CONTENTS: Cain won FL, Mitt Michigan; Look past early primaries; PA voter ID; Schroder – Casinos; EPA takes House pages; Obama’s racist campaign; DOJ hires; GPS/Net neutrality; BO repeal NCLB; Santorum & insurance; BO and Soros; StingRay watches your phone; Cheating Illegals; Texas DREAM; Mitt or Rick; Issa – special prosecutor; Steyn- global bust-up; Hanson – good life ends
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September 26, 1777: British troops occupy Philadelphia
September 26, 1789: George Washington named Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Bennett & Cribb (2008)
“Redistribution of wealth rather than emphasis on its creation is surely a symptom of aging societies.” Victor Davis Hanson
Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times: Herman Cain Won FL Straw
“ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain won the Presidency 5 straw poll here Saturday, delivering a blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s front-runner status and a victory for a candidate who has struggled to transform his grass-roots popularity into strong showings in national polls.
“Mr. Cain received 37 percent of the more than 2,600 votes cast…”
The Hill: Romney Won Michigan Straw Poll
“…Romney received 51 percent of the 681 votes cast reports National Journal…”
Kasie Hunt, Breitbart: Perry, Romney Look Beyond Early-Voting States
“MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) – Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are the only two Republican presidential candidates who can afford to spend their time and money in states that aren’t first on the primary calendar.
“That helps explain their appearances Saturday in Michigan, where GOP voters will have their say in 2012, but only after Iowa, New Hampshire and several other states that second-tier contenders must win to survive.
“‘It’s really about these two up here,’ said Jase Bolger, the speaker of Michigan’s House of Representatives.
“Compare that with 2007, when the Michigan gathering drew seven presidential candidates.
“For Romney, a Michigan native, the event was a homecoming. His father was governor and Romney, set to speak Saturday evening, spent summers on Mackinac as a child at the governor’s summer residence…”
Voter Fraud: ID Card for PA?
I doubt that an ID card will slow down things in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh…unless it’s a tattoo on voter bellies…
“Regular Session 2011-2012: House Bill 934
“Short Title: An Act amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election Code, in preliminary provisions, defining “proof of identification”; in the Secretary of the Commonwealth, providing for requirements relating to voter identification; and, in preparation for and conduct of primaries and elections, further providing for manner of applying to vote, persons entitled to vote, voter’s certificates, entries to be made in district register, numbered lists of voters and challenges.
“Prime Sponsor: Representative METCALFE
“Last Action: Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, June 28, 2011 [Senate]
“Printer’s No. 2166, 1805, 1003”
LincolnRadioJournal.com: Curt Schroder, Casino Gaming
Program 11-38 (Broadcast on WNTP and WFIL…)
(September 24, 2011 – September 30, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with State Representative Curt Schroder of Chester County on reforming the state’s casino gaming system; Joe Geiger of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations has Bets McManus of Leadership Cumberland in the Nonprofit Spotlight; And, Scott Paterno has an Uncomfortable Truth commentary on the role of money and consultants in political campaigns.
pompeo.house.gov / House Pages Adopted by EPA
WASHINGTON, DC – In early August, a news report appeared on the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives’ decision to end its 200-year-old Page Program. While many news outlets reported on that development, this particular story simultaneously highlighted news of the expansion of a different youth intern program. The same day the U.S. House announced the end of its Page Program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced quietly—only through its Environmental Justice listserv—the expansion of and application guidelines for what it calls the “Environmental Justice Eco-Ambassador Program.” The requirements outlined the EPA’s stated desire to recruit and hire, at taxpayer expense, only those college students who are ideologically in line with the Obama Administration’s radical environmental policies.
In direct response to this disturbing revelation, Freshman Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04), a Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, today introduced a bill (H.R. 2876) which prohibits EPA from establishing any paid internships or other student recruitment programs that discriminate based on ideology or policy viewpoint.
Peter Wallsten, WaPo: Obama’s Racist Campaign
“…Today, the political realities of a sputtering economy, a more polarized Washington and fast-sinking presidential job approval ratings, particularly among white independents, are forcing the Obama campaign to adjust its tactics.
“Operation Vote will function as a large, centralized department in the Chicago campaign office for reaching ethnic, religious and other voter groups. It will coordinate recruitment of an ethnic volunteer base and push out targeted messages online and through the media to groups such as blacks, Hispanics, Jews, women, seniors, young people, gays and Asian Americans…”
PJM: Socialist Hires in DoJ
“…The Justice Department is forbidden by federal law from hiring employees based on political affiliation. Yet the resumes revealed the following ideological breakdown among the new hires:
“Leftist lawyers: 113
“Moderate, non-ideological, or conservative lawyers: 0.
“That represents the basest headline for the series, the matter-of-fact evidence that should lead any reasonable observer to believe the DOJ has employed an illegal political litmus test during the interview process. But the “Every Single One” series has provided additional benefits: the results present the inherent flaw in leftism’s perversion of the term “civil rights,” while providing a real world example of the flawed belief actualized. Additionally, the “Every Single One” series presents ramifications that reach far beyond the individuals most directly affected by DOJ activity.
“We hope not to understate it: this perversion of ‘civil rights’ is the beating heart of leftism itself…”
Malkin: GPS and Net Neutrality
“If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra solar company bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious border gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever.
“Welcome to LightSquared. It’s a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP Sen. Jim DeMint’s apt phrase), campaign finance influence-peddling and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one.
“The company is building “a state-of-the”…-art open wireless broadband network.” Competition in the industry is a good thing, of course. But military, government and civilian aviation experts have long objected to LightSquared’s potential to interfere with the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network. As the government’s own Positioning, Navigation and Timing agency explained:
“The GPS community is concerned because testing has shown that LightSquared’s ground-based transmissions overpower the relatively weak GPS signal from space. Although LightSquared will operate in its own radio band, that band is so close to the GPS signals that most GPS devices pick up the stronger LightSquared signal and become overloaded or jammed.”
See also, Malkin’s “Government Loans to Nowhere”
Chester (Checker) Finn, NRO: BO’s Repeal of No Child Left Behind
“The Obama administration’s new waiver plan (officially here, and covered extensively here, here, and here– and elsewhere, I’m sure) doesn’t officially repeal the No Child Left Behind Act, but it is tantamount to making large-scale amendments to it. Which it does unilaterally, without even a thumbs-up from Congress.
“Though the specific conditions that the White House and Secretary Duncan are attaching to statewide “flexibility waivers” are consistent with the administration’s long-standing “blueprint” for reauthorizing NCLB, and also happen to be conditions that I think generally have merit, they amount to changing the law, not just waiving it. This raises constitutional as well as statutory issues — though the administration’s response, not surprisingly or implausibly, is that “if a do-nothing Congress won’t act to solve problems, we’ll solve them ourselves as best we can.”
“Yet the changes themselves — at least their timing and high-profile release — are motivated at least as much by election-year political considerations as by policy…”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: Santorum a Fool about Insurance Sales
“Rick Santorum, in his day the U.S. senator I most admired, is an embarrassment as a no-hoper presidential candidate — and nowhere has that been more painfully evident than in his attempt to characterize Rick Perry as being soft on illegal immigration. Last night, he ridiculed a health-insurance initiative Governor Perry had supported for the benefit of those living on the Texas–Mexico border. ‘He gave a speech in 2001 in which in talked about ‘binational health insurance’ between Mexico and Texas,’ Santorum said. ‘I don’t think even Barack Obama would be in favor of binational health insurance.’ This was followed by thunderous applause from an audience that clearly didn’t know anything more about the issue than Santorum does…”
Brenda Elliott, KleinonLine: Obama in Lock-step with Soros
“The photo on the left taken at a UN event yesterday has sparked controversy online as to whether POTUS was waving when it was taken or if the picture has been photoshopped. The juvenile egocentric act has been confirmed as real.
“What should have sparked real controversy is the story behind the photograph, the launch of a new George Soros-endorsed global organization of which Obama is a co-chair.
“Speaking at the launch of the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, Obama delivered a message ripped straight from the pages of the George Soros ‘open society’ playbook.
“Obama said “open societies, economies and governments make the ‘strongest foundation for human progress.’”
Daily Caller: StingRay Watches Your Phone
“For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.” Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device – a stingray – were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest.
Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it’s not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response to inquiries.
“Stingrays are one of several new technologies used by law enforcement to track people’s locations, often without a search warrant. These techniques are driving a constitutional debate about whether the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, but which was written before the digital age, is keeping pace with the times.”
Chester County homeowners, restaurants, construction companies, and farmers make profits because of illegal workers. And colleges are always interested in new students, regardless of academic background or ability … even kids who take remedial classes for a year but never return. And we’ve endorsed the myth that college is needed for vocational success. We also like them in our military. We like them paying into Social Security. And we already pay for their health care through ERs, attorneys through county taxes, and public schools through real estate taxes. I suspect the folks in Texas have made a decision that eventually be embraced by the folks in Chester County, the same folks who never had enough children of their own but bitch about kids from the brown folks from the Middle East and Mexico. Do we need to be saved from our invaders or from ourselves? It’s probably too late to make a choice…
Bryan Preston, PJM: The Texas DREAM Act
“In 2001, the Texas legislature and Gov. Perry passed the Texas DREAM Act. There were only four dissenting votes in the legislature, but the measure has now become a football in the presidential campaign. The Texas DREAM Act is not like the national DREAM Act that the Democrats keep pushing, and which deservedly keeps failing. The national DREAM Act is essentially an amnesty and would put millions of illegal aliens on the glide path toward citizenship and voting. The Texas DREAM Act deals narrowly with a subset of the illegal aliens living here who were brought across the border as children by their parents, and who have been here for years and stayed out of trouble. Having grown up in Texas, they are essentially Texans and only know the Lone Star State as their home. Texas’ DREAM Act gives them in-state tuition rates at Texas public colleges and universities. The fact that they shouldn’t be here because their parents broke the law and continue to break the law is countered by the fact that they are here — the question then is, what does the state do about that? With no national will to deport en masse, and with no Washington will to do anything but decrease border enforcement for political reasons, what do states like Texas do?
“One thing they can do is try to turn off the magnets that attract illegal aliens, such as sanctuary cities. In the 2011 session of the Texas legislature, the issue of sanctuary cities came up but wasn’t dealt with in any finality. Gov. Perry even added sanctuary cities to a special session to force the lege to move, but the bill ultimately failed. So Houston, Austin, and other large Texas cities remain magnets for illegal aliens, in violation of federal laws that are on the books, but which aren’t enforced. These cities tend to be run by Democrats, blue dots in Texas’ red sea, and they have created these sanctuary policies largely due to politics and expediency. The majority of Texans across ethnic lines oppose sanctuary cities, but major money interests within both parties, and the Democrat left, support them for various reasons. The left sees the demographic shift associated with illegal immigration, chain migration, and eventual amnesty as their ticket back to power in Texas. The money interests, frankly, want to keep the border open because it draws in cheap labor.(emph added, JB) The Texas taxpayer is less than an afterthought…”
Kyle-Ann Shriver, PJM: Mitt or Rick?
“…Rick Perry came from genuine hardscrabble roots. Perry wasn’t a bookworm; he became an Eagle Scout instead of the teacher’s pet. But Perry’s no slouch in the brains department. One does not get certified to fly big jets for the U.S. Air Force without some heavy-duty brain power. All in all, Perry seems to have opted for learning the things that apply to real life, while perhaps shunning those things preferred by the eggheads in academia.
“It seems more than a little naïve for Governor Romney to see himself as the more easily electable candidate in a face-off with Barack Obama. Evidently, Mitt has hung around most of his life amongst the shallow-civility crowd and does not even see the class-warfare and anti-Mormon dirt that Obama will soon be hurling his way – if he is the nominee.
“With each new peek at Romney’s electability card, it looks more and more like a joker to Perry’s legitimately earned hand of four aces. I can’t help thinking that if it weren’t for Romney’s millions bankrolling his own campaign his poor odds of electability would have shown themselves as the joker they are – long before now.
“The stakes could not be higher in this election. And the last thing I want is to be taking Romney’s joker-filled hand to the table against the vilest cards-up-the-sleeve politician ever to stride up to the table.
“It’s America’s High Noon.
“I’m betting on the hand with four aces.”
Michael Walsh, NY Post: Issa Wants Special Prosecutor
If Holder were defending himself against impeachment, would he still have time to investigate complaints of voter fraud?
“The stench from Washington is getting stronger. Rep. Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the festering mess known as Operation Fast and Furious.
“Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to “walk” from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico: Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels.
“The (dumb) idea was to trace cross-border arms trafficking, and so prove the (false) claim that 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexican drug war zones originate in the US. (The real figure is closer to 17 percent.) But, as Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform committee continues its investigation, that pretension has evaporated — and a major international scandal has been born…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: Global Bust-Up
“The question to ask is: What’s holding the joint up? In the case of the global economy, the answer is: Not much. The developed world’s combined economic-growth rate for 2012 is projected to be under 2 percent — and that’s a best-case scenario in times that don’t warrant much optimism. As its own contribution to the end of the world as we know it, the Obama administration has just released a document called “Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future: The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction.” If you’re curious about the first part of the title — “Living Within Our Means” — Veronique de Rugy pointed out at National Review that under this plan debt held by the public will grow from just over $10 trillion to $17.7 trillion by 2021. In other words, the president’s definition of “Living Within Our Means” is to burn through the equivalent of the entire German, French, and British economies in new debt between now and the end of the decade…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Why Does the Good Life End?”
“A Look Back
“People just don’t disappear. Look at Germany in 1946 or Athenians in 339 B.C. They continue, but their governments and cultures end. Aside from the dramatic military implosions of authoritarian or tribal societies — the destruction of Tenochtitlan, the end of Nazism, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the annexation of tribal Gaul — what brings consensual states to an end, or at least an end to the good life?
“The city-states could not stop 30,000 Macedonians in a way — when far poorer and 150 year earlier — they had stopped 300,000 Persians descending on many of the same routes. The French Republic of 1939 had more tanks and troops on the Rhine than the Third Reich that was busy overrunning Poland. A poorer Britain fought differently at el-Alamein than it does now over Libya. A British battleship was once a sign of national pride; today a destroyer represents a billion pounds stolen from social services.
“Redistribution of wealth rather than emphasis on its creation is surely a symptom of aging societies. Whether at Byzantium during the Nika Riots or in bread and circuses Rome, when the public expects government to provide security rather than the individual to become autonomous through a growing economy, then there grows a collective lethargy…”