CONTENTS: Rasmussen – Rick>BO; Kissel – DOJ; NFL vs BO; Gillespie BO talk; “Federal Family”; Huntsman $ plan; Cain 999 plan; English finished; Hanson – 2012; Rubin – East/West; Taranto – Great perseverator; West & CBC; Bankrupt Solyndra
Announcements at p.7 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
September 2, 1945: Japan formally surrendered on the USS Missouri, ending WW II. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“The whole drift of our law is toward the absolute prohibition of all ideas that diverge in the slightest from the accepted platitudes…a national philosophy which erects conformity into the noblest of virtues and the free functioning of personality into a capital crime against society.” Henry Mencken
American Renewal: Reclaiming Our Future
September 10th, 10 AM-4 PM
Be among 800 patriots from throughout the Delaware Valley area–learn how the founding principles and U.S. Constitution are central to reclaiming the promise of America.
Program participants include keynote speaker Herman Cain, singer Krista Branch, and speakers from The Heritage Foundation, among others.
Attend “American Renewal: Reclaiming Our Future” on Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center (100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456). Advance ticket purchase is required: $30 per person, details at www.americanrenewalevent.com or call Alison Emmons at 610-869-6503. Sponsored by the Coalition for Advancing Freedom.
September 15th, Hillsdale Constitution Celebration
“Introduction to the Constitution” – Webcast series with Dr. Larry Arnn
Hillsdale’s Second Annual Constitution Day Celebration
Thursday, Sept. 15, 9AM
– Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, delivers a series of lectures on America’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This course is free to all who register.
– Series begins September 15 at 9 a.m. with Hillsdale’s Second Annual Constitution Day Celebration, broadcast live via webcast. This event features Congressman Paul Ryan and political commentator Charles Krauthammer, along with other speeches and panels on topics related to the Constitution. If you are unable to watch the live webcast, the event will be archived for later viewing.
– Every Monday thereafter, a new lecture video featuring Dr. Larry Arnn will be available for viewing. You can also watch the previous week’s session using our video archive.
– You will log-in to view the webcasts at https://constitution.hillsdale.edu/
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Thanks, Patriots of SE Michigan!
Rasmussen: Perry 44, BO 41
Mary Kissel, WSJ: DoJ War on Lenders
Buying votes … this redistribution scheme opened against small banks that will probably train DoJ how to proceed against larger ones…and given BO’s political fall, these plans will be pushed forward so that habits and precedents set before his removal…and I thought it was a bid deal when Hillary stole the china and Bill took away the Ws from keyboards…
“Talk about not learning from past mistakes: A government department is again intimidating banks into lending to minority borrowers at below-market rates, all in the name of combating “discrimination.” Welcome to the next housing mess…
“The 1990s may have brought us supercharged politicized lending, but Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is taking the game to an entirely new level, and then some. The weapon is a “fair lending” unit created in early 2010, led by special counsel Eric Halperin and overseen by Civil Rights Division head Thomas Perez.
“Lenders who discriminate on the basis of race and those who make decisions on the basis of credit scores are two entirely different animals. The former our society doesn’t permit, for moral reasons; the latter we encourage because it’s fundamental to capitalism. A lender will go bust if he can’t distinguish between a risky loan and a good loan. Poor people aren’t well-served by getting loans they can’t afford.
“Historically, fair-lending cases have fallen into roughly two categories: “price discrimination” cases, in which lenders are accused of charging minorities higher prices than other clients, and “red-lining” suits, in which they are accused of intentionally failing to serve minority communities. Sounds straightforward for those who seek to obey the law.
“But not when Justice revives “disparate impact” theory: the idea that even if lenders don’t actively discriminate, they can still be sued if the cumulative effect of their actions implies discrimination…”
A finesse … banks under investigation are forced to sign a “non-disclose” statement that keeps Congress out of the loop. See also the Pajamas series on leftist hires in the DoJ
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.)”
GOP Debate or BO’s Talk?
NFL (New Orleans vs. Green Bay) or Obama next Thursday, September 8th at 8:30 PM, ET. Or http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget
“September is the month of Republican presidential debates, with three planned starting with next Wednesday’s face-off (September 7th) at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
September 12th, 8 PM:
Location: Florida State Fair Grounds in Tampa, FL
Sponsor: CNN and the Tea Party Express
And on September 22nd, “The two-hour debate will be held in Orlando, Fla., and will incorporate YouTube and written questions from the public. Bret Baier will be the moderator, and panelists will include Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” and Megyn Kelly, anchor of the network’s “America Live.”
BO Speak…7 PM, Thursday, September 8th
“Boehner’s office said Obama requested the 7 p.m. time slot, which will solve one programming problem while creating a time zone problem. A 7 pm start will allow Obama to avoid competing with pre-game coverage of the first game of the 2011 NFL season. The opening contest pits the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers against the New Orleans Saints, who won the Super Bowl the year before.”
Nick Gillespie, Reason: BO’s Talk … Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
“…This much seems certain: Transportation will be a big part of whatever Obama proposes. Infrastructure is the new plastics. Earlier this year, Obama said he wanted to spend $556 billion on transportation, while the House and Senate are looking to split the difference between proposals to cough up $235 billion and $109 billion. Screw all those shovel-ready projects that were supposed to benefit from 2009 stimulus. “The president will discuss the importance of moving forward…to protect nearly a million American jobs and highlight the opportunity we have to work in a bipartisan way to further invest in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure to strengthen our economy and create new jobs across the country,” the White House said in a news release about his current thinking.
Needless to say, this sort of thing didn’t work in the past
George Bennett, Palm Beach Post: Your “Federal Family”
“Don’t think of it as the federal government but as your ‘federal family.’
“In a Category 4 torrent of official communications during the approach and aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has repeatedly used the phrase ‘federal family’ when describing the Obama administration’s response to the storm.
“The Obama administration didn’t invent the phrase but has taken it to new heights.
“‘Under the direction of President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano, the entire federal family is leaning forward to support our state, tribal and territorial partners along the East Coast,’ a FEMA news release declared Friday as Irene churned toward landfall.”
“The G-word — ‘government’ — has been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local “partners” as well as ‘offices’ and ‘personnel.’”
James Pethokoukis, Reuters: The Huntsman $ Plan
Plans from Romney & Perry due? I understand from Pethokoukis that Huntsman wants us to buy lots of windmills, possibly with help from T. Boone Pickens…
“Current polls say Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn’t a top tier candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. But he certainly has a top-tier economic plan. Huntsman will offer a broad proposal later today – covering taxes, regulation, trade and energy. But I already had a peek at the tax part. And I think it is excellent. Huntsman says he would do the following:
“1) Eliminate all deductions and credits in favor of three drastically lower rates of 8%, 14% and 23%.
“2) Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.
“3) Eliminate taxes on capital gains and dividends in order to eliminate the double taxation on investment.
“4) Reduce the corporate rate from 35% To 25%. Huntsman would also shift to a territorial tax system and implement a tax holiday for the repatriation of foreign earnings.
“Basically, this is the “zero option” Bowles-Simpson tax plan that lowers marginal tax rates and broadens the tax base. But there is at least one big difference. B-S would use part of the money from axing some $1 trillion in annual tax breaks to lower marginal rates and part for deficit reduction – a net tax hike. Huntsman would divert that extra tax revenue into “paying for” the elimination of investment taxes.
“At first glance, this looks like perhaps the most pro-growth, pro-market (and anti-crony capitalist) tax plan put forward by a major U.S. president candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1980. But it is not without political risk…”
Herman Cain, WSB Radio: 999 Economic Plan
“Atlanta, GA — Fresh back from his trip to Israel, Republican presidential candidate and former WSB talkshow host Herman Cain made a stop by the State Capitol to shake hands with lawmakers and unveil his new economic plan.
“‘I’m not waiting until I get elected to put together the plans we need for economic growth,” he told reporters during an impromptu press conference.
“Cain’s ‘999’ plan replaces the current tax code with a nine percent tax on corporate profits, personal income, and national retail sales.
“‘It is revenue neutral, so it will raise the same amount of revenue that we’re currently collecting with this messed up tax code that is being manipulated by the politicians to pick the winners and losers,’ he says.
“Cain calls it ‘phase one enhanced.’ He says phase two is the Fair Tax for which he has been a longtime proponent…”
Fox: English Proficiency … the Republic Gasps
The Capitol Times reports that a Friday letter says that the settlement ends separate investigations by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.
The agencies alleged that application of a state law requiring English teachers to possess a good knowledge of the English language discriminated against Hispanic teachers and students.
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: What’s Off 2012’s Table?
“ … the media established the precedent four years ago that no candidate can be held responsible for his church.
“…Prior education and college preparation should not be 2012 issues either.
“…Public campaign financing won’t come up either.
“…The old bogeyman George W. Bush won’t matter much either by 2012
“…In the 2008 campaign, Obama derided the War on Terror as ineffective and unconstitutional. That issue in 2012 will be ancient history, too,
“…A supposedly do-nothing Congress that has thwarted Obama — like an earlier Republican one that had blocked “Give ’em Hell” Harry Truman — won’t come up much either.
“…So if we know what won’t be campaign issues, what exactly will be?
“The economy. If the current bleak picture stays the same or gets worse, Obama will be forced to argue, as did incumbent Herbert Hoover in 1932, that after four years his borrow/print/spend remedies still have not kicked in. And so he will claim that he needs eight years, not four, for Keynesian economics to finally work. Good luck with that silly argument.
“But should things improve somewhat over the next year, Obama will insist that his spending tonic is at last working, and he deserves another term to further nurse the recovering economy.
“It is that simple: Almost every campaign issue other than the economy either will be off the table or irrelevant — thanks largely to the past protocols of Barack Obama himself. “
Barry Rubin, Pajamas: West and East
Mr. Rubin is the new Middle East Editor for Pajamas…
“…Egypt’s revolution is thus also against pragmatism, which is seen as immoral. That’s what the “evil” Mubarak did, and President Anwar al-Sadat did before him. Pragmatism dictates that if you cannot defeat foreigners, you must accommodate to them. Yet pragmatism — starting with an honest view of reality; doing what works; avoiding what doesn’t; not being mired down into an ideological preconception or romantic martyrdom fantasy overriding results and experience — is the very foundation of Western success…”
“…The broader problem is that the Obamas of the West aren’t listening to the Sayyed Alis of the East. Obama thinks that the bad old era is over, with the overthrow of evil pro-American dictatorships and the dawn of a new democratic age:
“Too many leaders in the region tried to direct their people’s grievances elsewhere. The West was blamed as the source of all ills….Antagonism toward Israel became the only acceptable outlet for political expression. Divisions of tribe, ethnicity and religious sect were manipulated as a means of holding on to power, or taking it away from somebody else. But the events of the past six months show us that strategies of repression and strategies of diversion will not work anymore. –President Barack Hussein Obama, May 2011
“Yet tens of millions of Arabs and Muslims have a different view:
“No more negotiations, no more bargaining, no more subservience to the U.S., and no more of the accursed U.S. aid, which makes the blood of 86 million Egyptian cheap.—Sayyed Ali, August 2011.
“Obama hears, ‘We want freedom and peace! Democracy is the solution!’ The dominant voices in much of the Middle East are saying, ‘Down with America! Kill the Jews! Islam (or militant nationalism) is the solution!’ The voices in the Middle East will keep getting louder until someone in the West starts listening…”
James Taranto, WSJ: The Great Perserverator
“Are you sitting down? If not, you probably should be, because we have some stunning news: Barack Obama is giving a speech next week. “Obama plans to propose his new jobs plan in a prime time address to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, a week from today,” USA Today reports.
“As blogger Ed Morrissey notes, Obama previewed the blockbuster oration in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams:
“Williams: Let’s talk about another topic that’s part of the firmament here and everywhere. And that’s the economy. The New York Times said this weekend, “President Obama has another new plan on the economy. Now would be a good time to find out about it.” Do you have anything new on the economy? And while you’ve been away, we had a horrible GDP number last month.
“Obama: Well, look, we–we anticipated that the recovery was slowing. The economy is still growing, but it’s not growing as fast as it needs to. I’ve got things right now in–before Congress that we should move immediately. And I’ve said so before I went on vacation, and I’ll keep on saying when I–now that I’m back.
“Are you nodding off? Wait, there’s a punch line! That interview aired on Sunday, Aug. 29. How can that be, when today is Wednesday the 31st? The interview aired last year…”
Daily Caller: Allen West, TEA, & Cong. Black Caucus
The CBC has decided to make no response…
“In response to recent comments made by Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters that denigrate the tea party movement, Florida Republican Rep. Allen West — a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Tea Party Caucus — sent a letter to CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver Wednesday requesting that the body condemn such remarks.
“‘As Chairman of the CBC, I believe it is incumbent on you to both condemn these types of hate-filled comments, and to disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus from these types of remarks. Otherwise, I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization,’ West wrote…”
Daily Caller: Bankrupt Solyndra Solar Gave and Gave
“A solar energy company that intends to file for bankruptcy received $535 million in backing from the federal government and has a cozy history with Democrats and the Obama administration, campaign finance records show.
“Shareholders and executives of Solyndra, a green energy company producing solar panels, fundraised for and donated to the Obama administration to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars…”
Looking for Work
A doctor from Israel says: “In Israel the medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s
testicles; we put them into another man, and in 6 weeks he is looking for work.”
The German doctor comments: “That’s nothing, in Germany we take part
of the brain out of a person; we put it into another person’s head, and in 4 weeks
he is looking for work.”
A Russian doctor says: “That’s nothing either. In Russia we take out half of the heart
from a person; we put it into another person’s chest, and in 2 weeks he is looking for work.”
The U.S. doctor answers immediately: “That’s nothing my colleagues, you are way behind
us….in the USA, about 2 years ago, we grabbed a person from Kenya with no brains, no
heart, and no balls…we made him President of the United States , and now the whole country is looking for work.