October 30, 2012

Video: ‘Conservatism Is Calling’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:59 pm

My alternate title is “Stop the Statism.”

A nicely done video by Chris Corrado posted at American Thinker (HT to an emailer) makes the case against Obama, and for conservative principles as the cure for where he’s taken us:

With appearances by Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin.

Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus: ‘We Can Do Better’ (Update: Remembering Lou Pritchett’s ‘Open Letter to President Obama’)

Filed under: Activism,Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:14 pm

From someone who has directly and indirectly through business subordinates hired millions of people (HT American Thinker):

Pull quotes:

  • “I see what’s going on today and I’m frightened to death, I’m just frightened to death.”
  • “(in this kind of business environment) we couldn’t get past six stores (today).” (Home Depot has over 2,000 stores worldwide, the vast majority of which are in the U.s.)
  • “(As a result of businesses not expanding) kids are coming out of college and not getting jobs because companies are not hiring.”
  • “The debt doesn’t mean anything to him (Obama).”
  • “Who is going to bail us out?”
  • “He (Obama) is surrounded by people who don’t have a clue about how to fix the economy … and they’ve demonstrated.”

He also mentioned that a Romney presidency would turn things around slowly and that doing so will be very tough.

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Related, from June 2009: People should have been paying attention long ago when retired Procter & Gamble Vice President Lou Pritchett, who retired in 1995, wrote an “Open Letter to President Obama” –

… You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

IBD: ‘A Department Of Business Is None Of Obama’s Business’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:55 am

The left is pretending that the Obama campaign isn’t desperate.

That pretense grows tougher with each day, as the campaign comes up with ideas upon which it had four years to act and/or dream up and did nothing.

An Investor’s Business Daily editorial Monday commented on the latest one:

Eight days before election day, President Obama proposes creating a new “Secretary Of Business” cabinet post. Just what the country needs: Another layer of bureaucracy to hound the private sector.

After assuring the public “the private sector is doing fine,” yet facing a strong challenger who’s championing the embattled private sector for real, what should our president come up with to bolster his flailing campaign but a hastily cobbled together new plan to create yet another government agency, this time for business.

Seems that with this president all it takes to revive the enfeebled U.S. economy and win votes is yet another new government department to layer on top of all the others. It won’t work.

“I’ve said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA (Small Business Administration) or helping companies with exports,” he told MSNBC.

Almost sounds reasonable, but where has the president been these past four years?

… Adding another agency to supervise business, no doubt led by some college professor acting as “czar,” isn’t the answer. Making big government smaller is.

Here’s a thought: How about a Department of Leave Businesses Alone? No new regulations can be issued unless they can be shown to have tangible, provable benefits which exceed their cost and a payback period (i.e., the points at which proven benefits exceed costs) of three years or less? Additionally, every single reg issued by the Obama administration since it took office expires in six months unless it can pass muster at the newly minted DLBA. Then we start working on regs issued by previous administrations.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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Positivity: New website gathers video resources for Catholic ministry

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Oct 30, 2012 / 01:05 am (CNA).- The new website Catholic Link catalogues videos and other resources useful for ministry and evangelization, aspiring to proclaim the gospel with “creativity and ingenuity.”

“We are deeply convinced that our Catholic Faith in the Lord Jesus is the answer today, for all people, of all ages,” said Garrett Johnson, the manager of Catholic Link’s new English-language site.

He said the site invites visitors to “discover the truths of the faith that are literally all around them” that speak to them through sports, music, school, friendship or at Church.

“We try to express this through the diversity of subjects, tones, and sources of our videos,” said Johnson, who is an American student of philosophy and theology in Rome.

The site collects various streaming videos from sites like YouTube and offers commentaries and interpretations. The site suggests how the videos can be used for Catholic ministry.

Categories include videos about Jesus, the Catholic Church and the Catholic faith, as well as Christian life and family. Other topics include faith and science, pro-life issues, apologetics, recommended movies, music and art, and humorous videos.

Mauricio Artieda, a Peruvian communications major studying in Rome, founded Catholic Link in its first Spanish-language version. He said it began “very quietly” in a blog format.

“Very rapidly, many seminarians, catechists, consecrated men and women and people generally involved in the apostolate (the majority being younger) started to write to us saying that they were using our videos and that the page was helping them a lot in their apostolate,” Artieda said.

The Spanish-language site began last year, while the English-language version is less than a month old. Johnson voiced great hopes for the site.

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 29, 2012

Gallup: ’2012 U.S. Electorate Looks Like 2008′ — Except That Party Affiliation Is GOP +3 Instead of Dems +12

On Friday, Neil Stevens at RedState described that morning’s report from Gallup by Jerry M. Jones comparing the makeup of the 2004, 2008 and 2012 electorates as having “buried the lede so far deep, they’ll be fracking in Australia to bring it to the surface.”

Indeed. The headline (“2012 U.S. Electorate Looks Like 2008″) tells viewers, “nothing’s different, so you really don’t need to read on.” The post’s chart, after boring us to tears with demographic stats which have barely changed in the past four and eight years tracking characteristics which don’t directly drive people’s voting preferences, finally get to the ones relating to party affiliation.

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Benghazi: ‘It’s Not About Politics, It’s About the Truth’

From today’s Washington Examiner editorial:

When Americans choose their presidents, one of their considerations is that they want a commander in chief who can make tough calls when the pressure is on. Obama deserves credit for making the right call when Osama bin Laden became a target of opportunity. But when U.S. diplomats came under a terrorist attack in Libya, someone in the chain of command failed to make the “gutsy call” that might have saved them.

Nearly seven weeks have passed since the attacks, and Americans are still forced to rely on document leaks and reporters with good sources for answers as to who owns the failure in Libya. Why isn’t Obama’s administration producing the answers?

After the consulate attack, Obama and his top aides spent two weeks spreading the absurd and implausible story that the attack was caused by a campy YouTube video. More recently, news reports and leaked emails have shown that the White House was aware of terrorist involvement very early on. And last week, Fox News reported exclusively that CIA forces on the ground had requested help as the attack raged, and even had a laser pointed at the terrorists who were firing mortars. The CIA men asked for help and were denied three times.

At this point, Obama’s repeated assurance that “we’re going to investigate exactly what happened” is looking more and more like a dilatory tactic to hide the truth and keep this story under the surface until Election Day. He has been promising an investigation for seven weeks now — so has it even begun? For context, it only took four weeks after the original 9/11 attacks for U.S. forces to take the dramatic step of invading Afghanistan, and only nine weeks to take control of Kabul and displace the Taliban government that had been offering shelter to bin Laden.

Charles Woods, whose son Tyrone was killed in the attack last month, felt pain and disappointment after his meeting with Obama, whose apology he called “insincere.” “It just didn’t feel right,” Woods told radio host Lars Larson. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening … Apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help.”

Immediately after Sept. 11, when Mitt Romney weighed in prematurely on the simultaneous Egyptian embassy riots, the nation’s political reporters managed to turn it into a seven-day “gaffe” story. Maybe those same newshounds could pursue a real story now — why, after seven weeks, is the most transparent president in American history still dodging questions about what happened in Benghazi?

Related: Roger Simon at PJ Media — “Is it treason when you put your own reelection above the good of your country and the lives of its citizens? If so, Barack Obama committed treason in leaving the four Americans to die in Benghazi.”

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102912)

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Positivity: Nebraska Catholics dedicated to cause of religious freedom

From Omaha, Nebraska:

Oct 28, 2012 / 06:00 pm

A group of Nebraska Catholics has created and donated banners for 147 Catholic churches that bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn, and marriage between a man and a woman.

“They are outstanding banners,” Fr. Ryan Lewis, pastor of Omaha’s St. Thomas More Parish, told CNA Oct. 26. “I thought the message was incredible. The people in my parish are all fired up about concerns about attacks on religious liberty as it relates to the current administration and the HHS mandate.”

One of the banners reads: “Religious Liberty: Our Most Cherished Freedom.” The 4-by-12 foot banner also bears the website address of the Archdiocese of Omaha, though the archdiocese is not a financial backer of the project.

The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that most employers with over 50 employees provide no co-pay insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including some abortion-causing drugs. Only some religious employers are exempt under certain narrow conditions.

Many Catholic health care systems, colleges, and charities do not qualify for the exemption, despite Catholic objections to providing the coverage. Violators pay heavy fines, prompting opponents to object that the mandate punishes Catholic employers who want to follow their consciences.

Fr. Lewis’ parish was the first to display the banners.

He said the members of his “very diverse, working-class parish” in a historically Democratic part of town are “very, very excited” about the banners.

In his view, a message distilled down to religious liberty makes Catholics rise above any partisan considerations.

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 28, 2012

NewsBusted (102612)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:30 am

It’s a little late, but I hope the folks at NB will forgive me. Anyway, given other commitments, it will be at the top for probably the entire rest of the day, and maybe the evening too.

Here we go:

TOPICS:
–Presidential Debates Are Over
–Women Supporting Romney
–President Obama’s Pension
–American Bank Accounts
–Human Cadavers and Stem Cells
–Obamacare
–Michael Phelps
–Gay Americans
–Rolling Stones

Best Line: “Champion Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was named by Men’s Health Magazine as the fittest man of all time. But Michelle Obama says Phelps still needs to eat better.”

Redfern’s Candidacy Exploits ‘the Husted Loophole’ in Ohio Election Residency Law

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:45 am

A sad situation only voters can fix.

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This item went up in somewhat revised form at Watchdog.org on Thursday. Since then, Third Base Politics has reported that since July, Chris Redfern and his wife have been trying to sell their home in the district he wishes represent while living in Columbus, and that he and the Ohio Democratic Party have scrubbed evidence of that attempted sale and Redfern’s indication that he is from Bexley on the list of Ohio delegates to September’s Democratic National Convention.

Unfortunately, though it’s important that 89th District voters learn what 3BP has found and react accordingly at the ballot box, it doesn’t change the validity of the post’s core contention. It remains the case, thanks to the Husted Loophole, that if Redfern claims that he intends to live in the 89th District after his legislative career is over, a legal challenge to his residency will, unless the Ohio Supreme Court totally changes its mind, fail in the end.

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After a four-year absence from Ohio’s Legislature, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern is running for State Representative in Ohio’s 89th District. The district includes Ottawa and Erie Counties in the northern part of the Buckeye State between Toledo and Cleveland.

There are only two problems. The first is that Redfern doesn’t live in the district, and has said so. The second, thanks to the Ohio Supreme Court, is that Redfern’s demonstrated non-residence doesn’t automatically disqualify him from running. Any reasonable person would think it should.

The blogger who goes by the name “GOHPat the Third Base Politics blog has shown that:

  • Redfern and his wife Kim own two homes in Metro Columbus. One, in suburban Bexley, was purchased in 2007. The couple bought a second residence inside Columbus’s city limits early this year.
  • Redfern was listed as living in Bexley in the roster of Democratic Party delegates attending the party’s September national convention in Charlotte.
  • The Redfern Group, a campaign consulting firm headed by Kim Redfern, lists the couple’s Bexley address as its headquarters.

A person declaring candidacy for public office is required to attest that “I am a qualified elector in the precinct in which my voting residence is located.” You might think that Redfern was on very thin ice making that claim when he submitted his declaration in Ottawa County, even though the Redferns still own a home there. You would be wrong, thanks to none other than Jon Husted, Ohio’s current Secretary of State.

You see, Husted, a Republican, was caught in arguably more damning circumstances late last decade when he was a state representative and then a state senator, declaring himself a resident of Kettering, a Dayton suburb where he owned and still owns a small home, while living for several years with his second wife in a Columbus suburb.

Things came to a head in 2009, when then-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, ruled that Husted wasn’t a legal resident of Kettering. Husted went to the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. Incredibly, he succeeded.

In a unanimous decision, the Court, in the words of the Dayton Daily News, said that Brunner “did not give enough weight to his intent to return to the Kettering home when his public service ends.” Thus, what I have now dubbed “the Husted Loophole” was born. Any candidate can declare an intent to “someday” return to reside in his or her district, regardless of whether it’s the truth, and no one can do a thing about it.

Husted’s expressed intent was and remains hardly credible. His current wife’s real estate firm was and still is in Metro Columbus. In 2009, I personally observed his Kettering “residence” from the outside and found it to be a clearly unoccupied 1,300-foot shell in which a couple of the Husteds’ means would not deign to live. By contrast, the Redferns’ Catawba Island home in Ottawa County is spacious. If pressured, Chris Redfern’s claim to want to move back there eventually would be at least have a shred of believability.

Unfortunately for “GOHP” and 89th District voters, any action attempted by Husted against Redfern would reek of hypocrisy and fail miserably on precedent. The only remaining control is in the hands of the District’s voters, who, thanks to “GOHP,” at least have a chance to learn the truth. If they believe it important that they be represented by someone who cares enough about them to live where they do and thereby stay in touch with their concerns, they will vote for a true resident of the District, meaning someone other than Chris Redfern.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102812)

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Positivity: Christian Bale presents award to blind pro-life activist from China

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

Oct 27, 2012 / 07:51 am

Hollywood actor Christian Bale presented a human rights award to Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng for fighting forced abortions in China, praising him as a courageous and inspirational figure.

By exposing “a program of forced abortion and sterilization in Shandong,” Chen exemplified the “values that we teach our children every day of helping our fellow man,” Bale said.

Chen was the 2012 Human Rights Award Honoree at an Oct. 25 gala in New York City hosted by Human Rights First, an organization that challenges the United States to live up to its ideals.

Bale met the blind human rights activist for the first time at the gala. The Batman star had previously attempted to visit Chen during his time in house arrest but was roughed up and turned away by plainclothes guards.

Blinded by a serious illness when he was young, Chen is a self-taught human rights lawyer who spoke out against China’s one-child policy and the coerced abortions and sterilizations that are often used to enforce it. His work attracted the anger of Chinese authorities.

Chen spent more than four years in prison and was subsequently placed under house arrest in September 2010. He and his family were held without formal charges, and he said that they were violently assaulted and refused medical treatment.

In late April, he made international headlines by escaping from house arrest and reaching the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

He left the embassy for a hospital in Beijing on May 2, after being promised by Chinese authorities that he and his family would be secure. Shortly afterwards, however, he voiced fears for his safety and asked to come to the U.S. with his family for a period of peaceful rest.

Chen was offered a fellowship to study law and learn English at New York University’s law school and was ultimately allowed to travel to the United States with his family, arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 19.

In presenting the award, Bale emphasized the blind activist’s work on behalf of women and their unborn children who are subject to the country’s brutal one-child policy.

“A program of forced abortion means that women are being dragged from their homes against their will,” Bale said. “They are being forced to have abortions, sometimes late-term – imagine that – with some women reportedly dying in the process.”

Referring to these forced abortions as “true horror,” the actor stated that in this “insane world,” Chen stood up for the women of China, living out “simple, brave and universally-admired values.”

“For this, this man was imprisoned and beaten for over four years,” he said.

Speaking through a translator, Chen said that he was honored to receive the award.

“Just as the name Human Rights First implies, I believe if everyone throughout the world put human rights in first place, we would be living in a very different world,” he said.

“This is not just an award for me, but I feel I am representing all people who live in non-democratic countries,” he added. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 27, 2012

AP Writers Claim Their ‘Poll’ Shows ‘Majority harbor prejudice against blacks’

The latest and possibly last (we can hope) preelection poll from partnership between the Associated Press and GfK Roper International purportedly tells us that most of us “now express prejudice toward blacks” whether we “recognize those feelings or not.”

That’s the conclusion communicated by AP reporter Sonya Ross and wire service deputy director of polling Jennifer Agiesta. In case we don’t get the point, the item’s accompanying photograph at the AP national site, Yahoo News and likely elsewhere is of Barack Obama, who despite the recognized and unrecognized racism of most Americans managed to carry 53% of the vote in 2008. Contrary to the report’s headline, the AP pair admit that the AP-GfK poll results alone (done online, to add insult to injury) don’t prove the point they’re trying to make; other bizarre tests are also involved.

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Establishment Press Won’t Cue Up Biden’s Outrageous Comment to Slain Benghazi Hero’s Father

It’s hard to find a benchmark against which to compare remarks delivered by Vice President Joe Biden, but here’s one from a past administration. In June 2004, Bush 43 Vice President Dick Cheney was greeted on the Senate Floor at the annual Senate photo op by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Leahy had previously been flogging the left’s phantasm over alleged “profiteering” by Halliburton, the company at which Cheney had served as Chairman and CEO from 1995-2000. At the end of a testy exchange, Cheney either said “(F-word) you” or “(F-word) yourself.”

The Washington Post (go to the third of 22 pages at the link), the New York Times, and the Associated Press covered the story. A Taipei Times dispatch claiming to a blend of Times and AFP reporting actually contains the F-word. A Google News Archive search surfaces at least a dozen establishment press stories and commentaries which are still out there. However, I found almost no mainstream press stories covering what the father of slain Benghazi-defending hero Tyrone Woods claims that Biden said to him when the casket containing his son’s remains returned to America (bold was in original):

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