Justice Dept. Proposes New FOIA Rule Designed to Allow Lying and Hiding Existence of Records


The proposal, which “transparency experts” call “Orwellian” begs the question; what good is the FOIA if it allows a corrupt administration to lie, and conceal the very records being sought?

The Daily Caller’s C.J. Ciaramella has the scoop:

A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don’t exist.

The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies. Specifically, the rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist,” rather than citing the relevant exemption.

The proposed rule has alarmed government transparency advocates across the political spectrum, who’ve called it “Orwellian” and say it will “twist” public access to government.

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Conservative government watchdog Judicial Watch has also lambasted the proposed rules change. (RELATED: Obama admin. pulls references to Islam from terror training materials, official says)

The news is “not surprising, coming from the Obama administration,” said Christopher J. Farrell, director of investigations and research at Judicial Watch.

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Upon taking office, President Obama released a memorandum declaring his administration was “committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness. Specifically, he pledged to bolster the strength of the FOIA act, callingit “the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government.”

The FOIA revisions were first published back in March – right around the time a certain foul-smelling DOJ scandal started hitting the news “Fast and Furiously”, IYKWIMAITYD.

Call, email and write your Congresscritters NOW. If they adopt this rule, they must be defunded.

 

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Video: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Romney Perry

Hah!

Gotta love this fun video from Americans For Cain:

That was a damn sight more effective than the “smoking man” video - (Which also made me laugh.)

Another Americans For Cain ad reiterating his pro-life creds:

I don’t think anyone seriously doubt’s Cain’s pro-life position on abortion. What is in doubt is his ability to handle tough media questions on abortion.

Hat tip: Charles B.

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Richard Miniter On Why Herman Cain Can Win


Richard Miniter has penned an excellent piece in Forbes magazine analyzing the  force that is propelling  “third tier candidate” candidate, Herman Cain to the top tier.

This is worth reading from beginning to end – Miniter nails it on every single point.

This is the power of the new force. It can grab a third-tier candidate by his lapels and put him on top. And the new force is seeking the most electable radical it can find, not the pol patiently waiting in the wings. They want a 21st century reformer who will take on the mid-20th century entitlement state, not a tinkerer trying to keep alive a consensus formed before many of them could vote.

That new force is the Tea Party. It is challenging and changing the rules of how the GOP establishment picks it presidential nominee. Among “non-Tea Party Republicans Romney actually leads Cain 29-27,” said PPP’s Dean Debnam in a statement.  In an ordinary presidential cycle, Romney would be the frontrunner.

Now let’s look at the Tea Party’s candidate preferences. Cain dominates with 39%. Gingrich is second at 16%. Perry limps in at 14%. And Romney? 13%. “Romney doesn’t need to win the Tea Partiers to be the Republican nominee,” Debnam notes.  “But he does need to finish better than 4th with them.” That’s right.

And, in GOP primaries, Tea Party voters outnumber non-Tea Partiers almost two to one.

So the Tea Party is about to upend everything the experts think they know about presidential politics.

His analysis of the “flavor of the month” syndrome we’ve been seeing all year is so acute, it’s like he’s been living rent-free inside the average tea partier’s head.:

Only a few weeks ago, Gov. Perry seemed to be the most electable radical—and he was the Tea Party favorite. Poor debate performances, amateur campaign moves and elements of his Texas record (in-state tuition for Mexican nationals but not Oklahoma residents, the vaccination program open to scaremongering by libertarians) cost him Tea Party support. Before Perry, the Tea Party gave Rep. Bachmann her star turn.  Now she is a falling star. Her entire New Hampshire political team resigned en masse this past week.

If Cain can survive the sudden media attention, his support among Tea Partiers will solidify and grow. Once he won the Florida Straw Poll, he suddenly seemed electable to Tea Partiers. So he caught an updraft and is now the front-runner. He will stay there until the Tea Party loses confidence in him (and possibly elevates Gingrich).

Uh….my next choice in case Cain falls apart is indeed Gingrich.

Again, read the entire piece, as I’ve only excerpted a portion of page 2 -  it’s the best analysis of Cain’s rise in the polls you will find anywhere on the web.

After a series of media stumbles, a lot depends on Cain taking some necessary steps to prove that he’s not “in over his head”.

RS McCain has some positive news on that front: Cain Seeks to Satisfy Foreign Policy Snobs (not that it’s really snobby for voters to expect their candidate have a passing knowledge of the major foreign policy issues of the day!)

Alex Pappas and Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller report:

Almost every day, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is handed a one-page briefing from his chief foreign policy adviser on news from around the world.
It’s one of several things his campaign says the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, who has never held elective office before, is now doing to bone up on foreign policy — especially as he faces a big test in November at a GOP debate on national security issues.
“He’s really getting up to speed a lot more so than people give him credit for,” J.D. Gordon, Cain’s foreign policy and national security adviser who prepares the briefings, said in an interview with The Daily Caller on Monday.

Let us hope.

Hat tip: Hot Air Headlines

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Video: Steve Wynn Blasts Obama/Reid/Pelosi Economy: “The Speeches Are Great – the Actions Are Horrifying”

Casino Exec, Steven Wynn blasted the Obama administration and his congressional toadies in an interview with Neil Cavuto, yesterday. He recounted a stunning conversation  he had had in early 2010 with the NV Dem Rep, Shelley Berkley regarding ObamaCare. When he begged her to reconsider voting for the heinous bill, she had told him, “Steve I know it’s terrible. My husband’s a doctor. He hates it too. But if I don’t vote for it, she will punish me.”

I honestly don’t know how these Demcocrapweasels sleep at night.

Wynn seems like he has some working brain cells. What could have ever possessed him to support them in the first place?

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Obama To Use Executive Fiat More Because #WeCantWait

Conservatives are tittering on twitter about the Obama administration’s cheesy new slogan, #WeCantWait, but it is clear to me that Obama’s using the jobs and mortgage “crises” (never to go to waste) as an excuse to further usurp congressional authority.

Obama announced Monday the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) took three steps to help responsible homeowners refinance and take advantage of low mortgage rates.

Why use the executive order?

“Because we have to do everything we can,” Carney said.

Using executive authority doesn’t mean Obama is giving up his pleas to Congress to pass his American Jobs Act, Carney said.

“It is not a substitute for congressional action,” Carney said. “Congress must pass the individual components of the jobs act.”

Obama told an audience in a Las Vegas neighborhood of underwater homes that he’s not gonna wait for congress.”So I’m here to say to all of you …We can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional (read: Republican) Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,”

Get it? “We can’t wait”. And by “we”, Obama means the collectivists and deadbeats who support him.

The housing and student loan initiatives can be seen as.setting up a precedent to go around Congress on other things, as well.

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey opined that the administration is focusing on the wrong things:

The real problem in the housing crisis isn’t mortgages, it’s unemployment. Even an underwater mortgage is still manageable as long as the debtor maintains an income level that affords the payments. Foreclosures don’t happen because of devaluation of property — they occur because payments don’t get made. Further, if homeowners have steady incomes, banks don’t need government interventions for refinancing and restructuring mortgages; they have plenty of motivation to perform those on their own.

Keith Hennessey’s reaction to the program:

“If this were a huge program that would help several millions of underwater mortgages at an enormous cost to the taxpayer, there would be some interesting policy tradeoffs worth exploring.  In particular, are the macroeconomic benefits of helping these homeowners refinance and potentially escape from their underwater mortgage worth the increased costs to the taxpayer and the inequities created in which one group of Americans subsidize others whose [housing] investments went bad?  These same tradeoffs exist with this new policy, but I wouldn’t lose sleep over them when the policy is small. Still, Congress should ask FHFA for detailed estimates of the increased costs and risks to the taxpayer.”

Obama pretends that well-being the US economy hangs on the passage of his jobs boondoggle, but as Jack Welch, GE’s former Chairman and CEO,  widely regarded as one of the best business leaders in history, told David Gregory on Sunday, there are actions he could take, that could help the slumping economy, now:

MR. WELCH:  Oh, he can do a lot about the economy.  He could look at drilling for oil.  He can, by himself, can drive that posture.  He could put a moratorium on regulation until we’ve got unemployment below a certain level. He could do it.  And he could, most importantly, change the posture. Everything we do in this administration is more punitive than it is incentivized.  Let me give you a perfect example.  Let’s take the jobs bill. They put in there Section 371.  That is an ability to sue for unemployed people who are out looking for a job to sue for $300,000, for example, if they hire Andrea who has a job and don’t hire me, unemployed.  It’s crazy.  They, they give a $4,000 incentive to hire an unemployed person, then they give a $300,000 penalty if you happen to discriminate against an unemployed person. Come on, you’ve got to get a positive framework.

In Las Vegas, the Organizer in Chief also threw in an ominous and creepy reference to his minions in the #OWS movement, “When our politics isn’t working, then the American people rise up and make sure they work.”

This is part of what the estimable Charles Krauthammer called, the “Scapegoat Strategy”:

These indignant indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees have decided that their lack of gainful employment is rooted in the malice of the millionaires on whose homes they are now marching — to the applause of Democrats suffering acute Tea Party envy and now salivating at the energy these big-government anarchists will presumably give their cause.

Except that the real Tea Party actually had a program — less government, less regulation, less taxation, less debt. What’s the Occupy Wall Street program? Eat the rich.

Fox Business reported:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) office reacted to the “We Can’t Wait” narrative by sending out comments the senator made Sunday on CNN. “The President is trying to convince everybody that somebody else, anybody else, is responsible for the fact that he hasn’t done a good job,” McConnell said.

Republicans point out that the president’s expensive stimulus plan has failed to work, and has dubbed  Obama’s trip, the “West Coast Misery Tour.”

The NRSC  produced a video portraying Obama surveying a  post-apocalyptic Nevada, in preparation of a big Senate race, next year.

See also:

Pundit Press: Obama Email: Administration Prepared to “Act” Without Congressional Approval

Video: AZ Sheriff Babeu Considering Run for U.S. House

AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, especially in reference to their border policies and the Fast and Furious plot that has been so devastating to his county. He’s called the ATF under Holder  “accomplices to murder”, and  stated that “before this is over, we’ll know exactly what Barack Obama knew – and when he knew it” .

Today, Babeu announced that he has formed an exploratory committee to help him decide whether he will run for Congress early next year.

Based on the draft map adopted on Oct. 3 by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Congressional District 4 would encompass most of Yavapai County, all of Mohave and La Paz counties, and parts of Gila, Pinal and Yuma counties.

According to Babeu, it’s a Republican friendly district:

AZFamily.com has more:

“Almost three years after the $800 billion stimulus disaster, nearly one in ten Americans is unemployed,” Babeu said in a media release. “In some of our communities, that number is more than double.

He also called Arizona “ground zero in the fight against drug and human smuggling.”

“It’s clear that Washington is broken,” Babeu continued in the media release. “To fix it we’ll need leaders unafraid to make tough decisions, leaders more worried about the next generation than the next election.

“I believe it may be time for a new Sheriff in Washington.”

Babeu is a retired major in the United State Army National Guard and served a tour of duty in Iraq in addition to a 16-month deployment in Arizona along the border with Mexico.

“I’ve commanded soldiers on our border,” Babeu told 3TV’s Scott Pasmore. “We’ve reduced illegal immigration in the Yuma sector by 96 percent. I know a little bit more about border security than [Secretary of Homeland Security] Janet Napolitano.”

Babeu writes at his website:

It’s clear that Washington is broken.

To fix it, we’ll need leaders unafraid to make tough decisions. Leaders more concerned with the next generation than the next election. That’s why today I’m announcing an exploratory committee for the United States Congress.

I believe the real deficit in Washington is one of leadership. Nearly three years after the 800 billion dollar stimulus disaster, one in ten Americans is unemployed. In some of our communities, that number is more than double. Meanwhile we have a 14 trillion dollar national debt, with budgets in the red as far as the eye can see.

Arizona is ground zero in the fight against drug and human smuggling. Rather than secure our border and enforce the law, what did we see from our Federal government? Signs in my county warning Americans to stay away, because the cartels were in control; a lawsuit against the people of Arizona; a declaration that the border is more secure than ever. Meanwhile, 400,000 people unlawfully enter our state every year, tens of thousands with criminal records, some from nations that sponsor terrorism.

Now we find that our own Federal government in operation Fast and Furious put 2,000 guns in the hands of the most dangerous criminals in North America. These guns have been found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and hundreds of crime scenes in Mexico.

I believe it may be time for a new Sheriff in Washington.

Two thumbs way up! Go Babeu.

Previously:

AZ Sheriff Babeu On F and F: “Before This is Over, We’ll Know Exactly What Barack Obama Knew – And When He Knew it”

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and 9 Other AZ Sheriffs’ Demand Answers From U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

MUST SEE: Video: Sheriff Babeu Blasts Obama and Holder In NRA Interview: “We Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up In Our Wildest Nightmares”

CNN Covers Fast And Furious: “ATF Accomplices To Murder”

Janet Napolitano Tells Reporters Security Along Border Is Actually Improving.

AZ Sheriff: “Our own government has become our enemy”

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Monday Catch-up

“JustiaGate” is something you may be hearing more about in the coming days. Whether or not you’re concerned with Barack Obama’s eligibility  (and granted, most of us are not at this point) – a deliberate attempt to make it difficult for journalists and voters to examine the issue of natural-born citizenship in 2008,  should concern everyone.

of the Portland Civil Rights Examiner reported:

Someone was incredibly busy in June 2008 working on an illegal front invisible to the public; searching and altering Supreme Court Cases published at Justia.com which cite the only case in American history – Minor v. Happersett (1875) – to directly construe Article 2 Section 1′s natural-born citizen clause in determining a citizenship issue as part of its holding and precedent.  In this unanimous decision, the Supreme Court defined a “native or natural-born citizen” as a person born in the US to parents who were citizens; a definition which excludes from eligibility both Barack Obama and John McCain.

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The most extreme sabotage so far discovered appears to have been done to the landmark decision United States v. Wong Kim Ark which was sabotaged to remove “Minor v. Happersett” three times, along with one reference to “Scott v Sandford”, another to the Slaughterhouse Cases  and some accompanying text relevant to the issue. These surgical alterations would alter and shape the national dialogue; leaving a persistent and  incorrect interpretation of the meaning of the ‘natural born citizen’ clause. There is no doubt whatsoever that this was the specific intent of those responsible for this illegal editing of American history and law.

As previously mentioned, the specific distinction between Citizen and Natural Born Citizen made in Minor v. Happersett is in the holding of the case, the section which creates the Law, and it is this Law which has been repeatedly cited over the decades since. In order to minimize the importance of Minor, someone at Justia deliberately decided to make these supporting citations as difficult as possible to find.

This has had the desired effect, diluting the importance of Minor v. Happersett in the national dialogue across the blogosphere’s political spectrum ever since. The end result: the one case which defines Natural Born Citizen was reduced to seeming irrelevance, and thus the conversation never got past doorkeepers already in Obama’s camp in the mainstream media.

Someone has some ‘splainin’ to do.

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Seton Motley has his own link-fest going on at Big Government:

Obama’s leftist base is angry at the slow pace of the illegal implementation of Cap and Trade and Card Check.  They’re angry that ObamaCare isn’t single-payer (even though it pretty much is).  And on, and on, and on…

But there is one item on the leftist laundry checklist to which President Obama has remained obdurately faithful to the point of fact-excluding, willful ignorance. I give you: Green alleged “energy.” It’s not just the Administration slow-walking or outright denying petroleum drilling.  Obama has turned the federal treasury into a Crony Socialist green “energy” venture capital firm.

It began with the $60 billion allotted to green “jobs” in the grotesque 2009 “stimulus” bill.  We handed said titanic check to the self-avowed Marxist Truther, then-Green Jobs Czar Van Jones. Yes, that Jones; the one who’s built an entire fraudulent, anti-capitalism career on green “jobs” and green “energy”–who, at that “stimulus” time, admitted he couldn’t define what a “green job” is and that in fact no one could.

But despite that monstrous, wasted sum, it was Solyndra’s half a billion dollars down the rat hole that finally brought the green “energy” fraud to greater light. Solyndra makes expensive solar panels.  Obama knew going in that Chinese-subsidized solar panels would make Solyndra’s unsellable, but he put his head down (in the sand?) and shoveled the coin therein anyway. A Solyndra veep was an Obama campaign coin bundler, but I’m sure that was just a coincidence. The Solyndra mess only raised further our antenna to the green “energy” scam. The Administration followed it up with $1.2 billion in loans to Abengoa Solar (Panel)  Inc.  (Warning: the website is in Spanish.)

This brings us to the Fisker fraud, where we gave $529 million to a Finnish car company to make the hybrid Karma.  Never heard of that model?  Here’s why – the base price for this hybrid is $96,000. And you thought the $41,000 Chevy Volt was a bargain.  Fisker is yet another doomed-to-fail green “jobs” move the Administration blithely, vigorously defends. The lack of clarity on whether or not our coin created gigs here or in Finland is important but is by no means the only problem.  The overriding concern is (or should be):  after tens of billions of dollars of demonstrable green “job” failures, this Administration is still willing to waste even more of our coin thereon.

Which brings us to General Motors (GM), on whose bailout we are on the verge of losing about $15 billion.  Government Motors, as we said, sells Volt hybrids for $41,000.  Volt hybrids cost GM $41,000 to make. It’s a zero-sum, non-profit product. GM has sold less than 4,000 Volts thus far this year.  For reasons that surpass understanding, they are ramping up production to 60,000 vehicles next year.

Making an unprofitable car is bad; making fifteen times as many non-profit cars as you have sold is worse. Adding a similar hybrid to the Cadillac line is worse still. But GM is all the way down with the green “energy” scam, way beyond merely making non-profit lemons.

Read the whole thing. I know he took some time to put together that epic indictment of the Obama administration’s ‘Green Energy” wastefulness.

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Over at PJ Media, Barry Rubin asks:Obama’s Foreign Policy: Manchurian Candidate or Keystone Kop?

How can we explain Obama’s behavior on the Middle East? I’m not the least bit surprised or baffled. I do not think the fact that this isn’t “treasonous” is a mitigating circumstance. Beyond a certain point, gross incompetence and systematic stupidity are inexcusable sins in politics even if not crimes. The sentence should be voting them out of office as soon as possible.

The great French diplomatist (and thoroughly evil human being) Charles de Talleyrand put it this way: “This is worse than a crime, it’s a blunder.” You can have some respect for an evil genius cleverly following his plan but none at all for a fool putting his country’s interests and the lives of millions of people at risk, refusing to change course even when his strategy is obviously failing.

You just have to sit at dinner with a State Department guy, for example, who tells you in great detail how the battle went within the bureaucracy over accepting Islamism as something good for the United States or watch how the CIA generated studies fixed to exclude truth in arguing Islamism isn’t a threat. It’s only mysterious if you don’t see it up close.

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The Daily Caller: Sessions: Budget for food stamps ballooning out of control:

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions has set his sights on a federal government program that he says has quadrupled its cost during the last decade. This year the federal government is projected to spend $80 billion on food stamps. Sessions says the program’s cost has doubled in the last three years and is set to increase another 14 percent this year.

Sessions told The Daily Caller that no large government program’s cost has expanded as quickly as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamp program, which is dwarfing the budgets for other federal responsibilities.

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is asking artists to design promotional posters that convey a message: “support American jobs.” The brutal irony for artists, however, is that they will receive no payment for their work.

The campaign, which has $61 million on hand, will reward only the three artists whose work is selected for use. The compensation? A copy of their artwork, signed by the president.

The Graphic Artists Guild isn’t pleased with the ask. On Saturday, the guild issued an open letter to the campaign voicing outrage over what it called a “shameful” competition.

“American artists should be outraged that our President does not recognize that we are entitled to be paid for our work, as are all Americans,” the guild wrote.

The Obama campaign’s request for submissions says that it “is seeking poster submissions from artists across the country illustrating why we support President Obama’s plan to create jobs now, and why we’ll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years.”

According to the guild, the award for the selected artists has no actual value, unless the recipient sells it.  The campaign estimates the signed artwork’s value would be approximately $195. The guild’s pricing guidelines suggest that the proper compensation for such artwork is approximately $4,000.

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It’s nice to know that artists will not create Marxist agitprop without being properly compensated.

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Breitbart TV: Project Veritas ‘To Catch A Journalist’: ‘If It’s Something You Don’t Want Published, We’ll Kill It’

The MSM in action.

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Poor Michelle Malkin: Finding Marizela: The Dread Void of Uncertainty:

This is a sketch released by Lewis County, Washington authorities last week. It is a reconstruction of the facial features of skeletal human remains found on a logging road in April outside of Morton, WA. The small town is located about two hours south of Seattle. The remains are believed to be of a young woman of “small stature,” “possible mixed ethnicity,” and estimated to be in her 20s or 30s. It has haunted me the past four nights as I toggle back and forth obsessively between the artist’s rendering and the vivid, flesh-and-blood photos of my missing cousin, Marizela.

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In case you missed it –Katie Pavlich at Townhall has GW’s perfect first pitch at the world series, last night: World Series Fans Yell “We Miss You George”:

Last night, former President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch for game 4 of the Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals World Series. Not only did Bush throw a perfect strike, but fans in the crowd were yelling, “We miss you George!” as he walked to the mound.

The top comment at YouTube says what everyone is thinking:

No matter what you think of GW (I think he’s a good guy), he can throw a baseball without looking like a girl …. unlike someone I know.

LOL: Ya gotta love RS McCain – when he goes in for someone – he is all in –100% in: Karl Rove Decides Popular Guy Leading All the Polls Can’t Possibly Win Election:

Remember that Karl is the guy who engineered George Bush’s landslide victory, by a margin of hundreds of votes, over the formidable Al Gore.

Let’s face it: Rove is a spokesman for the Romney campaign. And right now, I’m watching Chris Stirewalt on Megyn Kelly’s show declare that Cain’s alleged downfall “creates an opening for Rick Perry.”

Fox News: “Fair. Balanced. Don’t Think the Black Guy Can Win.” IYKWIMAITYD.

We’ll be laughing at this when I become Ambassador to Vanuatu.

Watch “the architect” in action at the link.

To be honest, Cain’s recent stumbles have me wondering if the naysayers are right. If  Cain is botching answers to basic questions, what happens when more challenging “gotchas” come down the pike? It’s very disconcerting, to say the least.

An upcoming “Lincoln/Douglas” style debate on November 5th between Cain and Gingrich could be do or die time for Cain, who has agreed to do it. And if he dies, who benefits most – Gingrich or Perry?

Sipsey Street Irregulars: “If they can’t kill you. . . they’ll make you crazy.” Behind the Scenes, the Cover-up Games Continue. Keep the whistleblowers in your prayers

A week ago Friday, I decided to have some new business cards made up at Staples. Dropping off the image, I was told that they would be ready Saturday morning. So, after I left the AGCA gun show early to visit with my daughter Zoe before she returned to college, about mid-day on the way home I stopped by to pick them up.

I observed to the counter guy that it looked like the whole order wasn’t there. He told me that someone had asked to see the order earlier representing himself as my “business partner” and had taken a few, saying that I wouldn’t mind.

Yep. Keep reading.

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The latest on #Occupy Wall Street moonbattery at Left-wing Institute For Civil Discourse:

Video: Anarchy Prevails As #OccupyOakland Storms Chase Bank Branch:

The alliance of Communists, Anarchists, and terminally confused people who make up #OccupyOakland marched through town, Saturday,  and “occupied” an Oakland bank. According to the information accompanying the Youtube video, police moved in when protesters caused a ruckus inside the bank, throwing bank slips in the air. After a few minutes of this, the demonstrators returned to the streets,  leaving behind a few “to pick up bank slips from the floor.” (Yeah, right!) Police moved in to secure the bank, and locked those protesters inside.

 “With loud chants of “Let them go, let them go” from the street, those inside were allowed to leave and the march continued on to shut down a Wells Fargo Bank branch by surrounding it before returning to Oscar Grant Plaza.”

Video: Hostile #OccupyDayton Protester Accosts Photographer: ‘F*ck The Military, F*ck Your Flag, And F*ck The Police’

Video: #OccupySF Protester – “We Need To Enact Change by Giving People The Right To Print Money”

#OccupyBoston Members Arrested For Selling Heroin – Lived In Tent With 6 Year Old

Video: NYU Professor Lectures #OWS On Bringing Down Capitalism

130 #OccupyChicago Protesters Arrested as Cops Clear Out Park

Zombie: Is Occupy Oakland as Bad as They Say? (The answer won’t surprise you.)

The main problem when communists and anarchists get together in the same revolution is that the communists are by nature so much more organized. As a result, they’re usually more visible, and the reporters (at least the ones not trying to paper over the whole thing) assume that the communists are dominant. The same is true at Occupy Oakland — the signage was about 50% communist/socialist, 25% anarchist/anti-authoritarian, and 25% incoherent/confused/personal. A casual observer would conclude that the protest was predominantly communist. But I suspect the anarchists and the crazies outnumber the actual communists, but they’re just not as good at advertising themselves.

Verum Serum:

Police Investigating Alleged Sexual Activity with 14 Year Old at Occupy Dallas

Video: Occupy Boston Vandalism of Banks

Occupy Vancouver Occupies Banks

Video: Occupy Wall Street Socialists Pwned by Russian Ex-Pat

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Atlas Shrugs: Muslim Brotherhood Hamas-Linked CAIR’s Anti-American Prayers at #Occupy Wall Street

Townhall: Violent Crime Up in NYC as Police Distracted by OWS

Instapundit:

THE PROBLEM WITH THE #OCCUPY MOVEMENT — NO EXIT STRATEGY: “You come, you conquer, and then time passes, protesters get dirty and ugly, internal divisions crack them up, the nearby residents get disgusted, the local businesses get mad, and then what? There’s isn’t going to be a revolution. It’s not Egypt. In the end, they’ll have to break up and go home. Or hope the cops come in and bust them up so they can end with a bang.”

Well, that’s one problem. The other is that the value of the sword of Damocles is that it hangs, not that it falls. Obama told Wall Street that he was the only thing standing between them and the pitchforks. That scared them into line for a while. But now Wall Street’s sick of him, and doesn’t care. They’re not playing ball like they used to.

So he unleashed the pitchforks and what we got was the #occupy movement, a pathetic, and totally non-scary, embarrassment for the Democrats. Republicans are now hoping they’ll stay in place until November of 2012.

Hat tip: Brian B. for many of these stories.

84 Year Old Philly Man Savagely Attacked By Black Thugs Plans To Continue His Walks


Via Philly.com, another aggravating story about black youths with nothing better to do than gang up on defenseless citizens.

AN 84-YEAR-OLD ex-university official savagely attacked by four young punks during a walk in Wissahickon Valley Park earlier this week theorizes that the beating he endured was a cruel game of “get the old geezer.”

Most likely, it was “the knock-out game”:

The knockout game involves “unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders,” according to police who have had to deal with it.  A retired officer explained, “Normally it was a group of black males, one of which would strike him as hard as he could in the face, attempting to knock him out with one punch,” says retired Sgt. Don Pizzo.  The victims are typically not robbed, but simply punched with no provocation.  Such attacks have been reported in Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Jersey.

Now, we can add Pennsylvania to the mix.

Jim Shea, a former vice president of university relations for Temple, from 1968 to 1983, walks up to five miles on Forbidden Drive, in Fairmount Park, three times a week, but that type of stamina wasn’t enough to stave off the lowlifes who not only beat him bloody, but dealt a blow to one of the things he holds most dear – his pride.

Shea was near the Valley Green Inn, on Forbidden Drive, in the Wissahickon Valley Park, about 1:15 p.m. Monday when he was hit from behind.

“I felt a real something to the head, a real blow to the head from behind,” he said. “It knocked me to the ground; that was the biggie.”

Shea said the four assailants continued to beat him for minutes while he was on the ground. He said they were black, appeared to be between 16 and 20, and three of them were wearing La Salle sweatshirts.

Police and Shea said that at least one of the attackers used a rock to hit him, causing deep cuts above his eyes. They all kicked and punched him while he was on the ground, conscious the entire time.

“There was only one I really saw well because he came back to kick me,” Shea said. “The others spent a great deal of the time laughing.”

The real “stunner” to Shea is that they left without trying to take his wallet, keys or cellphone.

“I think it was just to get the old geezer,” Shea said. “They were some bad kids with rancid souls.”

Shea ended up with stitches from his eyelid to his cheek, large scrapes on his leg and elbow, and a broken nose -all for taking his “daily constitutional”, which he plans to continue because, “it’s been a wonderful thing for me at my age.”

This attack fits an all too familiar pattern, as described in this American Thinker piece from last July:

“black attackers on a white victim — and the victim was often an older person walking alone.”  In a thorough and sensible piece on the subject in a local arts and entertainment magazine, eight of the victims interviewed were white, one was black, and one was Latino.  All of the attackers, or “players,” were black.  Some witnesses claim that they have white relatives who play the game and that therefore the game is not a racial issue.  But anyone who reviews the reporting — when race is revealed, at least — will see that the attackers are predominantly if not exclusively black.

Why it matters…

But the knockout game must be seen in the context of black-on-white violence in America.  The big picture is that black-on-white violence is a social problem that deserves more attention, regardless of whether the overall crime rate is rising or falling.  Department of Justice statistics show that 33% of white murder victims are killed by a non-white, while only 8% of black murder victims are killed by a non-black1.  Even greater disparities exist in violent crime and robbery2.

As Thomas Sowell noted in his piece at Townhall: Social Degeneration:

All around the country, people in politics and the media have been tip-toeing around the fact that violent attacks by blacks on whites in public places are racially motivated, even when the attackers themselves use anti-white invective and mock the victims they leave lying on the streets bleeding.

This is not something to ignore or excuse. It is something to be stopped. Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia seems to be the first to openly recognize this.

This needs to be done for the sake of both black and white Americans — and even for the sake of the hoodlums. They have set out on a path that leads only downward for themselves.

Hat tip: Retired Geezer.

A list of violent racial crimes making headlines from the past 12 months:

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Hermantum: “100% Pro-Life” Cain Leading In The Polls

Oh dear, oh dear — Herman Cain isn’t reeling in the big donors like Romney, and he’s not putting enough resources in Iowa. He’s not serious…he can’t possibly win…he’s a “hot mess!”

Or so says the conventional wisdom.

The Hill: Cain Opens Up Double Digit Lead In Iowa, Perry in Fifth in Latest Poll:

The insurgent GOP candidate earned the support of 37 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers, outpacing Mitt Romney, with whom 27 percent of voters sided, and Ron Paul, who was backed by 12 percent of those surveyed.

Rick Perry, who had been leading national Republican polls as recently as a month ago, earned less than 6 percent of Republican support, placing him fifth in the Hawkeye poll, after Newt Gingrich.

He’s leading in Illinois, as well:

Poll Watch: Paul Simon Public Policy Institute-SIU Illinois 2012 Presidential Survey

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
  • Herman Cain 23.4%
  • Mitt Romney 20.6%
  • Newt Gingrich 7.5%
  • Rick Perry 7.2%
  • Ron Paul 6.6%
  • Michele Bachmann 3.8%
  • Jon Huntsman 2.5%
  • Rick Santorum 2.2%

And in Nevada, well….Cain tops field again in Nevada GOP straw poll:

LAS VEGAS — The good news continued for Herman Cain Friday, as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a distant fifth place.

Cain delivered yet another barn-burner of a speech at the Arizona Republican Fundraising Dinner, October 17, 2011:

So….I hear Mr. Cain fumbled a pro-life question on Piers Morgan’s show on CNN. Big whoop. Are Cain’s pro life credentials in doubt, now? Yeah -NO.

No Need to Worry About Herman Cain’s Pro-Life Bonafides.

Herman Cain may have been tripped up once or twice by the media about his pro-life credentials, but don’t let it bother you. What other candidate has spent a million, yes a million, dollars of his own fortune to advance a pro-life agenda? Herman Cain has quite literally put his money where his mouth is, even if his message got a bit muddled thanks to interviews with people who aren’t his friends. Red State’s Leon Wolf posted a rare mea-culpa for coming down hard on Cain for being human and making a media mistake.

A LifeNews piece by Steven Ertelt from Sept. 2006 is what put Wolf to some knowledge: African American Businessman Spends 1M to Urge Blacks to Vote Pro-Life:

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With the balance of power in Congress hanging in the air, a leading African American businessman says black voters in the United States should put their historical pro-life values above political party. That means voting for pro-life candidates rather than supporting Democratic candidates across the board.

Herman Cain is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He is a political commentator and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

“More and more African Americans are pro-life,” Cain said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained. “Our message to African Americans is simple — it’s time you vote for candidates who support our values.”

Cain will underscore that message with a $1 million advertising campaign in key states and congressional districts targeting black radio programs and urban radio stations young African Americans enjoy. Some of the ads focus on abortion.

Cain clarified his position on his website: Herman Cain For President:

Cain’s View on Abortion Policy

“Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.

I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.

I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.”

Herman Cain-

Good enough for me.

And the Cain Train keeps a-rollin’.

SEE ALSO:

RS McCain: The Cain Campaign in Iowa

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Saturday Movie Matinee: All Aboard The Cain Train

PJTV:All Aboard the Cain Train: Zo Smacks Down Anderson Cooper, Romney:

CNN debate host Anderson Cooper presided over a testy GOP presidential debate that descended into a childish back and forth between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Is Herman Cain the only answer for the GOP in 2012? And what about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich?

American Crossroads: Don’t:

RebelPundit: We are the .099%, We Don’t Bathe, We Have Fleas & You Can Not Stop Us:

Lee Doren: This is How Bad Our Tax Code Is:

GBTV: Andrew Klavan on working for Beck.

Hitler reacts to CNN GOP debate in Vegas:

John Bolton: White House Removing All References To Islam In Terror Training Manuals

Hat tip: Brian B. for many of these videos

Only 37% Support The 99% According to AP Poll

Via Weasel Zippers who calls this “the feel good story of the day”:

(Politico) — Just 37 percent of Americans say they support the Occupy Wall Street movement exploding across the country, a new poll Friday shows.

Although there is not widespread backing of the protests in New York and other cities around the United States, over half — 58 percent — say they are angry about the nation’s political situation, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll. In January, 49 percent said they felt furious when they thought about U.S. politics.

Does this mean that 63% support the 1%?

WaPo Factchecker Rates Biden’s Rape and Murder Claims “Absurd” Whopper

Vice President Biden has been making headlines, this week, with his startling case that more people will be murdered or raped if Obama’s jobs bill isn’t passed. The Washington Post Factchecker, Glenn Kessler has done a thorough job dismantling Joe Biden’s repeated contention that in cities such as Flint, Mich., the murder and rape rates have soared because of fewer officers due to police force budget cuts.

Flint is certainly a violent city, ranked number one in many categories. The website of the Flint Police Department only gives data through 2008, but both the FBI and the Michigan State Police have more recent figures that are provided to them by the Flint police. The numbers are not precisely the same because of different reporting requirements, but they are roughly the same—and show a different picture than reported by Biden.

The Flint website for 2008 shows the same figures that Biden cited: 35 murders and 91 rapes.

Here’s what the FBI shows:

2008

City of Flint: 32 murders, 103 rapes

Surrounding area: 37 murders, 239 rapes

RATE PER 100,000 INHABITANTS: murder, 8.6; rape 55.5

2009

City of Flint: 36 murders, 91 rapes

Surrounding area: 44 murders, 235 rapes

RATE PER 100,000 INHABITANTS: murder, 10.3; rape, 55.1

2010

City of Flint: 53 murders, 92 rapes

Surrounding area: 58 murders, 225 rapes

RATE PER 100,000 INHABITANTS: murder, 13.8; rape 53.7

More important than the raw figures is the rate per 100,000 individuals. Murder did go up—though the rate did not double from 2009 to 2010, as Biden claimed. But rape has gone down. Biden actually asserted it had tripled.

What more, Kessler notes that Flint Public Safety Director Chief Alvern Lock, has repeatedly asserted that cuts in staffing had little effect on the crime rate.

As the Flint Journal reported in May: “Officials said the fact that 46 police officers were laid off last year had little to do with the escalating crime. Most of the crimes were between people that knew each other. ‘No matter how many officers we have, we can’t stop disputes between two people in their own homes,’ Lock said.”

Lock made a similar assertion in September, 2010, when FBI statistics were released showing violent crime in Flint had decreased in 2009. The Flint Journal reported: “A smaller police force doesn’t automatically mean more crime, said Flint police chief Alven Lock. ‘There’s been years when we had 300 officers and we still had more homicides,’ he said, referring to 1986, when he was in the homicide division and homicides hit an all-time high of 61.”

Kessler gives Biden’s claim that rape and murder rates are way up because of budget cuts four Pinocchios, (whoppers).

…the vice president should know better than to spout off half-baked facts in service of a dubious argument. Even if one believes there is a link between crime and the number of police—which is debatable and subject to many caveats—there is no excuse to make the dramatic claim that more people will die or be raped without additional funds for police. When making such a breathtaking charge, you had better have your facts straight.

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney doubled down on the stupid, when a reporter asked him about Biden’s rape and murder claims:

Carney: “It would be hard to find anyone who doesn’t believe in the equation that fewer police officers on the street has a direct effect on the crime rate.”

Flint Police Chief Lock: “No matter how many officers we have, we can’t stop disputes between two people in their own homes.”

Carney: “Are Republicans arguing that is no correlation between the number of cops on the beat, and the crime rate? That would be an interesting argument to hear. It would be a new one – a novel one…”

Flint Police Chief Lock: “A smaller police force doesn’t automatically mean more crime. ‘There’s been years when we had 300 officers and we still had more homicides”

Four Pinocchios for Carney, too.

As you may have already heard, the Senate rejected what Rush Limbaugh calls the “President’s anti-rape anti-murder bill”, last night. So all the absurd propaganda Obama and Biden have been spouting has been a colossal waste of political capital. Back to the drawing board, I guess.

For all the propping up Obama has enjoyed from the MSM, his approval numbers compared to Bush’s first three years are truly stunning, according to this Gallup tracking chart. The American people are more resilient to left-wing propaganda than than the Obama administration would like.

Comment of the Day:

Found in the most unlikely of places – HuffPo, in a seemingly unrelated piece by Diane Diamond getting the HuffPo crowd up to speed on Fast and Furious:

It’s amazing that Joe Biden is screaming that people will be raped or murdered if the republican’s don’t pass Obama’s jobs bill (even though dems also refuse to pass it) when here we have the Obama administra­tion directly responsibl­e for the murder of a border agent and countless others with almost no coverage from the press. It is very scary when the media is in the government­’s pocket and I must say that I was very pleasently surprised to see this article on the Huffington Post.

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Rasmussen Poll of Likely Caucus-Goers Has Cain Leading in Iowa

This isn’t supposed to be happening. All I’ve been hearing for the past two weeks is how “unserious” Cain is because he has no organization in Iowa, “where turnout models and organization matter more than anything.”

Republicans in the state say the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has been completely absent since the Ames Straw Poll in mid-August and while the other candidates have focused on infrastructure and identifying their supporters, Cain has not done any of the things necessary to win the caucuses.

“He’s not locking up any primary support. Polls are just a number,” said Robinson. “He needs to have identified supporters he can communicate with. He has nothing; he has no idea who his supporters are.”

Well, ha. He may not have any idea who his supporters are, but they know who he is, and that’s really all that matters, isn’t it?:

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%. Congressman Ron Paul is a distant third at 10% followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 9%, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann at 8%, and Texas Governor Rick Perry at 7%. The sixth place finish for Perry is a sharp decline from early September when Perry was the frontrunner both nationally and in Iowa. (To see survey question wording, click here).

Former Senator Rick Santorum picks up 4% of the vote and former Governor Jon Huntsman is at 2%. Another 4% would prefer some other candidate and 8% are not sure.

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The Politco: Herman Cain lands Steve Grubbs in Iowa

Herman Cain has spent minimal time in Iowa and other early states in recent months, as we’ve noted, but he has vowed to step up his efforts – and he’s sending a signal with a major hire in the Hawkeye State today.

 Cain has hired Steve Grubbs, a veteran operative and former Republican Party of Iowa chairman, to lead his state effort there.

“We tried a community organizer as president, maybe it’s time we put a CEO in the White House,” said Grubbs in a statement. “I’ve had the good fortune to work with Bob Dole, Steve Forbes and Tommy Thompson and I can honestly say that I’ve never quite seen the groundswell of excitement that I’m seeing for Herman Cain.”

Katrina Trinko, NRO: Cain: The Restaurant Years:

In 1995, Cain held a joint press conference on welfare reform with one of his current primary rivals, Newt Gingrich. Cain, representing the NRA, pledged that the group would work to help provide jobs for former welfare recipients. Also present at the press conference was a Domino’s executive: “When Herman Cain can come to Washington and say the word ‘Domino’s,’ we are clearly on the road to reconciliation,” cracked Gingrich, according to the Omaha World-Herald. It was not a one-time flirtation with the matter for Cain. In 1997, in a Birmingham News piece headlined “Pizza CEO: Restaurants Willing to Hire the Homeless,” Cain was quoted on the reality of hiring former welfare recipients. “It takes them longer than typical employees. We as companies must do all we can to help. If that means training them or whatever it takes to bridge the gap, so be it,” he said.

All American Blogger: 10 Reasons You Should Vote For Herman Cain

 

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Thursday Quick Links: Gaddafi Dead, Biden Screwed With

Cartoon via Voting American.

Breaking News, this morning via  Weasel Zippers: Report: Gaddafi Killed:

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

Fairly gruesome picture a t link.

New York Post confirms: Moammar Khadafy is dead, TNC spokesman says

SIRTE, Libya — Ousted Libyan despot Moammar Khadafy is dead, a Transitional National Council (TNC) official confirmed to Sky News on Thursday.

“Khadafy is dead. He is absolutely dead … he was shot in both legs and in the head. The body will be arriving in Misratah soon,” media spokesman Abdullah Berrassali told Sky News.

PHOTOS: MOAMMAR KHADAFY

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In other news, bold and brassy Jason Mattera gets Biden all huffy.  Hot Air has the video: Jason Mattera to Joe Biden: So you’re really going to sell this jobs bill by talking about rape, huh? 
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Peter Ferrara at The American Spectator tells us what we already know – Obama’s jobs plan is: Nothing But a Political Ploy:

Obama has answered his own question as to why the Republicans oppose his plan. As quoted in the Washington Post on October 7, the President explains: “Each time, what we’ve seen is games-playing, a preference to try to score political points rather than actually get something done.” The Posthelpfully elaborated on the President’s message as, “while he has worked to improve the economy, the Republican opposition has chosen a strategy focused on denying him a second term rather than putting the country back to work.”

Note that Reagan never accused his Congressional opponents of opposing him in bad faith, rather than over disagreements of principle. But that accusation of bad faith opposition from the Republicans is the centerpiece of Obama’s desperate campaign now to avoid fatal political responsibility for the increasingly 1930s style results of Obamanomics. Instead of supporting what will work to get the country back to work, it is Obama who is pursuing a political strategy to blame the Republicans for the bad economy if they don’t support yet another warmed over version of his repeatedly failed, braindead, Keynesian economics, which the voters elected them to stop in 2010.

If Obama cannot understand the economic reasons why Republicans must oppose his wasteful and ineffective jobs plan, then he doesn’t have the smarts to lead the country after all, and all he could do to help end the misery is resign. And if Obama is just playacting that he cannot understand any reason for opposing his jobs plan other than political bad faith, then he should be asked to resign for that disgraceful political manipulation in the midst of this dramatic national crisis.

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Yet Obama’s Dem enablers continue to aid him in his weapons grade, scorched earth stupidity:

Michelle Malkin: The EduJobs III Bailout; Update – Harry Reid: Who cares about private sector jobs?

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you are paying attention. Democrats in Washington are turning up the heat on the GOP as they push for quick passage of the “mini” $35 billion union jobs bailout. True to Alinsky form, Team Obama is spinning more emo-narratives centered on saving teachers from layoffs. At a Save the Teachers and Children! press conference yesterday, Senate Dems poured it on thick for their Big Labor pals. So did Joe Biden, who schmoozed it up with a class of fourth graders before turning on the fear-mongering spigot. Ignoring the billions in taxpayer dollars that he’s redistributed to the National Education Association’s pet causes over the last three years, the campaigner-in-chief took to the classroom to bemoan that “We have a tendency to say great things about how important education is in the abstract, but we don’t always put our money where our mouth is.”

As I spotlighted last week, President Obama’s marquee jobless teacher/poster boy for the union jobs bailout is a Boston educator who is NOT jobless. And all the little lies serve the larger Obama fraud of endless Keynesian intervention as a “cure” — which I’ve hit on again in my new column this week.

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Pure brilliance from Ann Coulter at RWN: Occupy Wall Street (Hearts) Wall Street:

Last week, the great minds of the OWS movement, bored with playing bocce ball and getting stoned, decided to protest at the homes of Wall Street’s robber barons. They then proceeded to walk right past George Soros’ apartment building in order to protest at the homes of Rupert Murdoch and David Koch.

THEY’RE NOT WALL STREET!

You may not like Koch and Murdoch’s products — fertilizer and media — but neither one has anything to do with Wall Street. Unlike money manipulators such as John Corzine (Democrat), Robert Rubin (Democrat) and George Soros (Democrat and Obama’s biggest supporter), Koch and Murdoch make money from corporations that actually produce something.

They take risks, make things and get menaced by the government. Wall Street schemers take no risks, produce nothing and get bailed out by the government.

Even assuming, for purposes of argument, that Koch and Murdoch are as evil as these morons seems to think, the protesters call their demonstration “Occupy Wall Street,” not “Occupy Businesses Whose Products We Disapprove Of.”

This would be like protesting the Holocaust by walking past Adolf Hitler’s house and protesting at O.J. Simpson’s house.

The Flea Partiers try to win good will by pretending to protest “Wall Street” — but they ignore Wall Street’s villains. They claim to speak for 99 percent of Americans, but their sponsor, George Soros, would be delighted if America collapsed and the 99 percent were impoverished. All he cares about is his own power and pocketbook.

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Yid With Lid: The Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Origins Of Occupy Wall Street Are Ignored By The Media:


Over the past month there have been many comparisons between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Here is one comparison that the Mainstream Media will not make.  The MSM worked very hard to brand the Tea Party Movement as Racist, but it wasn’t. They are working just as hard to ignore the blatant Antisemitism and libelous demonization of Israel coming out of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and they are.

It is not just a few nuts within the Occupy Wall Street Movement who are bashing Israel and Jews, it is the leadership and founders, yet our President and the rest of the Democratic Party are practically tripping over their underwear in a rush to embrace these haters.

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Kind of touching YouTube video: Robert Downey Jr asks forgiveness for Mel Gibson.

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Gateway Pundit: Finally… Republicans Confront Obama Administration on Junk Science Misconduct:

The GOP lawmakers highlighted the scoldinga federal judge gave the Fish and Wildlife Service last month over testimony in defense of a plan to protect a tiny fish called delta smelt by diverting water in California away from farmland.GOP reps confronted the Obama Administraion over their junk science misconduct in an official letter.

FOX News
reported:

Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration’s science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of “scientific misconduct” among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered species to nuclear waste are using “sound science.”

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This is so depressing and vile, yet oh-so predictable. I’m too disgusted to comment further –

John Nolte, Big Journalism: Herman Cain Accused of ‘Minstrelsy’ in New York Times:

In one of the most cruel and vicious personal attacks you’ll ever read, today’s New York Times pretends to wring its oh-so sensitive hands over the following – while their true agenda is much more insidious:

It is safe to say that no other Republican on the campaign trail this year — or ever — has begun a speech with the phrase “Awww, shucky ducky!” the way Herman Cain did[.] …

Few candidates compare themselves to a flavor of ice cream, but Mr. Cain is intent on letting people know that he is like “Häagen-Dazs black walnut,” the point being that he is certainly not a flavor of the week because it “tastes good all the time.”

Mr. Cain, who is black, has a penchant for gold ties because, as he explains with flirtatious flair, “that color happens to look good against this beautiful dark skin.”  …

He has no qualms, for instance, about playing off black clichés: should he become president, his Secret Service codename should be “Cornbread,” he wrote in his memoir[.]

I love how the typically humorless NYTs columnist drones without irony, “Cain, who is black”….I’d laugh if the whole purpose of the tedious handwringing  wasn’t to actually to push a highly toxic narrative:

Here’s what Politico and the New York Times are really up to…

The rise of Herman Cain means that if the MSM is going to hold tight to negative narratives regarding conservatives, (and especially the tea party) that they’ve spent years crafting and are counting on to help re-elect Barack Obama, they must do two things:

1. Toxify Herman Cain in the Black community in the same way they toxified Justice Clarence Thomas. Obama’s Media Palace Guards have to strip Cain of his identity as a Black American and tag him as a sell-out. Otherwise, he could become a magnet to other Blacks and that would literally be the end of the Democrat Party.

2. Keep alive the idea that conservatives and especially tea partiers are racist by portraying Cain as the kind of “minstrelsly,” sell out white racists are willing to accept.

If Cain were a liberal Democrat these exact same jokes and folksy sayings of his would be portrayed by the race-baiters at the New York Times and Politico as a Black man proudly holding on to his identity, culture, heritage, and background — which, obviously, is exactly what it is. But to portray Cain in that manner, as a Black Republican comfortable with who he is among conservatives, won’t further the two goals listed above. In fact, reporting the truth would have the exact opposite effect. So the narrative simply cannot be allowed to become “Tea Party Republicans accept Black man in their fold.” Because that kind of narrative is an existential threat to all things Leftist. The Left’s allies at the New York Times and Politico know this and, as we see here, are taking the mercenary action necessary to try and snuff this threat. And so they will twist this truth into something unabashedly cruel — into a minstrel show.

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Sigh… stop trying to please the left, Mr. Cain – it will get you into trouble every time.

Life News: Cain: Government Shouldn’t Make Decision on Abortion, Rape:

With video.

Former Senator Rick Santorum responded to Cain’s remarks by issuing a statement saying Cain is not fully pro-life:

“Herman Cain said that he believes life begins at conception, but that it’s up to the individual to decide whether or not to terminate that life. And I find it gravely troubling that Herman believes it’s a life, but that he doesn’t consider it a life worth fighting for. As the author of the partial birth abortion ban and other pro-life pieces of legislation, this is the exact mentality myself and other true pro-life advocates fought against. In fact, Herman’s pro-choice position is similar to those held by John Kerry, Barack Obama and many others on the liberal left. No, Herman, it is not ‘whatever they decide,’this is an innocent human life.  It is unconscionable for Herman to run for the nomination of the Party that stands in defense of Life while showing disregard for the sanctity of Life.  You cannot be both personally against abortion while condoning it – you can’t have it both ways.  We must defend the defenseless, period.”

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