Dead Cats: Independence! 07/02/10, (3)4 James Brody

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CONTENTS: Racist DOJ and Philadelphia Voter Intimidation; Amnesty by Executive Order; An immigration card game; Obama surrenders Americans; Inky backs Christie; Vacant GOP; WSJ -Gulf another crisis not to be wasted; PSU’s Mike Mann walks; It Can’t Happen Here;

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“Under a tyranny, most friends are a liability. One quarter of them turn ‘reasonable’ and become your enemies, one quarter are afraid to stop and speak, and one quarter are killed and you die with them. But the blessed final quarter keep you alive.” Doremus Jessup, It Can’t Happen Here.

Phila Cats Free: Their Color? Or their Political Allegiance?

Or just one more marble in BO’s toy box for chaos? And is this problem better solved by pointing at Washington or by vigorous local protest? Will Philadelphians continue to accept whatever government they get?

“A former Justice Department attorney who quit his job to protest the Obama administration’s handling of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case is accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of dropping the charges for racially motivated reasons.

“J. Christian Adams, now an attorney in Virginia and a conservative blogger for Pajamas Media, says he and the other Justice Department lawyers working on the case were ordered to dismiss it.

” ‘I mean we were told, ‘Drop the charges against the New Black Panther Party,’’ Adams told Fox News, adding that political appointees Loretta King, acting head of the civil rights division, and Steve Rosenbaum, an attorney with the division since 2003, ordered the dismissal.”

And Adam’s statement: “…Based on my firsthand experiences, I believe the dismissal of the Black Panther case was motivated by a lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law. Others still within the department share my assessment. The department abetted wrongdoers and abandoned law-abiding citizens victimized by the New Black Panthers. The dismissal raises serious questions about the department’s enforcement neutrality in upcoming midterm elections and the subsequent 2012 presidential election….”

Another Adam’s statement:

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Amnesty by Executive Order?

“Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation’s 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can’t secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.”

More, and a copy of the letter:

More: “Racist” is a common epithet but seldom applied to LaRaza – one of Obama’s supporters – or to the Congessional Black Caucus, similar organizations for Hispanics, or to groups that intimidate voters. Speculation (Mark Levin, John Bachelor) is there is no chance so close to the elections for immigration reform to get through Congress. BO is just making points with “Undocumented Democrats.”

From Reuters:

“In a broad speech that did not break new policy ground, Obama, a Democrat, called for Republican support to pass a law that addresses the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country without disrupting the economy or violating American values.

Obama has been under pressure to keep his promise from the 2008 presidential campaign to overhaul U.S. immigration rules. A tough new law in Arizona has brought the issue to the forefront of public debate, galvanizing Hispanics, who are an important constituency for November’s congressional elections.”

Immigration Card Game

Mr. Obama has already missed his own self-imposed deadline for getting a broad immigration bill passed. During the 2008 presidential campaign he told Hispanic audiences he wanted a bill in his first year.

“And his new push is unlikely to bear fruit this year.

“Advocates on both sides of the issue say they don’t expect Congress to tackle the issue before the elections, both because of the already-crowded legislative schedule and because there is no clear consensus on how to proceed.

“Key Republicans say the borders must be secured first before the government considers legalizing illegal immigrants, and they point to recent violent incidents — including the killing of an Arizona rancher — as evidence the border is still not under control.

“But Democrats argue that legalizing illegal immigrants has to be done at the same time, both for practical reasons and because they fear if the borders are secured first, it might sap momentum from the push for legalization.”

Victor Davis Hanson: Small Words, Big Impacts


“In the last 18 months, the Obama administration has made a number of seemingly insignificant remarks and gestures — many well-intended and reasoned — that might be interpreted as a new U.S. indifference to aggression.

“Consider the number of apologies Obama has issued to various states that suggest we, not others, are the problem.

“To Turkey, Obama said we had often been at fault, and added remorse for slavery and our treatment of Native Americans.

“To Russia, he emphasized a need for an American diplomatic reset button.

“To the Japanese, he touched on the brutal way America ended World War II.

“To the world at large, Obama apologized for Guantanamo Bay, the war on terror, and some activities of the CIA.

“To Latin America, he rued our past insensitive diplomacy.

“To the G-20, he lamented America’s prior rude behavior.

“To the Muslim world, he confessed to wrong policies and past mistakes.

“To Europe, he apologized for our occasionally strained relations.

“To the United Nations, he said he felt bad about America’s unilateral behavior.

“In addition, Obama has bowed to Saudi autocrats and Chinese dictators. In morally equivalent fashion, an Obama subordinate brought up to human-rights violator China the new Arizona immigration law. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that we would be neutral in a new and growing Falklands Island dispute. And America has put Israel on notice that the old close relationship is changing.

“Turkey is growing increasingly anti-American. A newly aggressive Russia is beaming that we have caved on a number of contentious issues.

“The Japanese are distancing themselves from America. British, French and German leaders are increasingly wary of the United States. The Mexican president criticizes Arizona from the White House lawn.

“War is now more, not less, likely in the Middle East. In Latin America, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela are as hostile to the U.S. as ever. Brazil is now seeking to assert new authority contrary to U.S. policies.

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Inky Backs Christie

“Give New Jersey Gov. Christopher J. Christie credit – he got the state budget he wanted, closing an $11 billion deficit without a statewide tax increase.

That’s a stunning turnaround in a state with chronically high taxes and runaway spending. Republican Christie’s my-way-or-the-highway approach steamrolled Democrats in the Legislature, who offered few good alternatives to Christie’s cuts.”

Vacant Republicans

There were rumors of 1000 GOP Committee vacancies in Philadelphia. I believe, however, in my source – a member of the loyal opposition – who gave me a different set of numbers: 300 in Philadelphia and two at the State level. Is there any trend to filling those slots during a primary? By carrying vacancies and making temporary appointments a committee person might gain leverage….Or maybe not…

WSJ Catching On!: Gulf Help

Not wasting a crisis implies that not only treasure what you have but you also nurture more of them.

According to the Coast Guard, help is available in 107 offers from 44 nations. Today’s Wall Street Journal asks “Why is the Clean-Up So Slow?: There are obvious actions to speed things up, but the government oddly resists taking them.” The best sentence in this article: “Finally there is the most pessimistic explanation—that the oil spill may be viewed as an opportunity, the way White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said back in February 2009, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” 

Climate: Michael Mann Walks

Penn State researcher, a hub for bogus climate data, given a “pass” by other PSU faculty. Analysis and another point of view by Robert Zimmerman at

It Can’t Happen Here

“That idiot has written a masterpiece.” H.L. Mencken after meeting Sinclair Lewis and later commenting on Main Street.

Intimidated by Main Street’s thickness, I found It Can’t Happen Here, a few inches away. It was published in 1935 and centered on one small town editor in Vermont – Doremus Jessup – and a government takeover by a noisy clone of Huey Long, Berzelius Windrip, who united the rabble by speaking nonsense in cadence. This was a time in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s when middle America saw “commies,” Jews, and fascists in very basement or classroom and behind every beard. And middle Americans, blaming their failures on being cheated, rallied behind the first leader to agree with them.

Books burned quickly, firing squads shot even more quickly, and the Rotary and the Legion lost members to concentration camps and to the new “Minute Men.” (Hitler later did the same thing and paid off his promises with Jewish, French, and Polish assets.)

Skeptics, noisy or silent, were kidnapped at midnight and driven away to be beaten, shot, or locked in standing water until they died; their female partners either joined the bullies or were raped and imprisoned. Some of the women died as bravely as any man and some of them lived just as bravely.

Government agencies grew, colleges closed, states were dismantled and America became a set of “zones” managed by corrupt men demanding their share of what they thought they deserved.

Doremus – 61 years old and the third generation in a family that never took orders – first resists with editorials, then is arrested, beaten, and imprisoned where he cleans toilets. He resists joining the communists and escapes from prison with money from his friends and a bribed guard.

Lewis makes traditional (liberal but nonprogressive!) New England characters and settings so well that it’s like knowing them personally. And Doremus is the individualist and counter balance to the meanness around him. He muses: “…Powers and Arthur … were weak sisters. But Douglas and Thad Stevens and Brigham, the old stallion – I wonder if we’re breeding up any paladins like those stout grouchy old devils…They had guts. Independence. Did what they wanted to and thought what they liked, and everybody could go to hell.”

Doremus fights, he loses, he wins. “And still Doremus goes on in the red sunrise, for a Doremus Jessup can never die.”

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