CONTENTS: Military detention; Occ Philly; Newt Tacks; Cain to Bail; Frank skates, Maxine waits; Holder bullies press; New Dem base; Guzzardi hack alert; OK to slaughter horses; BO’s bunker?; ACORN got $700K; Climate – scientist cheats; Voter Fraud; Hannan – the Euro; Ayers $ for BO; Light bulb addict; free in Egypt?
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WSJ Radio News Headline: “Democrats have lost a liberal champion.” 5:05 AM, 11/29/2011
“Science must be as objective as possible, unless it offends your friends.” Jim Lacey
“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the supercommittee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved. Well, then what the hell are we paying you for?” (emph added, jb)Christie said in Camden, N.J. ‘It’s doomed for failure, so I’m not getting involved’? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?’” Chris Christie
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Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: Senate Defied Obama Veto Threat
“Defying a veto threat by President Obama, the Senate voted Tuesday to give the U.S. military first crack at holding al Qaeda operatives, even if they are captured in the U.S. and are American citizens, and also reaffirmed the policy of indefinite detention…
… Tuesday’s 61-37 vote to buck Mr. Obama and grant the military dibs exposed a deep rift within the Democratic Party. Sixteen Democrats and one independent who caucuses with them defied the veto threat and joined 44 Republicans.
“…Among the Democrats who bucked the administration were members of the Armed Services Committee, and also a host of lawmakers who hold politically vulnerable seats up for election next year. Among them were Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, (emph added, jb) Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan….”
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Senators Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment
By Josiah Ryan, The Hill – 11/29/11 11:29 AM ET
“Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and John McCain (Ariz.) battled on the Senate floor Tuesday over a proposed amendment to the pending defense authorization bill that could allow American citizens who are suspected of terrorism to be denied a civilian trial.
Paul argued the amendment, which is cosponsored by McCain, ‘puts every single American citizen at risk’ and suggested that if the amendment passes, ‘the terrorists have won.’
“‘Should we err today and remove some of the most important checks on state power in the name of fighting terrorism, well then the terrorists have won,’ Paul argued, ‘[D]etaining American citizens without a court trial is not American.’
“McCain, however, who has spent hours of floor time in the last weeks promoting his amendment, hurried to the floor to defend it against Paul’s onslaught…”
WaPo: Occupy Philadelphia
“PHILADELPHIA — Police have begun arresting a group of roving marchers who left the Occupy Philadelphia encampment near City Hall after officers evicted protesters.
“Police began pulling down tents at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday after telling demonstrators they had to leave. A group of protesters who left Dilworth Plaza began roving through downtown, their march coming to an end with arrests around 5 a.m.
“About two dozen protesters were lined up in cuffs and being loaded on to buses by officers who penned in the march near 15th and Spring Garden streets.
“The action comes more than two days after the deadline for protesters to leave…”
NYT: Newt Tacks…
“With his candidacy on the rise, Mr. Gingrich opened a three-day campaign visit to South Carolina and warned Republicans to be suspicious of candidates who “adopt radically different positions.” It was a fresh glimpse into the sharpening tenor of the nominating fight as the first round of voting begins in five weeks.
“‘We think there has to be a solid conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,’ Mr. Gingrich told WSC Radio in Charleston, S.C. ‘I’m the one candidate who can bring together national security conservatives, and economic conservatives, and social conservatives in order to make sure we have a conservative nominee.’”
Mark Steyn, Daily Caller: Newt’s Adverbs…
“The presidential resurgent campaign of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has brought naysayers out of the woodwork, many of them from the conservative end of the political spectrum. Ann Coulter has vociferously opposed Gingrich’s candidacy. So have radio host Mark Levin and Washington Post columnist George Will. Now add another to that list: National Review columnist Mark Steyn.
“Filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his radio show Tuesday, Steyn referenced a Pundit & Pundette blog post that suggested Gingrich sounds smarter on the debate stage because he uses so many adverbs.
“You watch him in the debates,” Steyn said. “It’s all ‘profoundly, dramatically deeply compelling. All the action is in the adverbs. One of my problems again with Newt is like he’s bursting with ideas that sound all as if they are coming from a self-help manual. If you remember back in his hay day, he had something called ‘The Triangle of American Progress.’ And that evolved into the “Four Pillars of American Civilization,’ which in turn expanded into the ‘Five Pillars of the Twenty-First Century.’”
And the growth of those programs, from three-to-four-to-five points, doesn’t lend a lot of credence to any hopes Gingrich would scale back government…”
Jeff Zeleny, NYT: Cain to Bail?
Herman Cain told members of his campaign staff on Tuesday that he was reassessing whether to proceed with his presidential campaign, an aide confirmed, a day after an Atlanta woman disclosed details of what she said was a 13-year affair with him.
In a morning conference call with his advisers, Mr. Cain said that he would make a decision in the coming days about whether to stay in the race after his campaign was rocked by another round of allegations about his sexual conduct.
Robert Costa, NRO
“National Review was on the call. It lasted five minutes.
“Obviously, you’re all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday,” Cain began, his voice somber. “First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So, thinking that she was a friend — and I have helped many friends — I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship.”
“‘That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,’”
Wasson & Berman, The Hill: Barney Skates, Maxine Waits…
Maxine also has “unresolved ethics issues”…
“Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will announce Monday that he is not seeking re-election, ending a 32-year career in the House.
“Frank, 71, is the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee and the architect, with former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), of the sweeping Wall Street regulatory reform law enacted in 2010…”
“Figure it out. It’s a redistricting thing. His district has been rewritten in such a way that he probably could not win it is what really has gone down there and that’s pretty much it. I don’t know what he’s gonna say. He’s not gonna say that as the reason. But as far as I’m concerned, good riddance…”
Emily Goodin, The Hill: Frank House Democrat Number 17
“Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is the 17th House Democrat to announce a retirement this cycle compared to seven Republicans.
“And all of those Republicans are trying to win higher office.
“Of the Democratic retirements, eight are running for another position while nine are flat-out retiring.
“Democrats need a net gain of 26 seats to retake control of the lower chamber. (Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu’s seat is vacant, and that special election is Jan. 31)…”
Munro & Boyle, Daily Caller: Holder Bullies Daily Caller
“Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
“As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.
“Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, ‘You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it….’”
Thomas Edsall, NYT: The New Democrat Base
“For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
“All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic…”
Bob Guzzardi: HACK ALERT
Dave Freed: Not the Guy for Republican Nominee for Attorney General
How likely is it that Dave Freed will continue the Penna. Attorney General’s investigation into the conflicts of interest of his father-in-law, former Penna. Attorney General, LeRoy Zimmerman, as director of Hershey Trust?
Dave Freed’s Father-in-Law and political mentor, Former Pennsylvania Attorney General now under investigation misuse of Hershey Trust funds. LeRoy Zimmerman may not be in a league with Jerry Sandusky, or now convicted Kids for Cash Luzerne County former judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella. But LeRoy Zimmerman was getting rich for getting rich from the legendary legacy of Milton S. Hershey which was intended to benefit vulnerable, disadvantaged, needy children, not enrich political hacks like LeRoy Zimmerman or advance his son-in-law’s career.
Milton S. Hershey set up the Milton Hershey School Trust to provide for needy children, and appointed the Hershey Trust Co. as its trustee to manage investments and administration.”Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Read More.
“The expenditure of $17 million on a golf course and clubhouse by the trustees of the Hershey School – just one of a number of land deals costing tens of millions of dollars made in the last six years – has resulted in an investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.”
“When Leroy S. Zimmerman was named in late 2002 to the board of the small state-chartered Pennsylvania bank that managed the assets of the Hershey charity for disadvantaged youth, the post paid about $35,000 a year and came with restrictions. …
“The Milton S. Hershey School, the nation’s largest residential school for impoverished children, purchased a money-losing golf course at the inflated price of $12 million in 2006, saying it needed the course as “buffer land” for student safety.
The price for the Wren Dale Golf Club, which had opened in 2003, was two to three times Hershey’s own appraisal and the fair-market value calculated by the Dauphin County tax office. One club investor acknowledged the deal helped “bail us out.”
After acquiring the private course, the board members who administer the charitable school spent an additional $5 million to build a clubhouse, billed as Scottish-themed, with a restaurant and bar, and opened it to the public.
The deal tossed a financial lifeline to 40 to 50 local businessmen and doctors who had invested in Wren Dale and faced substantial losses. One of them was Richard H. Lenny, then-chief executive officer of the Hershey Co. and a member of the charity board that approved the purchase.
Notwithstanding the seeming conflict of interest, the Wren Dale purchase and construction of a well-appointed clubhouse appear to violate the strictly worded directives of Milton S. Hershey for spending his $7.5 billion fortune on behalf of the school and its poor students:
‘All revenues must be spent directly on the care and education of the children. No monies are allowed to be or are spent for any other purpose; there are no grants to other organizations or non-MHS related spending.’ “
Baylen Linnekin, Reason: Congress Lifted Horse Slaughter Ban
“…Congress’s five-year-old ban on domestic horse slaughter died a quiet death right before Thanksgiving. The reason cited for ending the ban? A GAO report on unintended consequences, says the Oklahoman:
“Members of Congress who decided to end the prohibition on domestic horse slaughtering relied heavily on research provided in June by the General Accountability Office, Congress’ auditing arm.
“At the request of top members of the subcommittees that oversee spending for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the GAO looked into the effects of the ban — in place since 2006 — and released a report entitled “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.”
“Though there are some shades of gray, the report clearly connects the ban to an increase in abandoned horses, a drop in prices for some horses and a dramatic increases (sic) in exports of horses for slaughter…”
Zeke Miller, Business Insider: BO Builds a Bunker?
“For over two years, crews have torn up the North Lawn of the White House just outside the West Wing for what the General Services Administration calls a “utility upgrade.”
But it seems everyone — including people who work at the White House — think something else is going on.
One West Wing official told The New York Times last month that “It is security-related construction,” adding “Even we don’t know exactly what.”
There are two other bunkers on the White House grounds — the hardened Situation Room, and the nuclear shelter under the East Wing. Is this a third?
Matthew Boyle, DailyCaller: ACORN Got $700K
“A newly released internal audit appears to indicate that the Government Accountability Office and President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development incorrectly argued that a specific organization wasn’t ACORN-affiliated.
HUD’s office of general counsel and the GAO have both claimed that Affordable Housing Centers of America, or AHCOA, is not affiliated with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. AHCOA formerly called itself ACORN Housing, but changed its name after the 2009 ACORN meltdown.
The Obama administration has awarded more than $700,000 in taxpayer funds to AHCOA despite a 2010 law stipulating that no taxpayer funds could be awarded to ACORN “or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.”
Jim Lacey, NRO: “Scientists Behaving Badly”
“Last week over 5,000 new e-mails, already dubbed Climategate 2, were released. Anyone still desiring to contest the assertion that only a few persons controlled the entire warmist agenda will be brought up short by this note from one warmist protesting that his opinions were not getting the hearing they deserved: ‘It seems that a few people have a very strong say, and no matter how much talking goes on beforehand, the big decisions are made at the eleventh hour by a select core group.’ Over the years this core group, led by Phil Jones at East Anglia and Michael Mann at Penn State, became so close that even those inclined toward more honest appraisals of the state of climate science were hesitant to rock the boat. As one warm-monger states: ‘I am not convinced that the ‘truth’ is always worth reaching if it is at the cost of damaged personal relationships.’ Silly me, how many years have I wasted believing that the very point of science was to pursue the truth in the face of all obstacles…”
Von Sapovsky & Adams, PJM: Voter Fraud
“When an incumbent’s prospect of reelection looks shaky, his temptation to take advantage of holes in the security of our election process is the greatest — especially if he believes he can engage in fraud without being detected. Should we be worried over President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign given his prior connections to Project Vote?
“Project Vote is an affiliate of ACORN, one of the most corrupt advocacy organizations in recent memory. Its employees have been convicted in case after case of voter registration fraud. They have submitted tens of thousands of fraudulent forms, often on the eve of elections, causing chaos and confusion for local election officials in states ranging from Florida to Indiana to Nevada. Project Vote had to admit in 2008 that its claim of 1.3 million newly registered voters was wrong: at least 400,000 were rejected by election officials because they were incomplete or fraudulent.
“Some former employees-turned-whistleblowers claim that flooding election officials with an overwhelming number of new, faulty registration forms was planned conduct, intended to cause turmoil and to make it easier to convince election officials to accept questionable registrations and questionable voters on election day.
Daniel Hannan, NRO: Zone Out the Euro
“Never mind Spain or Italy or even Belgium; the euro crisis has spread to Germany, which is struggling to sell its bonds. The Corner’s Mark Steyn likes to say that, if you take a quart of ice cream and a quart of dog faeces and mix ’em together, the result will generally taste more like the latter than the former. It’s true of international organizations (the context Mark uses) and it’s true of what’s happening in the euro zone.
“EU leaders have spent the past year issuing sententious bromides about “avoiding contagion.” It’s an odd metaphor, since the usual defence against contagion is quarantine. Eurocrats, however, have insisted on taking Italy and Greece’s problems and making them everyone else’s. Result? The only economic havens in Europe are those outside the single currency: Switzerland, Scandinavia, and (oddly, when you consider that our deficit is higher than Portugal’s and almost as high as Greece’s) the United Kingdom…”
Kyle Olson, Big Government: Ayers Raised $ for BO
“Bill Ayers recently appeared before a group of activist teachers to encourage them to keep up the fight. He told them about the assistance he provided in getting the very radical Bob Peterson elected president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association.
“Hoping to wow his friendly audience, he also gushed about another leader he helped.
“Ayers admitted he hosted a fundraiser at his home for Barack Obama in the 1990s. “I thought he wanted to be mayor of Chicago – that’s the limit of my imagination,” he told the audience in a video …”
Claudia Rosett, PJM: Light Bulb Addict
“Please don’t think this is easy for me. I’m one of those crazed Americans who can’t walk into Home Depot, Target or my local grocery store right now without wanting to grab one of those king-sized shopping carts and stuff it to the gunwales with 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.
“Maybe it’s the sheer thrill of buying bulbs that in just over a month, as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be banned for sale in America. What fun, in this incandescent twilight, to acquire legally what the federal government will soon treat as contraband, should it appear in any American marketplace. Or maybe it’s that gut sense that with the dollar teetering toward an abyss of unfathomable and inflationary government spending, those beloved old 100 watt bulbs will at least provide a decent store of value, even if all I do is use them to read by for the rest of my life — meticulously taking care never to violate federal law by offering even a single bulb for sale to some fellow citizen willing to pay for it…”
“The big struggle here is not between Christians and Muslims, but between Muslims and Muslims. I saw a Muslim woman on TV just yesterday who said to the Muslim Brotherhood, “I am a Muslim, and you are Muslims, but the difference between me and you is like night and day. There is no way you can convince me to support you. As a full human being, I cannot accept it. I want to be free.” http://pjmedia.com/michaeltotten/2011/11/27/the-christians-of-egypt-part-ii/