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Thank Your Nearest Democrat: Your Bank is About to Jack Up Your Debit Card Fee

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

It’s really remarkable, that two of the people involved in the housing collapse were even allowed to author a law that deals with the economic collapsed that followed. Dodd-Frank bears the name of former Sen. Chris Dodd, who benefited from a sweetheart mortgage deal, and Rep. Barney Frank, who did everything he could to prevent any reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they were going down, taking the housing market with them. But that’s where we are, and we’re about to pay for it:

Bank of America customers with basic checking accounts will be hit with a $5 monthly fee in order to use a debit card for purchases, the bank announced Thursday.

Banks and card companies have been aggressively establishing and raising fees in recent weeks as banks plan for new rules taking effect Saturday that limit the amount they can charge retailers for each debit card purchase.

JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo are testing $3 fees for debit cards in select areas, and Citibank recently announced it is raising its fees for checking accounts. Janney Montgomery Scott analyst Thomas McCrohan said last week that Visa and MasterCard, the top two debit card companies, may increase drastically increase fees on small purchases to offset the losses.

“The economics of offering a debit card have changed with recent regulations, and we’ve decided to introduce a monthly fee for customers who use their debit cards for purchases,” Anne Pace, a spokeswoman for Bank of America, told Bloomberg News.

Fees will be assessed starting in January and clients with premium accounts will not be affected, Pace said. Customers who use their debit card solely to receive cash at ATMs will not be charged.

For what it’s worth, and for some people $60 a year to handle their own money is quite a bit, 12 Senate Republicans helped pass this foul law. They are:

Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
Richard Lugar, R-Ind.
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
David Vitter, R-La.
Scott Brown, R-Mass.
Susan Collins, R-Maine
Olympia Snowe, R-Maine
Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Lindsay Graham, R-S.C.
John Barasso, R-Wyo.
Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

The usual moderate suspects, pretty much. This is what we get from Republicans who prize “reaching across the aisle.”

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Texas Senate Primary: Citizens United Picks a Candidate, Another Gets Caught in a Flip

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Citizens United is backing Ted Cruz to become Texas’ next senator.

“Ted Cruz will be a conservative force in the United States Senate,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United.  “Ted is a rising star in the conservative movement, and he will be a key player in repealing the disastrous liberal policies brought forth by President Barack Obama.  I have full confidence that Ted Cruz is the true conservative in the race and will represent the great state of Texas with honor in the United States Senate.  Texas deserves another conservative Senator.”

So that’s good news for Cruz. There’s also bad news for one of his opponents, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and it concerns a topic that has been in the headlines of late: in-state tuition for illegal aliens.

Ex-TX Solicitor Gen. Ted Cruz (R) “painted” LG David Dewhurst’s (R) break with Gov. Rick Perry (R) over a law that makes some illegal immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition as another flip-flop. Cruz, in a statement: “This is another Republican primary year conversion by David Dewhurst. He was for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants before he was against it. The next Senator from Texas needs to be a strong conservative who knows what he believes. I strongly oppose in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and categorically oppose amnesty or preferential treatment for illegal immigrants” (Hotline reporting, 9/28).

Austin American-Statesman’s Embry writes, “It’s worth noting” that state Sen. Brian Birdwell (R) “filed a bill to repeal that in-state tuition law just this year” in the state Senate, where Dewhurst is the presiding office. The bill “was referred” to the Higher Education Cmte. “It was heard but never emerged” from that cmte.

Also, in 2005, with Dewhurst as the presiding officer of the state Senate for the session, the state Legislature passed a bill “which clarified a number of issues related to who should be considered a state resident for the purposes of in-state tuition. Among the provisions clarified by the bill was the one allowing in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants” — provided that the student had been in TX for three years and declared an intent to apply for permanent residency in the U.S. The state Senate passed that bill 29-0. “In other words,” the state Senate “had a clear opportunity to change the law while Dewhurst” was LG and it chose not to (9/27).

Lots going on in all that. Birdwell is a genuine 9-11 hero; he was at the Pentagon that day and suffered severe burns. He has become a standout conservative in the Texas Senate. As Lt. Gov., Dewhurst presides over the state Senate and is constitutionally the most powerful officer in the state (Gov. Perry has become the state’s most powerful governor largely by getting all 29 elected statewide officers to work from the same page, and by helping build and empower the Texas GOP from the grassroots up). Dewhurst’s change of position does seem to constitute a flip, but, er, at least it’s a flip in the right direction…

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Video: Perry on the Texas Economy, and the Federal Government’s Failure to Secure the Border

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Texas Gov. Rick Perry took to CNBC to talk economics and the border.

On economics, Perry says that Fed chairman Ben Bernanke shouldn’t use bad monetary policy to cover for bad public policy. Perry also explained the reasons for Texas’ strong job growth despite the recession. It’s a set of principles that you can put on a postcard: Keep taxes low, keep the regulatory environment fair and predictable, reform the tort system to prevent over-suing that drives business out of business, and then get the government out of the way. Unlike most of the country, Texas has officially exited the great recession. Last in, first out. That’s not an accident.

On illegal immigration, Perry puts the blame where it should be: On the federal government, for failing to secure the border. States have been forced to find ways to deal both with the insecurity and with the people who are already in the country but shouldn’t be. Perry’s isn’t a call for “comprehensive immigration reform,” but for security first. He supported a bill to crack down on Texas’ sanctuary cities in the 2011 legislative session. As Tina Korbe at Hot Air says:

Perry’s three pillars for a secure border: Strategic fencing in metropolitan areas, more boots on the ground and aviation assets to assist border patrol agents.

“We need to have an immigration policy that’s thoughtful,” Perry said. ”We’re a rule of law country. We’ve got to have a secure border so that we know who’s coming in and we’re making the right decisions about who should come in and when they should come in and how long they should stay.”

Then, in a subject-concluding statement that sounded anything but weak, Perry promised to secure the border and “end illegal immigration” if elected president.

Watch the interview to see Perry hammer Obama’s economic record, promise to repeal ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank, and stop the EPA’s assault on the US economy.

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An Economic Thought Experiment

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Suppose you’re the president and the economy is in terrible shape. The national debt has soared to the point that it endangers the nation’s future. Suppose further that skyrocketing fuel prices are leading to inflation that eats up family budgets, leading to less economic activity. This weakens the economy, and with it, your prospects for re-election.

You’re the president. That doesn’t mean you have unlimited power, but you do have a great deal of power. You can’t overcome the global economic forces that are contributing to rising fuel prices, but you’re not powerless. You can marshal the federal bureaucracy to take action, and you can use the bully pulpit to signal the markets one way or another.

You can embrace proven energy sources, free them up and spur job growth without spending a federal dime, and bring down inflation and unemployment a notch. You can encourage expansion of the domestic energy sources that we know we have. That will help your re-election cause, and help the country at the same time.

Or you can loan federal money we don’t have to unproven energy sources, lose that money, and make no difference at all on the larger economic picture. You can marshal the federal bureaucracy and use it to force energy producers to shut off proven energy sources, lay workers off, and drive energy prices higher. You can demonize proven energy sources and promote alternatives that won’t be ready to supply the nation’s needs for decades, if ever. None of this helps your re-election or the economy, at all.

What do you do?

We know which choice President Obama has made. What we don’t fully know, is why?

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‘We refer your question to the Democratic National Committee.’

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

That’s the response that the Daily Caller got to questions concerning huge Obama administration loans to green companies that have donated to the president’s campaign.

A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.

And as questions swirl around possible connections between political donations and these preferential financing arrangements, the Obama White House suddenly began deflecting The Daily Caller’s questions on Wednesday to the Democratic National Committee.

Asked Wednesday to comment on the connection between large Democratic donors and Obama administration loan guarantees to the companies they represent, the White House responded to TheDC with a single sentence: “We refer your question to the Democratic National Committee.”

One of the companies has ties to George Kaiser, the Dem donor who is also tied to Solyndra. One of the companies is connected to Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law. Should questions about that be referred to the DNC too? The way things are going, the questions will eventually be referred to a special prosecutor. But probably not before Steve Chu finds himself under the bus.

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Bev Perdue: I Was Only Being ‘Sarcastic’

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

We’re now by my count on our third excuse for Bev Perdue expressing her wish for cancelling next year’s congressional elections. Excuse #1 was that it was “hyperbole,” which her comms staff condescendingly defined for everyone on her facebook page. That didn’t fly, so excuse #2 was that it was a “joke.” That excuse came from the media as it attempted to spin the undemocratic Democrat’s way out of the mess. That crashed, which brings us to excuse #3.

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has long had a reputation for shoot-from-the-hip remarks that leave her audiences shaking their heads, part of her folksy, I’m-just-a -coal-miner’s-daughter persona.

But none of her previous comments hit a political nerve like her startling suggestion this week that Congress suspend its elections next year to concentrate on fixing the economy.

In the connected digital age, her remarks – made in response to an audience question at the Cary Rotary Club and reported online by The News & Observer – leaped across the Internet and were soon the subject of a provocative headline on the Drudge Report, scathing commentary by Rush Limbaugh, and dark warnings in the blogosphere by the conspiratorial minded of the coming of a “Banana Republic.”

On Wednesday, Perdue continued to try to walk back her comments, which her staff initially described on Tuesday as hyperbole.

“My point was one of sarcasm,” Perdue told reporters in Thomasville. “We really just need to encourage our leaders who are elected to work together and solve America’s problems.”

She added: “It was taken out of context from my perspective. But honest to goodness, who would think something like that would be said seriously. It’s ridiculous to have this kind of discussion about it.”

Tell that to former Obama adviser Peter Orszag, who while he didn’t go as far as Perdue, has written of his hope to make our republic less democratic so that the country can get things done. That’s a difference with Perdue in degree but not in purpose.

Of secondary interest is how the media is treating Perdue now. Yesterday it made up an excuse for her. Today, it’s throwing her under the bus by suggesting that she’s a loose cannon.

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has long had a reputation for shoot-from-the-hip remarks that leave her audiences shaking their heads…
For Perdue this was not her first gaffe. In fact, it was not even her first gaffe that day. Earlier on Tuesday, at an appearance in Raleigh, she referred several times to Raleigh Denim co-founder Victor Lytvinenko as “David.”

Now that she’s a dummy and a liability, it’s time to bring up her older gaffes.

When Perdue is off script, it is often an adventure. While visiting SAS’s solar farm in Cary where sheep graze, she commented to co-founder John Sall: “If we only had that ram, John, we could mate and have fun.”

Or while appearing at a state employees health fare, Perdue talked about her decision to give up smoking cigarettes and eating a bag of Doritos at the end of each week when she thought she was having a stroke.

“My head popped open, and I said, ‘Dear God, if you let me live, I’ll quit.’ And I quit. I didn’t quit for me. I quit because I thought about my kids not having momma or a daddy.”

Or there was the time, when a television cameraman, offered a lascivious “All Right,” after Perdue said she would “undress” from the TV microphone that was clipped to her jacket. ” I’m an old woman,” Perdue said. “You are a pervert.”

She has publicly acknowledged in speeches – as she is about to go off script – that her staff has urged her to stay on script. And she runs through communications staff like water – David Kochman, Tim Crowley, Justin Guillory, Pearse Edwards and Chrissy Pearson are all former communications staffers no longer on the governor’s staff.

Heh. See, she’s just a harmless, crazy old bat, think nothing of it when she blurts out the end of democracy.

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Chavez is Reported to be Very Sick

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Dan Miller

According to reports by the the London Telegraph and Fox News Latino, el Presidente Chávez was rushed to a military hospital in Caracas with kidney failure yesterday. The Fox report cites el Neuvo Herald in Miami as a source, noting

Sources, “who spoke on the condition of anonymity,” said the President was in “bad shape” as he was escorted by his own security team from the presidential palace to the Hospital, according to the Miami newspaper.

Another person from the Military Hospital said Chávez was showing signs of kidney failure after an intense cycle of chemotherapy. The source said the president had shown signs of aplastic anemia – the disappearance for blood production in the bone marrow.

Doctors are now considering the possibility of transferring him to the private Hospital Clinicas Caracas, where he could be better treated for renal problems, according to those close to the situation.

The Venezuelan President’s health is considered a state secret which is only fueling speculation about his recovery since he first underwent surgery in Cuba in June to remove a tumor from his pelvic region.

The Chávez administration, as usual, denied the reports.

Meanwhile Andrés Izarra, Venezuela’s Communication Minister, responded to the El Nuevo Herald report via his own Twitter account IzarraDeVerdad.

“We should admit the journalists from El Nuevo Herald in a madhouse,” Izarra said in a commentary.

On Monday, Chávez attempted to squash rumors by speaking over the phone with a Venezuelan television station, claiming that the opposition is trying to use his illness to gain political advantage. The President said the opposition is under the advisory of “gringos and other Venezuelans” who are spreading the false rumor that he is in grave condition and that he left to Cuba.

Despite these statements, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roger Noriega, is unconvinced citing his own sources within Venezuela that the President is in serious condition and “not improving like his doctors had hoped,” according to El Nuevo Herald.

“This means we should start to think, and we should prepare for a world without Hugo Chávez,” he said.

Rumors about Chávez’ health have been rampant. Many have turned out to be accurate, many less so.  Still, these reports deserve, at least for the moment, some credibility.

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Janeane Garafalo: Supporting Herman Cain is Evidence of…Racism

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

You literally can’t win with some liberals. Oppose Barack Obama on the basis of his destructive policies, and you’re raaacist. Support Herman Cain for any reason, and you’re still a raaaacist. Why, it’s almost as if some people are just waiting to throw down the race card at every imaginable opportunity.

Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same.

“People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity say you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.’”

Wait — isn’t that attitude what propelled Obama through the Democratic primary?

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NY Mayor Bloomberg Loses the Plot

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

It’s time to retire, Mayor Mike.

Speaking on the government’s role in diet and health last week, Bloomberg told the UN General Assembly, “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”

Somehow, pushing healthy food escaped the notice of our Founding Fathers.

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As We Return to the Dark Ages …

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Once again the ineffable Chris Muir over at Day by Day skewers the administration …

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Media Marxist Outfit Free Press’s Net Neutrality Lawsuit Wins Them ‘Most Out of Touch Award’

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - by Seton Motley

Less Government President and StopNetRegulation.org Editor in Chief Seton Motley issued the following statement in response to Media Marxist outfit Free Press’s lawsuit – which absurdly claims the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Network Neutrality Internet power grab is…not authoritarian enough.

“Has Free Press not been paying attention to the political discourse – and the sea change political movement – in this country these past three years?  Americans are in overwhelming, historic numbers demanding less taxes and less regulation.  They want less of everything from government – except accountability, of which they want much more.

“So who’s more tone deaf and out of touch than the Obama Administration’s FCC – which illegally seized control of the Internet so as to then impose in unauthorized fashion Network Neutrality?  That would be Free Press, which sues to contest the power grab claiming – it wasn’t power grabby enough.

“Throw in the fact that Free Press’s first bout of Net Neutrality litigious inanity was laughed out of the D.C. Circuit Court – while the judges were unanimously throwing out the FCC’s first attempt to illegally impose it – and you have our ‘Most Out of Touch Award’ winner.

“This once and for all proves that Free Press is not a ‘public interest’ group.  They are not a ‘consumer interest’ group.  They are a government interest group.  They serve only the interest of Huge Government.

“The public has time and again demonstrated that they are not at all interested in Free Press’ Huge Government policies.  With this ridiculous lawsuit, Free Press has yet again demonstrated they are not at all interested in what the public wants.  They are only interested in what they want – which is illegal, authoritarian, out-of-control Huge Government.”

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Iran’s Secret War

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by The Tatler

Disturbing post at Big Peace that deserves more attention:

At a time when Senator Lindsey Graham, Admiral Mike Mullen, and many others see the reality of Pakistan’s involvement in aiding enemies like the Haqqani network, very few accept or comprehend the magnitude which Iran plays into this mix supporting Pakistan’s ISI. Yes, Iran supports Pakistan’s ISI and yes, Iranian agents have been known to operate in the region.

Iran has also been a major contributor to the ongoing violence in Iraq. In fact, a great majority of the weapons used against U.S. forces comes directly out of Iran. The Shiite nation patiently awaits the departure of U.S. forces so it can eventually take over.

Not only does Iran support the ISI and patiently awaits U.S. withdrawals in Iraq, they have also supported numerous Shiite and non-Shiite terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Since the release of the 9-11 Commission Report, U.S. policy makers have understood Iran’s involvement with terrorism yet very few politicians have been willing to deal with the threat they pose.

Now, Palestinians seek statehood. The Palestinian people have constantly engaged in terrorist activities against Israel and the great majority of their operations have been directly tied to Iran. If the Palestinians get their wish, they will be the little child of Iran.

We can worry about Iran’s nuclear endeavors all we want. The real threat posed by the Shiite terror sponsoring regime stems from its current activities of proxy warfare throughout the Middle East. President Obama, or a newly elected American President, will be forced to deal with Iran. Sanctions will not marginalize Iranian activities so the real question must be asked—how will any American President deal with Iran?

Read the whole thing.

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Popular Bumper Sticker Sold at GOP Event

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Myra Adams

 

REPUBLICAN WOMEN……

LIKE MEN!

Yes, I bought it, but I am too afraid to put it on my car.

Instead, it now hangs on a wall in my office where it shall remain.

 

 

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Nasrallah’s Happy Jewish New Year

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Roger L Simon
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L’Shana Tova – Happy New Year

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Roger L Simon
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This Dinner (Campaign Email Title from Michelle Obama)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Myra Adams

Friend –
Not everyone knows how to prepare for a dinner like this. As someone who’s eaten countless meals with my husband, I want to tell you the one thing to do if you’re selected to join him…

Just relax. Barack wants this dinner to be fun, and he really loves getting to know supporters like you.

I hope you’ll take him up on it before Friday’s deadline.

Will you donate just $3 today and be entered to have dinner with Barack?

These dinners mean a lot to Barack. They’re a chance for him to talk with a few of the people who are driving the campaign — and a chance for him to say thank you.

So come prepared to tell your story, and say whatever’s on your mind.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be there. Donate $3 or more today, before the September 30th deadline:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Dinner

Thanks,
Michelle

Does anyone besides me think emails like this cheapen the Office of the Presidency? Can you imagine the outcry and media bashing that President George W. Bush would have received if First Lady Laura Bush had sent an email like this in 2003?

 

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Fox Poll: Romney Leads, Cain Jumps into the Top Three

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

The latter part of the headline is the real news here. Herman Cain has replaced Michele Bachmann in the top tier of GOP candidates.

Three September debates have shaken-up the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Herman Cain has jumped into the top tier. Rick Perry’s stumbled. Mitt Romneys holding steady.

And Michele Bachmann is hitting bottom. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

The new poll found Cain’s support has nearly tripled among GOP primary voters to 17 percent.

That’s up from 6 percent before this month’s debates, and puts him in what is essentially a three-way tie with Perry and Romney.

Cain has benefited not only from his debate performances, but also significant media attention after winning the Florida Republican Party’s straw poll on Saturday.

Perry now garners 19 percent, a drop of 10 percentage points from a month ago. That puts Romney back in the top spot with the support of 23 percent. Last month Romney was at 22 percent.

Newt Gingrich recovered some ground and now stands at 11 percent. Ron Paul receives the backing of 6 percent now compared to 8 percent before the September debates.

Bachmann registers 3 percent support, down from 8 percent in late August and a high of 15 percent in July.

So it stacks up like this: Romney 24, Perry 19, Cain 17. Cain has clearly benefited from his own debate performances and from Michele Bachmann’s vaccination flameout. She had one great debate performance but followed that up by wandering into the weeds. Cain has been good to great in all of them. Perry has stumbled, while Romney just hasn’t had anything deflect him from his Cylon-like plan.

Cain can also probably thank his lack of a record in office for part of his jump: While both Romney and Perry have had to defend a few things in their records, and those defenses have gotten them both engaged in attacking each other, Cain hasn’t held office and therefore has nothing to defend. His biography is amazing, so he has nothing to defend there either. Unlike the others in the top trio, Cain also hasn’t spent any time attacking fellow Republicans. He has trained all of his fire on President Obama, and that is working for him.

It seems that in the short term, any movement we see will depend on what Perry and Cain do going forward. Romney is what he is and won’t deviate much from his plan. He benefits from the weaknesses and missteps of the others. Cain has gotten voters’ attention again and needs to, first, generate money from all the positive attention he’s getting to keep his campaign alive and then, second, start locking in real support. Perry needs to improve his debate performances, do more of these one-on-ones to get his own message out there in his own words, and redirect so that he is seen firing on Obama again. Lead, and the primary voters are likely to follow.

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Great News: Obama Dept. of Energy Rushed Out Another Billion in Loan Guarantees to Solar Companies

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

The Obama admin rushed out money to Solyndra to take advantage of photo-ops. We know how that worked out. But the administration does not appear to have learned anything from the experience.

The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized more than $1 billion in loan guarantees for two separate solar energy projects.

The decision comes several weeks after Solyndra, a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009, filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers, setting off a firestorm in Washington.

It also comes about two days before the money would have dried up, on Oct. 1.

DOE announced a $737 million loan guarantee to help finance construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt solar-power-generating facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored by Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve.

The Energy Department said the project will result in 600 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs.

More at the link. Solyndra was supposed to get us 1,100 jobs, which it did — for a while. Now those laid off workers are filing for more federal money to get re-trained. How long will these billion dollar jobs last?

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Iran on the Attack

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Michael Ledeen

So says one of their top strategists, as reported by the indispensable Potkin Azarmehr.  Hassan Azdaghi lays it out in words clear enough for even Joe Biden to understand:

This America and the West, they go and bomb, loot and occupy any where they like and even officially say we came and we will come again too. Yet if we say quietly, we provide moral support for our brothers in Iraq and Palestine, they say ‘you shouldn’t, you are terrorists’. No, we should provide explicit support, you explicitly say you come to occupy and we should explicitly say and we are here to confront your occupation, we have a religious duty. The Islamic revolution of Iran is the mother of all Islamic revolutions, and Iran is the second home of all the Jihadi combatants around the world.

And so, the Iranians are going “operational” in our part of the world:

We have to prepare for a global battle, our intelligence units, operation units and subversion units [laughs] have to be prepared…to go and fight in Latin America, go to East of Asia and fight, go to Middle Asia and liberate their Muslim brothers, go to the heart of Europe, just like when our units set foot in Lebanon, the situation n Lebanon and Palestine changed. When they went to Bosnia, the situation in Bosnia and the Balkans changed, until then Muslims in Bosnia kept getting hit, its only when the message of our martyrs and the style of our Jihad went to Bosnia that the situation in Bosnia changed.

I don’t suppose you remember the Balkans, when some of us were pointing to Iranian involvement, only to be told we were nuts.  Well, it seems at least one high-ranking Iranian official has now confesssed.

And wants more.

 

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Obama, Our Post Post-Racial President

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Larry Purdy

With his usual brilliance, Victor Davis Hanson has spoken the cold hard truth in his most recent article, “Obama’s Racial Crisis: Our post-racial president has set race relations back decades.”

It undeniably is the case that cries of “racism”– once a deadly serious charge — no longer register to the vast majority of our countrymen.  And for good reason.  One of the saddest examples was listening to the recent CNN interview where the ‘generally beloved’ and respected actor Morgan Freeman leveled an objectively false claim of “racism” against millions of decent ‘Tea Party’ Americans who simply object to the destructive political policies — as opposed to the skin color — of this president.  Like Mr. Freeman’s uncharitable words, the multitudinous cries of “racism” emanating from the left are now falling on more discerning (and by now quite properly deaf) ears.  Sadly, that is a dangerous thing because real racism is a terrible scourge whenever and wherever it raises its ugly head.  It is something all good men should fight against.  But to Obama and his ilk, “racism” and “racist” have become nothing more than empty (though once-explosive) perjoratives that are now being wildly and cynically employed to slander his political opponents.  For all his supposed brilliance, Obama apparently never learned the simple lesson from “Peter and the Wolf” (the latter probably being forbidden reading these days due to objections raised from the PETA crowd).

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Perry: ‘Heartless’ Comment on Texas DREAM Act was ‘Inappropriate’

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tells NewsMax that his “heartless” comment regarding in-state tuition was “inappropriate.”

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PERRY: I probably chose a poor word to explain that, to people who don’t want their state to be giving tuition to illegal aliens, illegal immigrants in this country. That’s their call and I respect that. And I was probably a bit over-passionate by using that word and it was inappropriate.

Perry adds that, as a border state governor, no one else has had to deal with border security more than he has. He says states are forced into acting to deal with illegal aliens because the federal government has failed to do it. He pledges that as president, he would secure the border with a combination of personnel, aviation assets, fencing and surveillance.

States are forced by the Supreme Court to provide K-12 education for illegal aliens, which factors into state-level legislation like the Texas DREAM Act.

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Al Gore Still Thinks It’s Fun To Pretend

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Stephen Kruiser

The science is settled. As long as you can keep faking the evidence, that is. Al Gore’s latest attempt to lull everyone into a coma so that he could seem credible, the Climate Reality Project, was a 24 hour Internet broadcast which claims to have had millions of viewers. Well, millions of people also get high every night in front of their computers too. Happy accident?

The Climate Reality Project’s website features a condescending video called Climate Change 101 which is suppose to prove that skeptics are idiots because they don’t understand high school physics. After careful examination, however, it would appear that Team Gore is up to its old tricks. Of course, this isn’t unusual for a man who received both an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize for just sort of winging it through An Inconvenient Truth.

One would think that the man who invented the Internet would be smart enough to know that there are millions of people out there who can spot doctored video…

(h/t The Telegraph UK)

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Jewish Population of Israel: Happy Rosh Hashana

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Clarice Feldman

What greater way to show optimism for the future than to choose to have children? Israelis apparently are optimistic as latest statistics show:

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics publishes the count for the New Year.

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics publishes the count for the New Year. Israel’s population stands at 7,797,400. That includes 5,874,300 Jews, 1,600,100 Arabs and about 323,000 defined as others. For some perspective, upon independence in 1948, there were 650,000 Jews in Israel. Today there are more Jews in Israel than there are Danes in Denmark, Norwegians in Norway, Finns in Finland, and Irish in Ireland.”In 2010, the Jewish woman had an average of 2.97 children, the highest number since 1977.”
h/t:Martin Kramer robert Leiber

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Letterman Responds to Chris Christie Boomlet with a Bunch of Fat Jokes

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

I haven’t watched David Letterman since he made sex jokes about Sarah Palin’s daughter. He has gone from being an edgy wit to being a sleaze, and judging by this clip, a lazy sleaze. His response to the possibility of Chris Christie running for president is to reel off ten straight weak fat jokes. To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, this doesn’t so much offend me as a conservative as it offends me as a writer.

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Raising Cain: Rasmussen Has Herman Within Five Points of Obama

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Stunning.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that Obama earns 39% support while Cain attracts 34%. In that match-up, 14% prefer some other candidate, and 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A month ago,  the president led Cain by seven percentage points. In March  Obama held an 18 point advantage over the businessman and talk show host.

Data released earlier today shows that voters nationwide are evenly divided as to whether or not Cain is qualified to be president  — 30% say yes, 33% no, and 37% are not sure. Republicans, by a 49% to 17% margin believe he is qualified while most Democrats disagree. Among Republicans, Cain’s numbers on this question are similar to Rick Perry’s but not as strong as Mitt Romney’s.

This says a lot about Cain’s steady debate performances, in which he has exclusively focused on attacking Obama but not his fellow Republicans, but it says even more about the president’s weakness as the incumbent. Obama’s economic chickens are coming home to roost. Cain’s name recognition is nowhere near that of the president (or most of the other GOP contenders), yet he’s becoming a viable presidential contender in no small part just by being so much more relevant and credible than the current president. As I’ve said before, the race is shaping up to be one in which the GOP nominee will have the presidency to lose.

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Israeli Foreign Ministry Reports that Al Jazeera’s Man in Afghanistan was Hamas Operative

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Clarice Feldman

Here’s the release:

Conviction of Al Jazeera Afghanistan Bureau Chief Samer Allawi
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)

Samer Farik Muhammad Allawi, born in 1966, from Sebastia (West Bank), who resides in Pakistan and serves as Al Jazeera’s Afghanistan bureau chief, was arrested on 9.8.11 at the Allenby Crossing, on suspicion of involvement in Hamas activities.

During his investigation by the Israel Security Agency, Allawi admitted that was recruited in 1993, while in Pakistan, to Hamas.  Until 2004, he served there as a member of the “Supreme Palestine Committee”, which supervises and directs Hamas institutions.  He also collected donations for Hamas-affiliated organizations such as “Al-Aqsa Association” and the “Palestinian Information and MediaCenter.”

In the framework of his activities for the SPC, Allawi went to Syria in 2001 and 2003 in order to report on his activities to Musa Abu Marzook, deputy to Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Khaled Mashal.  In 2004, Mashal asked Allawi to work for him.  During his meetings in Syria, it was proposed that Allawi serve as Hamas’s representative in Iran but he declined.

Allawi also admitted that in 2000, during a meeting with a Hamas operative in Dubai, he agreed to carry out military or organizational activity for Hamas.  He even proposed, on his own initiative, to work to aid Hamas in advancing its goals by utilizing his position as a journalist with Al Jazeera.

In 2006, Allawi met with Hamas operatives in Qatar, who served as Al Jazeera correspondents, and agreed with them that they would exploit their work with Al Jazeera in order to strengthen Hamas by – inter alia – criticizing American operations in Afghanistan and expressing support for the Palestinian “resistance.”

In 2010, during an additional meeting with Hamas operatives in Qatar, Allawi was asked to work to strengthen public opinion in support of Hamas and the Palestinian struggle by – inter alia – criticizing American activities.

Allawi’s investigation shows that Al Jazeera is exploited by Hamas, which makes use its journalists in order to advance its goals.

Allawi’s involvement in military activity in Afghanistan, between 1988-1992, also came up during his investigation.  In the framework of the mujahedeen, he participated (in 1988) in an initiated raid by rebel forces on Afghan government forces, and also took part in activity against Soviet forces.  In 1992, Allawi attended a military training course in Pakistan so that he might return to Afghanistan and serve as a military trainer.

Allawi was convicted yesterday (Monday), 26.9.11, according to his own confession, in the framework of a plea bargain, of conspiracy on behalf of a banned organization (Hamas).  He was fined, sentenced to time already served and received a suspended sentence of three years.

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Audio Proves NC Gov. Perdue Wasn’t Joking About Suspending Elections

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

NC Gov. Bev Perdue, Democrat, said Tuesday that congressional elections should be suspended so the nation can deal with the economy.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Facing the inevitable uproar that ensued, Perdue’s staff scrambled and called the line a “joke” and “hyperbole.” Very few bought that spin, and now newly released audio of Perdue’s comments proves that she was not joking at all. Her tone is straight, flat and serious. No one in the audience laughs.

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Cheapskate “Patriotic” Millionaires

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Clarice Feldman

Bill Jacobson exposes another fraud.

Turns out the millionaire who asked Obama to raise his taxes is part of a group of soi disant millionaires who have formed a group to raise taxes, did not sign their names (just initials) to the petition and want YOU to contribute to their group to raise your taxes.

Get it ? They don’t voluntarily kick in more taxes and don’t even pay out of their own pockets to encourage voters to support more taxes on themselves.

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Carl Levin and The New York Times are Proven Wrong Again

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The Washington Times had an article on Saturday that must have annoyed The New York Times. It reported that the Department of Defense Inspector General has cleared Bush administration Defense Department officials of allegations (made by the NYT and congressional Democrats) that they broke federal law by briefing retired military officers who spoke publicly about the Iraq and Afghanistan war effort and supposedly received financial benefits from  the Pentagon.

The NYT actually won a Pulitzer for its unwarranted attacks in its front-page story “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand.” Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., publicly claimed that the DOD officials had committed crimes for what they did. The NYT implied that the analysts received contracting favors, and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., alleged that that they received financial gain for engaging in a secret propaganda campaign. Many of the officials being probed were forced to hire criminal defense attorneys to protect themselves from this irresponsible attack and the unjustified investigations to which they were subjected.

In 2009, the IG cleared the Bush officials after concluding that there was no financial benefit and the briefings were conducted in accordance with DOD policies and regulations and were “open and transparent.” But this complete exoneration was not good enough for Sen. Levin. Instead, according to the WT, Levin extracted a promise out of the new IG, Gordon Heddell, at his confirmation hearing to reopen the investigation of the cleared officials, to reconsider the earlier findings, and thereby prolong the public harassment and financial burdens incurred by these individuals.

Heddell restarted the probe even though the GAO released a separate report in July 2009 also concluding that the briefings of retired military officers did not violate federal law, and that there was no “evidence that DoD contracted with or paid [the analysts] for positive commentary.” In fact, the claims of wrongdoing by the NYT, Dingell, and Levin were groundless from the very start, since, as the Pentagon rightly pointed out at the time, the briefings were no different than the briefings given to think-tank scholars and reporters and columnists from newspapers such as the NYT.

Dingell even demanded that the FCC open an investigation. It did just that and subsequently sent letters to these retired military officers telling them (incorrectly) that they may have broken the law. (The FCC never issued a report.)

So now we have had two IG investigations and one GAO investigation, all of which have found no wrongdoing of any kind and no violations of any federal law or federal regulations.

To quote former Reagan official Ray Donovan, where do the retired military officials such as Thomas McInerney, Kenneth Allard and Bo Scales, whose photos were splashed across the NYT’s story, go to get their reputations back? Will the NYT, Dingell and Levin do the decent thing and apologize for their unwarranted hounding and public damnation of DOD officials and these analysts? Or offer to pay the cost of their legal fees? Will the Pulitzer Committee withdraw the prize they awarded to the NYT under false circumstances for a bogus story that turned out to be much ado about nothing? Don’t count on it.

This Les Misérables, Inspector Javert-like persecution by Levin and others was outrageous. But it offers an all-too-typical example of how certain politicians and liberal media organs abuse their power.

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Obamacare has Arrived at Supremes

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The National Federation of Independent Business filed a cert. petition with the U.S. Supreme Court this morning – the 11th Circuit’s Obamacare case is now before the court for possible review – see here for more..

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Tort Reform to Expedite Football Stadium

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Pretty much. Too bad it’s so narrowly focused on one project.

On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a provision that allows any challenges to the Farmers Field environmental impact statement to be resolved within 175 days.

“It’s time for big ideas and big projects like this,” Brown said, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “This is the way we get people working. As the government, we’re not building anything, that’s what the private sector and individuals do but we can pave the way. I’m signing a bill focused on the stadium and convention center and another broadly focused on cutting red tape all over the state. We’re going to remove some regulations and speed things up while also protecting the environment, but we have to do it in a practical way because there are too damn many regulations.”

Brown said that he expected Majestic Realty, which finagled the full environmental exemption in 2009, to file or support a lawsuit that would have been aimed at killing the Farmers Field deal by tying it up in court for years.  The new law prevents litigation from being used as a strategic business weapon.

If only mom and pop businesses and non-NFL corporations could get the same sort of protections from overzealous lawyers, environmental groups, and other abusers of the legal system. And doctors…

More: Now that I’m a little more caffeinated, I see that Gov. Brown actually is planning to cut red tape on a broader basis beyond the stadium project. He has shown signs of breaking with the sclerosis of big government a couple of times this year, vetoing a ski helmet law on the grounds that it’s not the government’s business to dictate that sort of thing, and more significantly, vetoing a union card check bill.

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Romney Video: Stop the Spending

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

The Romney campaign released the following video today. It assails President Obama’s wasteful stimulus spending, through the voices of business owners.

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Racist Cupcakes — the Video

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - by Zombie

This 7-minute video montage taken at today’s racist bake sale in Berkeley contains several short interviews with various people at the protest, and really contains almost everything you need to know about the event. I alternate back and forth between College Republicans explaining their point, and counter-protesters trying to explain, uh, well, something or other. Almost all of these clips are “piggybacking” on interviews that other reporters did of the various people shown; whenever one camera would come out to record an interview, several additional cameras would usually appear out of nowhere to get a free ride. Some of the clips were taken by me, and some by others who sent their videos to me.

However you slice it — it’s video gold not to be missed!:

To see the full report, click on over to PJM.

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A Partisan at Justice Resigns

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - by Hans A. von Spakovsky

Sources inside the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department tell me that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, the controversial career lawyer who ordered the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, has announced that she is resigning. King is infamous within the Division for her opposition to race-neutral enforcement of discrimination laws. She made it very clear to her subordinates that she did not want any lawsuits filed against minority defendants no matter what violations of federal voting rights laws they committed. This was the lawyer chosen by President Obama to be the acting head of the Civil Rights Division when he took office.

As the highest ranking career lawyer in the Division, King once hauled former Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates into her office and angrily ordered him to stop asking job applicants whether they would enforce the Voting Rights Act against all violators regardless of their race. She is the official who rejected a change from partisan to nonpartisan elections in Kinston, N.C., that had been approved by black voters because she did not believe they would know which candidates to vote for without a party label. She cost the American taxpayer almost $600,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs after she lost a frivolous redistricting case filed against the state of Georgia in which the court said it was “disturbed” by the “considerable influence of ACLU advocacy” on the decisions made by the DOJ lawyers. King was promptly promoted after that decision. There will be considerably more revelations about her dubious and questionable behavior as a government lawyer in Christian Adams’s upcoming book, “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department” when it is released on October 4.

It is hard to imagine that King’s resignation after all of these years at the Justice Department is not related to the exposure of her misdeeds and unprofessionalism in PJ Media and other conservative news sites. For all those who believe in the fundamental American constitutional principle of equal treatment under the law, the Justice Department’s loss is America’s gain.

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North Carolina’s Democrat Gov: Hey, Let’s Just Go Ahead and Cancel the Next Election, M’Kay (Update: Hyperbole?)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Save democracy…by killing democracy. What a novel concept.

As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending Congressional elections for the next couple of years.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Not likely. I mean, Peter Orszag and most Progressives probably secretly agree to some extent, but few of them are insane enough to say it aloud. They really do think an appointed elite would do better running the country without input from us pesky voters — you see that attitude most clearly in the elites’ smears of the Tea Party. That this is coming up in North Carolina, given the recent disclosures involving unaccountable government and its abuses there, just adds a nice layer of irony on top of the whole thing.

Progressives never actually seem to progress beyond their own horrible ideas.

More: It just so happens that Perdue is up for election next year.

Update: On facebook, Gov. Perdue’s desperate staff claim she was engaging in hyperbole. And just in case we’re all too stupid to get that, they define it for us.

Hyperbole (n): an exaggeration to create emphasis or effect

by Bev Perdue on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:54pm

There has been a little hubbub today about some comments the governor made at lunch today.

Here’s a statement from Press Secretary Chris Mackey:

“Come on…Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

One, thanks for condescending (y’all might want to look that word up). Two, musing about canceling elections when you’re up for one next year isn’t funny. Three, it really isn’t funny. Now, go lose next year.

Update: More here. The local press seems to be spinning for Perdue, saying that the line was a “joke” in their headline, and prefacing the post with an attempt to play it off as no big deal. Even though she was talking about Congressional elections, the fact that she floated this at all is disturbing. Now we’ll get to see the mainstream press do their best to make little to nothing out of it, and end up mocking anyone who takes Perdue’s “joke” seriously.

(h/t Ace)

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