October 31, 2011

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103111)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.


Erick Ericksen — “On every significant issue of the past decade, Mitt Romney has managed to be on every side of each issue except one — he has consistently been in favor of government dictated and government managed healthcare.”

As appropriately expressed by Don Surber, here’s the basis for the claim five years ago that polar bears were going extinct: “[W]e have an expert on birds guessing that white blobs on a photo are drowned polar bears. That’s it. That’s the science.”

Victor Davis Hanson, in his latest “Read the whole thing” item at PJ Media (“Liberal Indulgences”) — “Today, liberalism puts a comparable burden on its elites: can one occupy Wall Street and still enjoy the luxury of that iPhone 4s? Did the university professor in Zuccotti Park worry about Wall Street when his TIAA-CREF account used to return 8% plus per annum? Can we still jet to Tuscany and worry about carbon footprints? Can we live in Chevy Chase, Malibu, or Woodside and be stalwarts on the barricades of racial integration and multiculturalism? How can we make $200,000 a year as assistant vice provost for diversity affairs, when a part-time lecturer gets 1/5 for the same class a full-time, top-step professor teaches?”

The Herman Cain sexual harassment innuendo hit piece at Politico with no meaningful specifics about what or may not have happened well over a dozen years ago should be viewed in the context of what has been noted about the Obama White House of the past few:The Washington Post reports former communications director Anita Dunn says in the book (by Ron Suskind) — quote – “This place would be in court for a hostile workplace because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Mao worshipper that she is, Dunn has denied saying something for which Suskind surely has proof — or this White House would have stopped the book’s publication.

Related to the previous item, from Roger Simon at PJ Media (“Politico and Cain: Return of the High-Tech Lynching”) –

It took the mainstream media nearly a year to catch up with the John Edwards Affair (and only after the National Enquirer made it impossible to ignore — Ed.), but only weeks into Herman Cain’s narrow frontrunner status for the GOP nomination, the goodfellas at Politico are letting the uppity black conservative have it.

One thing is certain, whatever Cain did (if anything), it certainly isn’t in the ballpark of using campaign funds to support a mistress and love child while your wife is dying of cancer or even inserting a cigar in the pudenda of an unpaid intern in the corridors of the Oval Office. Those are certainly more than five-figure infractions — more like eight-figure.

… As Glenn Reynolds points out, another black man ran for president and mainstream media has surfaced almost nothing about him after all these years.

At the WaPo, the item involved, which would have had “hostile workplace” in the headline if a Republican or conservative were involved, instead had these headlines: In the text, “In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out”; in the browser window’s title, “Friction over women’s role in Obama White House was intense.” What tools.

I believe it’s no accident that the Politico is the outlet surfacing the allegations. The relatively disengaged don’t read it, so this crap can be rolled out during a possible general election campaign by the AP, the New York Times, and the TV networks as “new” if necessary.



  1. HI Tom,
    I have a blog up on Romney titled: The Real Mitt Romney the Weather-vane candidate. I also have a blog piece included on the Romney mobbing and corrupting of the court system here in Livingston County. But Romney’s big bundlers are getting caught in the Detroit Kwame, and other scandals – which I knew would go back to some of the Romney gang.

    Mitt Romney’s long time, kind of in-law, John Rakolta* is entangled in the mind-boggling corruption beginning to surface in Detroit. This newspaper banner caught my eye. Rakolta has been linked to corrupt ex mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pay for play schemes in Detroit. Kwame is still undergoing a federal investigation.

    “Severance-gate: Following Turkia Mullin’s money leads to John Rakolta and other county contractors” by By Jeff T. Wattrick at MLive.com

    “As more is revealed about former Wayne County economic development director Turkia Mullin’s compensation arrangement, the more I’m reminded of ” All The President’s Men .” Not just for the obvious reasons, but also for the scene in which Robert Redford’s Bob Woodward explains what he and Bernstein uncovered about Don Segretti’s dirty tricks”

    In 2004 Turkia Mullin supports Ed McNamara’s in his race for President of the United States and gives Democratic McNamara $500. Mullin in 2008 switches party from Democratic and gives Republican Mitt Romney $2,500.


    Comment by Debbie skousen — October 31, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  2. Subject: My 1040 was rejected again


    They sent my Tax Return back! AGAIN!!! In response to the question: “List all dependents?”
    I replied -
    “12 million illegal immigrants;
    “3 million crack heads;
    “42 million unemployable people on food stamps,
    “2 million people in over 243 prisons;
    “Half of Mexico ; and
    “535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.”

    Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer

    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  3. I’ll be following this, Debbie.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 31, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  4. This is the type of change I want: I can believe in this change.

    Want A Real Choice? Bill Still For President


    If you’re interested in having a real choice then you want Bill on the ballot.

    To get on the ballot, he needs support. Money doesn’t hurt either, but support is of course the most important, as delegate votes win conventions.

    Head over to http://www.lpmndc.org/ and vote for your preference in the Libertarian party for President.

    And if you’d like to help on the money side, head over to http://still2012.com/ and do so.

    A vote for Bill is a vote to:


    Stop Commercial Banks from “naked shorting” the US Dollar and thus playing the game of “Too big to fail” while serially asset-stripping the American Public. If you’re affiliated with “Occupy Wall Street” in its various forms, here’s a candidate you can vote for instead of one you must vote against.

    Stop government borrowing. Whatever we want from the government we must pay for in some form or fashion in the present tense. You cannot solve a debt problem with more debt any more than you can drink yourself sober.

    Get rid of the IRS and Income Tax. Again, if you’re affiliated with “OWS” you ought to love this. Replacement of the Income Tax and IRS with a consumption tax means that you choose how much tax you pay based on how richly you choose to live. Key word here: choose. If you’re poor you have few choices but you also pay few taxes. If you want to be a “fat cat” that’s up to you, but you will pay lots of taxes. Isn’t that exactly what “OWS” and those who claim that many wealthy don’t pay their “fair” share” argue for? Let’s see if they mean it or if they’re just playing political games!
    Yes, yours truly is involved in this campaign as an advisor and part of the Florida team, yes this is a full-throated endorsement, and yes, if you’re interested in actual change in Washington you have choices — if you’re willing to make them.

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    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 10:53 am

  5. Tom, Did you see this one?

    Archbishop Charles Chaput painted a stark picture for the future of Catholic social ministry work in America while accepting an award from Catholic Social Services in Rapid City on Tuesday.


    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  6. Politico’s piece is nothing more than politically motivated yellow journalism.

    “Hey, this guy is getting traction, so let’s jury rug something negative to try and shoot him down.”

    Comment by zf — October 31, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

  7. Hurt protester Scott Olsen was ‘provoking no one’


    Quite rightly, bloggers and commentators on all sides of the political spectrum have condemned the Oakland police for apparently deliberately aiming a teargas projectile at Olsen’s head – something expressly forbidden in their standard operating procedures, and by the manufacturers of such projectiles, because of the risk of dangerous injury. To make matters worse, while he lay on the ground, critically injured, another police officer hurled what appears to have been either a tear gas or stun or sting grenade, which exploded right next to his head, further injuring him. The whole incident has been captured on video, which will doubtless be very useful in the lawsuits that are certain to follow. Here’s just one of the clips circulating on the Internet.

    Video: Oakland Policeman Throws Flash Grenade Into Crowd Trying To Help Injured Protester


    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  8. Tom, This one is very good.



    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  9. Placing an add in the news paper???

    The New War Partners Ad from:

    “PARANOID SUPERPOWER SEEKS WAR PARTNER: We’re a large once-peaceful nation which has discovered that the only way to keep our economy intact and to prevent a much higher unemployment rate is to artificially create wars that justify massive spending domestically. We offer wars from 6-days to 10-years in length. Benefits include eventual corporate ownership, massive reconstruction funding, advanced weapons systems and financial haven status. Prefer partner with drug crops, petroleum, or large ag outputs. If interested, send photos, listing of assets, and number of Muslims in country.”

    This ad is the only way I can think to explain the NY Times headlines that the “U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf after Exit from Iraq.


    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  10. Something very positive as an outcome, the whittling away of UN funding due to the Palestinians applying for UN admittance:

    U.S. halts UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote


    Note that Obama didn’t have a lawful choice in the matter, it’s mandated by LAW. So Obama’s threat to cut off the Palestinians financially now shows it’s self for what it is, the absolute minimum he has to do if he can possibly help it lest he look totally helpless in the bindings of US red tape. The best part is the UN now will have to reveal it’s true face, either that of a country club for despot regimes looking for political advantage OR cutting OFF a majority of it’s own funding. $60 mil a month is a nice starting point.

    Comment by dscott — October 31, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  11. My God, who is this “G” person? You sir are a load. The occupiers don’t want to end the IRS or the income tax, they want it to be all powerful and milk everyone else so they can get free stuff.

    Your comment about Oakland is also crap. Those protestors were hurling bottles and other crap at the police and unedited footage (unlike what you linked to) shows this. If you don’t want to get hit in the head with teargas, don’t become violent and put yourself in harms way. Who says the guy was not violent? His fellow anti-cop commie fellow travelers, that’s who.

    Paul, Christie, and Barbour vs. the “GOP Establishment” on foreign policy? No, more like Paul et al vs. the vast majority of the civilized world, and common sense. Postulating some magic bubble in which the U.S. never does anything in the world and just allows other countries to go to hell and refuses to help anybody and also just wait for people to destroy us first is not foreign policy. It’s immoral, insane, impossible, and suicidal nonsense.

    I get it, you’re one of the Ron Paul cult. No wonder you’re a looney tune. That last bit was very inspired lunacy. No, you don’t think America is good. By the way, our nation *is* peace loving, but if you look at our history we’ve always been proactive in kicking evil butt in the world, and that has often included war. We are not mindless pacifists who never fight back and we never were. Now why don’t you go and hide under your bed before the military-industrial complex gets you.

    Comment by zf — October 31, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  12. The Nanny State as mother Church


    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  13. Given These Speakers, Why Should Any Catholic Church Sponsor a Girl Scout Troop?


    Comment by G — October 31, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  14. The Catholic Church should have no involvement with the Girl Scouts.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 31, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

  15. these irrelevant blogposts (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-13) make the comments awfully hard to read.


    Comment by deskbox — October 31, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  16. #15 deskbox, for the moment, I’m confining on-topic AND off-topic commenting on the collection threads in the morning. I take it you’d prefer that I separate, and I may do that if you and others think that would be a good idea. — Tom

    Comment by TBlumer — October 31, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

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