Dead Cats: FireBurn, 08/10/11, (5)17: James Brody

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CONTENTS: Nutter levels; Philly Curfew; 1% transaction tax?; Bachmann leads Iowa; New Yorker on Bachmann & response; Unions lost $40 million in WI; Guzzardi – Puig &Pryzbylski; Reid picks three; Shlaes – 1971; Petri – O’s fireside chat; Is O smart?; Debt man walking; O & China; $50 billion more for Ocare; Holder’s hires; Hanson – mobs; Rioters take London; Obama Voters in the UK; Fast & Furious rooted in WH  

“George the Third would never have done this to you.” Mark Steyn, 8/8/11m 7:53 PM

“Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.” Mayor Mike Nutter.

August 10, 1990: Magellan landed on Venus on the anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s leaving Spain in 1519 to circumnavigate the world. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)

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Nutter Levels with Male Black Youth

““If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

Mayor Nutter was featured  on most of Mike Savage’s broadcast…

CBS Philly: Flash Mobs Curfewed

“PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter today announced a tighter weekend curfew in the Center City and University City regions of the city, as he continues grappling with the threat of “flash mobs” in Philadelphia.

“Nutter today described those engaging in flash mob rampages (see previous story) as “a tiny minority of ignorant, reckless fools.”

“Then, flanked by dozens of law enforcement and community leaders, he spelled out a substantive (though temporary) change in the city’s curfew for two key areas — Center City and University City — on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Anyone under 18 in those areas must now be off the streets by 9 PM…”

Coming? Fattah’s 1% Tax on Bank Transactions – Probably Not

Meanwhile, we have Philadelphia thugs in our Congress…Snopes is reassuring but Snopes sometimes has a liberal bias…

“…Like Rep Fattah’s other Congressional  efforts along these lines, his Debt Free America Act has no sponsors other than himself, has been languishing in committee ever since it was introduced, and has as much chance of passing as a snowball does of surviving hell.”

Rasmussen: Iowa Led by Bachmann, Romney…

“…The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Iowa’s Likely Caucus Participants shows that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann attracts 22% support, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney earn 21%. Just slightly behind is Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 16%, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry at 12% and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at 11%….”

Iowa…Hit Piece on Michele Bachmann

Interview with columnist Ryan Lizza…expect more…

“Bachmann, a two-term member of Congress from Stillwater, Minnesota, is an ideologue of the Christian-conservative movement. Her appeal, along with her rapid ascent in the polls, is based on a collection of right-wing convictions, beliefs, and resentments that she has regularly broadcast from television studios and podiums since 2006, when she was first elected to Congress. ..”

And a response…

And a backlash for Newsweek

Wisconsin Recalls:$40 Million Spent by Unions…

There were six recall attempts, the Republicans held on to four and retained control of the state Senate.

DailyCaller: Outside $ in Wisconsin’s Recall Elections

“…In Wisconsin, six Republican state senators face recalls on Tuesday. And outside groups have sent enormous sums of money into the state in preparation. Local races rarely receive this much attention or this much out-of-state funding, but both liberal and conservative advocacy groups have decided there’s enough at stake to prompt a tidal wave of outside support.

ABC News reports that non-Wisconsin organizations have poured $25 million into the races so far. That figure came from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which estimates that candidates themselves have added only another $5 million…”

Bob Guzzardi: Heroines of the Republic Anna Puig and Anastasia Pryzbylski

Inquirer’s John Martin:

Both acknowledged their new roles had taken a toll on their families. They also said they had discovered a purpose and passion they didn’t know existed.

“I’m a much happier person today,” Puig said. “For me, it has switched from just being, ‘I want to save the country on my spare time’ to, ‘I’m going to do this for life.’ It’s a commitment.”

Two Bucks County women are darlings of the tea party movement

By John P. Martin Inquirer Staff Writer Posted on Mon, Aug. 8, 2011

Hugh Hewitt: Harry Reid Chose his Three

The Committee of Twelve starts with conflict and bumbling built into its foundation as Reid appoints John Kerry, Patty Murray, and Max Baucus…These three are not up for re-election.

Amity Shlaes, Twin Cities: Lessons from Nixon & 1971

She suggested to  Bennett that the two of them could reform social security and make it solvent in an afternoon…Bennett said he’d make the  coffee…

“…There are three takeaway messages from 1971. The first is that economists are arm candy for chief executives: Their appearance beside the president may be reassuring, but it doesn’t guarantee strong policy. Economics itself is often mere window- dressing for campaign programs.

The second is that reforms dictated by crisis-intervention teams make for poor long-term policy. Short-term gimmicks, stimuli for employment and automakers – all are pretty much useless. The best thing the Obama administration can do is to stay clear of the market, avoid election-year panic, and call on Republicans to undertake measures aimed at 2030.

Finally: no more shock therapy. The least likely place for real improvements to be written is a self-aggrandizing presidential retreat like Camp David.”

Alexandra Petri, WaPo: Obama’s Fireside Chat

“…in the course of the speech, Obama listed a bit toward redefining “best” to mean “Whatever America Happens To Be At The Time.” This only goes so far, as the speech indicated. “We are the best moderately wealthy, non-landlocked nation in the Western Hemisphere!” we’ll be saying, in a few years, if the redefinition continues. It’s the same kind of tautological praise for Uniqueness and Specialdom that we lavish on children with failing test scores.

“But there was a bit of hope. Along with praising our dubiously excellent universities and dubiously marvelous workers, Obama noted that we are different in ways that encompass more than a perpetually divided and recalcitrant Washington, united by a set of common beliefs and even a shared will.

“Just maybe not in Washington.”–unexceptional-exceptionalism/2011/08/08/gIQAylc02I_blog.html

Bret Stephens, WSJ: Is Obama Smart?


“Of course, it’s tempting to be immodest when your admirers are so immodest about you. How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he’s criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he’s too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

“I don’t buy it. I just think the president isn’t very bright…”

Limbaugh: Debt Man Walking

Does anybody now doubt that this is on purpose? I mean, after all, Barack Obama inherits a AAA credit rating from George W. Bush, and look what he does to it. Obama is always running around complaining and whining and moaning about all that he inherited from George W. Bush. Well, he inherited a AAA credit rating, an unemployment rate of 5.7%. Does anybody doubt that this is on purpose? Well, look, my credit rating doesn’t suck. There are a lot of individual Americans whose credit ratings aren’t in trouble. The United States has never been in this position — and the next thing that’s gonna happen is that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and others are going to be downgraded.
“What are the Democrats doing? Blaming the referees!…”

Gordon Chang, Forbes: Obama and China

“…China, after all, maintains predatory policies designed to take advantage of America’s open economy. So, for instance, the Chinese central government fixes the value of the renminbi at an artificially low level to stimulate Chinese exports and impede imports. It has also been systemically violating its World Trade Organization obligations, especially by blocking imports.

“The result of these policies is that China has persistently run large merchandise-trade surpluses against the United States. Last year, for instance, that surplus amounted to $273.1 billion, the largest deficit the U.S. has ever had with any country.

“Washington has, for years, been trying to get Beijing to permit more balanced trade and stop buying dollar-denominated obligations, but Chinese officials have refused to take good advice. As a result, their country has become more dependent on the American market. In 2008, 90.1% of China’s overall trade surplus related to sales to the United States. Last year, that number had increased to a simply unbelievable 149.2%.

“So China has insisted on accumulating dollars as a direct result of government policies. Apart from violations of their trading obligations, the Chinese have a right to maintain mercantilist practices. Yet we have every right to counter them.

“We are not countering them, unfortunately. Instead of dealing with these structural issues, President Obama talks about relatively unimportant ones, like the Japanese tsunami… “

Daily Caller: OCare $50 Billion Underestimate

“Federal payments required by President Barack Obama’s health care law are being understated by as much as $50 billion per year because official budget forecasts ignore the cost of insuring many employees’ spouses and children, according to a new analysis. The result could cost the U.S. Treasury hundreds of billions of dollars during the first ten years of the new health care law’s implementation…”

J. Christian Adams: Pajamas: Holder’s Hiring

“PJM has been investigating an unprecedented hiring blitz by the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department since Obama’s inauguration. In these lean economic times, Eric Holder went on a hiring frenzy, bringing over 130 high-paid government attorneys onto the federal payroll.

“After the Bush administration was accused of hiring some attorneys for ideological reasons, PJM requested the resumes of the new Obama hires back in the summer of 2010. The Bush administration satisfied similar media requests within weeks, but a lawsuit had to be filed to dislodge the resumes from the Most Transparent Administration in History. The resumes were only recently turned over — but redacted. (Hans von Spakovsky authored this piece yesterday providing the first review of the resumes.)

“The biographies of the people holding the power to review election law changes are wholly relevant to which course state government officials should choose. They should know the Voting Section has a history of being sanctioned and scolded by federal courts for mischief in the redistricting process. Courts have described biased Section 5 reviews by the Voting Section as an “embarrassment” and “disturbing.” The DOJ’s relationship with the ACLU was described by a federal court as ‘that of peers working together.’ The same court all but called DOJ lawyers liars, saying their “professed amnesia” was ‘less than credible.’…”

Part 1 by Hans Spakovsky, August 8th:

All sixteen new hires to the Voting Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJM lawsuit. (This is the first in a series of articles about the Civil Rights Division’s hiring practices since President Obama took office.)’s-voting-section/

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO:  Western Paralysis and Old Mobs

Thanks, Paul Olivett,

“It is fascinating to see how postmodern Western societies react to wide-scale rioting, looting, and thuggery aimed at innocents. In Britain, politicians contemplate the use of water cannons as if they were nuclear weapons; and here the mayor of Philadelphia calls on rappers to appeal to youth to help ease the flash-mobbing that has a clear racial component to it (is the attorney general’s Civil Rights Division investigating?). His appeal is perhaps understandable, but many of the themes of rap music — violence against the police, racial chauvinism, and nihilism—may well be some of the cultural catalysts behind the flash violence, though to suggest as much would be seen as more racist than the racist profiling used by the flash beaters. All these incidents are symptomatic of a general breakdown and loss of confidence in Western society. Such urban violence was of course a constant in 19th- and 20th-century Europe and America, but now it is deeply embedded within modern sociology and no longer seen quite as criminality.”

UK Mail: Rioters Take London, All Police Cells Full

“…David Cameron today warned rioters that they would face the ‘full force of the law’ as he recalled Parliament, after violence swept across the country for a third night.

“An unprecedented 16,000 police officers will be on the streets of the capital tonight, the Prime Minister announced, compared with just 6,000 last night. Today huge swathes of the capital woke up to the charred debris of burned out buildings and streets littered with waste…”

Charlie Cook, NRO: Entitled or Secure from Consequences?

“…The rioting, he said, is “the fault of the government because basically, you go all over London, I was up in Tottenham. Tottenham has had a 9 percent cut nearly in its government grant. The youth centers are closing, people are seeing all the sort of things they used to rely on going.”

“Aside from being spectacularly wide of the mark — not to mention making unpalatable and irresponsible excuses for mindless violence — this betrays a line of thought whose conclusion is, frankly, terrifying. Since when was this part of the social compact? There are all sorts of things that British voters do not like, but they can not all turn to anarchy when they fail to get what they want. What will become of our democracy if we are held hostage in this way? If a 9 percent cut in spending is met inevitably with three days of violence, looting, arson, and now a death, then we may as well pack up and go home, conceding to the barbarians that we have no choice any more but to cower at their feet and feed them. From heaven, Hobbes is wryly smiling.

“But feed them we have. All but the most psychopathic criminals determine their behavior by the likely consequences of their actions…”

Rush: Why London Burns … “These are Obama voters”

“They want you to believe that this is about some out-of-control police action, that the cops did something. It’s the corporate jet owners. It’s the corporate jet owners and those people not paying their fair share. Specifically, it’s rich people, “the people that got businesses.” If you got a business, you are a rich person. Now, this, folks, is what we have in store. We’re on this path. We’re on this track…

“They live in a full-fledged socialist country. They have their equivalent of food stamps. They have interminable unemployment. They have free medical care (ostensibly). This is what they were promised. These were the people that bought into the false promises of socialism. These are the people that bought into the false promises of utopia, and who are they mad at? They are mad at people who didn’t! They are mad at people who are self-reliant. They’re mad at people who are making something of themselves independently. They think they have been defrauded. What they don’t understand is they think that it is the successful portion of the population that has defrauded them not their government, and they are being fueled by whoever they listen to, to believe that rich people and businesses equal conservatism…”

BBC Tape:

Israel as well:

AWR Hawkins, Human Events: “Fast and Furious”…Roots in White House

Thanks Ted,

“Although neither Obama (n)or Holder have claimed they had knowledge of the operations until quite recently, both are now actively doing their best to “[stonewall] the oversight committee investigation” that is trying to get to the bottom of this mess. Of Obama in particular, Issa has said, “President Obama has been keen to talk about who didn’t know about the program and who didn’t authorize it. These answers will not suffice. The American people have a right to know, once and for all, who did authorize it and who knew about it.”
“It doesn’t take long to connect the dots on this one. We have a president who funded these programs, who talked to Mexican President Calderon two months later about tracing guns, and whose National Security Director for North America received communications from ATF Special Agent Newell regarding the operations. The Justice Department is littered with people who knew about the program, and nearly every federal law-enforcement agency besides the Secret Service was involved.”

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