxed gas runs about $10 a gallon, ensuring tiny cars and dependence on mass transit. Central planners love the resulting state-subsidized, high-density European apartment living, without garages, back yards, or third bedrooms. Yet the Japanese tsunami and accompanying nuclear contamination have reminded European governments that their similarly fragile models of highly urbanized, highly concentrated living make them equally vulnerable to such disasters…”
DailyCaller: Cain Wants Loyalty Oath
“The former Godfathers Pizza CEO and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has doubled down on his controversial Muslim comments he made earlier this year saying he would require proof of loyalty to the U.S. Constitution for Muslims to serve in his potential administration.
“On Glenn Beck’s Wednesday Fox News Channel program, Cain reiterated his point and he didn’t back down from his prior stance.
“‘The exact language was when I was asked, ‘Would you be comfortable with a Muslim in your cabinet?’ and I said no,’ Cain said. “I would not be comfortable. I didn’t say I wouldn’t appoint one because if they can prove to me they are putting the Constitution of the United States first, they would be a candidate just like everybody else. My entire career I hired good people, great people, regardless of their religious orientation’…”
Peter Guest, CNN: Bilderberg 2011
“Dominique Strauss-Kahn, naturally, isn’t attending this year, and his likely successor Christine Lagarde is in China, but the Bilderberg Conference which kicks off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday retains its conspiratorial chic and pulling power.
The attendee list of Bilderberg is still pretty much the only thing that is not a closely guarded secret, as 120 of the world’s richest and most powerful people meet behind closed doors, this time at the Suvretta House hotel in Switzerland, a venue which not only boasts a “fairytale castle” design, but also its own “Teddy World”…
“The first Bilderberg meeting in 1954 was an attempt to stamp out post-war anti-Americanism in Europe, bringing together senior U.S. and European figures to meet and discuss the international challenges of the day…
“Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced. Bilderberg’s only activity is its annual conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued,” the official Bilderberg website says.
“In which case, you might ask, what is the point of Bilderberg?…”
“As you may recall, just before the 2010 primary Election Day, my opponents made a sort of Hail Mary pass in an act of desperation. Fearing the momentum my campaign was gaining, the former chairman of the Delaware GOP (who had openly backed my opponent) filed a false charge with the FEC complaining that I had illegally coordinated with the Tea Party Express.
“Just last week, the FEC finally dismissed the charge.
“While we’re all thrilled they saw through the politically motivated act of desperation, it’s appalling that the justice system was abused as a political weapon in the first place.
“Because of your support, we won this first round. Because of your generosity, we were able to assemble a strong defense team and fight back. But we need your support to continue. It’s not over. After we won the primary, they upped the ante and piled it on even higher.
“We won the primary in spite of this, so by the general election, the stakes were even higher and now the ultra-liberal, Geoge Soros funded group called CREW got involved. CREW filed a similar complaint with both the FEC and the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“By merely filing the complaint, the FEC and the U.S. Attorney’s office must investiage. It’s a dirty political trick because just before Election Day the headlines read; “O’Donnell Investigated by U.S. Attorney.”
“They should not be able to get away with this abuse of the system.
“We’re fighting back, but we need your help!
“CREW is backed by billionaire George Soros. Their resources are unlimited. Yet, we have the truth on our side, so we have the advantage. But it still takes money to get the message out.
“I know times are tough and money is tight, but anything you can give will help us fight back against this abuse of the justice system. Can you give $5? $10? Or even $100? Any amount goes a long way…”
Hillsdale: “Making Congress Accountable to the Constitution”
Hon. John Shadegg, Former Member of Congress & Kirby Center Distinguished Fellow
Live Webcast – Friday, June 3, 2011 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
John Shadegg was elected U.S. Representative from Arizona’s third congressional district in 1994. He served eight terms, and was chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee. Shadegg is a veteran of the Arizona Air National Guard, and served as a special assistant attorney general in Arizona. A graduate of the University of Arizona, where he also received a law degree, he was the founding director of the Goldwater Institute for Public Policy.
As author of the Enumerated Powers Act, recently adopted as a rule in the House of Representatives, Congressman Shadegg during his sixteen years in Congress stood for the idea of constitutional, limited government. Drawing upon his leadership experience in Congress, Mr. Shadegg will suggest ways in which the national legislature can return the country to the place where government is limited, and citizens are more free.
Walter Russell Mead: Fanniegate – Gamechanger For The GOP?
“The Tea Party WMD stockpile is currently stored in book form: Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon. By Gretchen Morgenson, one of America’s best business journalists who is currently at The New York Times, and noted financial analyst Joshua Rosner, Reckless Endangerment gives the best available account of how the growing chaos in the mortgage and personal finance markets and the rampant bundling of dubious loans into exotically toxic securities plunged the world, and millions of American families, into the gravest financial crisis since World War Two. It is gripping reading as well, and its explanations are clear enough that readers without any background in finance will have no trouble following the plot. The villains? An unholy alliance between Wall Street, the Democratic establishment, community organizing groups like ACORN and La Raza, and politicians like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and Henry Cisneros. (Frank got a cushy job for a lover, Pelosi got a job and layoff protection for a son, Cisneros apparently got a license to mint money bilking Mexican-Americans of their life savings in cheesy housing developments.)
“If the GOP can make this narrative mainstream, and put this picture into the heads of voters nationwide, the Democrats are toast…”
Bob Guzzardi: Ds and Freedom to Choose Schools
Democrats want to trap kids in violent and educationally dysfunctional schools and Republicans want to free them. The Choice is Clear: Coercion or Freedom. Choice or Compulsion.
Abraham Lincoln would be proud. J I am proud. And where does Senator Leach send his kids to school? And you? Where do you choose to send your kids to school?
Sen. Leach is, uncharacteristically, silent. (not a bad thing but I would like to know if he is as hypocritical as I think he is. Poor Sen. Daylin, the Victim of Rich Right Wingers…oh wait, the proponents aren’t Republicans and aren’t getting rich from bad government as so many of Sen. Daylin’s colleagues.
Democrats cannot be trusted with educational policy. The Democratic agenda enriches the entrenched status quo bureaucracy at the expense of effective education and parental choice. To the Democratic, the State, the Collectivist System, the Bureaucratic Professionals know what is best for a child, better than a parent. More money taken from citizens and given to a sclerotic system does not translate to better education.
“Washington liberals don’t want you to know…”
Among the Truthers
Shame on Us
“I have minimal expectations of this country’s depraved political class. But if you can’t draw the line at being ruled by creeps with a spambot penis, you can’t draw it anywhere. Anthony Weiner tweets his crotch to young women on the grounds that, even if only one in twenty responds, that’s still a helluva strike rate: Shame on him. If his electors and the broader political culture acquiesces in that, shame on us.” Mark Steyn http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/269177/tweet-clay-mark-steyn