CONTENTS: CPAC live; Rush – cells & food stamps; Obama’s mortgages; Noonan – about Rick & Health Care; Call Toomey/Casey about religious freedom; AfP rally @ SCOTUS; ObamaCare wakes up (5 articles); Chester County Committee slots; Sowell – we don’t want Mitt; Hanson – Pre-America; Waivers for No Child Left Behind; Adams – Voter ID; Arm for Syria?; Lincoln Radio Journal; Billy DeWeese convicted; TEA – earmarks; Savage – founders anticipated Obama; Breitbart –Mistrusting Govt means you’re nuts; Debate Schedule
Announcements: p. 10 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
February 10, 1861: Jefferson Davis was notified that he was the chosen president of the Confederate States of America. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
CPAC 2012: Live Coverage
John Hayward, Human Events, “Marco Rubio’s Exceptional America”
“…Democracy and free enterprise spread, not because they are humanity’s default condition, but because “the most powerful nation in the world believed in these things, fought for these things, spoke out for these things… and most importantly, was an example of these things.” The power of the American example transcends military and political force, because “all around the world, there are people who know there is someone just like them, living here, doing things they cannot.”
Rush: A Cell Phone with your Food Stamps
“…Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills.” Can I give you the numbers here again? In 2008, the federal government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. Since 2008, since Obama, $772 million has become $1.6 billion. It’s more than doubled.
“But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone. Last summer, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story shed some light on a government program that relatively few Americans knew existed. The Lifeline program provides low-income Americans with free cell phones.” They’re not smart phones at least, but that’s probably coming. “It covers up to 250 free minutes each month. As many as 5.5 million residents in Pennsylvania alone could qualify for the program, which is funded primarily by the Universal Service Fund fee added to the bills of land-line and wireless customers.”
“So all of us are paying $1.6 billion in our phone bills to cover free phones and accounts for 12.5 million people…”
Rush: Obama’s Mortgages
“So as part of a campaign effort here, reelection effort, $25 billion from the country’s mortgage lenders to give to customers who were hit upon and forced, under duress, to take out a mortgage… (interruption) What was that? Can you get a piece? Perhaps. I think everybody’s share comes out to as much as $20,000. You might get paid off as much as $20,000 here if I’m reading it right. Now, what this is, folks, is social justice at work, because after all, the banks were forced by the government at the point of a gun to loan to people they knew couldn’t afford the mortgages. That’s what really happened. That’s the root of the subprime mortgage crisis. It was the government forcing the banks to lend money to people that never had a chance, would never be able to repay the loans. Social justice, affordable housing, the so-called good intentions and don’t judge us on the failure of our results.
“So now the banks have the pay the price for making those bad loans. This is all part of continuing the ruse that the banks were the originators of this scandal and the originators of the problem. And so now there’s a $25 billion shakedown. I’m gonna tell you, Snerdley, you can apply for it, but I’m gonna tell you all of you mortgage people, you are not gonna see a dime. This is nothing but a slush fund. What Obama has done is gone to the bank, ’cause they’re having trouble fundraising…”
“…Just one more thing on this foreclosure story. If you’ll notice, all of the Drive-Bys reporting on today’s foreclosure settlement always list Ally Financial. It’s a-l-l-y. It may be pronounced “al-lee,” I’m not sure. If it was a name it would be “al-lee.” But they list Ally Financial as one of the top five banks involved. Ally Financial is gonna be forced to pony up the $25 billion. They never bother to tell you that Ally Financial is really General Motors. Ally Financial is GMAC! That’s General Motors’ lending arm. They changed their name from GMAC in 2010 to Ally Financial. And lest we forget, folks, GMAC was bailed out to the tune of $12.5 billion in the original bailout in 2008, late in that year. Now, as of January 2012, Ally Financial, or General Motors Acceptance Corporation still owed the US taxpayer $12 billion….”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: About Rick Santorum/Health Care
“…Which leads to Rick Santorum. Nobody in the conservative base hates Rick. Newt is hated by many and Mitt by some. Mr. Santorum is liked. He has real indignation about what’s happened to America, and he brings passion to his ideas about reform. He’s got little money, little organization—there’s no broad assumption he can pull it off. And by the time the Romney campaign is done dismantling him, he may have some people who hate him. But this will only underscore the Romney campaign’s reputation for destroying, not creating. And nobody loves a Death Star…”
Teri Adams, ACTION: Call Pat and/or Bob about Religious Freedom
“Please contact your US Senators and urge them to vote in favor of the First Amendment of US Constitution by enacting S. 2043.
Call 202.224.3121 or 202.225.3121 and ask the operator to connect you to the appropriate Senator.
Delaware: Senator Carper, Senator Coons
New Jersey: Senator Lautenberg, Senator Menendez
Pennsylvania: Senator Casey, Senator Toomey
(Note: Senators Casey, Menendez, and Carper are up for re-election this year. Please thank Senator Toomey for his co-sponsorship of this bill.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today co-sponsored the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 (S. 2043) which would provide a religious exemption from a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) regulation forcing members of religious entities to violate their deeply-held religious beliefs or potentially pay a heavy financial penalty.
“The rule requires all group and individual health plans to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives and female sterilization, exempting only those religious employers who primarily serve and employ individuals who share their religious tenets. Catholic and other denominational hospitals, universities, colleges, nursing homes and charities would find it virtually impossible to comply with this narrow exemption, given the diverse workforces and populations that they serve.
“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act ensures that employers have the opportunity to provide health coverage for their employees that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions, without fear of being penalized or discriminated against under PPACA.
“The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and is also cosponsored by Sens. John Bozeman (R-Ark.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John Thune (R-S.D.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The text of the legislation is available here.
“‘I am extremely concerned that this regulation would force religious employers to violate their religious beliefs in order to keep their doors open,’ Sen. Toomey said. ‘Many Pennsylvania hospitals, charities and schools have expressed concerns about the effect this new regulation would have on their ability to operate and provide important community services. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act alleviates this problem exempting institutions with religious and moral objections. I hope President Obama will work with Congress and grant a meaningful exemption to protect the rights of religious entities.’
“Sen. Toomey has also co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467) and has written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about this matter. His letter can be read here.”
Independence Hall TEA Party: Teri Adams
AfP Health Care Rally at the Supreme Court, March 27th, 2012…buses available….(more below under Announcements)
WSJ: ObamaCare’s “Great Awakening”
“HHS tells religious believers to go to hell. The public notices.
“The political furor over President Obama’s birth-control mandate continues to grow, even among those for whom contraception poses no moral qualms, and one needn’t be a theologian to understand why. The country is being exposed to the raw political control that is the core of the Obama health-care plan, and Americans are seeing clearly for the first time how this will violate pluralism and liberty (emph added, JB)…”
Krauthammer, NRO: Leviathan
NRO: Health Care “Unconscionable”
“The Obama administration is now telling liberals that it is not backing down on its new health-care mandate, even as it coos of compromise to religious groups appalled by it. These messages may seem to be contradictory, but actually the administration has been quite consistent: Nothing it has ever said on this issue has been trustworthy.
“Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, has been the leading misleader. The administration, recall, has decided that almost all employers must cover contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients in their employees’ insurance plans — even if those employers are religious universities, hospitals, and charities that reject those practices.
“So she has tried to make the mandate seem more moderate than it is…”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Tranformers”
“…The American Catholic Church, from left to right, is now being handed a lesson in the hierarchy of raw political authority. One hopes they and their supporters will recognize that they have not been singled out. The federal government’s forcings routinely touch other groups in this country—schools, doctors, farmers, businesses. The church’s fight is not the whole or the end of it.
“Since he appeared, no other word has been invoked more often to describe Barack Obama’s purposes than “transformative.”
Donna Cassata, Breitbart: Boehner Swears to Fight
“WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama’s new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an “unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country.”
“The White House pushed back in the face of a political firestorm, arguing that Obama was sensitive to the objections and looking for a way to allay the concerns. Democratic women lawmakers put up a united front in defending the administration.
“Women’s health care should not depend on who the boss is,” said Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
“The fight over the administration mandate escalated as House Speaker John Boehner accused the administration of violating First Amendment rights and undermining some of the country’s most vital institutions, such as Catholic charities, schools and hospitals. He demanded that Obama rescind the policy or else Congress will…”
Paul Linkmeyer: CC GOP Committee Positions
“Are you enraged by the recent state party endorsement of Sestak supporter Steve Welch?
“All of these state committee positions are up for election in 2014. Right now we are trying to find people to run for county committee person in Chester County. Anybody that gets elected to county committee this April will have a powerful voice in endorsing who the state committee candidates will be in January 2014. So we need to get constitutional conservatives to run for precinct committee right now so we will have greater influence within the party. This 2 minute video explains the importance of the precinct committee person:
“Anyone who is interested in making a difference needs to act now and get on the ballot for the Primary election. In order to do that they need to get a petition from voter services in West Chester and get 10 signatures (ideally 20) by Feb 14 only one week away. Once the deadline has passed this valuable opportunity to make a difference will be lost for another two years.
“As you can see the entire Chester County delegation on state committee voted to endorse Steve Welch. The governor told Val DiGiorgio that he wanted Welch and Val who is a lobbyist with ties to the administration does whatever the Governor says. The grass roots is locked out of the process and the only way in to the decision making process is to be a precinct committee person. By the way the committee persons not only endorse candidates they can also elect a new Party Chairman at the State and County level.
“If ANYBODY is interested in pursuing this, have them get in touch with me immediately. “Thanks… Jim Codichini, cell 610.247.5085, work 610.444.7282 ext.242”
Thomas Sowell, JWR: “We don’t want Mitt”
“A funny thing happened to Mitt Romney on the way to his coronation as the inevitable Republican candidate for president of the United States. Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado happened.
“Rick Santorum beat him in all three states on the same day — and beat him by huge margins in two of those states, as well as upsetting him in Colorado, where the Mormon vote was expected to give Romney a victory.
“The Republican establishment, which has lined up heavily behind Romney, has tried to depict him as the “electable,” if not invincible, candidate this November.
“But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced, especially in a month when pundits had suggested that Romney might build up an unstoppable momentum of victories…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Pre-American” World
“…Liberal hysteria over Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, preventive detention, and Predators vanished when Obama embraced or expanded all of them. If there is a war with Iran, the Left will be as quiet about a preemptive effort as it was once so loud over Iraq.
“‘Chest-thumping triumphalism’ of course is unwise; but even worse is naïve and clumsy deal-making at the expense of American interests and allies. It cannot be seriously argued that since 2009 China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, or Venezuela are either more reasonable toward, or more deterred by, the United States. The old hot spots in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Iraq, the Falkland Islands, Mexico, North Africa, the former Soviet republics, Taiwan, and the West Bank are not cooler than in 2009, for all the 2012 Obama cool, but more likely warmer and more unstable. I do not think that allies like Britain, Canada, India, Israel, or Poland are more rather than less friendly.
So what about the president’s being praised for transitioning America to “a post-American world,” in which we are supposed to accept a new multipolar reality to replace the fossilized concept of American exceptionalism?…”
“…Post-Americans certainly have put themselves in a financial jam by borrowing an additional $12 trillion since 2000. If Obama were to be reelected, he would finish his presidency having borrowed more money than all prior presidents put together. We run chronic trade deficits and outsource millions of jobs overseas. Unemployment remains high, economic growth sluggish. Federal oil leases are canceled and pipelines not built. We did not pacify Iraq quickly, and we remain bogged down in Afghanistan.
Still, all of that hardly adds up to a post-American world. Instead, by almost any historical standard of assessing civilizations, the 21st century looks far brighter for America than for its rivals.
American population growth is robust; post-Japan, post-Europe, and post-China are aging and shrinking. We are daily increasing our known fossil-fuel reserves; those in Europe and China are declining. Copying and rivaling America’s free-market economy are impressive Chinese achievements, but hardly proof that China can likewise emulate our Constitution, racial inclusion, transparency, or cultural dynamism. With all the post-America talk, we forget that one American on average still produces threes times as many goods and services as do three Chinese…”
Tyler Whetstone, Daily Caller: Waivers for No Child Left Behind
“President Barack Obama is set to announce waivers that will free 10 states from the binding requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. The initiative, enacted during the George W. Bush administration, requires all states receiving federal education funding to test students’ basic skills in many grades.
“Ten of the 11 states that applied for waivers will receive them, a White House official told the Associated Press. They are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
New Mexico was the only applicant denied a waiver.
“The ‘flexibility’ waivers will allow the 10 states to miss 2014 targets for student proficiency if they offer another viable plan instead.
“According to Fox News, states with waivers will still be tested annually, but starting this fall schools will not be required to adhere to the same requirements as those states still under No Child Left Behind.
“Twenty-six other states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have also indicated a desire to seek ‘flexibility’ waivers…”
J. Christian Adams, PJM: The ‘Negro Project’ and Voter ID
“One of the favorite canards of voter ID opponents is that voter ID is an intentional scheme to harm black voters. The theory supposes since black voters tend to have photo identification less frequently, then state laws requiring voter ID are a deliberate plot to harm black voters.
“Consider the nonsense of Virginia Senator Mamie Locke. After the Virginia Senate passed voter ID this week, she called it “so 1866,” thinking she was describing a year where blacks couldn’t vote and whites could. In fact, 1866 saw precisely the opposite. White confederates were disenfranchised and freedmen enjoyed the franchise. The reconstruction constitutions decades later stripped blacks of voting rights. But in 1866, all was relatively well. Locke’s racially charged history is both unfortunate, and wrong…”
Alex Spillius, UK Telegraph: Arm for Syria?
The Brotherhood picks up another country?
“The official from the State Department told The Daily Telegraph that while the White House wants to exhaust all its diplomatic options, the debate in Washington has shifted away from diplomacy and towards more robust action since Russia and China blocked a United Nations resolution condemning Syria.
“The Pentagon’s Central Command has begun a preliminary internal review of US military capabilities in the region, which one senior official called a “scoping exercise” that would provide options for the president if and when they were requested.
“The White House said it was talking to allies about holding a “Friends of Syria” meeting in the near future and was considering delivering humanitarian aid to affected areas in the country.
“We are, of course, looking at humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, and we have for some time. We’re consulting with our international partners, and we anticipate this being one of the focuses of the discussions that we’ll have,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.
“Influential figures in Washington have recommended setting up a ‘humanitarian corridor’ or safe haven, while others, such as Senator John McCain, have said it was time to consider arming the rebels of the Free Syrian Army…
Lincoln Radio Journal
(February 11, 1012 – February 17, 2012) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Chris Raup of the Wounded Warrior Patrol; Joe Geiger from the PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations has Jacqueline Rucker of Christian Churches United in the Nonprofit Spotlight; And, Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on an American embarrassment in Afghanistan.
Alexandra Myers, Daily Caller: Democrat Billy DeWeese Convicted of Theft, and Conspiracy … Plans to Stay in PA House
“A jury convicted former Pennsylvania House Democratic leader Bill DeWeese on Monday of theft, conspiracy, and other charges, but he said he would not give up his seat and would continue to seek reelection, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“‘I certainly feel I did nothing wrong,’ DeWeese insisted after a 12-person jury found him guilty of five of six charges brought against him by the state Attorney General’s Office. He was acquitted of one theft charge.
“The legislator said that he believed a jury from his district of southwestern Pennsylvania would have acquitted him of all charges and that he hoped they will vote for him again this year…”
Diana Reimer, Philly TEA Party: Earmarks
TOOMEY – MCCASKILL EARMARK ELIMINATION ACT OF 2011
CONGRESSMAN JEFF FLACK WILL BE INTRODUCING THE BILL TO THE HOUSE THIS WEEK OR NEXT
What it does:
– Permanently bans all earmarks.
– Earmarks are defined as any congressionally directed spending item, limited tax benefit, or limited tariff benefit.
– Creates a point of order against any legislation containing an earmark. The point of order would only apply to the actual earmark, rather than against the entire bill.
– A two-thirds vote is required to waive the point of order.
It is time for Congress to implement a permanent ban on special-interest giveaways that waste taxpayer dollars.” -Sens. Toomey & McCaskill
“I am going to do everything to reinstate earmarks.” -Sen. Inouye (Hawaii)
MORE TO FOLLOW…
Michael Savage, WND: Founders Anticipated Obama
“Amid a three-pronged attack on the U.S. Constitution by Democrats, talk-radio host Michael Savage reminded his listeners that America’s Founding Fathers built into the nation’s founding document checks and balances that anticipated the rise of a dictator who would try to seize power.
“Barack Obama is the type of “petty dictator” the Founders envisioned, Savage told his national audience tonight.
“The top-rated talk host noted Obama expressed frustration in an interview Sunday regarding the limits imposed by the Constitution “without even understanding that it was a man like him that [the Founders] feared would come to possess the presidency one day.”
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
February 22, 2012
8pm ET on CNN (Originally Dec 1, then Nov 30)
Location: Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona
Sponsor: CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona
Breitbart: Government Mistrust a Mental Disorder
|“A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has concluded that distrust of the government is a treatable mental disorder. Known as “AGP” or “anti-government phobia,” the study claims: “…that unfounded fear of government is a recognizable mental illness, closely related to paranoid schizophrenia. Anti-Government Phobia (AGP) differs from most mental illnesses, however, in that it is highly infectious and has an acute onset. Symptoms include extreme suspiciousness, conspiracy-mongering, delusional thought patterns, staunch ‘us against them’ mentality, withdrawal from reality, and often religious fanaticism…”|
Rush at CPAC 2009: Guaranteed to make you high about liberty…. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-320018235803683802#