CONTENTS: Knepper – $39K gratis; Adams – DoJ recruits mentally impaired; Black Panther yowls; Mitt’s Dem $$$; Jarrett towers; Mitt’s missing blacks; Mitt up in WI & MI; VA voter ID – Case dropped by DoJ; Mitt backs Fed audit; Ryan shrank the Prez; Looking for votes; Congress approval at bottom; Dems gave $1.5M to Akin; 11 reasons Akin stays; York – Mitt’s road thru Iowa; Dem’s give to Mitt; Russia matche’s BO warning; Netanyahu – strike before elections; Pipes – stay out of Syria; ScramJet – JFK-SFO 1 hr; FBI stalks GOP skinny dipper; Hanson – land is history, 2016 sites; Announcements.
“A war with Iran will boost Obama’s ratings.” Michael Savage
“We are going to continue this race for the U.S. Senate,” Todd Akin, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/21/akin_we_are_going_to_continue_with_this_us_senate_race.html
1851: The schooner America defeated several other yachts off the English coast to win the trophy that became known as the America’s Cup.
1996: President Clinton signed legislation ending federal guarantees of lifetime welfare benefits. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Leo Knepper, Citizens Alliance: “…An Extra $39,000 Tax Free?”
“August 21, 2012: It is common practice for employers to reimburse their employees for travel and other expenses. However, very few employers just hand out money for expenses just for showing up to work…that is, unless you are a state Representative or Senator.
“Members of the General Assembly don’t have to bother with receipts or actually tracking mileage in order to be reimbursed by the taxpayers. Instead, are automatically eligible for a ‘per diem’ of up to $158 per day* just for showing up in Harrisburg (and some other official meetings) whether they spend that much or not. Since the money is supposed to be used to cover expenses, at least in theory, it is generally not subject to be taxed by the IRS, Social Security, etc. For comparison, if your take home pay was $158 then your gross pay would have to be at least $197.50 (more if you add back state taxes, etc.) and that is just for one day!
“Enter Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia), the 2011 per diem king. In addition to his $82,000 annual salary, he collected over $39,000 in per diems thanks to the generosity of taxpayers…”
Christian Adams, PJM: DoJ’s “Dwarfs, Schizophrenics, & Intellectually Disabled”
“The PJ Tatler has obtained documents from the Justice Department detailing efforts to recruit attorneys and staff who are dwarfs or who have ‘psychiatric disabilities’ or ‘severe intellectual disabilities.’ On May 31, 2012, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez issued a directive to affirmatively recruit people with these “targeted disabilities.”
“This DOJ policy does not merely involve prohibitions against discrimination, but rather the documents reveal deliberate recruitment efforts to hire as attorneys and staff for the Department of Justice people suffering from psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. Moreover, applicants can ‘self-identify’ their disability by means of the ‘Standard Form 256, Self Identification Disability.’
“Those with ‘targeted disabilities’ may be hired through a ‘non-competitive’ appointment. That means they don’t have to endure the regular civil service competition among applicants, but can be plucked from the stack of resumes and hired immediately instead…”
Mytheos Holt, The Blaze: “…An In-Depth Look at New Black Panther Rhetoric…”
“Today’s New Black Panther Party (NBPP) frequently speaks of killing “crackers babies,“ ”f***ots” and old white women.
“It was not always so.
“Indeed, though a certain degree of bile has always been standard for this organization, earlier rhetoric by the New Black Panther Party tended to focus more on a self-defense orientation, arguing only to attack whites if they attack first. Interestingly, at the same time that they used this essentially defensive stance, the group showed a greater ability to act on its agenda, sometimes through means that could be described as violent.
“However, with the turn of the millennium, and especially since the election of Barack Obama, the NBPP is becoming openly, fiercely aggressive…”
Jack Gillum, AP: Mitt’s Dem $
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is out-fundraising President Barack Obama by impressive margins, is attracting thousands of donors this summer from traditionally Democratic areas of the United States, collecting millions of dollars in even progressive communities from New York to Los Angeles, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of new campaign data.
“Donors from tony neighborhoods of Manhattan to even the famously liberal Castro neighborhood in San Francisco helped Romney and the GOP outraise Obama by more than $25 million in July…”
Andrew Stiles, Free Beacon: “Jarrett Towers”
“Senior White House adviser and long-time Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett’s role in a number of controversial Chicago housing developments has garnered her investments worth millions of dollars while highlighting the administration’s extensive business ties to presidential donors.
“Before joining the Obama administration in 2009, Jarrett was president and chief executive officer of the Habitat Company, a real estate development firm founded by major Democratic donor Daniel Levin. Before that, she served three years as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development under Mayor Richard Daley.
luxury apartment complex developed by Habitat between 2005 and 2007 at a cost of more than $100 million.
“She valued the investment at between $1 million and $5 million on her 2011 financial disclosure form, up from $250,001 in 2010. A Jarrett spokesman told the Washington Times that the investment was ‘a direct result of her 13 years working for Habitat.’”
Gene Demby, HuffPo: “Mitt Romney Is Capturing Zero Percent Of The Black Vote…”
“…According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, President Obama is beating his Republican opponent among black voters by a whopping 94 percent to 0 percent. The numbers are pretty brutal for Romney among Latinos, as well: he’s losing to the president almost 2 to 1. The poll has President Obama ahead among all registered voters, 48 percent to Romney’s 44 percent…
“…But Barack Obama’s campaign in the 2008 upended even those meager gains. Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in an election that also saw unprecedented African American turnout….”
John Nolte, Big Govt: Romney Up in WI & MI
“For a while now, and with some off-days, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has maintained a small but persistent lead in the two most reliable national polls, Gallup and Rasmussen. Swing state polls, however, have been less kind. Since Romney clinched the nomination, President Obama has consistently led in most of these crucial states, sometimes by wide margins that felt counter-intuitive when compared to the national polls.
“Well, whatever caused that — Obama’s spending advantage, poorly weighted polls or both — the tide is turning and also doing so in two states Obama and his media minions probably felt were pretty safe. ..”
Tony Lee, Big Govt: DoJ Won’t Challenge Virginia Voter ID
“The Department of Justice decided not to challenge Virginia’s voter ID law Monday, approving the law signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
“According to the liberal ‘Talking Points Memo,’ the bill allows voters to ‘show a wide range of types of identification to cast a ballot.’”
“Virginia is one of 16 states covered by the Section 5 pre-clearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, which means any changes to its election laws must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
“Unlike laws in other states like South Carolina, Virginia’s law is a “strict non-photo identification law,” which means Social Security cards, which can already by used in Virginia to vote, in addition to paychecks, utility bills, student IDs, or bank statements can be used as forms of identification at the polls. A concealed handgun permit is also allowed as form of identification to vote under the new law…”
Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times: “Romney backs audit for Fed, vows not to raise taxes on middle class”
“GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Borrowing a key element of the anti-government libertarianism that fueled rival Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Monday that he thinks the Federal Reserve should face an audit.
“Very plain and simple, the answer is yes. The Federal Reserve should be accountable. We should see what they’re doing,” Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said at a town hall in New Hampshire.
Mr. Romney also pushed back against President Obama’s claims that the former Massachusetts governor would raise taxes on the middle class if elected.
“Let me tell you the heart of my tax proposal: I will not raise taxes on the American people, I will not raise taxes on middle-income Americans,” Mr. Romney told supporters at St. Anselm College, where he and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan made a grand entrance to the theme song from the movie “Rudy.”
Fred Barnes, WSJ: “Honey, Ryan Shrank the Prez”
“After naming Paul Ryan as his running mate this month, Mitt Romney gave better speeches, especially when Rep. Ryan was at his side. Gov. Romney’s poll numbers ticked up in Ohio and Virginia, both swing states. His online fundraising shot up like a geyser (68% of it coming from new donors). The Romney Facebook page added 510,000 friends in five days.
“Those are the most tangible signs of the Ryan Effect on the presidential campaign. Yet they are not the most important. Once Mr. Ryan entered the race, everything changed: the issues, the substance of the candidates’ speeches, perceptions of Mr. Romney and President Obama, the role of a running mate..”
Tony Lee, Big Govt: “Presidential Candidates Tour Key States Looking for Votes”
“Mitt Romney will fundraise in Texas on Tuesday and Vice President Joe Biden will be exiled to Minnesota after his week of gaffes on the campaign trail.
“Once again, President Barack Obama and Paul Ryan will be the focal points on Tuesday. “Obama will start the day in Columbus, Ohio and then end the day in Nevada, where he will campaign with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Shelley Berkely, the embattled Democrat who is being investigated for using her perch in Congress to directly benefit her husband’s business interests. Berkeley is running to unseat Republican Senator Dean Heller.
“Ryan will go from Steelers country to Eagles country, as he travels both ends of Pennsylvania. Ryan will hold a rally in Carnegie, Pennsylvania (the hometown of baseball legend Honus Wagner) in the western part of the state and then hold another later in the day in the eastern part of the state in West Chester, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. If Romney has a chance of winning Pennsylvania, he will have to rack up huge margins with working class voters in Western Pennsylvania and slice into Obama’s lead with independents in the famed Philadelphia suburbs. A recent Franklin and Marshall Pennsylvania poll found Romney is gaining on Obama in the Philadelphia suburbs (emph added jb)…”
Danny Yadron, WSJ: “Approval of Congress Matches All-Time Low”
“Approval of Congress has matched its all-time low, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll to be released in full later Tuesday. Meantime, voters have a slightly more positive view of the Democratic Party over the GOP as both sides prepare for their national conventions.
“The survey of registered voters found that just 12% approve of the work lawmakers do on Capitol Hill, on par with voter sentiment in October 2008 when America plunged into an economic crisis. Another 82% in the new poll said they disapprove. The WSJ/NBC News poll has been asking the question since 1990.
“The full results of the WSJ/NBC News poll will be released at 6:30 p.m. ET on WSJ.com…”
Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner: Dems Contributed $1.5M to Akin
“Call it a wise investment in light of his recent comments: Democrats wanted Missouri Republican congressman Todd Akin to win his state’s hotly contested Senate GOP primary because they believed he gave incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill her best shot at retaining her seat. As the Washington Post reported earlier this month:
‘There’s a reason why Democrats spent over $1.5 million trying to help Akin win his three-way primary. He was the most conservative candidate in the field — and the most unpredictable one. He shook up his campaign staff late last year. He recently released a head-scratching and jumbled campaign ad. And Democrats have already launched a microsite highlighting his controversial statements that won’t play well with moderates. (‘America has got the equivalent of the stage III cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in,’ Akin once said.)
“Here’s how the Democrats did it, running ads in the GOP primary that were intended to boost his appeal among the most conservative primary voters…”
Jeffrey Smith, Salon: “Eleven reasons Akin didn’t quit”
“1. He’s 65 and it’s his last shot.
“Often, party leaders will ease younger candidates out of races with promises of support for some future nomination. That won’t work with someone who gave up his House seat to run and who clearly doesn’t have a political future if he bows out.
“2. His opponent, Claire McCaskill, hasn’t polled over 45 percent for 18 months.
“This nomination is worth something when you have an incumbent who, when paired against just about anyone, has hovered in the low 40s since last spring. Most political scientists and operatives assume that most of the time, late-breaking undecided voters favor the challenger approximately 2-to-1, so any challenger appears to be in good shape.
“3. He’s never been a deal-cutting legislator.
“A leopard doesn’t change his spots. Akin has always been a true believer, and not a typical pragmatic pol, so it’s not in his character to cut a deal now.
“4. His base is sticking.
“Since he first got into politics, Akin has been a crusader for social conservative causes. Whether it was in support of home schooling or against abortion and gambling, Akin has not given an inch. And so the folks he stood up for are sticking with him, and for that matter, so is Mike Huckabee, whose support was critical in the primary.
“5. He’s always been outspent.
The national party’s vow to withdraw financial support doesn’t bother him as much as it would most pols, since he’s been outspent in his two major primaries. As he has said, God has always pulled him through.
6. The establishment has never supported him.
“In politics and life, you listen to the people you know and trust. Since the Republican establishment in Missouri and in D.C. never supported him, he owes them nothing now…”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “For Romney, the road to victory leads to Iowa
“Here’s a (relatively) easy way to picture what Mitt Romney has to do to win the White House:
“First, he has to win every state John McCain won in 2008. That shouldn’t be a problem.
“Then he has to win Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana — three states McCain should have won in ’08. That won’t be easy — right now, Virginia and North Carolina are tossups — but it’s very doable.
“Next, Romney has to win two big ones: Florida and Ohio. They’re tossups, too, with the RealClearPolitics average of polls giving President Obama a one-point edge in Florida and a 1.8 percent margin in Ohio. Still, it’s doable, especially since some of the polls in the averages were taken before Romney got at least a small boost from picking Paul Ryan as his running mate.
“But even if Romney does all that, if he takes Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Florida and Ohio from the Obama column, he still has to win one more state from Obama’s ’08 total. It could be Wisconsin, it could be New Hampshire, it could be Colorado. But to judge by recent campaign activity, if Romney is fortunate to make it to the brink of electoral victory, the major battle for those last few electoral votes could be in the state where it all started: Iowa…”
Daniel Halper, Town Hall: “Obama National Campaign Co-Chair Donated $10,000 to Paul Ryan
“A big-time donor to President Barack Obama is also a financial supporter of Paul Ryan. Marc Benioff, a national campaign co-chair for President Obama’s reelection campaign, donated $10,000 to Ryan’s political action committee earlier this summer, in June, according to CNN.”
Steve Gutterman, Reuters: “Russia warns West on Syria after Obama threats”
“MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Tuesday against any unilateral action on Syria after President Barack Obama said U.S. forces could act if the Syrian leader deployed chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple him.
“Russia and China have opposed military intervention in Syria throughout 17 months of bloodshed and have vetoed three U.N. Security Council resolutions backed by Western and Arab states that would have raised pressure on Damascus to end violence…”
William Bigelow, Big Peace: Netanyahu – “Strike Iran Before U.S. Elections”
“Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to strike Iran before the 2012 election. A report from Israel’s Channel 10 news claims that since the harsher international sanctions have yielded nothing from Iran, the time to act cannot be delayed. There was talk that Netanyahu would meet with Barack Obama after the late September UN General Assembly meeting in New York, but that meeting seems to have been scuttled…”
Daniel Pipes, NRO: “Four reasons why intervention is not in America’s interests”
“Bashar al-Assad’s wretched presence in the presidential palace in Damascus may, contrary to Western assumptions, be doing more good than harm. His murderous, terroristic, and pro-Tehran regime is also non-ideological and relatively secular; it staves off anarchy, Islamist rule, genocide, and rogue control of Syria’s chemical weapons.
“As Syria’s civil war intensifies, Western states are increasingly helping the rebels overthrow Assad and his henchmen. In doing so, the West hopes to save lives and facilitate a transition to democracy. Many Western voices are calling for more than the non-lethal aid now being offered. They want to arm the rebels, set up safe zones, and even join the war against the government.
“Those who call for helping the rebels, however, neglect a fundamental question: Does intervention in Syria against Assad promote our own interests?…”
Andrew Tarantola, Gizmodo: Scram Jet – 1 hr JFK to SFO
“We could have had Bin Laden in 1998. However, in the 80 minutes it took for a volley of cruise missiles travel from US ships in the Arabian Gulf over to his training camp in Afghanistan, he had done packed up and left. If those warheads had been riding on the new X-51 hypersonic jet engine, they’d have made his day much worse in just 12 minutes…”
“The 26-foot long, 4,000-pound X-51 relies on Scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) technology—a high-speed derivative of the Ramjet engine. Ramjets and Scramjets both rely on the engine’s wicked fast speed to compress air for combustion. However, unlike Ramjets, Scramjets don’t forcefully decelerate the incoming air to subsonic speeds before combustion—the air travels through the engine at hypersonic speeds. This allows Scramjet engines to operate at massively faster speeds than Ramjets—theoretically as high as Mach 24 (that’s 24 times faster than the speed of sound, 18,000 mph). Compare that to the world’s fastest ramjet, the Pratt & Whitney J-58 aboard the SR-71 Blackbird, and its paltry cruising speed of just Mach 3.2 (2,100 mph) or the Concorde’s pokey Mach 2…”
Becket Adams, The Blaze: FBI Investigates GOP Skinny Dippers
“During a 2011 fact-finding trip to Israel, a contingent of GOP freshmen lawmakers and “top leadership staff” allegedly had a few drinks and went for a late night swim in the Sea of Galilee.
“And, yes, the FBI interviewed those involved over reports that they might have engaged in “inappropriate behavior.”
“About 20 people took part in the swim (most of them clothed or partially disrobed) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) actually took off his all his clothes, according to POLITICO…”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: When Land Is History
“This winter I watched a new owner of the farm parcel next to mine bring in enormous Caterpillar equipment and land-levelers. He ripped out every living tree and bush. He changed the very contours of the land, flattening even the once rolling hills. Within days, arose a postmodern almond orchard of some 40 acres.
“I say postmodern because the new creation is beyond modern. High-density-planted new trees are genetically designed to grow on these sandy soils. The drip system is computerized and injects precise amounts of fertilizers, while not wasting a drop of precious well water. An ancestral pond and its overflow basin have now shrunk to about an acre. The result is that the almond trees — not more than six months old — are growing so rapidly that they appear as if they were supernatural and in their second or third leaf. It is agribusiness development such as this that explains why California farmland is the most productive in the world.
“I characterized this land as ‘adjacent,’ but that is a euphemism for ‘once mine.’”
Theaters & Trailer for Obama’s America: 2016
Carmike 16, Allentown, PA
Carmike 8, Altoona, PA
Bala Theatre, Bala Cynwyd, PA
AMC Neshaminy 24, Bensalem, PA
Bloomsburg 11 Plex, Bloomsburg, PA
Digiplex 12, Camp Hill, PA
Regal Plymouth Meeting Place 10, Conshohocken, PA
Wynnsong 12, Delmont, PA
Dickson City 14, Dickson City, PA
Downington Cinema Stadium 16, Downington, PA
Barn Plaza Stadium 14, Doylestown, PA
North Hampton Cinema 14, Easton, PA
Carmike 15, Greensburg, PA
Harrisburg Stadium 14, Harrisburg, PA
King of Prussia Stadium 16, King of Prussia, PA
Manor Stadium 16, Lancaster, PA
Oxford Valley Theatre Stadium 14, Langhorne, PA
Montgomeryville 12, Lansdale, PA
Cinemark 20, Moosic, PA
Galleria 6,Mt. Lebanon, PA
Oaks Marketplace 24, Oaks, PA
Willamsport 12, Pennsdale, PA
AMC Franklin Mills 14, Philadelphia, PA
Riverview Plaza Stadium 17, Philadelphia, PA
Carmike 12, Pottsgrove, PA
Richland Crossing 12, Quakerstown, PA
College 9, State College, PA
Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum, PA
Warrington Crossing Stadium 22, Warrington, PA
AMC Loews Waterfront 22, West Homestead, PA
Queensgate 13, York, PA