CONTENTS: Kirsanow questions; York – RomneyCare; BO shuts off radio/TV; Cain leads; Jindal beat nine; TEA & Diversity; US of Mexico?; 3 years, $4 trillion; HBG cancelled holiday parade; Steyn – 4th grade econ; OWS Whites; Four Pinocchios for Biden; CA Dems scramble for $$; McCarthy – islamophobia; Tunisia’s Arab spring; Lady MacBeth & Libya; Ryan open to VP; Obama’s Syrian Islamists; Islam & DoJ; Klein – Chinese expansionism; Mitt’s hair
Announcements at p. 10 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
October 24, 1781: Congress in Philadelphia heard reports of the Cornwallis surrender and moved to a church to give thanks. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
Peter Kirsanow, NRO: Today’s Questions for BO
In a December, 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, you graded your own job performance as ‘a good, solid B+.’ You added that ‘if I get health care passed, we tip into A-.’
Obamacare has since passed.
The ‘”misery index” today is at its highest level in 28 years.
The unemployment rate has been above 9 percent for 27 of the last 29 months.
Long-term unemployment is at its highest level in more than 70 years.
The national debt is $14.8 trillion — nearly $5 trillion more than four years ago.
The federal deficit is $1.3 trillion — more than eight times higher than four years ago.
Federal spending is $3.57 trillion — nearly $1 trillion more than four years ago.
The United States’ credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history.
You spent $814 billion on a stimulus program so unemployment wouldn’t rise above 8 percent and would drop to 6.5 percent by today. Since then, unemployment has never dropped below 8 percent and is 9.1 percent today.
A record 45 million Americans (nearly one in seven) use the food-stamp program — 20 million more than four years ago.
A record 3.8 million foreclosures were filed last year.
“Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.
“In an interview with Jake Tapper a few days ago, you didn’t give yourself a specific grade but stated that you “believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones.” Is it correct to assume, then, that you were actually shooting for the above results?
“What might the above figures be if you had made just one wrong choice? What would the above figures have to be in order for you to give yourself a ‘D’ ?
“How long was the wait list for your constitutional-law class?
Byron York, Washington Examiner: RomneyCare & the GOP
“There’s a big disconnect between Mitt Romney and many Republicans over the Massachusetts health plan known as Romneycare. The Romney campaign believes questions about the plan have been asked and answered and there is little left to talk about. Some Republicans — it’s not clear how many, but a significant number — believe the discussion hasn’t even started.
‘It’s a situation some Romney aides find baffling. “When people look back at this race, it will be interesting to see the amount of time the other candidates wasted talking about the Massachusetts health plan,” says top Romney strategist Stuart Stevens. On the other side are those who nodded in approval when the Wall Street Journal editorial page, discussing Tuesday’s Republican debate in Las Vegas, noted that, “After seven debates and many more missed opportunities, the other GOP candidates finally pressed Mitt Romney on his Massachusetts health care record in a serious way.”
“Much of the arguing over Romneycare has consisted of Republicans accusing Romney of wanting to impose his Massachusetts plan on the entire nation, a la Obamacare. Less explored is the question of whether Romneycare, which up to now has been popular in Massachusetts, is a recipe for disaster that will inevitably lead to some combination of rationing, price controls and higher taxes. That would be a significant blot on Romney’s record on whether he saw it as a national model…”
Brody, Tea Party Nation: Narcissists on My Chimney
“…The problem with self-lovers is their need for dominance and attention and my need to keep them at a distance. ‘You admired me five minutes ago, do you still admire me?’ Would Ann like Mitt quite so much if she shared a kitchen table or a bedroom with him? Or would one of them chatter the other into leaving early for work and coming home late?
“Fortunately, I can limit their impact on me … I charge them money to talk to me or I pick the moments when I move closer to them. For example, I don’t read every column by Ann Coulter. I enjoyed Demonic but I rarely carry it with me. She would be fun for lunch but not for dinner every night.
“Mitt Romney wants to be my president but I already have a self-lover in the White House and I’ve been trapped with him for four years, watching him make bad decisions, lie about what he did, trash our morals, and give my money to his friends…”
Rich Lowry, NRO: Romney – Proficient but Unloved.
“It might have been Mitt Romney’s most revealing moment in all the Republican debates. Badgered by Texas governor Rick Perry, who was continually interrupting him, Romney appealed to CNN moderator Anderson Cooper to reassert the rules of the debate: “Anderson?”
“That one-word plaint could stand for all of Romney’s straight-arrowness. It is a virtue and a curse…”
Buck Sexton, TheBlaze: November 9th, 2 PM – BO Shuts Off Radio/TV
“If you have ever wondered about the government’s ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th.
On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
This isn’t a wild conspiracy theory. The upcoming test is posted on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website…”
Seth McLaughlin, Wash. Times: Brother Herman Leads in Nevada (and Illinois)
“LAS VEGAS — The good news continued for Herman Cain Friday, as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant fifth place.”
Mr. Cain, whose longshot campaign got a major boost by winning a major Florida straw poll last month, received nearly 31 percent of the vote and Mr. Romney pulled in nearly 29 percent of the vote. Mr. Gingrich, who has also risen in recent national polls after his campaign’s shaky start, secured more than 20 percent of the vote. Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished with about 10 percent, Mr. Perry received almost 4 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota received just 1 percent…”
Melinda Deslatte, Daily Caller: Bobby Jindal Beat Nine Challengers
“BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It was a landslide win by any measure.
“Gov. Bobby Jindal had a cakewalk into a second term, turning back nine challengers who couldn’t muster name recognition or significant financing to put up a major challenge.
“It was an uncommon turn of events in a state where gubernatorial races usually are spirited and high-spending affairs.
“And since Louisiana went to an open-primary system in 1975, it was the most lopsided primary victory in a governor’s race…”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: Jindal “Storm Calmer”
“…Such is Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s record that almost no one in the Bayou State wants to challenge it. Somehow, his achievements have triggered a complete implosion of Democratic gubernatorial ambitions in a state that has had four Republican governors in 125 years, and that’s including Buddy Roemer, who was elected as a Democrat but switched parties while in office…”
Brennan & Sullivan, National Journal: TEA Amplified Diversity
Cain, West, Labrador, Scott, Rubio, Cruz…
“…Cain’s rise in the polls has been fueled primarily by the tea party, a movement that—intentionally or not—has diversified the Republican Party, helping to elect a string of high-profile minorities who have become national stars on the right. And it wasn’t easy. The emergence of conservative sensations such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Cain took place in the face of active resistance from the Republican establishment.
“After the 2010 wave election, Republicans saw the number of minorities in their ranks in Congress and governors’ mansions jump from three to 14. And most of these candidates, from Rep. Tim Scott and Gov. Nikki Haley in South Carolina to Rep. Raul Labrador in Idaho, caught a tailwind of antiestablishment fervor.
“The biggest roadblocks to these challengers often were within their own party..”
Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times: “United States of Mexico?”
“American students now pledge allegiance to Mexico. They sing its national anthem. And it is sanctioned by the state of Texas. Sound absurd? It is. Last month in a Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas, students recited the Mexican pledge of allegiance and were instructed to memorize the Mexican anthem. Moreover, they had to wear red, white and green – the colors of the Mexican flag – as they fulfilled their class assignment. Public high schools no longer promote American patriotism, but they are doing a superb job of cultivating loyalty to Mexico…”
Tom Blumer, PJM: “Three Years, $4 Trillion…”
“On October 14 (a Friday, naturally), Tim Geithner’s bunch released the final Monthly Treasury Statement of the 2011 fiscal year. It showed that for the third consecutive year, the federal government’s reported deficit was well over $1 trillion — $1.298614 trillion, to be exact.
“That brought the three-year deficit total to just over $4 trillion. Less than $400 billion of that occurred while George W. Bush was still president. Since Barack Obama entered the White House bound and determined to “stimulate” the economy with dramatic — and, it’s now clear, intended to be permanent — increases in federal spending, the rest is largely on him, with unfortunate recent assists from a too-timid House GOP majority.
“The reported deficits don’t even tell the whole story. From Inauguration Day 2009 through September 30, 2011, the national debt increased by $4.16 trillion to almost $14.8 trillion. In the first 19 days of October alone, we’ve seen another $141 billion piled on. Almost $600 billion has been added since the conclusion of the debt-ceiling melodramatics on August 1.
“As has been the case since Obama became community-organizer-in-chief, we must continue to question whether the damage he and his team have wrought, which has brought us from economic peril to the brink of economic calamity, is the result of incompetence or intention. The evidence in support of the latter continues to grow.
“Obama recently told ABC’s Jake Tapper, ‘the economy is not where it wants to be and even though I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones, we’re still going through difficult circumstances.’
“Those who believe that economic improvement is not paramount on the president’s priority list pick up plenty of ammo from this revealing sentence…”
CBS Local: $$$ Hbg Cancelled Holiday Parade
“HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Santa Claus won’t be making his annual early visit to Pennsylvania’s capital city.
“Officials in Harrisburg have canceled the city’s annual holiday parade because organizers haven’t raised enough money.
“Last year, the cash-strapped capital started requiring special events to pay for themselves. Parks and recreation director Brenda Alton says not enough sponsors have ponied up to keep the floats afloat…”
Lincoln Radio Journal
“(October 22, 2011 – October 28, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry talks with Simon Campbell of Stop Teacher Strikes, Inc. about the Strike Free Education Act; Joe Geiger of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations has Ifoma Aduba of A Women’s Place in the Nonprofit Spotlight; And, Scott Paterno has an Uncomfortable Truth commentary on why states should be policy laboratories.”
Mark Steyn, NRO: “Fourth Grade Economics”
“In one of those inspired innovations designed to keep American classrooms on the cutting edge of educational excellence, the administration has been sending Joe Biden out to talk to schoolchildren. Last week, it was the fourth grade at Alexander B. Goode Elementary School in York, Pa., that found itself on the receiving end of the vice president’s wisdom:
“Here in this school, your school, you’ve had a lot of teachers who used to work here, but because there’s no money for them in the city, they’re not working. And so what happens is, when that occurs, each of the teachers that stays have more kids to teach. And they don’t get to spend as much time with you as they did when your classes were smaller. We think the federal government in Washington, D.C., should say to the cities and states, look, we’re going to give you some money so that you can hire back all those people. And the way we’re going to do it, we’re going to ask people who have a lot of money to pay just a little bit more in taxes.
“Who knew it was that easy?
“So let’s see if I follow the vice president’s thinking…”
Ginni Thomas, Daily Caller: OWS “Basically White Kids”
“Columnists and reporters have been falling over themselves trying to analyze how the Occupy Wall Street protests compares to the tea party movement. But they’ve failed, says the Rev. C.L. Bryant, to treat both movements fairly.
“In a compelling interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, Rev. Bryant laid out the differences he sees between the two movements and how the media is treating them.
“‘It’s amazing to see that the ‘occupiers’ of Wall Street are basically white kids, and they’re dressed fairly well — there are some out there who are kinda scruffy — but I don’t see the media bringing up the fact that there are no black folks in it,’ he said…”
Andrew Stiles, NRO: Biden – “Four Pinocchios” from WaPo
“Putting aside the crude, inflammatory nature of his rhetoric, it turns out that Biden’s numbers are incorrect. According to statistics compiled by the FBI, the figures cited by the vice president are slightly off, but not egregiously so, when it comes to the size of the police force and the murder rate in Flint. According to the FBI data, the city employed 201 police officers in 2008 and 132 officers in 2010. There were 32 reported murders in 2008, which rose to 53 in 2010. With respect to the rape figures, however, Biden is way off. FBI data show that the incidence of reported forcible rapes actually dropped, with 103 rapes reported in 2008, but just 92 in 2010. Hardly the 150 percent increase Biden cited.
“According to the same figures, property crime, theft, and robbery also declined in Flint between 2008 and 2010. In fact, the city’s overall crime index has been steadily declining since 2006. This mirrors national trends. The FBI datareleased in September show that in 2010, violent and property crimes declined by 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively, compared with 2009 levels. Robbery was down 10 percent, rape was down 5 percent, and murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assault were each down 4 percent.
“From the Washington Post, which awarded Biden a rare “Four Pinocchios” distinction, reserved for absolute whoppers…”
Washington Times: White House – Facts on Biden’s Side
“…The White House on Thursday defended Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s rhetoric that more Americans will be raped and killed if Republican lawmakers reject part of President Obama’s jobs bill that would pay for more police officers on the street.
“The remark has sparked fury among some conservative commentators and a direct rebuke from the Republican National Committee, which characterized Mr. Biden’s comments as “irresponsible and mean-spirited” and called on the media and women’s groups to condemn his words.
“‘No victim of violent crime would ever wish that others were forced to experience the same trauma they went through — especially to make a brazen political point,’ the RNC said. ‘So why would the sitting vice president of the United States?’
“But Mr. Biden has shown no signs of backing down and the White House on Thursday contended that the facts were on the vice president’s side…”
Mary Slosson, Reuters: California Dems Scramble for Money
“…Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of roughly 400 candidates and groups, ranging from Senator Dianne Feinstein to local Democratic youth clubs, was arrested in September and charged with fraud.
“While the extent of the losses isn’t yet clear, the coffers of dozens of Democratic politicians have been frozen, prompting the crippled campaigns to ask the California Fair Political Practices Commission to permit further donations from contributors who have already given the maximum…”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: Islamophobia?
“Islamophobia is not an irrational fear, nor is it the fear of Islam.”
“…As I outlined in The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, the Muslim Brotherhood is engaged in a “civilizational jihad” against America, Europe, and Israel. There is no need to take my word for it: Islamists are quite blunt about this fact when they speak among themselves. The title of my book, in fact, is drawn from the words of an internal Brotherhood communiqué seized by the FBI, a memo in which the Brothers describe their work in America as a ‘grand jihad’ aimed at ‘eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.’
“It is no secret that the Brothers intend, as their leading jurisprudent, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, puts it, to ‘conquer America’ and ‘conquer Europe.’ Moreover, they believe this can be done mostly without violence, through a sedulous campaign of voluntary apartheid (integrating with but not assimilating into the West) and the infiltration of sharia principles into our law and our institutions. One need only open one’s eyes to see that Islamists are acting on these intentions, and one need only glance at Europe to know that their strategy can work…”
Amara & Lowe, Reuters: Tunisia’s Arab Spring
“Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the moderately Islamist Ennahda party, took his place in the queue outside a polling station in the El Menzah 6 district of the capital.
“‘This is an historic day,’ he said, accompanied by his wife and daughter, who were both wearing hijabs, or Islamic headscarves. ‘Tunisia was born today. The Arab Spring was born today.’
“But as he emerged from the polling station, about a dozen people shouted at him: “Degage” French for “Go away,” and “You are a terrorist and an assassin! Go back to London!”
“Ghannouchi, who spent 22 years in exile in Britain, has associated his party with the moderate Islamism of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. He has said he will not try to impose Muslim values on society.
“But the party’s rise is worrying Tunisia’s secularists who believe their country’s liberal, modernist traditions are now under threat…”
Yahoo/AP: Lady MacBeth: Investigate Bloody Death
And what does Samantha Power think?
“WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports calls for an investigation into the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as part of Libya’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.
“Gadhafi was captured wounded, but alive Thursday in his hometown of Sirte. Bloody images of Gadhafi being taunted and beaten by his captors have raised questions about whether he was killed in crossfire, as suggested by government officials, or was executed…”
Daily Caller: The Confession…
Richard Spencer, Telegraph, Libyan Leader introduces Sharia
Jeff Poor, DailyCaller: Ryan Open to VP?
“…Ryan’s vice-presidential prospects? He downplayed them, but isn’t ruling anything out.
“‘I’m not going to shut that possibility down or even get intrigued about it, because to me there is no point in thinking or even speculating about it,’ Ryan said. ‘It’s somebody else’s decision a long way from now.
“‘I’m so focused on doing my job now. That’s where my emphasis is and so I don’t foreclose any option in the future because it’s not time to think about that stuff.’”
Barry Rubin, PJM: Obama Empowered Islamists in Syria
“The leadership of the Syrian revolution, or at least those recognized as such by the United States and the European Union, has released the names of 19 of the 29 members of the General Secretariat and five members of the Presidential Council. A lot of research should be done on the individuals, but let’s do a quick ethnic and political analysis based on this information.
“But first let me give you my analysis: I believe that the Turkish Islamist regime deliberately helped produce a Syrian leadership that is more Islamist and more Muslim Brotherhood controlled than was necessary. Since Turkey’s government was empowered to do this by the Obama administration, the White House is responsible for this extremely dangerous situation. It is a blunder or a betrayal — in effect, the motive and cause don’t matter — of the greatest dimensions. The Obama administration may “only” have paved the way for the triumph of Islamist regimes in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia — we don’t yet know the final result — but it has been actively involved in helping promote an (avoidable) Islamist revolution in Syria.
“Of the 19 members of the committee whose names have been published, 4 are identified as Muslim Brotherhood and 6 more as independent Islamists. That means 10 of the 19 — a majority — and hence 10 of the 15 Sunni Muslim Arabs (two-thirds) are Islamists!
“Of the non-Islamist Sunni Arabs, two are leftists, two are liberals, and one represents the tribes. Some of the non-Islamists are really good people, as are some of those who have not yet been named publicly (and whose names aren’t going to be made public by me).
Still, thanks, Obama Administration, for putting Islamist Turkey in charge of the negotiations!…”
Christian Adams, PJM: Islamic Speech Police Lobby Eric Holder’s DOJ
“…My new book Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department details how throughout the DOJ, Eric Holder has hired platoons of new lawyers who previously worked for terrorists. Even the beneficiaries of the dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case were rabid anti-Semites.
“Why would anyone at Eric Holder’s Justice Department (even the truth-challenged Tom Perez) waste their time with radicals who seem to have no respect for the First Amendment and American traditions limiting government power over free speech? To ask the question is to answer it.
“One thing is clear — these Islamic would-be speech totalitarians went to the right place: the DOJ Civil Rights Division. For there they will find the most receptive audience possible inside the DOJ toward exerting lawless federal power to aid the pet cause of the latest victim group…”
Read an excerpt from Injustice here.
Aaron Klein, KleinOnLine: Chinese Expansionism
According to Klein, the Peoples Liberation Army now does good deeds wherever it visits…and Pentagon reports on China have been delayed…
“As the Chinese military reportedly expands its overseas aid missions and military exchanges in a major way, questions continue to arise as to whether the White House is formulating an appropriate policy toward Chinese expansionism.
“President Obama’s China adviser, Evan Medeiros, has a long history of downplaying the threat to U.S. interests posed by China’s rapid military and economic growth, once even penning a paper that argued China should embrace a ‘great power mentality.’
“Medeiros is the White House National Security Council China director, a position to which he was appointed in 2009.
“On Friday, the Washington Post reported while China’s military build-up may make its neighbors nervous, the country is also increasingly using the army as part of its charm offensive abroad…”
Also: China’s military launches diplomatic charm
“On Tuesday night, seismologists at the Las Vegas Oceanographic Institute reported the first recorded movement of a hair on Mitt Romney’s head. Although it was only one follicle, displaced a mere 1.2 centimeters, the tremors were felt from Iowa to New Hampshire…” Charles Krauthammer