CONTENTS: Tickets for AnnBillHugh; mitt won; TEA to back Mitt; Friend – Murphy/Welch; Election results; mexicans leave; Schumer vs SCOTUs; Crazy days; Obama ineligible, Rubio?; College voter ID; Lord – lib’s perfect storm; Election fix -Toying with Medicare; York – left conspiracy; Best Buy & CAIR; NYT political neutrality; Seoul to ashes; Shapiro – war on terror over; BO’s army of community organizers; Drone in your neighborhood; BO evade congress; Trackin celllars; “Did muhammad exist?”; Dinner with Mrs. Romney; Announcements
Announcements: p.9 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
“Lord, give me patience because if you give me strength, I’ll need bail money.” Trucker John, Bill Bennett Program, 4/24/12, 7:55am
April 27th, 7:15 PM – Coulter, Bennett, & Hewitt Come to Penn
Book signing: 6:30PM
Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tickets available at http://www.wntp.com/pages/Hope_For_Change_Tour_2012
$15, $25, $40, $79 (meet/greet reception included for $79!)
Books: $25 CASH only … Book of Man or Demonic
Fox: Mitt Won Five, “A better America begins…”
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York…
“…For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight…
Jamie Weinstein, Daily Caller: TEA Predicted to Back Mitt
“…“Absolutely, the tea party can and will support Mitt Romney in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game,” said Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and author of the recently released book, “Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.”
“It’s important also to note that this is a strong sentiment at the local level — among the 3,000-plus local tea parties.”
“Though on the core values, Mitt Romney’s not as aligned with us as Michele Bachmann, he’s far superior to Barack Obama,” Leahy added…”
Christopher Freind: Miscl from Corbett – Murphy/Welch
“…the ugliest race is the Democratic contest for Attorney General (an office that Party has never held), pitting a woman against a whiner: prosecutor Kathleen Kane and former congressman Patrick Murphy. Murphy certainly can’t run on his record (there isn’t one), so instead has charged Kane with being a millionaire trucking executive. (Note: if you can figure out how being married to a trucking company owner would prevent a career prosecutor from being an effective AG, please let me know. Perhaps she would look the other way on the rampant truck-on-truck crime in Pennsylvania?)
“Of particular concern to many is that Murphy, who as a congressman perfectly personified the deer-in-headlights legislator (remember the Hardball interview with Chris Matthews on the Iraq war?), is running for the state’s top law enforcement job despite never prosecuting a single criminal case in Pennsylvania….Sources tell Freindly Fire that elements of the Republican Party have been covertly (and even overtly) pulling out all the stops for the young doe.
“And speaking of Republicans helping Democrats, for your reading pleasure we have a letter from Governor Tom Corbett pushing Steve Welch, the Obama-voting, Joe Sestak-supporting U.S. Senate candidate he personally endorsed (and strong-armed the Republican Party to do the same). Unfortunately for the Governor, his letter is being received by an ever-dwindling number of supporters, many of whom are flat-out rejecting his call to back Welch. From elected officials to the grassroots, they are so incensed by what Corbett has demanded of them (akin to Party treason) that they are openly supporting other candidates in the race. Welch is most likely heading for a second-place finish, and maybe even third, either of which would be an incredible embarrassment to Corbett and a severe blow to his ebbing credibility.
“Alienating the Party faithful in a mystifying way is not exactly a recipe for influencing people and making friends, a fact lost on this Governor.
“So in the spirit of accuracy, it is Freindly Fire’s civic duty to correct the Governor’s letter to reflect the truth, though we will leave the bad sentence structure intact. Commentary in bold…”
Chester County Election Results
For US Senator …
Christian … 963
Scaringi … 520
Welch … 18326 (he beat the rest of the field by 144 votes, or $69.44 per vote)
Smith … 7551
Rohrer … 9148
Write-in … 107
Pileggi got a 51.3 – 48.5 win (243 votes) over Roger Howard for the PA Senate…
GOP Convention Delegates (6th District) (Vote for not more than 3) And Curt made it!
Spadt – 4880
Schroder – 9641
Costello – 10554
Duffy – 3586
Bender – 1690
Leban – 1616
Whitman – 1693
Kearney – 4817
Gerlach – 18598
Write-in – 262
Charles Hurt, Washington Times: Economy – Mexicans Leave
“…Jack up unemployment rates to near double digits, dunk America into a double-dip recession and put us so deeply into hock with the Chinese communists that it will take generations for us to recover.
“After long enough, living and working and trying to eke out bare survival in America becomes even worse than trying to get by in Mexico.
“A new study from the highly esteemed Pew Hispanic Center says the millions of Mexicans who risked their lives crossing the desert to get here to the promised land for a better life have given up on the U.S.
“This is no small feat…”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: Immigration – Shumer to Intercept SCOTUS
“…Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said his legislation would establish federal primacy in immigration by blocking states from taking any action. That would not only preclude state law enforcement efforts like the Arizona model now before the court, but also would overturn a Supreme Court ruling last year that upheld a different Arizona law requiring businesses to verify their workers’ legal status.
“I believe it is simply too damaging to our economy and too dangerous to our democracy to have 50 states doing 50 different things with regard to immigration policy,” said Mr. Schumer, chairman of the SenateJudiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee…”
Jamie Weinstein, Daily Caller: McCain – Schumer & a TV Camera
“’I agree with [former Kansas] Sen. [Bob] Dole who once said the most dangerous place in Washington to be is between Sen. Schumer and a television camera,’ McCain added. ‘Of course, he never consulted me or [Arizona] Sen. [Jon] Kyl,’ he joked, presumably referring to the Arizona Senate delegation’s frequent media appearances.
“McCain then defended his state’s tough immigration law, which is being challenged by the Obama administration in a hearing before the Supreme Court Wednesday…”
Bill Green: “…crazy days and times.”
“i agree re: rubio – for the repubs to nominate him would be to negate the issue of natural born. and give obama a free ride.”
“Jeffrey Phelps, Examiner: “Obama Officially Ineligible” “In what may turn out to be one of the biggest scandals in the history of the United States, the Obama administration itself has now virtually admitted to High Crimes and Misdemeanors and to deceiving the public into believing a lie that was ironically intended to distract awareness from the actual issue that truly determines his eligibility, or lack thereof.
“Even though now it has become evident that Obama cannot prove he was born in the Unites States after all, even before that admission in court, it was already known that he was not actually eligible to become either Vice President or President, due to the fact that Obama is not a “Natural Born” Citizen…”
Kraus & Mycek, Morning Call: College Voter IDs
“When Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law this month requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls in order to cast their ballots, it looked like college students got a break.
“The voter ID law included student identification cards issued by Pennsylvania colleges on a short list of acceptable forms of identification — as long as those IDs have expiration dates.
“The problem is, most college IDs don’t…”
Jeffrey Lord, Am. Spectator: Liberalism’s “Perfect Storm”
“The Perfect Storm of Liberalism has arrived.
“A professional collapse inside the several departments and agencies of the United States government created by a decades-long erosion of standards. An erosion fed by all manner of deadly liberal obsessions from racial quotas to political correctness to an addiction to lawsuits, the tolerance for a culture of out of control spending, wildly improper personal behavior, and more.
“This deadly combination is now surfacing repeatedly in scandals as seemingly different as those engulfing the Secret Service, the GSA, the U.S. military, the Department of Justice, and every other tentacle of the federal government imaginable.
“Let’s look at it liberal issue by liberal issue and examine how this perfect storm of liberalism is swamping the affected government department or agency in question.
• Racial quotas and the Secret Service
• Political Correctness and Ft. Hood
• Lawsuits and the federal government. What would liberals do without their obsession with trial lawyers?
• Wasting Tax Dollars and the GSA
Sasser & Hurt, NY Post: “Toying with Medicare to Fix Election”
June should be a busy month … SCOTUS is due to announce their opinions about BOCare and about Arizona’s border rules …. And the D’s plan a shock wave about Medicare …
“Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.
“Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B.
“Here is how it works.
“The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians.
“But certain voters would surely notice one highly painful part of the law before then — namely, the way it guts the popular Medicare Advantage program.
“For years, 12 million seniors have relied on these policies, a more market-oriented alternative to traditional Medicare, without the aggravating gaps in coverage.
“But as part of its hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts, the Obama one-size-fits-all plan slashes reimbursement rates for Medicare Advantage starting next year — herding many seniors back into the government-run program.
“Under federal “open-enrollment” guidelines, seniors must pick their Medicare coverage program for next year by the end of this year — which means they should be finding out before Election Day…”
See also Ed Morrissey’s Piece: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/23/obama-admin-to-use-8-3-billion-slush-fund-to-fake-out-seniors/
And: David Harsanyi, RealClearPolitics: Obamacare’s Newest Fraud
Byron York, Washington Examiner: Left Wing Conspiracy
“…Some of the organizers liked to call themselves the vast left-wing conspiracy, a play on the time when Hillary Clinton, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, referred to her husband’s antagonists as “a vast right-wing conspiracy.” (Don’t be too serious: Neither name refers to criminal conspiracies or wrongdoing.) And they based some of their ideas on older organizations they saw on the Right. The Center for American Progress, for example, was modeled in part on the Heritage Foundation, and Media Matters on the conservative Media Research Center.
“But the Center for American Progress, founded by former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, turned into as much a war room as a think tank, spinning off Think Progress and other overtly partisan political message centers. Media Matters became a research operation indistinguishable from the Obama campaign. (In fact, its founder, right-wing-hitman-turned-left-wing-hitman David Brock, hopes to become a major Democratic super-PAC player.)…”
RadicalIslam.org: Best Buy & CAIR
“RadicalIslam.org has posted a petition which calls on people to boycott “Best Buy” for financially supporting CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations).
“CAIR was labeled by the federal government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a “charity” shut down for serving as a fundraising arm for the Hamas terrorist group.
“Click below to SIGN THE PETITION and let Best Buy know that you won’t stand to have profits from your purchase used to promote radical Islamic causes.
“After you have signed the petition, make sure to “LIKE” the petition page and send a link to it to your friends.”
Ben Shapiro, Big Government: NYT Pledges Political Neutrality
“In an unprecedented move, New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane took to the pages of his newspaper on Sunday to pledge to the reading public that they would do a better job vetting the president. Yes, you read that right: the New York Times is now channeling Andrew Breitbart. Here’s what he wrote:
‘The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama?
Brisbane admits that critics ‘view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion.’ He admits that The Times ‘basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008.’ (That phrase, in and of itself, constitutes significant pro-Obama bias, of course – he uses it twice in the course of the article.) But, he says, the bias wasn’t purposeful: ‘I think [our reporters] see themselves as aggressive journalists who don’t play favorites.’
“Finally, he says, ‘The warm afterglow of Mr. Obama’s election, the collateral effects of liberal-minded feature writers – these can be overcome by hard-nosed, unbiased political reporting now…’”
Rush: NYT – Lost Audiences and – like the States – Union Problems
“…Why does the New York Times need to show who Obama is now? Where is the pressure coming from to do this? Why now? Well, I think largely people are getting their news from other places, and the things that these other places are reporting and saying about Obama doesn’t jibe with what the New York Times wants people to know about Obama…”
“…the employees at the Times are livid! And they’ve put together a six minute video. They’ve been in practically bare-knuckle union negotiations over this for a year. And the reason it’s funny is because it’s happening all over the world. All over the world — governments, states, cities, federal, companies, whatever — can’t sustain themselves with these deals. They’re all having to revise backwards and change it in order to stay solvent and sustainable. Wisconsin’s a good example. But the employees of the New York Times, despite reporters covering this seeing the reality that it cannot work and cannot be sustained — and despite the New York Times being in the news business, and therefore seeing what is happening to that business — are still saying, ‘To heck with it! We want the money!’…”
Big Peace: North Korea to Reduce Seoul to Ashes
“…North Korea’s military vowed in its statement to begin “special actions” soon against the government and conservative media companies that would ‘reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, (or) in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.’
“North Korea regularly criticizes Seoul and just last week renewed its promise to wage a “sacred war,” saying South Korean President Lee Myung-bak had insulted the North’s April 15 celebrations of the birth centennial of national founder Kim Il Sung.
“But Monday’s message, distributed by the state-run Korean Central News Agency and attributed to the Korean People’s Army’s Supreme Command, was unusual in promising something soon and in describing a specific period of time…”
Ben Shapiro, Big Government: “War on Terror Is Over”
“Today, the National Journal reported that a senior State Department official has announced, “The war on terror is over.”
“Now that we have killed most of al Qaida,” the source said, “now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”
The article itself describes the Obama administration’s new vision of foreign policy, which admits no enemies. Everyone, in this view, is a friend. Islamism, says the Obama administration, is just fine, so long as it does not openly support terrorism.
“This, of course, is utter foolishness…”
Andrew Malcolm, Investors: BO’s Army of Community Organizers
“President Obama’s election campaign is recruiting an army of determined community organizers to walk the streets of the nation’s cities this summer and autumn in the footsteps of a young Chicago community organizer named Barack Obama.
“Recruits would gather other volunteers, register new voters, run phone banks and campaign events and knock on millions of doors to track voters’ preferences and encourage supporters of the president’s reelection.
“The massive, cross-country organization is called Obama Fellowships. It involves many thousands of unpaid volunteers, both full- and part-time with separate fellowships for the summer and the fall leading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election.
“The fellows’ duties will include recruiting and training thousands of other volunteers to penetrate neighborhoods, run phone banks, organize and monitor campaign events and go door-to-door talking with voters, soliciting support for the Democrat and noting residents’ political sympathies…”
Julian Gavaghan, UK Mail: A Drone over Your Neighborhood
“There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.
“The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.
“Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.
“But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.
“It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology…”
Charlie Savage, NYT: BO Evades Congress
“…Mr. Obama has emphasized the fact that he is bypassing lawmakers. When he announced a cut in refinancing fees for federally insured mortgages last month, for example, he said: “If Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them.”
“Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obama’s increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress…”
Michael Bastach, Daily Caller: Tracking Cellphones without Warrants
“In August 2011 the ACLU issued public records requests to over 380 state and local law enforcement agencies and found that virtually all of the departments that responded tracked cellphones, most without warrants.
“The majority of the 200 agencies that responded engaged in some cellphone tracking. Only a handful of those said they regularly seek warrants and demonstrate probable cause before tracking cellphones, according to the ACLU report.
“Most law enforcement agencies said they track phones to investigate crimes, while others said they use tracking only in emergencies like a missing persons case. Only 10 agencies said they never use cellphone tracking…
Zombie, PJMedia: “Did Muhammad Exist?”
“Most people assume that no one bothers to investigate whether or not Muhammad was a real person for the same reason that no one bothers to investigate the reality of other religious founders such as Joseph Smith or Martin Luther or Anton LaVey — because the evidence for their existence is overwhelming, well-documented and unquestioned. Regardless of whether or not Muhammad’s teachings were moral or useful, everyone, even the most hardened infidels, of course accepts that he must have existed. Right?
“Well, actually, no. At least not according to a surprising and eye-opening new book by Robert Spencer, the bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and many other books, and a well-known critic of the Islamic doctrine of jihad…”
John Nolte, BigGovt: Dinner with Ann Romney
“While the President of the United States pretty much embarrasses himself fundraising off a meal with himself and actor George Clooney (that we’re told will help to make our life complete), the Romney campaign is once again showing itself creative in the rapid response department with an even better offer: A chance to win a meal with the lovely and classy Ann Romney…”
Vintage Photos of NYC
“The city announced the debut of a photo database today featuring 870,000 photos of New York dating back to the mid-1880s.
“The Department of Records put the link on its site making available to the public the photos on the Internet for the first time.
Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images, the photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.