CONTENTS: Bachmann/Ames Win; Perry’s in; Agnostics for Perry; Santorum not ignored; Romney’s federalism; “Jersey Shore” beat GOP; OCare lost appeal, SCOTUS next; Podhoretz – BO leftist; Nutter arrests, talks about BO; Brits find zero tolerance; Hanson – liberal psychoses; Steyn – London; Lincoln Radio; Flanagan – Agenda 21; O on Islam; Cellular targets TEA; Obama 39%
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August 15, 1945: VJ Day…Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
August 15h, 1969: Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened in upstate New York. (Bennet & Cribb, 2008)
The debate: No one yelled at Mitt…waiting for Rick to do it? Or do we have eight candidates for VP?
“We read some of the biographies, and we know he was not a serious student at Occidental. He basically sat around and smoked a lot of pot, and then he moved on to Columbia, and the people at Columbia describe him as sort of living a more monastic life. He kind of got his act together, got more serious, got sort of ultra-serious. Ryan Lizza with Hugh Hewitt. http://www.hughhewitt.com/blog/g/2df09ce1-1238-4240-8b0c-057406a78ae8
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AP: Bachmann Won Ames
“AMES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state’s caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season.
The result is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall. But it’s hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much less the party nod or the White House.
Byron York, questioned about Perry’s campaign for Gore, remarked that Perry was Chair of the Texas Democrat Party and 1988 when Gore ran…
“…I stand before you as the governor of Texas but also stand before you the son of two tenant farmers. Ray Perry who came home after 35 bombing missions over Europe to work his little corner of land out there and Amelia who made sure that my sister Mil and me had everything that we needed, included hand sewing my clothes until I went off to college.
“I’m a product of a place called Paint Creek. It doesn’t have a zip code. It’s too small to be called a town along the rolling plains of Texas. We grew dryland cotton and wheat. When I wasn’t farming or attending Paint Creek Rural School, I was generally over at Troop 48 working on my Eagle Scout Award.
“Around the age of eight, I was blessed to meet my future wife, Anita Thigpen, at a piano recital. We had our first date eight years later and she finally agreed to marry me 16 years after that. Nobody says I’m not persistent. ..”
Roger Simon, Pajamas: Agnostics for Perry
“…Recent liberal Democrats, Clinton and Obama, have a kind of wink-wink relationship with religion, largely attending church for political purposes. This is particularly true of Obama who, as we all know, rarely attends now, but spent two decades in the fold of the execrable race-hustler Jeremiah Wright, a man who would make Elmer Gantry blush. If his allegiance to the reverend wasn’t for political purposes, what was it? Let’s hope it was anyway. If he looked to Wright for spiritual guidance, Obama is suffering from some kind of delusional psychosis.
“So what this agnostic observes is a general atmosphere of religious phoniness — a baseline hypocrisy — on the liberal side and what is often genuine religious faith on the conservative side. (Not all, of course. A number of libertarians are agnostic.).
“Frankly, I prefer honesty. So I respect Perry for his faith. And, again as we all know, this country was founded on bedrock principles of religious tolerance, which some modern liberals tend to forget includes people who actually believe in God. Personally, I admire Perry’s belief, even envy it to some extent…”
Byron York: Rick Santorum Not Ignored at Debate
Timers ran. Rick was one of five, all within one minute of the most talkative candidate and of each other. York also praised Rick for his stands on Iran, the Debt Ceiling, and Life. York also commented that Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana, was a plausible bet to become our next President. It could happen to Rick…
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: Romney’s Federalism
“..For good reason, GOP presidential hopefuls see immovable opposition to Obamacare as key to wresting the Oval Office from its current occupant. Romney’s frontrunner status, they reason, owes more to the party establishment’s dubious “It’s his turn” tradition than to any groundswell of support from the grassroots that swept Democrats out in the midterms. So the strategy is to use Romneycare — particularly its dread mandate that individuals buy health insurance — to hang Obamacare and its Big Government noose around Romney’s neck…”
Tim Kenneally, WaPo: “Jersey Shore” Beat GOP Debates
Stephen Strogatz described the effects of similarity in establishing partnership synchrony. No surprise Jersey Shore won the youngsters. And in Mickey D’s two older white ladies said their businesses would get better when the “joker” was out of the White House, the younger black staff had a different view.
“LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Here’s an interesting snapshot of where we’re at as a nation: On Thursday night, more people tuned in to watch Pauly D, Vinny and their pumpkin-hued cohorts run amok in Italy than tuned in to watch the potential next leader of the free world make his case for election.
The second season of “Jersey Shore” Season 4 drew 7.4 million total viewers — more than nearly every network offering on Thursday, and a far sight more than the Republican candidates’ debate on Fox, which took in just over 5 million total viewers.
“‘Shore’ also garnered a 7.1 rating in the 12-34 demographic, which means that the show now holds the top 15 cable slots in that demo for this year, barring sports broadcasts.”
Reuters: Appeals Court Rules against OCare Mandate
The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.
The legality of the individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Opponents have argued that without the mandate, which goes into effect in 2014, the entire law falls.
The law, adopted by Congress in 2010 after a bruising battle, is expected to be a major political issue in the 2012 elections as Obama seeks another term…”
Norman Podhoretz, WSJ: Obama the Same Anti-American Leftist
“It’s open season on President Obama. Which is to say that the usual suspects on the right (among whom I include myself) are increasingly being joined in attacking him by erstwhile worshipers on the left. Even before the S&P downgrade, there were reports of Democrats lamenting that Hillary Clinton had lost to him in 2008. Some were comparing him not, as most of them originally had, to Lincoln and Roosevelt but to the hapless Jimmy Carter. There was even talk of finding a candidate to stage a primary run against him. But since the downgrade, more and more liberal pundits have been deserting what they clearly fear is a sinking ship.
“Here, for example, from the Washington Post, is Richard Cohen: “He is the very personification of cognitive dissonance—the gap between what we (especially liberals) expected of the first serious African American presidential candidate and the man he in fact is…”
More by Ron Radosh, Pajamas: What Does Obama Believe? Norman Podhoretz Gets it...
“…contrary to those who think that Obama does not know what he believes or is simply an opportunist who will do anything to get re-elected, Podhoretz stands firmly with observers like Stanley Kurtz — whom he does not mention — who have for a long time been arguing the case that our president indeed is a serious leftist, who developed intellectually and politically in the left-wing culture of his time and who believes deeply in its goals and its programs. Democrats have denied this, he writes, but do so only by ignoring or dismissing what Mr. Obama himself, in a rare moment of candor, promised at the tail end of his run for the presidency: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Nutter Arrested 50 on South Street, Talked about Obama
“They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.” Applies as much on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C.as on South Street in Philadelphia.
“PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About 50 teenagers were arrested for violating a newly enforced curfew for minors aimed at cracking down on mobs of young people responsible for random attacks on people as well as property damage, police in Philadelphia said Saturday.
“The arrests began about 9 p.m. Friday downtown and on South Street, a 10-block strip of bars, restaurants and stores on the edge of downtown that has long been a hangout for teens and 20-somethings, said police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little.”
Rich Lowrey, NRO: Nutter True to His Word
“…Philadelphia has been beset by “flash mobs,” roving bands of teenagers who descend on innocent bystanders to beat and rob them in a miniature version of the senseless destruction that has engulfed London. Urban violence always occasions tawdry excuse-making under the guise of a search for “root causes.” With a pungent plainspokenness, Nutter zeroed in on the true root causes — irresponsible parents and their ignorant, slovenly, and undisciplined kids…”
Telegraph: Brits Take Zero Tolerance to Street Crime
“He (David Cameron) pledges to support “zero tolerance” — a tough system of policing first popularised in the US which sees even minor offences prosecuted vigorously to send out the message that no form of law-breaking will be tolerated.
“‘I will be saying much more about that because I think it is true,’ Mr Cameron says. ‘We haven’t talked the language of zero tolerance enough but the message is getting through.”
“Mr Cameron has recruited Bill Bratton, the former US ‘supercop’, to advise him as he plans his autumn enforcement drive.
“The Prime Minister is expected to give details of the new strategy in a major speech in the next few weeks…”
Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: “Liberal Psychoses”
“…the vastly different, contemporary liberal mindset. To be blunt, what strikes us about its recent and most vocal emissaries — politicians such as a Barbara Boxer, John Edwards, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi; or the Hollywood celebrities; or the great fortuned like a Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, or George Soros; or the credentialed technocrats who run the foundations and government agencies, or the high-paid media types in the NY-DC corridor — is how vast apart are the circumstances of their own lives from the objects of their concern. In addition, present-day liberalism finds its most numerous adherents among the upper-middle class suburbanites and those who work for government and enjoy de facto tenure (e.g., the public employee unions, teachers, the public professoriate, etc.)…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: Lessons from London
“The trick in this business is not to be right too early. A week ago I released my new book – the usual doom ‘n’ gloom stuff – and, just as the sensible prudent moderate chaps were about to dismiss it as hysterical and alarmist, Standard & Poor’s went and downgraded the United States from its AAA rating for the first time in history. Obligingly enough they downgraded it to AA+, which happens to be the initials of my book: After America. Okay, there’s not a lot of “+” in that, but you can’t have everything.
“But the news cycle moves on, and a day or two later, the news shows were filled with scenes of London ablaze, as gangs of feral youths trashed and looted their own neighborhoods. Several readers wrote to taunt me for not having anything to say on the London riots. As it happens, Chapter Five of my book is called “The New Britannia: The Depraved City.” You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat me to Western Civilization’s descent into barbarism. Anyone who’s read it will fully understand what’s happening on the streets of London. The downgrade and the riots are part of the same story: Big Government debauches not only a nation’s finances but its human capital, too.”
Lincoln Radio Journal: School Property Taxes
“(August 13, 2011 – August 19, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry talks with David Baldinger of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations about their plan for eliminating school property taxes; Frank Gamrat and Eric Montarti of the Allegheny Institute discuss the economic impact of drilling in the Marcellus Shale region on The Allegheny Institute Report; And, Scott Paterno has an Uncomfortable Truth commentary on President Barack Obama’s failure to lead.”
Lou Flanagan: “Sustainable” Development
“Thanks to the 912 Patriots of Delaware for allowing me to swipe these from their home page. They’ve seized on this issue like a bulldog and have assigned considerable manpower, 15 members, to track it and to get involved with local government and regulatory bodies across their entire state. ..”
“…The looting will consist of restraints on various freedoms and our use of our own private property ‘for the good of all’, plus financial transfers in the form of extortion.
Today they call them “Greenies”; the former term, “Reds”, is still the correct one.”
Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson
What could be bad about ‘sustainability’?
Attack of the NGOs
Agenda 21 For Dummies
Agenda 21 explained, including implications it will have on humanity. Opinions within the video come in some cases from those that were in on the negotiations.
Agenda 21 Summary
Forfeiting the American Dream: The HUD-Funded Smart Growth Guidebook’s Attack on Homeownership
Club of Rome Program on “A New Path for World Development”
This spells out how they will try to implement Agenda 21
It is clear that the present path of world development is not sustainable in the longer term, even if we recognize the enormous potentials of the market and of technological innovation. New ideas and strategies will be needed to ensure that improved living conditions and opportunities for a growing population across the world can be reconciled with the conservation of a viable climate and of the fragile ecosystems on which all life depends. A new vision and path for world development must be conceived and adopted if humanity is to surmount the challenges ahead. Be sure to open their website. http://www.clubofrome.org/eng/new_path/
Obama’s Thoughts on Islam
“President Obama welcomed Muslim American leaders to the White House Wednesday night for an iftar dinner, a nightly breaking of the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“No matter who we are or how we pray, we’re all children of a loving God,” Obama said to a crowd which included diplomats, military service members, administration officials, congressmen, Muslim 9/11 families and first responders.
“Obama used the upcoming tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to emphasize how Muslim Americans have contributed to anti-terrorism efforts: “Make no mistake, Muslim Americans help to keep us safe.”
“More from the president’s address:
““Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country in all walks of life. This has been especially true over the past ten years…”
Aaron Klein, WND: Cellular Company Targets TEA Parties
“Stop the Tea Party and Michele Bachmann.
“Defeat ‘right-wing radicalism.’
“Tell MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan.
“Ensure pundit Andrew Breitbart can’t get on ABC News.
“Halt racial profiling while pushing for immigration reform and Obamacare.
“These are just some of the recent initiatives led by Credo Mobile, a company that offers mobile and long-distance phone service plans it uses to fund “progressive” activism campaigns.
“Credo Mobile is a privately held for-profit company with a reported 110,000 mobile customers. It resells cell-phone airtime on the Sprint Network.
“Credo Mobile is tied to a who’s who of radical leftist organizations, many of which are funded by billionaire George Soros.
“The company also has ties to White House officials.
“Credo Mobile and its parent, Working Assets, have raised more than $65 million for scores of nonprofit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, the socialist-leaning Democracy Now and even Color of Change, an advocacy group founded by President Obama’s disgraced former “green jobs” czar Van Jones.”