CONTENTS: BO’s Alinsky strategy; Palin “Game On” Hanson – rules of outrage (5 Martin stories); McCarthy – statism in court; Steyn – SCOTUS swinger; Noonan – creepy Obama; Guzzadi – c for Pileggi; Esler – Howard campaign; Kudlow – the economy; Begley – cancer cheats; Massie – impeach BO; Announcements
Announcements: p. 8 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
April 2, 1917: Woodrow Wilson asked for a declaration of war against Germany … The world must be safe for democracy…”
April 2, 1953: Nature published the structure of DNA as described by Francis Crick and James Watson. (Bennett & Cribb 2008)
“A land of laws decays almost imperceptibly into a land of legalisms, which is why America has 50 percent of the world’s lawyers.” Mark Steyn http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/294947/swingin-kennedy-mark-steyn?pg=2
GOP Primaries Tomorrow
April 3: District of Columbia (19), Maryland (37), Wisconsin (42) primaries
Passover … the evening of April 6th until the evening of April 14th
P.J. Salvatore, BigGovernment: “Obama’s Alinsky Strategy…”
“‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.’
“The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy–as was the death of a 6-year-old girl named Aliyah Shell (photo above), caught in the crossfire of gang violence over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago.
“But Aliyah’s story received very little coverage, despite the event being more recent than the Martin tragedy, and despite the fact that it happened in President Barack Obama’s very own Chicago on a weekend when 49 people were shot and 10 others were killed.
No mention of Aliyah from the president. No public outpouring for a young mother who sat untangling her daughter’s hair as shots rang out. Nothing. And yet…
“‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.’
“Why? Why would the president weigh in on this specific case at this specific time?…”
“Look at the contrived conflicts on the left wing’s political chessboard:
Move 1 Occupy Wall Street: the (self-appointed) 99% versus the 1%
Move 2 Contraceptive/abortifacient mandates: government versus religion
Move 3 Sandra Fluke: women versus conservatives (supposedly)
Move 4 Trayvon Martin: black versus “white” (so-called)
“This is not complicated. President Obama is organizing. It’s that simple, and it’s straight out of the radical playbook:
‘Once you organize people, they’ll keep advancing from issue to issue toward the ultimate objective: people power. We’ll not only give them a cause, we’ll make life goddamn exciting for them again — life instead of existence. We’ll turn them on…’ – Saul Alinsky
“This is not about Trayvon Martin. This is about divide and conquer. Hope and Change has been replaced with Us vs. Them. This about pitting Americans against Americans…”
Alexander Marlow, BigGovt: Palin to Couric – “Game On”
“When news broke that Katie Couric will be filling in for Robin Roberts next week on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ the country yawned. Or, at least we did, until we learned that NBC plans to pit ‘The Rogue Warrior’ against ‘The Perky One’: Sarah Palin will be guest-hosting “Today” this Tuesday.
“NBC’s decision to seat the former Alaska Governor-turned-multimedia star in their anchor chair will likely prove to be a fruitful one. Since coming onto the national scene in 2008, Palin has become one of the most charismatic figures in conservative America and will likely bring ‘Today’ an entirely different demographic of viewers.
“‘I see this as a good opportunity to bring an independent, common-sense conservative perspective to NBC. We’re ‘going rogue’ and infiltrating some turf for a day,’ Palin told Breitbart News…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJMedia: “The Rules of Outrage”
“Every year hundreds of Americans are shot and killed under controversial circumstances, where the evidence is incomplete and subject to dispute, often making impossible an immediate charge of murder or manslaughter, at least until further witnesses or information come forth.
“We, the public, rarely, if ever, hear of such tragedies. These certainly are not national news items. What, then, made the Trayvon Martin shooting so different?
A few unpleasant facts were assumed that explain the subsequent protests—and the growing backlash against the protests. I think they run something like this, presented here without much editorial commentary…”
Matthew Boyle, Daily Caller: ABC Doctored Zimmerman Image
“ABC News reported that Zimmerman appears uninjured in the video. But a still image from the video indicates what appears to be a vertical laceration or scar several inches long.
“ABC did note that at the 49-second mark in the video, one of the police officers accompanying Zimmerman stops to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head for several seconds. Zimmerman, as ABC News noted, did not visit the emergency room after police interviewed him…”
NBC doctored tape
According to Bill Bennett this morning, Zimmerman was reported to say that Martin “looks black”. Tape from another source showed Zimmerman to answer a direct query from police about the trespasser’s race.
NBC not only doctors tapes, Aaron Klein has linked it to the Obama administration and leftist sources. Watch these folks, Sarah!
Mona Charen, NRO: The Killer Was White
“Just as Rahm Emanuel didn’t want to let a good crisis go to waste, the national press doesn’t want to let a good victim go to waste.
“The death of Trayvon Martin is a terrible thing, but it is being hijacked by the usual suspects to create a morality play. Whenever this happens, and it happens with some frequency in American life, truth is corrupted.
“About 150 young black men are killed every week in America — 94 percent of them at the hands of other young black males. Only one of those murdered on February 26 has dominated national news coverage — because his killer was not black…”
Local NAACP Cuts Sharpton Loose
“Sharpton called for an escalation in peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions, although he did not say what those sanctions might be.
“Turner Clayton, the Seminole County chapter president of the NAACP, reacted immediately to Sharpton’s warning, saying, “We hope that the citizens of Sanford will govern themselves accordingly. We are not calling for any sanctions, against any business or anyone else. And, of course, what Rev. Sharpton does, that’s strictly the [National] Action Network. We can’t condone that part of the conversation, if that’s what he said.”
Heather MacDonald, NRO: Black Crime
“…Why don’t you protest more black crime victims? The answer would be the same in all cases: Because the only black victims who interest the race industry and its mainstream media handmaidens are blacks who have been killed by “white” civilians, including honorary whites like Martin’s killer George Zimmerman, or blacks who have been killed or offended by the police (black officers will do here in a pinch).
Unfortunately, there are very few such victims. Ninety-three percent of all black homicide casualties from 1980 to 2008 were killed by other blacks, and are thus of no interest whatsoever to today’s race advocates, because they fail to support the crucial story line that blacks remain under siege by a racist white power structure…”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Statism Goes to Court”
“Pummeling was the order of the day for Verrilli. From the moment he rose to deliver the most important argument of his professional life, he seemed tongue-tied; he could barely get through “May it please the Court” without sputtering. It is hard, even for a lawyer as fine as Verrilli, to defend the indefensible. Yet, as he argued with Scalia, the SG grabbed on to a hidden truth: He and his fellow progressives are already way, way ahead. They may not win this skirmish over the individual mandate. But there is the battle, and then there is the war. For statism, the war is still going very well.
“The “deeply embedded social norm” to which the SG referred was another government mandate: The 1986 law demanding that hospitals, without compensation, treat emergency patients who lack insurance or the capacity to pay. It was a telling moment: The hullaballoo over the individual mandate is a case of noticing the barn door open about a quarter-century after the horse has galloped away…”
Mark Steyn, NRO: SCOTUS Swinger
“Swingin’ Anthony Kennedy has been the swingingest swinger on the Supreme Court, the big Numero Cinco on all those 5–4 white-knuckle nail-biting final scores. So naturally Court observers have been paying close attention to his interventions in the Obamacare oral arguments. So far he doesn’t sound terribly persuaded by the administration’s line:
“The government is saying that the federal government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases, and that changes the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” As John Hinderaker wrote at the Powerline blog, “In that last observation, Kennedy seems to be channeling Mark Steyn.” Which is true. As I wrote in National Review only two or three issues back, “I’ve argued for years in these pages that governmentalized health care fundamentally transforms the relationship between citizen and state in ways that” — and here’s the bit Justice Kennedy isn’t quite on board with yet — “make it all but impossible to have genuinely conservative government ever again.” So I’m naturally heartened to hear him meeting me halfway…”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: Obama Getting Creepy
“Something’s happening to President Obama’s relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies. They are now inclined not to like him. His supporters would say, “Nothing new there,” but actually I think there is. I’m referring to the broad, stable, nonradical, non-birther right. Among them the level of dislike for the president has ratcheted up sharply the past few months.
“It’s not due to the election, and it’s not because the Republican candidates are so compelling and making such brilliant cases against him. That, actually, isn’t happening.
“What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who’s not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it’s his fault, too. As an increase in polarization is a bad thing, it’s a big fault…”
Bob Guzzard: A “C” (on a Curve) for Pileggi
“…Disappointingly, the alleged fiscal conservative Sen. Pileggi, who represents the 9th District, voted “YEA” for seven of eight Ed Rendell’s Bankrupting Budgets. It’s sometimes hard to tell the Democrats from theRepublicans, especially, when Republicans are in Leadership.With his “YEA” vote for Capital Budget Act 130 of 2011,
“Senator Pileggi (and every other Pennsylvania State Senator) added $1.6 billion dollars in debt to Pennsylvania’s ForgottenTaxpayer’s financial burden and, simultaneously, voted millions for billionaire corporations: Comcast, Janney, Teva Pharmaceuticals, ShopRite, Franklin Mint and $850,000 to Philadelphia Democrat Chaka Fattah’s Philadelphia House of Imoja and $1,970,000 to Philadelphia University‐Arlen Specter Library and $10,000,000 John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy in Cambria County…”
Lisa Esler: Howard Blasted Pileggi about Orie Conviction
“EAST MARLBOROUGH — The GOP primary challenger to state Sen. Dominic Pileggi blasted the Senate Majority Leader and his fellow leaders for not calling for the resignation of state Sen. Jane Orie, who was convicted this of 14 counts related to using state employees to work on her election campaigns.
The once powerful Republican state Sen. Orie — her sister Joan Orie Melvin is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court — was convicted Monday on 14 counts of theft of services, conflict of interest, and forgery. Roger Howard, the township man challenging Pileggi for the GOP nod for state Senate said he was shocked at the response of Pileggi and his colleague to the conviction.
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Larry Kudlow, RealClearMarkets: “There he goes again…”
“…What seems to have Obama especially steamed is the fact that the conventional-energy companies are profitable. Especially the five largest. So he wants to tax them. He then wants to redistribute their income to his favorite green-energy firms. Sound familiar? I don’t know which is more important to the president — the fact that he hates fossil fuel, or the fact that he hates success. Or that he wants an energy-entitlement state.
“But here’s what I do know, factually…”
Sharon Begley, Yahoo: Cancer Science – Cheats or Slobs?
Thanks Lou … for $32 you can read the original report at Nature…
“During a decade as head of global cancer research at Amgen, C. Glenn Begley identified 53 “landmark” publications — papers in top journals, from reputable labs — for his team to reproduce. Begley sought to double-check the findings before trying to build on them for drug development.
Result: 47 of the 53 could not be replicated. He described his findings in a commentary piece published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.
“It was shocking,” said Begley, now senior vice president of privately held biotechnology company TetraLogic, which develops cancer drugs. “These are the studies the pharmaceutical industry relies on to identify new targets for drug development. But if you’re going to place a $1 million or $2 million or $5 million bet on an observation, you need to be sure it’s true. As we tried to reproduce these papers we became convinced you can’t take anything at face value.”
Where Are Jim, Tim, & Franklin Now?
Snopes rates this tale about Johnson, Howard, and Raines as members of Obama’s campaign to be “false.”
Mychal Massie, Daily Rant: Obama Must Be Impeached
October 24, 2011 (Thanks Jody!)
“America can no longer wait. Republicans and whatever Kennedy Democrats are left in Congress must begin impeachment proceedings against Barack Hussein Obama. This man can no longer be entrusted lead the nation and act Constitutionally.
“He has acted both unilaterally and in concert with Middle East policies that have opened the entire region to radical Islamists who have already seized Libya and have taken hold in Egypt. He has nationalized American industries, he has subverted the rights of States, he has acted in concert with criminal illegal alien elements that are overrunning our country and bankrupting state infrastructures. But it is his latest action that must force Congress to take the necessary steps to remove him.
“Obama has used executive orders repeatedly to circumvent the Constitutional authority of Congress. He has today said, he will not wait for Congress, but will issue executive orders to essentially act unilaterally to bail out homeowners who cannot pay their mortgages and to make special arrangements to help college students with tuition and student loans…”