March 16, 2010

Lightning Links (031610, Afternoon)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 1:02 pm

Lightning Links point to stories and other items that are noteworthy but don’t require further comment or background beyond a sentence or two (or three).

Lightly-commented Lightning:

  • The Daily Caller, March 9 — “5 Wisconsin residents face voter fraud charges, two of them worked for ACORN.” It’s time to send the folks from Ohio’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law up to the Badger State.
  • Fox News (HT JammieWearingFool) — “More Americans Can Call Themselves Millionaires, Study Finds.” JWF’s translation: “Obama’s America: The Rich are Getting Richer.” Related item from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — Real average hourly earnings decreased from $10.38 to 10.32 between January 2009 and January 2010.
  • Substance-free pablum, via CBS News on March 9 — “How America Could Get Rich by Going Green.” America could legitimately get rich —  or at least be less broke — if it would only unlock its trillions of dollars worth of oil and natural gas reserves.
  • Via the Associated Press“(Supreme Court Chief Justice) Roberts: Scene at State of Union ‘very troubling.’” This is where President Obama criticized the court’s campaign-finance decision in his SOTU speech. Hey John, get used to it; that’s what punks who don’t get their way do.
  • From the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Politics Extra blog“Portman making the money rounds” …. in Florida, Florida, Florida, Florida, Florida, DC, DC, DC, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Texas. Minimum price of admission in all but one instance: $1,000. Remind me — What state does Portman say he’ll represent if he becomes a U.S. Senator? I still think that this idea, which I proposed back in 2006 (“The Case For No Out-of-Jurisdiction Campaign Contributions”) merits serious attention, and would pass constitutional muster.
  • From Gallup“Americans’ Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop.” Zombie deliciously noticed the poll’s hockey stick-like appearance. This is occurring despite the U.S. media’s virtual blackout of the burgeoning ClimateGate scandals (via BigJournalism.com, “As ‘Global Warming’ Hoax Dies, MSM is AWOL: Is Anybody Home?”).
  • At Pajamas Media, from J. Robert Smith — “What Do Detroit, the Postal Service, and Health Care Reform Have in Common?” Answers: Fewer and more expensive services, corruption, and inefficiency, all of which would appear on a scale previously unseen with statist health care.
  • At the LA Times’s LA Now Blog“Divided appeals court rules Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t violate Constitution.” Correction: That would be an appeals court panel of three, consisting of two people who can think plus Stephen Reinhardt.
  • President Obama’s disapproval level per Rasmussen has been above 50% since February 5, and has stayed there ever since. It’s currently at 54%. It has been above 50% for all but five days thus far in 2010.

Comment-free Lightning:

Excerpt of the Day: On Health Care, There’s Nothing There (Also See Driehaus Update)

Filed under: Health Care,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:46 am

From the Associated Press:

Even so, the legislation remained incomplete. House Democrats caucused Monday evening, and a number of rank-and-file lawmakers straggled out discouraged that they still didn’t have final legislative language or a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.

Leaders hope to get both those things Tuesday. Until then there’s only so much they can do to pin down wavering lawmakers who will soon be asked to make one of the riskiest votes of their careers.

“There’s no decision yet on what the process is going to be, there’s nothing back from the CBO, there’s no commitment yet from the Senate that they can get 51 votes, and there’s no bill to show me what it’s in it,” said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., a freshman who voted “yes” last year and has been targeted by Republicans. “So until those things get resolved I’m staying uncommitted.”

Pelosi is already on the record saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” In a sane world, that would be grounds for instant expulsion from office.

It would thus appear that the response from Pelosi and President Barack Obama behind closed doors to concerns such as those raised by Rep. Titus would be something along the lines of “Shut up and vote.”

This is what tyrants do.

The fact that the AP’s Erica Werner did NOT engage in any attempt at headcounting is probably the best indication that the assertions floating around that Democrats are short of the votes needed for passage — at least 16, if we’re to believe Michigan Congressman Stupak — are accurate. Related corroboration can be found here and here.

I hope that’s so. Those who prefer liberty to tyranny should take no chances.

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UPDATE: If Steve Driehaus is really a “no” and is really “unswayed,” why is Joe “Jobs is a three-letter word” Biden being so nice? And why did the oafs at Organizing For America (OFA) have him over for an agenda meeting a week ago?

The NRCC considers Driehaus a “no,” but on Sunday Jay Cost at RealClearPolitics wrote: “I’m going to add him to my list of Democrats who had supported the bill in November, but who have since suggested they might defect.”

Encouraging Driehaus to oppose ObamaCare remains paramount.

I fear an orchestrated “breakthrough” on abortion (which won’t really be there when we, ahem, “find out what’s in it”), which will in any event do nothing to change ObamaCare’s status as a moral clunker.

Positivity: Canadian Anglican Church move toward Rome part of ‘worldwide movement,’ says bishop

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:18 am

From Vancouver:

Mar 16, 2010 / 03:30 am

On March 12, leaders of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) in Canada sent a letter to the Holy Father formally requesting to become unified with the Catholic Church. This initiative, says a leading bishop, is what he believes to be part of a “worldwide movement.”

Bishop Peter Wilkinson of the TAC Diocese of British Columbia, who authored the March 12 letter, discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s publication of the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus” with CNA in a phone interview on Monday. The document was released last year and addressed measures planned by the Vatican to allow Anglican communities to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

When the Pope’s document first came out, said Bishop Wilkinson, “I had Lutherans calling me saying, ‘how do we get in on this?’ And Orthodox (Christians) saying, ‘how do we get in on this?’”

“It is a worldwide movement largely brought about by the vision of John Paul II” and “the wonderful, gentle firm, intellectual vision of Pope Benedict, who is such an inspiration to us,” noted the Anglican bishop.

Referencing a previous letter written to the Holy See which spoke of unifying with Rome, Bishop Wilkinson wrote to the Vatican on March 12. “Please allow the College of Bishops of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (Traditional Anglican Communion) to express our gratitude to you for your positive response of December 16th 2009 to our Letter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of October 5th 2007 in which we expressed our desire to ‘seek a communal and ecclesial way of being Anglican Catholics in communion with the Holy See, at once treasuring the full expression of catholic faith and treasuring our tradition within which we have come to this moment,’” the letter said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

10-1/2 Minutes to Health Care Hell

That’s my title.

The following video relates to last summer’s Senate bill 3200, but you can be assured that it reflects at least 90% of current legislation, and may be missing other new or expanded provisions that are just as troubling if not moreso.

Here goes (HT to a supportive e-mailer):