CONTENTS: Cain and women; Cain up by one in Iowa; York – Perry’s tax plan; Paul mutes 3rd party rumors; Hillary courts Mullah Omar; US troops moved to Gulf; Hanson – elites & entitlement; Steyn – adult babies; Cain/Gingrich debate; GeoWill - Pretzel Mitt; Taranto – “No soup”; Noonan – Ryan/BO; Hbg’s big spenders; BO’s lobbies; Birth tourists; Castor & Shapiro lied; Guzzzardi – leach’s pards; Jackpots in philly juriies; Palestinian rockets from Libya; Steyn – Terror in Waterford
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“There is perhaps no greater image of irony,” wrote the conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, “than that of anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, anti-materialist extremists of the Occupy Wall Street movement paying tribute to Steve Jobs.”
I’ve finished the biography…Jobs was a collectivist but from the top of his pyramid…JB
“According to calculations based on the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, on All Hallows’ Eve the United States’ total debt will surpass its Gross Domestic Product for the first time since World War II. That means the average American’s share of government debt is more than an average American makes in a year…”
Kasie Hunt, AP: Cain & Two Women
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign is denying allegations that he was twice accused of sexual harassment while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
In a statement Sunday to The Associated Press, his campaign disputed a Politico report that said Cain had been accused of sexually suggestive behavior toward at least two female employees.
The report said the women signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them five-figure financial payouts to leave the association and barred them from discussing their departures. Neither woman was identified.
More from Byron York:
“…Cain is likely to face questions about the matter on Monday. He is scheduled to appear at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington in the morning to discuss his 9-9-9 tax plan, and then speak — and take questions — at the National Press Club at lunch.”
And Roger Simon of PJM:
“Is there any way we can ever know the truth of this? Probably not since the parties are said to have agreed to remain silent for a five-figure payment, a paltry amount in this day and age. One thing is certain, whatever Cain did (if anything), it certainly isn’t in the ballpark of using campaign funds to support a mistress and love child while your wife is dying of cancer or even inserting a cigar in the pudenda of an unpaid intern in the corridors of the Oval Office. Those are certainly more than five-figure infractions — more like eight-figure.
“Nevertheless, Cain’s campaign is taking a body blow. We’ll see what emerges…”
Reuters: Iowa Poll – Cain Ahead by One
(Reuters) – Republican White House hopefuls Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are in a tight race in Iowa, which kicks off next year’s presidential nominating contests, according to a closely watched opinion poll published on Saturday.
The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register showed Cain, a conservative businessman, with the support of 23 percent of Republicans surveyed. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, had 22 percent, and Texas Representative Ron Paul 12 percent in the race to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has stumbled in debates and on the campaign trail after a fast start, scored only 7 percent support.
“The Iowa caucuses will take place on January 3, the first of the state-by-state contests to choose a party presidential nominee…”
Bryon York, Washington Examiner: Perry’s Plan
“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…”
Brent Kendall, WSJ: Ron Paul Mutes Third-Party Talk
“…During a Fox News appearance last week, Mr. Paul declined to make a firm pledge that he wouldn’t run on a third-party ticket. With a laugh, he offered this instead during the Fox interview: ‘I pledge that I have no intention of doing it’….”
Dean Nelson, UK Telegraph: Hillary Courts Mullah Omar
“Washington is ready to negotiate with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and now regards his involvement as crucial to the prospects for peace in Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton has said.
“Her comments been taken as a significant shift in American policy from moves to divide the Taliban-led insurgency and isolate Mullah Omar, the man who sheltered Osama bin Laden as he plotted the September 11 attacks, to an acknowledgement of his leadership.
“It follows the disclosure earlier this month that American officials had met leaders of the Haqqani Network, the powerful Taliban faction blamed for some of the most devastating attacks on American and Nato forces in Afghanistan, including last month’s attack on the US embassy in Kabul in which seven were killed and 19 wounded…”
Shanker & Myers: NYT: US Troops – from Iraq to the Gulf
“MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.
“The plans, under discussion for months, gained new urgency after President Obama’s announcement this month that the last American soldiers would be brought home from Iraq by the end of December. Ending the eight-year war was a central pledge of his presidential campaign, but American military officers and diplomats, as well as officials of several countries in the region, worry that the withdrawal could leave instability or worse in its wake…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Elites and Entitlement
“…In a nutshell, our American elites, even if well-meaning with real concern for the less fortunate, have adopted the medieval practice of compartmentalization. Loud demonstrations of general progressive piety exempt one from consistency. Our medieval ancestors could practice usury if they helped repair a collapsed nave or joined a Crusade, as traditional Christianity tried to deal with an imperfect world of important Christians who did not wish to live by their doctrine.
“Today, liberalism puts a comparable burden on its elites: can one occupy Wall Street and still enjoy the luxury of that iPhone 4s? Did the university professor in Zuccotti Park worry about Wall Street when his TIAA-CREF account used to return 8% plus per annum? Can we still jet to Tuscany and worry about carbon footprints? Can we live in Chevy Chase, Malibu, or Woodside and be stalwarts on the barricades of racial integration and multiculturalism? How can we make $200,000 a year as assistant vice provost for diversity affairs, when a part-time lecturer gets 1/5 for the same class a full-time, top-step professor teaches?…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: Adult Babies
“…If you’re wondering what sentient being isn’t aware of diapers, you’re missing the point: Connecticut representative Rosa DeLauro is raising awareness of the need for diapers in order to, as Politico reported, “push the Federal Government to provide free diapers to poor families.” Congresswoman DeLauro has introduced the DIAPER Act — that’s to say, the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act. So don’t worry, it’s not welfare, it’s “stimulus.” As Fox News put it, “A U.S. congresswoman in Connecticut wants to boost the economy by offering free diapers to low-income families.” And, given that sinking bazillions of dollars into green-jobs schemes to build eco-cars in Finland and a federal program to buy guns for Mexican drug cartels and all the other fascinating innovations of the Obama administration haven’t worked, who’s to say borrowing money from the Chinese politburo and sticking it in your kid’s diaper isn’t the kind of outside-the-box thinking that will do the trick?…”
Cain vs. Gingrich, November 5th, 6 PM
The debate will focus on fiscal issues and the economy, and will be moderated by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). There is, to date, no television coverage….
Proceeds to Texas TEA Party…
$200 for one bleacher seat.
“Then there’s the ‘Patron Ticket,’ which costs $500. Patron-level purchasers will get ‘prime seating’ and admission to a ‘Nite Cap party after the debate,’ as well as a chance to mingle with the candidates over drinks and hors d’oerves afterward.
“Top-level donors will pay $1,000 for ‘the best seating in the house,’ a special room at the Woodlands Resort in Houston for the Nite Cap party, and a ‘professional picture’ taken with the candidates.
Students can get in for $150, but those tickets are sold out.
Ryan Mauro, PJM: Herman Debates Newt, November 5th, 6 PM
“Polls show Herman Cain as the frontrunner, and things are going his way. Now, he has agreed to a “modified Lincoln-Douglas”-style debate with Newt Gingrich, where Cain has little to gain and a lot to lose.
“On November 5, Gingrich and Cain will go mano-a-mano in a debate about entitlement reform, with no moderator and only a timekeeper from the Texas Tea Party Patriots. “It will be divided into parts, one for each major entitlement — Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid — with each candidate detailing their arguments,” says Bill O’Sullivan, the treasurer of the group. Obviously, the candidates will find ways to bring up other issues if they believe it to be advantageous.
“Gingrich’s campaign says it will be respectful, and he will contrast his proposals with Cain ‘in a friendly way.’ There will probably not be any heated, interruption-filled confrontations as happened between Romney, Perry, and Santorum during the last debate.
“This debate is a blessing from Cain upon Gingrich…”
George Will, WaPo: Romney, the Pretzel Candidate
“The Republican presidential dynamic — various candidates rise and recede; Mitt Romney remains at about 25 percent support — is peculiar because conservatives correctly believe that it is important to defeat Barack Obama but unimportant that Romney be president. This is not cognitive dissonance.
“Obama, a floundering naif who thinks ATMs aggravate unemployment, is bewildered by a national tragedy of shattered dreams, decaying workforce skills and forgone wealth creation. Romney cannot enunciate a defensible, or even decipherable, ethanol policy…”
James Taranto, WSJ: “No Soup for You”
“The New York Post has another hilarious dispatch from the People’s Republic of Obamaville (or, as it was known before the revolution, Zuccotti Park). It seems “the Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a ‘counter’ revolution yesterday–because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for ‘professional homeless’ people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.”
“For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.
They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
“To show they mean business, the kitchen staff refused to serve any food for two hours yesterday in order to meet with organizers to air their grievances, sources said.
It reminds one of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi: “No soup for you!” But it’s also reminiscent of President Obama’s comments that we noted yesterday: “The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own. “If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own.’ That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”
“Yet to judge by their actions, the denizens of Obamaville have come to believe in it very quickly. They selfishly feast on spaghetti bolognese and sheep’s milk, but when the truly needy show up, the cupboard is bare. “No soup for you! You’re on your own, freeloader.”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: The Divider vs. the Thinker
“While Obama readies an ugly campaign, Paul Ryan gives a serious account of what ails America.
“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…”
Steven Malanga, WSJ: Hbg Borrowed Itself into Bankruptcy
A stadium, a minor league team, a Civil War museum and $8M for artifacts, and an incinerator…
“During an April 2009 debate among candidates vying to be mayor of Harrisburg, Pa., one aspirant suggested that the financially troubled city should sell some of its valuable historical artifacts and use the proceeds to finance a “Harrisburg Museum of Bad Ideas.” One compelling exhibit would be the city’s recent decision to file for bankruptcy protection.
“Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, is drowning in debt. City officials have known for more than four years that they’d have to deal with the fiscal mess, but they punted. The state has engineered a bailout plan, but the city council rejected it. Instead it has asked creditors to forgo as much as $100 million of the debt. Essentially, the city council is engaged in a giant game of brinksmanship with the state and creditors, daring them to come up with something that’s less onerous than the current state plan, which involves asset sales and renegotiating union contracts.
“There’s no way [state] legislators are going to sit up there and let the capital city of this state go under. They would be the laughingstock of the country,” council member Gloria Martin-Roberts said earlier this year…”
Eric Lichtblau, NYT: Obama and his Lobbies
“WASHINGTON — Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid.
“At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s “bundlers” — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign.
“Because the bundlers are not registered as lobbyists with the Senate, the Obama campaign has managed to avoid running afoul of its self-imposed ban on taking money from lobbyists.
“But registered or not, the bundlers are in many ways indistinguishable from people who fit the technical definition of a lobbyist. They glide easily through the corridors of power in Washington, with a number of them hosting Mr. Obama at fund-raisers while also visiting the White House on policy matters and official business…”
Anna Schecter, MSNBC: Birth Tourists
“A curious global industry has emerged that caters to wealthy foreign women willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to give birth in the United States and get instant U.S. citizenship for their babies. The hefty price is worth it, according to these women, because it paves the way for easy access to American public schools, universities and jobs as the children get older and green cards for the whole family once the child turns 21.
“The women stay at controversial birth tourism centers, often hidden in suburbia. The centers have riled neighbors and ignited outrage on Capitol Hill.
“‘They are gaming the system…and people should be put in jail,’ said Representative Phil Gingrey (R-Ga), one of several members of Congress trying to put an end to birth tourism…”
Keith Puchas, Times Herald: Castor & Shapiro Lied
“COURTHOUSE — Though Democratic Montgomery County commissioner candidate Josh Shapiro has accused Republican opponent Jenny Brown of being “the only candidate to meet with the Tea Party,” it has come to the light Shapiro himself met with a local Tea Party group last year.
“A current state House member, Shaprio — and running mate Leslie Richards — are competing against Brown and Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. for three board seats.
When pressed by Castor during the taping of Larry Kane’s “Voice of Reason” show Thursday, Shapiro finally admitted he had met with the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots — Eastern Montco.
“‘(Shapiro) even lied directly to the voters on the show,’ Castor said. ‘I didn’t have any objection that he had met with the Tea Party, but that he said Jenny Brown is bad because she did.’”
Bob Guzzardi: Four Republicans Leach
The following four Republicans Voted against SB 1, like UberLiberal Daylin Leach.
Daylin Leach Pat Vance Two Peas In a Pod Who Don’t Want to Offend the PSEA.
Daylin Leach Lisa Baker Two Peas In a Pod Who Don’t Want to Offend the PSEA.
Daylin Leach Elder Vogel Two Pea In a Pod Who Don’t Want to Offend the PSEA.
Daylin Leach Stewart Greenleaf Two Liberal Trial Lawyers – Peas In a Pod Who Don’t Want to Offend the PSEA.
Lincoln Radio Journal: Jackpot Juries in Philly
“(October 29, 2011 – November 4, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association hosts a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on a new report about “jackpot juries” in Philadelphia with Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business and Matt Fullenbaum from the American Tort Reform Asociation; And, Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why the GOP should be in no hurry to select a presidential nominee.”
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: Palestinian’s terror rocket nightmare originated in Libya
“A missile launcher capable of firing up to five projectiles at once was recently smuggled into the Gaza Strip and originated in Libya, according to sources in the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization speaking to KleinOnline…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: Terror in Waterford
“THE KNOCK ON THE DOOR of Ali Charaf Damache’s Waterford home came on the morning of March 9th last year. Within hours, news of the arrests of Damache and six others detained during searches of 10 addresses in Waterford and Cork had rippled across the world. The four men and three women were held in relation to an alleged plot to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who had depicted the prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog. Adding to the intrigue was the fact that two female converts from the US, including one Colleen R LaRose, who used the internet pseudonym Jihad Jane, were being linked to the alleged plot.’
“Lars Vilks takes all this in good humor. Nevertheless, it is still faintly stunning to me that you can find within a population the size of Waterford and Cork seven Muslims willing to participate in a plot to kill a Swedish artist. Even at the height of the Irish “Troubles”, you’d have been hard put to find seven residents of Waterford willing to participate in a plot to kill, say, a British cabinet minister.
“But things are different now…”