CONTENTS: Americans fear BO re-election; NH results; Romney’s speech took it to BO; Demint predicts Mitt win; Kristol – Bain to Main; Bain Capital Bonfire; 100 yrs GOP war; “Republican”?; Dems embrace voter fraud; Ahmad & Hugo’s bomb; Population & our future; Mitt defends career; Limbaugh – why GOPers attack capitalism; BO got more $ from Bain; York – old, white, Godless; Lew – WallSt $; Missile secrets to Russia; Boot- our suicidal defense; Crony $ – electronic medical records; BO supports muslim brotherhood; Tebows Twitter record
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January 11, 1755: Alexander Hamilton born in the West Indies.
January 11, 1785: Congress moved from Trenton, NJ, to New York City. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“If progressivism is deathly sick, moderate Republicanism is dying.” Jeffrey Lord
January 16th, Myrtle Beach, SC, TBD.
Paul Bedard, Daily Caller: American Fear BO’s Re-election, 2-1
“When it comes to how Americans view President Obama going into the new year, there appears to be very little spirit of Auld Lang Syne. Instead, according to the new Washington Whispers poll, many voters aren’t forgetting what they dislike about Obama and want him out of office.
“In our New Year’s poll, when asked what news event they fear most about 2012, Americans by a margin of two-to-one said Obama’s reelection. Only 16 percent said they fear the Democrat won’t win a second term, while 33 percent said they fear four more years…”
Full story: Poll: Americans, 2-1, Fear Obama’s Re-election
New Hampshire Results
Romney’s Speech Took It to Obama
Jeff Poor, Daily Caller: DeMint - Romney to Win SC
Romney is headed to the state with a key endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a lead in recent polls. He’s also been given high marks by Sen. Jim DeMint, who said on Mark Levin’s radio show Tuesday night that Romney was sounding good to him.
“I was just sitting here listening to the Romney acceptance speech, and he’s hitting a lot of the hot buttons for me about balancing the budget, and frankly I’m a little concerned about the few Republicans who have criticized some of what I consider free market principles here,” DeMint said…”
William Kristol, Weekly Standard: From Bain to Main
There’s a lot of silliness on all sides of the Bain Capital debate.
“On the one hand, Newt Gingrich’s attacks (and the follow-on assaults by Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry) on Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital have been unfair, over the top, and, for that matter, all over the place. Gingrich, Perry, and Huntsman deserve much of the criticism they’ve received from conservative commentators.
“On the other, Mitt Romney’s claim throughout his campaign that his private sector experience almost uniquely qualifies him to be president is also silly. Does he really think that having done well in private equity, venture capital, and business consulting—or even in the private sector more broadly—is a self-evident qualification for public office?…”
WSJ: The Bain Capital Bonfire
“About the best that can be said about the Republican attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is that President Obama is going to do the same thing eventually, so GOP primary voters might as well know what’s coming. Yet that hardly absolves Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and others for their crude and damaging caricatures of modern business and capitalism.
“Bain’s business model is little more than “rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company,” says Mr. Gingrich, whose previous insights into free enterprise include years of defending the taxpayer-fed business of corn ethanol.
“A super PAC supporting the former House Speaker plans to spend $3.4 million in TV ads in South Carolina portraying Mr. Romney as Gordon Gekko without the social conscience. The financing for these ads will come from a billionaire who made his money in the casino business, which Mr. Gingrich apparently considers morally superior to investing in companies in the hope of making a profit…”
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator: “100 Year GOP War”
“Once upon a time… a long, long, loooonnnnnnnnng time ago in a political galaxy far away… the fight between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich began.
Specifically, it was 1912 — a long 100 years ago — when Republicans William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt launched the first intra-Republican Party war between conservatives and moderates. Or, as TR self-styled the latter, “progressives.”
That first fight was a doozy. A battle royal pitting one-time best friends Taft and TR, sitting president and popular ex-president — in a clamorous, knock-down, drag out fight. The fight ended a friendship, split the Republican Party, and, in the fall, with both men on the ballot — Taft as the GOP nominee and TR as the candidate of the newly-created “Progressive Party” — it ended with neither man winning, the country putting Democrat Woodrow Wilson into the White House…”
James Brody: “Republican” or “republican”?
Jonah Goldberg remarked on the easy partnerships that form between despots and large corporations … the big guys have more assets to put into the new rules and more programs to sell the new Hitler or Mussolini. The little guys who can’t pay lawyers, lobbyists, or armies of data techs and secretaries, social “percolation” – the movement of losers up and winners down – slows and the culture moves into a “winner-take-all” configuration.
In the absence of environmental upheaval – weather, disease, quakes, floods, or invasions – winner-take-all is almost irresistible. Old cultures parallel the minds of old men and women: the more creative “pattern maker” in your right cortex withers and your problem solving consists of reapplying the things that worked for you twenty years ago. There can be exceptions to these changes but we also need to challenge their creativity before putting them in charge … is Newt as robust as he once was? Is Dr. Paul?
The answer for either man is probably no. Either man shows you more of what you’ve already seen. And speculation exists that Dr. Paul-the-Elder would never hurt the career of Dr. Paul-the- Younger by acting for a third party and guaranteeing Obama’s reelection. I suspect, however, that the old man loves himself more than he loves his son and a third party sche”me is almost inevitable unless the old man thinks he and his followers have been treated fairly. The buy-offs may be worthwhile to get Obama out. They may also benefit the country if we can gain them without putting the old man in charge.
Otherwise, Stage 3 (Winner-take-all) moves to Stage 4 – Collapse, invasion, and recycling. Bose particles and social groups follow the same equations and in the case of human organizations, underlie exploration and survival in the face of environmental challenges.
Implication: “republicans” are more valuable than “Republicans” in producing the percolation that we all need…
Barabási, Albert L. (2002) Linked: The New Science of Networks. NY: Perseus.
Bianconi, Ginestra & Barabási, A-L (2000) Bose-Einstein condensation in complex networks. arXiv:cond-mat/0011224 v1 13 Nov 2000.
Goldberg, Elkonon (2001) The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind. NY: Oxford University Press.
Goldberg, Jonah (2007) Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. NY: Doubleday.
Lurita Doan, Human Events: Dems Embrace Voter Fraud
“With an historical supermajority in the House and the Senate, Team Obama and Democrats pushed their pet, progressive ideas with a vengeance, spending and borrowing. Yet despite full political power and despite the trillions of dollars thrown into the maw of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi vision of utopia, our nation is left with the nastiest of all financial hangovers as a result of queasy, Democrat-initiated, shameful indulgences. Of course too, the bills, some $16 trillion dollars of them, are coming due as well.
No one in America can possibly be pleased with the sorry achievement of Team Obama, perhaps the most miserable record of failed leadership in American history. And yet, Obama and his Democrat allies that are responsible for so much of the economic pain, including the jump in the misery index, are now determined to win the next election, remain in office, and presumably spoon out even more of the wealth redistribution, job killing regulatory regimes, and anti-business policies that have gotten us into this mess.
So how do Democrats plan to get elected? They certainly cannot run on their record. Even they must know their grand, economic plans to transform the American economy have failed. They know, too, that Americans, by wide margins, believe the country is on the wrong track. So what to do?
“Desperate people do desperate things, and taking a harder look at some recent Team Obama actions, it seems clear that one of the primary strategies for the election is going to be voter fraud…” (emph added, jb)
Reuters: Ahmadinejad and Chavez about the Bomb
“President Chavez is the champion in the war on imperialism,” Ahmadinejad said.
“The only bombs we’re preparing are bombs against poverty, hunger and misery,” added Chavez, saying 14,000 new homes had been built recently in Venezuela by Iranian constructors.
“Ahead of hosting Ahmadinejad, Ecuador’s government also offered moral support, pledging to ignore Western sanctions.
“‘We say with clarity that we do not accept those sanctions,’ Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters.
“‘We are a sovereign nation, we don’t have dads punishing us and putting us in the corner for behaving badly. They (the U.S.) should instead be sanctioning the U.S. companies doing massive business in Tehran like Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola’…”
Max Singer, PJM: Population & Our Real Future
And a dying American culture tries to revive the housing industry…
“…The real shock to all of us who have become used to an ever-growing population: when population growth comes to an end, it will not be followed by a more or less level world population. Almost as soon as growth stops, decline will begin. If present behavior patterns continue, the population declines that have already begun in Japan and a few European countries will spread throughout the world. In China, for example, so few women have been born lately that the Chinese population can be expected to decline by hundreds of millions by the end of this century…”
See also: Steyn, Mark (2006) America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. Washington DC: Regnery
Mark Levin and Michael (Weiner) Savage have both endorsed Rick Santorum…
Phillip Rucker, WaPo: Romney Defends Business Career
“…At a breakfast of business leaders in Nashua, N.H., Romney said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” The former Massachusetts governor was referring to health insurers that don’t provide adequate care, but on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, his opponents nevertheless feasted upon the apparently unscripted remark by a habitually cautious candidate.
“Governor Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs,” former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who polls suggest is enjoying a late surge here, told reporters in Concord. “It may be that he’s slightly out of touch with the economic reality playing out in America right now, and that’s a dangerous place to be.”
“Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) went further, criticizing the type of business Romney engaged in…”
Rush Limbaugh: Making Sense of Republicans Attacking Capitalism
Mike Savage speculated last night that Newt is on BO’s payroll…and remember AmericansElect stirring the pot for third party candicates…in that same show, Savage endorsed Rick Santorum…
“…I just cannot believe that we have Santorum and Newt and Perry out attacking capitalism, out attacking Romney. What is this? Everybody is asking, “What is going on?” Republican presidential candidates attacking business? It’s senseless. It doesn’t make any sense — and it does in one way.
“In starting this discussion, they’re trying to explain this, dissect what’s going on on the Republican side with the attacks on Romney and capitalism and so forth, with language, by the way, that’s used by the left. I want to read to you some excerpts of a piece by Jay Nordlinger who writes a column at National Review called Impromptus. He says, “I was watching a clip of Romney tangling with an ‘Occupy’ protester last week. Romney was defending corporate profits. I was astounded. I don’t think I had ever seen a candidate do this. When the subject comes up, you’re supposed to denounce corporate profits or say, ‘Hey, nice weather we’re having, huh?’”
“That gave me great pause. I had to stop and think. He’s right, frustratingly so. He’s right. No matter who it is, when the subject of profits comes up on our side, they usually duck it and run for the hills, which is maddening. Where are our people taking the occasion to educate people who have been mal-informed, ill-informed, or lied to about capitalism from the first day they stepped into public school? Profits are evil, they are so evil that even people on our side duck the discussion. Jay Nordlinger is reminding himself here that he saw a clip of Romney arguing with an Occupy protester defending corporate profits…”
(Replay from 1/9/12) Aaron Klein: “Americans Elect”
This complicates our interpretation of Don Trump’s motives when he tells Hannity that a third-party candidate will take equally from Ds and Rs and win…
In the second hour of his show yesterday, Klein argued that (1) third party candidates split Republican votes and (2) a network – Americans Elect – that includes Obama and his leftist friends, plans just such a candidate, supported by way of the Internet and endorsed at a June convention. Two million signatures are required and volunteers in major cities pull a “bait and switch” as they collect signatures.
The segment runs for 20 minutes in the second hour of his three-hour show. http://wabcradio.com/Article.asp?id=2368088&spid=36805
Americans Elect home page: http://www.americanselect.org/?gclid=CIrkytr1wq0CFWgEQAod-1RPAA
Brian Bolduc, NRO: BO Got More $ from Bain than Mitt Did
“Obama’s fundraising advantage is clear in the case of Bain Capital, the Boston-based private-equity firm that was co-founded by Romney, and where the Republican made his fortune. Not surprisingly, Romney has strong support at the firm, raking in $34,000 from 18 Bain employees, according to the analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
But Obama has outdone Romney on his own turf: collecting $76,600 from Bain Capital employees through September — and he needed only three donors to do it.
Byron York, Washington Examiner: New Hampshire … “Old, White, Godless”…
“NASHUA, N.H. — Is New Hampshire too white, too old and too godless to play a key role in selecting the next president?
“‘The rap on Iowa: It doesn’t represent the rest of the country — too white, too evangelical, too rural,’ NBC’s Andrea Mitchell famously said shortly before the Jan. 3 caucuses. Other critics called Iowa too old.
“If such concerns about Iowa are legitimate, then so are concerns about New Hampshire. For example, the first-in-the-nation primary state is actually whiter than Iowa. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire is 93.9 percent white, 2.8 percent Hispanic and 1.1 percent black, while Iowa is a virtual rainbow at 91.3 percent white, 5 percent Hispanic and 2.9 percent black.
“As far as age is concerned, both states have higher-than-national-average numbers of residents above retirement age. In New Hampshire, 13.5 percent of the population is 65 or older; in Iowa, it’s 14.9 percent. Not a lot of difference.
“As far as rural is concerned, yes, Iowa is full of farms. But New Hampshire isn’t exactly a great urban center. In fact, the primary and caucus path does not lead to any really big cities until the Florida primary on Jan. 31.
“Then there is religion…”
Neil Munro, Daily Caller: BO’s Jacob Lew – $$$$ from Wall St.
“All three of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff earned millions of dollars after passing through the revolving doors that lie between the Democratic Party and Wall Street.
“Yet Obama is positioning himself as Wall Street’s foe in the 2012 election, aided by millions of dollars in political donations from Wall Street companies, including Goldman Sachs.
“Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, and now Jacob Lew, are all career Democrats who have taken lucrative trips through those revolving doors, eliciting jeers from Republicans who say Obama is running an administration of crony capitalists…”
Also: Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard: Mortgage Defaults
“President Obama’s first chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once sat on the board of troubled federal mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Bill Daley, the president’s chief of staff whose departure was announced today, was previously a top executive at financial firm J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. So of course there should be little surprise that Obama’s latest chief of staff, announced today by the president himself, also has deep ties to the financial industry himself.
“From 2006-2008, Jack Lew was chief operating officer of Citibank’s alternative investments division. And it was his division that made billions of dollars betting “U.S. homeowners would not be able to make their mortgage payments,” as the Huffington Post reported…”
Michael Rubin, Commentary: BO to Give Missile Secrets to Russia
“While Michael McFaul’s confirmation to be U.S. ambassador to Russia has now passed the Senate, the reason for the holdup remains: The Obama administration appears intent to provide Russia with missile defense secrets. As the Washington Times’ Bill Gertz notes:
‘In the president’s signing statement issued Saturday in passing into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, Mr. Obama said restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority. As first disclosed in this space several weeks ago, U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the SM-3 data, despite reservations from security officials who say that doing so could compromise the effectiveness of the system by allowing Russian weapons technicians to counter the missile. The weapons are considered some of the most effective high-speed interceptors in the U.S. missile defense arsenal.’
“The impetus for the SM-3 information deal appears to be from Ellen Tauscher, a former left-of-center congresswoman who, as Obama’s undersecretary of state for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, has proven adept at self-promotion, but when it has come to the substance of her job, she distinguished herself as a poor negotiator, repeatedly getting bowled over by American adversaries.
“President Obama may believe defense cuts are necessary. Cutting defense capabilities is dangerous. The president’s plan reverses a bipartisan consensus about the reach of the U.S. military which dates back to the Roosevelt administration…”
Max Boot, Commentary: America’s Defense – a Suicidal Trajectory
“The U.S. armed forces have spent the past decade fighting two of the largest counterinsurgency campaigns in their history. In Iraq, they have dramatically reduced the threat from al-Qaeda and Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdist Army, and they are now in the process of doing the same to the Taliban and the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“But just as they are drawing down in both Iraq and Afghanistan, they have met an opposing force that might prove more formidable than any of those terrorist groups. These adversaries do not carry guns and do not plant IEDs. They wear green eyeshades and wield complex spreadsheets, and with these tools alone they have the potential to devastate our armed forces—and, if left unchecked, will do more damage to their fighting capacity than the Taliban, al-Qaeda, or any other external foe could inflict.
“As the comic strip Pogo famously put it in another context, ‘We have met the enemy, and he is us.’”
Hot Air: Electronic Records Bring Cash to BO’s Contributors
“…Getting ‘most of the money’ back four years from now is apparently cold comfort to facilities running in the red today. And UMC isn’t the only one. The Nassau University Medical Center in New York is also laying off workers. They aren’t just investing in the new electronic records requirements, but eying the fact that Obamacare will be reducing their Medicare reimbursement each year going forward as their legacy public worker pension costs continue to rise.
“Warner Todd Huston thinks he smells a rat in all this.
‘Last week, layoffs were announced in Mississippi at the University of Mississippi Medical Center due in part to the 80 million dollars that it will cost to implement a new computer system named EPIC Systems, Obama’s newly mandated electronic medical records system.
‘Naturally, the system Obama is forcing on an entire nation of medical professionals and hospitals is the same system owned and operated by Judith Faulkner, one of his own big donors. Faulkner is also a big donor to the Democrat Party…’”
Barry Rubin, PJM: BO Supports Muslim Brotherhood
“Not only is the Obama administration, as I’ve written for the last year, favoring radical Islamist forces — despite the fact that these are anti-Western, pro-terrorism, building dictatorships, and openly antisemitic and anti-Christian — but now even the establishment media is admitting it.
A friend of mine said, “Oh, they are probably saying that the Brotherhood is sounding radical publicly but privately reassuring U.S. officials that they are moderate.”
“No,” I replied. “That’s the old way of doing things when it was important to be, or at least to pretend to be, somewhat balanced. Now they say that the Brotherhood sounds moderate both publicly — ignoring all evidence to the contrary — and privately. Those who disagree are merely Republicans trying to defeat Obama in the election, and so should be ignored. The mass media today in such matters is worse than our worst nightmares of a decade ago.”
USA Today: Tebow’s Twitter Record
Much is being made about the correlation between the numbers for Tim Tebow’s passing yardage on Sunday and the John 3:16 Bible verse. But he also generated some mind-numbing stats in the world of social media.
Twitter announced today that Tebow is the new champion for inspiring the most tweets per second.
Twitter said Tebow-related tweets peaked at 9,420 per second after his 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime gave Denver a playoff victory against Pittsburgh.
The previous record was held by Beyonce, at 8,868 tweets per second, when she announced on the MTV Music Awards that she was pregnant.