CONTENTS: Stocks save BO; Supercommittee; “Holder, Resign”; Voters 18-34; Witch for Prez; Henninger – our debates; Taranto – adults; York – Perry’s tax plan; Sowell – $ assessment; BO buys student votes; Janet gives civil rights to illegals; Hanson – global warming RIP; Why we leave Iraq; Qaddafi – 4 pieces; Acorn & OWS; More Jason Matteras; Soros & Internet; Guzzardi; Noonan – in praise of Paul; Carville –Mitt “a serial windsock”
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October 28, 1636: Harvard College was established.
October 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“Not bad for a campaign that’s supposed to be imploding, huh?” Herman Cain
Roger Simon, PJM: Stock Market Saves BO
“An American economic boom is coming, but when?
“I discussed this in DC with Glenn Reynolds. He says this is too late to save Obama. I am not so sure. I write today as the stock market — that great predictor of the future — is rocketing upwards. It’s been going generally up for a while, actually. Although some predict dire economic times ahead, some folks on Wall Street are clearly seeing the reverse. (Apparently, the Dow is headed for its best October ever.)
“I predict America will be in the lead in this boom, maybe is already in the lead. I don’t want to see the hugely undeserving Obama profiting from this. But so it goes. “No bad deed goes unrewarded.”
“A fuddy-duddy socialist squeaks through because of forward-thinking capitalist innovation? Let’s hope the country remembers.”
Andrew Stiles, NRO: Budget – Super Committee Impasse
“This week, Democratic and Republican members of the so-called “supercommittee” unveiled competing deficit-reduction proposals, both of which were subsequently rejected by the other side. The details are still a bit rough, but here’s a brief rundown:
The Democratic plan — between $2.5 and $3 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years…
“As I wrote earlier this week, the major ratings agencies will be keeping a close eye on Congress over the next couple of months. If the supercommittee fails to hit the $1.2 trillion target or fails to agree on a plan altogether, or even if there is a plan and Congress shows itself to be hopelessly dysfunctional in its effort to pass it, Wall Street analysts have warned that another downgrade of the country’s credit rating is in the offing.
House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), who along with Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has become increasingly involved in the supercommittee’s deliberations, rejected the Democratic proposal, telling reporters that the proposed tax increases were unacceptable…”
Matthew Boyle, Daily Caller: “Holder Resign”
A good thing or an excuse for DoJ to ignore voter fraud?
“Attorney General Eric Holder’s tenure in the Obama administration may be coming to an end. At least eight members of Congress have now called on Holder to resign over the growing Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
“Republican Reps. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, John Mica of Florida, Quico Canseco of Texas and Gus Bilirakis of Florida each told The Daily Caller on Thursday that they believe Holder should step down now. The number of members of Congress calling for Holder to end his career in government because of Fast and Furious is now eight, a number which has doubled in one day.
Erick Erickson, RedState: Target Voters 18-34
“Human Events, the national conservative newsweekly and publisher of my work, has launched Click to Victory 2012, an urgent campaign to create a dominant new conservative web site targeting voters 18-34 — and to use all the Obamacrat tools and tactics to convince them they must overthrow Obama in 2012.
“This is costly work that I wholeheartedly support. But it can’t be done without your help. I urge you, as a fellow patriot, to learn more at https://members.humaneventsonline.com/donate.php?p=Victory2012-demonic&source=UPL941 .
USA Today: The Witch for Prez
“People can’t help but wonder what might happen if Hillary Rodham Clinton ran again for president.
“A new Time magazine poll shows Clinton easily defeating the major Republican candidates, were she somehow to become the 2012 Democratic nominee for president.
Clinton leads Mitt Romney, 55% to 38%; Rick Perry, 58% to 32%; and Herman Cain, 56% to 34%, among likely voters in a general election…”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: Our Un-Presidential Debates
“…The TV debates create buzz and interest, and that’s good. But most people don’t eat seven appetizers and call it a meal. The debates are producing half-baked versions of candidates running for the presidency.
“Did I say candidates? I misspoke. The U.S. has a long tradition of fringe candidates like Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul, but no previous system forced us to endure them once the laughing stopped. Two debates ago, I started surfing over to ESPN whenever Ron Paul talks. Yeah, let Iran have its own bomb.
“Michael Vick went to prison for staging dog fights. With the U.S. presidency, it’s legal and even encouraged. So we get Rick Perry accusing Mitt Romney of hiring ‘illegal gardeners.’ Mr. Romney, you have 30 seconds to respond. And that gives me 30 more seconds with the Florida International game.
“When the moment arrives for a dollop of depth, the dazed and confused candidates revert to Linus-like security blankets of campaign boilerplate…”
James Taranto, WSJ: Adults
“…Obama heroically took “the squalling infant into his arms” and repeated, “It’s OK,” until she calmed down. “Obama bounced gently and held her for about 10 seconds before flashing a smile and returning her to Odom.”
But this isn’t just a harmless human-interest story about a baby-kissing pol. It’s a metaphor.
Here’s ABC News, reporting on the speech the president gave in Fog City: “At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.”
Oh no! Horror of horrors! Obama is the only thing standing between us and having to rely on ourselves! And do you know what they call people who rely on themselves?
Byron York, Washington Examiner: Perry’s Tax Plans
“Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s tax proposal would create a new, simplified, semi-flat system for paying federal income tax. But it would also leave the old, complex, non-flat tax system in place. Americans would be allowed to choose which system they will use to pay their taxes.
“Perry believes the decision will be a no-brainer. ‘Each individual taxpayer will have a choice,’ he said when he introduced his plan in South Carolina this week. ‘You can continue to pay your taxes as well as the accountants and the lawyers under the current tax system that we got, or you can file your taxes on this postcard, with the deductions on there for interest on your mortgage, your charitable giving, your state and local taxes, and then deduct those and send it in.’
“But taxpayers won’t necessarily flock to the new system. They will look at both, do a little math, and choose the system under which they will pay less taxes. And the problem for Perry’s policy aides is they don’t really know how many Americans will go with the new and how many will stay with the old…”
Thomas Sowell, NewsMax: Post-Mortem Economic Assessment
‘…In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Sowell was asked who is to blame for the dire state of the American economy.
“Practically everybody, and I think particularly the Washington politicians,” he declares.
“The crucial fact that brought this on was the failure of people with mortgages to pay those mortgages, and that in turn was due to politicians forcing lending institutions to lower their lending standards. That brought in lots of people who would not have been given mortgages before, who then failed to live up to their mortgages — which is exactly why the standards were higher before the politicians intervened.
“There’s a great pressure on people in Washington to ‘do something,’ and that pressure has led to many things that have been counterproductive.
“Right now the problem is not that there isn’t money in the economy. The problem is that the money is sitting idle. Banks and businesses have had record-breaking amounts of cash sitting around and are not doing anything with it. And they’re very prudent to be hesitant. They don’t know what new bright idea will occur in Washington over the next year that will mess up any investment that they make.”
Fox: BO Buys Student Votes
“$1 Trillion — Estimated amount of student loan debt owed by Americans.
“In keeping with his new campaign theme of ‘we can’t wait,’ President Obama today will roll out a plan to put more money in the pockets of some of the nation’s 36 million student loan recipients.
“Obama has broad latitude in this area – certainly broader than the first two parts of his western campaign trip, underwater mortgages and subsidies for hiring veterans – because one of his early legislative initiatives was to have the federal government take over the student lending business in America…”
Penny Starr, CNS: Illegals to Get Civil Rights Cards from Janet
CNSNews.com – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the House Judiciary Committee in written testimony submitted Wednesday that illegal aliens taken into custody by local law enforcement and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be given a phone number to call if they believe their civil rights have been violated.
The phone number will be provided on a form that will include directions on how to file a complaint in six different languages.
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Global Warming – RIP?”
Hanson ignores the flies on this cowpie, flies that lay their eggs in it, make money, and donate to Obama’s cash … the whole mess acts like a cancer …
“Not long ago, candidate Obama promised to cool the planet and lower the rising seas. Indeed, he campaigned on passing “cap-and-trade” legislation, a radical, costly effort to reduce America’s traditional carbon energy use.
“The theory was that new taxes and greater regulations would make Americans pay more for fossil-fuel energy — a good thing if it reduced our burning of coal, oil, and gas. Obama was not shy in admitting that under his green plans, electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket.” His energy secretary, Steven Chu, at one point even said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” — that is, about $8–10 per gallon. Fairly or not, the warming movement appeared to be a tiny elite attempting to impose costs on a poorer and supposedly less informed middle class.
“But despite a Democrat-controlled House and Senate in 2009–2010, President Obama never passed into law any global-warming legislation. Now the issue is deader than a doornail — despite the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency to enact new regulations that would never pass Congress.
“So what happened to the global-warming craze?…”
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, PJM: Iraq – Why We Leave
And BO needs 100,000 guys to watch the rest of us…
“Following President Obama’s promise that all American troops will be home from Iraq by Christmas time, there have been numerous misconceptions circulated in media reports about what is precisely going on regarding the U.S. withdrawal.
“To begin with, there is a widespread notion that, in the words of one report in the Guardian, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki “[h]ad wanted to keep some U.S. troops in Iraq. … But he had to bow to pressure from pro-Iranian politicians and others in his coalition government who wanted all U.S. troops out.”
These remarks are highly misleading, to put it mildly.
“Here is what actually transpired: the U.S. military had for quite some time been intent on keeping between ten to twenty thousand troops in the country beyond the withdrawal deadline stipulated in the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) originally drawn up between the Bush administration and the Iraqi government…”
Michael J Totten, PJM: Did We Lose? No, and Here’s Why
“President Barack Obama has announced that nearly all American soldiers will be home from Iraq by the end of the year. Despite the fact that Iran, as the Middle East’s most serious would-be hegemon, will benefit more than any other country from our regional drawdown, the American and Iraqi governments wish to go their own separate ways.
“The president has a campaign promise to keep. Most Americans are tired of sending their money, their sons, and even their daughters to Iraq, and most who haven’t spend money or blood are tired of hearing about it. The Iraqis have been trying to elbow us out for years and hope to regain a measure of sovereignty and respect when we’re finally gone.
Qaddafi … At Peace in the Desert?
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: Better Qaddafi than the Islamists
“‘Are you suggesting that we would be better off with the Qaddafi dictatorship still in effect?” asked Chris Wallace, browbeating presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
“And why shouldn’t he? After all, the Fox News anchor had just gotten Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Lindsey Graham to perform the requisite “Arab Spring” cartwheels over the demise of Libyan strongman Moammar Qaddafi. Apparently, when leading from behind ends up leading to a vicious murder at the hands of a wild-eyed mob, even folks who once got the sniffles over fastidiously non-lethal waterboarding can feel good about pulling out their party hats.
“Imagine, then, the gall of Bachmann. The Minnesota Republican persisted in finding the cankers on the Arab Spring smiley face.
“The most obviously ugly of these is that a throng of seething Islamists stripped, beat, paraded, and finally shot Qaddafi execution-style, all the while screaming the signature “Allahu Akbar!” battle cry with a fervor that would have made Mohamed Atta blush. They then shoved the despot’s corpse into a refrigerator — to maintain it for further triumphant display before thousands of gawking spectators. Too bad there was no official from the Obama administration’s Islamic Thought Police on hand to remind the mob of the Koran’s oft-quoted (but oftener ignored) teaching that to slay a single person is to slay all of mankind…”
Neil Hrab, Washington Examiner: Obama Advisor Samantha Power
A member of the president’s National Security Council who shares Noam Chomsky’s foreign-policy goals? An influential presidential adviser whom 1960s revolutionary Tom Hayden treats as a fellow radical? A White House official who wrote a book aiming to turn an anti-American, anti-Israel, Marxist-inspired, world-government-loving United Nations bureaucrat into a popular hero? Samantha Power, senior director of multilateral affairs for the National Security Council and perhaps the principal architect of our current intervention in Libya, is all of these things…
“And it gets better – Kurtz calls Power ‘a patriot’s nightmare — a woman determined to subordinate America’s national sovereignty’ to her own vision of how the world ought to work and what global role the US ought to play.
“If you want to know why the lives of Americans pilots have been put at risk to carry out missions for Libyan rebels with mysterious motives and unclear objectives, and who has likely been pushing this idea inside the Obama Administration while singing about ‘humanitarianism,’ read the article.
“Kurtz’s article is a fairly damning indictment of Power as an ideologue who doesn’t care in the least for America’s genuine national interests – and who therefore does not belong anywhere near the National Security Council or any other White House advisory role…”
LA Times: Gadhafi’s Relatives to Sue NATO
Also: Ryan Haggarty, Chicago Tribune: Farrakhan Incensed
“Controversial Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan condemned the killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday, warning that America and other Western powers will soon face severe consequences for their support of the uprising that led to the dictator’s death.
“‘I know something of the good of Moammar Gadhafi that made me to love him as a brother and to feel a great sense of loss at his assassination,” Farrakhan said during a two-hour interview with radio host Cliff Kelley on WVON-AM…”
Jay Deshmukh, AFP: Kadhafi Killers to Come to Trial
“BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya’s new leaders vowed on Thursday to bring Moamer Kadhafi’s killers to justice in a sharp break with their previous insistence he was caught in the crossfire with his own loyalists.
“Meanwhile, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to end the mandate for international military action in Libya, ending another chapter in the war against Kadhafi’s toppled regime.
“‘With regards to Kadhafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us,’ Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), told a news conference in Benghazi.
“‘We had already launched an investigation. We have issued a code of ethics in handling of prisoners of war. There were some violations by those who are unfortunately described as revolutionaries. I am sure that was an individual act and not an act of revolutionaries or the national army,’ the top interim official said.
Fox: ACORN and OWS
“The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.
“The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.
“NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests…”
John Nolte, BigJournalism: We Need More Jason Matteras
“…By making Mattera and O’Keefe the story the corrupt MSM doesn’t have to talk about Obama’s ties to ACORN or the false statistics repeatedly spouted by a sitting Vice President.
“Secondly, what else are those of us interested in the truth supposed to do? Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, runs around America demagoguing false statistics with the unconscionable claim that if Republicans don’t pass Son of Stimulus women will be raped, and the sycophant media lets him get away with it. There were likely dozens of so-called reporters following the Vice President around and had Mattera not stepped up to the plate Biden would’ve gotten away with this outrage…”
Josh Peterson, Daily Caller: Soros & Internet
“Frank La Rue, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression who made summer headlines when he proclaimed Internet access as a basic human right, conducted his research and delivered his conclusions with the support of organizations funded by liberal financier George Soros, The Daily Caller has learned.
“La Rue’s statements on Internet freedom caused alarm among conservatives who believe ‘net neutrality’ is a vehicle for a government takeover of the Internet.
“Advocates of net neutrality, a position championed by the billionaire Soros and by the U.N., argue governments must regulate private censorship and bandwidth online to ensure it remains open and free. Soros, a philanthropist known for supporting liberal causes, has articulated his belief in the need for greater U.S. government regulation of the Internet…”
Bob Guzzardi: Daylin Leach
Mom Pleads for Help What Could Sen. Daylin Leach say to Joy Herbert whom we force to send her son, Anthony, to violent and educationally dysfunctional schools. Vouchers are the only way out.
“In fact, of the 144 most failing schools in Pennsylvania, in which none scored more than 53 percent proficiency in math and science, students endured more than 5,400 acts of violence in the most recently released PDE report. This included seven rapes, more than 1,900 assaults on students, more than 1,000 assaults on staff, 163 robberies, 31 terroristic threats and two riots.”
Union Financed Democratic Senator Daylin Leach responds: Save the System, not the Child. Not every kid can afford to go to Lower Merion or Radnor Schools. And where does Sen. Daylin send his kids to school? Are the unionized, bureaucratic, government schools not good enough?
Pennsylvania’s Failing, Violent Schools OCTOBER 18, 2011 Commonwealth Foundation
Charter School Funding in Pennsylvania OCTOBER 10, 2011 Commonwealth Foundation
Many school districts and other advocates complain about the charter school funding mechanism, arguing that it “drains funding” from school districts. This charge must be considered in the context of charter school funding.
School Choice Saves Money New report identifies $144 M in savings from Educational Improvement Tax Credit MAY 9, 2007 Commonwealth Foundation http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/research/detail/school-choice-saves-money
Summary – Piccola Williams SB 1 As Amended 26 October 2011 http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/education-reforms-go-to-full-senate-for-a-vote
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: About Paul Ryan
“…Mr. Ryan receives much praise, but I don’t think his role in the current moment has been fully recognized. He is doing something unique in national politics. He thinks. He studies. He reads. Then he comes forward to speak, calmly and at some length, about what he believes to be true. He defines a problem and offers solutions, often providing the intellectual and philosophical rationale behind them. Conservatives naturally like him—they agree with him—but liberals and journalists inclined to disagree with him take him seriously and treat him with respect.
This week he spoke on “The American Idea” at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. He scored the president as too small for the moment, as “petty” in his arguments and avoidant of the decisions entailed in leadership. At times like this, he said, “the temptation to exploit fear and envy returns.” Politicians divide in order to “evade responsibility for their failures” and to advance their interests…”
Daily Caller: Carville – about Mitt
“I don’t even know if there’s a hurdle left, but yes the man is a serial windsock,” Carville said. “I mean, anytime that you turn around, it’s something else. Once he uses any kind of adjective in front of it, you know he’s getting ready to flip-flop. If he’s very committed to it, that means he’s going to change positions. And if he’s 110 percent for something, that means he is changing positions.”