CONTENTS: RAND PAUL – Rushbo, McVeigh, Dinan, Erickson, Horowitz; Smart meters; Boehm – RRs; Henninger – racist South?; Hillyer – BO crack-up; Kirsanow – war on blacks; Bin Laden’s son-in-law; NKorea – US to defend self; 80% NYC grads can’t read; Philly closes 23 schools; GOP vs. Colorado guns; Senate tiptoes to gun regs; Protesters find Colo; Lott – Mass murders; Paul filibuster; Erickson – fight club; BO dined with Rinos; Krauthammer – aid to Egypt; House GOP – Benghazi survivors; Limbaugh – Americans mourn Chavez; Hanson –medieval calif; Announcements
“George Washington would have been droned.” Caller to Bill Bennett, 3/7/13, 7:40am
Mr. Cruz said that wasn’t good enough.
“You keep saying ‘appropriate.’ My question isn’t about propriety. My question is about whether something is constitutional or not,’ the Texas Republican said.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/6/rand-paul-filibusters-brennan-nomination-cia-direc/
“ . . . we are faced with an arrangement by which the president may designate any American, at home or abroad, as an ‘enemy combatant,’ and place him on a list of people to be killed — not in the course of combat, but in targeted operations indistinguishable from assassinations . . .” Kevin Williamson
1796: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of a congressional act for the first time when it upholds a carriage tax in Hylton v. United States.
1817: The New York Stock Exchange was formally chartered.
1965: The first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam when Marines landed near Da Nang to secure an air base.
1983: In a speech in Florida, President Ronald Reagan refers to the Soviet Union as an ‘evil empire,’ signaling that he is determined to stand fast against Communist totalitarianism.(Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Rushbo: “‘Old guard’ GOP ‘playing’ footsie with Obama, ‘new kids’ were talking about liberty”
“[T]he president goes out to dinner last night,” Limbaugh said. “The establishment, the parents, went out to dinner — Obama, McCain, Lindsey Graham-nesty, went out to dinner. Obama, a 20-vehicle motorcade to go to a restaurant for dinner, a 20-vehicle motorcade to go to a restaurant, while the White House tours are shut down because of the sequester. … The establishment goes out, when they got back home they found all the furniture out on the front porch. The kids had gone crazy. The kids had thrown a giant party. …”
Karen McVeigh, UK Guardian: “Obama gun control agenda helps fuel ‘explosive’ rise in extremist groups”
Thx, Jody . . .
“Southern Poverty Law Center writes to government officials warning of serious potential for domestic terrorism in the US
“The number of anti-government, far-right extremist groups has soared to record levels since 2008 and they are becoming increasingly militant, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
It says the number of groups in the “Patriot” movement stood at 1,360 in 2012, up from 149 in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected president, an increase of 813%. The report said the rise was driven by opposition to Obama and the ‘spluttering rage’ over federal attempts at gun control.
“Those who were identified as ‘militia’ groups or the paramilitary wing of the Patriot movement, numbered 321, up from 42 in 2008, the SPLC said in its report.
“Concern over a ‘truly explosive growth’ of groups on the radical right, along with a rise in domestic terrorist plots, has prompted the SPLC to write to US attorney general Eric Holder and Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, warning of the potential for domestic terrorism and urging them create a new, inter-agency task force to assess whether it has adequate resources to deal with it.
“The report says that the numbers far exceed the ‘high-water mark’ of 820 groups in 1990s when the rise in militias was fuelled by the Waco siege, the Brady Bill and the 1994 assault weapons ban. . .”
Our right to bear arms is our protection against tyrants and other predatory turkeys. Such can turn us into “enemy combatants” and meat for drones. But nobody talks about this aspect of the Obama/Holder position. Indeed, Harley & McNamara (WIQ,FM 906,9) spent five hours early this morning claiming that Senator Paul changed nothing . . .
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “After almost 13 hours, Rand Paul ends Brennan filibuster”
“After years in the shadows, the administration’s secret drone program burst into very public view Wednesday with lawmakers grilling the attorney general over legal justification for targeted killings and Sen. Rand Paul launching an old-style one-man filibuster to demand answers from President Obama.
“The Kentucky Republican held the floor for almost 13 hours, effectively blocking a vote on the nomination of John O. Brennan, whom Mr. Obama has tapped to be CIA director. He said he would relent only if the administration publicly vowed not to target Americans on U.S. soil.
“‘This is a long, drawn-out day, but it’s to try to get some answers,’ Mr. Paul said after he crossed the eight-hour mark late Wednesday evening. ‘It’s to try to shame the president into doing the right thing.’
“Democrats, who control the chamber, were forced to delay a vote on the Brennan nomination until at least Thursday, and it could go into the weekend, depending on what other blockades Republicans erect.
“At issue is the administration’s argument that it can kill those it suspects have ties to terrorism, including U.S. citizens, without having to put them on trial.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “The Rand Paul Filibuster: A Point Not to be Missed”
“Rand Paul has done a brilliant thing filibustering the President’s appointment to the CIA.
“By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Rand Paul forced ABC, CBS, and NBC — chief sources of news for low information voters — to cover the issue.
“Along the way, Rand Paul had help giving him time to rest his voice. Ted Cruz came down a few hours in to give Paul a break. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran came in. Cruz read tweets in support of Paul.
“Mark Kirk, who returned to the Senate a short while back after a very bad stroke, came in to support Rand Paul.
“Even Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon joined in the filibuster.
“Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham and John McCain went to eat dinner with the President. That speaks for itself.”
Daniel Horowitz, Red State: “The Power of One Man’s Conviction”
“Conservatives have been starving for a fighter; longing for someone who will do something drastic, engage in a media savvy fight against an imperialistic president who has no respect for checks and balances and an invidious disregard for the separation of powers.
“We have witnessed this president shred the Constitution and implement his radical agenda by administrative fiat. We the People stand by flummoxed and frustrated at the lack of courage among Republicans to counter the president with anything more magnanimous than a press release. We have seen him abrogate our immigration laws, grant administrative amnesty, and let criminal aliens out of jail. Yet nobody has used their position and identified a point of leverage at which to take a stand and draw extended scrutiny to the issue or any other breach of authority.
“Finally, when administration officials began asserting that the president might even have the power to launch drone strikes on American soil, Senator Paul decided he would hold up a major nomination to command the attention of the entire country. Many of us sat back and watched the impassioned speeches from Paul and the stirring words of Ted Cruz. We wondered why we had not witnessed this sort of spirited opposition during Obamacare.
“Yet that is exactly the point.. .
RealClearPolitics, (7:10 AM, 3/8/13)
Paul’s Stand Energizes Senate Republicans – John Stanton, BuzzFeed
A Political Earthquake – Ross Kaminsky, The American Spectator
McCain, Graham Snipe at Paul for Filibuster – Kevin Liptak, CNN
Graham & McCain Are the Real Threat – Laura Ingraham
PA . . .
Paula Stiles, Smart Meters
Thank you to Lisa N. who has worked with Rep. Reese on three pieces of smart meter legislation. You will see the numbers of the bills below and their co-sponsors.
There is no one in Chester County who has co-sponsored these bills. My question is why? Do they not want to take a stand for our individual liberties? Are they more worried about the next election. I am keeping the pressure on my state rep and I hope you do.
“Lisa Nancollas is organizing a group to go to Harrisburg to petition the state reps on this. If you are interested, let me know. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend but I can assure you I will not drop this until there is a decision.
Thank you, Paula Stiles, Chesco Patriots
From: Lisa nancollas
Date: Mar 6, 2013 2:28:45 PM
Subject: UPDATE IMPORTANT- Good going put need final push on Monday!
Update From Pete Sours: “Mike Reese just called; he filed the Smart Meter three bills yesterday, but still hopes you will come to ‘thump the drum” (my words-not his). He will explain that he did this to avoid a procedural deadline.”
HB 899 repeal a mandate to install smart meter technology on the buildings of their customers. 22 co-sponsors
“This is our last major push to stop the smart meters. Please join us on Monday, March 11 at 9:00 AM in Harrisburg at the Capitol Rotunda to STOP SMART METERS in PA! We will bring everything! Wear good walking shoes but nice clothes. You will be walking into representatives and talking to them. We will give you talking points and handouts. Thank you! We can win with your help! *** My contact is Lnanollas@aol.com or 717-437-1327. Lisa Nancollas, email@example.com
Mifflin County Tea Party Patriots, Coordinator
Tea Party Patriots PA State Coordinator
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Western PA rail may chug off into sunset”
“HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania has long been synonymous with railroads.
“Though it probably has confused many a tourist, there is good reason why train stations in New York City and Baltimore bear the moniker “Penn Station.” The mighty Pennsylvania Railroad was an economic force not only in the Keystone State, but across the entire northeast.
“And while powerful locomotives pounding their way through the mountains of western Pennsylvania still can arouse romantic feelings for a bygone age, today’s world has largely left the railroad behind. The last remnant of Pennsylvania’s once-widespread passenger rail network is a single Amtrak line stretching from Philadelphia westward to Pittsburgh.
“Soon, it may only go about halfway.
LEADS . . .
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Is the South Still Racist?”
“. . . Shelby County was one of those moments when one wished the Supreme Court allowed its oral arguments to be televised. Some cases are crucial to the nation’s sense of itself, and this is one of them. At its center lies Justice Roberts’s blunt question: Is the American South irredeemably racist?
“The answer should matter for a country that chose to call itself the United States of America and sacrificed much to preserve the idea. The common goal, one may assume, is to be united.
“But the answer to that question, as suggested by the comments of the justices last week, reveals about as much as one needs to know about the enduring political divide between what are known in the U.S. as liberals and conservatives. “Or for that matter of a reductionist view of America common in Europe, where I was told by a Brit recently that between the U.S.’s two sophisticated coasts, most people are what is known as ‘rednecks.’ One need not travel to Europe to hear this. . .”
Quin Hillyer, American Spectator: “The Coming Obama Crack-Up”
“Many conservatives, myself included, find themselves in despair about the combination of Barack Obama’s reign of narcissism and the Republican opposition’s incapacities. We might take heart, however, in considering the possibility that the sandworm has begun to turn against The One. At least a few small signs indicate that Obama might have pushed his hyperactive self-regard too far. . .”
Peter Kirsanow, NRO: “War on Blacks”
Education . . . minimum wage . . . affirmative action . . . illegal immigration . . . criminal background checks . . . government dependency . . . “the list goes on.”
“How long will the war continue? With Democrats getting 90 percent of the black vote, there’s no end in sight. Indeed, Democrats long ago won the propaganda war.
“After all, it wasn’t Republicans who opposed the Emancipation Proclamation or the Thirteenth Amendment prohibiting slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteeing equal protection or the Fifteenth Amendment protecting voting rights. And it wasn’t Republicans who filibustered or otherwise opposed more than a dozen anti-lynching bills over the last century. Nor did Republicans institutionalize Jim Crow, implement school segregation, institute poll taxes, or mandate literacy tests. It was, however, Republicans who voted for the 1957 Civil Rights Act, 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act in greater percentages than did Democrats. But ask most Americans –especially black Americans – about the foregoing, and they’re likely to attribute all the bad acts to Republicans. . .”
Hosenball and Trotta, Reuters: “Bin Laden son-in-law detained overseas, brought to New York”
“(Reuters) – Prosecutors unsealed an indictment against a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden on Thursday that charged him with conspiracy to kill Americans, after government sources said he was arrested overseas and brought to New York. . .
“U.S. sources indicated that, while a CIA role in the capture of Abu Ghaith could not be ruled out, the FBI took the lead role in the operation under the auspices of an interagency body known as the High-value Detainee Interrogation Group.
“The group was created by Obama’s administration after the president ordered the shutdown of a CIA program in which militant suspects were detained and held in a network of secret prisons during the administration of President George W. Bush.
“The suspects were sometimes subjected to controversial and physically coercive ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ and also were sometimes transferred without trial to third countries under a procedure known as ‘extraordinary rendition.’. . .”
Pennington and Lederman, AP: “White House – US can defend against NKorea attack”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is fully capable of defending itself against a North Korean ballistic missile attack, the White House said Thursday, after Pyongyang threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.
“The threat from the North Koreans came ahead of a unanimous vote in the U.N. Security Council approving its toughest sanctions yet on the North in response to an atomic test last month.
“North Korea has escalated its bellicose statements this week as the tightening of U.N. sanctions loomed. It has also threatened to scrap the cease-fire that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. . .”
CBS-NY: “Officials – 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read”
“. . . Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.
“In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics. . . “
Jon Hurdle, NYT: “Philadelphia Officials Vote to Close 23 Schools”
“PHILADELPHIA — Officials on Thursday night approved closing 23 public schools, about 10 percent of the city’s total, largely backing a plan by the school district to erase a huge budget deficit and reduce the number of underused schools.
“The decision was made after the police arrested 19 protesters, including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, charging them with disorderly conduct. The protesters blocked doorways into a meeting room in an attempt to prevent members of the School Reform Commission from entering.
“The commission, a state-run body that oversees the Philadelphia schools, rejected the district’s closing plan for only 4 of 27 schools that were under discussion at Thursday’s meeting. The district will vote later on shutting two other schools. . .”
Also: SRC votes to close 23 schools, spares 4
“Protesting … mostly in vain”
Greg Campbell, Daily Caller: “Republicans plan ‘historical, monumental’ effort to defeat gun bills”
“Some of the most controversial gun bills being considered by the Democratic-controlled Colorado legislature might not be the shoo-in legislation that many have assumed them to be. according to an article in the Denver Post, three of seven gun bills being heard in the Colorado Senate on Friday are only one Democratic defection away from defeat.
The endangered bills would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, ban high-capacity magazines, and impose liability on owners, sellers and makers of assault-style weapons. While passions have run high over all of the gun bills introduced this year, these bills have inspired the most robust debate.
Alan Fram, My Way: “Senate committee starting votes on curbing guns”
“WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases seemed shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared for Congress’ first votes on curbing firearms since December’s horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
“The Democratic-led panel had four bills on its agenda Thursday as lawmakers began shaping their response to the slaughter of 20 first-graders and six staffers in Newtown, Conn. The shootings elevated guns to a top-tier national issue, though many of Obama’s proposals have encountered opposition from the National Rifle Association and many Republicans.
“Besides expanding background checks, the other measures would ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines carrying more than 10 rounds, make gun trafficking and the purchase of firearms for people barred from owning them federal crimes, and provide more money for schools to buy video cameras and other safety equipment.
“All four measures were expected to pass the committee, perhaps Thursday. But their fate when the full Senate considers them, probably in April, was less certain. . .”
Greg Campbell, Daily Caller: “Protesters descend on Colorado legislature to oppose gun bills”
“. . . During their testimony and those of others, the sound of blaring horns could be heard outside the third floor hearing room. Cars and pickup truck adorned with American flags and signs saying “Don’t Tread On Me” circled the capitol building in protest of the legislation, and provided an audible backdrop to the committee proceedings.
Inside the building, the hallways and balconies were jammed with hundreds of National Rifle Association members and other Second Amendment advocates who had answered calls to show up en masse to make their voices heard. Despite wind and driving snow, dozens held vigil outside the capitol waving signs and encouraging motorists to honk their horns in support. The building was even circled by a plane towing a sign reading ‘HICK: DON’T TAKE OUR GUNS!’. . .”
John Lott, NRO: “What Motivates Mass Murderers”
For guns. Also for nukes from North Korean adolescents? And even for filibusterers!
“We refuse to confront murderers’ motivations, and make high body counts more likely.
“Why did a deranged man choose to kill 20 innocent young children in Newtown, Conn.? Immediately after the killing, some speculated that he was jealous of the Sandy Hook students because his mother spent time volunteering at the school.
“However, new evidence shows the real motive was likely different: He wanted to try to kill more people than the current mass-shooting record holder, the 2011 Norwegian mass shooter.
“Police have apparently discovered articles in the killer’s bedroom leading to this conclusion. USA Today writes that the school was picked “because it was the easiest target for an alleged attempt to outdo Norwegian mass murderer who killed 77 people in July 2011.” Likewise, the Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut shooter “saw himself as being in competition with” the Norwegian killer.
“Is this a believable motive? Unfortunately, it is. . .”
Catalina Camia, USA Today: “Rand Paul’s filibuster lands in Senate record books”
“After nearly 13 hours of talking, Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster is one for the history books.
“It appears the Kentucky Republican will be No. 9 on the list of longest Senate speeches, clocking in at 12 hours and 52 minutes. Paul’s talk-fest delayed a final vote on the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director and highlighted the senator’s concerns about the Obama administration’s policy on drones.
“The Senate historian’s office is double-checking Paul’s speaking time before posting a final list.
“Paul fell more than 11 hours short of the record set by Sen. Strom Thurmond, who protested the 1957 Civil Rights Act for 24 hours and 18 minutes. . .”
BUDGET . . .
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Living in California
“California now works on the principle of the mordida, or ‘bite.’ Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.
“Governor Jerry Brown made that assumption explicit in his latest back-and-forth with Texas governor Rick Perry, who keeps luring Californians to lower-tax, higher-employment Texas. Recently, Brown said of Texas, “Who would want to spend summers there in 110-degree heat inside some kind of fossil-fuel air conditioner?”
“Translated, Brown’s retort meant that despite California’s sluggish economy, high taxes, and poor services, it’s still worth staying there to enjoy its beautiful climate — especially along the 1,000-mile-long coast, where most of the state’s elites live comfortably without the need for high-priced air conditioning.
“In November, California approved a measure to raise its sales tax and its income-tax rates on the wealthy. According to the California Taxpayers Association, the state now has the highest sales tax and the highest top income-tax rate in the nation. The state also just upped its gasoline taxes by nearly 10 percent to make them the costliest in the United States — about 70 cents a gallon in combined federal, state, and local taxes. The state already has among the most expensive refinery regulations in America. That means California pump prices, at well over $4 per gallon, are second only to Hawaii’s.
“Yet, unlike Hawaii, California has wells that still produce more than 500,000 barrels of crude oil each day — behind only Texas and Alaska. Its newly discovered Monterey Shale Formation may hold some 30 billion barrels of oil and gas. Perhaps no state has so much recoverable petroleum and yet such high fuel taxes and pump prices.
“California’s record taxes are not reflections of the costs incurred ensuring superior public education. In fact, its public schools, in some surveys of national performance tests in math and English, rank near the nation’s very bottom.
“Nor do record gas taxes equate to wonderful freeways. The federal government concluded that only half of California’s roads rate as acceptable. Private rankings put California’s roads near dead last.
“The problem is that California has exorbitant built-in costs unlike those of any other state and, in politically correct fashion, usually tries to keep mum about them.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Conservative Fight Club”
“Sixteen Republicans voted against the rule on the continuing resolution. Sixteen. Only sixteen Republicans voted to defund Obamacare. That’s what this vote was about.
“I actually thought we would get about eight.
“Sixteen is a good number. It is progress toward getting conservatives comfortable again defying bad leadership that is so afraid of losing it has stopped trying to win.
“Several of these congressmen have other ambitions. Two who surprised me were Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston of Georgia, who I suspect did not want to get beaten up on the radio tonight on the nation’s most listened to talk station, which so happens to be in Atlanta with a microphone I control during drive time.
“Others are standing up too.
“I will have the full list below, but RedState and other conservatives and the media should take notice of the Conservative Fight Club shaping up in the House of Representatives. There are ten members of the Conservative Fight Club. They are the nine members of the House Republican Conference who voted against the rule on the continuing resolution and voted against John Boehner for Speaker plus one guy who voted against today’s rule and was the ring leader the last time the GOP took out a Speaker.
“The ten members of the Conservative Fight Club are: Amash, Bridenstine, Broun, Gohmert, Huelskamp, Jones, Massie, Pearce, Salmon, Yoho.
“These congressmen are now the gold standard for conservatives in the House. They replace men like Jim Jordan and Tom Graves. Matt Salmon, who has been urging conservatives to vote down rules, is rapidly becoming a conservative leader in Congress. Though he did not vote against John Boehner, history shows he helped lead the movement to oust Newt Gingrich back in the day. He’s finding his footing again and it is a very good thing.
“The other congressmen who stood with the Fight Club are: Brooks, Fleming. Gingrey, Kingston, McClintock, Rohrabacher.
“They should all be commended.
“Senator Ted Cruz is declaring he’ll take this fight to the Senate now and will object to John Boehner’s continuing resolution.”
Neil Munro, Daily Caller: “Obama dines with GOP, asks for $600 billion in new taxes”
“President Barack Obama picked up the tab for a March 6 dinner with 12 Republican senators, winning himself some very cheap publicity for his new legislative strategy of outreach to swing-voting GOP lawmakers.
“Senators leaving the event were complimentary about Obama’s statements and responses to their views, despite the deep ideological differences over spending, guns, families and immigration.
“The invited Senators were picked by Obama and by Sen. Lindsey Graham, the high-profile Republican senator from South Carolina. . .
“The invited Senators included Lindsey’s log-time ally, McCain, who showed reporters a thumbs-up as he left the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
“Also invited were New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, and Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
“Several Tea Party-based fiscal hawks also were invited. They included Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, Sen. Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania (emph added, jb), and Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn.
The dinner also included Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is working with Graham on the immigration bill, did not attend the dinner. . .”
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: “Why We Give Foreign Aid”
“Aid to Egypt should be used to leverage a reversal of Morsi’s repressive measures.
“Morsi is intent on getting the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman (the ‘blind sheik’), who is serving a life sentence for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center attack that killed six and wounded more than a thousand. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood is openly anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and otherwise prolifically intolerant. Just three years ago, Morsi called on Egyptians to nurse their children and grandchildren on hatred for Jews, whom he has called ‘the descendants of apes and pigs.’
“Not exactly Albert Schweitzer. Or even Anwar Sadat. Which is why it left a bad taste when Secretary of State John Kerry, traveling to Cairo, handed Morsi a cool $250 million (a tenth of which would cover about 25 years of White House tours, no longer affordable under sequestration, according to the administration).
“Nonetheless, we should not cut off aid to Egypt. It’s not that we must blindly support unfriendly regimes. It is perfectly reasonable to cut off aid to governments that are intrinsically hostile and beyond our influence. Subsidizing enemies is merely stupid.
“But Egypt is not an enemy, certainly not yet. It may no longer be our strongest Arab ally, but it is still in play. . .”
AWR Hawkins, Breitbart: “GOP Lawmakers Demand to See Benghazi Survivors”
“With various sources confirming a number of Benghazi survivors are ‘still recovering at Walter Reed military hospital,’ Republican lawmakers are demanding their names and access to them.
To date, Sec. of State of John Kerry has visited with one survivor, but will not give the survivor’s name. He will only say the survivor was ‘remarkably courageous.’
Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), have trying [sic] to gain access to survivors, but all say they have been told different things regarding both the number of survivors and their locations.
“They also say they have yet to even receive the names of the individuals . . .”
END NOTES . . .
Rush Limbaugh: American Left Mourns Chavez
“The president of the country’s dead, and citizens are now feeling lost and potentially homeless, moneyless, ‘Who will take care of us?’ This is the direction that we are headed. This is exactly the direction we’re headed. Now, it’s not imminent. Well, no, it is imminent. It’s not anytime soon, hopefully, but this is the direction that we’re trending. And people all over Venezuela are asking, ‘Who will take care of us now?’ And of course the dirty little secret is that the number of poor people in Venezuela skyrocketed during Hugo Chavez’s presidency. He did not take care of the poor, but he made them think he was. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Beautifully Medieval California”
“. . . The surrounding landscape was once a checkerboard of small 60-200 acre family farms. The house I live in never had a lock for its seven outside doors. Weeknights were spent in local get-togethers — the Walnut Improvement Club, Eastern Star, the Odd Fellows, the Masons, the Grange, Farm Bureau — exotic names long gone with the breezes. In most cases, the children of the neighboring dead yeomen have long left, and the parcels conglomerated by larger corporations or purchased by absentee owners, or leased. The old farmhouses are mostly rented out to immigrants. Agriculture is booming; but farming is long dead. The land grows food as never before, but no longer families. . .
“A medieval society can be defined in a variety of ways. In terms of class, there is more a pyramidal culture. A vast peasantry sits below an elite of clergy and lords above — but with little or no independent middle class in-between.
“I think California is getting there quickly — with the U.S. soon to follow. . .”