CONTENTS: Birmingham Jail; Huntsman Drops; Debate schedule; Sunstein – infiltrate web sites; Two kinds of republican; Strassel – GOP $; USMC – Bill Kristol, Allen West, Savage, Ledeen; Hanna – recuse Kagan; Bailouts at the trough; Steyn- Ron’s faction; Krauthammer – about RP; 4 off VA ballot; SOPA – kill it; Your vote; Reaganism lives; TEA’s war (Flanagan response); Ramsey – our family $; Taranto – NYT & truth; O’Reilly’s $; Hanson – shovel-ready defense; York – Mitt’s hidden career; BO to court- NLRB; S&P downgraded 5; Nutter – “idiots & assholes”; Egypt tasers strays; Isl contrib to football; Emerson – State Dept & free speech for ISL
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Dr. King was born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” 1963. http://www.usconstitution.net/dream.html
Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe Letter from Birmingham Jail
“ANY TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME to read Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” But it pulses with special relevance during Black History Month.
We have fallen into the custom of treating this period as blacks’ history month: four weeks set apart — segregated, one might say — for African-Americans to celebrate black heroes and recall black achievements. It has become a kind of calendrical quota — 11 months of ‘regular’ history, one month of black history. The result is a pervasive tokenism, with February becoming the month for black-themed lectures, concerts, and school assignments.
“But as King would have been the first to insist, the history of blacks in America is not some detachable appendix to American history. It is American history. For all its dark and bloody episodes, it is the greatest success story of any black people, ever — an ascent that can be comprehended only in the context of American values and traditions.
“It was precisely those values and traditions to which King appealed in ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ …”
South Carolina : Romney 32, Gingrich 21, Paul 14, Santorum 13
ABC: Huntsman Out
“Jon Huntsman will drop out of the Republican presidential race on Monday, a campaign spokesman told ABC News.
“A source close to the Huntsman campaign said the former ambassador to China and Utah governor was “proud of the race that he ran” but “did not want to stand in the way” of rival Mitt Romney, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination…”
January 23, 2012 Air time TBD on NBC
Location:University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
Sponsor: The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100
January 26, 2012 Air time TBD on CNN
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Sponsor: CNN, CNN en Español, The Hispanic Leadership Network and The Republican Party of Florida
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: Cass Sunstein – “Infiltrate Social Network Websites…”
“Just prior to his appointment as President Obama’s so-called regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein wrote a lengthy academic paper suggesting the government should ‘infiltrate’ social network websites, chat rooms and message boards.
“Such ‘cognitive infiltration,’ Sunstein argued, should be used to enforce a U.S. government ban on ‘conspiracy theorizing.’
“Among the beliefs Sunstein classified as a ‘conspiracy theory’ is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.
“The find comes as a government document reportedly relates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report…”
David Weidner, WSJ: Two Kinds of Republican
“Republican A is for free markets, the rights of companies to do as they please and providing tax incentives for investment. Republican B is for job creation, a strong middle class and everyone paying their fair share.
“On the surface, the two candidates wouldn’t seem to be at odds. But A and B aren’t adding up on the campaign trail. That, in a nutshell, is the Mitt Romney problem.
“Mr. Romney, as you know, co-founded and made his fortune at private-equity firm Bain Capital. He is the quintessential Republican A. He believes all Republicans are or should be type A.
“On CBS’s ‘This Morning’ on Wednesday, Mr. Romney credited his victory in the New Hampshire primary to his A status. “People in the state here said, look, we want a guy who spent some time in the private sector.”
“Type B Republicans are like Mr. Romney in one way: They think all Republicans are like them, or should be. They see private equity and Mr. Romney as enemies.
“‘Vulture capitalism,’ said GOP rival Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
“‘Rich people figuring out clever, legal ways to loot a company,’ added Newt Gingrich, another challenger for the nomination.
Jon Huntsman Jr. said, ‘Gov. Romney enjoys firing people. I enjoy creating jobs.’
“As you have probably gathered by now, the difference between a type A and type B Republican isn’t really about politics. It’s about the economics of buyouts.…”
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: GOP Back in the Money Game
“The Republican National Committee under chairman Reince Priebus is once again raising substantial sums, especially from big donors.
“…One year into his chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, Mr. Priebus will soon be announcing the fruits of his 2011 labors, and the news is that the GOP is (finally) back in the money game. The party may not have a nominee, but what it does have is an organization that looks ever more able to support one…”
William Kristol, Weekly Standard: “Men at War”
“Dear SHAEF, I have just pissed into the Rhine River. For God’s sake, send some gasoline.” George S. Patton
“Maybe, our current civilian leaders should spend a little less time posturing and a little more time supporting the troops who’ve been sent abroad to fight at the direction of their administration. They are, after all, carrying out a mission the civilian leadership has judged crucial to our national security. We know from the administration’s recent ‘strategic guidance’ that President Obama now believes ‘the tide of war is receding’ and that ‘we are turning a page.’ That would be nice. But the ‘tide of war’ resulted last year in fierce fighting, with seven dead and many more wounded from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, in Helmand. Soldiers and Marines continue today to fight and die at the direction of the commander in chief. Until the page is fully turned (if it ever is), he and his administration have a responsibility to err on the side of supporting our troops, rather than competing to chastise them sanctimoniously—even when a few of them have done something foolish.
“Indeed, the foolishness of these few young Marines is as nothing compared with the foolishness of Obama administration officials.”
Rep. Allen West in their Corner
“… unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”
Michael Savage – “…Cowardly Condemnation…”
“What have the Taliban done to our troops? What have the Taliban done to the Afghanis? What are they responsible for in terms of human degradation?” Savage asked his “Savage Nation” listeners last night. “Why is our government punishing our Marines instead of saluting them?”
Michael Ledeen, PJM: “Pissing on the Enemy”
“…Our leaders are in a panic. Hillary and Panetta are horrified, and their public comments verge on hysteria (Panetta called the behavior “utterly deplorable” and Hillary expressed “total dismay”). Afghan President Karzai, a noted humanitarian, declared it “inhumane.” Our full military investigative apparatus, last seen prosecuting Marines subsequently found innocent, is in full activity, and no doubt heads, if not other parts of the anatomy, will be figuratively sliced off.
“I wonder if they know there’s a war on…”
USMC & Fairness
BO visited the Pentagon and announced that we don’t need our military as much as we once did. There will be consequences.
First, there are two forces that you need to appreciate. Statistical physics agrees with Darwin … Stage 2, “The Rich Get Richer,” leads to “Winner-Take-All (WTA),” a condition in which all participants are directly influenced by whatever won the top position and WTA will last until the next invasion, famine, drought, earthquake, or meteor strikes. WTA then collapses and its debris gets recycled and makes another Mad Max movie for Mel Gibson.
Second, Tit-for-Tat (discovered by Rand researchers) requires that one good turn elicits a reciprocal good turn. Two players make out better through cooperation than either of them would by cheating. The only time that cheating works is if one player knows that the game ends and the second one does not. (We see these tactics in Fuller Brush salesmen, on used car lots, and in preparations for divorce court.)
Betrayal in Tit-for-Tat usually elicits powerful moral indignation and retaliation.
Tit-for-Tat balances pressures for WTA to emerge and you can measure some of its effects by the percolation that describes the movement from the “bottom” social class to the top and the slide downward by members of the “top” social class.
BO has declared himself at the top and treats our military as disposable pawns. They have been cheated and the rest of us need to make a mighty roar on their behalf and, hopefully, chase BO out of town.
Poundstone, W. (1992) Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb. NY: Anchor.
Brody, J.F. (2008) Rebellion: Physics to Personal Will. Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse.
Colin Hanna, LincolnRadiofJournal: Recuse Kagan
“Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has a commentary on why Justice Keagan should recuse herself from hearing the case on Obamacare.”
Brian Baugaus, BigGovt: Bailouts and Dependency
“Government welfare is addicting. It creates dependency by the recipients and control for the government. Federal welfare takes many forms. We tend to focus on the part that is meant for the poor but that may be the least offensive version. The program is ineffective and immoral but at least we can see the need.
“From an economic point of view, many of the other versions are far more dangerous; welfare programs distort market signals. They reward and encourage inefficiencies, wastefulness and even corruption. These programs are not charity, they are vote buying. Charity is when you give YOUR OWN money, not someone else’s.
“But, the federal dependency has many more facets. There are countless businesses lined up at the trough to get their taxpayer feeding…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: The Ron Paul Faction
“No candidate is ideal, and we conservatives are always enjoined not to make the perfect the enemy of the good — or in this case the enemy of the mediocre: Sitting next to me last Tuesday on Fox News, the pollster Frank Luntz said that Romney in his victory speech was now starting to use words that resonate with the American people. The main word he used was “America.” On Tuesday night Romney told us he wants to restore America to an America where millions of Americans believe in the American ideal of a strong America for millions of Americans. Which is more than your average Belgian can say. The crowd responded appreciatively. An hour later a weird goofy gnome in a baggy suit two sizes too big came out and started yakking about the Federal Reserve, fiat money, and monetary policy “throughout all of history.” And the crowd went bananas!
“It’s traditional at this point for non-Paulites to say that, while broadly sympathetic to his views on individual liberty, they deplore his neo-isolationism on foreign policy. But deploring it is an inadequate response to a faction that is likely to emerge with the second-highest number of delegates at the GOP convention…
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: About Ron Paul
It can also be argued that Dr. Paul is also driven by his young followers, a remarkable parallel to Obama’s ’08 campaign…
“…the bigger winner was Ron Paul. He got 21 percent in Iowa, 23 in New Hampshire, making him the only candidate other than Romney to do well with two very different electorates, one more evangelical and socially conservative, the other more moderate and fiscally conservative.
Paul commands a strong, energetic, highly committed following. And he is unlike any of the other candidates. They’re out to win. He admits he doesn’t see himself in the Oval Office. Those aiming for the White House are one-time self-contained enterprises. Paul is out there to build a movement that will long outlive this campaign.
Paul is less a candidate than a “cause,” to cite his election-night New Hampshire speech. Which is why that speech was the only one by a losing candidate that was sincerely, almost giddily joyous…
Poll: Paul Surges in South Carolina
“Mitt Romney leads the South Carolina Republican presidential primary with 29%. Newt Gingrich is in second place with 25% and Ron Paul is in third place with 20%.
“Paul has gained the most and Rick Santorum has lost the most since the last American Research Group survey on January 4-5. In that survey, Paul was at 9% and Santorum was at 24%…”
Independence Hall TEA PAC: Mitt Endorsed
“Philadelphia, PA (January 2, 2012) — The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, a tri-state (DE, NJ, PA) regional group, announced today that its 27-member Board of Delegates has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Mitt Romney for President.
“The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC is the first Tea Party group in the nation to formally endorse Mitt Romney.
“Over the past several weeks, a consensus has been building among our Board of Delegates that Mr. Romney is the most electable Republican candidate,” said PAC President, Don Adams. “We, as a Tea Party PAC, have set winning the White House as our number one priority in 2012. We believe Mr. Romney is the one candidate who can win the Republican nomination and defeat President Barack Obama in November…”
Bill Mears, CNN: Newt, Rick, Rick, & Jon Missed the Ballot
“…The four candidates challenged the state’s residency requirements for those seeking to circulate ballot petitions, but Judge John Gibney ruled against the challenge.
“The four candidates “knew the rules in Virginia many months ago,” the judge wrote in his ruling. “In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair.”
“Gibney, a 2010 appointee to the federal bench in Richmond by President Barack Obama, said his ruling denied the candidates’ motion for a preliminary injunction…”
Bill Reader, PJM: SOPA and PROTECT-IP: A Line-By-Line Analysis of the Bills We Must Kill
“The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), AKA H.R. 3261, is an extremely polarizing proposal to change the way that U.S. copyright enforcement works on the web. The supposed goal of SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate, PROTECT IP, is to help protect U.S. copyrights from foreign trespass. Yet the bills could grant powers well beyond those goals to both copyright holders and to the U.S. government…”
Patriots of SE Michigan: Your Vote
Does Your Vote REALLY Count?
What Is The Secretary of State Project?
“Most voters are blissfully unaware of a long-term project that has been underway since 2005, a project meant to take control of our electoral system and bend it to one ideological agenda. It’s called the Secretary of State Project and is funded by one of the most active left-wing political donors in the world, George Soros.”
Nile Gardner, UK Telegraph: Reaganism Marches on…
“Twenty-three years on from the end of the greatest US presidency of the 20th century, the conservative revolution led by Ronald Reagan continues. America may be led by the most Left-wing American president of the modern era, but the nation remains at its core a deeply conservative country, with conservatives holding a huge lead over liberals in the latest Gallup poll…”
Marty Bai, NYT Magazine: “TEA Party’s Not So Civil War”
“Discussions about the Tea Party often miss the extent to which the movement is loose and leaderless, a disjointed collection of local chapters and agendas. But if the phenomenon has an epicenter, that place is South Carolina. The state’s junior senator, Jim DeMint, is generally seen as the ideological forefather of the Tea Party, at least among elected officials. Tea Party activism propelled South Carolina’s 39-year-old governor, Nikki Haley, into office in 2010, along with four new Republican congressmen. There are, by some estimates, more than 50 autonomous Tea Party groups operating throughout the state, and according to a recent Winthrop University poll, 61 percent of South Carolinians say they approve of the movement — more than double the national figure, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
“When you talk to activists around the state, as I did recently during a weeklong visit, you hear a lot about Romney’s record on health care, specifically, and about his ideological squishiness in general. But you also come to understand that the antipathy in Tea Party circles is more visceral…”
Lou Flanagan’s Letter to the Times
“Any lingering hopes that readers of this paper were generally well read and well rounded have been greatly dashed by some of the mindless responses about Tea Parties. The original article appears to be well balanced unlike so many of those posts. One wonders at how severely they limit their sources of information.
“The Tea Party I co-founded in eastern Pennsylvania includes these among its goals: reduce government intrusion into our economy, reform the regulatory agencies, elect leaders who understand the meaning of fiscal responsibility, root out crony capitalists/crony socialists/crony legislators, to name a few. Dangerous populism to be sure!
“One need not belong to a Tea Party to support those positions – in fact, at our weekly awareness rallies along the crowded highway at the King of Prussia malls; those passing by indicate their agreement with our signs at a ratio of 20 – 25 to 1, by careful count. That’s up from 6 or 8 to 1 when we began three years ago.
“Our group, like others in this region, does not support any particular candidate; most or all are sufficiently in tune with our goals. We know that all have flaws and deficiencies. Bur as a group, we respect the line between supporting policies and supporting a given candidate. And yes, we’ve had reps from both parties speak at our meetings.
“I suggest you attend some Tea Party group meetings in your area. This way, your posts will gain some credibility.
“Louis, The General Wayne Tea Party”
Dave Ramsey – Our Federal Budget
Thanks Patriots of SE Michigan,
“If the US Government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, they spend $75,000 a year, and are $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing BIG spending cuts to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year. These are the actual proportions of the federal budget & debt, reduced to a level that we can understand.
– Dave Ramsey”
James Taranto, WSJ: “The Truth Vigilantes”
“Their mission: hunt down facts and destroy them.
“Hilarity ensued yesterday after Arthur Brisbane, ‘public editor’ of the New York Times, posted a blog entry titled ‘Should the Times Be a Truth Vigilante?’ He was compelled to publish a follow-up post hours later to reply to his “large majority of respondents” who answered his question ‘with, yes, you moron, The Times should check facts and print the truth.’
“Being a ‘truth vigilante’ turns out to mean something different from being truthful. Something very different, as we can see from the examples in Brisbane’s initial post…”
Bill O’Reilly, Town Hall: The Prez Wants My Money
“A few days ago, a Democrat handed me an Obama fundraising brochure even though he knows I never give political donations. I guess the guy wanted me to see what I’m missing. Anyway, the two-sided pamphlet extolled the president’s record on, among other things, “women’s rights,” health care and the economy.
“The economy? Yes.
“According to the Obama for America organization, which paid for the pamphlet, Obama is responsible for “an economic recovery program (that) supported as many as 3.6 million jobs by cutting taxes, investing in clean energy, roads and bridges, keeping teachers in classrooms, and protecting unemployment benefits.” Those claims were made under the heading: “Job Creation.”
“Wait a minute. “Protecting unemployment benefits” is directly tied to job creation? Who knew?
“Now, I don’t want to sound like a partisan here, because that’s boring. As with all presidents, Obama has both good and bad on his resume. But the phrase “supported as many as 3.6 million jobs” is a masterful piece of propaganda…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Defense – a Shovel-Ready Investment
“President Obama has just ordered massive cutbacks in defense spending, eventually to total some $500 billion. There is plenty of fat in a Pentagon budget that grew after 9/11, but such slashing goes way too far.
“Fairly or not, the cuts will only cement the now-familiar stereotype of Obama’s desire to retrench on the world scene. They follow symbolic apologies for purported past American sins, bows to foreign royals, and outreach to the likes of Iran and Syria. Abroad, such perceptions can matter as much as reality, as our rivals begin hoping that Obama is as dubious about America’s historically exceptional world role as are they.
“In contrast, a robust military keeps the peace by deterring aggressors through the appearance of overwhelming force. We often forget that the appearance of strength in peace is almost as important as the reality of strength in war. When wars end, we scale back (think 1919 or 1946) — only to kick ourselves once tensions arise again out of nowhere, and we must scramble to catch up and rearm for an unimagined World War II or Cold War.
“America’s armed forces spend about 80 percent of their budgets not on bullets and bombs but on training and compensating troops. Often, they do a far better job of shaping the minds and character of our youth than do our colleges. Somehow the military can take an 18-year-old and teach him to park a $100 million fighter on a carrier deck, but our colleges cannot ensure that his civilian counterpart will show up regularly for classes…”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: Obama to Dig Up Bain
“…Shortly before the New Hampshire primary, Winning Our Future, a pro-Newt Gingrich super-PAC, acquired a 27-minute film portraying Romney as a predatory capitalist who bought companies to strip them down, fire their workers, and take their money. But much of the film’s content — and it appears to have some serious problems — is based on public news accounts. For the most part, it’s not research from 2008 that was dusted off and made into a video.
“It astonished me,” says Rick Tyler, the former Gingrich staffer who is a senior adviser at Winning Our Future. “I looked at the oppo reports. They are reams and reams thick on everything from abortion to the Boy Scouts to cap-and-trade. And there is just nothing on Bain. Romney is not running on his government record, which there is oppo research for. He’s running on his business career, which there is no information on.”
“Tyler is obviously a partisan, but his words are a good warning to both sides in the Romney-Gingrich fight…”
Neil Munro, Daily Caller: Obama to Court – Recess Appts to NLRB
“A right-to-work organization is taking the White House to court over the president’s controversial decision to install three new members on the National Board Relations board without Senate approval.
“The legal challenge came after the three new members approved a legal response in an existing lawsuit. The plaintiffs asked the judge on Friday to rule that their participation is invalid because President Barack Obama did not have the authority to appoint them.
“We asked [the judge] to consider the question of whether they are constitutionally seated,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation.
“Without legitimate appointments, they can’t participate in the lawsuit, Mix told The Daily Caller. And without their participation the board does have the quorum needed to implement the new regulations that the foundation opposes…”
Antonia van de Velde: CNBC: S&P Downgrades 5
“Standard & Poor’s will cut the credit ratings of Italy, Spain and Portugal by two notches and downgrade France and Austria by one notch, a French newspaper said Friday, without citing its sources.
“The newspaper, Les Echos, said that S&P would spare Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Luxembourg in its long-awaited adjustment of euro zone sovereign ratings.
“It said the announcement would come at around 4:30 pm ET, after the US stock market has closed…”
Daily Caller: Mike Nutter’s thoughts about “Idiots and Assholes”
“Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter didn’t mince words after four kids were shot and three killed in Philadelphia Tuesday night.
“The first way to stop this kind of stuff is for young people to be home when they’re supposed to be home, and for adults not to act like idiots and assholes out in the streets of our city shooting at kids in a car,” Nutter told FOX 29…
A spokesperson for the mayor told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Nutter stood by his statement.
“He said what he said. He was clear about it, and he meant it. He said what everybody else was thinking,” said spokesman Mark McDonald…”
Egypt – Islam Tasers Strays
“…The self-proclaimed Islamist “Morality Police” announced on its new official Facebook page that it has acquired 1,000 tazers to be distributed to volunteers who will promote “virtue” and combat “vice” in the Egyptian street.
The “Morality Police”, which models itself on a similar group in Saudi Arabia that monitors citizens social behaviour, added in its announcement that these electric shocks batons will help in self-defence against any possible attacks on volunteers, adding that volunteers would be instructed to use the tazers only in “extremely necessary” situations…”
David Solway, PJM: Islam’s Contribution to American Football
“Is not America a great country, one that is justly proud of its liberal politics, that welcomes the stranger in its midst, that opens its doors to refugees legal and illegal and contemplates amnesty for the latter, that refuses to accept religious bigotry, that legislates against hate speech and condemns all forms of ethnic prejudice? Why, even Christians are tolerated despite their extremism, allowed to have their holiday trees and occasionally even their nativity scenes. A country that can indulge so radical a faith is surely unique.
“Moreover, in every area of endeavor we see minority individuals rising to the top or exercising preeminence — native professors in the universities, Black Panthers in the voting stations, Mexican illegals careening on the freeways and cartel guerrillas romping across the border, the once-excluded projecting power in the Department of Justice, and yes, even devout Muslims on football teams…”
Steve Emerson, IPT: Islam – Pandering or Protecting Free Speech?
“…The State Department hosted a three-day, closed-door meeting last week with representatives of the Saudi Arabia-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on measures to fight religious “intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization.”
In her closing remarks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton portrayed the conference as a sign that Washington and the OIC are working together to protect religious freedom around the world.
“‘We have to get past the idea that we can suppress religious minorities, that we can restrict speech, that we are smart enough that we can substitute our judgment for God’s and determine who is or is not blaspheming,’ Clinton said. ‘I think if we do our work right, in years to come, people will look back and say this was a great step forward on behalf of both (sic) freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and our common humanity.’
“But according to the Hudson institute’s Nina Shea (who attended portions of the conference as an observer), the event was actually a step backward for religious liberty. The meeting seemed to be an exercise in ‘moral equivalency and pandering to Sunni tyrants in the Middle East,’ she said.
“The general theme seemed to be that the U.S. has problems just like Saudi Arabia with religious tolerance…”