November 30, 2011

AP’s Elliott Goes After GOP Field’s ‘Flubs,’ Finally Mentions Obama’s ’57 States’ — After 3-1/2 Years

A frequent emailer who happens to a retired and now-disgusted journalist sent me a link to an Associated Press item by Philip Elliott and which is so over-the-top that you hope that Phil is on the White House payroll. At least then he’d have a justification for a hit piece which might as well have been written by David Axelrod (well, maybe it really was).

By the time I got to “FACT CHECK: GOP field flubs, big and small,” Elliott’s excretion was far longer. I did find the original elsewhere and want to point to the statement which got my emailer appropriately exercised:


Brian Terry Death Grand Jury Indictment Sealed

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:04 pm

At the Washington Times (HT Daily Caller and Judicial Watch) last week:

Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.

A now-sealed federal grand jury indictment in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry says the Mexican nationals were “patrolling” the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” Border Patrol agents.

At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.

According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border town of Nogales and — in the darkness of the Arizona night — opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.

Two AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene came from the failed Fast and Furious operation.

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego, which is prosecuting the case, would confirm only that it (the indictment) was sealed. Also sealed was the judge’s reason for sealing the case.

The indictment lists the names of other suspects in the shooting, but they are redacted.

Barring info justifying the sealing, which doesn’t seem to exist — How transparent … transparently butt-covering.

’9-9-9 The Movie – Slaying the Tax Monster’

Filed under: Economy,Soc. Sec. & Retirement,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:27 am

The explanation is crystal clear, and the occasional snide asides are hysterical:

Nicely done.

Live-Blogging Herman Cain’s West Chester, OH Appearance

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:51 am

CainEventAfterPicNov3011(pic at the right is from after Mr. Cain’s speech)


Thanks to the front desk at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester for providing the Internet passcode, and to State of Ohio Blogger Alliance chief coordinator Matt Hurley at Weapons of Mass Discussion for forwarding the invitation which originated with the Butler County GOP. And here we go.

8:45 a.m. — After a harrowing 25-minute trip through construction sites, two-lane roads, and pathetic drivers, I’m here.

The event is supposed to start at 9:00. The seats are half-full, and there are probably 15-20 media members here with easily a half-dozen professional tripods set up.

If there’s Secret Service around, I don’t see ‘em (of course that may be the point). It was quite uneventful getting into the room. They did have bag-sniffing dogs engaged before one could enter the room.

About 2/3 of the seats have Cain 2012 mini-posters (probably 13″ x 19″).

8:52 a.m. — I’m reading that ADP said there were 206K private-sector jobs added in October. Not bad; it only needs to be repeated about 35 more times.

8:55 a.m. — A person named “Joe LaRue” announces that there will be petitions which will need to be signed for Ohio GOP delegates and alternate delegates. This would not be the step of someone who intends to withdraw.

8:56 a.m. — Chairs are about 90% occupied. Some people standing around who aren’t media. Crowd is probably about 150-200, which I guess isn’t bad considering that as far as I know the appearance wasn’t made known until sometime yesterday.

9:02 a.m. — Still waiting. The invite said that the event would last until about 10; if so, time is truly wastin’, as they say.

9:05 a.m. — During the wait, they’re bringing around clipboards for Hamilton, Warren, and Butler Counties. I signed the related petitions for Warren County. The petitions are to qualify delegates to be able to vote for Mr. Cain at the convention, and for alternates in case the original person chosen isn’t able to perform their duties (sounds like a Miss America riff, doesn’t it?).

9:10 a.m. — The room is basically full. A quick eyeball perusal indicates maybe 175 folks in total.

9:11 a.m. — Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” blares over the loudspeakers.

9:15 a.m. — “Amy” introduces a gentleman who does the Pledge of Allegiance and the “Whom Shall I Fear?” psalm, followed by another gentlemen who leads the crowd through the Star-Spangled Banner.

9:18 a.m. — A roughly 7-minute presentation ensues explaining the current onerous, PITA tax system and advocating Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. Cartoony, nicedly-injected humor, and pretty well-done overall. In fact, I will need to find that video. Update: It’s here.

9:24 a.m. — Butler Co. GOP Chairman comes up to introduce Mr. Cain. Butler Co. is “unabashed, unashamed” home of conservatism. Says Mr. Cain is “far different from the community organizer who occupies the White House.”

9:26 a.m. — Cain’s speech (bolds are obviously mine):
- “You are the real patriots.”
- “The spirit of America is alive and well.”
- “We have gotten thru tough times b/c of the people.”
- “the American Dream is under attack, but the good news is we can take it back.”
- “We have become a nation of crises … biggest crisis we have is a severe deficiency of leadership in the White House.”
- “We have to fix our mess.”
- “Too many of them, their priorities are to get reelected and to surround themselves with special rules.”
– “Are you better off today …. do I have to finish the sentence?”
– “the way we fix these messes is with bold solutions.”

- Says national security, the economy, and energy are the top three priorities.
– National security philosophy — “Peace through strength and clarilty.” “Our mission is peace around the world.” “our strategy for achieving peace is strength” — military, economic, moral.
– Two things get respect: military might and strength of economy.
- Criticizes Santorum for saying that “we must make Pakistan our friend.” Cain says no, we have to get their respect, whether or not they’re our friend.
- “Stop giving money to our enemies and stand by our friends like Israel.”

- “This economy is on life support … and two aspirin and a speech in the morning won’t solve it.”
– “Engine of economic growth is the business sector, not the government.”
- “My ideas are bold … because I’m not a politician.” proposing ideas that “will fix the problem.”
- “Throw out the current tax code.” Replace it “with a bold 9-9-9 plan.” Simple, transparent, efficient. We spend $430 billion per year to comply with and complete forms relating to the tax code.
- Political class doesn’t like 9-9-9 because you understand it and like it. … “If you understand it, you will demand it.”
– “America is an exceptional nation because of the free-market system.” “The countries that hate us hate us because we are exceptional.”
– “We must lead the world in economic growth.”

– “We have the natural resources in the United States of America to become energy-independent and we will become energy-independent” in a Cain administration.
– DC skeptics say you can’t do that. Cain says, “Yes we can, because I will be President.”
- “In a Cain administration, the EPA is going to have an attitude adjustment, along with every other agency in DC.”
- “The United Nations is going to have an attitude adjustment.” “I have consulted with several former UN ambassadors and several former SOS’s.”
– “I will protect the sovereignty of the United States of America.”
- How many years to become totally energy-independent? Nine.

- Fixing the mess “starts with you, we the people, making a choice.”
- “Do you want a president who will be a president of the people, by the people, and for the people?”

“I have been attacked not because I have bad ideas … they’re attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try to bring me down.”

“I don’t believe that America is going to let that happen. … We the people are still in charge of the country.”

“My challenge to you:
1. Stay informed. … because, you see, stupid people are running America. … I didn’t go to political correctness school.” “Those who are informed have to outvote them.” “Kick it up a notch.” “I don’t like this national bad attitude that’s going across this country.
2. Stay involved.
3. Stay inspired. “They don’t want you to believe that you can do this.” They’ve been telling me I can’t win since May 21.

Some of them predicted this room would be empty today (there basically are no empty seats). “The people and not the media will elect the next nominee for president” (audience gives standing O).

“Message is more powerful than money.” “Connect with the people, and tell ‘em what you stand for.”

“My journey started in 1999. Happens to be 1-9-9-9 (just sayin’), when my first granddaughter was born. … When I looked into her face, my first thought was … what do I do to make this a better nation and a better world?” “But I didn’t know the answer.”

“As my life unfolded, it unfolded to this decision. … This isn’t something you do on a whim. … When I got my answer, I didn’t look back.”

“This isn’t about us. … I was on my way to cruise control before the country got messed up. … it’s about them.”

(Introduces niece Nicole and her baby.)

“Ronald Reagan knew how to make sure we were working on the right problem.”

“Ronald Reagan understood peace through strength and clarity.”

“The shining city on a hill has slid down the side of the hill … we can move the USA back to the top of the hill where it belongs, and as President I will never apologize for the greatness of the United States of America.”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (113011)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:51 am

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

I’m holding off on the next (last?) Occupy Update until tomorrow, because other matters have intervened.


Only bigots could turn a potential BizzyBlog Positivity post into yet another Middle East-related disgrace (HT Instapundit) – “Israelis save drowning Iranians; Drama in Thailand as Israeli lifeguards save two drowning Iranians. ‘When we told them we were Israeli they just got up and fled.’”


No links on this because of haste, but it’s humorous to watch Ohio media and the AP try to equate the loss of Chiquita’s 300-plus Cincinnati employees to Charlotte with the Ted Strickland-Era loss of NCR’s 1,300 employees from Dayton to Georgia. First, the number of jobs lost obviously isn’t as bad. Second, Chiquita wanted way too much to stay. Third, the Kasich administration has surely been in constant contact with Chiquita since the company started considering other options; Strickland’s Department of Economic Development was totally blindsided, as was current Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who was pretending to be a state senator representing the Dayton suburb of Kettering while he was living full-time in Upper Arlington near Columbus.

Oh, and there’s a fourth difference Team Kasich can’t help: As is the case with most medium to large cities in Ohio (rates vary), regardless of where you live, Cincinnati has a ridiculous income tax of 2.1% off the top, on employee gross income and business net income. The guess here is that North Carolina cities don’t.


Humor (sort of) — “Philippine police rescue 1,600 geckos in warehouse.” Geico will be happy.


A border agency strike in Britain has led to speed-ups in passenger screening at Heathrow Airport in London. Betcha that would happen here if TSA were privatized instead of unionized.


Obama’s job approval drops below Carter’s. Well, his performance has been infinitely worse than Carter’s, which was as awful as I thought we’d ever see until Mr. “Don’t Kid Me About My Big Ears” came along.

Reporting From Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day ‘Occupation’

This one accomplished something.


Note: This is the original draft of the column as submitted to Pajamas Media. After editorial discussion, it was modified to what appeared there on November 28 and at BizzyBlog today. The original version below withholds the identity of the Cincinnati “occupation” until fairly late in the column.


One day before the Occupy movements’s promised attempt to disrupt Black Friday at certain retailers, a gathering of occupiers convened in Downtown Cincinnati Thanksgiving morning.

Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day ‘Occupation’

TgivingDayRaceLogo2011An occupation which accomplished something — as it does every year.


Note: This column went up at Pajamas Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Monday.


Thanksgiving morning, before the Occupy movements’s promised attempt to disrupt Black Friday at certain retailers, a different group with their own style of “occupying” convened in downtown Cincinnati.

These “occupiers” had quite ambitious goals. Their intent was to “occupy” not only Cincinnati, but also Newport and Covington, Kentucky across the Ohio River, ultimately surrounding a six-mile perimeter. This “occupation,” in the sense of legally taking up space as opposed to how the Occupy Wall Street crowd and its offshoots have chosen to “occupy” — namely by seizing control of property which isn’t theirs and daring authorities to do something about it — is known to locals as Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day Race.

A nearly non-stop tradition since 1908, the Thanksgiving Day Race’s “occupation” is so superior in so many ways to the pathetic crowd which calls itself “Occupy Cincinnati,” it’s hard to know where to start.

Positivity: ‘Hero’ wins $10,000 for saving husband’s life on vacation

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Texas and New Zealand (HT Daryn Kagan):

16 Nov 2011
8:35pm, EST

How’s this for a bad trip?

At the tail end of a wedding and honeymoon spent scuba diving and exploring in Fiji and New Zealand in September 2010, Bruce Hill suffered a burst appendix, a chaotic and overpriced cab ride to a closed clinic and, finally, emergency surgery.

To save his life, Hill’s bride, Rebecca Fischer, had to scramble to find resources and rely on the kindness of strangers, including a barber shop customer who, mid-haircut, volunteered to drive the couple to an open clinic. After the surgery, Fischer nursed her husband back to health while working out all the details to get her husband medical clearance to fly home. The couple splits their time between Dallas and Tyler, Texas.

For her heroics, Fischer has won a $10,000 “Hero’s Vacation” in Travel Guard North America’s “World’s Unluckiest Traveler 2: The Rescue” contest. Travel Guard North America, a travel insurance company, launched its inaugural competition for the dubious honor in 2010.

For the contest, the travel insurance company asked people to share stories about how a good deed or a random act of kindness saved a trip.

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 29, 2011

Iranian Mob’s Storming, Sacking of British Embassy Not In AP World News Top 10 Stories

If you don’t hear much about the Iranian mob which stormed the British embassy earlier today in future news reports, you can probably at least partially blame the Associated Press, which considers the event so unimportant that it’s not even part of its U.S. main site’s top ten world stories as of 10:25 p.m. (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes).

For those who are curious as to the identification of the ten stories considered more important, here they are:


Tea Party vs. the Occupy Movement Explained by Bill Whittle …

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:56 pm

… who does his usual excellent job (HT Hot Air):

Conclusion: “The blunt truth is that the nation can no longer afford to hew to the progressive agenda on either matters of public finance or private arrangements.”

Fired Philly Supt. With $905K Buyout Applies For Unemployment Bennies; District Won’t Contest, But State Should

A story generating a lot of discussion today concerns how former Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who is receiving $905,000 in severance, has applied for unemployment benefits, and has been promised that the school district will not contest her claim.

Not so fast, people. I searched Google and Google News briefly, and found an interesting aspect of the situation which no one in the media apparently wants to consider. It relates to how Ackerman’s employment ended. One of many place where that ending is described came from Matt Petrillo at Philadelphia Weekly just three weeks ago. It began thusly: “It’s been 11 weeks since the School Reform Commission unanimously voted to fire public school boss lady Arlene Ackerman.” A quick visit to the relevant page at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry would appear to indicate that Ackerman should not get unemployment benefits, and that it shouldn’t matter whether the district contests her claim:

Who Can File for Benefits

Any individual who has become unemployed may file an application for UC benefits. Eligibility to receive those benefits will be dependent on whether the worker meets the various requirements specified in the Pennsylvania UC Law.

To be Eligible to Receive Benefits

A worker may be eligible to receive benefits if the worker

- is unemployed through no fault of the worker;

So if you were fired, you can’t collect benefits, because it’s your fault (nebulous or not) that you don’t have a job.

The “Fire Arlene Ackerman” Facebook page identifies three reasons people wanted to fire her:

  • A $629 million deficit.
  • Higher property taxes.
  • Failing schools.

If Ms. Ackerman was brought in to fix those things and failed in any one of them, that would constitute valid grounds for the School Reform Commission to fire her. It should therefore constitute grounds for denying her unemployment benefits claim regardless of whether anyone contests it. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry does not work in a vacuum, and can’t ignore the widely reported fact of and reasons for Ackerman’s firing, up to and including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s belief that, as a CBS Philly August headline stated (CBS’s words), “It was time for Ackerman to go.”

Separately, the money-grubbing for $573 a week in taxpayer-provided benefits by someone who has just received a buyout of over $900K is appalling, disgusting, and a whole lot of other adjectives I can’t use (apparently, about $400K of the buyout was raised privately, which itself must be an amazing story – Update: According to an Associated Press story tonight, the private donors “backed out after critics blasted the deal’s lack of transparency”).

Ms. Ackerman should be ashamed of herself for even thinking of it, let alone trying to get clearance from her former employer not to contest it. But I guess if a family with a paid-off $300,000 house, $80,000 in the bank, and nice cars can collect food stamp benefits in my home territory of Warren County, Ohio (yes, that did happen, and probably still happens throughout Ohio in similar circumstances without publicity), what’s another $2,300 a month or so for 26 or 99 weeks in unemployment to someone who may very well be a millionaire?

Remember this episode the next time someone dares to tell you that the problem with government finance is that people aren’t taxed enough. And yes, as offensive as a lot of golden parachutes in the private sector are, the story is and should be different when it involves public funds.

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AP Pair on Frank’s Retirement: ‘Gay Pioneer’ With ‘Legislative Triumph’

Anyone who made the easy prediction that the Associated Press would fail to bring up Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac in its fawning tribute to Barney Frank after his retirement announcement yesterday was correct. Anyone making the easy prediction that the AP would lionize him as a “gay pioneer” was also spot-on.

Also predictably, the wire service’s Bob Salsberg and David Espo failed to mention that Frank advocated abolishing Fan and Fred as a dishonest survival tactic during his final reelection campaign, and of course did nothing visible to make that happen this year. What’s really odious in this regard is that the AP pair gave him credit (pun intended) for how he “worked to expand affordable housing,” when the Community Reinvestment Act-driven subprime crisis Fan and Fred engendered has sent the housing market levels not seen since World War II. What follows are excerpts from the AP. After that I have a few contrary and clear-headed paragraphs from an Investor’s Business Daily editorial, and a little reminder of a 1999 “Present” vote which should have generated controversy, but didn’t:

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, a gay pioneer in Congress and a Massachusetts liberal whose name as well and fingerprints are on last year’s sweeping bill regulating Wall Street, announced plans Monday to retire at the end of his current term, his 16th in Congress.

“There are other things I would like to do with my life,” the 71-year-old lawmaker said at a news conference. He added that his retirement plans were hastened by two years by reapportionment, which moved 325,000 new constituents into his district.

Frank’s career has traced an arc from early promise to near career-wrecking scandal to legislative triumph, accompanied by a quick-witted intelligence and an often partisan and frequently acerbic speaking style.

… his career nearly ran aground because of his personal life.

Two years after a voluntary 1987 disclosure that he is gay, Frank had to explain why he had hired as a personal aide a convicted drug user and male prostitute, Steve Gobie, who was also living in the lawmaker’s apartment. He said he always paid the aide out of personal funds, but the House ethics committee recommended Frank be censured for using his congressional status on behalf of the man, including seeking dismissal of 33 parking tickets.

… As a longtime member of the House committee that oversaw the banking and housing industries, he often worked to expand affordable housing and end redlining, a practice in which banks are accused of imposing onerous lending conditions on residents of inner cities and other poor neighborhoods.

As chairman in 2008, he was a lead Democrat in drafting $700 billion legislation that President George W. Bush supported to bail out financial institutions.

A year later, with Obama in the White House, he turned his attention to a far-reaching bill to overhaul regulations covering the banking and financial industries.

Investor’s Business Daily’s editorialists are having none of this, and appropriately place blame where it belongs:

Loved by media, Barney Frank Helped Cause Financial Crisis

Establishment media are swooning over the unexpected departure of ultraliberal Barney Frank. But this “champion of the little guy” actually helped cause the mortgage disaster, then kept the system broken.

‘Congress will now be a little dumber,” was the kind of nonsense we heard from the mainstream liberal media after Frank, D-Mass., former chairman of the House Banking Committee, said no to running for re-election next year.

… he wasn’t smart enough to realize that the politically correct poisoning of mortgages would lead to a calamity rivaling the Great Depression. “I, like many others, did not see the crisis coming,” Frank said Monday.

He sure didn’t. Back in 2003, what did he say when the Bush administration proposed what the New York Times described as “the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago,” including a new agency to supervise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Frank said: “The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

… Manhattan Institute scholar and “After the Fall” author Nicole Gelinas warned before Dodd-Frank’s passage that the law “encourages wild risk-taking — and penalizes prudence” by making well-run banks pay to bail out poorly run ones.

… Making sense of Barney Frank’s departure isn’t hard. A once-powerful liberal who loved to make congressional witnesses look dumb, he leaves a legacy of failure that, with time, makes him look dumber and dumber.

As to the vote teased earlier, the year was 1999. Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger was deeply troubled by the American Psychological Association’s 1998 publication of a 30-page article in its prestigious Psychological Bulletin which in essence stated that pedophilia really wasn’t that bad and doesn’t really inflict the kind of negative outcomes on its underage participants we have come to believe. She, her listeners, and many others, in my view accurately sensing an attempt to begin “mainstreaming” pedophilia, got the attention of Congress, which drafted a resolution condemning the APA’s publication. The roll call vote was 355-0. Barney Frank and twelve other Democrats, including Congressman Ted Strickland, who would later become Ohio’s governor, voted present.

Unlike Strickland, who incredibly went to the floor of the house fifteen days later and in essence denounced 355 of his colleagues as liars for supporting the resolution (“One of those Commandments says, you ought not to bear false witness against your neighbor. When we say things about an organization or about an individual scientist that are untrue or unsubstantiated, in my judgment, we have violated that Commandment”), I found no record of Frank’s justification for his “Present” vote.

It would seem that a “gay pioneer” like Frank might have considered the implications of not taking a stand. As Mary Eberstadt wrote in the Weekly Standard in January 2001 (“Pedophilia Chic’ Reconsidered”):

… contemporary efforts to rationalize, legitimize, and justify pedophilia are about boys. … The reason why the public is being urged to reconsider boy pedophilia is that this “question,” settled though it may be in the opinions and laws of the rest of the country, is demonstrably not yet settled within certain parts of the gay rights movement. The more that movement has entered the mainstream, the more this “question” has bubbled forth from that previously distant realm into the public square. … many, many leaders and members of that movement draw a firm line at consenting adults, want no part of any such “debate,” and are in fact disgusted and appalled by it. Then there are other opinions.

Barney Frank had a clear chance to make sure everyone knew that he isn’t among those with “other opinions,” and didn’t. Was it lack of courage, silent agreement with Strickland that 355 of his colleagues were liars, or sympathy with those “other opinions”? I guess we’ll never know unless he deigns to tell us.

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Occupy Update (112911)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:58 am

More links relating to the Obama-endorsed (proof hereherehere, and hereOccupy movement.

Hopefully, this somewhat tedious exercise will wind down tomorrow once the illegal Occupiers are routed from their final enclaves … but you never know.


Portland, Oregon (HT JWF via Instapundit) –

Police have raided three vacant Northeast Portland homes taken over by anarchists who claimed they were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Police were tipped off about the situation Sunday. Responding officers found that the squatters had changed the locks on the homes. Police said it looked like the squatters were ready for battle.

Inside the homes, police found anarchist literature, drugs and weapons, including machetes.

“There’s the body armor in there, the bucket of projectiles: broken up concrete, rocks …”

Later in the article, a cop insists that “most of the protesters were non-violent.” No sir. As explained here, at a minimum those at the encampments are trespassing bullies prone to violence if they don’t get their way.


At the Washington Post on Friday (HT Walter Russell Mead) — “A Fast Company survey last month found that African Americans, who are 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up only 1.6 percent of Occupy Wall Street.”

One WaPo commenter’s wry explanation: “I don’t know, maybe Blacks know the difference between a real social movement and a camping trip?”


Charming, as reported at WorldNetDaily (HT OWS Exposed) — “Miami-protest spokesman led ‘Nuke Israel’ rally; Mohammad Malik was director of CAIR’s South Florida chapter”


Gateway Pundit“The Oklahoma City Police Department shut down the #Occupy OKC squatters camp tonight after they discovered that only homeless people were camping there. It didn’t help that the hoboes all got drunk and beat their self-appointed security guard.”


From Olympia, Washington (HT Gateway Pundit):

The Washington State Patrol began removing and arresting some of the hundreds of protesters who planted themselves inside the state Capitol building Monday night.

Protesters occupied the building’s rotunda most of the day, venting their frustration with proposed state budget cuts.

The state is “cutting” $2 billion (more than likely really “reducing projected spending which was on track to increase”) — but raising taxes by $1.4 billion. It’s never enough.


The latest Maxine WatersThat’s Life, It Happens” counts:

  • From — seven deaths and 16 entries (definitely understated) concerning sexual assaults.
  • From John Nolte’s incomplete but nonetheless useful compilation at as of Monday — 348 incidents.
  • The total arrest count as of Friday was 4,752 (HT Thomas Lifson at American Thinker). There have been plenty of additional arrests in several cities (at least LA, Philly, Portland ME, Olympia WA and Oklahoma City) during the past several days which have not yet made the list.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112911)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:45 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: Amazing Grace

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

Really nice performance: