CONTENTS: Fund – True the Vote; Prager – November’s plebiscite; Hanson – New Regressivism: PA – Stop BO Care; Freed/Zimmerman conflict; Boehm – Voter ID set; Freind – Uncle Tom’s Cave in; BO campaigned in Kabul; $10K for BO’s transcripts; Crucifying oil & gas; VA has energy; NASA challenges global warming; BO becomes Mini Me: Sowell – Unions; Christie;s Islam problem; Lowry – Left’s favorite bad statistic; Charen – Porn; BO’s Marxist slogan; Hitler Youth March; Announcements
Announcements: p. 7 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
“…the endorsement of the state Republican Party is as meaningful as being valedictorian
of summer school…” Christopher Freind
“Catherine Englebrecht, the Houston businesswoman and mother who founded True the Vote in 2009 after witnessing an ACORN-style group registering thousands of illegal or nonexistent voters in Houston, told the voter observers from 32 states gathered for the summit: ‘There is nothing more important this year than your work in making sure legitimate votes aren’t canceled out by fraud.’” http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/297461/reality-voter-fraud-john-fund
1863: Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by one of his own troops and died eight days later.
1949: Arthur Miller won a Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008/2010)
May 3rd: National Day of Prayer ….
John Fund, NRO: True the Vote
“Houston — The 2012 elections will feature many close races, likely including the presidential contest. That makes concern about voter fraud and ballot integrity all the more meaningful, and a conference held here last weekend by the watchdog group True the Vote made clear just how high the stakes are.
“Unfortunately, the United States has a long history of voter fraud that has been documented by historians and journalists,” Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in 2008, upholding a strict Indiana voter-ID law designed to combat fraud. Justice Stevens, who personally encountered voter fraud while serving on various reform commissions in his native Chicago, spoke for a six-member majority. In a decision two years earlier clearing the way for an Arizona ID law, the Court had declared in a unanimous opinion that ‘confidence in the integrity of our electoral processes is essential to the functioning of our participatory democracy. Voter fraud drives honest citizens out of the democratic process and breeds distrust of our government. Voters who fear their legitimate votes will be outweighed by fraudulent ones will feel disenfranchised.’
“Indeed, a brand-new Rasmussen Reports poll finds that 64 percent of Americans believe voter fraud is a serious problem, with whites registering 63 percent agreement and African-Americans 64 percent…”
Dennis Prager, RealClearPolitics: November’s Plebiscite
“Election Day 2012 will not be a presidential election. It will be a plebiscite.
“Americans will not only be voting for a president (and a House and a third of the Senate). They will be participating in a plebiscite on the definition of America.
“If Americans re-elect the Democrat, Barack Obama, they will have announced that America should be like Western European countries — governed by left-wing values. Americans will have decided that America’s value system — “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” — should be replaced.
“The election in November is therefore a plebiscite on the American Revolution. The usual description of presidential elections — “the most important in our lifetime” — is true this time. In fact, it may be the most important election since the Civil War, and possibly since America’s founding…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “The New Regressivism”
“About fifteen years ago, many liberals began to self-identify as progressives—partly because of the implosion of the Great Society and the Reagan reaction that had tarnished the liberal brand and left it as something akin to “permissive” or “naïve,” partly because “progressive” was supposedly an ideological rather than a political identification, and had included some early twentieth-century Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.
“But twenty-first century progressivism is not aimed at political reform. There is no new effort at racial unity. There is not much realization that we are in a globalized, rapidly changing, high-tech economy or that race and gender are not as they were fifty years ago. Instead, progressivism has become a reactionary return to the 1960s—or even well before. The new regressivism seeks to resurrect the machine ethos of Mayor Daley, the glory green days of the Whole Earth Catalog, the union era of George Meany, Jimmy Hoffa, and Walter Reuther, the racial polarization of the old Black Panther Party and the old Al Sharpton, and a Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, or Peter Jennings reading to us each evening three slightly different versions of the Truth.
“The New Old Chicago
“Barack Obama is trying to turn back the way of politics to the era of the pre-reform Chicago machine…”
PA: Stop BOCare!
“Call, Email, and Fax Harrisburg TODAY…
“We Don’t Want Obamacare!
“Governor Corbett has already accepted millions of dollars from the federal government to begin implementing Obamacare here in Pennsylvania. Our state legislators can stop this, but they need your support and encouragement.
“Americans for Prosperity has invited the ENTIRE Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Governor and the Insurance Comissioner to attend AFP’s “Pennsylvania Healthcare Freedom: Stop The Exchanges” Breakfast in Harrisburg on May 2nd.
“But many in Harrisburg are skeptical and want to follow Governor Corbett’s plan. Ask your state representative and state senator to attend the breakfast…”
“Please go to www.americansforprosperity.org/pennsylvania for details and to see which legislators have agreed to attend.
Brandon Boyd, West Chester TEA Party
Keegan Gibson, PoliticsPA: Dave Freed and His Father-in-Law
From December 6, 2011. Thanks Bob,
“Amy Freed, formerly Amy Zimmerman, stood behind her husband at the podium with their three children. Her father LeRoy Zimmerman – Pa.’s first elected Attorney General stood behind Freed’s right shoulder.
“He also presents a possible conflict for Freed who, as AG, might be charged with overseeing a probe of Hershey charities – where Zimmerman served until recently. The Pa Democrats whacked Freed on the subject in a statement.
“David Freed is already bringing with him concerns of conflicts of interest before his campaign even begins. Pennsylvanians need to trust that their Attorney General will stand up for them, not special interests or their own self-interest,” said Pennsylvania Democratic spokesperson Lindsay Fritchman.
“Freed said he would not participate in an investigation of his father in-law, and would instead assign a special, independent prosecutor to do the job…”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: PA Voter ID – Set for November
State Department to spend $4 million on voter education…
“HARRISBURG — Despite a smattering of media reports about problems with Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law after Tuesday’s primary, the Department of State maintains its rollout went well, and the new requirements will be in place in time for November’s general election.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele visited polling locations in Philadelphia on Tuesday to observe the new step in the voting process. Showing identification before voting was not mandatory Tuesday, but poll workers were told to ask for it as a way to teach voters about the new law.
“Overall it went very smoothly, but there were a handful of situations where there were issues,” Ron Ruman, spokesman for the department, said Thursday. “In the six months between now and November, we hope the word will spread.”
“Opponents of the new law have said it would disenfranchise students, the elderly, minorities and voters without a driver’s license or other valid forms of photo ID. Advocates have called it a common-sense requirement in a world where identification is necessary to board a plane, pick up a prescription or even enter many office buildings.
“The Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that works to ensure open and fair elections, reported a series of issues across the city during the election, including poll workers and voters who were confused about the new law and about whether it applied to the election.
“The group also condemned an effort by Democrats in the city’s 5th Ward asking voters to decline to show ID when asked…”
Christopher Freind, Philly Mag: Candidate Choice Creates Calamitous Clusterf**k of Carnage
“…Stevie Welch sat on a wall (of cards); Stevie Welch had a great fall (winning a
mere two of 67 counties). All of King (or is it Joker?) Corbett’s horses, and all
the King’s men (endorsements by 27 County Commissioners and 35 State Legislators),
couldn’t put Stevie’s candidacy together again (4 of 5 Republican voters rejected
the Welch-Corbett-Obama ‘ticket’).
“And so Freindly Fire’s prediction that Governor Corbett-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate
Steve Welch would come in a whoppingly-bad third place was proven correct, though
it didn’t take a political genius to guess that…. the carnage is everywhere:
the endorsement of the state Republican Party is as meaningful as being valedictorian
of summer school; getting backed by Corbett now carries substantial negative baggage,
and GOP legislators will think twice about aligning themselves with the Governor
on his signature issues (are there any?), fearing that his promises of support could
be akin to political suicide.
“And all of this occurred just 15 months after being ushered into office with a ten-point
margin and solid majorities in the House and Senate. Not exactly the best way to
beat a vulnerable Bob Casey (a seat which could flip the Senate) and win one of the
most critical states for the GOP in the presidential election.
“Many insiders will claim the blow to Corbett’s prestige will be fleeting . They are
wrong….just wait until the low income voucher plan fails…again…”
Fox: Obama Campaigned in Kabul
Expect more outrageous stunts …
“President Obama heralded the coming end of the decade-long Afghanistan war in a brief televised address to Americans on his surprise trip Tuesday to the country, where he signed a critical partnership agreement, visited U.S. troops and marked the one-year anniversary of Usama bin Laden’s death.
“‘The goal that I set, to defeat Al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild, is now within our reach,’ Obama declared from Bagram Air Base.
“Obama used the address and the visit itself to preview America’s exit from the war and offer assurances to both countries — to America that the war will soon be over; to Afghanistan that its forces will be independent but not left dangling in the wind. ‘As you stand up, you will not stand alone,’ Obama said in a line directed at Afghans…”
Jason Howerton, Daily Caller: $10K for BO’s Transcripts
Bayne told TheDC that a group of eight people – including some he called “recognizable” figures – are coordinating the effort to make Obama’s college transcripts public, Bayne told The Daily Caller. He declined to name any of them.
“‘We are doing this because we are tired of the media not doing their job,’ he said. ‘We are tired of the PR propaganda coming out of places like Media Matters, and we are tired of this administration stonewalling over things like Fast and Furious.’
“‘We are tired of a lot of things.’
“The $10,000 reward, he explained, is ‘absolutely’ real and will be paid to anyone who can provide any verifiable college transcripts belonging to Obama…”
John Steele Gordon, Commentary: Crucifying the Oil & Gas Industry
“It is often said that the definition of the word gaffe in Washington-speak is when someone accidentally tells the truth. Al Armendariz, the EPA administrator for Texas and surrounding states, certainly made a gaffe when he said in a speech in 2010, that the best way to enforce environmental laws was to crucify a few oil companies so that the rest will fall in line. He noted that the Romans used this technique when they conquered a new town, crucifying the first five people they could get their hands on so that the place would be very easy to manage for the next few years. (I expect that that is actually a slander against the Romans, although they had no scruples against selling whole populations into slavery.)
“Armendariz was, let us hope, using a metaphor. But his actions indicate that he is all too willing to act first and get, well, evidence of wrong doing, later. The New York Times reported on December 8th, 2010, that he had signed an emergency order:
“Dallas-based EPA Regional Director Al Armendariz issued an emergency order yesterday against Range Resources Corp., charging that its drilling in the Barnett Shale contaminated at least two water wells with methane and benzene. The order gave Range 48 hours to provide clean drinking water to affected residents and begin taking steps to resolve the problem.
“Armendariz’s order is not simply an action against the company, but a slap at regulators at the Texas Railroad Commission, whom he accused of not doing enough to help the people living near the drilling operations in the Fort Worth area.
“Earlier this month, the EPA finally withdrew the order, having been able to produce no evidence whatever that Range Resources was in any way responsible. (It might be noted in passing that while the emergency order was a major story in the Times, its withdrawal was not news fit to print. Nor is the news of Armendariz’s recently revealed remarks.)…”
“The United States, which invented both the petroleum industry, in 1859, and the transportation of natural gas over long distances by pipeline, in 1891, is on the cusp of what could be the greatest boom in energy production in its history, a boom that would not only reduce the price of energy—a major input into the struggling economy–but would greatly improve the country’s trade balance, help the dollar, and improve America’s foreign policy options.
“The Obama administration, in thrall to the anti-capitalist environmental lobby, is doing everything possible to prevent it.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell, WSJ: VA – An Energy Power
“In 2010, my state was poised to become the first on the East Coast permitted to produce oil and natural gas offshore. Then politics intervened.
“In 2010, Virginia was poised to become the first state on the East Coast permitted to produce oil and natural gas offshore. In 2007, the federal government had designated certain offshore areas as available for oil and gas leases, raising the prospect of thousands of new jobs and significant new revenues for the state and local governments.
“However, our opportunity was extinguished and the lease sale canceled after November, when the Obama administration abruptly dropped Virginia from the government’s latest leasing plan, with little explanation and even less regard for the strong bipartisan and public support for the offshore initiative. At a moment when we should be looking for every opportunity to safely produce more domestic energy, the Obama administration unilaterally declared a seven-year timeout…”
Kevin DeAnna, WND: NASA Revolt against the Religion of Global Warming
Thanks SE Michigan Patriots,
“Forty-nine highly respected former NASA astronauts, engineers and scientists are fighting back against efforts by top executives to use the federal agency to promote global warming alarmism.
The letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden accuses the agency of endangering “the reputation of science itself” by advocating the “extreme” position that carbon dioxide is the major cause of climate change.
The signatories include seven former Apollo astronauts as well as Chris Kraft, the man more responsible than any other for establishing Mission Control.
Andrew Wilson, Spectator: BO Morphed into “Mini Me”
“Mitt Romney is running against a different man than the Pied Piper of “transformational change” who danced and floated to victory against John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Romney’s opponent is that man’s clone — scaled down to one-eighth the size. He’s a much smaller and distinctly meaner version of the Barack Obama of four years ago, and he knows how to fight in only one way — small and dirty.
“Instead of promising to heal the earth, cause the oceans to recede, and create “new industries and millions of new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced,” President Mini-Me is constantly on the attack — but only over the most trivial or irrelevant of issues. And there is not bit of truth he won’t bend or break.
“As the Wall Street Journal commented in its lead editorial on April 26:
‘One of Mr. Romney’s trickiest challenges will be how to handle Mr. Obama’s, er, veracity. More than any President we’ve seen, this incumbent is willing to say things that aren’t in the same area code as the truth. He gives himself credit for the natural gas drilling boom, the deficits are still Mr. Bush’s fault, Mr. Obama has never raised taxes, and ‘green jobs’ in his dream economy are blooming by the millions.
“In fairness to President Mini-Me, one may recall the old legal adage: When the law is on your side, you argue the law; when you have the facts, you argue the facts; and when you have neither, you pound the table.
“And so the president goes around the country pounding the table on issues that are totally misleading or grossly overstated…”
Thomas Sowell, Townhall: Labor Unions
“Many people, who do not look beyond the vision or the rhetoric to the reality, still think of labor unions as protectors of working people from their employers. And union bosses still employ that kind of rhetoric. However, someone once said, “When I speak I put on a mask, but when I act I must take it off.”
“That mask has been coming off, more and more, especially during the Obama administration, and what is revealed underneath is very ugly, very cynical and very dangerous…”
Daniel Pipes & Steve Emerson, NRO: Christie’s Islam Problem
‘He has repeatedly sided with some nasty characters…
“A Quinnipiac poll in April showed Chris Christie as the most popular potential Republican vice-presidential candidate, thanks to his budget cuts and standing up to government employees’ unions. But the governor of New Jersey has a problem, specifically an Islam problem, that can and should get in the way of his possible ascent to higher office. Time and again he has sided with Islamist forces against those who worry about safeguarding American security and civilization.
Rich Lowry, NRO: “The Left’s Favorite Bad Statistic”
“…Never mind that the figure is crude and misleading. The latest data from the Labor Department say that women made 82.2 percent of what men made in the first quarter of 2012. That’s a considerable gap, but comparing all women versus all men is not particularly telling when all sorts of variables — occupation, levels of experience, education, hours worked — are in play…
“…The slogan that invariably accompanies the 80 percent statistic is “equal pay for equal work.” But men and women get paid differently for different work. Warren Farrell points out in his book Why Men Earn More that the 25 worst jobs in terms of stress and physical demands — occupations such as sheet-metal worker and firefighter — are more than 90 percent male. In general, men who are employed full-time work more hours a day than women employed full-time (8.2 hours compared with 7.8, according to the Labor Department), and women are much more likely to interrupt their careers to have children, affecting their earning power over time…”
Mona Charen, NRO: Porn…
“What do you suppose are the chances that the Secret Service agents who embarrassed themselves, possibly endangered the life of the president of the United States, and very likely damaged their marriages and the lives of their children by engaging prostitutes in Cartagena were consumers of pornography?
“I’d guess 100 percent. Not that watching porn completely accounts for the behavior, but pornography undermines sexual restraint. It offers a distorted image of what “everybody” is doing, and it grants permission for indulging every conceivable urge. Porn is mainstream now, offered in nearly every hotel room, and ubiquitous on the Internet. The stigma that once attached to porn is gone. You can take college courses in it. Is it surprising that its corrupting influence is felt everywhere?…”
Victor Morton, Washington Times: BO’s Marxist Slogan
The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”
“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.
The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
Also: Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: Hitler Youth Marching Tune
“Vorwärts! Vorwärts! was a marching song of the Hitler youth.”
“Of course, Barack Obama’s Forward video immediately looks backward and blames Bush in the first 20 seconds.”