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:

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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)

Surprise!

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.” TheCainSolution.com. 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.”

Energy:
– “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.

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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.’”

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Cincinnati’s Thanksgiving Day ‘Occupation’

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

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

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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.
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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.