CONTENTS: Irene & BO; Romney to sip TEA; Fast/furious/farce – 4 articles; SocSec worse than Ponzi; Blacks pressure O; Hanson – vineyard too far; Romney/Perry; BO’s uncle; BO bus flown to speeches; Perry/HillaryCare; Toomey street signs; Lowry – Science & scientists; O’D disinvited
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“Social Security is not only a Ponzi scheme but a ‘monstrous lie’ for younger people.” Rick Perry.
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So said our Prez who probably won’t waste a crisis. And he talked to us, perhaps taking his lead from Mike Bloomberg and Chris Christie…I think BO is worried about a different kind of windstorm…
Jed Babbin, American Spectator
“Obama Takes Charge at Hurricane Command Center” blared the AFP headline on Saturday. But it was just another disappointment for Obama. By the time the over-hyped hurricane Irene blew into town, there wasn’t anything for Obama to take charge of.
“It could have been a big psychological moment for Obama’s campaign but it was just another let down for the man…”
Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: Romney Set to Party with Us
The GOP presidential candidate will join the Tea Party Express for an event in New Hampshire over Labor Day weekend, the first tea party rally he’s ever attended that has been hosted by a national organization, according to organizers.
The news comes after The Daily Caller reported Monday that organizers with the country’s largest tea party groups said they don’t recall Romney ever participating or asking to participate in any of their events since the movement began.
Fox: ATF Director Reassigned
Diversionary … I want Holder…
“Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.
“Melson’s step down from his role as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Programs is effective by close of business Tuesday, administration officials announced. U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones will replace Melson.
“U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, one of the officials closely tied to Fast and Furious, is also a casualty in a shakeup tied to the botched gun-running program. Burke sources, got physically sick during questioning and could not finish his session…”
J Christian Adams: The Politicized Hiring of Holder’s Housing Section
“All 11 new hires to the Justice Department’s Housing Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the eighth of a series of articles about the Justice Department’s hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven.)”
Darrell Issa Statement:
““While the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes within the Department of Justice, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department…”
Hugh Hewitt: Interview with Darrell Issa – Transcript
“…DI: Well, I think we’re going to follow the path there it leads. The one thing that we do know is that they’re going to continue to say Eric Holder didn’t know, and yet the evidence continues to pile up that indicates, at least anecdotally, that he should have known….”
Michael Tanner, NRO: Social Security Worse Than Ponzi
“Texas governor Rick Perry is being criticized for calling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Even Mitt Romney is reportedly preparing to attack him for holding such a radical view. But if anything, Perry was being too kind…”
Thrush & Williams, Politico: Blacks Pressure Obama
“If there’s anything close to a political certainty in 2012, it’s that Barack Obama will get more than 90 percent of the African-American vote.
“But that doesn’t mean every black Obama supporter will vote for him happily — nor does it guarantee that turnout will approach the stratospheric levels of 2008, even though Obama needs a huge showing from his base to offset the expected loss of swing voters in states like North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “A Vineyard Too Far”
“People who rail against “fat cats” shouldn’t vacation with them.
By Sunday afternoon, the Gallup tracking poll showed a 17-point spread in the president’s approval rating — 38 percent approval to 55 percent disapproval. Such polls are fickle and can go up and down quickly, often depending on unwarranted and unfair perceptions and media hype, hinging on everything from hurricanes to killing bin Laden. That said, these recent abysmal numbers might suggest that for the first time, a considerable number of Americans are starting to be turned off not just by Barack Obama’s economic policies, but by Barack Obama himself. But why now?..”
Marc Thiessen, WaPo: Romney Doesn’t Have to Go After Perry
“…Romney has been criticized for refusing to engage Perry, but his campaign advisers see no need to do so now. They point out that the Democratic National Committee is going after Perry, hundreds of reporters hoping to make names for themselves are scouring his life and record, and other candidates that Perry has passed in the polls are determined to take him down. Why should Romney attack Perry directly when the Democrats, the liberal media and Michele Bachmann will do it for him? Romney’s strategists note that Perry will have to survive five debates in six weeks — ample opportunity for Bachmann to “rip his eyes out” (as she did to Tim Pawlenty) or for Perry to blow himself up…”
Boston Herald: BO’s Uncle…
“President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned…”
Ben Howe, Red State: BO Flies Buses to his Stump Speeches
“President Obama has been touring all over the midwest these past few weeks, giving speeches to crowds of fans, anxious to hear what’s next on his agenda. One could be forgiven for believing that these are less about pushing the president’s current agenda, and more about launching the reelection campaign, however this is a charge that the administration adamantly denies.
“But there is a very simple reason that this is viewed as more of a campaign effort. Boasting bulletproof windows, five inch thick doors, and it’s (sic) own oxygen supply, the President has made the rounds for these speeches in a multi-million dollar bus, dubbed “The Beast” by it’s critics. There’s been no shortage of opinions from people and pundits on this bus and how having the President tour around the midwest in a caravan of cars and seated on a tour bus sends the message that he is on the campaign trail and using taxpayer dollars to do it.
“It appears however, that this might not be the case. According to some sources he hasn’t really been riding these buses much at all. They say, he’s been flying them…”
Daily Caller: Perry Praised HillaryCare but…
“…Perry has more recently gone on the offensive against both Obama and Romney for their respective health care plans.
“‘I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts health care plan that he passed is a huge problem for him,’ Perry said last week on the Laura Ingraham Show, adding that Obamacare is a ‘debacle.’
“‘If I’m so fortunate to be elected the president of the United States, on Day One, when I walk into the Oval Office, there will be an executive order on that desk that eliminates as much of ObamaCare that I can have done with an executive order,’ Perry told a South Carolina crowd this month.
“Asked by TheDC about the 1993 letter, Perry’s presidential campaign defended it, saying the full scope of Clinton’s healthcare plan was not yet known when Perry signed it…”
Lou: Pat Toomey – Street Signs
“The plan was to force every township in the U.S., by edict from DOT, to replace their street signs with signs of uniform design – “You will conform”. Toomey fought it, and now it’s being scrubbed.
The problem remains that employees at DOT – with time on their hands to come up with such Soviet-style foolishness – continue to draw nice pay, health insurance, job security and pensions, and dream up future Nanny-state burdens to put on our backs..
We need to ‘thin the herd’ just as they’re doing at Valley Forge Park. Except our weapons will be pink slips.
Rich Lowry, NRO: Science and Scientists
“…Perry’s offenses against science consist of his statements on evolution and global warming, areas where “the science” is routinely used to try to force assent to far-reaching philosophical or policy judgments unsupported by the evidence.
“Unless he has an interest in paleontology that has escaped everyone’s notice to this point, Perry’s somewhat doubtful take on evolution has more to do with a general impulse to preserve a role for God in creation than a careful evaluation of the work of, say, Stephen Jay Gould. Perry’s attitude is in the American mainstream…”
Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: O’Donnell Disinvited
“That didn’t last long.
“Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has been disinvited from speaking at a much-hyped Iowa tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this weekend, according to The Wall Street Journal…”
WSJ: O’Donnell Won’t Appear
“UPDATE: Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will not speak at a tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend, an organizer told Washington Wire.
“‘I made a mistake,’ said Ken Crow, president of Tea Party of America. ‘I assumed there was an open slot and there wasn’t.’
“Monday night, Mr. Crow told Washington Wire that Ms. O’Donnell would appear.
“Tea Party of America’s cofounder, Charlie Gruschow, said the group withdrew Ms. O’Donnell’s after receiving numerous ‘emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.’
“‘We decided not to have her speak,’ Mr. Gruschow said. ‘We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.’…”