December 7, 2011

AP Report on ‘Radical Right’ in Europe ‘Fighting Islam’ Somehow ‘Forgets’ No-Go Zones, Honor Killings, Car Burnings

FranceBurningCarIn a report appearing earlier today, Karl Ritter at the Associated Press wanted U.S. readers to know that the “radical right” in Europe is turning into a really big problem. Why, these people have the nerve to object to the fact that “Muslim immigrants are colonizing Europe with the tacit approval of left-wing political elites.” “Colonization” seems to be an inaccurate word; substitute “taking control of portions of” and you’ve got it about right.

Ritter engages in the usual guilt by association as he tries to tie protest groups to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed no Muslims and was from all accounts I could find a loner. “Somehow,” Ritter forgot to mention three specific items (there are probably more, but anyone following European news since the 2005 French riots should at least know about these) which represent clear evidence of attempts at de facto Muslim control: no-go zones, “honor killings,” and the seemingly incurable wave of car burnings occurring continually throughout Europe. First, a few paragraphs from Ritter’s report, with scare words bolded:

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Dan Calabrese: Why Cain dropped out

herman-cain_052111The guy who has been “the syndicator of Herman’s newspaper column for six years” confirms that my instincts last week were correct.

My instincts:

… whoever is behind what Cain insists is a concerted smear campaign will be happy to know that he may decide to abandon his presidential run not because of the strain he is enduring as a result of a series of sexual harassment charges followed by an “out of the blue” (Cain’s words) claim by a woman of a 13-year extramarital affair, but because he senses that it is becoming a burden his wife and family either cannot bear or should not be required to bear.

Calabrese’s column confirms it, and also testifies to the absurdity of the allegations against Cain:

The hardest thing about seeing a friend of yours run for president was not the scandalous allegations, although that was hard. It’s just that the allegations were so absurd for anyone who knows him, they were honestly more a source of amusement than anything else. Thinking of Herman fooling around on Gloria or grabbing some woman’s crotch in a car – it was like trying to imagine Kwame Kilpatrick (imprisoned former mayor of Detroit — Ed.) taking responsibility for something.

You just couldn’t.

No, the hardest thing was listening to people who don’t know the first thing about the guy mouth off about his supposed lack of intelligence, or preparedness, or my favorite – how he is “not ready for prime time,” whatever that’s supposed to mean.

OK. I know what it means. It means the presidential campaign is “rough and tumble,” “politics ain’t beanbag” and (add your favorite cliché here), and Herman wasn’t prepared for what the media and other enemies were going to do to him. This was the reasoning that allowed even people who didn’t believe the allegations to nevertheless find fault with him, because “it wasn’t handled well,” etc.

… Here’s what people don’t understand: He knew perfectly well what the textbook said he was supposed to do. He didn’t care. It’s not that he wasn’t ready for prime time. He just thinks the way prime time works is pretty absurd, and he was going to things his way or not at all. And if that meant he didn’t become president, he could live with that. He wasn’t going to make a spectacle of his wife. He wasn’t going to drag his family through more of this crap.

Gloria Cain didn’t force Herman’s hand. It was his decision. She knows he has told the truth throughout this entire episode, and she would have backed him to the end if he had decided to press on. It was gut-wrenching for him not to do so, but he saw that this was killing her, and he never wanted her in the spotlight under any circumstances – particularly circumstances like these.

So he bowed out for her sake. That is the truth.

A lot of the media have “sources” – almost all of them unnamed – who dish all kinds of nonsense about the state of the Cain marriage, who made the decision here, etc. I have a source too. I’ll name him for you. It’s Herman Cain. He told me all this himself on Sunday.

That’s how I know what I’m talking about. Ironically, for many of you, that will be the very reason you don’t believe me.

I suppose there’s room to discuss the realism of keeping Gloria Cain out of the spotlight, but the bottom line is that Herman Cain put family first. Yes, that’s what we’re supposed to do. Even if I don’t like the result one bit (which I don’t), I have to respect that. What I don’t respect is the pack of complete liars who brought things to this point.

Unanswered is the question of what we’re going to do about the pack of complete liars so they can never again bring things to this point.

The GOP primary campaign is poorer because Herman Cain has withdrawn. The country is poorer because others in a similar position considering getting into politics will back off rather than endure the torture, which again is why something has to be done about the pack of liars whose mission it is to personally destroy — without any regard for the truth — anyone with whom they disagree.

Obama’s Big Blue State Economy-Killing Governors

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:34 am

I’ve written before that this 2011 has been a relatively good year for certain red states, including the newly-reds, in job growth, as shown here:

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The top nine states (11 out of the top 15) in seasonally adjusted January-October 2011 employment growth are either governed by Republicans and/or are habitually in the “R” column in presidential elections. Without them, the country’s anemic post-recession growth would be even worse, and might even be approaching the land of the double-dip recession.

Two big blue states, California and New York, are not in the list above. They are holding the country back, hurting the recovery, and ironically hurting the reelection chances of their party’s president. The situation in those two states is only going to get worse, as the Wall Street Journal explains in an editorial this morning (bolds are mine), with an inadvertent point applicable to Ohio coming near its end:

The Two Left Coasts
Cuomo and Brown decide to ‘occupy’ taxpayers.

New York and California were once America’s economic growth engines, but their political leaders seem determined to keep them sputtering. Their Democratic Governors are now pushing big new tax increases in the name of soaking the rich and balancing their budgets, as if that same strategy hadn’t put them in their current fiscal straits.

In New York, Andrew Cuomo … (is) repudiating his 2010 campaign pledge not to raise taxes on anyone while letting a previous income-tax surcharge expire on schedule at the end of this month.

… This is the same Governor who said as recently as October 17 that “You are kidding yourself if you think you can be one of the highest-taxed states in the nation, have a reputation for being antibusiness—and have a rosy economic future.” The people who were really kidding themselves are voters who thought Mr. Cuomo believed what he said. With the “occupiers” in the streets of New York, perhaps this is Mr. Cuomo’s first left turn in his campaign for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination.

… Such a progressive code will make the state fisc even more dependent on millionaire incomes, which soar on capital gains and bonuses during good times but crash during recessions. This is the same progressive trap that has made California’s budget hostage to economic boom and bust.

The good times create an unsustainable revenue boom, which the politicians spend, only to find that the budget goes quickly and steeply into red when the economy slows. Then the politicians cry poverty and raise taxes again, driving more of the wealthy taxpayers the politicians need out of the state. This is why the highest-taxed states are always under fiscal duress.

And speaking of California, Governor Jerry Brown announced Monday that he’ll put a huge new tax increase on the ballot for voter approval next November. The income tax rate would rise by one percentage point to 10.3% for individuals making between $250,000 and $300,000, to 10.8% for those up to $500,000, and two percentage points to 11.3% for anyone making more than $500,000. All retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012.

Lest you think Mr. Brown and Democrats let the middle-class off the hook, he also wants to raise the state sales tax by half a penny on the dollar to 7.75%.

… (Brown and Democrats will engage in) a year-long campaign to scare voters into believing that if they don’t raise taxes their children will go uneducated, their roads will decay, and the middle class will go without health care. Hollywood and the unions will be his financiers.

The larger lesson here is the difficulty of changing the politics of union-enforced entitlement. Both states are dominated by public unions that refuse to allow serious reforms in pensions or state welfare spending and whose default policy is always higher taxes. Like Greece or Italy, the illusion is that you can chase revenue by raising taxes without regard to economic growth and the mobility of people and capital.

Ohio is underachieving compared to where it could be thanks to the November defeat of Issue 2/SB5 and (in retrospect) the anticipation thereof, which is perpetuating the situation described in the final excerpted paragraph. Absent at least some of the reforms envisioned in the defeated issue, there’s a very good chance that the Buckeye State is five or fewer years away from replicating California’s nightmare.

Lucid Links (120711)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:47 am

Note: Please keep comments at this post related to the items presented.

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Maggie Thurber is calling attention to a brazen violation of the law by a civil servant:

Sobecki can’t run for county recorder and keep her county job

Lisa Sobecki is currently an employee at the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services. Her title is Casework Aide and it is in the bargaining unit. It is also in the classified civil service.

Her employment is not an issue, unless she decides to run for partisan political office – which she apparently has decided to do.

… Ohio law prohibits employees in the classified civil service from participation in partisan political activity.

… (This) means that, as a county employee, she cannot seek office in a partisan election and keep her job.

… The law is clear and so is the task before the County Commissioners. They should immediately bring charges against Sobecki for violation of ORC 124.57 and she should be terminated if she chooses to continue to seek partisan political office.

Apparently the commissioners in the one-party state of Lucas County don’t intend to do anything to stop her.

Three thoughts:

  1. Since state law is involved, it would seem that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine would have every right to intervene if the commissioners and/or the country prosecutor fail to uphold the oaths they swore when they took office and don’t act.
  2. If Sobecki wins (this could be done after a primary or general election), it would seem that legal action filed by either a losing candidate or a disgruntled voter could overturn her victory as directly violating state law. I don’t see why a prosecutor or DeWine couldn’t file criminal charges about three seconds after she wins.
  3. Based on his coverage at this story, Tom Troy at the Toledo Blade, which says that it wants “to be the premier source of news and information about northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan,” is either too ignorant to know or doesn’t care about Sobecki’s clearly illegal candidacy. Which is it, Tom?

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At the New York Post, via Michael Walsh (“Fast & furious lies — Justice Dept. must come clean”):

It was all a lie. The angry denials, the high dudgeon, the how-dare-you accuse-us bleating emanating from Eric Holder’s Justice Department these last nine months.

Operation Fast and Furious — the “botched” gun-tracking program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — did, in fact, deliberately allow some 2,000 high-powered weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartel agents and then waltzed across the border and into the Mexican drug wars — just as Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, who are leading the congressional investigations, have charged all along.

If this were a Republican, the press and the left would have been talking about impeachment and/or indictment months ago. For Eric Holder, the operation and the blatantly lying cover-up should at least lead to his resignation.

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Bill Sloat in effect notes that my term for the political situation in Hamilton County coined several years ago (“The Politicians’ Republic of Hamilton County”) — because the two major parties agreed not to compete with each other in county commissioner elections (seriously) — is now only half-true.

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From the UK (“‘Climategate’ email scandal shatters public confidence in paying to go green”) — “UK consumers are reacting to the financial crisis and a wave of “climategate” email scandals by keeping their wallets in their pockets when given the choice of going green.” This explains why we’ve seen pathetic to non-existent coverage of both rounds of the Climategate scandal in the U.S. establishment press.

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Turning the tables at Heritage — Mike Brownfield doesn’t directly make the claim I’m about to articulate, but what he lays out essentially does:

In the United States, smart-growth policies started in California and Oregon but then spread around the country to “deter suburban growth for all but the well-to-do,” as (Heritage researchers Wendell) Cox, (Ronald) Utt, and (Brett) Schaefer explain. They also write that those policies were not without detrimental impact:

As they became more prevalent and restrictive, their impact on housing prices and construction likewise expanded. An explosion of exclusionary zoning throughout the U.S. encouraged many communities to adopt zoning policies to ensure that they maintained a certain demographic ‘profile.’ Such zoning limited real estate development to higher-cost homes in order to ‘price out’ moderate-income households, which included a disproportionate share of minorities.

Where do these home-grown smart-growth policies stand today? The Obama Administration has embraced them while also increasing environmental regulations and restrictions on the use of natural resources. But the White House isn’t the only one behind the smart-growth movement. Local and state officials, along with interest groups, are promoting the policies at all levels of government.

Thus, using their own terms, what lefties like to call “smart growth” is fundamentally racist, exclusionary and elitist.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120711)

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

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

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On its 70th anniversary, remember Pearl Harbor — or, if you really don’t know the story, learn about it. A mini-slideshow found here succinctly recounts the history.

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Either Bill Sloat at the Daily Bellwether actually engaged in a clandestine operation to rank Ohio’s conservative blogs and determined that BizzyBlog belonged at the top, or he’s just trying to get me to pay for lunch the next time we meet. Seriously, the recognition is nice, and appreciated.

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“Siri Is Apple’s Broken Promise” — Someone’s not happy with Siri. Siri-ously.

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Dayton Daily News“Regulations aimed at Occupy Dayton rankle ACLU.” People who think they have an unlimited right to illegally squat on public property indefinitely rankle me.

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During the Reagan Era, the Gipper was criticized cases of public assistance recipients who somehow had “welfare Cadillacs.”

Well, here’s some progress (/sarc): Thirty years later, it’s welfare mansions (“Feds Raid Million Dollar Home of Welfare Recipient in Washington State”).

Positivity: Red Cross honors Windy Hills principal, who helped save girl’s life after accident

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Kearney, Nebraska:

Posted: November 29, 2011 2:02 pm

Serena Stacy hadn’t seen Windy Hills Elementary School Principal Nathan Lightle since the night he saved her life nearly a year ago.

As Lightle received the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit during a surprise assembly at Windy Hills Monday, the two embraced for the first time.

“I just met the man who saved my life,” Stacy said.

Fort Kearney Chapter of the American Red Cross Executive Director John Jones presented Lightle with the Certificate of Merit.

“His actions and willingness to be trained in CPR and first aid are an inspiration to us all,” Jones said.

The certificate is the highest award given by the American Red Cross to a person or team of people who save or sustain a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course.

On the night of Dec. 22, Lightle and his wife and three sons were driving on a country road in Kansas while traveling for the holidays.

The family was running late. They had taken one of their sons to urgent care for pink eye. The doctor visit set the family back nearly four hours.

As he drove, Lightle saw a black vehicle covered in frost on the side of the road.

He decided to stop.

Serena Stacy of Oberlin, Kan. was driving home from Colby, Kan., where she had been visiting a friend.

She was late for her curfew and her family was planning to leave for a Christmas celebration in Estes Park, Colo., the following day.

As Stacy, who was 16 at the time, drove, she took a drink from her water bottle. She dropped the bottle and it became wedged under her brake. She removed her seat belt to reach for the bottle.

Stacy’s car swerved and she overcorrected. Her car rolled and landed in a ditch.

She was ejected from the car and laid motionless in the ditch. Stacy wasn’t wearing a coat that night as the temperature dropped to -18 degrees.

Lightle approached the black car and saw Stacy on the ground.

“I will never forget seeing her,” Lightle said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson Sentenced to 7 Years; Democratic Party Affiliation Virtually Unmentioned

namethatpartyFormer Prince George’s County, Maryland Executive Jack Johnson was sentenced today to over seven years in prison for, according to Eric Tucker at the Associated Press, “extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes during a tenure that prosecutors say was rife with greed, corruption and an unchecked pay-to-play culture.” Tucker failed to identify Johnson as a Democrat.

The AP is not alone. A Google News Search on “Jack Johnson Prince George’s County” (not in quotes, past 24 hours, without duplicates) returned 51 items at 11:40 p.m. tonight (the first page says 152, but it’s really 51). The following number of results came back in the same search when I added the word “Democrat” (also after the jump — sordid details of Johnson’s astonishing corruption):

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