Dead Cats: Independence, 07/04/11, (5)02 James Brody

CONTENTS: Sowell – We the people, Hanson – Exceptional 4th; Hanson – Liberal frankensteins; Obama can raise debt ceiling; Agenda 21 – real; Van Jones group; USAF in Libya; Abedin/Weiner – Muslim bros; Admin open to Muslim Bros; Bolton – bad ideas; Audacity stuck in port, captain arrested; Guzzardi – school taxes; Hanson – illegal immigration; Steyn – self-reliance; NYT – College entrance; Lindsey – $ & interest; Pethokoukis – BO has no plans; Strauss-Kahn & Sarkozy (4 stories); BO gives $ to ACORN; Drones into somalia; BO taped in White House; 13 to secede from Calif; Kagan lied?;  NYT census map; Thaddeus russell

 

Announcements at p. 10 and at  http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984

 

According to historian Thaddeus Russell, Philadelphia in 1776 had a tavern for every one hundred residents. There were parties every afternoon and evening and whites, blacks, and Orientals mixed as equals and everyone danced, hugged, and swam with each other in whiskey and beer. Whore houses were everywhere and women, advertising their assets to strange men, removed their clothes on the street. The same was true in New York and Boston. The American Revolution was less about liberty and more about reining it in. More than two hundred years have passed and our nation is now a lot less fun.

“There is no rational reason why a small republican experiment in 1776 grew to dominate global culture and society — except that America is the only nation, past or present, that put trust in the individual rather than in the state and its elite bureaucracy. Such confidence in the average free citizen made America absolutely exceptional — something we should remember more than ever on this Fourth of July.”  Victor Davis Hanson

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/270797/exceptional-fourth-july-victor-davis-hanson

“Charles Krauthammer did the math. If you eliminate the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Corporate Jet Tax Break, you would save so much dough that, after 5,000 years, you would have clawed back enough money to cover one year of Obama’s debt.” Mark Steyn

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/270993/obama-s-declaration-dependence-mark-steyn

 

Thanks to….

Lou, Joanne, Ted, Harrison, Christopher, Bob, Diane, and Bill….all for the last six months and several years before…

Thomas Sowell: July 4th – “We the people…”

“The Fourth of July may be just a holiday for fireworks to some people. But it was a momentous day for the history of this country and the history of the world.

“Not only did July 4, 1776 mark American independence from England, it marked a radically different kind of government from the governments that prevailed around the world at the time — and the kinds of governments that had prevailed for thousands of years before.

“The American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called “the shot heard round the world.”

“Autocratic rulers and their subjects heard that shot — and things that had not been questioned for millennia were now open to challenge. As the generations went by, more and more autocratic governments around the world proved unable to meet that challenge.

“Some clever people today ask whether the United States has really been ‘exceptional.’ You couldn’t be more exceptional in the 18th century than to create your fundamental document — the Constitution of the United States — by opening with the momentous words, ‘We the people…’”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/06/28/july_4th_110381.html

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO:  An Exceptional Fourth of July

Confidence in the average free citizen made America absolutely exceptional.

 

For the last 235 years, on the Fourth of July, Americans have celebrated the birth of the United States, and the founding ideas that have made it the most powerful, wealthiest, and freest nation in the history of civilization.

But as another Fourth of July approaches, there has never been more uncertainty about the future of America — and the anxiety transcends even the dismal economy and three foreign wars. President Obama prompted such introspection in April 2009, when he suggested that the United States, as one of many nations, was not necessarily any more exceptional than others. Recently, a New Yorker magazine article sympathetically described our new foreign policy as “leading from behind…”

“This Fourth of July, what remains is the Founders’ vision of a limited government; the idea of a population united by common values, themes, and ideas; a republican form of checks-and-balances government to prevent demagoguery, factions, and tyranny of the majority; the sanctity and autonomy of the nation-state; and individual freedom and liberty as protected through the Bill of Rights. Everything after and against that has proved a failure.

“Indeed, what makes this Fourth different from recent celebrations is the ongoing repudiation of almost everything antithetical to the Founders’ views — the redistributive, all-powerful welfare state, the therapeutic arrogance that believes human nature can be altered by an omnipotent well-meaning government, the postmodern notion that nationhood and borders are passé, and the utopian idea that war can be declared obsolete and the need for defense transcended. From Greece to California such dreams are dead.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/270797/exceptional-fourth-july-victor-davis-hanson

Also: Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Liberal Frankensteins

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/270892/liberal-frankensteins-victor-davis-hanson

John S. Baker, NRO: Obama Can Raise the Debt Ceiling

All those pesky people attempting to tie raising the debt limit to reducing the debt through spending cuts must be unreconstructed southerners. How so? Well, they are clearly obstructing the president’s efforts to enforce the 14th amendment!

A constitutional claim newly minted by some administration asserts that the president can raise the debt ceiling if Congress doesn’t.

“…The argument claims: (1) The federal government is constitutionally prohibited from defaulting on its debt; (2) therefore, Congress must raise the debt ceiling in order to avoid a default; and (3) if Congress refuses to do so, the 14th Amendment’s Section 4 impliedly allows the president to authorize the issuance of additional debt….”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/271033/obama-s-spendthrift-constitution-william-f-buckley-jr

Rachel Alexander, Town Hall: Agenda 21: Theory or Threat?

Thanks, Joanne,

“…There are people on the left side of the political spectrum – who may even believe they have good intentions – working together to spread their vision for society worldwide. Whether they meet in dark rooms or openly in public meetings is irrelevant; they are having great success convincing local governments in the U.S. to adopt their socialist and extreme environmentalist programs under the guise of feel-good buzz words….

“…Obama signed Executive Order 13575 earlier this month, establishing a “White House Rural Council” prescribed by Agenda 21. The amount of government Obama has directed to administer this is staggering. Obama committed thousands of federal employees in 25 federal agencies to promote sustainability in rural areas, completely bypassing Congressional approval. Some of these agencies are unrelated to rural areas. The agencies will entice local communities into adopting Agenda 21 programs by providing them millions of dollars in grants. Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh writing for Canada Free Press analyzed the order and wrote, “it establishes unchecked federal control into rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16% of the U.S. population…”

http://townhall.com/columnists/rachelalexander/2011/07/02/agenda_21_conspiracy_theory_or_real_threat/page/full/

Lucas Kavner, Huffington Post: Van Jones, “Rebuild the Dream”

Thanks, Aaron Klein…

According to Klein, The American Dream Movement led by Van Jones. Shift away from focus on banks and budgets to protection of unemployed and downsized Americans. Claims grass roots. Sponsored by MoveOn.org, underwritten by Soros. Tied with Campaign for America, Institute for Policy Studies, and Alert.Net. Muscle to come from AFL-CIO & SEIU.

From Huffington:

“Jones officially announced the birth of a new, national movement he’s calling ‘Rebuild the Dream,’ aimed primarily at the thousands of middle class workers who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their livelihoods in the past few years.

“Standing before a packed house at the austere midtown Manhattan performance venue, Town Hall, Jones delivered an hour-long speech, complete with charts, diagrams, videos and graphics. The American people have been ‘robbed,’ he said, and we must restore the American Dream to this country.

“‘We are being lied to,’ Jones repeated often throughout the evening.‘We are not broke. We’re the richest country in the history of the world.’”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/van-jones-launches-movement-rebuild-the-dream_n_883778.html

Daily Mail: Libya Flies On

“U.S. forces are still flying hundreds of bombing raids over Libya even though the Obama administration claims that American armed forces are only playing a limited role in the conflict.

Since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector took over from the American-led Operation Odyssey Dawn on 31 March, the U.S. has flown hundreds of strike missions, according to United States Africa Command (AFRICOM).

“The White House originally claimed that U.S. planes were mostly providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and played down the number of bombing raids.

“However AFRICOM spokeswoman Nicole Dalrymple said: ‘U.S. aircraft continue to fly support missions, as well as strike sorties under NATO tasking.’”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010505/Air-Force-Navy-flying-thousands-missions-Libya-Obama-says-U-S-playing-limited-role.html#ixzz1R3QllqNi

Jamie Glazov, FrontPage: Robert Spencer about Abedin/Weiner – A Marriage Made by Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Thanks Patriots of SE Michigan,

“Certainly the most likely scenario is that Weiner did convert to Islam, as Abedin’s mother, a professor in Saudi Arabia, would almost certainly have insisted that he do so. Weiner has made no public statement of this conversion, but since it would almost certainly have cost him politically if he had announced it, this silence is not any indication that he didn’t actually convert.

“However, it is also possible, given the recent scandal involving Weiner’s apparently frequent and sexually charged contact with other women, that the rumors that the Abedin/Weiner union is a political marriage of convenience are true. After all, in 2008, Hillary Clinton was running for president. There were widespread insinuations that she was involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with Abedin, her ever-present personal assistant. Those whisperings persisted into Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Abedin’s 2010 marriage to Weiner, at which Bill Clinton presided, put those rumors to rest…”

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/06/21/abedinweiner-a-marriage-made-by-hillary-clinton-and-the-muslim-brotherhood/

Mary Beth Sheridan, WaPo: Hillary – Administration Door Open to Muslim Brotherhood

Thanks, Aaron Klein,

The U.S. government has decided to expand contacts with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, officials said Thursday, a shift that reflects the Islamist group’s growing role since the pro-democracy uprising in the key Arab country.

“We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Budapest. “And we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us…”

“…Clinton said that contacts with the Brotherhood would be ‘limited’ and that U.S. officials would emphasize ‘democratic principles, and especially a commitment to nonviolence, respect for minority rights and the full inclusion of women in any democracy’…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-expand-relations-with-muslim-brotherhood/2011/06/30/AGVgppsH_story.html

John Bolton, Brotherhood Link a Bad Idea

Interviewed by Aaron Klein, 3:40 PM, 7/3/2011…Talk to anyone on clandestine basis but “It’s a big mistake to give legitimacy to terrorist organization”… “Iran a threat to any legitimate regime in the region” … “The Republican field is wide-open”… Bolton still lobbies to get involved by end of September.

Joel Greenberg, WaPo: Audacity Flotilla Shafted in Port

“JERUSALEM — Organizers of a flotilla seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip said Thursday that another of their boats had been damaged in port, and they accused Israel of sabotage.

“It was the second boat reported damaged in recent days, setting back plans by the pro-Palestinian activists to sail this week.

“Fintan Lane, coordinator of a boat that was to carry Irish activists, said the propeller shaft of the vessel had been damaged when it was at a marina in Gocek, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. He said a gash in the shaft appeared to have been caused by cutting equipment or a small explosive charge.

“‘There’s no way this could have happened accidentally,’ Lane said by telephone from Turkey. “I think Israel was behind it…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/second-gaza-flotilla-boat-reported-damaged/2011/06/30/AGpmn1rH_story.html

Jim Hoft, Human Events: Audacity’s Captain Arrested

Greece’s coast guard said the captain of the ‘Audacity of Hope’ faces charges of trying to leave port without permission and of endangering the lives of the boat’s passengers. The latter charge is a felony.

“The ‘Audacity of Hope’ was carrying 36 passengers, four crew and about 10 members of the media. Its attempt to sail Friday night from the port of Perama, near Athens, was thwarted by coast guard speedboats.

“The pro-Hamas Islamo-leftists are now fasting outside the US embassy in Athens and calling on the US to defend their right to break the Gaza blockade.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44619

Bob Guzzardi: Senate Bill 330 – School Taxes

Senate Bill 330 requires a Taxpayer Referendum for almost every school tax increase.

Rep. Chris Ross was one of only three (alleged)Republicans to vote against1 SB 330 2 supported by Governor Corbett, and everyone else with fiscal common sense – even some Democrats like ChesCo Democrat Andy Dinniman. The ChesCo Republican Committee endorses and protects incumbents like ultraliberal Chris Ross who, frequently, votes for Bigger Government3 with the Democrats.

Democratic Senator Andy Dinniman voted FOR4 The Forgotten Taxpayer!

1 HOUSE VOTE SB 330 ChesCo Chris Ross – PHILADELPHIA Dennis O’Brien running for Philadelphia City Council – Denny O’Brien is a DIABLO, Democrat In All But Label Only – Washington and Allegheny County John Maher all voted AGAINST The Forgotten Taxpayer

2 SB 330 amends Taxpayer Relief Act 1 Special Session 1 of 2006 is not to be confused with 1973 Taj Mahal Act which has never been used almost “40 Years!!!! “If you have never heard of this law it is probably because since 1973, a grand total of ZERO Act 34 referenda have taken place.”

Nate Benefield of Commonwealth Foundation. Taxpayer Relief Act 1 Special Session 1 of 2006 :

House Fiscal Note No Cost to Taxpayer: “ Section 333 of the Taxpayer Relief Act (Public referendum requirements for increasing certain taxes) is amended by deleting the following referendum exceptions: (1) costs incurred in responding to or recovering from an emergency or disaster; (2) costs to implement a court or administrative order; (3) costs to pay interest and principal on academic and non-academic buildings; (4) costs incurred with responding to conditions posing an immediate threat or physical harm; (5) costs necessary to maintain per-student local tax revenue or actual instruction expense per average daily membership; (6) costs incurred to maintain revenues from property taxes, income taxes, and basic education and special education funding allocations at the level of the index; and (7) costs of providing health care related benefits attributable to a collective bargaining agreement.

The referendum exceptions which are maintained are as follows: (1) costs to pay interest and principal on indebtedness incurred prior to September 4, 2004 for Act 72 schools and prior to June 27, 2006 for non-Act 72 schools; (2) costs to pay interest and principal on electoral debt; (3) costs incurred in providing special education programs and services (such costs shall be net of State special education payments); and (4) costs due to increases of more than the index in the school’s share of payments to PSERS taking into account only the increase in the PSERS contribution rate. “

3 Liberty Index 2010 House Ratings – All Members: Chris Ross C- ;

Liberty Index 2010 Chris Ross Voting Record C-

Liberty Index Chris Ross Career Voting Record

4 Senate Vote on SB 330 – Democratic Senators Dinniman Lisa Boscola John Wozniak John Yudichak voted FOR the Forgotten Taxpayer.

Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: “Philosophies of Illegal Immigration”

“…So-called whites are now a minority in the state. Integration and intermarriage are commonplace. Racial heritage sometimes evokes the one-drop rule of the old Confederacy. A thriving middle-class third- and fourth-generation Mexican-American community speaks little or no Spanish and has no direct memory or firsthand knowledge of Mexico. If there is Latino “under-representation” at a UC Berkeley, it is not a “result” of white “over-representation” (whites are proportionally “under-represented” at UCB), but of the superiority in test scores and grades of the Asian community, which enrolls at four times its numbers in the general population.

Blacks and Asians are as opposed to illegal immigration as is the majority of the population, including millions of Mexican-Americans. And more importantly, the entire argument for open borders, both here in the United States and in Mexico, disturbingly, is taking on racial and ethnic overtones —as a recent spectacle attests of thousands of Hispanic residents booing mention of the United States while cheering the Mexican national soccer team at the Rose Bowl…”

“…The American left is proud of its advocacy of radical ecological reform, more government regulation, and insistence on family planning. Yet in matters of illegal immigration, these issues are not merely ignored, but considered racist or illiberal even to introduce. In vast swaths of California, issues like zoning laws, single-family residency edicts, or family planning are simply taboo, as if the impoverished have no choice but to live in garages, to park four or five Winnebagos behind a farmhouse, to plop down a kitchen on the roadside and call it a restaurant without adequate bathroom, washroom, or refuse facilities. So are we the least or most regulated state? The most or least liberal?

“Because of the sheer numbers of arrivals, the lack of English and education, and the neglect from the majority population, there is a sort of exemption — in part politically correct, in part benign neglect — from the whole array of environmental and regulatory statutes, and this from the most fanatical of regulators and strident environmental zealots in the world.

“Where does all this leave us? A mess of alligators and moats, poor children being arrested on their way to ice cream, wise Latinas, ethical lectures from the Mexican president on the White House lawn, and America as a foreign team in the Rose Bowl. The former liberals have now become the most illiberal sorts; a movement that targeted racism is now itself race-based, as La Raza has sought to resurrect the once discredited notion of Volk — a people to be defined not by ideas or values, but by how they look.

God help us all.”

http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/the-philosophies-of-illegal-immigration/

Lots more at http://victorhanson.com/

Mark Steyn, NRO: Self-Reliance

“…‘Independence’ seemed as much a statement about the character of a people as a designation of jurisdictional status. The first Americans were British subjects who had outgrown a British king as benign and enlightened as any ruler on the planet. They demanded ‘independence’ not from foreign rulers of another ethnicity but from their own compatriots with whom they had a disagreement about the nature of government. Long before the Revolutionary War, small New England townships governed themselves to a degree no old England towns did. “Independence” is not about the replacement of a king in London with a president in Washington but about the republican virtues of a self-reliant citizenry free to exploit its own potential

“Please, no snickering. The self-reliant citizen? In the damning formulation of contemporary American vernacular, he’s history — as in over and done with, fuhgeddabouttim…”

“…Five thousand years is the year 7011. Boy, our kids’ll really be safe by then. I see some leftie at MSNBC has just been suspended for characterizing the president’s performance on Wednesday as that of a demotic synonym for the male reproductive organ. So I shall be more circumspect and say only that even being a hollow unprincipled demagogue requires a certain lightness of touch Obama can’t seem to find…”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/270993/obama-s-declaration-dependence-mark-steyn

NY Times: Entitlements: Race and College Admissions

“DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan’s ban on the consideration of race and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution.

“The 2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change admission policies. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law, approved by voters in 2006, violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

“The court mostly was concerned about how the affirmative action ban was created. Because it was passed as an amendment to the state constitution, it can only be changed with another statewide vote. This places a big burden on minorities who object to it, judges R. Guy Cole Jr. and Martha Craig Daughtrey said.

“The ban’s supporters could have chosen “less onerous avenues to effect political change,” the judges said in the court’s opinion.

“Michigan pledged to appeal…”

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/07/01/us/AP-US-College-Admissions-Race.html?_r=1

Thomas Sowell discussed the damage that comes from giving free passes to unqualified students who were admitted to demanding programs. “Black Studies” grew, scholarship vanished, cynicism grew, and, quite possibly, Obama’s presidency resulted…

Sowell, Thomas (1993/2003) Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas. NY: Simon & Schuster.

Lawrence Lindsey, WSJ: Our Interest Rates

“Washington is struggling to make a deal that will couple an increase in the debt ceiling with a long-term reduction in spending. There is no reason for the players to make their task seem even more Herculean than it already is. But we should be prepared for upward revisions in official deficit projections in the years ahead—even if a deal is struck. There are at least three major reasons for concern.

First, a normalization of interest rates would upend any budgetary deal if and when one should occur. At present, the average cost of Treasury borrowing is 2.5%. The average over the last two decades was 5.7%. Should we ramp up to the higher number, annual interest expenses would be roughly $420 billion higher in 2014 and $700 billion higher in 2020.

The 10-year rise in interest expense would be $4.9 trillion higher under “normalized” rates than under the current cost of borrowing…

The second reason for concern is that official growth forecasts are much higher than what the academic consensus believes we should expect after a financial crisis. That consensus holds that economies tend to return to trend growth of about 2.5%, without ever recapturing what was lost in the downturn.

But the president’s budget of February 2011 projects economic growth of 4% in 2012, 4.5% in 2013, and 4.2% in 2014. That budget also estimates that the 10-year budget cost of missing the growth estimate by just one point for one year is $750 billion. So, if we just grow at trend those three years, we will miss the president’s forecast by a cumulative 5.2 percentage points and—using the numbers provided in his budget—incur additional debt of $4 trillion…

“Third, it is increasingly clear that the long-run cost estimates of ObamaCare were well short of the mark because of the incentive that employers will have under that plan to end private coverage and put employees on the public system…”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304657804576401883172498352.html

James Pethokoukis, Reuters: Obama Has No Plan

As I wrote back in April, when President Obama made his big budget speech, it wasn’t at all clear from where his numbers were coming — nor in what direction they were heading. A “fact sheet” on his “Framework for Shared Prosperity and Shared Fiscal Responsibility” gave a few more specifics, but little or no context to make real sense of them. Even for seasoned budget experts, it was a puzzlement. At the time, I predicted it would never get submitted to the CBO, and so far I have been proven correct. The whole mess now seems like nothing more than a political ploy to make Obama seem like a debt hawk. We also know now that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner had to push the White House to do even that.

“And if the White House ever did submit his plan/speech, Team Obama probably would not like what the CBO had to say about it…”

http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2011/06/23/cbo-obamas-new-budget-plan-no-plan-at-all/

Strauss-Kahn Maid a Scheme from Sarkozy’s People?

Thanks, Michael Savage,

“Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,” Strauss-Kahn’s accuser. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/nyregion/one-revelation-after-another-undercut-strauss-kahn-accusers-credibility.html?_r=2&ref=global-home

This could have been, but was not, a replay of 9-11 but with a different weapon, one that might have used a Muslim woman to incapacitate a western official…It also, according to Savage, brings back memories of the Duke lacrosse team as well as Kobe Bryant…

From the NY Times and the Guardian

“Once, in the hours after she said she was attacked on May 14, she’d been a “very pious, devout Muslim woman, shattered by this experience,” the official said — a seemingly ideal witness.

“Little by little, her credibility as a witness crumbled — she had lied about her immigration, about being gang raped in Guinea, about her experiences in her homeland and about her finances, according to two law enforcement officials. She had been linked to people suspected of crimes. She changed her account of what she did immediately after the encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn. Sit-downs with prosecutors became tense, even angry. Initially composed, she later collapsed in tears and got down on the floor during questioning. She became unavailable to investigators from the district attorney’s office for days at a time. ..”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/nyregion/one-revelation-after-another-undercut-strauss-kahn-accusers-credibility.html?_r=2&ref=global-home

And http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/9722815

Letter from Office of DA Cyrus Vance to Defense Counsel

She lied…

http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/files/2011/07/vanceletter.pdf

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/2/accusers-lies-jeopardize-ex-imf-chief-strauss-kahn/

Michael Savage: from Dreyfuss to Strauss-Kahn

http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/2011/07/savage-from-the-dreyfus-affair-to-the-strauss-kahn-affair/

Matt Vadum, American Spectator: Obama Gives $ to ACORN

Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration is flouting the will of Congress by giving federal taxpayer money to ACORN.

“Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave a $79,819 grant to the largest branch of the ACORN tree, ACORN Housing Corp. (AHC). AHC filed papers last year legally changing its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). It’s the same old organization with a brand new ACORN-free name.

“Worse yet, the grant funds a political agitation and indoctrination program…

http://spectator.org/blog/2011/06/30/obama-gives-new-grant-to-acorn#

Also: http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/jun/obama-s-hud-violates-acorn-funding-ban

Mark Mazzetti & Eric Schmidt, NYT: Drone War Moves into Somalia

“WASHINGTON — The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the Islamist militancy in Somalia, as new evidence indicates that insurgents in the two countries are forging closer ties and possibly plotting attacks against the United States, American officials say.

“An American military drone aircraft attacked several Somalis in the militant group the Shabab late last month, the officials said, killing at least one of its midlevel operatives and wounding others.

“The strike was carried out by the same Special Operations Command unit now battling militants in Yemen, and it represented an intensification of an American military campaign in a mostly lawless region where weak governments have allowed groups with links to Al Qaeda to flourish…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/world/africa/02somalia.html?_r=2&hp

Matt Cover, CNS: Obama Campaign Tape Illegal

“…The video was included in an e-mail sent to supporters of President Obama promoting a fundraising drive that offered participants a chance to win an invitation to dinner with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The video was filmed in the White House and, because it is intended to raise funds, constitutes a violation of federal law, according to two election law experts contacted by CNSNews.com.”

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-raffle-video-not-legal-election-la

Market Watch: Thirteen to Secede from SE California?

“A lawmaker from Southern California reportedly is using the Fourth of July holiday weekend to call for independence for 13 counties in the southern and easternmost parts of the state.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants his county, and a dozen others, to secede from the rest of California in protest of taxes and state raids on local funds, according to the Press-Enterprise.

“As a back of the envelope exercise, The Tell looks at what would be affected if Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties ever went forward with the effort.

The 13 counties have a total population of about 13 million, or 35% of the state’s total of 37 million people…”

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2011/07/01/california-politician-wants-13-counties-to-secede-from-california/

Terence Jeffrey, CNS: Kagan Lied?

(CNSNews.com) – Forty-nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives–including the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and two presidential candidates–are pointing to evidence they say is “contradictory” to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s confirmation testimony and calling for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the matter.

“The lawmakers also say they believe that evidence already made public shows that Kagan must recuse herself from any court cases involving the health care bill signed into law by President Barack Obama while she was serving as Obama’s solicitor general.

“‘We respectfully call upon the House Judiciary Committee to promptly investigate the extent to which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was involved in preparing a legal defense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) during her tenure as Solicitor General,’ the 49 lawmakers wrote in a letter to Rep. Lamar Smit”h (R.-Texas), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. John Conyers (D.-Mich.), the ranking member of the committee…”

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/breaking-49-house-members-call-investiga

NYT Census Map

Move your cursor and get your data! Browse population growth and decline, changes in racial and ethnic concentrations and patterns of housing development. Thanks Joanne!

http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/map?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Great Distraction!

Also interviewed by Michael Medved, 7/2/2011, http://www.michaelmedved.com/

Russell, Thaddeus (2010) A Renegade History of the United States. NY:Free Press.

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