Dead Cats, NDAA, 09/19/12, (7)57: James Brody

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CONTENTS: District promotes from suspect schools; Voter ID back to lower court; Drudge polls; Judge reinstated NDAA detention; MITT’S TAPE – Missing 2 minutes, Data for Mitt; Rush – Mitt’s golden oppty; Santelli – media bias; PA has fewer tax-exempt; Obama likes redistribution; Blind sheik to be redistributed?; Erickson – Press enemy collaborators; Rubin – Egypt/Libya; Hanson – BO’s middle east; Lowry – Rice dodge; News ads match 1950; French mag to publish prophet cartoons; Gateway registers voters; Debate Schedule; NRO poster; Smart meters protest; Announcements.

“You know the old expression ‘It’s always worse than you think’? In that department, anyway, the Obama administration is the gift that keeps on giving.” Roger Kimball

“ reports that Russia is taking steps to ban the Koran and deport Sharia supporters. Let’s see if that’ll bring out people who are willing to go and burn Russian embassies in the North African and other Muslim countries. I bet you it won’t because the Russians know how to keep their enemies closer.” Banafsheh Zand

September 19th

1777 Patriot forces withstood a British attack in the First Battle of Saratoga, NY

1796 Washington’s Farewell Address was published.

1818 President James Garfield died of wounds from a July 2 shooting. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

NoBo Poster – 689 Reasons from NRO, $9.99

Herold & Mezzacappa, The Notebook: “District promoted principals from schools under suspicion for cheating”

“In 2009, Strawberry Mansion High School appeared to be something of a miracle.”

A neighborhood high school in a rough part of North Philadelphia, Mansion saw more than two-thirds of its students score “proficient” or above on that year’s state standardized tests.

“Today, though, compelling evidence indicates that Mansion’s unusually high test results were driven by adult cheating.

“Documents obtained by NewsWorks and the Notebook show Mansion students raised alarms about cheating as far back as 2005. Suspicious patterns of “wrong-to-right” erasures on test sheets, a tipoff for adult cheating, have also been spotted in both reading and math for the 2009 and 2010 testing cycles…”

Robert Barnes, WaPo: PA Voter ID Law Returned to Lower Court

“‘I have heard enough about the Commonwealth’s scramble to meet this law’s requirements,’ wrote Justice Debra McCloskey Todd. ‘There is ample evidence of disarray in the record, and I would not allow chaos to beget chaos.’

“But the majority returned the case to Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, who had earlier ruled that the state could get the needed photo identification to voters who now lack it. It said Simpson should look again at the facts, and report back by Oct. 2.

“If the Commonwealth Court is not still convinced in its predictive judgment that there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the Commonwealth’s implementation of a voter identification requirement for purposes of the upcoming election, that court is obliged to enter a preliminary injunction,” said the court’s unsigned opinion.

“The law was passed this spring on a strictly partisan vote, and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R)…”

Also: Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Supreme Court sends Voter ID decision back to lower court for second review”

“HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a ruling on the state’s new ‘Voter ID’ law, but the legal battle continues.

Rather than upholding or striking down the law, the high court voted 4-2 to vacate an earlier ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson and ordered the lower court to take a second look at the law. The Supremes told the Commonwealth Court to judge the law based on its implementation and whether all Pennsylvanians had access to the identification required by it, rather than focusing on the constitutional authority of the General Assembly to implement such a law, as it did the first time.

“The lower court is to consider ‘whether the procedures being used for deployment of the cards’ fits within the standards set forth in the law, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March.

“‘We find that the disconnect between what the law proscribes and how it is being implemented has created a number of conceptual difficulties in addressing the legal issues raised,’ read a portion of the majority opinion…”

From, 9/19/12


Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge: Obama Reinstates NDAA Military Detention

Thanks Jeff & Paula…

“Just over a week ago, we wrote of the challenge to Obama’s NDAA totalitarian bill. Hope remained that Chris Hedges’ view of the indefinite detention as “unforgivable, unconstitutional, and exceedingly dangerous” would bolster judgment. However, as Russia Today reports, a lone appeals judge bowed down to the Obama administration late Monday and reauthorized the White House’s ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or due process. “On Monday, the US Justice Department asked for an emergency stay on the previous Chris Hedges’-driven order, and hours later US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier agreed to intervene and place a hold on the injunction. The stay will remain in effect until at least September 28, when a three-judge appeals court panel is expected to begin addressing the issue. It would appear the total fascist takeover of Amerika is drawing nearer by the day…”

Also: Jason Howerton, The Blaze: “Appeals Judge Allows Obama Admin. to Enforce ‘Indefinite Detention’ Law”

“NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Less than a week after a federal judge in New York ruled against it, an appeals judge has temporarily allowed enforcement of a law that permits the indefinite detention of people believed to have supported terrorists.

“Despite U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest’s claim that the “indefinite detention” provision found in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 could infringe on First Amendment rights, the Obama administration immediately asked an appeals judge to suspend the ruling.

“The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan order was issued late Monday by Circuit Judge Raymond J. Lohier after the government warned in court papers that the law was necessary in the nation’s battle against terrorism…”

Mitt’s Tape

Joel Pollak, Big Journalism: “Mother Jones” Clipped 2 Minutes

“Mother Jones, the left-wing magazine that released a controversial video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks to a fundraiser in May, now admits that it has no full tape of what Romney said, and that its video is missing “one to two minutes” at the most important moment.

“The Legal Insurrection blog’s William Jacobson and The Blaze both raised questions on Tuesday about whether Mother Jones had, as promised, revealed the full video, given an apparent jump cut in the critical section of Romney’s remarks.

“Something is missing. Romney’s 47% answer was cut off before completed, and is not picked up on the Part 2 audio video,” Jacobson noted…”


Paletta & McKinnon, WSJ: Data for Mitt’s 47%

Entitlements – According to the Census Bureau, 49% of Americans in the second quarter of 2011 lived in a household where at least one member received a government benefit. (The total population at the time was 305 million).

“That’s up from 30% in the 1980s and 44.4% in the third quarter of 2008, a recent growth in part attributable to the bad economy of President Obama’s first term.

The Census Bureau broke the data down…

Taxes –  Mr. Romney correctly noted that nearly half of Americans pay no federal income tax. Who are all these people? And how did we get here?

“Here’s a quick answer. Roughly half of U.S. households that pay no federal income tax are exempted because of basic provisions such as limitations on tax for low-income earners, according to a 2011 study by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The other half benefit from targeted breaks (known to tax geeks as “tax expenditures”), such as assistance for the working poor and for children in moderate-income families. Seniors also benefit from some of these targeted breaks.

“To analyze which breaks are most important in moving people off the income-tax rolls, the TPC study arranged these tax expenditures into eight categories…

Rush: Mitt’s Golden Opportunity

“…This election is about what? It’s about stopping Barack Obama. That’s what this election’s about. And we are hoping that a majority of people agree with us, that Barack Obama needs to be stopped. So here’s Romney at the Boca Raton fundraiser, and he happens to be telling these people a certain level of truth, a certain level of accuracy. I think there’s a bunch of people in that 47% that don’t want to be there. I think there’s a lot of that 47%, they’re there because of Obama. This is such a golden opportunity.

“This could be the opportunity for Romney and for that campaign to finally take the gloves off and take the fear off and just start explaining conservatism. Start explaining liberty to people and what it means, and explain that they don’t have to be in that 47%. There’s no reason for them, for everybody, to essentially have given up on their future in this country…”

Rick Santelli, Real Clear Politics: “…On Romney Tape: ‘We Have A Dependency Society,’ The ‘Media Overblows Everything’

“…My opinion is he stated basic facts, not in an elegant fashion. And sometimes the facts aren’t easy to swallow. The issue here isn’t about that sound bite. The issue here is about the media. We are $16 trillion in debt. We have a jobs program, or many jobs programs that haven’t worked. We have a Federal Reserve who is ultimately going to print whatever size of their balance sheet we get. We have had an attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Is this what’s in the news? No, we’re debating about facts that may politically harm Romney. I don’t see that what he said is incorrect…”

Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “PA’s number of non-taxpayers less than national average

“…In the Keystone State, the picture is a little different.

“Around 32 percent of Pennsylvanian federal tax filers, or 1.9 million people, pay no federal income tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

“The state ranks 33rd in order of most non-taxpayers to least, according to 2008 data. The top five states with the highest percentages of non-taxpayers were Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Alabama…”

YouTube, 1998: Obama Believed in Redistribution

“At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama spoke against ‘propaganda’ that said government doesn’t work and the need to ‘pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution.’”

Erica Ritz, The Blaze: State Department to Redistribute the Blind Sheik

“The U.S. State Department is actively considering negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as “the Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told TheBlaze.

“The Department of Justice, however, told TheBlaze that Rahman is serving a life sentence and is not considered for possible ‘release.’ Previous calls to the State Department were referred to the Department of Justice and so far, the State Department has neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Jason Howerton, The Blaze: Media Ignores Blind Sheik Story

During his show on TheBlazeTV on Tuesday, Glenn Beck discussed a report that states the U.S. State Department may be actively considering transferring Omar Abdel Rahman, also know as the “Blind Sheikh,” from the U.S. to Egypt.

Beck then slammed the media for continuing to smear GOP presidential nominee Romney while refusing to report on issues that would harm the Obama administration.

“There is no political trouble for Obama as our embassies literally burn down to the ground and facts come out that the administration may have ignored warnings. Where is the pressure after TheBlaze breaking news that the State Department is considering talks or in talks to transfer the mastermind of the 1993 world trade center bombing from the U.S. to Egypt for humanitarian and health reasons?”

Erick Erickson, Red State: “Treat the press as enemy collaborators”

“…This is the week when Democrats and the Arab street both erupted in frenzies over otherwise obscure YouTube videos, with our media tripping over itself to provide excuses for both.

“On September 11, 2012, as North Africa blew up and the American Embassy in Cairo started apologizing for everything, the Romney team finally sent out a statement, but embargoed it till midnight because they had promised not to go negative on September 11th.

“I guarantee you a member of the media sent it to Team Obama and I guarantee you it was no coincidence the White House put as much distance as possible between them and the Embassy before the expected release of the Romney statement at midnight. By the time Mitt Romney decided he had to lift the embargo early, the Obama camp had pivoted around him and the media was ready to pounce with ‘ROMNEY SCREWED UP!!!!’

“The Romney campaign cannot work with the press. They must work around the press…”

Barry Rubin, PJM: Egypt or Libya

“What happened in Egypt was very simple. The Egyptian government knew that a demonstration would be held by radical anti-American forces, including the local branch of al-Qaeda, outside the U.S. embassy. Through an understanding of the ideology, analysis of public statements and past experience, and probably intelligence penetration, it knew they intended to storm the embassy.

“The highest levels of the Egyptian government decided not to protect the embassy, in breach of their international obligations. And they knew — or rightly expected — that the Obama administration would not punish them for behaving that way.

“What’s the difference between Iran in 1978 and Egypt in 2012? In the first case, the Iranian Islamist government let its supporters take over the embassy completely and seized everyone inside as hostages. This led to a confrontation. The more cautious Egyptian regime simply let the mob trash the part of the embassy outside of the buildings. After all, there are billions of dollars in U.S. funds and arms to be obtained by a little restraint…”

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Obama on the Middle East”

“The last three and a half years, Barack Obama has gone out of his way to bow, apologize, contextualize, and scapegoat in order to win Middle Eastern affection. Yet, his reset, “Bush did it” policy is now in shambles, and he apparently has nothing with which to replace it.

“So I have a modest suggestion. Obama has a formidable arsenal of invective that he has unleashed against conservatives, Republicans, and just about anyone else on the domestic scene he doesn’t like. Why, then, not redeploy these fire-in-the-belly attacks against those who kill Americans abroad?

“All Obama has to do is imagine that the mobs in the Middle East are not misunderstood Muslims — who overreacted a bit to an offensive American video — but rather suspect conservatives and opponents of progressive thought. Then, mutatis mutandis, Obama might get fired up and level a much-needed warning.

“If he did, it might go like this…”

Rich Lowry, NRO: “Susan Rice’s Dodge”

“‘To see what is in front of one’s nose,’ George Orwell wrote, ‘needs a constant struggle.’ Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is losing the struggle — although, in fairness, it’s not clear how hard she’s trying.

“After the attacks on our embassies, Rice appeared on the Sunday TV shows in what was widely taken as an audition for secretary of state in a second Obama administration. She proved herself willfully clueless and morally obtuse. In other words, perfectly suited for the job. Based on this performance, she should start measuring the drapes on the State Department’s seventh floor.

“The ambassador insisted that last week’s protests in Egypt and Libya were a spontaneous eruption of Islamic rage over a rancid, barely coherent anti-Mohammed video posted on YouTube a few weeks ago. It was an unusually purposeful spontaneity, though…”

John Nolte, Big Journalism: Newspaper Ad Revenues Collapse to 1950 Levels

“Sometimes it doesn’t feel like we’re winning, because the corrupt media still has the power to create its own reality – to create the illusion that they’re everywhere and still quite capable of manipulating opinion, facts, and the truth.

“But this graph proves that we’re the ones who are winning and on two fronts. First off, the business model of being shameless left-wing shills when alternative and honest opinion is available online just isn’t working. Secondly, as we’ve seen this election year, the corrupt media is more desperate to hold on to its narrative and political power than to fix its business problems. This means that in competition with the New Media, Old Media is forced to quadruple down on the appalling behavior that’s driving customers away…”

Jean Nicholas Fievet, ABC: “French Mag to Publish Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

“A French satirical magazine is set to publish several cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, a move that is likely to inflame the Islamic faithful and militants who have already rioted in more than 20 countries over a movie mocking the prophet.

“Depictions of the prophet are strictly prohibited and considered blasphemous by Muslims. Cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark in 2005 and then reproduced in newspapers across Europe triggered riots throughout the Mideast and Africa. Churches and embassies were torched and at least 100 people died in the outbreaks and police crackdowns.

“The magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ has confirmed that it will publish the cartoons, but has not revealed what they will depict. French newspaper ‘Le Monde’ reports that some of the cartoons show the prophet in ‘particularly explicit poses,’ without providing any further detail…”

Voter Registration at Gateway Shopping Center

Thanks Lou,

“A small table located at Gateway Shopping Center (near Trader Joes and Great Earth Vitamins) is staffed with volunteers on weekends who will assist you by:

–          Providing voter registration forms

–          Helping people to complete their voter registration form

–          Providing absentee ballot application forms and completion instructions

–          Providing up to date information on the voter ID requirements

Additionally, if anyone has a question that the volunteer on duty is unable to answer, we will take their name, email address and/or phone number and get back to the questioner with an answer…”

ACTION ALERT: Smart Meters Protest – October 4th

October 4th is National Day to protest against Smart Meters. I am trying to organize a trip to Harrisburg to protest the PUC. They are the group who is mandating PECO put these dangerous meters on your house. If everyone could send out to as many people as possible, that would be great.

Anyone interested, please let me know. I am trying to work with groups around PA to get this moving. After the protest, we need to go into the reps offices and urge them to push the bills out of committee.

Paula Stiles, Chesco Patriots,

Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3rd: Topic: Domestic policy
Air Time
: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

October 11th: Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

October 16th: Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second [sic] presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization

October 22nd: Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

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