CONTENTS: Sowell – multiculturalism; DC Times goes cable; Coulter – nanny troubles; One in three dying; Qunnipiac –BO slid; Noonan – Vatican; Carney stressed?; Text CAMO; Samsung eye control; VISTA whites; Ills of Nannya; Mark Levin; Guns – Cruz vs Feinstein; CPAC – West, Rubio, Paul, Perry; Knepper – $100K/yr; Boehm – TPKE conspiracy; Senator #6; Guns – senate committee; BO to mollify Arabs; BO – spending sustainable; Zero deficit reduction for 10 yrs; Ramirez cartoon; Announcements
“It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?” Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Unwed mothers have been the perennial excuse for big government, going back to Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, who plotted in the 1960s to create broken families, welfare dependency and urban riots to pave the way for socialist revolution”
1767: Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. president, was born in the Waxhaw area of South Carolina.
1781: British troops won a Pyrrhic victory at Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, a battle that helped push them to Yorktown.
1820: Maine became the twenty-third state.
1892: In New York State, voting machines were first authorized for use in elections.
1916: U.S. troops under General John J. Pershing crossed the Mexican border in pursuit of Pancho Villa. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Thomas Sowell, NRO: “The Dogma of Multiculturalism”
“Among the many irrational ideas about racial and ethnic groups that have polarized societies over the centuries and around the world, few have been more irrational and counterproductive than the current dogma of multiculturalism.
“Intellectuals who imagine that they are helping racial or ethnic groups that lag behind by redefining their lags out of existence with multicultural rhetoric are in fact leading them into a blind alley.
“Multiculturalism is a tempting quick fix for groups that lag; it simply pronounces their cultures to be equal with others, or “equally valid,” in some vague and lofty sense. Cultural features are just different, not better or worse, according to this dogma.
“Yet the borrowing of particular features from other cultures — such as replacing Roman numerals with Arabic numerals, even in Western cultures that derived from Rome — implies that some features are not simply different but better. Some of the most advanced cultures in history have borrowed from other cultures, because no given collection of human beings has created the best answers to all the questions of life . . .”
Jennifer Harper, Washington Times: “The Washington Times extending reach with cable network”
“Herring Broadcasting, owner of the Wealth TV network, and The Washington Times announced Thursday that they have joined in a strategic partnership to create a new national cable news network called One America News, set to debut nationwide this summer.
““One America News Network will provide Americans a new, credible source for national and international news and investigative reporting as well as talk shows designed to foster an independent, cutting-edge debate about the policies, issues and solutions facing the country,” said Robert Herring Sr., CEO of Herring Broadcasting, founded in 2004 and based in San Diego. . .”
Ann Coulter, Human Events:” Trouble in the Nanny State”
“Like the proverbial monkey typing for infinity and getting Shakespeare, Mayor Bloomberg’s obsession with reforming New Yorkers’ health has finally produced a brilliant ad campaign.
“Posters are popping up in subway stations and bus stops giving statistics about teen pregnancy that show cute little kids saying things like, “Honestly, Mom … chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?” and “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.”
“(Based on a recent CBS report, the kid could add, ‘Then again, I’m in the New York City public school system, so even if I graduate I won’t be able to read.’)
“It’s one thing to stigmatize ‘Big Gulp’ drinkers, but liberals are hopping mad at this attempt to stigmatize teen pregnancy, 90 percent of which is unwed. To put it another way, if you’re a New York teen with a distended belly these days, it had better be because you’re pregnant. . .”
Hope Yen, AP: “Census – Record 1 in 3 US counties are now dying”
“. . . New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.
The findings also reflect the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents as the U.S. ponders an overhaul of a major 1965 federal immigration law. Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth in the last year. . .
“. . . Census data show that 1,135 of the nation’s 3,143 counties are now experiencing ‘natural decrease,’ where deaths exceed births. That’s up from roughly 880 U.S. counties, or 1 in 4, in 2009. Already apparent in Japan and many European nations, natural decrease is now increasingly evident in large swaths of the U.S., much of it rural.
“Despite increasing deaths, the U.S. population as a whole continues to grow, boosted by immigration from abroad and relatively higher births among the mostly younger migrants from Mexico, Latin America and Asia. . . .”
“ . . . New York ranks tops in new immigrants among large metro areas, but also ranks at the top for young residents moving away.
“ . . . In contrast, the Texas metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston and Austin continued to be big draws for young adults, ranking first, second and fourth among large metro areas in domestic migration due to diversified economies that include oil and gas production. Phoenix, Las Vegas and Orlando also saw gains.
“ . . .In the last year, four metro areas reached population milestones: Los Angeles hit 13 million, Philadelphia reached 6 million, Las Vegas crossed 2 million and Grand Rapids, Mich., passed 1 million.”
Keegan Gibson, PoliticsPA: “Quinnipiac Poll – Voters Disapprove Obama and Obamacare”
“. . . The President’s numbers are in the same neighborhood as his lowest ever in Pa., which Quinnipiac recorded as 53% disapproval to 42% approval in April 2011.
Independents disapprove Obama by at 23 point margin, 58% to 35%, while men disapprove 57% to 39%. Women approve Obama’s job performance 49% to 46%. The President is also on positive ground among voters with a college degree (52% to 44%) and voters ages 18 to 34 (50% to 44%).
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, fared even worse. 53% of respondents said they disapproved the law, including 37% who said they did so strongly. 37% of them approved it, just 17% of them doing so strongly.
The pollster phrased the question thusly: “35. From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?”
While Republicans disapproved it strongly (83% to 10%) Democrats were more split (approving it 65% to 21%). Among other demographic categories including gender, age, income and education level, only those with a college degree gave the law favorable marks (49% to 45%). . .”
LEADS . . .
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: ‘Go and Repair My House’
“. . . The Catholic Church in 2013 is falling into ruin. The church has been damaged by scandal and the scandals arose from arrogance, conceit, clubbiness and an assumption that the special can act in particular ways, that they may make mistakes but it’s understandable, and if it causes problems the church will take care of it.
Pope Francis already seems, in small ways rich in symbolism, to be moving the Vatican away from arrogance. His actions in just his first 24 hours are suggestive.
“He picks up his own luggage, pays his own hotel bill, shuns security, refuses a limousine, gets on a minibus with the cardinals. That doesn’t sound like a prince, or a pope. He goes to visit a church in a modest car in rush-hour traffic. He pointedly refuses to sit on a throne after his election, it is reported, and meets his fellow cardinals standing, on equal footing. The night he was elected, according to New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Vatican officials and staffers came forward to meet the new pope. He politely put them off: Not now, the people are waiting. Then he went to the balcony.
“The church’s grandeur is beautiful, but Francis seems to be saying he himself won’t be grand. This will mean something in that old Vatican. It will mean something to the curia. . .”
Joe Concha, Mediate: “Time For Carney To Go? White House Press Secretary Clearly Stressed, Burnt Out”
“. . . we can see him perform on a daily (weekday) basis as White House Press Secretary, a job he has performed either exceptionally or horribly, all depending on who you voted for last November.
Over the past few weeks, however, a noticable behavior has manifested itself in Carney’s daily briefings. He has become more testy, more combative, more personal with the White House Press Corps than anyone in his position prior. It seems if any reporter questions this White House—which has arguably experienced its worst month if recent precipitous drops in the polls are any indication—they are attacked publicly and directly.
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Cadie Thompson, CNBC: “Samsung Takes on Apple with New Galaxy S4”
“The launch of the flagship Galaxy S4 is not significantly different design-wise from its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, but its new software sets the bar high for its rival Apple to beat.
One new function is called ‘Air Gesture,’ which allows users to navigate their phone without actually touching the device.
The phone also features a function called Samsung ‘Smart Scroll’, which enables users to scroll without touching the screen. It tracks the users’ face to tell where they are looking.
(Read More: ‘Apple’s Already Lost’ to Samsung: Bibb)
‘Smart Pause’ is a similar feature that tracks when a user is watching something on their phone so that it can pause the media when a user looks away . . .”
Patrick Burke, CNS: “Wisconsin’s VISTA Program Encourages Volunteers to Overcome White ‘Privilege’”
“(CNSNews.com) – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) wants its white VISTA volunteers who work with low-income, racially diverse public schools to examine the “privilege” their Caucasian race confers on them.
DPI devotes an entire Web page to “Power and Privilege,” including links to racial justice workshops and online tests where VISTA volunteers can “learn about your personal bias.”
One ‘diversity’ document linked to DPI’s Web site suggests that white people “wear a white wristband as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.”
The document — written by a diversity resource center in New Jersey — also suggests that white people ask themselves questions, such as: ‘How do I ignore privilege? What am I doing today to undo my privilege? How do I fool myself into thinking I am powerless?’ . .”
William Saletan, Slate: “The Chronic Ills of Nannya”
“What’s the message of the New York soda-size ruling? Government can’t control lifestyle diseases the way it controls infectious epidemics
“Monday was a bad day for the food police. A judge in New York City ruled that the city’s board of health exceeded its authority last year when it limited sodas to 16 ounces. The judge gave several reasons, but here’s the one most likely to affect your life: Government can’t control lifestyle diseases the way it controls infectious epidemics.
“Communicable diseases, such as smallpox or the flu, travel from person to person through microbes. Most chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular illness, don’t. They’re driven, as the World Health Organization explains, by ‘unhealthy lifestyles.’ And this radically constrains the government’s ability and authority to control them. . .”
Mark Levin, 3/14/13
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: Mark plays audio between Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Diane Feinstein in which Ted Cruz shows just how clueless Feinstein is. She doesn’t understand history, she hates the Constitution and she believes the Bill of Rights should only be a Bill of Needs. Also, the government now has more money than it ever has before – and what good is it doing? They are just further restricting us and involving themselves more in our lives. Mark plays CPAC audio from Rand Paul, Allen West, and Marco Rubio and cheers on the excitement these rising conservatives are giving. They stand up and they speak for our country unlike what we are hearing from Obama now. Finally, Thomas Sowell calls in and discusses his new book, “Intellectuals and Race.”
Daniel Halper, Weekly Std: “Explosive Exchange at Gun Hearing Between Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein”
“‘The question that I would pose to the senior senator from California is,’ said Cruz to Feinstein, ‘Would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment, namely, would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights? Likewise, would she think that the Fourth Amendment’s protection against searches and seizures could properly apply only to the following specified individuals and not to the individuals that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?’
“‘I’m not a sixth grader,’ said Feinstein . . .”
You Tube – Allen West
CPAC 2013 – Lt. Col. Allen West
You Tube – Marco Rubio
CPAC 2013 – Senator Marco Rubio
You Tube – Rand Paul “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered”
CPAC 2013 – Senator Rand Paul
Thx, Mark Levin
Also – ABC: Live Updates
Also: “Rick Perry Slams McCain, Romney At CPAC, Says They Aren’t Conservative”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Times are Tough…Unless You Work for Pennsylvania Government”
“Earlier this week, the Harrisburg Patriot News published a remarkable article on state government employees who were paid over $100,000:
“In 2012, 4,822 people in Pennsylvania’s state government earned at least $100,000, a PennLive analysis has found.
“The $100,000 Club grew by an astounding 59 percent from five years ago, when we last looked surveyed six-figure salaries in state government. The number in 2007: 3,043.
“In 2002, 1,176 state workers made it to the $100,000 club. So the number of six-figure salaries in state government has more than quadrupled in a decade…
“What is even more striking about the number of state employees earning six figures is that it comes in spite of a four-year freeze on managers’ pay, the worst recession in decades, and belt-tightening within state government agencies. . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “AG – PA Turnpike officials, state senator conspired to misuse and steal millions of public dollars”
“HARRISBURG – Three former top officials at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and a former state senator have been accused of running a political scheme that resulted in “untold millions” of taxpayer dollars being misused and stolen.
“Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the officials were engaged in a “pay-to-play” arrangement with engineering firms, insurance companies and banks that had contracts with the turnpike between 2000 and 2011.
In total, eight men have been charged with various counts of conspiracy, bribery, bid rigging, theft and several other charges. Kane said the officials used their power to secure “secret gifts of cash, travel and entertainment, along with political contributions” from contractors doing business with the Turnpike Commission.
“The former state officials charged wielded extraordinary power which they wrongfully used for self-enrichment for their own political purposes,” Kane said. “Those who ‘pay-to-play’ have sought and been rewarded with multimillion-dollar turnpike contracts, and the public has lost untold millions of dollars.”
Former state Sen. Robert Mellow, D-Lackawanna, was the only elected official charged.
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: Senator#6
“HARRISBURG – Perhaps the most interesting thing in the grand jury presentment released Wednesday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane is something it doesn’t contain.
“Kane announced a litany of criminal charges against state Sen. Robert Mellow, D-Lackawanna, and three former top officials at the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Those men, and four others also charged, allegedly used their positions of power to funnel contracts to certain engineering firms, insurance companies and banks in return for campaign contributions as part of a wide-ranging “pay-to-play” scandal.
“According to the presentment, Mellow and another unnamed senator – known as “Senator #6” and identified as a Philadelphian who served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee during much of Mellow’s tenure as Democratic leader of the state Senate – “exerted tremendous influence over the Turnpike.”
“One of the men charged on Wednesday – former Turnpike CEO Mitchell Rubin – was “handpicked” by Senator No. 6 to head the commission, the grand jury report says.
“But Kane and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan declined to comment on the identity of Senator No. 6, and they also declined to say whether any elected officials were granted immunity as part of the investigation.
“We are not in the business of ruining people’s reputations,” Kane said.
“So who is the mysterious senator?
“It’s impossible to be sure, but signs seem to point to former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia . . .”
Fox: “Senate committee approves assault weapons ban”
John Lott argues that assassins compete with each other to hold a record. The possibility covers legislators. DiFi has a gavel with a three-foot handle, similar tools were used in war. David Buss found that 84% of women have had lethal thoughts…is the figure greater for women legislators?
Buss, D. (2005) The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill. NY: Penguin.
“WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a renewed assault-weapons ban, advancing the measure to the Senate floor where it will face intense resistance from Republicans and other gun-rights supporters.
The bill was approved by the committee on a party-line, 10-8 vote. Chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she knows “the road is uphill” for the legislation, but sought to press her colleagues to consider the bill.
John Bresnahan, Politico: “Dianne Feinstein, Ted Cruz trade barbs over gun ban.
Neil Munro, Daily Caller: “Obama will press Israel to mollify furious Arabs”
Will Obama mollify furious conservatives?
“President Barack Obama is taking a multi-day tour of Arab flashpoints next week, where he will pressure Israeli Jews to appease politically energized Arabs in Egypt, Jordan and other countries.
“It is obviously a good thing that the people in the region are seeking to express themselves democratically,” declared Ben Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.
“Israel needs to take into account the changing dynamic and the need to reach out to public opinion across the region as it seeks to make progress on issues like Israeli-Palestinian peace and broader Arab-Israeli peace,’ he insisted.
That task may be very difficult, in part, because a vast majority of Arabs who are living alongside Israel wish to destroy the state.
BUDGET . . .
Tom Blumer, PJM: “Obama – Our Out-of-Control Debt Is ‘Sustainable’ for the Next Decade”
“In an interview with former Bill Clinton apparatchik George Stephanopoulos aired on ABC Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama shared his beliefs about where the nation stands financially.
“The takeaway quotes from that sit-down concern Obama’s unserious take on the size and grave nature of the federal government’s annual deficits, which have exceeded $1 trillion during each of the past four fiscal years, and the national debt, which, at $16.71 trillion as of Tuesday, has increased by over $6 trillion since he took office less than 50 months ago:
“And, y– you know– I think what’s important to recognize is that– we’ve already cut– $2.5– $2.7 trillion out of the deficit. If the sequester stays in, you’ve got over $3.5 trillion of deficit reduction already.
“And, so, we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt.
“Even if the first paragraph made sense, which it doesn’t, the second paragraph doesn’t follow logically. . .”
Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller: “Dem staffer – Democrat budget will produce ‘zero’ deficit reduction in 2014 [VIDEO]”
“A staffer for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray told Republican Sen. Mike Crapo Thursday that the newly proposed Democratic budget will essentially not reduce the deficit at all in its first year.
“You’re talking about a $1.85 trillion deficit reduction over ten [years],” Crapo said during a Senate panel about the budget proposal. “How much of that happens in year one?” he asked.
““There are spending savings in year one, but in total, it’s about no — in the first year,” responded John Righter, Democratic deputy staff director on the Senate budget committee. . .”
END NOTES . . .
From Michael Ramirez, National Review, March 14,2013. T-shirts?