CONTENTS: Newt moved up; Gloria Cain tonite; Occupy changed Nutter; York – Cain stumbled; Next debates; Hanson – American best; Small pox fraud; Romney legacy from Bain; Congress/insider trading; Boehner & Ohio unions; Steyn Deficit reduction fever; Mrs. GeoWill; Canadian oil; Dover landfill; Lincoln Radio; Ron Suskind/medved; Barnes – BO & big govt, business, labor; Activism; ISR keeps her secrets; Kristallnacht in Brooklyn; Klein – NATO/Syria; Incandescents RIP
Announcements at p. 9 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
“It is the soldier, not the professor, who has given us freedom of speech.” Carol Lois, http://issuesineducation.org/ The Price of Freedom, 11/12/2011, CD #1232
“In this beautiful and hallowed American place where so many of America’s own lie in graves which they found too soon you would be well entitled to say: They died for us. This is a day and a place for ourselves alone,” she said.
“But we Australians know that this is not your way.
“Because we know that so many of these buried here died for us too.
“When we were under attack in the Pacific, so many of these buried here were among those who came to our aid.
“They fought with us, together, side by side, step by bloody step.”
It was US sailors during the Battle of the Coral Sea that eliminated Australia’s fears of a Japanese invasion, she said.
“It is a battle which is immortal in Australia,” she said.
The importance the US places on Veterans Day says something about the country’s peace-loving nature, she said.
“It is not the anniversary of the onset of a great conflict.
“Not the commemoration of a great victory or great feat of arms, it is the day and the hour of the end of the Great War.
“You remember your veterans in the moment to which each one of them dedicated their dearest hopes – you remember them at the moment when peace began.”
Australia will never forget the sacrifices the US has made for peace,”
Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister
Polls … Newt Moved Up
Gloria Cain – Tonight with Greta, Fox, 10 PM
GLORIA CAIN: “To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is. He totally respects women.”
GLORIA CAIN: I looked at especially this last lady and the things that she said and I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that she said.
He didn’t do it…
David Chang, NBCPhiladelphia: “Occupy” Changed Mike Nutter
“Nutter stated that he first met with Occupy Philly back on October 5 and informed them that the city would protect their free speech rights. He also claimed he told them about a major renovation project for Dilworth Plaza, the Occupy Philly site.
“‘A $50 million remake of Dilworth Plaza into an open, green and vibrant space,’ said Nutter. ‘Built by the 99% for the 99%.’
Nutter said the relationship began to take a turn for the worse back on October 11. He claimed he sent a letter to the group detailing a number of public safety and health concerns including litter, public urination, defecation and graffiti. Nutter also stated that he informed the group of two pending maintenance related projects at the plaza, the removal of scaffolding from the tower area and a project requiring a scissor lift to make repairs to a number of City Hall windows.
While Nutter claimed he met with the group two weeks ago to express these concerns, he also said they haven’t responded since then.
Jeff Gelles, Philly.com: More Police
“Citing ‘growing public health and safety concerns,’ erratic communications with the movement’s leaders, and the need to begin a $50 million construction project that Occupy Philly’s City Hall encampment is blocking, Mayor Nutter ordered a stepped-up police presence at the five-week-old protest Sunday.
“Nutter stopped short of saying whether the city was considering evicting protesters from Dilworth Plaza after group members voted Friday not to move their protest. But he said he was weighing responses.
“‘I’m not getting into deadlines. When we need to act, we will act,’ Nutter said at a City Hall news conference where he described fire hazards, sanitation problems, and crime at the site, including a protester’s report that she was raped in a tent Saturday night…”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: Debate – Cain Stumbled
“Romney, Cain, Gingrich now the first team…”
“At the very first Republican presidential debate, on May 6 in Greenville, South Carolina, a virtually unknown candidate named Herman Cain was asked what he would do in Afghanistan if he became president. Cain famously said he didn’t know, because “it’s not clear what the mission is.” Cain explained that he would form a policy as president only after consulting military commanders and experts.
“Fast forward six months to Saturday night and another debate in South Carolina, this one at Wofford College in Spartanburg. Cain, now the frontrunner, or at least co-frontrunner, for the Republican nomination, was again asked about Afghanistan — this time what he would do about attacks on U.S. forces coming from Pakistan. And again he didn’t know, repeating his plan to rely on military commanders and experts…”
CBS News: Saturday’s GOP Debate
“The CBS News/National Journal debate Saturday night was the first to focus on foreign policy, and it generated fewer fireworks – but more substance – than many of its predecessors…”
November 19th, Thanksgiving Family Forum
5pm ET streamed on CitizenLink.com (Online stream only)
Location: First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsor: The Family Leader
Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Perry and Santorum all confirmed, Romney unconfirmed
8pm ET on CNN
Location: Washington, DC
Sponsor: CNN, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “What America Does Best”
“In this era of American debt, rancor, pessimism, and declinism, we should reflect on what the United States still does far better than anyone else — and why that is.
“Recently, the British magazine Times Higher Education rated the world’s top 400 universities. Seven of the top ten — Cal Tech, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Chicago, Berkeley — are American. Even a nearly insolvent California hosts four of the top 13 — more than any nation except the U.S. itself. While American K–12 education cannot turn out students who achieve top rankings in math, science, and language, our university system still remains by far the best in the world, training a global elite in the American way of engineering, math, science, business, and medicine. In fact, the world’s diplomatic corps is beginning to look like an American college reunion…”
David Willman, LA Times: Small Pox Contract to Big Donor
“Reporting from Washington— Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.
“Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.
“When Siga complained that contracting specialists at the Department of Health and Human Services were resisting the company’s financial demands, senior officials replaced the government’s lead negotiator for the deal, interviews and documents show…”
NYT: Romney Legacy at Bain Capital
“…By the time the Harvard M.B.A.’s from Bain were finished, sales at the medical company, Dade International, had more than doubled. The business acquired two of its rivals. And Mr. Romney’s firm collected $242 million, a return eight times its investment.
But an examination of the Dade deal, which Mr. Romney approved and presided over, shows the unintended human costs and messy financial consequences behind the brand of capitalism that he practiced for 15 years.
“At Bain Capital’s direction, Dade quadrupled the money it owed creditors and vendors. It took steps that propelled the business toward bankruptcy. And in waves of layoffs, it cut loose 1,700 workers in the United States, including Brian and Christine Shoemaker, who lost their jobs at a plant in Westwood, Mass. Staggered, Mr. Shoemaker wondered, “How can the bean counters just come in here and say, Hey, it’s over?”
“Mr. Romney’s career at Bain Capital, which he owned and ran as chief executive, is a cornerstone of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination — a credential, he argues, that showcases the management skills and business acumen that America needs to revive a stalled economy…”
Eamon Javers, CNBC: Abramoff – Congress and Insider Trading
“As many as a dozen members of Congress and their aides took part in insider trading based on foreknowledge of market moving information on Capitol Hill, disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff told CNBC in an interview.
“Abramoff, who was once one of the wealthiest and most powerful lobbyists in Washington before a corruption scandal sent him to federal prison for more than three years, said that many of those members of Congress bragged to him about their stock trading prowess while dining at the exclusive restaurant he owned on Pennsylvania Avenue…”
SF Chronicle: Boehner/Pelosi Insider Investments
“Washington — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the subject of a report on the stock investments of members of Congress that is to air Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
The San Francisco Democrat and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were questioned separately at their weekly news conferences Nov. 3 by reporter Steve Kroft. Neither had granted Kroft’s previous requests for interviews.
“Kroft asked both leaders about stock transactions they made while Congress was considering legislation that could affect the financial and insurance industries. Pelosi and Boehner vigorously denied any connection…”
Also Spencer Baucus (R-AL): Andrew Breitbart calls for Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) to resign from Congress in light of revelations that the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee personally profited by shorting financial stocks after being briefed on the impending financial crisis in 2008. The revelations were made public in Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer’s new book, “Throw Them All Out,” and was broadcast on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.
Ohio & John Boehner
Unions for public employees convinced voters to retain pensions and collective bargaining. Will those victories influence Mr. Boehner who now has to balance his career between the wishes of conservatives in the House and union activists in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, and Cincinnati?
Mark Steyn, Investors: Deficit-Reduction Fever
“Have you been following this so-called supercommittee? They’re the new superhero group of superfriends from the super-Congress who are going to save America from plummeting over the cliff and into the multitrillion-dollar abyss.
“There’s Spender Woman (Patty Murray), Incumbent Boy (Max Baucus), Kept Man (John Kerry) and many other warriors for truth, justice and the American way of debt. The supercommittee is supposed to report back by the day before Thanksgiving on how to carve out $1.2 trillion dollars of deficit reduction and thereby save the republic.
“I had cynically assumed that the superfriends would address America’s imminent debt catastrophe with some radical reform — such as, say, slowing the increase in spending by raising the age for lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 47 to 49 by the year 2137, after which triumph we could all go back to sleep until total societal collapse.
“But I underestimated the genius of the superfriends’ supercommittee. It turns out that a committee created to reduce the deficit is instead going to increase it…”
George Will, WaPo: Political Truth
“…The Stolen Valor Act allows fines and imprisonment for anyone who falsely claims to have been awarded any military decoration or medal authorized by Congress, with the severest sentences for claiming the highest honors. Alvarez, having won a seat on a California water district board of directors, introduced himself to other members by saying: “I’m a retired Marine of 25 years. I retired in the year 2001. Back in 1987, I was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. I got wounded many times by the same guy.” All this was rubbish….”
Investors: Canadian Oil
“Energy Policy: The administration plans to study rerouting the Keystone XL pipeline until after next year’s election, delaying needed jobs and energy. By that time, Canada’s oil will be on its way to China.
“That the American people are merely human sacrifices on the altar of environmentalism is seen by Thursday’s announcement by the State Department that it has caved in to greenie demands that the Keystone XL pipeline intended to bring Canadian tar sands oil to the American market be rerouted around an aquifer that supplies water to eight states.
“The process will take at least a year, kicking the oil can down the road past the November 2012 election. It is our fear that if President Obama is re-elected, the project will be scuttled permanently. That may be a moot point because as we have noted Canada is quite ready to run a pipeline to its West Coast and send its tar sands oil to an energy-hungry China…”
Craig Whitlock, WaPo: Dover Landfill
“A New Jersey congressman wrote directly to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta two months ago to seek details about the Dover Air Force Base mortuary’s practice of dumping troops’ cremated body parts in a landfill but says he never received a reply.
“The congressman’s letter raises questions about when Panetta learned that the mortuary disposed of cremated portions of remains at the King George County, Va., landfill. Panetta has said he was unaware of the dumping before this week…”
Lincoln Radio Journal
(November 12, 2011 – November 18, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: David Taylor hosts a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on Prevailing Wage reform with Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business and Jack Zimmer from the Keystone Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors; And, Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why uncertainty is preventing business from creating jobs.
Obama’s Ineptitude: Medved Interview with Ron Suskind
A White House filled with showboats and despots but without a ringmaster…”sound and fury signifying very little… ” Suskind claims to have heard “all the dirt” even though he reminded everyone that he was a reporter… The Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President…
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard: Obama Hearts Big Government, Big Labor, Big Business
“By his own account, President Obama is the champion and protector of the little guy. He said last week he wants no one left “in a second-class status in this United States of America.” He’s “determined” to “make sure that nobody out there is going bankrupt just because somebody in their family is getting sick.” He’s committed to making Washington “responsive to the needs of people, not the needs of special interests [and] not just people who are hurting now, but also responsive to future generations.” Obama identifies himself with the 99 percent.
“Yet the winners in the nearly three years of Obama’s presidency are the big guys—big business, big labor, and big government. Corporate profits have reached record levels. The influence of the biggest labor unions has surged in Washington, where it matters most. The federal government has grown in size and reach.
“Meanwhile, the weak economy has hurt small business, the country’s number one job creator. Temporary tax breaks haven’t helped, and the threat of new taxes and a fresh barrage of regulations have put a crimp in expansion and hiring. Big business isn’t expanding or hiring much either. A headline in Slate reflected this: “More Profits, Fewer Jobs…”
Robert Knight, Washington Times: Get Involved or Be Left Out
“Tuesday’s off-year elections revealed a truth well known in sports that also applies to politics: The side that’s more energized wins. In Virginia, an energized Republican Party apparently gained a tie in the Senate, giving the GOP control of all three branches – governor, House and Senate – for the first time since Reconstruction. A recount could reverse it, but right now, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s Senate vote would be the 20-20 tie breaker. This was no small feat, given the gerrymandering by the last Democratic majority…”
Jeff Poor, Daily Caller: Mrs. George Will Works for Perry
Will addressed the possible conflict-of-interest on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” Sunday.
“For more than 30 years, my wife, Mari, has been in the political business,” Will said. “She was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan’s campaign and in his White House, she was his last White House director of communications. As part of her profession, which is to consult with businesses and congenial political candidates, she has been in the political business off-and-on for 30 years. On last Monday, she became part of the Perry campaign, specializing in messaging and debate preparation.”
Adrian Blomfeld, UK Telegraph: ISR Refuses to Divulge Iran Plans
“The US leader was rebuffed last month when he demanded private guarantees that no strike would go ahead without White House notification, suggesting Israel no longer plans to “seek Washington’s permission”, sources said. The disclosure, made by insiders briefed on a top-secret meeting between America’s most senior defence chief and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s hawkish prime minister, comes amid concerns that Iran’s continuing progress towards nuclear weapons capability means the Jewish state has all but lost hope for a diplomatic solution…”
Conley & Feis, NY Post: Kristallnacht in Brooklyn…
“Hate mongers torched three cars on a heavily Orthodox stretch of Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn yesterday and scrawled swastikas and other vile messages on vehicles and park benches.
“Residents on the Midwood block lined with synagogues and yeshivas were awoken at 5:30 a.m. to the sounds of sirens and the sight of towering flames shooting from the vehicles.
“The heinous acts of vandalism — which cops are investigating as a hate crime — came a day after the anniversary of the Nazis’ infamous “Kristallnacht” attack in Germany and Austria on Nov. 9-10, 1938, when Jews were beaten and their property was destroyed by government stormtroopers and civilian mobs…”
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: NATO Has Syria on Its List
“In a surprise step that could precipitate a future U.S.-NATO military campaign, the Arab League yesterday suspended Syria and called on its army to stop killing civilians.
“The League announced it will impose economic and political sanctions on Syria’s government and has appealed to member states to withdraw their ambassadors.
“Arab League diplomats, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said that if Syria does not adhere to its demands for immediate reform, the organization will work to unify Syrian opposition groups into a coalition similar to that of Libya’s National Transitional Council.
“A next step, the diplomats said, would be to recognize the opposition as the sole representative of the Syrian people in a move that would symbolically isolate the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Those moves mimic the diplomatic initiatives taken to isolate Muammar Gadhafi’s regime before the NATO campaign in Libya…”
Belladonna Rogers, PJM: Incandescents RIP
Thanks, George Bush…
“As the pale, weak sun rose beyond a charcoal gray cloud bank on Sunday, November 6th, the first day of the country’s dismal return to Standard Time, it was clear that the moment had come to lighten up.
“Soon I was at Home Depot making a beeline for the light bulb aisle. Why? Because the end of days is drawing nigh. Not in the Biblical sense, but in the Environmental Protection Agency sense: there were only a scant eight weeks (now only seven) before the end of the light bulb as we know it. As of January 1, 2012, Americans will have their freedom of light bulb choice snuffed out by an omnibus 2007 law requiring that general-purpose bulbs be 25% more energy-efficient than the current, justly-beloved, incandescent bulb.
“There are a few exceptions, but the next 49 days are the last for the sale of 100-watt incandescent bulbs.
An excellent summary of this disaster-in-the-making and the grim options that will follow in its wake is here…”