CONTENTS: Krauthammer on Norquist; Antle – Insider Congress; TEA beats ACORN; Ambush elections; Voter fraud in GA; Hanson – about Mitt; Williamson – Newt’s right; Unqualified judges; Iran arrests 12; Occupy Black Friday; Russian Flipper fired; Putin to target missile defense; Berwick out of work; Ferrara – Bell Tolls for OCare; HBG bankruptcy; Don’t Hire; Rubin – Marx & Thanksgiving
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November 25, 1783: the British army withdraws from New York City, their last military stronghold during the Revolutionary War. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.” Bill Looman
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: The Norquist Myth
“Democrats are unanimous in charging that the debt-reduction supercommittee collapsed because Republicans refused to raise taxes. Apparently, Republicans are in the thrall of one Grover Norquist, the anti-tax campaigner, whom Sen. John Kerry called “the 13th member of this committee without being there.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid helpfully suggested “maybe they should impeach Grover Norquist.”
With that, Norquist officially replaces the Koch brothers as the great malevolent manipulator that controls the republic by pulling unseen strings on behalf of the plutocracy.
“Nice theory. Except for the following facts…”
James Antle, Washington Times: Congress & Insider Trading
A review of THROW THEM ALL OUT: HOW POLITICIANS AND THEIR FRIENDS GET RICH OFF INSIDER STOCK TIPS, LAND DEALS, AND CRONYISM THAT WOULD SEND THE REST OF US TO PRISON By Peter Schweizer
“…“Isn’t crony capitalism beautiful?” Mr. Schweizer asks as he finishes recounting this tale in “Throw Them All Out.” The book actually paints a very ugly picture of legislators enriching themselves through earmarks and unpunished insider trading, politically connected companies being shoveled billions of dollars in stimulus funds and public money intended to help the environment, plus all manner of kickbacks and favors.
The worst part: Many of these egregious actions fall within the letter, if not the spirit, of the law and the ethics rules governing Congress. Mr. Schweizer’s subtitle is revealing: “How politicians and their friends get rich off insider stock tips, land deals, and cronyism that would send the rest of us to prison.”
Wade Rathke (ACORN), Daily Caller: TEA Beats Us
“…Rathke was unequivocal about the Occupy movement, telling The DC that “in no way has it had the political impact that the tea party movement has.” Yet because Occupy organizing is “still in its embryonic stages” while tea partiers have been organizing for more than two years, he cautions that “comparing the tea party movement to OWS is apples and oranges.”
“While watching ACORN implode in the United States, Rathke has thrived in his new role as community organizer to the world by remaking ACORN International, known as Community Organization International in the U.S., into a worldwide community organization with near-global reach and power. And former ACORN board members say Rathke’s remarkable global turnaround is proof that most observers completely missed ACORN’s bigger picture and its broader goals…
Washington Examiner: “… Big Labor Pushes ‘Ambush Elections’”
“Leaders of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) last week officially endorsed President Obama for re-election in 2012. Endorsing a presidential candidate 11 months before the general election may seem a bit premature, but it’s not even the record for the earliest endorsements so far in this cycle. The National Education Association (NEA) endorsed Obama in July, 14 months before the voting. While these early endorsements highlight the fact that Big Labor’s leaders are little more than cheerleaders (and paymasters) for the Democratic Party, at least voters will have plenty of time between now and next November to weigh all the facts, policy positions and records of the parties’ two eventual nominees.
“But what if they didn’t? What if unions not only got to endorse candidates, but also schedule election day at a time of their choosing? What if they could also control what “a moot point in elections for public office, but President Obama thinks it would be just dandy in union votes…”
Daily Caller: 12 Arrested for Voter Fraud in Georgia
“Law enforcement officials have charged 12 people with using absentee ballots to skew an election in Georgia.
“As a result of their grand jury findings, 12 individuals were indicted in that particular matter and we will be trying that case in a court of judicial law instead of a court of public opinion,” District Attorney Joe Mulholland told the local TV station, WALB.
“The charges followed a bitter November 2010 school board election in Brooks County in which the final tally was changed by an unusually large wave of absentee ballots.
“During the election, 1,060 absentee votes were cast out of the 1,403 ballots mailed out to people who requested them, according to a July 2010 report by WCTV…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: About Mitt…
“…Although conservatives dub Romney a flip-flopper for changing positions on abortion, gun control, and health care, the base knew all about those old reversals in 2008, when it nonetheless praised Romney as the only conservative alternative to maverick moderate John McCain. Apparently the party has moved to the right since then. Tea partiers worry that, once in office, a moderate President Romney would prove a reach-out centrist — spending borrowed money like George W. Bush did on No Child Left Behind or the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, thereby ruining for good the now-suspect Republican brand of fiscal sobriety.
“The result of those worries is that Romney has become the process-of-elimination candidate…”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Newt’s Right: Put the Kids to Work”
“…Here are a few truths that rarely are spoken: About half of Americans will not really benefit from a four-year college education, and we should not waste the time and resources to put them through four (or five, or six) years of undergraduate work at a satellite campus of Mediocre U. And let us not overlook the fact that one of the most precious resources being wasted is the time, energy, and money of millions of 18-to-24-year-old Americans who could be making better use of their youth. The evolution of the bachelor’s degree into a general professional license has resulted in the massive misallocation of human capital (and financial capital) that mostly serves the economic interests of a very narrow and parochial special-interest group: college faculty, staff, and administrators, a reliably overpaid and underworked population of sinecure-clingers insulated from economic realities by our baroque education-funding system and protected by such medieval institutions as tenure.
“Gingrich was right to say that the real value of a first job isn’t the money one earns but the lessons one learns: how to show up on time, how to be honest, how to be dependable, how to take direction, how to separate one’s personal life from one’s professional obligations, etc….
NYT: BO’s Judge Nominees “Unqualified”
“WASHINGTON — The American Bar Association has secretly declared a significant number of President Obama’s potential judicial nominees “not qualified,” slowing White House efforts to fill vacant judgeships — and nearly all of the prospects given poor ratings were women or members of a minority group, according to interviews.
“The White House has chosen not to nominate any person the bar association deemed unqualified, so their identities and negative ratings have not been made public. But the association’s judicial vetting committee has opposed 14 of the roughly 185 potential nominees the administration asked it to evaluate, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“The number of Obama prospects deemed ‘not qualified’ already exceeds the total number opposed by the group during the eight-year administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; the rejection rate is more than three and a half times as high as it was under either of the previous two presidencies, documents and interviews show…”
Telegraph: Iran “Arrests 12 CIA Spies”
“Parviz Sorouri, who sits on the powerful committee of foreign policy and national security, that the alleged agents had been operating in co-ordination with Israel’s Mossad and other regional agencies, and targeted the country’s military and its nuclear programme.
“‘The U.S. and Zionist regime’s espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services,’ Sorouri was quoted as having said on Wednesday.
“‘Fortunately, with swift reaction by the Iranian intelligence department, the actions failed to bear fruit,’ Mr Sorouri said.
“The lawmaker did not specify the nationality of the alleged agents, nor when or where they had been arrested.
“Iran periodically announces the capture or execution of alleged US or Israeli spies, and often no further information is released.
“This current announcement follows the unravelling by Lebanon’s Hizbollah of a CIA spy ring in that country. Hizbollah reportedly works closely with Iran…”
Judson Berger, Fox: Occupy Black Friday
“…A campaign under the name “Occupy Black Friday” is trying to enlist supporters to boycott just about every major retailer, and quite a few mid-sized ones, the day after Thanksgiving. The protesters are casting a wide net, urging people to demonstrate against the top retail stores — a list that includes everything from Wal-Mart to Target to Dick’s Sporting Goods to Dollar Tree.
“‘The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits,’ the group’s Facebook page reads, describing Black Friday as the ‘one day where the mega-corporations blatantly dictate our actions.’” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/24/occupy-inspired-campaign-urges-boycott-black-friday/
Andrew Osborn, Telegraph: Russian Flipper Fired
Thanks Ted … my perfect woman…
“Online footage of the incident involving news anchor Tatyana Limanova went viral in both Russia and the West causing REN TV, her employer, huge embarrassment.
“To broadcast bosses’ horror, Ms Limanova was caught mechanically raising her left arm and showing the camera her raised middle finger after referencing US President Barack Obama.
“REN TV, a privately owned channel controlled by associates of Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, said on Thursday it had decided to take her off air calling her actions ‘unacceptable’ and ‘unprofessional’.”
Another Side, Oleg Atbashian, PJMedia
“…Responses to the Russian video in the American blogosphere range from marriage proposals and offers to get Tatiana on Fox News to reporting her to the White House website AttackWatch.com.
“…This is what Tatiana Limanova says in Russian:”Dmitriy Medvedev has become the chairman of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) today.” She stutters while pronouncing the name of the summit and continues: “Previously this position was held by Barack Obama.” That’s when she flips the bird and dispassionately goes on to describe the APEC press conference in Honolulu, with Medvedev talking about the Russian-American missile treaty.
Apparently Tatiana’s gentle finger was directed at her filming crew, who probably had made comments about her stuttering in the first sentence. She heard it in her earpiece and flipped the bird in response, thinking she was speaking off camera over the footage of the conference. Reading Obama’s name as she did was a mere coincidence…
Yahoo: Medvedev: Russia May Target Missile Defense Sites
“MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia’s concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.
“Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic support.
“Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.
“Moscow has agreed to consider NATO’s proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been deadlocked over how the system should operate…”
Berwick Pushed from Medicare
“A major supporter of the president’s health care reform law will be relinquishing his post as head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid to his number two in command after Republicans successfully prevented his confirmation to the post.
“Harvard professor Donald Berwick — who once explained that ‘excellent health care is, by definition, redistribution’ — will step down Dec. 2 officials confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday…”
Peter Ferrara, American Spectator: “Bell Tolls for Obamacare”
“Historic Decision Brewing I write serving as the General Counsel of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), as one of several current positions. The ACRU was started by former top Reagan aide Robert Carleson, with former Attorney General Ed Meese as Chairman of the Advisory Board, along with other former Reagan Justice Department officials, besides myself as a former Reagan White House staffer.
“In my capacity for the ACRU, I wrote and filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the ACRU in both the district court and the circuit court in the challenge by 26 states in the 11th Circuit that resulted in an order striking down the entire Obamacare law. I also wrote and filed ACRU amicus curiae briefs in the challenge by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in both the district court and the circuit in the 4th Circuit. The district court found the individual mandate unconstitutional, while the circuit court ruled that Virginia had no right to bring the case (two Obama appointed judges on the three-judge panel).
“I am predicting that the Supreme Court will strike down the entire Obamacare law on a 5-4 ruling…”
AP: Harrisburg Bankruptcy – Filing Illegal
“Federal bankruptcy Judge Mary D. France has ruled that Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg may not seek bankruptcy protection, calling such a filing illegal.
“France issued the ruling Wednesday after hearing more than two hours of arguments by lawyers as to whether the bankruptcy petition that was filed by Harrisburg City Council could move forward despite the objections of the city’s mayor, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Dauphin County, bond issuers and others.
“The Susquehanna River city of 50,000 is saddled with about $300 million in debt tied to its nearly 40-year-old trash incinerator.
“A City Council member said the group will decide whether or not to appeal.
“In the meantime, the Corbett administration is moving to take over many of the city’s financial operations in a bid to force it to pay down the debt…”
Jon Shirek, 11Alive: “Not Hiring”
I mentioned this as a key motive nearly two years ago. It’s good to find an honest man! A lot of us are doin John Galt scripts. More information about partnerships and good sense, do a Google or read Poundstone, W. (1992) Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb. NY: Anchor.
WACO, Ga. — A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company’s trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates:
“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”
“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”
“Looman’s company is U.S. Cranes, LLC. He said he put up the signs, and first posted pictures of the signs on his personal Facebook page, six months ago, and he said he received mostly positive reaction from people, “about 20-to-one positive.”
“But for some reason, one of the photos went viral on the Internet on Monday…”
Barry Rubin, PJM: Marx and Thanksgiving
Thursday morning, Bill Bennett reminded all of us that the Plymouth Colony was infested by slackers until William Bradford abolished the commune and established private property and market incentives…
“In writing my satirical article, “Karl Marx Visits Occupied Wall Street,” I reread the Communist Manifesto several times and found it very useful to do so. It recalled for me the wonderful course in Western Civilization taught by the incomparable Professor Carroll Quigley I took more than four decades ago in which we read and analyzed the great works of political philosophy. The fact that there are so few courses like that anymore — and especially not mandatory ones — is an important factor in the decline of American higher education and of the dumbing down of America to the low point of the Obama era.
“But I digress. In reading the Manifesto, I was fascinated to see a problem emerge at the very center of the current political-intellectual mess. If we examine how Marx got things wrong on this issue, a lot becomes clear.
“As you know, Marx considered himself to be a scientist uncovering the iron laws of politics, society, and history. Up to a point, he does try to take that approach, even if you disagree with him. But at a certain moment he turns from hardheaded realist to starry-eyed utopian. And the key issue is one on which the founders of America got it right: the problem of government…”