December 10, 2011

Ron Paul Just Totally Lost Me

Every time I start thinking that I ought to give the guy some consideration, he says something so out of bounds that I again say, “never mind.”

Here’s the latest, and, based on content, the last:

Ron Paul: 9/11 prompted “glee” in Bush administration

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday evening that Bush administration officials were gleeful after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because it gave them a pretext to invade Iraq.

“Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq,” the Texas Republican told a group of mostly young backers in Iowa. He went on to suggest officials are now setting the stage for an invasion of Iran.

… In response to Paul’s comments Thursday evening, former Bush administration spokesman Ari Fleisher Tweeted: “The man is nuts.”

At least on that topic — which is enough for me to lose interest in anything else the man might have to say.

Boehner Does GOP’s Weekly Address, Focuses on Jobs

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:57 am

The Speaker crystallizes the situation nicely (transcript here):

The House has now passed 27 job-creating bills which the Senate has ignored and the President has not encouraged Harry Reid to pursue.

The President’s Keystone Pipeline delay is potentially very dangerous, as it may cause Canada to bag it altogether and ship its output to China.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121011)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:28 am

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

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DanielFaulknerRIP1981Outrage: Mumia Abdul-Jamal, who killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner 30 years ago and was sentenced to death for his crime, will not be executed.

Maureen Faulkner’s full statement is here. Highlight: “The disgusting reality with the death penalty in Pennsylvania is that the fix is in before the hearings even begin, and federal judges, including the 4 dishonest cowards who presided over my husband’s case, are the fixers.”

Related BizzyBlog blast from the past (third item at link):

Matt Lauer’s treatment of Maureen Faulkner, the widow of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, and of Michael Smerconish, who helped Mrs. Faulkner write “Murdered by Mumia,” was beyond disgraceful. The full transcript is here, if you dare.

Several years ago, I spent several hours studying the 1981 murder myself (originally posted at FreeRepublic and no longer available — Ed.), and concluded, first, that there’s no doubt that Mumia did it, and second, that those who have made a cause out of Mumia are about as unhinged as anyone around.

Mrs. Faulkner was on Hannity’s show yesterday, and revealed that actor Mike Farrell, one of Mumia’s more outspoken supporters, had admitted to her that he has never read the original murder trial transcripts. Why am I not surprised?

Given the result, the linked Lauer interview four years ago, in which he questioned the author’s motives for “personal gain,” even though the proceeds were going to a crime victims’ charity (Lauer’s follow-up: “Maybe … for status and, and, and attention”), comes off as even more disgraceful than it originally did.

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“Ron Paul Tells Newsmax: I Support Israel.” Paul’s premise is that Israel would be better if it ALL aid to the Middle East ended, as the sums going to Israel’s enemies are far greater. Sounds good, but a lot of the money going to its enemies, which now have to be assumed to include Egypt, comes from Europe and the U.N. If Paul has a way to stop that, I’m listening. Otherwise, I think it’s a no-go.

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And the spending goes on — The Congressional Budget Office estimates that November’s federal deficit was $139 billion. Spending was just under $300 billion.

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JIm DeMint in Friday’s Wall Street Journal“How the U.S. Can Help Europe: Just Say No; The greatest threat to our economy is not the debt crisis across the pond, but the one right here on American soil.”

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Ixnay on Cordray. A rare sighting of Republican spine.

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Walter Russell Mead: “How To Ruin Your Life” (Alternate title: “How To Become an OWS Ignoramus”) –

First, enroll in a college that you cannot afford, and rely on large student loans to make up the difference.

Second, spend the next four years having as good a time as possible: hang out, hook up, and above all, take plenty of “awesome” courses.

Third, find teachers and role models who will encourage you to develop an attitude of enlightened contempt for ordinary American middle class life, the world of business, and such bourgeois virtues as self-reliance, thrift, accountability and self-discipline. Specialize in sarcasm and snark.

Fourth, avoid all courses with tough requirements, taking only the minimum required number of classes in science, math and foreign languages.

Fifth, never think about acquiring marketable skills.

Sixth, when you graduate and discover that you have to repay the loans and cannot get a job that pays enough to live comfortably while servicing your debts, be surprised. Blame society. Demand that the government or your parents or evil corporations bail you out.

Seventh, expect anyone (except for other clueless losers who’ve been as stupid and wasteful as you) to sympathize with your plight, or to treat you with anything but an infuriating mixture of sorrow, pity and contempt.

Occupy Update (121011)

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:28 am

It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight days since the last dedicated BizzyBlog Occupy Update.

In that time, a lot a really putrid stuff has piled up — just like at an Occupy encampment.

What follows is just a sampling of items which have appeared the past week or so concerning the Obama-endorsed (proof hereherehere, and hereOccupy movement.

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

  • John Nolte’s incomplete but nonetheless useful compilation at BigJournalism.com as of Friday, December 9 is at 417 incidents.
  • The total arrest count of 4,752 here is two weeks old, and is well over 5,000 by now.
  • Then of course there are the deaths (eight), sexual assaults (19 items in a very incomplete compilation), and other items over at OWSexposed.com (whose numbers are light in certain instances).
  • There is one line item in the OWS Exposed list which should never be forgotten — “Number of Tea Partiers Who Committed Such Crimes: 0.”

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Here’s a unelaborated-upon bullet list (HTs to either Instpundit or OWSexposed unless otherwise indicated):

  • Dec. 5, Baltimore Sun“Woman stabbed at Occupy Baltimore encampment, police say; Police say dispute was over cat.”
  • Dec. 5, At Lagniappe’s Lair via Gateway Pundit“Occupy DC military ‘hero’ was actually kicked-out of military for smoking pot.”
  • Dec. 5, at CBS News“Occupy arrests in D.C., Ore., Tenn.” Over 30 in D.C. alone.
  • Dec. 5, at the LA Times“Occupy San Diego: Nine more arrested, one from a tree”
  • Dec. 6, at The Blaze“Cops toss cccupiers out of (Glenn) Beck book signing”
  • Dec. 6, at BigGovernment.com“Communists Work on a New Improved, Pro-Obama ‘Occupy’ Movement”
  • Dec. 7, at Verum Serum“(In Kansas Speech) Obama Swings Left, Signals Occupy Movement: I’m With You”
  • Dec. 7, at the Daily Caller“A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement vomited on the carpet of a Republican congressman’s (Joe Walsh – IL) Washington, D.C. office Tuesday, according to the representative’s office.”
  • Dec. 7, at the Boston Globe (HT BigGovernment.com) — “A Suffolk Superior Court judge today ruled against Occupy Boston protesters, denying their motion for a preliminary injunction that would protect them from eviction from their downtown encampment.” Bottom line: “Occupation” is not “speech.” Duh.
  • Dec. 7, from Des Moines“Neighbors: Occupy Protesters Took Evicted Man’s Belongings”
  • Dec. 8, at the Daily Caller“Occupy DC members disillusioned by union overseers’ tight grip”
  • Dec. 8, at the Harvard Law blog Space Occupants“‘Occupy Harvard’ Left Vacant”
  • Dec. 9, via Andrew Ross at SFGate.com (HT PJ Tatler) — “Union not keen on new Occupy Oakland port blockade (planned for Monday, Dec. 12)”
  • Dec. 9, at WorldNetDaily“Occupy’s ‘nerve center’ staffed by Soros activists; Professional radicals caught red-handed running so-called ‘leaderless’ movement.”
  • Dec. 9, at The Blaze“Occupiers shut-down filming of ‘Law & Order (SVU).’”
  • Dec. 9, at Gateway Pundit“Occupy Raleigh Protester Shoots Up Food Store… Injures 3 People… Then Shoots Himself in Barn.”
  • Dec. 9, at New York Magazine (Matt Drudge’s headline) — “Dems Move to Ban ‘Occupy’ from 2012 Convention.”

Positivity: Pope Benedict Shares His Three Christmas Wishes

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Vatican City:

Dec 9, 2011 / 07:10 pm

Pope Benedict XVI revealed his three Christmas wishes for this year, just before remotely switching on the lights of the world’s largest Christmas tree.

“When we look at it our eyes are lifted up, raised toward the sky, toward the world of God,” said Pope Benedict from his papal apartment as he spoke via video link to the people of the Italian town of Gubbio in Umbria on the evening of Dec 7.

Their tree is over 2,000 feet tall and consists of hundreds of tiny light bulbs. The enormous display sits on the slopes of nearby Mount Ingino.

“My first wish,” he said, “is that our gaze, that of our minds and our hearts, rest not only on the horizon of this world, on its material things, but that it in some way, like this tree that tends upward, be directed toward God.”

He said that “God never forgets us, but he also asks that we don’t forget him.”

The Pope’s second wish was that everyone remember that we “need a light to illumine the path of our lives and to give us hope, especially in this time in which we feel so greatly the weight of difficulties, of problems, of suffering, and it seems that we are enshrouded in a veil of darkness.”

The light that “truly illuminate our hearts” and give us “firm and sure hope” can only be found in “the Child whom we contemplate on Christmas, in a poor and humble manger, because He is the Lord who draws near to each of us and asks that we receive Him anew,” he said.

“My final wish,” concluded the Pope, “is that each of us contributes something of that light to the spheres in which we live: our families, our jobs, our neighborhoods, towns and cities.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.