CONTENTS: Debates; Save Ludwig’s Corner; Guzzardi –Pileggi; Jail for Frank?; Richmond audits TEA; Gov’t Schools; Senate sanctioned Iran; Why did Cain run?; GWill – Choke on BO Care; Newt – Noonan, Podhoretz, Hanson, York; BO & ISR; Canada leaves Kyoto?; DoJ’s 1364 to Congress; Newt – fairness & climate; Berwick’s replacement; $200M for Egypt elections; Ackerman’s Million
Announcements at p.11 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=3984
December 5, 1933: Henry Mencken had a legal beer as prohibition ended.
December 5, 1955: Prompted by the arrest of Rosa Parks, the Montgomery bus boycott began (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“I knew he thought he was in trouble when he didn’t look at his competitors in the last debate like they were lovely little frolicking gerbils…” Peggy Noonan, about Mitt
“President Barack Obama has announced his Christmas vacation to Hawaii – for a staggering 17-day trip.”
Daily Caller: Trump to Moderate 12/27 Debate
“The Newsmax ION Television Debate will be held at the Hoyt Sherman Theater in Des Moines, Iowa, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET – and will be the last forum of major Republican presidential candidates a week before the Jan. 3, 2012 Iowa caucus.”
Newt will be there; Paul declined … register at http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/NewtGingrichAcceptsNewsmaxIONDebateWithTrump/2011/12/03/id/419857
“Prominent conspiracy theorist, reality TV show host and ‘financially embattled thousandaire’ Donald Trump will attempt to moderate a Republican presidential debate in Iowa later this month, The New York Times reports.
“No Republican presidential candidates have yet said whether they will actually attend the debate, co-sponsored by Newsmax and something called ‘Ion Television.’ But given its location (Des Moines) and its date (December 27th, just days before the Iowa caucuses), Republican primary voters may very well have a chance to see the GOP field receive a grilling from the one-time Reform Party candidate.
“‘Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump,’ Newsmax chief Christopher Ruddy told the Times. ‘They may not agree with him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment…’
Lou Flanagan: Ludwig’s Corner – Horseshow Land Grab
The protest rally today @ the West Vincent Township building was great! There were probably about 200 people, horses being ridden, hand walked & there were 2 carriages. Numerous dogs joined their owners in protest as well. See attached photos.
The Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show needs your help – you do not need to live in the township to voice your opposition to this land grab w/ eminent domain – it is wrong!
A little help can go a long way.
1. Write or call the West Vincent Board of Supervisors asking them to rescind Township Ordinance 20-2011. Their contact info appears below.
2. Write or call your State & Federal Representatives asking them to investigate the misuse of power in W. Vincent Township as well as the financing of the transaction
3. Write or call the W. Vincent Township requesting the immediate resignation of Township Supervisors: Ken Miller & Clare Quinn
4. Donate to the LCHS Legal Defense fund – make check payable to the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Foundation
5. Attend the upcoming meetings @ the township building – Monday @ 7:30, Tuesday,@ 5 & Wednesday @ 7 (check the township website for more details).
6. Forward this email to anyone who may be interested in writing a letter, email or making a phone call.
7. Do all of the above!
West Vincent Township
729 St. Matthews Road
Chester Springs, Pa. 19425
Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show
Uwchland, Pa. 19480
Gov. Tom Corbett
Pa. House Rep. Hon. Curt Schroder
315 Gordon Drive
Exton, Pa. 19341
Congressman Jim Gerlach
111 E. Uwchland Ave.
Exton, Pa. 19341
Sen. Andrew Dinniman (he was @ the protest & he is totally against this!) Thank him!
Bob Guzzardi: About Pileggi
“Senator Dominic Pileggi, a Union Republican, wants to challenge Sen. Bob Casey 2012 November. Read Tea Party Lisa Esler’s expose of Sen.Pileggi’s less than Tea Party record. I would add that Sen. Pileggi has facilitated everyone of former Gov. Ed Rendell’s ever escalating budget spending and borrowing. Dominic Pileggi is “The Establishment’s Guy.”
John Ransom, TownHall: Jail for No One (Dodd-Frank)
“…The legislation crafted by Dodd and Frank has reformed none of the systemic failures in our banking system, but it sure has made it harder for banks to loan money, or for you and me to buy a house.
“Much of the failure of the housing sector to recover since 2008 can be laid at the feet of the misshapen and misanthropic Dodd-Frank reforms. And much of the failure of the economy in general to recover since 2008 can be laid at the feet of the failure of the housing sector to recover…”
Richmond, VA, Audits TEA
Thanks Mike Gallagher,
“Mayor Dwight Jones (804-646-7970) met with Occupy leaders, issued a permit, and supplied porta-pots and police protection – all without charging them. TEA patriots paid for all of these services and left no mess – they asked Jones for a refund and were handed an audit.
Story: Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress:
“…The Richmond Tea Party has been alleging that it is being singled out for unfair treatment from the city of Richmond, Virginia after officials have opened a tax audit of the group. These Tea Partiers complain that the city has been much more lenient on Occupy Richmond (which recently faced arrests after resisting an eviction) and that 99 Percenters are getting preferential treatment.
“Yet the Richmond Tea Party just got an unexpected ally in its claim against the city — Occupy Richmond. The group put out a statement defending the Tea Party group and criticizing possible politically-motivated retaliation against it by the city:
After the city accused the Richmond Tea Party of being overdue on tax filings, Occupy Richmond issued a statement saying “it would not surprise us” if the move was “retaliation” for the Tea Party’s criticism of Mayor Dwight Jones. [...] “The Tea Party and Occupy movements disagree on many, many issues,” Occupy Richmond’s Thursday statement said. “This should not stop all Americans from proudly standing together against government abuses.”
“Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens says the group “never really had any kind of beef with the Occupy people” and that she’s “glad the Occupy group agrees with us.”
A “conservative” rock group, “Madison Rising,” applied for permits to perform at Zuccotti Park … request denied … check the Aaron Klein podcast for 12/4/11, in its first 30 minutes: http://wabcradio.com/Article.asp?id=2347288&spid=36805 … also http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/02/rock-band-madison-rising-puts-conservative-thought-to-music/ and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dKWBDdAN0Y
SaveCalifornia.com: “Get your kids out of government schools”
About one-third of us have a religious sense about unseen things, one-third do not, and one-third go along with crowd. (Roughly the same breakdown occurs for political persuasions.) The unseen trap is called “unique environments” –the worlds that each of us makes for him or herself. Implication – kids with a religious sense will join made-up religions – Wicca or werewolves, for example, if that sense is not met by Christianity. Government schools that do not allow Christian practice feed destructive superstitions. And California and Texas – because of their size – sets the market for Pennsylvania.
California schools now are required to deliver secularism and positive examples of “alternative lifestyles” … www.SaveCalifornia.com promotes alternative schools instead of alternative lifestyles … your kids could be next …
Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner: Senate Sanctions Iran, 100-0
“For the second time this week, the Democrat-controlled Senate opposed President Obama on a national security issue — this time voting unanimously to sanction the Iranian Central Bank.
“The sanctions would prohibit financial institutions that do business with the bank of Iran from opening or maintaining correspondent banking accounts in the United States,” explained the office of one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., in a press release announcing the vote results. “If we are serious about stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, we must be willing to follow the money that feeds its nuclear ambitions and to take real action against the Central Bank of Iran, starving the regime of the resources it needs to advance its terrorist agenda,” Menendez said in a statement…”
Roger Simon, PJM: Why Did Herman Run?
“So why did he run? I certainly don’t know, but it’s probable he thought of it as a quasi-publicity stunt in the beginning. Then his charisma, coupled with his attractive outsider quality, took over — I suckered for it heavily, as did many of us — and, miracle of miracles, he was the frontrunner.
“But then the roof fell in. The allegations surfaced. His numerous foreign policy gaffes became more obvious. He tried to soldier on but it seems the inevitable is about to happen and he will drop out.
“For Republicans, it is a good thing this occurred now. His charisma might have carried him to the nomination, virtually guaranteeing an explosion of October surprises and the reelection of Barack Obama.
“My guess is Herman Cain has an out-sized sense of entitlement, but that is no more than armchair psychoanalysis. The real problem is us. Why do we flock to politicians (amateur or otherwise) so quickly when we know so little about them? The personality profile of the person who goes into politics in the first place is not exactly that of normal people. It fairly screams narcissism.(emph added ,jb)
“When it comes to politicians, caveat emptor. They are almost all very flawed human beings. The incumbent president is a good example of that. Trust (a little), but verify (a lot).”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Candor…
“Aside from courage — the essential trait without which, as the ancients insisted, all other virtues are impossible — candor is now the most appreciated. Herman Cain came a long way, despite not knowing much of anything about foreign affairs and with a past that could not stay in the past. Why? He was blunt-speaking, and so often could cut to the quick. “9-9-9” was at once clear and concise, and that even trumped the fact that Cain himself did not know all the details of his own nostrum. And when he was not, or could not be, candid about his past, he faltered…”
George Will, WaPo: “Choking on Obamacare”
“In 1941, Carl Karcher was a 24-year-old truck driver for a bakery. Impressed by the large numbers of buns he was delivering, he scrounged up $326 to buy a hot dog cart across from a Goodyear plant. And the war came.
“So did millions of defense industry workers and their cars. And, soon, Southern California’s contribution to American cuisine — fast food. Including, eventually, hundreds of Carl’s Jr. restaurants. Karcher died in 2008, but his legacy, CKE Restaurants, survives. It would thrive, says CEO Andy Puzder, but for government’s comprehensive campaign against job creation.
“CKE, with more than 3,200 restaurants (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), has created 70,000 jobs, 21,000 directly and 49,000 with franchisees. The growth of those numbers will be inhibited by — among many government measures — Obamacare.
“When CKE’s health-care advisers, citing Obamacare’s complexities, opacities and uncertainties, said that it would add between $7.3 million and $35.1 million to the company’s $12 million health-care costs in 2010, Puzder said: I need a number I can plan with. They guessed $18 million — twice what CKE spent last year building new restaurants. Obamacare must mean fewer restaurants…”
Newt … More about Candor
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: The Comeback Kid
“This is the week it became clear that nobody knows anything. Pretty much all the conventional wisdom about the 2012 presidential race has turned out to be wrong. Newt rules, Cain’s over, Romney’s rocked. Nobody knows what’s going to happen.
“We’ll start with the president:
“Gallup. Obama down. Forty-three percent approval. Lower than Jimmy Carter at this point. The Democratic spin: This is good, with the economy so bad you’d think his numbers would be lower! Actually you’d think an incumbent nobody likes would be exactly where Jimmy Carter was before he lost in a landslide. More to the point, the president’s numbers went downward, not upward. Why? Because the congressional super committee failed to cut $1.2 trillion out of $44 trillion in projected deficits.
Once again the president thought he was playing a shrewd game: The collapse of the super committee would serve his political purposes. Once again he misjudged. ..”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: Gingrich Surge Feeds on Mitt
“The Newt surge isn’t about Newt Gingrich. It’s about Mitt Romney.
“Oh, it’s about Newt to the extent that he’s done an amazing job filing away his own rough edges since his campaign nearly imploded in June. At 68, Gingrich has achieved a striking emotional equilibrium in public, a condition of relaxation and ease that had eluded him during his period of greatest prominence two decades ago.
“Gingrich is not a good retail campaigner and is, by all accounts, a disastrous manager, and those are the qualities that usually matter most in the early going of a presidential primary season. But he’s been the most entertaining candidate in a race dominated by TV debates.
“The debates have allowed Gingrich to transform his presidential bid from a comic embarrassment, featuring a senior staff mass resignation, in the spring into something more formidable than anyone could have anticipated, including him…”
Victor Davis Hanson: Cautions about Newt…
Hanson, interviewed by Dennis Miller on December 2nd, was concerned about Newt’s age and weight and irritability and his past stances on global warming (an ad cut for Al Gore and posed with Nancy Pelosi), cap and trade, and immigration. Miller’s reaction: Krauthammer, Steyn, and Hanson tip to Romney as the better candidate…
Byron York … Gearing Up … “Brilliant, Petulant, Arrogant … with old (less important) and new baggage …
York: Newt’s Insider-Outsider Divide
“There’s a deep and growing divide in the Republican world between those who are able to reconcile themselves with — to wrap their heads around — the possibility of Newt Gingrich becoming the GOP presidential nominee, and those who are not. It’s becoming increasingly clear that it is Washington insiders who are having the most trouble imagining a Gingrich nomination, while Republicans outside Washington aren’t having a problem.
“Of course it’s the Washington insiders who have the most actual experience dealing with Gingrich…”
York: Is He Real?
NEWBERRY, S.C. — Cathy Gibbons is a one-woman focus group for Republican attitudes toward Newt Gingrich. Back in the ’90s, Gibbons grew tired of Gingrich when he was Speaker of the House. But this year, after watching Gingrich at Republican presidential debates, she sees him as a different man — and the best candidate in the field.
“I’ve heard them talk on the news about all the baggage, but I don’t see that any more,” says Gibbons, of McCormick, S.C. “He’s not the same person. They say people can’t change when they become adults, but I think Newt has.”
Still, just seconds later, Gibbons adds, “There are some things that have bothered me that have come out in the last couple of days.”
Barry Rubin, PJM: Panetta, BO, and ISR
“In a major address on U.S. Middle East policy to the Brookings Institution U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta gave us a clear picture of the Obama administration’s view of the region. When taken along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent speech on the same subject, we now know the following regarding Obama’s policy:
“It is dangerously and absurdly wrong…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: Egypt’s Descent
“…The short 90-year history of independent Egypt is that it got worse. Mubarak’s Egypt was worse than King Farouk’s Egypt, and what follows from last week’s vote will be worse still. If you’re a Westernized urban woman, a Coptic Christian, or an Israeli diplomat with the goons pounding the doors of your embassy, you already know that. The Kingdom of Egypt in the three decades before the 1952 coup was flawed and ramshackle and corrupt, but it was closer to a free-ish pluralist society than anything in the years since…”
Van Loon, Bloomberg: Canada May Exit Kyoto
Canada, the country furthest from meeting its commitment to cut carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, may save as much as $6.7 billion by exiting the global climate change agreement and not paying for offset credits.
“The country’s greenhouse-gas emissions are almost a third higher than 1990 levels, and it has a 6 percent CO2 reduction target for the end of 2012. If it couldn’t meet its goal, Canada would have to buy carbon credits, under the rules of the legally binding treaty.
“Canada, which has the world’s third-largest proven oil reserves, would be the first of 191 signatories to the Kyoto Protocol to annul its emission-reduction obligations…”
Yahoo: Fast and Furious – DoJ’s 1364 Pages to Congress
“…It is unusual for the Justice Department to provide such detail of its internal deliberations as it did on Friday with Congress.
“The department turned over 1,364 pages of material after concluding “that we will make a rare exception to the department’s recognized protocols and provide you with information related to how the inaccurate information came to be included in the letter,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is looking into the Obama administration’s handling of Operation Fast and Furious…”
Seton Modley, PJM: Newt & Fairness Doctrine
Thanks, Mike Savage,
“The so-called Fairness Doctrine is the anti-First Amendment now unenforced Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule which chilled free speech on the radio from its FCC creation in 1949 until the Commission voted to stop its enforcement in 1987.
“The Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1987 (H.R. 1934) sprung up immediately after this latter vote to try to turn the Doctrine into law. Then Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich was one of its 71 co-sponsors.
“I can’t for the life of me find the final vote, so I do not know if Gingrich voted for it – though it would be a might strange for someone to co-sponsor a bill and then not say Aye.
“I did find a pro-Fairness Doctrine video that says the bill passed the House by a 3-1 margin – and that Gingrich voted for it.
“It also passed the Senate – but President Ronald Reagan thankfully then broke out his veto pen.
“This was all of course in the midst of the dark days of the Republicans’ 40+ years spent wandering in the House Minority wilderness, so there was rarely any need for any Elephant to sponsor anything – they were an irrelevant species…”
Klein: Newt and Internet Fairness http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2011/12/03/newt-misleading-voters-on-fairness-doctrine-claims-to-vocally-oppose-but-sponsored-original-bill/
Klein: Newt and Climate: “Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has recently offered seemingly contradictory views on “climate change,” claiming to oppose climate taxation while partnering with a group that promotes such legislation.
“The former House speaker earlier this week called his partnering with Nancy Pelosi on an environmental mission a “mistake.” However, last year he not only defended the move but said he would have done it again…”
KleinonLine: Medicare – Berwick’s Replacement and Fraud
“Marilyn Tavenner, President Obama’s pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, previously chaired a hospital association that advocates for ‘healthcare for all.’
“Another group at which Tavenner served in multiple senior positions, the Hospital Corporation of America, or HCA, admitted while she was there to fraudulently billing Medicare and other government health programs, resulting in the largest fraud settlement in US history.
“Tavenner is slated to replace current Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald Berwick, who will step down on December 2, three weeks before his recess appointment expires at the end of the month…”
Lincoln Radio Journal
“(December 3, 2011 – December 9, 2011) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry talks with Christopher Borick Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion about the mood of Pennsylvania voters heading into the presidential election year; Eric Montarti and Frank Gamrat have an Allegheny Institute Report on the latest proposals to eliminate school district property taxes; And, Dr. Paul Kengor of Grove City College sits in for Scott Paterno with a commentary on the nation’s vanishing World War II veterans.”
KGO, San Francisco
WNTP, 990 AM, Philadelphia lately carries ads from its “talk guys” to appreciate its advertisers….what’s up?
“It’s the End of KGO as We Know It. Since KGO, San Francisco has changed very little over the past 20 years, any change to the legendary Cumulus-owned station would seem monumental. That’s why the dismissal of KGO talk hosts Gil Gross, Gene Burns, Ray Taliaferro and John Rothmann as the station morphs into a news-intensive station is so shocking to an industry that’s seen plenty of change lately. KGO director of news and programming Paul Hosley tells the San Francisco Chronicle, “What we are doing is adding a tremendous amount of news content to KGO.”
Internet Talk Radio Ratings
By way of Mike Savage…
Rank / Share / October Trend / November Trend
1 Rush Limbaugh 16.8 / +0.83% / +1.66%
2 Michael Savage 10.8 / +27.12% / +18.60%
3 Glenn Beck 10.7 / +6.66% / +1.05%
4 Laura Ingraham 9.6 / -13.48% / -21.00%
5 Tammy Bruce 6.3 / -5.37% / -17.78%
6 Sean Hannity 5.1 / -12.93% / -6.53%
7 Mark Levin 4.8 / -17.73% / -17.02%
8 George Noory 3.7 / +0.11% / -1.53%
9 Bill Bennett 3.2 / -18.62% / -23.35%
10 Dennis Miller 2.1 / +10.47% / -10.25%
11 Michael Medved 2.0 / -0.91% / +0.26%
12 Neal Boortz 2.0 / +28.89% / +10.74%
BO Spent $200 Million on Egyptian Elections
“The Obama administration spent some $200 million on democracy building in the lead-up to the elections this week in Egypt.
“But with 65 percent of the vote going to Islamist candidates, it doesn’t appear the money was well spent.
“Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy, told Campaigns & Elections magazine that $65 million went to Egypt after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and an additional $100 million was earmarked for economic development but also to train Egypt’s nascent political parties.
“The money is going through the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute…”
“Superintendent” Ackerman Wants $1,000,000
“File this under the category of You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me.
“Former San Francisco school Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has filed for unemployment in Philadelphia after receiving a nearly $1 million payout to leave the same job there, according to CBS Philly.
“She would be eligible for the maximum unemployment benefit of $573 per week, if her claim is approved.
“The Philadelphia school board paid Ackerman $905,000 to buyout the remaining three years of her five-year contract, with $405,000 coming from private donations and the rest from the district. The agreement included a clause that allowed the ousted school’s chief to file for unemployment.
“To refresh everyone’s memory, in 2006, Ackerman was also shown the door in San Francisco, collecting $375,000 in severance pay to clear out of her office. She then briefly sued the district, claiming she was owed $172,000 more in unused benefits, a lawsuit she eventually dropped.”