Saturday, December 3, 2011

Democrats urging Barack Obama to withdraw from race; Black Friday Occupyers occupy jail; Obama prizes empathy in judicial appts. and ABA rates them "unqualified"; Wall St. compensation could fall 30%; Bringing down Presidential candidates; Governor Christie asks what we are paying Obama to do; Hillary Clinton calls programs to help world's poor as a national security interest; NLRB and its Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act; Obama doesn't know England from Great Britain; Obama patting himself on the back on Israel policies; Occupy activists warn of a winter of discontent; Reasons to like Newt;

Personal writes: Here’s some news that could turn the entire election upside down. Leading Democrats are urging Barack Hussein Obama to withdraw as a candidate for re-election in 2012, as Lyndon Baines Johnson did almost 50 years ago.
The campaign to get Obama to quit the race kicked into high gear on Monday, when influential Democratic leaders Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen wrote a lengthy piece for The Wall Street Journal on why Obama should withdraw. Here’s part of what they said:
“[Obama] should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear r alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president’s[P11555299]&rrid=394582776
Redstate writes: Apparently, the Black Friday Occupation isn’t working out so well for some #OWS protesters in Oklahoma City [#OccupyOKC].
After standing in the middle of the check out lanes and attempting to convince the WalMart workers to give up their jobs (jobs are slavery now, according to #OccupyOKC) and the shoppers to quit shopping, they tried to make a run for it and, based on the final scene, appear to have gotten the opportunity to occupy a jail cell.
The NY Post writes: President Obama has said that one quality he prizes highly in his judicial appointments is empathy. “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom,” he told a Planned Parenthood conference way back in 2007. “The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.”
Alas, according to the American Bar Association, empathy isn’t good enough. Last week, news leaked that the ABA has secretly informed the White House that it rated 14 out of a potential 185 nominees for federal judgeships “unqualified” — most of them women and minorities put forth in the name of “diversity.”
Yahoo Finance writes: Annual compensation for employees at big Wall Street firms could fall 27-30 percent from a year earlier to the lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a compensation study conducted by the Options Group. Bonuses, which constitute a substantial part of many finance workers' pay, are on track to decline 35-40 percent, on average, according to the forecast by Options Group, an executive search and consulting firm, the Journal said.
Pay is likely to be hardest hit in areas such as fixed income, currencies and commodities, the paper said.;_ylt=AiUudYf30_n0_LmohJX1ucmiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0ZzM5cmN1BG1pdANGaW5hbmNlIEZQIFRvcCBTdG9yeSBSaWdodARwa2cDNjI0MmEwMDQtMTY3NC0zMDEwLWJjNGYtY2ZlMjk5YWQ2OTY0BHBvcwM0BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyA2MwODYxZTgwLTE5ODctMTFlMS04ZGY3LTM4MzhhZDM5OGQ0Ng;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQD
Newsbusters reports on a columnist's efforts to bring down a Presidential candidate: Hey Tweeps: Looking for outlandish/incorrect predictions and quotes from Newt Gingrich's past.  Any ideas for me?  For those unfamiliar, Blake writes for the Post's The Fix political blog, hence the moniker "Fix Aaron."
What would one expect from a newspaper that only five months ago called for readers to sift through former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's email messages?
It therefore isn't at all surprising they'd be looking for dirt on the current Republican presidential frontrunner.
Also of interest, that retweet above was from Zeke J. Miller, a politics reporter for Business Insider. Judging from another recent retweet of his, he doesn't seem to be neutral on the former Speaker
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The NY Post writes: The words cut like a knife. “What the hell are we paying you for?” Gov. Chris Christie asked of President Obama.
The New Jersey Republican has a gift for getting to the heart of things, and his broadside against the president over the debt bomb is Exhibit A. His assertion, framed as a question, makes the case against Obama better than anything heard from the actual candidates.
On Monday, the GOP heavyweight called Obama “a bystander in the Oval Office” for ducking the congressional committee charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over 10 years.
“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration about the failure of the super committee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved,” Christie said. “Well, then, what the hell are we paying you for? ‘It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved?’ Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that programs to help the world's poor should be treated as national security priorities as economic turmoil leaves millions struggling to find work and food.

Her message to thousands of government and private aid officials at the world's premier development forum is part of a push to keep aid flowing to the people who need it most.

It is a tough sell as rich donor nations dealing with financial crises and tight budgets face questions from taxpayers and lawmakers wondering whether aid money should be spent on citizens suffering at home, not in faraway countries.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes:  The NLRB is the supposedly neutral federal agency charged with judging private sector labor law cases and interpreting labor statutes. However, under Obama, it has gone far beyond that mission, to propose sweeping rule changes favorable to unions.
Some members of Congress are focused on this problem and are trying to do something about it. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is set to vote on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094). The bill, introduced by House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), would prevent these "ambush" elections by requiring all union representation elections to occur no less than 35 days following a union's election petition to the NLRB.
The Act would also allow workers to choose how a union can contact them. Currently, employers are required to give unions information such as a worker's home address, which can lead to intimidation by organizers.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes: In a press conference this evening, the president referred in stumbling fashion to the “English Embassy” in Iran instead of the British Embassy. One can only imagine the kind of howls of derision that would greet any presidential contender if that kind of basic error were made before, say, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. You can watch the video above.
In case the president is unaware, England forms part of Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales, though not Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. There is no such thing as an “English” embassy anywhere in the world, and there hasn’t been one for several centuries.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by this latest slip-up by President Obama. After all he recently described France as America’s closest ally, and famously declared that he has traveled to no less than 57 states. But it would be nice if the leader of the free world bothered to look at a map once in a while, or even paid a visit to the British Embassy in Washington, currently housing the Churchill bust that Mr. Obama unceremoniously threw out of the Oval Office soon after his inauguration.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Gateway Pundit writes: In May Barack Obama urged Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorist alliance.
“I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more for the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration,” Obama said. “We don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security … and that will continue.”
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GOP USA writes: The overnight police raids in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that dismantled two of the nation's biggest Occupy Wall Street encampments leave just a few major "occupations" still going on around the U.S. But activists are already changing tactics and warning of a winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week.
American Thinker writes: He will not be stumped by the media.  In fact, Gingrich will have the knowledge to actually embarrass the automatons who read teleprompter questions.  More pointedly, Gingrich has the best chance of any Republican to display Obama before America in a "deer in the headlights" moment.  Our current president is a profoundly ignorant man whose ignorance is masked by equally ignorant and wholly programmed media. 

Yet what Obama doesn't know can hurt us, and a single slip in the debates could cost him -- and perhaps his party -- five percentage points in the general election.  That could not only seal the presidential election, but also swing dozens of House and Senate races and turn a presidential victory into a presidential landslide.  People are scared now, and a man who obviously grasps the present crisis can be a valuable electoral asset.
Gingrich also understands Congress.  He was House minority whip and then speaker of the House, the most important office in Congress.  Gingrich would understand how to move legislation through Congress, and so a conservative agenda supported by him would have a much greater likelihood of actually becoming law than it would with some more ardent, but less experienced, conservatives.

The hunt for a perfect candidate, while a vastly unpopular radical ruins America, is imprudent and unnecessary.  The first goal, the indispensable goal, is to vote Obama out of office.  Gingrich, like it or not, is a perfect candidate for that purpose.

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