Dead Cats: IRENE, 08/26/11, (5)24: James Brody

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CONTENTS: Joey Funeral; Survive Irene; MLK word & stone; Rubio tape; Tchr grades/aptitude; Guzzardi – BO/Rick; Murdock – Go w Perry; Geraghty – unexpectedly; GOP  maybes; Marcellus 84 Trillion CF; Christie Frack moratorium; Alaska pipeline; Adams – left in DoJ; Wikileaks 35K; Hanson – MidEast Mess; Hanson – not spending enough?; Robinson –higher  Ed bubble; Vineyard on BO; Bloomie bans clergy

Joey’s Funeral

“The Vento family has released the details of Joey Vento’s funeral arrangements.  All are invited to pay their final respects to Joey on Saturday, August 27 from 9-11:45 AM at the Cathederal of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.

“A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow the viewing at 12 Noon. Longtime Vento friend and vocal supporter, WPHT TalkShow Host Dom Giordano, has been invited to give a eulogy.” Independence Hall TEA Party

Michelle Malkin: Joey Vento, an Assimilation Warrior

“Blunt. Brash. Bold. Politically incorrect. Unapologetically patriotic. Philadelphia cheesesteak king Joey Vento was all that and a side of freedom fries. The 71-year-old owner of Geno’s Steaks died of a heart attack this week, but he reignited a national debate over radical multiculturalism that will burn for years to come…”

Bob Owens, Pajamas: Surviving Irene

“Now it looks as if Irene may well be the “next big thing” to visit, and it has the rest of the densely populated eastern seaboard firmly in its sights from North Carolina to the Canadian Maritimes, with the especially troubling possibility of a direct hit on New York.

“As a bit of a public service to PJMedia readers who may literally end up in the eye of the storm, here’s a little bit of advice from someone who has been there, done that.

“Put together an emergency kit like the one cited at This will put you on Janet Napolitano’s terror watch list, but it’s still far better to be safe than sorry.

“Here are some helpful modifications to the list that may not be obvious.

“Don’t listen when they tell you to get a gallon of water a day per person. Instead, double that. If the power goes and the heat and humidity rise, you’ll be glad you did. Also, make sure you factor in food and water for your pets.

“While they tell you to get three days of non-perishable food, they neglect to tell you to get three days of food you can eat without needing power to cook it, or else to ensure you have the ability to cook without external power. Canned soup is non-perishable in the short term, but if you don’t have a camping stove to cook it on eating will be a less-than-stellar experience.

“Get extra extra batteries, especially for those that power handheld gaming systems your kids own. If you end up without power and the cell phones go down, this could save your sanity and keep you from hearing “I’m bored!” repeated over and over again.

“Put new batteries in your flashlights the day before expected landfall and test them to make sure they work. After the power goes out it is a bad time to learn that the batteries you have in the light have gone dead, or that the bulb has burned out. You will never regret extra flashlights or LED lanterns.

“Plastic sheeting and duct tape have their place in your emergency kit both before the storm and after it has passed, but it isn’t worth much during the storm should wind-blown debris punch through a window.

“You can’t waterproof a shattered window during a hurricane, but you can cut down on the flying spray coming through the hole a bit by hammering an old blanket over the opening from the inside using roofing nails. We had to do this for a neighbor in our apartment building when Fran struck in ’96, and while we couldn’t do anything about the shattered glass, we at least kept leaves, twigs, and spray from soaking everything they owned throughout their apartment.

“Get a decent sized cooler. Fill it with ice (beer is optional).

“If you lose power for any length of time the ice in the cooler serves triple duty, keeping perishable foods and certain medicines at a decent temperature, cooling your drinking water, and serving as another potential source of backup water.

“And now for some not-so-obvious advice on dressing for hurricanes: high water and high winds mean you’re going to face the possibility of fallen trees, wind-blown objects, shattered glass, and downed power lines. Wear a sturdy pair of shoes (sneakers or boots) or keep them within arm’s reach throughout the storm. Don’t wear flowing or delicate garments. Dress in sturdy clothing that is relatively form-fitting and comfortable, and if you have clothes that match this description that are fast-drying, so much the better. If you have to go into the winds for any reason — and there are few good ones — make sure you have eye protection in the form of safety glasses or goggles. Hurricane and even gale force winds combine with dirt and debris to form an experience like standing in a gusty sandblaster.

“Also have a sturdy pair of cut-resistant gloves on hand. You’ll thank me later.

“Large water resistant storage containers cost relatively little, and are an excellent place to keep water-sensitive valuables such as photo albums and your emergency kit itself.

“Last but not least, make sure you take in all light objects in your neighborhood indoors, or find a way to secure them. You’d be amazed at the damage patio furniture, tools, potted plants, and toys can do when they’re thrown into something at 60mph-100mph.

“And the best advice … leave if you can, well in advance of the storm…”

Charles Krauthammer, Real Clear Politics: King, in Word & Stone

“Such an achievement, such a life, deserves a monument alongside the other miracles of our history — Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR — which is precisely where stands the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. It opened Monday on the Tidal Basin, adjacent to Roosevelt’s seven acres, directly across from Jefferson’s temple, and bisecting the invisible cartographic line connecting the memorials for Jefferson and Lincoln, authors of America’s first two births of freedom, whose promises awaited fulfillment by King.

“The new King memorial has its flaws, most notably its much-debated central element, the massive 30-foot stone carving of a standing, arms crossed, somewhat stern King. The criticism has centered on origins: The statue was made in China by a Chinese artist. The problem, however, is not ethnicity but sensibility. Lei Yixin, who receives a lifetime government stipend, has created 150 public monuments in the People’s Republic, including several of Chairman Mao. It shows. His flat, rigid, socialist realist King does not do justice to the supremely nuanced, creative, humane soul of its subject.

“The artistic deficiencies, however, are trumped by placement…”

Real Clear Politics: Rubio at the Reagan Library

Full tape…

Michael Walsh, NY Post: Teacher Grades, Teacher Standards

Walter (E!) Williams said these things almost ten years ago…

“Which college field of study has the lowest standards and the highest grades — a magical Lake Wobegon world in which all the students are not just above average but way above average? If you guessed “teaching,” you’d be right.

“That’s the conclusion of a new study from the conservative American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, “Grade Inflation for Education Majors and Low Standards for Teachers.”

“‘Students who take education classes at universities receive significantly higher grades than students who take classes in every other academic discipline,’ says the report. ‘The … explanation is that the higher grades in education classes are the result of low grading standards.’

“The study, authored by Corey Koedel, notes that education majors — the future teachers of America, especially at the grade-school and high-school level — routinely get top marks in the gut courses that ed majors generally take. And yet they consistently score lower on college entrance exams than students in other disciplines…”

Gallup: Perry 29%, Romney 17%

Bob Guzzardi: Compare BO and Rick

European Social Democratic Statist Collectivist Coercion built on Theory of Collective, Social Justice v. Individual Liberty and American Constitutional Limited Government, Strong National Defense and Economic Freedom, Personal Responsibility based in Unalienable Rights of Judeo-Christian Ethics

The individual, his and her initiative, imagination, innovation, the ability to choose how one responds to the circumstances we find ourselves in. Taxes are, by nature, coercive. More taxes; less individual freedom. Freedom and Liberty may not be your highest value; traditionally, it has been America’s highest value. From Fox News:

Five Reasons Why Rick Perry Will Be Better for You and for America

1. Perry Has Created More Jobs Than Obama

2. Perry Respects the Importance of Small Business

3. Perry Understands the Issue of State Sovereignty

4. Perry Has Core Convictions

5. He Appeals to All Three Categories of Conservatives

Deroy Murdock, NRO: “Perry vs Romney? Go with Perry”

Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Unexpectedly”

It is the most common adverb of the Obama years: “unexpectedly.”

–  “Sales of U.S. previously owned homes unexpectedly dropped in July,” reported Bloomberg.

–  “Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly contracted in August by the most in more than two years as orders plunged and factories shed workers,”reported Bloomberg Businessweek.

–  “Consumer spending unexpectedly fell in June,” reported Reuters.

–  “Dismal economic data on Thursday pointed to an unexpectedly abrupt slowdown in manufacturing and a pickup in inflation,” reported the New York Times’ business page.

“This is just in the past week; hundreds of articles each month note that some new bit of economic data is contrary to the expectations of experts. But the term is starting to become an object of ridicule within the conservative blogosphere as the country endures its third year of hard economic times under President Obama…”

Daily Caller: Four More “Maybe”…Palin, Pataki, Guiliani, Bolton

FuelFix: Marcellus at 84 Trillion Cubic Feet

“A new assessment of the Marcellus Shale says the Northeastern U.S. formation may contain 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than believed less than a decade ago.

“The new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey updates a 2002 study of the gas-rich formation that stretches though New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, which concluded the region had about 2 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.

“The growth in the USGS estimate takes into account advances in how drilling and completion techniques – namely horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – that have made more formations accessible.

“The agency also estimates there are about 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas liquids in the Marcellus, products that currently fetch higher prices than natural gas.

The full report is here...

Alexis Levinson, Daily Caller: Christie – 1 Yr. Fracking Moratorium

“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed a one-year moratorium on “fracking” Thursday, splitting the difference politically by conditionally vetoing a bill passed by the legislature that would have permanently banned the process, PolitickerNJ reports.

Fracking is a process by which layers of rock are drilled into in order to fracture them and release natural gas. Some contend that fracking is dangerous and contaminates groundwater as well as posing a risk to air quality, but others defend it as a safe means to tap into a large supply of natural gas…”

Daily Caller: Alaskan Pipeline

“..according to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings…the Trans-Alaska Pipeline remains an important national-security asset today just as it was in the 1970s, because it helps reduce Americans’ dependence on foreign oil.

According to Hastings, the Obama administration has shown a greater interest in appealing to ‘far-left environmentalists’ than in preserving a pipeline that carries approximately 10 percent of the nation’s daily oil output and is responsible for one-third of Alaska’s economic output.

“‘Basically, what they’re doing is allowing the pipeline to dry up,’ Hastings said. ‘The bottom line is, you need to have a certain flow of oil through the pipeline to keep it viable, especially when it’s wintertime … because [then] you have some infrastructure problems within the pipeline.’”

J Christian Adams, Pajamas: Leftist in DoJ

Seventh in the series…

“For several weeks, PJMedia has been publishing a series of articles on the ideological and partisan histories of attorney hires into the career civil service ranks of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration. The articles have demonstrated the political and ideological litmus test being employed by those entrusted with hiring in the Division.

“Every single new attorney hired has a history thick with left-wing activism.

“Two previous pieces focused on the Voting Section, with additional segments on the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, the Special Litigation Section, the Education Section, and the Employment Litigation Section.

“If the public had any idea just how politicized the Division has become under this administration, outrage would follow. I cover the policy ramifications of this ideological hiring frenzy in my forthcoming book Injustice. For now, here are more details about the people involved…”

Politico: WikiLeaks 35,000 Diplomatic Cables

“…Shortly before midnight, the non-profit’s Twitter account announced the release of 35,000 such cables, which have dribbled out in tweets during the day by the hundreds. Many focused on the Middle East, with releases from Israel Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Bahrain — though the largest disclosure of documents initially appeared to 5,677 U.S.-Turkey cables. But the documents covered a global range as well, with cables leaked from Russia, France to South Africa, too.
“…Twitter may be the best bet for those wishing to dig into the documents. The Wikileaks account released links to the new cables (sorted by country) and has encouraged the use of the hashtag #wlfind on Twitter as a way to highlight interesting cables…”

Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: The Middle East Mess

“Each country in the Middle East poses unique challenges. That said, gender apartheid, religious intolerance, tribalism, dictatorship, statism, and lack of transparency and free expression are widely shared in the region, and mean that any particular policy will almost immediately collide with some two millennia of habit and custom antithetical and often hostile to the values of the West. That the West is presently broke, multicultural, full of guilt and incapable of defending its values and history only confuses the issue even more…”

“…The center of our Middle East policy should be to ensure vast oil revenues are not translated into subsidizing terrorism aimed at the U.S. and its allies, or used by crazed dictators to absorb other weaker nations to create some sort of Pan-Islamic caliphate or Pan-Arabic belligerent.

“That would mean in a post-Saddam world thwarting Assad’s Syria and theocratic Iran, and to the extent we can, steering the third stage of some seven decades of postwar Middle East unrest away from Islamic fundamentalism toward constitutional government, while remaining a strong supporter of Israel. To accomplish those goals, a confident America would (a) have to get its financial house in order; (b) seek to limit blackmail by exploiting all of our own huge and growing fossil fuel reserves; (c) stop backbiting democratic Israel; (d) work where we can and when it is possible with petro-rich Sunni states to isolate Syria and Iran; (e) promote consensual government apart from Islamic republicanism—especially through far more vocal and stealthy support for the Syrian and Iranian protestors…”

More Hanson: “The ‘not enough  spending’ excuse

“To newly inaugurated Barack Obama and his prime-the-pump technocrats, the logic seemed so simple. America’s problem was a struggling economy. The solution was to spread around even more borrowed government money. The result would be a return to prosperity.

“But after nearly three years and $4 trillion in borrowed “stimulus,” things have only gotten worse. Unemployment is stuck at 9.1 percent. Consumer confidence is approaching a record low.The stock market is tanking. National debt is increasing at a rate of $4 billion a day. Economic growth has almost vanished. America’s creditworthiness has been downgraded. The housing market is still depressed. Food and fuel prices are skyrocketing. In response, only 26 percent of the public expresses confidence in the president’s handling of the economy.

“Apparently, as even the president himself recently confessed, government cannot so easily manufacture “shovel-ready” jobs. But it did far better at scaring cash-hoarding businesses into a historic hiring paralysis with nonstop talk of higher taxes, more national debt, more regulations, them vs. us class-warfare rhetoric, threatened government shutdowns of private plants, and higher-priced energy…”

Jenna Robinson, Investors: The Next Bubble – Higher Education?

“…things are different today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 70% of all high school graduates go on to college — compared with 45% in 1960.

“Then, only the brightest and best-prepared students attended college and the schools offered academically rigorous courses that prepared students for the future.

“Now even middling high-schoolers attend college — and often learn very little. Then they enter a job market where a bachelor’s degree is relatively common — and must compete against many others for the same jobs…

Boston: The Vineyard on Obama

“This week, with the jobless rate stuck above 9 percent and the president’s nationwide approval rating at its lowest level, the Vineyard’s broad allegiance shows cracks, leaving some islanders with a more textured, even tormented feeling about the president…

“At the core of islanders’ misgivings is the shaky local economy. Although the Vineyard is sometimes depicted as a playground for the rich and famous, the numbers tell another side of the story…

Bloomberg Bans Clergy from 9/11 Ceremony

But not the mosque and not sharia although Sharia bans our constitution…

“In his fiercest defense yet of the mosque proposed near Ground Zero, Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday that it must be allowed to proceed because the government ‘shouldn’t be in the business of picking’ one religion over another.

“‘I think it’s fair to say if somebody was going to try, on that piece of property, to build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming,’ the mayor said.

“‘And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it, too.’”

An Amendment

“An amendment numbered 38 printed in House Report 112-88 to require that the rules of engagement allow any military service personnel assigned to duty in a designated hostile fire area to have rules of engagement that fully protects their right to proactively defend themselves from hostile actions.”

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