CONTENTS: Freind – Illegals tuition; Bachman tied Romney, Chris Wallace eats; Murdock who’s Mitt?; GeoWill – Rick Perry; Hanson – no socialists; NATO to kill Gadhafi; Authority for Libya, $ or shame?; Panetta in pink; Steyn – BO talks; Delta investigate?; BO funds Chicago; Peace activists probed; Bovard – food stamp crime; McCarthy – AfgPak; McCarthy’s error; Wilders hurtful speech; Speaking of Islam; Toomey – Cut, Cap, Balance; WSJ: frack’n facts; Soros wants Secty of States; BO shares Iowa – Palin & Bachmann; Guzzardi – Penn politics, college worth, Jarrett to speak; Shirk our duty
Announcements at p. 8 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
“H.L. Mencken quipped that the New Deal divided America into ‘those who work for a living and those who vote for a living.’ James Bovard, WSJ, 6/23/11
I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.
In Russian: Я считаю, что совершенно неважно, кто и как будет в партии голосовать; но вот что чрезвычайно важно, это – кто и как будет считать голоса. Joe Stalin, April 1945. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin
June 30th, 2-5 PM: Obama at the Bellevue
200 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
There will be a protest outside the Bellevue, at 200 S Broad June 30th from 2PM to 4 or 5PM. Obama’s due to arrive at a fundraiser inside the Bellevue at 3PM.
Please bring signs protesting the OBAMA ECONOMY.
Teri Adams, Independence Hall TEA Party
Christopher Freind: Cheap Tuition to Illegals Is Illegal
“In an act that simply defies comprehension, State Representative Tony Payton of Philadelphia has just unveiled a bill that would allow illegal immigrant to pay in-state tuition at PA colleges…
…something that apparently hasn’t occurred to Tony as to why federal financial aid — is not available to these folks. They’re ILLEGAL. So not only are we supposed to feel guilty, but should compensate them for their plight by sacrificing our children — so that theirs can have an education…
When you cut right down to it, Tony Payton’s bill advocates the commission of a crime, and there isn’t any way to spin that to the contrary. Federal law explicitly states that aiding an illegal immigrant is a crime…
For those who believe illegals should have rights, change the law to accommodate them — don’t break it….”
Des Moines Register: Bachmann Ties Romney, Cain 3rd
“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann sit atop the standings in the year’s first Des Moines Register Iowa Poll on the Republican presidential field.
“Romney, the national front-runner and a familiar face in Iowa after his 2008 presidential run, attracts support from 23 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. Bachmann, who will officially kick off her campaign in Iowa on Monday, nearly matches him, with 22 percent.
“‘She’s up there as a real competitor and a real contender,’ said Republican pollster Randy Gutermuth, who is unaffiliated with any of the presidential candidates. ‘This would indicate that she’s going to be a real player in Iowa.’
“Former Godfather’s CEO Herman Cain, who has never held public office but has found a following among tea party supporters, comes in third, with 10 percent…”
Bachmann 1, Wallace 0 plus apology
Wallace interviewed her and apologized later in the day. That apology could mean that he’s a nice guy. More likely, it means that his in-box exploded….
Deroy Murdock, NRO: Who Is Mitt Romney?
“Mitt Romney keeps changing his identity.
Republicans recently have watched multiple Romneys at war with each other over abortion, ethanol, global warming, and more. Alas, this is nothing new. Various Romneys have battled themselves on issues as old as the Vietnam War…
George Will, WaPo: Rick Perry’s Exceptionalism
“French cuffs and cowboy boots are, like sauerkraut ice cream, an eclectic combination, but Perry, who wears both, is a potentially potent candidate for the Republican presidential nomination because his political creed is uneclectic, matching that of the Republican nominating electorate. He was a “10th Amendment conservative” (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people”) before the Tea Party appeared. And before Barack Obama’s statism — especially Obamacare’s individual mandate — catalyzed concern for the American project of limited government.
“Social issues, especially abortion, are gateways to the Republican nominating electorate: In today’s climate of economic fear, a candidate’s positions on social issues will not be decisive with his electorate — but they can be disqualifying. Perry — an evangelical Christian, like most Republican participants in Iowa’s caucuses and the South Carolina primary — emphatically qualifies…”
Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: There Are No Socialists
“Two unconnected developments were announced this past week. President Obama is releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, despite the absence of a global embargo or horrific natural disaster — and despite a litany of assertions from 2008 that drilling and increased supply might only have a marginal effect on prices.
“Like the sudden Afghan withdrawal announcement, the tapping is largely explained by political worries about reelection, as in increasing oil supplies to lower gas prices by election time — and thus avoiding campaign ads equating Obama’s opposition to drilling with high prices at the 2012 pump.
“In a second piece of news, the Europeans seem to be winning far more plane orders than Boeing. One wonders whether that fact is remotely connected with airlines’ collective worries about obtaining orders on time and as specified — as in uncertainty whether Obama’s NLRB ruling that attempted to shut down a nearly $1 billion new aircraft line in South Carolina translates into something like “who knows what those Americans are doing next?”
“All this raises some questions…”
Foreign Policy: NATO Plans Gadhafi’s Assassination
This was not the reason we started NATO…
“The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops in Libya after Qaddafi falls, according to the lawmaker.
House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner (R-OH) told The Cable that U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, Italy, told him last month that NATO forces are actively targeting and trying to kill Qaddafi, despite the fact that the Obama administration continues to insist that “regime change” is not the goal and is not authorized by the U.N. mandate authorizing the war…”
House: BO’s Authority for Libya
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The House refused to vote President Barack Obama the authority for U.S. military operations against Libya on Friday but stopped short of cutting off funds for the mission, a mixed message reminiscent of congressional unease on Vietnam and more recent wars…”
Embarrassment or Money?
Obama just wants the cash….
“Members of Congress sent an embarrassing message to President Obama by voting to reject a formal authorization of the use of force in Libya…”
Aaron Klein, WND: Panetta in Pink
Mr. Panetta has been confirmed as our new Secretary of Defense. He also appears to have had membership in leftist organizations since the peak of our cold war with the Soviet Union. Given what we know of self-organized environments, I doubt that Mr. Panetta was forced into those partnerships and I doubt that he would have an epiphany and throw them off with his new appointment.
Klein’s article is at http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=313305
His podcast for Sunday, June 26, is at http://wabcradio.com/Article.asp?id=2222841&spid=36805
Mark Steyn, NRO: BO Speaks
“…We don’t estimate speeches”: There’s an epitaph to chisel on the tombstone of the republic. Unfortunately for those of us on the receiving end, giving speeches is what Obama does. Indeed, having no other accomplishments to his name (as Hillary Clinton pointed out), giving speeches is what got the president his job. You remember — the stuff about “hope” and “change.” Were the CBO in the business of “estimating speeches,” they’d have run the numbers and concluded that under the Obama plan, vague abstract nouns would be generating 87 percent of GDP by 2016.
“For whatever reason, it didn’t work out quite like that. But that’s no reason not to give another speech. So there he was the other night expounding on Afghanistan…”
Examiner: Sen. Mark Kirk Wants Delta Investigated
“On June 24 Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) requested the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate charges in a USA Today report which claimed that Delta Airlines and Saudi Arabia had an agreement barring American Jews from flying into Saudi Arabia. This allegation was based on the Internet story which caught on following an article about Saudi Arabian airlines joining Delta SkyTeam’s global airline alliance. The SkyTeam expansion was announced in January and is set to begin in 2012.The allegations further developed when Religion News Service noted that “Saudi Arabic bans anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport from entering the country, even in transit. Many Jews believe the kingdom has also withheld visas from travelers with Jewish sounding names. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administrator(FAA) requesting an immediate investigation to determine whether Delta violated American law…”
Aaron Klein, WND: Obama Funds Chicago Group
Klein hangs his piece on an item in the Post that is two weeks old…
“President Obama has ties to Chicago activists whose homes were raided last September by the FBI as part of a terrorism probe.
“Now those activists are organizing a counter-offensive utilizing local unions aimed in part at pressuring the White House and Justice Department to drop the inquiry.
“The Washington Post reports indictments may be forthcoming in an investigation of 23 Chicago activists reportedly for possible “material support” for Colombian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists…”
The WaPo Story
“The search was part of a mysterious, ongoing nationwide terrorism investigation with an unusual target: prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers.
“The probe — involving subpoenas to 23 people and raids of seven homes last fall — has triggered a high-powered protest against the Department of Justice and, in the process, could create some political discomfort for President Obama with his union supporters as he gears up for his reelection campaign.
“The apparent targets are concentrated in the Midwest, including Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator and some who have been active in labor unions that supported his political rise…”
James Bovard, WSJ: “Food-Stamp Crime Wave”
“Republicans want to get money, Democrats want to keep it.” Michael Medved.
“Millionaires are now legally entitled to collect food stamps as long as they have little or no monthly income. Thirty-five states have abolished asset tests for most food-stamp recipients. These and similar “paperwork reduction” reforms advocated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are turning the food-stamp program into a magnet for abuses and absurdities.
“The Obama administration is far more enthusiastic about boosting food-stamp enrollment than about preventing fraud. Thanks in part to vigorous federally funded campaigns by nonprofit groups, the government’s AmericaCorps service program, and other organizations urging people to accept government handouts, the number of food-stamp recipients has soared to 44 million from 26 million in 2007, and costs have more than doubled to $77 billion from $33 billion…”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: War and Sharia in AfgPak
“News Flash One: The war in Afghanistan, an Islamic land, is a war waged by infidels (that would be us) against Muslim forces — the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, etc.
“News Flash Two: The operating theory of the American counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy in Afghanistan is that the hearts and minds of the population of this tribal sharia society will side with us non-Muslims in a war against their fellow Muslims, most of whom are also their fellow Afghans.
“Which is to say, our strategy is insane…”
Reaction to McCarthy and Insanity
McCarthy and I believe similar things but we also know different things and we sometimes draw different conclusions.
I believe that the genetic contributions to an individual’s conduct still produce – even after a thousand years in a Muslim society – secularists and deists although both must survive by silence. True in Iraq, true in Iran, and true in Afghanistan. This is particularly true when one side is surrounded by the opposite extreme that is also supported by the “independents” who do whatever the neighbors do. True in politics, true in the history of a culture, there is roughly a one-third representation of each group and each third has its turn in the spotlight.
Afghanis have never lost a war…they defect to the winning side. So it is said. And the American soldiers and their allies, the South Vietnamese, should not have lost. Ghosts arose from people who helped an American soldier and temporarily had freedom to speak. They still walk the hills, fields, and waters around Saigon and through passes into Cambodia. The ghosts from Saigon, Cambodia, China, and Soviet Russia will quickly find another 100,000 joining them from the “top of the world.”
I remember a photo on the cover of a book. It shows an American Marine kicking a soccer ball with an Afghani child. Does that image and our departure sentence that child to mutilation and death?
Geert Wilders, WSJ: In Defense of Hurtful Speech
“…Though I am obviously relieved by yesterday’s decision, my thoughts go to people such as Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard, Austrian human rights activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and others who have recently been convicted for criticizing Islam. They have not been as fortunate. In far too many Western countries, it is still impossible to have a debate about the nature of Islam.
“The biggest threat to our democracies is not political debate, nor is it public dissent. As the American judge Learned Hand once said in a speech: “That community is already in the process of dissolution . . . where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists to win or lose.” It has been a tenet in European and American thinking that men are only free when they respect each other’s freedom. If the courts can no longer guarantee this, then surely a community is in the process of dissolution…”
Nina Shea, NRO: The Wilders Decision and Speaking about Islam
“After being acquitted by a Dutch court of five criminal charges of hate speech against Muslims, parliamentarian Geert Wilders told reporters: “This is not so much a win for myself, but a victory for freedom of speech.” While Wilders was understandably happy and relieved he is not going to be spending the next 16 months behind bars, the significance of his victory seems overstated.
“As I wrote in the Corner on October 17, “The Wilders case demonstrates the continued willingness of authorities in Europe’s most liberal countries to regulate the content of speech on Islam in order to placate Muslim blasphemy demands.” Wilders’ acquittal does not change that…”
Pat Toomey: “Cut, Cap, Balance”
Thanks Michael Medved,
“WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) signed the “Cut, Cap, Balance” pledge along with many of his congressional colleagues.
“By signing the pledge, Sen. Toomey will not support an increase in the debt limit unless this Congress meets all three of the following conditions:
“Cut: Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
“Cap: Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
“Balance: Congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“To date, 11 senators have signed the pledge in addition to Sen. Toomey: Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.); Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); Dean Heller (R-Nev.); Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.); Mike Lee (R-Utah); Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); Rand Paul (R-Ky.); Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); and David Vitter (R-La.).
“The pledge is being sponsored by 42 policy and advocacy groups. For a complete list, visit http://cutcapbalancepledge.com/sponsors.php. To read more about the “Cut, Cap, Balance” pledge, visit http://cutcapbalancepledge.com/.
WSJ: Frack’n Facts
The U.S. is in the midst of an energy revolution, and we don’t mean solar panels or wind turbines. A new gusher of natural gas from shale has the potential to transform U.S. energy production—that is, unless politicians, greens and the industry mess it up.
Only a decade ago Texas oil engineers hit upon the idea of combining two established technologies to release natural gas trapped in shale formations. Horizontal drilling—in which wells turn sideways after a certain depth—opens up big new production areas. Producers then use a 60-year-old technique called hydraulic fracturing—in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into the well at high pressure—to loosen the shale and release gas (and increasingly, oil)….
“The shale boom is also reviving economically suffering parts of the country, while offering a new incentive for manufacturers to stay in the U.S. Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry estimates fracking in the Marcellus shale formation, which stretches from upstate New York through West Virginia, has created 72,000 jobs in the Keystone State between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2011…”
“All of this growth has inevitably attracted critics, notably environmentalists and their allies. They’ve launched a media and political assault on hydraulic fracturing, and their claims are raising public anxiety. So it’s a useful moment to separate truth from fiction in the main allegations against the shale revolution…”
Washington Times: Soros and liberal groups seeking top election posts in battleground states
“A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican “political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.”
“Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.
“The group’s website said it wants to stop Republicans from “manipulating” election results…
CNN: Obama Shares Iowa with Palin & Bachmann
“It’s not every day that a presidential trip takes a back seat to another political story in the state he’s visiting.
“But that may be the case for President Obama Tuesday, as he visits a manufacturing plant in battleground Iowa.
“That’s because on the same day he is touting the economy in Bettendorf, Sarah Palin will be 152 miles to the west, touting the flattering new movie about her political career.
“Palin will also be competing for Iowa headlines with fellow tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who Monday officially kicks off her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo…
Bob Guzzardi: Politics at Penn
There is no reason to force The Forgotten Taxpayer to fund people at UPENN and TempleU who contemptuously and condescendingly dismiss and disdain common sense conservative and all Republicans, except Jon Huntsman, as stupid, racist, homophobic, misogynist bigots. It would be stupid to fund people who despise you. Why would you do that?
Note did the Daily Pennsylvanian give the same placement to declaration of any other Republican presidential candidate. Front Page full color http://thedp.com/article/huntsman-formally-announces-presidential-campaign Daily Pennsylvanian is editorializing by its choice of story and its placement as effectively as saying Jon Huntsman is the kind of Republican we like. Rick Santorum, no picture. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, not even named, Gingrich inflames students Michelle Bachmann – the less said of that religious lunatic, the better. Santorum launches presidential bid Penn students protested the former Senator’s presence and policies a number of times The liberal bias is all too evident. In fact, here is the editorial Peace Not Politics | For Republicans’ sake — run, Huntsman, run On behalf of moderate Republicans, Jon Huntsman Jr. should run in 2012
It’s hard to tell if Daily Pennsylvanian is reporting the news or issuing a Huntsman campaign press release.
Bob Guzzardi: “What’s It Worth?”
Imagine: Some unenlightened, selfish, racist, homophobic, misogynist stupid bigoted Forgotten Taxpayers, Failing to See the Bigger Picture, Resent Subsidizing Their Betters. Small businesses struggling need to understand that it is “for the greater good” and “for the future generation” and not focus on personal, parochial, provincial interests like supporting their own families or following their own dreams. Because our betters are contemptuous and disdainful of us is no reason not to turn the other cheek as the Bible tells us to. And if they don’t say “thank you” to the Forgotten Taxpayer, it is only because they are “the Entitled“ and that means never having to say “thank you” to the Forgotten Taxpayer.
1) WHAT’S IT WORTH, a cost benefit analysis of college tuition: “…a massive new study on the different economic payoffs of college majors has just been published and is readily available on the Internet. Titled “What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors,” it was done by economists Anthony P. Carnevale, Jeff Strohl and Michelle Melton of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. It is well worth reading by all prospective college students and their parents.” Informed consent in the education business: Colleges should ensure students understand their major’s earning power Gary Jason- The Washington Times Friday, June 24, 2011
“In 2008, CNN pointed out that from 1985 to 2005, college tuition had increased more than four times faster than the consumer price index. Late last year the Los Angeles Times reported that in spite of the overall collapse of the economy, college tuition was still rising rapidly — a 7.9% increase at public schools, and a 4.5% increase at private schools.
Some degrees are certainly going to pay for themselves. Students with degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and some of the other demanding technical fields have a realistic hope of paying back their student loans. But even an optimistic evaluation, such as this one from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, admits that 2010’s graduates with bachelor’s degrees in psychology averaged just over $32,000. (Because that is the average, it means that just under half of those psychology graduates started at a lower salary.) For a student who accumulated $30,000 in student loan debt, servicing that debt is going to be painful, if at all even possible. And, of course, these are the graduates who were actually offered jobs. A bachelor’s degree is no longer the path to a certain job that it was, even in 2008.”
See also …
Professor X (2011) In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. NY: Viking.
Murray, Charles (2008) Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality. NY: Crown.
Bob Guzzardi: Collectivists Swarm at Penn
Obama Left Wing Big Government Democrat Valerie Jarrett and taxpayer funded Amy Gutmann at UPENN’s Fifth Global Colloquium U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Speak at Penn for Fifth Global Colloquium of University Presidents Secretary Ban Ki-Moon is, truly, a globalist and UPENN’s students are led to accept their collectivist and Statist ideas as correct. To become part of the fashionable intellectual, these are the ideas they must adhere to. Including Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Why is The Forgotten Taxpayer being forced to subsidize UPENN without any real world, measurable “return on the investment”? (Business Rule: Don’t let the foxes count the chickens).
Replay: “2012…An excuse to shirk our duty”
Featured on TEA Party Nation…
“It could get mean.” So Mr. Gerlach remarked when I mentioned the standing ovations that I had seen grow from the word, “impeach.” This was about eighteen months ago and I have since heard many of us rant and rally in hopes of what we might do in 2012 but there are few ideas beyond legislative constipation for the time until after that election.
With respect to practicality, I suggest we organize now to impeach our president. His gaffs are many, his deliberate actions are more, and his grandiosity and indifference are the most. And it is also a rule in psychology that males respond far better to consequences – immediate, certain, personally relevant consequences – than to all the threats and promises known to man or woman.
Organize impeachment proceedings now and save ourselves whatever aggravations that are still on his lists and those of his appointees.
With respect to social justice, we must judge by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. We dare not discriminate against a black man by failing to hold him accountable for his errors and betrayals. We can even consider impeachment to be a form of affirmative action…