CONTENTS: Corbett took Hbg; Herman up in Iowa; Ledeen – BO’s schemes; Philly Occupancy; American Occupancy?; Matera vs Biden; Gadhafi dead, Hillary giggles; Freind – Ackerman; Hanson – rail against reality; Generation zero; What a gov’t job costs; Cops train for DNC riots; Mexican truck enter Texas; DC salary $126,000; Cain’s press corps
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October 21, 1797: The Constitution is launched in Boston
October 21, 1879: Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric incandescent bulb (Bennett & Cribb ,2008)
“The great barber, Occam, would say it’s easy to understand: we’re governed by buffoons.” Michael Ledeen
TEA: Spring City Volunteers
“This weekend, Dave Adamski needs a few more volunteers to help distribute information in the Spring City area about our Tea Party. This job consists of going from door to door and hanging plastic bags of our pamphlets on the door knob.
“One of our goals is to seed a new Tea Party in that town, so this is a very worthy cause.
Please respond directly to Dave, at DAdamskiJr@comcast.net .
“Tell him the day and the time of day you can participate. Dave will get back to you with info on where to meet, and when. If you can only spare one hour, that’s fine. If you can do more, that’s even better. If you prefer to do it during the week, ask Dave. ..” Louis@APO146.com
PennLive: Corbett Took Over Harrisburg
“Gov. Tom Corbett early Thursday signed legislation allowing for the emergency state takeover of cash-strapped Harrisburg.
“The law will allow for the state to take the capital city’s checkbook away from its elected officials and hand it to a state-appointed manager. It would allow the governor to declare a state of fiscal emergency, which assures services such as police and fire protection would continue.
“Corbett said he remains a strong proponent of allowing municipal government to solve its own financial problems, but that the state must act to preserve public safety if local officials fail to act…”
Pretty Mitt but Brother Herman Leads in Iowa
One cannot be interrupted, the other cannot be pulled down…which one reminds us most of what we already have? Which one has deals and money, which one has values and the sense to recruit experts? Lady Liberty, if she has good sense, will give her hand to Mr. Cain…Coulter wants “Romney-Cain” … why not Cain-Romney? Why not Cain Santorum?
“Businessman Herman Cain is now leading the Republican presidential field in Iowa, the site of the first contest on the road to the nomination. A survey of likely caucus-goers shows Cain leading with 28 percent, followed by Mitt Romney at 21 percent and Rep. Ron Paul at 10, a Rasmussen Reports poll shows.
“However, when asked who had the best chance of defeating President Barack Obama, Romney edged out Cain by two percentage points…”
Michael Ledeen, PJM: What’s BO Up To?
“I don’t think bloggers are supposed to confess bafflement, but I’m gonna do it: I’m baffled. I don’t get it. Every time I think I’ve got a grip on this administration, they do something I just can’t deconstruct. Sure, Obama is a lefty with the knowledge of a typical liberal arts undergrad (not so much). I get that. And he’s now sealed into a very small compartment in which the handful of people he talks to tell him happy things like “all your decisions were the right ones.” No surprise there. But look at the odd — maybe even weird — stories that have floated out of the White House of late…”
Mike Dunn, CBS: Coming – Philadelphia Occupancy
To distract us from Philadelphia ACORN?
“PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter was reacting cautiously on Wednesday to word that national organizers of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ and similar protests across the country plan to gather in Philadelphia next summer.
“The plans are found in a document posted online by an ‘Occupy Wall Street’ working group, titled ‘The 99 Percent Declaration.’ The document proposes a National General Assembly to be held in Philadelphia starting on July 4th, 2012 and running through next October.
“The proposal says the Assembly would operate similarly to the original ‘Committees of Correspondence’ — the Founding Fathers who met in Philadelphia prior to what the group refers to as ‘the first American Revolution.’…”
The American Occupancy?
What’s Obama up to? Health care, gun runner, solar spending, immigration, Islam, and our spent military all line up with a revolution. Leftists, union members, and juveniles stir agitation. Obama takes cash “stimulants” to increase their ranks and the American media amplify the threat in order to scare the rest of us. He will also have 100,000 troops, disarmed by committee inaction and back from Iraq at the end of this year, troops who have sworn their willingness to fire on American citizens … BO then has his excuses and tools to declare an “emergency” and use them to cancel the next election…
Jason Matera, Human Events: Biden’s “Don’t screw around with me…”
Another elected narcissist with brain damage? Release his medical records…
“Vice President Joe Biden now says he didn’t make a reference to rape, and got testy with HUMAN EVENTS when we asked if he would like to retract his comments that the number of sexual assaults would increase if Republicans don’t sign on to Barack Obama’s latest ‘jobs’ proposal.
“‘I didn’t use, no no no…Let’s get it straight, guy. Don’t screw around with me,’ Biden lashed out at HUMAN EVENTS. Then Biden confirmed that he indeed did talk about rape in terms of the President’s spending measure. ‘Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,’ if the Democrats agenda isn’t passed, he added…”
AP: Gadhafi Murdered?; BO & Hillary Laugh
“Bloody images of Gadhafi’s last moments also cast a shadow over the celebrations, raising questions over how exactly he died. Video on Arab television stations showed a crowd of fighters shoving and pulling the goateed, balding Gadhafi, with blood splattered on his face and soaking his shirt.
“Gadhafi struggled against them, stumbling and shouting as the fighters pushed him onto the hood of a pickup truck. One fighter held him down, pressing on his thigh with a pair of shoes in a show of contempt.
Fighters propped him on the hood as they drove for several moments, apparently to parade him around in victory.
“‘We want him alive. We want him alive,’ one man shouted before Gadhafi was dragged off the hood, some fighters pulling his hair, toward an ambulance.
Later footage showed fighters rolling Gadhafi’s lifeless body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head. His body was then paraded on a car through Misrata, a nearby city that suffered a brutal siege by regime forces during the eight-month civil war that eventually ousted Gadhafi. Crowds in the streets cheered, “The blood of martyrs will not go in vain.”
Libyan leaders said it appeared that Gadhafi had been caught in the crossfire and it was unclear who fired the bullet that killed him.
Barry Rubin: Dictators and Lessons
“What can we learn from the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Qadhafi? First, we should note that he is the second Arab dictator to die in the last decade, the first being the Iraqi Saddam Hussein. Both met their demise due to direct Western intervention.
“There are three lessons for the region…”
Christopher Freind, PhillyMag: Hell Freezes Over – Ackerman Likes School Choice
“As we all know, weather forecasters are wrong much of the time. But you can’t hold them responsible for that wholly unpredictable icy blast felt this week.
“After all, it was Hell freezing over.
“That’s right. Seems Dante’s inferno took a dip in the cold, not coincidentally, at the exact same time that former Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman — a 43-year fixture in the public education establishment — called for comprehensive school choice as the primary means to improve education.
“Calling access to a quality education “the civil rights battle of our generation,” Ackerman penned a column in the Inquirer in which she lamented that it took her entire career to realize that true reforms would never originate from inside the system.
“Her words describe the problem perfectly:
“‘Real reform will never come from within the system because too many powers that be (the teachers’ union, politicians, consultants, vendors, etc.) have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo that is failing our children.’
“Dr. Ackerman then offered the solution that, while obvious to anyone with common sense, has been thus far impossible to achieve.
“‘Meaningful education reform must be forced upon the system from outside by giving parents of all income levels real choices about where their children go to school. That requires giving parents comprehensive school choice…’”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Railing Against Reality
“…Something had to give.
“And now it has. Federal and state budgets are near bankrupt. Countries like Greece and Italy face insolvency. The U.S. government resorts to printing money to service or expand entitlements. Near-zero interest rates, declining home prices, and huge losses in mutual funds and retirement accounts have crippled the middle classes.
“Bigger government, marvelous new inventions, and creative new investment strategies are not going to restore the once-taken-for-granted good life. Until “green” means competitive renewable energy rather than a con for crony capitalists, we are going to have to create and save capital by producing more of our own gas and oil, and relying more on nuclear power and coal.
“Westerners will have to work a bit longer and more efficiently, with a bit less redistributive government support. And they must confess that venture capitalists, hedge funds, and big deficit-spending governments are no substitute for producing themselves the real stuff of life that millions now take for granted — whether gas, food, cars, or consumer goods.
“Otherwise, a smaller, older, and whinier West will just keep blaming others as their good life slips away. So it’s past time to stop borrowing to import energy and most of the things we use but have given up producing — and get back to competing in the real world.”
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, RealClearMarkets: Generation O
“A paper forthcoming in the American Economic Journal Applied Economics found that graduating in a recession leads to earnings losses that last for 10 years after graduation.
“The authors, University of Toronto economics professor Philip Oreopoulos, Columbia University professor Till von Wachter, and economist Andrew Heisz of Statistics Canada, found that earnings losses are greater for new entrants to the labor force than for existing workers, who might see smaller raises, but who have jobs. In addition, recessions lead workers to accept employment in small firms that pay lower salaries…
“Young male graduates have been particularly adversely affected, with an unemployment rate of 11 percent, compared to 7.9 percent for women. Five years ago male graduates had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, and the rate for females was 4.5 percent
“How would Generation O fare if they remained in school, and earned a master’s degree? Not that much better. The unemployment rate for MA degree holders was 7.7 percent in 2010, up from 4.6 percent in 2005…”
Ralph Reiland, American Spectator: Gov’t Jobs Real Cost
“Today’s crop of central planners and big spending politicians could learn a thing or two about economics from Henry Hazlitt’s classic bestseller, Economics in One Lesson, published in 1946. Common sense doesn’t have an expiration date.
“‘There is no more persistent and influential faith in the world today than faith in government spending,’ Hazlitt wrote. ‘Everywhere government spending is presented as a panacea for all our economic ills. Is private industry partially stagnant? We can fix it all by government spending. Is there unemployment? That is obviously due to ‘insufficient private purchasing power.’ The remedy is just as obvious. All that is necessary is for the government to spend enough to make up the ‘deficiency.’’
“With ‘public works’ viewed primarily as a means of ‘providing employment,’ explained Hazlitt, an endless array of projects will be ‘invented’ by the government. The ‘usefulness’ of the final product or the likeliness of success of a project, whether it’s a bridge to nowhere or a bankrupt solar panel company, ‘inevitably becomes a subordinate consideration…’”
WCOSTV: Riot Trained Cops for DNC Convention
“‘It’s a very controlled, measured response with a lot of practice,’ Deputy Chief Harold Medlock said.
“Medlock is overseeing the training, which also includes hundreds of officers from nearby police and sheriff’s departments.
“It’s all very carefully choreographed. There’s a reason, for example, why they would move half a step at a time toward a group of protesters.
“‘The point of some of the tactics and the maneuvers that we use is to allow folks to have the time to do what we’re asking them to do,’ Medlock said.
“Chanting is part of the plan, too.
““We want them to hear us as we move and do the things that we need to do, so you’ll hear a lot of verbalization from our officers and one of the things you’ll hear is, ‘Move back!’” Medlock said…”
Julie Watson, Breitbart: Today – Mexican Trucks Enter Texas
“SAN DIEGO (AP) – The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days, but the Teamsters union and two California congressmen haven’t given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling.
U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Bob Filner joined Teamsters President James Hoffa at the border Wednesday to take a bipartisan stand against the pilot project that will allow approved Mexican trucks to come deep into the United States. The first one will enter Texas on Friday…”
DC Salaries – $126,000.00
“Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.
“The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046…”
Herman Cain Announced White House Press Representative
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