CONTENTS: Ajami, BO & MidEast; Mitt won three; Budget – Ryan swings back; Roger Howard Literature; High Tech for TEA; China/Canadian oil; Rush – loss of liberalism; BO threats & response from Court; Nutter’s bad spinach; Charen – violence & families; Voter fraud Indiana 2008; Rasmussen – OCare doomed; Hanson – nukes & lunacy; Islamist to run Egypt?; Gilliepie – Bullies; McIntyre slammed Schultz; CA courts ban affirm action; Illegals anmesty waivers; Pethokoukis – ObamApple?; UN report chllly re climate change; Nuclear drones; BlackChick; Trickle Down Tyranny; Announcements
Announcements: p. 10 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
4/4/1887: Susanna Salter, Argonia, KS … elected to be America’s first woman mayor.
4/4/1949: The United States and eleven allies formed NATO.
4/4/1968: Martin King, 39) was assassinated in Memphis, TN. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“The most dangerous place in NYC for a black child is in its mother’s womb.” Rev. C.L. Bryant (4/2/12 interview with Mike Gallagher)
Passover … the evening of April 6th until the evening of April 14th
Easter … April 9th
Fouad Ajami, WSJ: BO and the Eisenhower Standard
“On Nov. 6, 1956, Election Day, to be precise, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a brief message to British Prime Minister Anthony Eden: “We have given our whole thought to Hungary and the Middle East. I don’t give a damn how the election goes.”
Eisenhower could afford that kind of attitude—he was a genuine American hero in World War II, and there was no chance of his losing his bid for a second term to the inconsequential Adlai Stevenson. But the election came, as the historian David Nichols put it, during a “perfect storm.” Britain and France had invaded Egypt under the guise of bringing to a halt fighting in the Suez Canal between Egypt and Israel, and the Soviet Union had deemed this the right time to crush a Hungarian bid for freedom.
“Ours is a different world. Barack Obama isn’t to be held to the Eisenhower standard. Indeed, as a fortunate ‘off-mic’ moment recently revealed, this president bargains with Russian errand boy Dmitry Medvedev over something as trivial as protecting Europe with a missile defense system…”
Jason Hanna, CNN: Romney Won Three
“Romney’s wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia put him past the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination and add to a wide delegate lead that he holds over the other major GOP presidential candidates, according to CNN estimates.
“Yet Santorum indicated Tuesday night he would compete in the April 24 primaries in five states, including Pennsylvania, where his campaign hopes a win would be a gateway to a run of May primaries in states where he can capitalize on higher percentages of conservative voters…”
Mitt found 3100 Voters in DC
Santorum was not on the ballot …
Seung Min Kim, Politico: Budget War – Ryan Swung Back
“In a statement, Ryan – who’s become a top voice for the Republican Party on fiscal matters – accused Obama of putting forth a “failed agenda” that does nothing to ease the nation’s mounting $15 trillion debt.
“‘History will not be kind to a president who, when it came time to confront our generation’s defining challenge, chose to duck and run,’ Ryan said. ‘The president refuses to take responsibility for the economy and refuses to offer a credible plan to address the most predictable economic crisis in our history.’
“‘Like his reckless budgets, today’s speech by President Obama is as revealing as it is disappointing: While others lead by offering real solutions, he has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to distract from his failed record,’ added Ryan, who is in Wisconsin campaigning with Mitt Romney ahead of Tuesday’s primaries there…”
Lisa Esler: Roger Howard Literature Drops
This Saturday we will be meeting at the Burger King in BROOKHAVEN at 10:00 to hang Roger Howard literature on the post of mail boxes. No talking or walking which will be a break from the door to door we have been doing. If you can help please call or email me to let me know. We can cover a lot of ground in a short time.
I want to thank the volunteers who have been dedicated to Roger’s campaign. Without you we would not have made the progress we have already. Just a few weeks left until April 24th.
Thanks, Lisa, 484-995-1540
Howard Interview on WCHE: http://wche.podomatic.com/
Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: TEA Groups Can Go High Tech
“A conservative group is giving away free high-tech campaign management software to tea party groups across the country to help mobilize voters ahead of the 2012 election.
The group, American Majority Action, is partnering with the company Political Gravity to provide the new Gravity voter database system free of charge to activists. (emph added, jb)
“‘Gravity will rocket conservatives past the high-tech approaches of the DNC and other progressive political groups,’ said Drew Ryun, president of American Majority Action.
John Sexton, BigPeace: “We’d rather sell oil to China”
“Solyndra is no longer the administration’s biggest energy blunder. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared a think tank event held in Washington yesterday. During an interview Harper explained that President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone pipeline had forced Canada to change course in ways that will permanently affect Canada’s approach to its own energy market:
“In a public one-on-one interview here with Jane Harman, head of the Wilson Centre think-tank, Harper said Obama’s rejection of the controversial pipeline — even temporarily — stressed Canada’s need to find other buyers for oilsands crude.
And that wouldn’t change even if the president’s mind did.
“‘Look, the very fact that a ‘no’ could even be said underscores to our country that we must diversify our energy export markets,’ Harper told Harman in front of a live audience of businesspeople, scholars, diplomats, and journalists…”
Tina Korbe, HotAir: BO’s No Means Canadian Crude Will Go Up
“The damage is done. Even if President Barack Obama decides to approve the Keystone XL pipeline at some point in the future, he already sent a message to Canada that our northern neighbor can’t rely on us as its only energy customer — and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper heeded it.
In an interview with former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) in D.C. yesterday, Harper explained that Canada will now seek to expand its export market to Asia and will also cease to supply oil to the United States at a discounted rate…”
Rush: A Caller’s Loss of Liberalism
“….One day you were talking about doing the work and watching these friends that were just never working, but they were always taking and taking and taking. So finally I said, you know, you borrowed this much or that, whatever, but from the country they were taking, from the government they were taking, generations. You know, I have a friend who’s a grandmother but her granddaughter lives in public housing, her great granddaughter lives in public housing and they have for generations. I said, “Why don’t you go out and get a job?”
Rush: BO’s “Threat” to SCOTUS
“…There’s nothing judicial going on here. There’s nothing legal. This isn’t even really about the Constitution. This is about politics, pure and simple, and Barack Obama’s reelection. It’s all it is. But he says things in these sound bites which you’ll hear coming up and they’re chilling to me. “The court has to understand…” “The court must understand,” is one of his sound bites. No, the court must not — does not have to — listen to you. What is this, “The court must understand”? That is a threat! How many of you think it possible that Obama will make a trip to the Supreme Court before the vote, before the final vote? Can you see it happening? I can…”
Breitbart: Court Swings Back
“Jan Crawford of CBS reports that a three-member panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to “answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law.”
“The response is to be three pages long, single-spaced, according to an unnamed lawyer who was in the courtroom.
“The court’s response appears to be a direct challenge to President Barack Obama’s attack yesterday on the Supreme Court and the power of judicial review, which federal courts have exercised for over 200 years…”
Also: Jan Crawford, CBS: 5th Circuit Calls BO’s Bluff
Jeff Mason, Reuters: BO’s Wild Shot at SCOTUS
“(Reuters) – President Barack Obama took an opening shot at conservative justices on the Supreme Court on Monday, warning that a rejection of his sweeping healthcare law would be an act of “judicial activism” that Republicans say they abhor…”
Limbaugh Counters BO’s statement…
“RUSH: Here’s Barack Obama. He got a question this afternoon. After last week’s arguments at the Supreme Court, many experts believe there could be a majority five-member vote to strike down the individual mandate. If that were to happen, if it were to be ruled unconstitutional, what would you do? Would you still guarantee health care to the uninsured and those Americans who would become insured as a result of the law?
“OBAMA: Ultimately I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.
“RUSH: It wasn’t…”
More: James Antle, III, Am Spectator: O’s Preemptive Strike at SCOTUS
“The president nearly gave away the game during his press conference yesterday. After a long soliloquy about the “human element” the justices would be letting down if they ruled against his administration, Obama slipped and almost said he expected the law to be overturned rather than upheld. (He corrected himself mid-sentence.)
“Ultimately I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama averred. Perhaps he meant “democratic” with a capital d. Only Democrats voted for the law and it passed the House by just seven votes despite a three-fifths Democratic majority in that chamber…”
Penny Starr, CNS: Nutter – Bad Spinach Gets More National Attention than Black-on-Black Violence
She quotes Mayor Mike Nutter while making an average mistake: Crime in Philadelphia probably differs from that in Baltimore. Nutter kicks our local problem upstairs and pretends that DC bureaucrats will make west Philly and North Broad safer by sending us money that we gave to DC in the first place. And he probably takes a similar stance with schools … ask for average and try to buy it. Meanwhile, he gets to skate on questions about ACORN …
“CNSNews.com) – Black-on-black violence is a “disease” that deserves a “national investigation,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told a Youth Violence Prevention forum in Washington on Monday.
“It is a disease,” Nutter said. “It’s a rash, and if there were a rash killing a hundred and some odd young people on a daily basis we’d be doing something about it….
“…Nutter noted that homicide is the leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 16 and 34. In Philadelphia last year, 75 percent of the city’s 316 murder victims were black men and 80 percent of the arrests involved black men, he said….”
Mona Charen, NRO: Violence and Family Breakdown
Rev. CL Bryant observed that a mother’s womb is the most dangerous place in NYC, especially for a black baby. A case can be made that abortions, family breakdown, and street crime express the opinions of women about men … some of us don’t work, don’t plan, are unfaithful, don’t help around the house, and spend too much on ourselves.
Thus, black lethality may be an outcome from the assessments of black men by girlfriends, mothers, and wives…JB
“While some carry placards demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, and others counter that thousands of young blacks are killed every year by other blacks without provoking anything like this sort of outrage, the larger issue is lost.
“In fact, young black men are being hunted and killed in appalling numbers. But the violence and mayhem that disproportionately afflicts the African-American community is part of a society-wide disorder. It has a racial angle, but it’s not about race. That disorder is family breakdown, and no discussion of violence or murder or victimization is informed without reference to that overwhelming fact…”
Eric Shawn, Fox: Voter Fraud in Indiana
“…Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot…”
Also: Dana Loesch, BigJournalism: “What Voter Fraud?”
“…An attempt to defraud the voters? Presenting names placed on the ballot by fraudulent means? Sure seems like it.
Media Matters also judges reality by whether or not the egregiously corrupt Obama DOJ prosecutes them. According to their logic, the voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers never happened…”
Scott Rasmussen, RealClearPolitics: Three Reasons Health Law Is Doomed
“There are three ways the health care law could meet its end. The first, obviously, is the Supreme Court could declare some or all of it unconstitutional in June.
“If it gets past that hurdle, the law also could be ended by Election 2012. If a Republican president is elected, the GOP will almost certainly also win control of the Senate and retain control of the House. While the details might take time, a Republican sweep in November would ultimately end the Obama experiment.
“But even if the law survives the Supreme Court and the next election, the clock will be ticking. Recent estimates suggest that the law would cause 11 million people to lose their employer-provided insurance and be forced onto a government-backed insurance plan. That’s a problem because 77 percent of those who now have insurance rate their current coverage as good or excellent. Only 3 percent rate their coverage as poor. For most of the 11 million forced to change their insurance coverage then, it will be received as bad news and create a pool of vocally unhappy voters…”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Nukes & Lunacy a Winning Combination
“Iran, if not stopped, will join the nuclear club, probably within two or three years. It may be stupid to try to preempt Iran; it may be even stupider not to try. But the stupidest assumption of all is that either Iran is not enriching uranium in order to obtain a weapon, or it might through negotiations or sanctions be persuaded to give up trying.
“Why? In Iran’s way of thinking, nuclear-weapons capability has no downside. Diplomatic grandees who assure us that nukes are prohibitively expensive, counterproductive, a guarantee of pariah status, always disruptive to regional peace and prosperity, and never popular with the public are lying, even if they wish they were not…”
William Bigelow, BigPeace: Islamist to Run Egypt?
“In a move dreaded by Egyptian secularists, Khairat el-Shater, a millionaire businessman who is the financial power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, was announced as the Brotherhood’s nominee for the Egyptian presidency. The Brotherhood had previously said that they did not want to enter the presidential race; the Brotherhood, in reversing its position, stated that it nominated el-Shater because of “threats to the revolution.”
“Egypt’s economy is in trouble; net international reserves have fallen more than 50% since Hosni Mubarak was ousted.The fight for power in Egypt lies among the ruling military, the Brotherhood, the Wafd party, and the secular Free Egyptians party. Virtually all other parties are concerned that the citizenry would lose freedoms if the Brotherhood comes to monopolize power. The Muslim Brotherhood has already stated that it plans to jettison the peace treaty with Israel after U.S. State Department Victora Nuland claimed the Brotherhood had told Washington it would uphold it. Last Thursday, the Egyptian parliament, at the behest of the Brotherhood, began drawing up a no-confidence motion against the military-appointed government. The Brotherhood has been pushing the military to fire the Cabinet for alleged incompetence…”
Nick Gillespie, WaPo: Stop the Panic about Bullies
Gillespie’s message overlaps that from Steve Pinker earlier this year … the world really has become a safer place….
“…is America really in the midst of a “bullying crisis,” as so many now claim? I don’t see it. I also suspect that our fears about the ubiquity of bullying are just the latest in a long line of well-intentioned yet hyperbolic alarms about how awful it is to be a kid today.
I have no interest in defending the bullies who dominate sandboxes, extort lunch money and use Twitter to taunt their classmates. But there is no growing crisis. Childhood and adolescence in America have never been less brutal…”
Pinker, Steven. (2011) Angels of Our Better Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. NY: Viking … long, lots of graphs but short of reasons for this interesting change … about $25.
Doug McIntyre, KABC: Slammed Debbie W. Schultz
McIntyre was host of Red Eye Radio for six years on WABC. He now has the morning show on KABC … I think he almost made the Debster cry …
“…MCINTYRE: Congresswoman, here’s the problem. We live here. We’ve lived with this for years and years and years. We’ve talked to him a thousand times. We’ve lived with the experience. We’re running a sidewalk contest—Los Angeles can’t even pave its sidewalks. There might be a vision. The vision that Antonio Villaraigosa has is desperate vision of getting out of office before the bankruptcy of Los Angeles kicks in 2013. He’s hoping like hell that Obama wins, so he can be appointed Asst. Sec. of anything, so he doesn’t have to sit here and deal with the damage that he did to the city. I mean, come on. You can sell that in North Carolina; you can’t sell that in Los Angeles….”
Tape and transcript at http://freebeacon.com/l-a-radio-host-slams-dws-for-villaraigosa-dnc-pick/
About Doug: http://www.kabc.com/showdj.asp?DJID=53949
Christina Hoag, SF Gate: Court Upholds Ban on CA Affirmative Action
“Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities.
The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the state’s landmark voter initiative, Proposition 209, which was passed in 1996.
Affirmative action proponents, who had requested that the court reconsider its 1997 decision after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that affirmative action could be used in college admissions, said they would continue fighting…”
Judicial Watch: Big Sis Grants “Amnesty Waivers” to Illegals
“In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.”
“The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen.
Currently such aliens must return to their native country and request a waiver of inadmissibility in an existing overseas immigrant visa process. In other words, they must enter the U.S. legally as thousands of foreigners do on a yearly basis. Besides the obvious security issues, changing this would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child. It doesn’t make sense.
But the system often causes U.S. citizens to be separated for extended periods from their immediate relatives,” according to the DHS..”
James Pethokoukis, The American: ObamApple?
“Imagine President Barack Obama running Apple. (Hey, he has to do something if he should lose in November.) How hard could it be after his top-down remodeling of nearly 20% of the U.S. economy? Of course, Obamacare doesn’t just try and change how government operates. Insurers, doctors, hospitals, drug companies, and medical-equipment makers are just some of the private-sector actors that Obamacare forces to dramatically alter how they run their businesses. But rather than markets and competition and consumer choice driving those changes, it’s the mandates of government bureaucrats and theories of academics such as healthcare economists.
And the chief executive office officer of this vast effort is Obama himself. And surely if Obama can be CEO of the $3 trillion, economy-spanning Obamacare Inc., then running Apple (current market capitalization: $559 billion) would be no trouble at all. Here’s how Obama might run the consumer electronics giant — ObamApple — using his theories about refashioning the healthcare sector…”
And: While Jobs Get Better, Incomes Are Flat
“My pal Dan Clifton of the indispensable Strategas Research:
‘The best predictor of whether a President is re-elected is the metric real per capita disposable income. As we noted above, there is no doubt employment is a significant indicator for the President’s reelection. Wages and salaries are up 4.4 pct over the past year. But the increasing income growth from higher employment also needs to consider the impact of rising gasoline and food prices. After adjusting for taxes and inflation, real per capita disposable income has declined 0.4 pct over the past year. In other words, taxes and inflation are eating away the income growth from higher employment. This data point has been flat to negative for the past 10 months. Only one President had negative income growth running for re-election, and that was Jimmy Carter in 1980.’
“Some election analysts might point to other stats as having greater predictive power, but income growth is definitely toward the top of list — if not at the very top. And as Dan notes, it’s been going nowhere fast. Sure, consumer spending is up, but Americans have been dipping into their savings to finance it. As Action Economics points out: “The Q1 mix of weak income but big consumption gains left the savings rate plunging to 3.7% in February from 4.3% (was 4.6%) in January and a 4.5% Q4 average, versus an expansion average of 4.8% (was 4.9%).”
“This doesn’t sound like a “built to last” recovery to me…”
Washington Times: UN Report Blows Cold on Climate Change
“The injection of politics into the global-warming hypothesis has made it difficult to know where facts end and falsehoods begin. While alarmists have been blaming their fellow man for every hurricane, tornado and other ill wind whipped up by Mother Nature, science is now concluding that the cause of these damaging storms has nothing to do with human activity.
“The surprise absolution of human beings from the crime of triggering severe weather phenomena was handed down by none other than the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), leader of the campaign to sell the world on anthropogenic climate change. The IPCC’s Special Report on Extremes, released March 28, reads, “There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized [property] losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change.” The breathtaking admission is a sign that objective science is reclaiming a leading role in the discussion…
Nick Fielding, UK Guardian: Nuclear Drones
“American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling.
“The blueprints for the new drones, which have been developed by Sandia National Laboratories – the US government’s principal nuclear research and development agency – and defence contractor Northrop Grumman, were designed to increase flying time ‘from days to months’ while making more power available for operating equipment, according to a project summary published by Sandia…”
Conservative Black Chick.com Returns
Crystal Wright was a repeat guest on the Bennett program. I sent him an email and a request that he alert her to “malware” warnings on BitDefender. The alerts are gone and I again visit her site…
Michael Savage: Trickle Down Tyranny … about $20 at Barnes
New York Times bestselling author Michael Savage‘s 27th book – which he considers his most seminal – is chock-full of documented reasons why America should not re-elect Barack Obama as president, but it boils down to one stark warning: “An Obama victory in 2012 would doom this country.”