CONTENTS: Insurance deadline; Super Committee deals; Perry – no fence; CA $ for illegal college; Libya goes Islam; Rebels round up blacks; Dowd – BO plans; WH knew fast & Furious; Freind – PA GOP/Casey; Freind baseball; Ayers/Obama; DeMint – hold the line; MilBlogs; 250K WLeaks; Will’s ?’s; Hanson – alienate employers; Wehner – racism; MKL – wrong quote
Announcements at p.7 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
September 5, 1882: 10,000 workers in New York City marched in the first Labor Parade (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
September 6th: National Insurance Card Deadline
“The Obama Administration may soon require all citizens to have a federally-imposed national patient ID card. The deadline for your comments is Tuesday, September 6 – the day after Labor Day.
“This ‘machine-readable’ patient ID card (and perhaps number) would allow implementation of the controversial national health data system — the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) — to which President Obama appropriated $23 billion in the ‘economic stimulus’ bill. The NHIN is a ‘network of networks’ made by connecting State health information exchanges with federal software. Comprehensive private medical and mental health data could be electronically linked on any and all patients using the card within the State health information exchange. The government and others — a total of 2.2 million entities according to the federal government — could access patient data without patient consent for the purpose of intruding in the confidential patient-doctor relationship and rationing care.
“Take this opportunity to say NO.”
Go to http://regulations.gov. Select “Open for Comment/Submission” Enter CMS-0032-IFC as the Keyword or ID. Click “Submit a Comment.” The name of the proposed rule is, “Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Operating Rules for Eligibility for a Health Plan and Health Care Claims Status Transaction.”
Patriots of SE Michigan.
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/
More at https://constitution.hillsdale.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=645Register at http://constitution.hillsdale.edu/
Thanks, Patriots of SE Michigan!
ATTENTION ALL PENNSYLVANIA TEA PARTIES
Pennsylvanians need to communicate to the PA State Republican Party, aka State Committee, that nothing less than a return to Republican Party principles will be tolerated by the PA Republican electorate.
The PA GOP leadership continues with their establishment politics of endorsing candidates in primaries to protect their status quo and will continue to deny the Republican voters of Pennsylvania their RIGHT to choose the leaders that they want to represent them.
It is time to show PA GOP leadership that the voting Republicans CAN UNDERSTAND, DO UNDERSTAND, and WILL NOT STAND for leadership making the voting decisions in the State of Pennsylvania and taking away the voice of the voters.
We are asking constituents from every county in Pennsylvania to attend the General Republican Meeting on Saturday September 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Harrisburg Hilton, 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA, and personally experience the disdain that PA GOP leadership has for their fellow Republicans. Please understand, the ”leadership” is not elected.
Please join with fellow Republican voters in unity to make a stand against the strong-arm tactics of the Pennsylvania GOP leadership.
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org if attending
Paul Weinstein, RCP: Super Committee Deals
One GOP defector crashes our dreams…
“Negotiators need only corral seven of the twelve members (50 percent plus one) to send any deal straight to the floor of both houses of Congress … a closer look reveals that, despite the nation’s pessimism, there are several reasons to believe that the 12-member supercommittee may be able to implement a plan that sets the nation back on track. The setup has been rigged to force a deal … the American public is hungry for a grand bargain. According to a recent poll, 60 percent of Americans say the committee should compromise, even if the deal is something they personally don’t agree with. Even if you break the participants down by party ID, a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents support a deal … If seven member of the supercommittee can agree on a plan, the proposal will go directly to both the House and the Senate for an up or down vote, without any opportunity for amendments. And that means that Congress’ arcane procedures will not be able to scuttle any negotiated settlement.”
Steve Peoples, My Way: Perry – No Border Fence
“‘No, I don’t support a fence on the border,’ he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. ‘The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.’
“Instead, Perry said he supported ‘strategic fencing’ and National Guard troops to prevent illegal immigration and violence from Mexican drug cartels…”
Wyatt Buchanan, SF Chronicle: Illegals to Get Public $$ for School
“Sacramento — Undocumented college students in California would be eligible to receive publicly funded financial aid under a controversial bill that passed the Legislature on Friday and that now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it.
“The bill, AB131, known as the Dream Act, allows students who have graduated from high school after attending at least three years in California to apply for the Cal Grant program that pays for tuition, fees, books and living expenses for lower-income students…”
Washington Times: Libya to Go Islam?
Where’s the surprise?
“U.S. officials said spy agencies are stepping up surveillance of Islamist-oriented elements among Libyan rebels. A government report circulated Tuesday said extremists were observed “strategizing” on Internet forums about how to set up an Islamist state in Libya after the regime of Col. Gadhafi is defeated.
“Several forum participants have suggested that, following a transitional stage, the battle should turn against secularist rebels and members of the [rebels’] Transitional National Council…”
AP: Libyan Rebels Round Up Blacks
“TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.
“Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers, and in most cases there is no evidence that they are lying. But that is not stopping the rebels from placing the men in facilities like the Gate of the Sea sports club, where about 200 detainees — all black — clustered on a soccer field this week, bunching against a high wall to avoid the scorching sun…”
Maureen Dowd, NYT: BO’s Plans
“…On the razor’s edge of another recession; blocked at every turn by Republicans determined to slice him up at any cost; starting an unexpectedly daunting re-election bid; and puzzling over how to make a prime-time speech about infrastructure and payroll taxes soar, maybe President Obama is wishing that he had thrown the game.
“The leader who was once a luminescent, inspirational force is now just a guy in a really bad spot…
“The White House team is flailing — reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It’s repugnant.
“After pushing and shoving and caving to get on TV, the president’s advisers immediately began warning that the long-yearned-for jobs speech wasn’t going to be that awe-inspiring…”
Daily Caller: White House Knew about Fast & Furious
“The heated Congressional investigation into the botched Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program Operation Fast and Furious reached a whole new level on Friday.
“New emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times appear to show senior Obama administration and White House officials were briefed on the gun-walking operation…”
Christopher Freind, Philly Mag: Obama Needs PA to Win…But GOP Choices for President and PA US Senate Are Slim
“What does it say about the Republican Party that, heading into what should be a banner year, it has only two top-tier presidential candidates (and as of two weeks ago, just one)?
And in the all-important electoral swing state of Pennsylvania, there remains no frontrunner to take on vulnerable freshman senator Bob Casey? As a matter of fact, not only isn’t there a “big name” challenger, there is only one announced candidate, only months before the April primary. (Marc Scaringi, a former Rick Santorum staffer).
“Oh, the Party hierarchy is working hard, doing everything in its power to recruit a wealthy businessman who could self-fund the race, which is codespeak for them not wanting to do their job. Their qualification for Party support? “How big of a check can you write?”
“To the business-as-usual establishment, policy positions don’t matter, nor does damn near anything else. Irrelevant is one’s knowledge of the issues, and how well that person can articulate those positions.
“How long have you been a Republican, and how closely aligned to the GOP platform are you? Can you relate to the voters? Will you run the campaign the way it must be run to win — aka visiting all 67 counties in the dead of winter? And are you a candidate of good character?
“All secondary to the Party establishment. The only thing that matters is the size of your wallet. And that is a major reason why Bob Casey, despite plummeting approval numbers, still maintains the advantage…”
Christopher Freind, Philly Mag: Texas Ranger Statue for Stupidity? Careless about Car Crashes?
“In a terrible display of judgment, the Rangers decided to memorialize the fan who died attempting to catch a foul ball by placing a life-size bronze statue of him and his son at the home plate entrance to the ballpark.
“Why would they do such an incredibly idiotic thing, one which only serves to sanction a wholly avoidable mistake and reward bad judgment?
“Rangers President Nolan Ryan explained: ‘We feel that this statue will be a most fitting tribute… It will not only serve to honor Mr. Stone’s memory, but also to recognize Rangers fans and baseball fans everywhere.’
“Ryan should stick to pitching, because that may just be the dumbest rationale possible.
Alfred Regnery, American Spectator: Ayers and Obama … “All in this together”
“The American Spectator has developed information that demonstrates, without any doubt, that Ayers and Dohrn have spent a lifetime advocating and practicing the strategies and tactics of Marxism. That includes the violent overthrow of the United States government. It also involves treasonous cooperation with revolutionary Communist governments in China, North Vietnam, and Cuba during the 1960s and ’70s and, until the fall of the Eastern Bloc, governments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. But unlike many of their compatriots from those days of violence and turmoil, Ayers and Dohrn are completely unrepentant about their past activities. To this day, they continue to support destruction of the American free enterprise system and its replacement with a Marxist utopia.
“What, then, is the relationship between these two hard-core leftist revolutionaries and the president of the United States, and why is it important?
“It is important…”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: DeMint – “Hold the Line on Budget”
Meanwhile, Senator DeMint holds a Labor Day GOP Forum … Mitt won’t be there…
“It’s possible, at least theoretically, to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination without the support of South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint. But nobody wants to risk it.
DeMint has emerged as a key power broker in the 2012 Republican contest. His clout extends far beyond his home state; through some carefully planned visits, he has now become a player in Iowa and New Hampshire. But it is in South Carolina, home of the first-in-the-South primary, that DeMint rules the political roost…”
MilBlogs … by combat area and/or branch of service
250,000 More WikiLeaks
We can blame the Wiki people or we can concentrate on what the documents reveal about our State Department…
George Will, WaPo: Questions for the Candidates
For Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman… And for all of them, “Raise your hand if you believe string theory explains the origin and nature of the universe.”
Victor Davis Hanson, Pajamas: The Psych of Alienating Employers
“Zero jobs last month — a net change of zero job growth? It was just announced that last month’s unemployment is still above 9% — despite the nearly five trillion dollars in Keynesian pump-priming, the near zero interest rates, the expanded unemployment and food stamp support, and the government takeovers and subsidies of businesses. There is a scary sort of deer-in-the-headlights look about Obama and Biden that is quite disturbing, as if they are thinking, ‘This was not supposed to happened (sic) to us. Geithner, Goolsbee, Orszag, Romer, Summers assured us that all this borrowing would turn things around — but they are all gone or leaving, so now we are alone?’…”
Peter Wehner, Commentary: “Racism” w/o Evidence
“…Beyond that, though, is something more pernicious: the suggestion, which we hear more and more of these days, that opposition to President Obama is based on racist views. At the outset of his administration, some of us predicted this would happen once Obama encountered rough political waters. Still, this needs to be said: to hurl the charge of racism without any evidence is slanderous. The GOP’s opposition to Obama is rooted in profound political and philosophical disagreements; Republicans believe he is championing policies injurious to our nation. They may be wrong, but that does not make them malevolent…”
WaPo: The King Memorial … the Quote Is Wrong
“…The quotation reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” On first reading, it seems an odd choice, both for its obscurity — “I have a dream,” for example, is nowhere in the monument — but also its inscrutability. What did Dr. King mean by “drum major”? Without context, this part of the monument is baffling.
“With context, as a column by The Post’s Rachel Manteuffel on the opposite page last week made clear, it gets worse. Read the 5,000-word sermon from which the quote was taken, and you find that the import is almost the opposite of what the civil rights leader intended…”