CONTENTS: Santorum; Mitt sweats; Voter ID – SC AG sues BO; Freind – Rendell gets Inquirer?; ACORN lives; Hbg recovery plan; Legislators $ to relatives; ISR, Iran, & us; Marines assault US beaches; AfPak – generals let us down; American decline; Murray – hate the winners; Reid – cyber security: Erickson – sweet meteor of death; OCare vs the Catholics; Catholic rules; Rohrer won VF Patriot poll; Guzzardi index; Cookies & Planned Parenthood; Clint’s deal w Chrysler; Aikman – 1 Christian/5 minutes
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February 8, 1693: The College of William and Mary, the second oldest college in the United States, was chartered.
February 8, 1876: The 15th Amendment, a guarantee of the right to vote regardless of race, was ratified. Later extended by the DoJ to include the dead …
February 7, 2012: Obama forces Catholic hospitals to do abortions and Santorum wins three primaries…
Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado…Arizona Coming Up…
There’s more to “value” than what you put in your pocket…
|Results for U.S. Republican Presidential Primaries|
Byron York, Washington Examiner: Santorum Surged
“The shift to Santorum was fast and overwhelming. In the end, Santorum beat Romney by 27 points in a state Romney had won by 19 points back in 2008. Santorum scored an even bigger victory in Missouri’s beauty-contest, nonbinding primary, beating Romney by 30 points. And even in Colorado, where the race was closer, Santorum came out ahead. For a candidate who hadn’t won since his narrow and belated victory in Iowa, it was three victories in one night. Santorum has now won four contests to Romney’s three and Gingrich’s one.
“‘Conservatism is alive and well,’ Santorum told cheering supporters in St. Charles, Missouri. “I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”
Also: John Fund, NRO: Mitt Has Reasons for Concern
“Mitt Romney’s campaign will have lots of explanations for their man’s poor showing tonight. Yes, Colorado and Minnesota were caucus states — the turnout is skewed in such contests toward a more conservative electorate. Yes, Missouri’s primary was a “beauty contest” and didn’t award any delegates.
But what Romney won’t be able to explain away is just how much more poorly he did tonight in those three states than in his 2008 showing — when he lost the GOP nomination for president…”
Meg Kinnard, DailyCaller: SC AG Sues over Rejected Voter ID Law
“COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department was wrong to block South Carolina from requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote, the state’s top prosecutor argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
“Enforcement of the new law ‘will not disenfranchise any potential South Carolina voter,’ Attorney General Alan Wilson argues in the suit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. ‘The changes have neither the purpose nor will they have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority.’
“The Justice Department in December rejected South Carolina’s law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, saying tens of thousands of the state’s minorities might not be able to cast ballots under the new law because they don’t have the right photo ID. It was the first such law to be refused by the federal agency in nearly 20 years…”
Roger Simon, PJM: O’Keefe Video: Tebow and Brady Register to Vote in Minnesota
“On the day of the Minnesota caucus, shocking video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – broken here first at PJ Media – shows how easy it is to register NFL stars Tim Tebow, Tom Brady and practically anybody else to vote in that state.
No identification of any sort is needed, just a name! In fact, you can take 20 application forms home, fill them in, check the “no ID” slot and batch register people in absentia. Even local election officials are dismayed with the complete lack of authentication of any sort. On the video, they admit “We’re not the police.”
The above version is ten minutes. Full uncut one-hour version is coming shortly. Check back here…”
Christopher Freind: DelcoTimes: Rendell as Owner for Philly Inquirer or Philly Enquirer?
I bet ACORN’s happy….
“There is no better example of the media’s fall from grace than that of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Once a paper of national significance that took a bulldog approach to its reporting, it has since become a shell of its former self, an also-ran full of AP feeds and local fluff stories of virtually no interest.
The Inky really jumped the tracks was when it was “led” by Brian Tierney, who did the unthinkable — he approached then-Governor Rendell for a taxpayer-funded bailout to keep the papers afloat in 2009, a story that Freindly Fire broke ( http://freindlyfirezone.com/home/item/43-possible-inquirer-bailout-draws-ire ) and was picked up by the Wall Street Journal in its harshly-worded editorial “Bad News In Philadelphia — The Worst Bailout Idea So Far: Newspapers.”
…the situation has come full circle. Now the current owners want out, and it has been reported that none other than Ed Rendell has been approached to put together an investor group to possibly buy the papers.
Where is the journalistic integrity in working with the very man who stood cocked, ready to unleash millions in taxpayer funds to bail out an ‘independent’ media entity? … having Rendell as your “Go-To” man underscores just how desperate the situation has become.
Taking marching orders from elected officials destroys the very essence of being a journalist and jeopardizes the unique constitutional protections afforded to media members. Sure, Ed Rendell is a private citizen now, but his mentality — how he sees the role of the government working hand-in-hand with the media — has undoubtedly not changed.
But the behavior of the Inquirer’s ownership should come as no surprise, given that it recently accepted a $2.9 million loan from the City of Philadelphia to assist the company move to a new headquarters. Yes, the same city, the same Mayor and the same City Council that the newspapers are supposed to be objectively covering. Is nothing scared anymore?
“The last thing the region needs is an investor group led by political insiders and ideologically-supercharged individuals with aggressive personal agendas…”
Charles Cook, NRO: ACORN Up to Its Old Tricks
And they have offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh…
“There is an old claim, oft-repeated as gospel truth, that the only living thing that would survive a nuclear attack is the cockroach. The power of modern weaponry has likely rendered this false, but in its place we might well put the disgraced “community organizing” organization, ACORN. Reports of ACORN’s demise are greatly exaggerated, a fact by which nobody with even a cursory familiarity with their practices should be surprised. The evidence suggests that the group has weathered the fallout from its scandals with a remarkable fortitude — it is not just surviving, but thriving; and it is doing so with thousands of those federal dollars that it is explicitly banned from receiving.
“Since it was ignominiously stripped of all federal funding in 2009, ACORN has steadily maintained its extensive network of ‘affiliates’ — more specifically, tax-exempt progressive 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations, most of which have been renamed since the scandal hit…”
Kris Maher, WSJ: Harrisburg Recovery Plan
“A state-appointed financial custodian released a recovery plan Monday for Harrisburg that includes the sale or lease of city assets and concessions by unions, moving Pennsylvania’s cash-strapped capital closer to resolving its financial crisis.
“The plan drafted by David Unkovic, Harrisburg’s receiver, requires the city to sell or lease its failed incinerator, which is at the center of its debt trouble, as well as parking garages, one of its top revenue generators.
“Concessions also are needed from unions to help fix a city operating deficit, said Mr. Unkovic, whose plan must be approved by a state judge within 60 days.
Dave Gash, a staff representative at an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local that represents city workers, said the union is open to discussing concessions related to the city’s debt. ‘We don’t consider it our fault. The reality is everybody is stuck with it,’ he said.
Higham, Kindy, & Fallis, WaPo: Legislators Subsidize Relatives
“Some members of Congress send tax dollars to companies, colleges and community groups where their spouses, children and parents work as salaried employees, lobbyists or board members, according to an examination of federal disclosure forms and local public records by The Washington Post.
“A U.S. senator from South Dakota helped add millions to a Pentagon program his wife evaluated as a contract employee. A Washington congressman boosted the budget of an environmental group that his son ran as executive director. A Texas congresswoman guided millions to a university where her husband served as a vice president.
“Those three members are among 16 who have taken actions that aided entities connected to their immediate families…”
Bret Stephens, WSJ: ISR, Iran, and Us
“Can Israel attack Iran? If it can, will it? If it will, when? If when, how?
“And what happens after that?
“On Sunday with Matt Lauer, President Obama said ‘I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do.’ That didn’t square with the view of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who’s been reported as saying he expects an Israeli attack this spring. Nor does it square with public warnings from Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the Iranians would soon enter a ‘zone of immunity’ from foreign military attack if nothing is done to stop them.
“Yes, these war drums have been beaten before. But this time it’s different…”
Steven Nelson, Daily Caller: Polls: Americans Willing to Attack Iran
“…In a Rasmussen poll released Monday, 48 percent of respondents said they would want the United States to assist Israel if it choses to unilaterally attack Iran.
A poll conducted by The Hill found that 49 percent believe the U.S. should be willing to use military force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Only 31 percent disagreed.
Breitbart: Marines Assault US Beaches
After a decade dominated by ground wars against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the drill dubbed Bold Alligator is “the largest amphibious exercise conducted by the fleet in the last 10 years,” said Admiral John Harvey, head of US Fleet Forces Command.
“About 20,000 US forces, plus hundreds of British, Dutch and French troops as well as liaison officers from Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia are taking part in the exercise along the Atlantic coast off Virginia and North Carolina.
Daniel Davis, AFJ: Truth, Lies, & Afghanistan – How Military Leaders Let Us Down
“I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and their Afghan partners. My duties with the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force took me into every significant area where our soldiers engage the enemy. Over the course of 12 months, I covered more than 9,000 miles and talked, traveled and patrolled with troops in Kandahar, Kunar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Kunduz, Balkh, Nangarhar and other provinces.
“What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground.
“Entering this deployment, I was sincerely hoping to learn that the claims were true: that conditions in Afghanistan were improving, that the local government and military were progressing toward self-sufficiency. I did not need to witness dramatic improvements to be reassured, but merely hoped to see evidence of positive trends, to see companies or battalions produce even minimal but sustainable progress.
“Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level…”
Bret Stephens, WSJ: American Decline
“…American “decline” is the foreign-policy equivalent of homelessness: The media only take note of it when a Republican is in the White House. Broadly speaking, declinists divide between those who merely accept America’s supposed diminishment as a fact of life, and those who celebrate it as long overdue. As for the causes of decline, however, they tend to agree: declining (relative) economic muscle, due in large part to the rise of China; an overextended military bogged down needlessly in Iraq and endlessly in Afghanistan; the declining value of America’s “brand” on account of Bush administration policies on detention, pre-emption, terrorism, global warming — you name it.
“Yet each of these assumptions collapses on a moment’s inspection…”
Charles Murray, TIME: Why We Hate Our New Upper Class
“The Pew Foundation discovered in a recent poll that tensions over inequality in wealth now outrank tensions over race and immigration. But income inequality isn’t really the problem. A new upper class is the problem. And their wealth isn’t what sets them apart or creates so much animosity toward them…
“The new upper class is different. It consists of the people who run the country. By “the people who run the country,” I mean two sets of people. The first is the small set of people — well under 100,000, by a rigorous definition — who are responsible for the films and television shows you watch, the news you see and read, the success (or failure) of the nation’s leading corporations and financial institutions and the jurisprudence, legislation and regulations produced by government. The second is the broader set, numbering a few million people, who hold comparable positions of influence in the nation’s major cities.
“What makes the new upper class new is that its members not only have power and influence but also increasingly share a common culture that separates them from the rest of the country…”
Josh Peterson, Daily Caller: Harry Reid’s New Cyber Security Bill
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, following a recent anti-piracy legislative debacle with SOPA and PIPA, will lead his second effort of 2012 to push Internet-regulating legislation, this time in the form of a new cybersecurity bill. The expected bill is the latest attempt by the Democrats to broadly expand the authority of executive branch agencies over the Internet.
“Details about the bill remain shrouded in secrecy…”
Erick Erickson, RedState: Sweet Meteor of Death
“…The Republican Party is putting itself in the hands of the economy. With Mitt Romney as the nominee, we will be forced to hope for a deteriorating economy because, while I will vote for him and think he is vastly better than Barack Obama, the fact is he has made no case for himself against Barack Obama except that he can do a better job on the economy. And let’s be clear — no Republican should hope or appear to be hoping for a deteriorating economy. It’s just that with no other justification for his election other than electability based on the ability to fix the economy, if the economy fixes itself, suddenly there is no justification for Mitt Romney’s electability.
“My sincere and honest hope is that both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich stay in the race as long as possible to deny MItt Romney enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination. I do not think either Santorum or Gingrich have much of a better shot against Barack Obama, but I do think they are at least running on bigger ideas than Mitt Romney — ideas that still translate and survive an improving economy…”
Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard: ObamaCare vs. the Catholics
“The HHS Secretary is being given the power of a czar…” Peter Kirsanow, www.BillBennett.com, 7:12am, 2/8/2012.
“On the last weekend of January, priests in Catholic churches across America read extraordinary letters to their congregations. The missives informed the laity that President Obama and his administration had launched an assault on the church. In Virginia, Catholics heard from Bishop Paul Loverde, who wrote, ‘I am absolutely convinced that an unprecedented and very dangerous line has been crossed.’ In Phoenix, Bishop Thomas Olmsted wrote, ‘We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.’ In Pittsburgh, Bishop David Zubik wrote that President Obama had told Catholics, ‘To Hell with your religious beliefs.’ Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria asked his flock to join him in the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, which concludes: By the Divine Power of God / cast into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits / who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
“It was a remarkable moment, in part because despite their stern reputation, most Catholic bishops are not terribly conservative. They tend to be politically liberal and socially cautious. If they were less holy men, stauncher conservatives would call them squishes. Real live conservative bishops are so few and far between that whenever one appears on the scene, such as Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, he’s seen as a vaguely threatening curiosity…”
Jim Meyers, NewsMax: RomneyCare’s AntiCatholic Rules
“Mitt Romney is vociferously attacking a provision in Obamacare requiring religious employers to cover birth control in employee health plans — but the healthcare bill he enacted as governor of Massachusetts also contained that requirement.
“C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe that Romney’s criticism of President Obama is hypocritical because as governor he did not lift the state-level requirement of contraception coverage.
“‘The initial injury to Catholic religious freedom came not from the Obama administration, but from the Romney administration,’ Doyle said.
“President Obama’s plan certainly constitutes an assault on the constitutional rights of Catholics, but I’m not sure Gov. Romney is in a position to assert that, given his own very mixed record on this…”
Keegan Gibson, PoliticsPA: Rohrer Won VF Patriots Straw Poll
“The Republican primary for U.S. Senate is heating up in the wake of Steve Welch’s endorsement by GOP state committee, and Tim Burns’ departure from the race. The frenzied pace of forums and straw polls continued over the weekend.
“The Associated Press is tuning in, covering a candidates forum Saturday in Phoenixville hosted by the Valley Forge Patriots, a Tea Party group:
“The size of the deficit and the reach of the federal government were key topics that the candidates spent much of the 80-minute forum answering questions about from an audience of more than 200. A Tea Party-aligned group organized the event, and calls to defeat President Barack Obama drew louder applause than calls to defeat Casey.”
“Sam Rohrer, a former State Rep. who the AP noted lives about 20 miles away from Phoenixville, won the ensuing straw poll far and away. he defeated Welch, who lives about 8 miles away.
“The final tally was Rohrer 104; Marc Scaringi 24; Welch 18, and Tom Smith 6…”
Bob Guzzardi: Glitches in “Liberty Index”
There are a number of glitches that are being discovered as I use this. If you see any, please let me know. E.g., Steve Santarsiero’s grade is anomalous and Greg Vitali’s links are not live. I have not input Liberty Notes and the link to actual legislation is not yet in…
Cathy Ruse, Washington Times: Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood
“The cookie sale is the Girl Scouts’ largest fundraiser, bringing in close to a billion dollars annually. This year, some girls will come equipped with credit-card scanners to expedite the sale. But even high-tech toddlers won’t make up for the loss if overall sales are down.
“Girl Scout headquarters knows that Planned Parenthood scares parents – why else would it publish an official disclaimer? Its website claims that “Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood,” and yet there is evidence everywhere that this is patently, even laughably, untrue…”
Mark Steyn: About Clint’s Half-Time with Chrysler
Chrysler is 60% Fiat property and 40% union after taxpayers supplied $1M for each job saved. The former bond holders were robbed and Chrysler now produces autos in Ontario. (2//6/2012)
David Aikman, Commentary: One Christian Every Five Minutes
“On October 2011, when the so-called Arab Spring took a dark turn in Cairo, Egypt, the social media and smartphone technologies that had aided protesters in their fight for freedom captured new and dangerous developments. On video-hosting websites such as YouTube, one can see footage of the Muslim mobs that began throwing rocks at Coptic Christians on October 8. These young Copts had been protesting the burning of a Coptic church in Aswan and the failure of the Egyptian authorities to respond satisfactorily. “Frustrated with the traditional Coptic adoption of a dhimmi (subordinate religion) status toward Egypt’s Muslim majority, the young Copts defiantly left Coptic sections of Cairo to march through Muslim neighborhoods. After the first rocks were thrown, the army came in to suppress the demonstration and ran down protesters with large military vehicles. Twenty-five Copts were killed, making this the largest mass killing of Christians that Egypt had seen in many years.
“But this incident is about more than the Arab Spring turning into an antidemocratic winter. It is an example of the worldwide plague—growing in frequency and brutality—of the persecution of Christians. ..”
Feb. 4: Nevada caucuses; Maine caucuses begin
Feb. 7: Colorado, Minnesota caucuses; Missouri primary*
Feb. 28: Arizona, Michigan primaries
March 3: Washington State caucuses
March 6: Super Tuesday — Primaries or caucuses in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia. Wyoming caucuses begin.
March 10: Kansas caucuses
March 13: Alabama, Mississippi primaries; Hawaii caucuses
March 17: Missouri caucuses
March 20: Illinois primary
March 24: Louisiana primary
April 3: District of Columbia, Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin primaries
JFK’s Nineteen Year Old
Come to think of it, I had several of that age when I was his … I think the girls get a little nuts and may be more responsible than the “older” men … and they told all their friends. It ended when I hit forty-one.