Dead Cats, Columbus, 10/08/12, (7)70: James Brody

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CONTENTS: Voter Reg; Sam’s Rally; Cooke; Primary Tom; Mitt/Joe; McCarthy – Mensch Mitt; Mitt’s time @ Bain; Forced enrollment for BO; Mitt up 2; Mitt’s bounce; Spooks Revolt; Top 10 Obama against business; Ferrara – the Boom begins; Shale saves Philly; Rush – Jobs data; CA unions scam again; Abandon ship in EU; Anti-Jihad ads for metro; School ‘energy patrols’; Daniels – HBG borrowing; Knepper –our new $billion debt; Gary Johnson – foul!; Pastors vs. IRS; “2016” gratis on Line; Stories about “the debate”; “Hating Breitbart” delayed; VP debate; Announcements.

“For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.” — Thomas Sowell

“Lehrer was fighting for Obama and trying to land the punches on Romney that Obama just couldn’t. So Romney had to hold his own against TWO people…with one of them being the moderator. And Romney succeeded impressively.” Kevin DuJan

“Be a mensch, a human being.” Dr. Dreyfuss to C.C. Baxter. The Apartment

PA Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 9th

“You can download voter registration forms for any state by visiting Don Adams

Samantha Pawlucy Rally, Tuesday, October 9th, at Charles Carroll HS

Charles Carroll High School, 2700 East Auburn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Please MapQuest or Google directions as it is just off of I-95 IN Philly.

Please join us for a patriotic show of support for 16 year old Samantha Pawlucy on Tuesday morning, October 9th – 7:45 sharp at Charles Carroll High School, Port Richmond neighborhood in Philadelphia.

This brave young girl has had her 1st Amendment rights repeatedly trampled by a bully teacher and an irresponsible school administration. (She wore a Romney-Ryan T-shirt on “dress down day.”) This simply will not stand and MUST be met with a massive show of support. The attached story below details some of what has happened. As recently as Friday, her parents have been met with disrespect, false apologies, threats, and vulgar assaults by students while teachers sit idly by.

We will rally outside the school prior to classes starting at 7:30 for a 7:45 sharp start time. Please bring American flags as we will be loudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. We have been told there isn’t a single American flag at the school and the Pledge is NEVER recited. This gives you an indication of how far our public education system has fallen. The abusive language used by this teacher against Samantha demonstrates even her historical ignorance.

Please remember, this is a show of support and patriotism for Samantha and not an opportunity to get in a verbal altercation with ANYONE! That includes students, teachers, staff or any other citizen. Shouting and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated by anyone showing support for Sam.  Bob Guzzardi

October 8th

1860: A telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opened.

1871: The Great Chicago Fire began, leaving 90,000 homeless.

1918: Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed two dozen German soldiers and captured 132 prisoners in France’s Argonne Forest. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

Charles Cook, NRO: Celebrating Columbus, Brave & Bright

“Imposing modern morality on the past is a form of historical illiteracy

“…The explosion of certain parts of the Columbus myth, along with some more recent discoveries about his less noble proclivities, has led many to disown the man and a few more to protest against the national holiday in his honor. Berkeley, Brown, and — ironically — Columbia universities have abolished recognition of Columbus Day entirely, while others have substituted nebulous celebrations of ‘diversity’ on that day. Journey into any trendy progressive enclave and you will find that Christopher Columbus is persona non grata.

“This, like most political correctness, is a grievous mistake. As the historian William J. Connell argues, Columbus may not have been the first of the voyagers to discover America, but he was undoubtedly the most important…”

Rogers Howard: Voter ID … Senator Pileggi … Tom Corbett?

Thanks, Bob … Primary Corbett!

“I think it likely that Sen Pileggi and his cohorts see this as success: The unions strongly oppose voter ID, not only in Pa. but elsewhere in the nation. Sticking a bill in committee in order to delay or bury it, is a standard practice of legislative leaders. We may have forced a vote on this issue by our collective voices during the primary, but that primary is over, so union owned and operated politicians have no incentive to effectively enact a policy that union leaders oppose.

We must continue to push this issue and others after the November 6th general election. Then we will once again, have the power of a possible primary challenge to tantalize legislators, administrators, and an executive. (emph added, jb) This time we are better organized, more experienced and have serious tools and resources… and we will be working on raising money years in advance.

“Let us not forget the election of judges in 2013…”

Jamie Dupree, Atlanta Journal Constitution: Campaigns duel on foreign policy issues

“As Republican nominee Mitt Romney lays out more foreign policy ideas in a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, the Obama campaign was in attack mode almost 24 hours before that address, giving Romney the back of the hand as President Obama flew to California for two days of campaign fund raising…”

Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard: Debate prep – Biden takes six days

Brain transplant?


Andrew McCarthy, NRO: Mitt Romney, the Mensch

“…Whatever you may think of the former Massachusetts governor’s politics, there should never have been any hesitation about Romney the man. This is a bright, self-made man, one whose public and private philanthropy, which puts most of us to shame, should be legendary. It is not. That’s because his good works weren’t done to burnish his political credentials and his decency discourages their exploitation toward that end. You don’t have to agree with Romney on everything to see that he is a mensch. He obviously loves the America that is — the land of opportunity that has rewarded his work ethic. Like most of us, he wants that America preserved, not ‘fundamentally transformed.’

“Yet, for months, the Obama campaign has relentlessly portrayed Romney as an inveterate scoundrel: a dissolute shylock — maybe even a felonious one — who fleeced mom-and-pop stores, secreted his ill-gotten gains in offshore vaults, and, in his spare time, tortured his own pooch. ‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it’ — it’s the Alinskyites following their dog-eared rule book…”

Mitt’s Time at Bain (replay!)

Thanks Lou!: AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Domino’s Pizza, Dunk’n Donuts, Guitar Center, Sports Authority, Staples, Toys “R” Us,  & Warner Music …

Matthew Payne, WSJ: Forced Student Enrollment

Thanks Lou,

“It’s no secret that academia is largely made up of liberal Democrats. But the University of Wisconsin made it painfully obvious when President Obama came to speak at a campaign rally on campus Thursday.

“My reaction to President Obama’s visit has gone from unease, to mild irritation, to serious concern,” political science Professor Kenneth Mayer wrote in an email to university administrators. “In a very real sense, we are forcing them (students) to become participants in the campaign and express their support for the campaign.”


“In order to get a ticket for the speech, students were forced to go to Mr. Obama’s campaign website and pledge their support for the president—in the process giving the Obama campaign a gold mine of contact information in a key swing state. The university even provided direct links to the website—free advertising to 40,000 students in one of Mr. Obama’s most important demographics…”

Annie Karni, NY Post: Mitt Up by Two – Rasmussen

“After what many saw as a landslide victory during the first presidential debate last Wednesday, Mitt Romney led President Obama by two percent in a national poll released today, winning support from 49 percent of voters nationwide, compared to Obama’s 47 percent.

“Going into the debate, Obama led by two points, according to Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll.

“About two-thirds of the polling was conducted after Wednesday night’s debate in Denver…”

Also,from Drudge . . . 10/7/2012

8-point shift for Romney in Colorado...
Romney raises $12 million in 48 hours...

David Hill, Washington Times: Romney gets post-debate bounce in Fla., Ohio, Va.

“…Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s widely-acknowledged victory in Wednesday’s presidential debate has helped him to draw even or slightly ahead in several key swing states, according to polls released Friday.

“A poll by We Ask America found Mr. Romney leading President Obama by 3 percentage points in Florida and Virginia and by 1 point in Ohio, after polls have consistently shown the president leading over the past month.

“The firm conducted a previous poll two weeks ago that showed Mr. Obama with 3-point leads in Florida and Virginia…”

Bill Gertz, Free Beacon: “Revolt of the Spooks”

Thanks  Ted,

“Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“The Iranian strategy is two-fold: upping the ante for the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against Iran and perceived cyber operations against Iran’s nuclear weapons program by conducting terror attacks on soft U.S. targets and cyber attacks against U.S. financial interests,” said one official, speaking confidentially.

“The Iranian effort also seeks to take the international community’s spotlight off Iran’s support for its Syrian ally…”

Human Events: “Top 10 Obama anti-business, anti-job actions”

Thanks Ted,

–          Obamacare costs

–          Small business tax hikwes

–          EPA regulations

–          XL Pipeline postponed

–          Boeing battle…


Peter Ferrara, American Spectator: Let the Boom Begin

Thanks Ted,

“The boom would begin the day after Election Day, if Obama is defeated, and his party returned to minority status in both houses of Congress. Just as on Election Day, 1994, when the Republicans took over the Congress for the first time in 40 years, the stock market would immediately jump, on the expectation that President Romney and his new congressional majorities would reverse the neo-Marxist policies of Obama and his Che Guevara Democrats…”

Holman Jenkins, WSJ: Will Shale Gas Save Obama? Or Philadelphia?

Thanks Lou,

“America’s energy revolution rolls on, and a beneficiary is the president who has done so little to advance it.

“Luckily for him, his performance probably won’t hurt in one ex-battleground state, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Obama leads by a handy 10% or more. He can thank the shale energy revolution that many of his allies would like to stamp out.

Philadelphia, which gave 83% of its vote to Mr. Obama in 2008, is being reinvented as an energy hub to rival Houston. Three giant local refineries, closed or slated for closure, are springing back to life thanks to the Marcellus shale that underlies much of Pennsylvania…”

Five years from now, the Philadelphia politicians who today continue to denounce fracking as an assault on Mother Earth will be trumpeting the city’s reinvention as a new energy capital. Count on it. (emph added, jb)

Last year, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a moratorium on drilling in the state, and Mayor Michael Nutter declined to show up at a local trade show of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. This year he showed up.

President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” argument applies in Philadelphia in ways that it might benefit Mr. Obama to notice.

Where to start? Two GOP legislators in Washington amended a Jones Act waiver bill to facilitate shipping by sea of Marcellus liquids to petrochemical plants in Texas and Louisiana. The Jones Act restricts trade between U.S. ports to ships built, flagged and manned by Americans. No existing gas-liquids tankers fit that description.

Pennsylvania’s GOP Gov. Tom Corbett teamed up with the Obama White House to lean on state and federal environmental regulators to allow the Sunoco project to use a previously acquired emissions credit. That ruling is now being challenged in court by a local clean-air group.

Mr. Corbett and the GOP-dominated legislature enacted a controversial law brushing aside local zoning control of drilling. To assuage the resulting bruises they included a “well-impact fee” that was anticipated to generate $185 million this year to be spread among towns, counties and statewide environmental projects. Actual haul: $206 million.

Mr. Corbett has also been notoriously free with a tax abatement and development grant. He peeled off $55 million in state money for the Delta and Sunoco projects. He chipped in $1.7 billion in tax favors for a huge Shell petrochemical refinery going up near Pittsburgh.

All this has made the governor an easy target for bloggers looking to fill their quotas with fulminations about “crony capitalism.”


Rush: Jobs Data – “I told you so…”
“RUSH: There you have it, folks. The economy’s back. The stimulus worked. The job council’s programs all worked. Obamacare worked. Look at all the jobs, 114,000 new jobs created, and as I told you last December, this would happen. The unemployment rate under 8%. It’s 7.9, but it doesn’t matter, 7.8, 7.9, whatever’s after the decimal point doesn’t matter. It’s the seven that matters, and the reason it does is that no incumbent president has ever been reelected with the unemployment rate over 8%. It’s that simple.”

“…The U-6 number, that counts everybody, people who have given up looking for a job and don’t have one, in addition to people who are still looking for a job and don’t have one, that number is still 14.7%, and it’s been that way for years. If the labor force participation rate, in other words, if the same number of jobs were available to be had today as when Obama was immaculated, the unemployment rate would be around 11% instead of 7.9.

“This is how you lower the percentage. You simply lower the number of people looking…”

Jobs:, 10/6/2012

REALLY! 7.8%
Total employment 'highest one-month jump in 29 years'...
Welch: President manipulating numbers after debate performance...
BLS economists donate to Obama campaign?
Rate Plummets to 4.3% -- For Govt Workers...
Report met with suspicion...
ROMNEY: Rate more like 11%...
OBAMA: Can't turn back now...

Steven Greenhut, Reason: The Latest Scam from California’s Public-Sector Unions

“If California voters grant the state government the massive income-tax and sales-tax increases that Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have been demanding via November’s Proposition 30, those same officials will quickly squander the money by shoveling even more benefits to those already well-compensated government workers.

“For evidence, pay close attention to a police- and firefighter-union enrichment scam that came within a whisker of becoming law.

“Even in its watered-down form, AB2451 would have opened the state’s cities and municipalities to an endless amount of liabilities for the families of deceased police and firefighters. The legislation also revealed the surreptitious way benefits are expanded in California, as unions work the system to quietly gain significant compensation hikes. It proves that legislators have in no way reformed their free-spending ways, despite a veto…”

Steven Erlanger, NYT: Catalonia Jumps Ship

“CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence.

“While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries’ richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors…”

Jason Howerton, The Blaze: DC Metro Must Allow ‘Anti-Jihad’ Ads

“WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages, a federal judge ruled Friday. A spokesman for the Metro system said it would comply with the judge’s decision and that the advertisements would go up over the weekend.

“The result is absolutely correct,” said David Yerushalmi, a lawyer representing the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization behind the advertisements. “There simply was no way under the First Amendment jurisprudence that we have today that this ad should not have gone up when contracted.”

“The one-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Mary Collyer follows a similar court order in New York…”

Penny Starr, CNS: EPA Celebrates ‘Children Health Month,’ Encourages Recruiting Students for ‘Energy Patrols’ at School

( – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating Children’s Health Month this October by providing information and health tips on its website, including the importance of energy efficiency in schools.

“On the website page is a link to a 26-page EPA report entitled, ‘Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environment.’ In the report’s chapter on Energy Efficiency, the EPA presents a box with items to help establish ‘Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Schools.’

One of the items in the box reads, “Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted.”

“For example, the Arizona Public School’s website provides information for setting up energy patrols. The website states “emphasize social action through environmental education gives students a chance to do something about environmental problems instead of just hearing about them.”

“The APS website says that patrol members can be provided with ID tags, vests and clipboards. Their responsibilities include leaving reminders to better conserve energy in rooms they find that have the lights on but are unoccupied…”

Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: Harrisburg’s Debt and State Borrowing

HARRISBURG — Harrisburg’s incinerator debt was tied to inaccurate cost and revenue estimates, as well as a state approval process for borrowing that did not examine the wisdom of the city taking on this debt.

This observation came out of a Senate Local Government Committee hearing Thursday on an audit of the failed incinerator project, which accumulated more than $300 million worth of debt

And because of this fiscal crisis, the Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees this approval process, could be revamped.

Leo Knepper, CAP: “…The General Assembly Authorized another $1 Billion in Debt”

“A recent study by the Goldwater Institute found that a full 38% of the funds from debt issued by state and local governments went to the benefit of private enterprise. However, the growth rate for employment from 2002-2012 was only 0.43%. Any reasonable analysis would conclude that our current economic development model has failed.

“Unfortunately, there is little place in government for reason. As a consequence, our legislature piles on more debt pursuing the same centrally planned economic model. Yet they do nothing to fix the underlying problems that make Pennsylvania a place unattractive for new businesses and detrimental to the growth of existing business.

“The only thing that stands in the way of another $1.6 billion in debt is Governor Corbett. “If you believe that additional debt is the last thing Pennsylvania needs, contact his office today: or 717-787-2500 (emph added, jb)

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller: Gary Johnson’s campaign says GOP committed crimes to keep him off ballot

“An attorney for presidential candidate Gary Johnson is accusing the Pennsylvania Republican Party of breaking the law and engaging in “Watergate-style dirty tricks” in an attempt to disqualify the Libertarian from appearing on the ballot in November.

“The Daily Caller obtained a letter sent from Johnson’s attorney, Alicia Dearn, asking the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to investigate allegations of attempted bribery and false impersonation of an FBI agent.

“‘Based on what I have been told by witnesses, it is my opinion that the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee has engaged in Watergate-style dirty tricks, in an attempt to keep Gov. Johnson off the ballot,’ Dearn wrote in the letter dated Oct. 1.

“The allegation is that the Republican Party hired a private investigator to prove that signatures submitted by Johnson’s campaign were falsified.

“A judge has ruled that Johnson has enough signatures to stay on the ballot, though Republicans are challenging the ruling…”


Gina Loudon, Town Hall: “Pastors to Taunt IRS over Free Speech”

“How did we get to where we are in our culture and our politics today? I have wondered this since Obama took office and started exacting his socialist agenda on our great country. There is plenty of blame to go around—complacency, greed, laziness, apathy. I submit that churches may not have caused the problems we have today, but certainly could have curtailed the advancement of tyranny. In my work (my book and The Dr. Gina Show), I have laid out the way that some cowardly pastors have tolerated their flocks’ apathy, greed, complacency and laziness, and that only the pastors have the ability to cause a revolution of the greater congregation to make real change.

“Some pastors have been brave enough to rise up and do exactly that. This weekend is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” in churches across the country. Pastors in pulpits across the country will not only endorse candidates from the pulpit, but will also send the tapes of the services directly to the IRS…”

2012: Obama’s America … On line for free

Thanks Rob,


wgg: Gossip from Hillbuzz

excellent short article – includes the “street buzz” on obama & drugs, which is first on the list. the author several times refers to obama being gay, mentions obama’s withdrawal-like symptoms and his sickly apperance…….. and the author’s a gay guy.

they know stuff.

plenty other comments on various sites mention how obama looked stoned…… ??? that stupid?


Kevin DuJan, Hillbuzz: Top Ten Things to Know about the Debate

The fun has started …an example of things to come?

“…Here are my Top Ten Things to Know About the Denver Debate Last Night:

10. Obama was injected with amphetamines or something before the debate and they wore off about 20 minutes in.

9. Obama was rumpled and sloppy and looked like he slept in a halfway house last night.
8. Obama smirked a lot, behaved like a bratty child at times, and when he wasn’t speaking stared down at the floor like he was thinking “What the heck am I even doing here?”.
7. Moderator Jim Lehrer did a piss-poor job, clearly favored Obama, and yet Obama was STILL trounced…”

Jeff Poor, Daily Caller: ABC’s ‘This Week’ panelists offer varying reasons for Obama’s debate performance

“On Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, during the roundtable segment, both liberal and conservative panelists skewered President Barack Obama for his poor performance during Wednesday night’s presidential debate.

“‘I thought the president barely showed,’ former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan said. ‘I thought The New Yorker covered, the now famous ‘New Yorker’ cover in which they had a candidate Romney at a podium looking at the empty chair where Mr. Obama would have been, captured it all. I am very curious about what the heck happened. Was it a strategic mistake on the part of the Obama campaign to play it a certain way, and it didn’t work, or were there other factors involved? To me, it is a mystery and one of those delicious things that will probably be answered in the big books about 2012…’”

Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: Anatomy of a Disaster

“The Romney-Obama debate was bizarre for so many reasons. Usually spin masters needle the media immediately to “prove” that their so-so candidate won. But after this debate, almost no one made the argument that Obama was close to winning — so great was the risk for even a toadying media to look ridiculous and so clear-cut the ineptness of the president.

“Instead, the eventual spin veered to why Obama lost (e.g., altitude, a supposed tranquilizer, a supposed mysterious Kleenex for Romney, a national security crisis, etc.) and was the stuff of fantasies. And when a candidate does poorly, usually his supporters look to the bright side, in worry about their favorite’s crushed spirits, and hope in the days following the setback that perhaps their optimism might revive him. But on this occasion, the Left went nearly ballistic, in blaming Obama more than Romney for letting them down, as if a Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Andrew Sullivan, or Chris Matthews had been personally betrayed, sold out, or even played for suckers, as if they were to admit something like “we at least expect you to show up when we do so much to cover for you.”

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Obama’s Meltdown Is No Surprise”

“The Irish have a saying: ‘Hunger makes the best sauce.’ And it’s true. If you’re hungry enough, roadkill will make for a king’s feast. Liberals were so hungry for someone like Obama, he seemed like so much more than he really was…”

Roger Simon, PJM: Good Father vs. Abandoned Son

“Forgive me for rehashing Wednesday night’s debate yet again, but some of the postmortems impel me to do so…”

“Hating Breitbart”

Delayed release due to profanity?

Two guys interview for their next job … Mitt talks today about foreign policy, Barry is an “internationalist.”

Presidential Debate Schedule

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
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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