Dead Cats: 11593-051, 05/09/12, (6)60: James Brody

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CONTENTS: CIA Bomb plots; North Carolina #31; TEA beat Lugar; Wisconsin; WVa Prisoner; Report – vote fraud; In search of Americanism; Dems punish “stand your ground”; OCare Health Exchanges; France wants other’s $$$ (4 stories); Rick lectured Mitt; Justice sells justice; New bomb & the CIA; Defense scuttles ships, keeps desk skippers; Obama’s first monthly surplus; Julia & BO; Dinosaur gas; erections cure; Savage – bread & coffee; Screening stats; Announcements

“The French electorate has been disappointed in both of the main candidates–so much so that some voters chose ‘Biquette, the goat’ as an alternative.” Joel Pollak,

May 9th

1754 – Ben Franklin published the first American political cartoons in his Pennsylvania Gazette.

1865 – Richard Gatling got a patent for his “Gatling gun.”

1974 – The House Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against President Nixon. (Bennett & Cribb, 2008, 2010)

Greg Miller, WaPo: CIA, Bomb Plots, Saudis, & a Drone Attack

“The latest al-Qaeda bomb plot targeting U.S. aircraft was unraveled from inside the terrorist group by operatives — including an agent who posed as a willing suicide bomber — working on behalf of the CIA and its counterparts in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, said U.S. and Middle Eastern officials.

“The Saudi intelligence service played a particularly important role in penetrating al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen and recovering the explosive device, according to officials, who described an elaborate espionage operation in which the CIA tracked the bomb’s movements for weeks and then killed suspected plotters in a drone strike after the device was seized.

“Senior U.S. officials continued to withhold certain details, including the location and status of the individual — described by officials as a Saudi informant — who penetrated the terrorist group posing as a bomber and then turned over the device to authorities after leaving Yemen.

“But comments by White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan and others made it clear that the involvement of the CIA and its partners went well beyond simply watching the plot unfold.

“‘We’re confident that neither the device nor the intended user of this device posed a threat to us,’ Brennan said in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. ‘We had the device in our control, and we were confident that it was not going to pose a threat to the American public.’

“The bomb arrived at an FBI laboratory in Quantico about a week ago and is being examined by explosives technicians, law enforcement officials said. One said the explosive was made from a chemical compound that was ‘built to get around U.S. security and had the potential to do that.’”

“The emerging details help to illuminate the evolving tactics being employed…”

Bonner & Price, NewsObserver: North Carolina Became #31

“RALEIGH — North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

“North Carolina is the last state in the South to add such an amendment, and supporters hoped for a resounding victory.

“Incomplete returns show the amendment up 61.05 percent to 38.95 percent…”

Tom Curry, MSNBC: Indiana – TEA Defeated Lugar

“Republican foreign policy elder statesman Sen. Richard Lugar, 80, first elected to the Senate in 1976, was defeated in the Indiana primary Tuesday by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was backed by conservatives ranging from the National Rifle Association to local Tea Party activists to the Washington-based fiscal conservative group the Club for Growth.

“Mourdock scored a landslide victory, winning more than 60 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting…”

Dana Loesch, Breitbart: TEA Looks to November

“It’s official: Richard Mourdock has unseated six-term Senator Dick Lugar, setting the tone for primaries across the country. What’s coming up for Mourdock this fall will be dramatically different from the primary race: he’ll be facing a Democrat opponent buoyed by the cash-rich Obama campaign. Republicans need to keep every single Senate seat they’ve got and gain more if they hope to enact a Constitutionally conservative agenda. Mourdock’s win proves the desire is there. But the fights not done yet — the grassroots have an even tougher battle coming now…”

Scott Bauer, AtlantaJournal: Wisconsin

“…The recall drive was sparked when Walker and Republicans passed a law that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers and forced them to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits. Walker contends the moves were necessary to help balance a state budget shortfall of $3.6 billion.

“We’re not going backward; we’re going forward!” Walker told his supporters Tuesday night.

“He’s trying to frame the recall as a question of whether Wisconsin wants to go back to what he calls failed policies of Democrats, or continue moving forward under his reforms. Barrett and his fellow Democrats are presenting it as a referendum on Walker and his policies…

David Martosko, Daily Caller: WVa Prisoner #11593-051

“Judd, otherwise known as ‘prisoner #11593-051’ at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, is serving time for “mailing a threatening communication with intent to extort money or something of value” in New Mexico. He was arrested in 1995 and convicted in 1999. In 2000 a federal appeals court noted that he had already “filed thirty-six notices of appeal … [and] no less than 180 motions,” all unsuccessfully.

“Ironically, while felons can’t vote in many states, they can run for president…

“…With 41 of 55 counties reporting their results, Keith Russell Judd had collected 49,490 votes statewide, or 42.28 percent of the total.

“Although party rules would award Judd at least one Democratic National Convention delegate for winning more than 15 percent of the vote, it’s unclear whether he would actually have a voice at the Charlotte, N.C. event since no one has volunteered to represent him as a delegate. Still, the ultimate outsider was leading Obama in eight counties late Tuesday night…”

James Simpson, Accuracy in Media: Vote Fraud Exposé

Thanks Breitbart,

“This report reveals the Left’s vote fraud strategy for the 2012 elections. Like a KGB operation, it is thorough, multi-faceted and redundant. It has overt and covert, illegal and legal elements, the latter of which are designed, at least in part, to facilitate illegal activities later. It is a deliberate, premeditated, comprehensive plan to win the 2012 presidential election at all costs, and is in keeping with the organizational methods, associations and ethics of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama.

“The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government. In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a “permanent progressive majority.” As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections…”

“Low income individuals are the perfect dupes for this strategy. An expanding welfare state makes them increasingly dependent on government benefits, a development that guarantees their vote for liberal-left candidates. At the same time, people with marginal attachment to society may be less inclined to report illegal activity at the polls—or actually participate. The “victim” narrative promoted in popular culture and press may even encourage such behavior. Meanwhile, a growing tax burden and public debt suck private enterprise dry—pushing ever more people onto the dole…”

Long report but very readable …

Ned Ryun, Spectator: “In Search of Americanism”

“Time and again the progressive Left succeeds in forcing people to play by its rules. We see it in the halls of Congress, in statehouses, and even in school boards, as principled politicians run and hide to escape being labeled with one of the Left’s “ists”or “isms.” By balkanizing the electorate with labels that obscure the basic unifying principles of our Republic, progressives seek to divide and conquer. And they’re winning.

“There’s communism, socialism, fascism, authoritarianism, and collectivism, all of which are kissing cousins that originate from a basic belief in the centrality of the state to people’s lives. Under these “isms,” man exists for the state; all of them are therefore antithetical to a country founded on the fundamental belief that government exists for the people. The Left uses other“isms” to drive its agenda through intimidation (like false charges of racism) or misinformation (environmentalism). And then, of course, there’s relativism, secularism, multiculturalism, liberalism, and, yes, Progressivism.

“In all the ‘ism’ talk, we lose the most important one, and arguably the only one that really matters: Americanism…”

Ben Shapiro, Breitbart: Dems Try to Punish “Stand Your Ground”

“On Tuesday, House Democrats announced that they were planning to tack an amendment onto a bill that would, in the name of Trayvon Martin, shut down certain grants to states with “Stand Your Ground” laws. “Stand Your Ground” laws have come under heavy scrutiny since Martin’s shooting at the hands of George Zimmerman, who was initially released after the shooting since he had no duty to run from a fight with Martin.

“According to Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), “This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don’t enforce seat-belt laws.” The only problem, of course, is that if Zimmerman didn’t shoot Martin in self-defense, Stand Your Ground laws aren’t implicated in any case. Democrats are turning non-racial cases into racial hot potatoes, then using them to attack state laws.”

Obamacare Health Exchanges

Thanks Brandon….­­­­­

“Recall that the Affordable Care Act did not appropriate money for the states to put the mandated insurance exchanges in place. That means if the states don’t use their own money or federal grants, then the whole un-Constitutional scheme falls apart, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides. We CAN stop this invasion of our rights and privacy – tell your elected officials how to do it!”

Rep Scott Perry **
Rep. Stephen Bloom
Senator Mike Folmer

**first member of the General Assembly publically to come out against exchanges in Pennsylvania.

Read more:

Americans for Prosperity is tracking the State Representatives and Senators who have pledged not to use your tax dollars to implement Obamacare here in Pennsylvania. If you elected officials are not on the list, call them and ask why not. ­­

Nile Gardner, UK Telegraph: France Wants More of Other People’s Money

“Nicolas Sarkozy’s defeat at the hands of French Socialist leader Francois Hollande has sent shock waves throughout Europe, and will significantly challenge the fragile austerity consensus across the EU. Jean-Marc Ayrault, the likely next prime minister of France, puts it in uncompromising terms:

“We must get out of this austerity in Europe and tonight all our partners in governments around Europe have understood that was the choice of François Hollande to re-orient Europe.

“Hollande’s victory spells trouble ahead for both Angela Merkel and David Cameron, who face general elections in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Both Merkel and Cameron have championed the need for budget cuts in the face of Europe’s massive debt crisis, and face growing domestic opposition to their support for austerity measures…”

Michel Gurfinkiel, PJM: French National Assembly Elections

“François Hollande, the socialist candidate, won the French presidential election on May 6. He got 51.63% of the vote against 48.37% for the incumbent conservative president, Nicolas Sarkozy. Quite a good score, even if Sarkozy did much better than expected.

“However, the presidency is only a first step. A lot will depend on the National Assembly elections, which are due to take place on June 10 and 17. If the socialists and their allies secure themselves an absolute majority, Hollande will enjoy quasi-monarchical powers for five years. If they do not, he will be a lame duck…”

Joel Pollak, Breitbart: What Sarkozy’s Loss Really Means for America

“The mainstream media will attempt to spin French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s loss today to Socialist challenger François Hollande as a rejection of “austerity” policies–and to urge American voters to reject the deficit-cutting politics of the Tea Party when we go to the polls in November. In fact, there are important lessons from France–and they are the precise opposite of what the media is telling us.

“First, to call Sarkozy’s policies ‘austerity’ is to insult both austerity and socialism. The French government–like other European governments–sought to close its budget gap primarily by raising taxes, not by cutting the size and cost of government. Neither Sarkozy nor Hollande had the courage to confront the basic, failed structure of France’s welfare-state economy, which is the fundamental cause of its budget problems…”

Zombie, PJM: Cloward-Piven Lives in Europe

“…Voters in both France and Greece, two countries ruinously addicted to government entitlements, rejected the “austerity” model of debt-reduction and instead doubled down on unsustainable spending sprees. France elected Socialist Francois Hollande as president, and in his acceptance speech he promised to increase government benefits and amp up “stimulus” spending programs — the exact things that got France into a metaphorical debtors’ prison in the first place. But exactly as Cloward and Piven had surmised, once you get 50+% of the population hooked on “free” government money, there’s no turning back — they will vote for socialists every time. The election of Hollande is the culmination of Cloward-Piven; the strategy worked, but in the wrong country…”

Christopher Bedford, Daily Caller: Rick Lectured Mitt

“One-time GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum emailed his endorsement of likely nominee Mitt Romney to supporters late Monday night. The lukewarm letter focused primarily on the need to deny President Barack Obama a second term in office, and made frequent references to Santorum’s oft-voiced doubts about his former bitter primary rival.

“In the 16-paragraph letter, the phrase ‘he has my endorsement’ appeared in paragraph 13.

“‘The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences,’ Santorum wrote, ‘But there are many significant areas in which we agree.’

“‘I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters,’ the hawkish Republican added.

“‘And while I had concerns about Governor Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system…’”

Wynton Hall, Breitbart: Justice Sold at Justice

“In an explosive Newsweek article set to rock official Washington, reporter Peter Boyer and Breitbart contributing editor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer reveal how Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are operating under a “justice for sale” strategy by forgoing criminal prosecution of Wall Street executives at big financial institutions who just so happen to be clients of the white-shoe law firms where Holder and his top DOJ lieutenants worked.

“There’s more.

“…As Boyer and Schweizer report, ‘through last fall, Obama had collected more donations from Wall Street than any of the Republican candidates; employees of Bain Capital donated more than twice as much to Obama as they did to Romney, who founded the firm.’”

Schweizer & Hall, Breitbart: BO Bundlers Lead DoJ

Holder, Perrelli, Mason, & West …

“Four of the top officials at the Department of Justice were all big money fundraisers for President Obama’s 2008 campaign with strong ties to Wall Street—the very entity the Obama Administration has said must be criminally prosecuted for bringing about the biggest financial crisis in U.S. history.

Also: Boyer & Schweitzer, Daily Beast: “Why Can’t Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice?”

“Despite his populist posturing, the president has failed to pin a single top finance exec on criminal charges since the economic collapse. Are the banks too big to jail—or is Washington’s revolving door at to blame?

–          Obama’s 2009 White House summit with finance titans, in which the president warned that only he was standing “between you and the pitchforks”

–          Why, despite widespread outrage, financial-fraud prosecutions by the Department of Justice are at 20-year lows

–          Attorney General Eric Holder’s lucrative ties to a top-tier law firm whose marquee clients include some of finance’s worst offenders

–          How Obama’s trumpeted “task force” for investigating risky mortgage lenders—announced in this year’s State of the Union speech—is badly understaffed and has yet to produce any discernible progress…”

Dozier & Sullivan, AP: Airplane Security – New Bomb

“…The CIA, with help from a well-placed informant and foreign intelligence services, conducted a covert operation in Yemen in recent weeks that disrupted a nascent suicide plot and recovered the new bomb, U.S. officials said.

“Officials said the bomb has a more refined detonation system than the underwear bomb that failed to go off aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009.

FBI experts are picking apart that non-metallic device to see if it could have taken down an airplane…”

Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: Defense Dept Scuttles Ships, Keeps Civilians

“The Pentagon’s civilian workforce, which expanded dramatically during President Obama’s first three years, is not facing any significant reductions even as the Defense Department is slashing ground troops by more than 10 percent, retiring ships and combat planes, and putting off the purchases of some new weapons.

“President Bush’s last budget, for fiscal 2009, pegged Defense Department civilians at 739,000, according to the department’s latest “Green Book” budget document on total spending.

“This year, the number of civilians sits at 801,000, an increase of 62,000 personnel, or 8 percent; it is expected to decline by 1 percent next year.

“Some defense analysts say this was not supposed to happen…”

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: Obama’s First Monthly Surplus

“The federal government broke its record deficit streak in April, notching its first monthly surplus since the end of the Bush administration, according to preliminary estimates released Monday.

“The numbers, compiled by the Congressional Budget Office, mark the first monthly surplus under President Obama, who when he took office in January 2009 began a program of boosted spending and continued tax cuts to try to bolster the foundering economy, but saw those efforts splash red ink across the federal budget.

Boosted by better tax collections and slightly slower spending, the government recorded a $58 billion surplus in April. That’s nearly a $100 billion turnaround from April 2011, when the government ran a $40 billion deficit…”

James Pethokoukis, AmericanEnterprise: What Julia Tells Us of BO

The Life of Julia cartoons produced by the Obama White House tell us many things. The least important of these is that Team Obama employs some very clever and capable graphic designers and web strategists. More important are the insights they give into how the world works inside the alternate reality that is the government-centered Obamaverse.

“For instance:

“1. Intentions matter, not results. As the “Julia at 3″ slide says: “Julia is enrolled in a Head Start program to help get her ready for school. Because of steps President Obama has taken to improve programs like this one, Julia joins thousands of students across the country who will start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.”

“Now here’s the Obama administration’s own evaluation of the program, which has cost more than $100 billion since its inception: “For 3-year-olds, there are few sustained benefits, although access to the program may lead to improved parent-child relationships through 1st grade.” But, hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?…”

Paul Hanaker, Examiner: Dinosaur Flattus

“…Sauropods were huge relative to other dinosaurs. Depending on the species, sauropods could measure from 100 to 200 feet in length and weighed anywhere from 80 to 240 tons.

“The researchers determined that the volume of methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs alone may have been greater than all present day sources of atmospheric methane. The estimate based on archeological and paleontological evidence is a calculation that includes dinosaur size, weight, and estimated population densities.

“:The researchers estimate the methane released by sauropod dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era was approximately 520 million metric tons per year. This level of methane production is five to ten times the level of methane produced by today’s ruminant animals and even rivals industrial volumes of methane produced annually today.”

Erections that last more than four hours …

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Michael Savage – Bread and Coffee

Michael asserted that liberal hives serve better coffee and better bread. For example, Florida – outside of Miami – serves boring white sliced bread and battery-acid coffee. Urban areas are political leftists, the manners urbane, the opinions crystallized, and the food is good.

Airport Screening Statistics from January

Terrorists found                       0

Transvestites                         133

Hernias                                   1485

Hemorrhoid cases             3172

Enlarged prostates            8249

Breast implants                 59350

Natural blondes                                         3

It was also discovered that 535 members of congress had no testicles.

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