CONTENTS: Next debate tomorrow, Dartmouth; CAIN wins; Geo Will – PA electoral reform; Brown gives tuition $; Steyn – American autumn; Solyndra economy; Wall St bought BO; Steyn – dead Mexicans; Hanson – renaissance coming; Charen – Mitt?; Codevilla –understanding BO; Cairo riots; Helprin – Islam; Klein/Elliott – Wall ST occupiers; AK Mimi Allin
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“Why don’t you move demonstrators to the White House?” Herman Cain
Next Debate: October 11th, Dartmouth
Race & religion?
“Republican hopefuls insist the 2012 White House race will hinge on the economy, but it is the conservative hot-button issues of race and religion that currently dominate the campaign.
“Frontrunner Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, which was debated at length when he ran for president in 2008, was decried as a “cult” by an evangelical supporter of his main challenger, Texas Governor Rick Perry.
“Race relations ensnared Perry after the Washington Post highlighted the fact that a hunting lodge his family rented for decades had, for many years, the abhorrent name “Niggerhead” emblazoned on a large rock at its entrance.
“The prominence already of race and religion, a full 13 months out from the general election, shows how important social issues are for conservatives as they choose a candidate to square off against President Barack Obama.
“Americans have always had a Christian president, and until Obama, they’ve always been white.
The issues remain prickly…”
Pre-debate coverage begins at 7pm ET
Location: Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH
Sponsor: Bloomberg, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV
Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney, Santorum
Alexis Levinson: Daily Caller: Cain Wins Midwest Leadership Poll
“…Cain pulled off a decisive win, garnering 52.6 percent of the vote and beating Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in her own backyard. Bachmann took a distant second place with 12.2 percent of the vote, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 11.1 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul attracted 10.7 percent of the vote while Texas Gov. Rick Perry got just 4 percent.
“Cain has had a strong few weeks. Several polls have had him leading the race for the GOP nomination, or tied for first, and an IBOPE Zogby poll released Thursday found Cain leading the Republican field by a staggering 20 percentage points…”
Maggie Astor, IBT: Cain – 20 Point Lead
“Herman Cain holds an astounding 20-point lead over Mitt Romney in a poll of Republican primary voters released Thursday, and he is in a statistical tie with President Obama.
“The Zogby Poll, which was conducted from Oct. 3-5, found that 38 percent of Republicans would vote for Cain, a Georgia businessman, if the primary elections were held today. Mitt Romney had 18 percent support, and Rick Perry and Ron Paul were tied with 12 percent support each.
“The rest of the candidates were in the low single digits, with Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman claiming 4 percent support each, Michele Bachmann 3 percent, Rick Santorum 1 percent and Gary Johnson less than 1 percent…”
Josh Lederman, The Hill: Cain Grabs Values Voters
Keep in mind, Ron Paul won the Straw Poll and is mad enough to lead a third party, reifying his delusions in order to save this country…
“While all the GOP presidential candidates received warm welcomes Friday at the Value Voter Summit, none of them were greeted with such a frenzy of excitement as Herman Cain.
“The audience at this convention for socially conservative voters leaped to their feet time and again, screaming and chanting along with the businessman who just weeks ago was largely unknown to voters, but has now climbed to the top tier of candidates in the presidential race.
“‘Let me tell you what the American people are saying. They don’t care about a kajillion dollars. America wants to raise some Cain, not raise more money,’ Cain said…”
George Will, WaPo: PA & Electoral College Reform
“Republicans supposedly revere the Constitution, but in its birthplace, Pennsylvania, they are contemplating a subversion of the Framers’ institutional architecture. Their ploy — partisanship masquerading as altruism about making presidential elections more “democratic” — will weaken resistance to an even worse change being suggested.
“Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature may pass, and the Republican governor promises to sign, legislation ending the state’s practice — shared by 47 other states — of allocating all of its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote. Pennsylvania would join Maine and Nebraska in allocating one vote to the winner in each congressional district, with the two remaining votes going to the statewide popular vote winner.”
“The 2012 Republican candidate might lose the statewide vote but carry, say, nine of the 18 congressional districts, cutting President Obama’s yield to 11 electoral votes. But if the Republican candidate carries nine of Pennsylvania’s 18 districts and the statewide vote — Obama’s Pennsylvania poll numbers are poor — Republicans will have cost themselves nine electoral votes, which would be condign punishment.
“Not since 1988 has a Republican carried Pennsylvania, a state described as Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama in between. ..”
See also http://lincolnradiojournal.com/
“(October 8, 2011 – October 14, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry talks with Christopher Nicholas of the Pennsylvania Business Council about Congressional and state legislative redistricting; Frank Gamrat and Eric Montarti have an Allegheny Institute Report on consolidating mass transit in Southwestern Pennsylvania; And, Scott Paterno has an Uncomfortable Truth commentary on changing the way Pennsylvania allocates its Presidential electoral votes.”
SFGate: Jerry Brown and Tuition for Illegals
“Sacramento — Thousands of California students in the country illegally will be eligible to receive state financial aid to attend public colleges, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday known as the California Dream Act…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: “American Autumn”
One of the best from one of our best!
“The zombie youth “occupying” Wall Street are contemptuous of the world that sustains their comforts.
Michael Oher, offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, was online on Wednesday night when his Twitter feed started filling up with tributes to Steve Jobs. A bewildered Oher tweeted: “Can somebody help me out? Who was Steve Jobs!”
“He was on his iPhone at the time.
“Who was Steve Jobs? Well, he was a guy who founded a corporation and spent his life as a corporate executive manufacturing corporate products. So he wouldn’t have endeared himself to the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, even though, underneath the patchouli and lentils, most of them are abundantly accessorized with iPhones and iPads and iPods loaded with iTunes, if only for when the drum circle goes for a bathroom break…”
WSJ: The Solyndra Economy
“The more we learn about the Solyndra solar-company debacle, the more the Obama Administration leaps to defend the $535 million loan guarantee. “There were going to be some companies that did not work out; Solyndra was one of them,” President Obama told reporters Thursday. Earlier in the week he told ABC News “if we want to compete with China, which is pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into this space . . . we’ve got to make sure that our guys here in the United States of America at least have a shot.”
And there you have America’s Solyndra economy, as the White House understands it: Washington allocates capital, and taxpayers pick up the tab if those choices go bust. “
Daily Caller: Wall Street Buys Obama
“Despite his rhetorical attacks on Wall Street, a study by the Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Project shows that President Barack Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including former President George W. Bush.
“In 2008, Wall Street’s largesse accounted for 20 percent of Obama’s total take, according to Reuters.
“When asked by The Daily Caller to comment about President Obama’s credibility when it comes to criticizing Wall Street, the White House declined to reply…”
Mark Steyn, Daily Caller: Dead Mexicans
“…’I mean, forget the United States Border Patrol guys that were killed about these ‘Fast & Furious’ guns. Real-live, or previously live, citizens of third world countries — the kind of people that NPR, The New York Times claim to love — are dead because of this.’
“‘Why isn’t that a national scandal?’ he pleaded. ‘This is absolutely a — Iran-Contra didn’t rack of that kind of body count. Watergate didn’t rack up that kind of body count. Sarah Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s mother, or whatever stupid story they were chasing around Wasilla for months, that didn’t rack up a body count. There were hundreds of dead Mexicans from a gun running program run by the United States.’”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: The Coming Post-BO Renaissance
“In every literary, historical or cinematic masterpiece, times must grow darkest before the sunrise and deliverance. Tolkien worked that classical theme to great effect. A sense of fatalism overtook a seemingly doomed Gondor — right before the overthrow of Barad-dûr and the dawn of a new age of men. The historian Herodotus, in literary fashion, also brilliantly juxtaposed the Greek collapse at Thermopylae (the Spartan King Leonidas’ head impaled on a stake), and the Persian firing of an abandoned Athens, with Themistocles’s sudden salvation of Western civilization at Salamis. In the classic Western film, hopelessness pervades until out of nowhere a Shane rides in…
“We are living in an age of such morality tales, though the depressing cycle reminds us that the gloom is hardly fiction or artistry. For those with a little capital there is only a sinking stock market. It seems to wipe out more of their 401(k)s each week, as if each month cancels out yet another year of prior thrift. Near zero interest means any money on deposit is only insurance, not any more a source of income. Millions are trapped in their unsold houses, either underwater or facing an end to any dreams of tapping equity by sale.
“And for the greater number without savings? Stagnant GDP, 9.1 unemployment, another $5 trillion in debt, $1.6 trillion annual deficits, and sky-high fuel and food prices have combined to crush any notion of upward mobility. (If in 2004 5.7% unemployment was supposed to mark a “jobless recovery,” what exactly is 9.1% called? If Bush’s average $500 billion deficits over eight years were abhorrent, what must we say of Obama’s average $1.6 trillion over three? Really bad?)
“In response, the Obama administration — let me be candid here — seems clueless, overpopulated as it is by policy nerds, academic overachievers, and tenured functionaries (cf. Larry Summers’ “there is no adult in charge”)…”
Mona Charen, NRO: Mitt?
“…To be fair, Romney, who was a good candidate in 2008, has become an excellent one in 2012. He’s knowledgeable, unflappable, and dignified. He doesn’t frighten independents and he may be the Republican party’s strongest nominee — and we simply must win in 2012.
“But for Romney to overcome the hesitation among conservatives, he needs to shed his excessive caution and boldly embrace a platform of profound reform. This is an epochal political year, pitting competing governing philosophies against one another in the starkest match-up since 1980. On entitlements, the great anchor dragging down the ship of state, Romney has been vague and timid.
“Romney’s literature promises that he will repeal Obamacare, yet his proposed reforms are not so much a bold departure from the top-down Obama approach as a promise to be a better manager. His website promises, “Mitt will use limited federal regulation to correct common failures in insurance markets, while eliminating counterproductive federal rules.” It’s proposals like that that make our hearts sink.”
Angelo Codevilla, Claremont: Understanding Obama
“…Obama is as close as one could imagine to a made-to-order front man for contemporary, upscale, shy-about-itself, nouveau socialism. From his earliest age, he shaped his dreams about himself to act out a character wholly fictitious, namely a black American from a humble background who rose up out of brilliance and merit, and who yearns to draw all of America’s low-born (plus the rest of mankind) up through the same paths. But he is none of that. Equally imaginary is his vaunted understanding of and sympathy for foreign cultures. A typical multiculturalist, Obama speaks no language other than a peculiar version of English. His native language, loves, and hates are common to some of the most leftist elements of the current American ruling class.
That class knows about America only that it must be changed, and looks at the vast majority of Americans the way carpenters look at warped pieces of lumber. Barack Obama is neither more nor less than its product and agent.”
Maggie Michael, MyWay: Cairo Riots – Christians vs. Muslims
“CAIRO (AP) – Massive clashes that drew in Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims, and Egyptian security forces raged over a large section of downtown Cairo Sunday night, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured, Health Ministry officials said. It was the worst violence since the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.
“The ongoing clashes lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square and the area around it, drawing in thousands of people. They battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes…”
“…Christians blame Egypt’s ruling military council for being too lenient on those behind a spate of anti-Christian attacks since the ouster of Mubarak. The Coptic Christian minority makes up about 10 percent of the country of more than 80 million people. As Egypt undergoes a chaotic power transition and security vacuum in the wake of this year’s uprising, Christians are particularly worried about the increasing show of force by the ultraconservative Islamists…”
Mark Helprin, Claremont: The Central Proposition about Islam
“…The Middle East has for centuries observed and struggled with the West, used and (however lamely) assimilated its technology, and dreamed of revanche. It has for more than half a century controlled a large share of the world’s most valuable energy resources; it has been organized into nation states for just as long; it has thrown off European suzerainty and repulsed superior militaries from the Atlantic to India; and it has learned the lessons of guerrilla warfare and insurgency from T.E. Lawrence, Mao Zedong, Frantz Fanon, and Ho Chi Minh. Not least, it has watched the power of the West decline relative to that of the rest of the world as the West slows in the growth of its economies, populations, and militaries, and as its mores by many objective measures, and certainly in the eyes of Islam, slide ever more into corruption and dissolution.
“These are the factors that America has blithely ignored in its belief that it can serve as “compulsion. But none of these is as influential and resistant as the culture of Islam, which is the rock upon which our central proposition can only shatter…
Aaron Klein & Brenda Elliott, WND: Protesters trashing park with ties to Bloomberg
“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s girlfriend serves on the board of directors for the private company that owns the park where Occupy Wall Street protesters have set up their home base, WND has learned.
“The protesters have reportedly been making a mess of Zuccotti Park, a public space that’s owned by a private financial giant, Brookfield Office Properties, Inc. The park, close to Wall Street, is named after Brookfield’s co-chairman, John Zuccotti.
“There isn’t much Brookfield can do to evict the protesters, since the park’s charter allows for 24-hour public access…”
Artist A. K. Mimi Allin
Thanks Michael Medved,
Mimi was reared in Exton, moved to Seattle when Exton became a strip mall, now lives on a $3000 sailboat, earns about $7000 per year, and takes no government assistance. She roams the streets and does on-site art that is meaningful to the shopkeepers. Mimi arranged a $100,000 piece of sculpture but elicited so many complaints that the sculpture was hauled away after being sold for $100.
She navigated her way around Mt. Rainier by throwing herself forward on the ground. She covered 1.2 miles every seven hours and has seen nine bears…they ignore her.
She thinks meaning is more important than money…Medved was incredulous, interviewed her for an hour, and liked her although he thought she’s crazy… I agree with him…meanwhile, Seattle has been “occupied” by similar people in a protest with no defined goals…This is a group the Ds want to coopt?
“The smells on the ground at Mount Rainier include french fries, vinegar, dresser drawers, and basements. Mimi Allin knows them all because she has been throwing herself down and getting back up—smashing her nose into the earth—all around the base of Mount Rainier for the last three months. It has been a slow, repeated regimen of collapsing-to-earth-and-rising-again in the name of art: a project Allin calls Tahoma Kora…”