Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Democracy is always temporary in nature; Obama's czars and the veil of secrecy; Republican Representative call for Obama to have Eric Holder resign; Obama is a lone wolf; Scenes from Occupy Wall St.; Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee asking supports to sign a petition in support of "Occupy"; Working Families Party hires protesters; Voters don't really want to destroy Capitalism; Wikileak shows Obama wanted to go to Hiroshima to apologize in speech; Democrat voter fraud; More states require urine test for safety net

"A democracy is ALWAYS temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that the voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority ALWAYS votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) ALWAYS followed by a dictatorship."
Alexander Tyler, 1887 - University of Edinborough, Scotland
Washington Examiner opines: President Barack Obama has installed personal advisors in czar positions in the White House and has created new czar positions elsewhere in the Executive Branch.  As of the date of this report, the number of czars that have been appointed by the President, or by others in his administration, appears to total 45.  In addition, there are as many as 18 other unfilled or planned czar positions. 
Many of these ‘czars’ are unconfirmed by the Senate and are largely unaccountable to Congress.  Further, their activities are often outside the reach of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), creating a veil of secrecy about their precise role in the administration.”
I find this the most intriguing assertion within the release announcing the report:
Czars appointees have seized unprecedented control over major aspects of government policy and programs. In some instances, unconfirmed czars have authority, in seeming violation of the U.S. Constitution, over certain Senate-confirmed officers.

Daily Caller reports: Florida Republican Rep. Allen West is demanding that President Barack Obama force Attorney General Eric Holder to resign.
Appearing on Nashville radio host Steve Gill’s show last week, West said Obama would be “complicit” with what he sees as Justice Department attempts to slow down and avoid a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunrunner if he didn’t push his attorney general to resign.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/10/allen-west-obama-must-remove-eric-holder-or-he%e2%80%99s-complicit-with-fast-and-furious-cover-up/#ixzz1aOQJu84s
The New York Post writes: The reports are not good, disturbing even. I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.
The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.
Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.
The UK Daily Mail reports: Among the banners and flags are now discarded packets of condoms, cigarettes and bottles of spirits, while naked youngsters happily get together with just sleeping bags covering their modesty.
A box of free condoms is kept in the main area where protesters are camping. In one shocking picture, a man can be seen defecating on a police car.
‘I got warrants. I’m running from the law,’ a 24-year-old man from Stamford, Connecticut, told the New York Post. ‘I’m not even supposed to be here, but it’s as good a spot as any to hide.’
Protesters said the site smells like a sewer and the free condoms have given visions of what the Woodstock festival was like. But many have come down for the huge amount of food donated.  [I came across a photo of a man defecating on a burning American flag.  Right - this is just like a Tea Party....]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The The Hill reports: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is asking supporters to sign a petition in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Meanwhile, some Republicans have criticized the protests.
“I regard the Wall Street protests as a natural outcome of a bad education system teaching them really dumb ideas,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Others GOPers have expressed sympathy, like Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), an outspoken and long-time critic of the Federal Reserve.
“If they were demonstrating peacefully, and making a point, and arguing our case, and drawing attention to the Fed — I would say, good!” Paul said last week.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said he was "increasingly concerned" by the "mob protests."  http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/186467-dccc-asks-supporters-to-sign-petition-in-support-of-occupy-wall-street

New York CBS reports: “They want to take showers, want to wash up and use the toilet paper to dry up. It becomes … you gotta have one person assigned just to clean the bathrooms,” said Steve Zamfotis, manager of “Charley’s” restaurant.
Zamfotis, who runs a pizza shop directly across the street from Zuccotti Park, said he has to stand guard at the door — just to keep protesters out.
“They expect everything, everything for free, nothing to pay,” Zamfotis said. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/10/occupy-wall-street-protests-enter-4th-week-anonymous-threatens-nyse-website/
Powerline reports: Reader Greg Farrell writes to point out what he found on Craigslist. It’s an ad from the Working Families Party looking to hire protesters for Wall Street and offering $350-650 a week, depending on responsibility and length of time on staff: FIGHT TO HOLD WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE NOW! MAKE A DIFFERENCE! GET PAID! Note: “Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.”
Here’s the Craigslist posting, in case it gets cut:
The UK Telegraph reports: Protest is exciting when you are young, and everyone deserves their chance to burn something down. But the political reality is that voters don’t actually want the wheels of Capitalism to stop turning. They don’t want free love or a rainbow nation of stoners. They want a job. That’s why Barack Obama, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have made a big mistake in expressing sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement. They’ve endorsed a happening that is moral in principle but politically toxic. Ordinary voters – the boring, unpretty folks who get up every day and go to work and never once complain – will reject it at the polls. The silent majority will be heard eventually, just like it was back in 1968. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100109958/the-1960s-radicalism-of-occupy-wall-street-will-help-elect-a-republican-in-2012/

Powerline reports: Over the last couple of weeks several Japanese newspapers have been all over a new Wikileak that so far has not made much of an impression anywhere in American media.  (I know: This is a surprise?)  It seems that Obama wanted to include stops at Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of his 2009 World Apology Tour, so that he could apologize for Harry Truman dropping the Big One to end World War II.
One problem for The One: Japan was not amused by this idea.  The U.S. embassy in Tokyo cabled Hillary Clinton to suggest with typically gentle diplomatic language that what Obama was proposing would be deeply offensive to Japanese.  From the Japan Times story: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/10/the-world-apology-tour-revisited.php

National Review reveals: Most Democrats scoff at claims of election fraud.
They shouldn’t:
The signatures of dozens, if not hundreds, of northern Indiana residents were faked on petitions used to place presidential candidates on the state primary ballot in 2008, The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana have revealed in an investigation.
Several pages from petitions used to qualify Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the state’s Democratic primary contain names and signatures that appear to have been copied by hand from a petition for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger. The petitions were filed with the Indiana Election Division after the St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office verified individuals’ information on the documents. Falsifying a ballot petition is a Class D felony in Indiana. According to Dale Simmons, co-legal counsel for the Elections Division, the statute of limitations for Class D felonies is five years.
According to the newspaper’s investigation, the evidence suggests that at least 19 pages of Obama’s petitions were copied by two individuals.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  The NYT Times reports: As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample. Policy makers in three dozen states this year proposed drug testing for people receiving benefits like welfare, unemployment assistance, job training, food stamps and public housing. Such laws, which proponents say ensure that tax dollars are not being misused and critics say reinforce stereotypes about the poor, have passed in states including Arizona, Indiana and Missouri. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/us/states-adding-drug-test-as-hurdle-for-welfare.html?_r=1&ref=us

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