Pro-illegal immigration think tank, MPI, creates study that shows AZ immigration law works and no evidence of racial profiling

By Sam Foster

The media is in full Pro-illegal immigration echo-mode trying to define a recent MPI report as proof positive that a national law, resembling AZ’s state immigration law, has lead to a despicable overreach from some local authorities. However, when you actually review the report, you’ll find that the national law is working and that no actual evidence of profiling could be found.

First, it should be noted that MPI is no conservative (or nonpartisan for that matter) organization. Back when the group was founded, one of its stated goals was to increase social welfare benefits to illegal immigrants. There is much more dirt on the group at Sweetness and Light.

The study carried out by MPI was to access the implementation and success of federal immigration program known as 287 (g). The law is nearly identical to the supposed “controversial” AZ immigration law. 287 (g) allows participating law enforcement agencies tap into ICE records and use of ICE personal in an effort to allow local agencies assist with immigration enforcement. When implemented, law enforcement agencies are able to request immigration detainers should an illegal immigrant commit a crime.

The study had several findings, but the one being frog-marched out in front of the public has to do with whether the law is being used consistently. It’s not and that is very important, because localities using the law in a manner that mirrors AZ immigration law’s intention in curbing illegal immigration (ie Cobb County, GA, Gwinnett County, GA, Frederick and Prince William County, MD), have found that:

1) The law works in limiting illegal immigrant populations
According to the study:

Respondents in Cobb, Gwinnett, Frederick and Prince William counties reported that significant numbers of Hispanic immigrants had moved to nearby counties or other states.


Now imagine if nearby cities and counties enforce immigration likewise?

2) There was no evidence of racial profiling

The study was adamant that they did not study whether or not racial profiling had occurred. However, it should be noted that is likely because they couldn’t find any connected to the program. In speaking of pro-illegal immigration communities:

They expressed concerns that enforcement efforts lead to racial profiling by police and instill fear and distrust of police sufficient to cause immigrants to withdraw from public places. Respondents did not always link these concerns closely to the 287 (g) program. In fact, in some of our study sites, key stakeholders are more concerned about immigration enforcement in general – namely ICE worksite and home raids…


The study goes on and tries to make an anecdotal case, then discounts their own claims by pointing out that evidence is anecdotal. However, there can be little doubt that if even a scintilla of credible evidence be unearthed, it would have been finding #1.

3) Areas adhering to Obama’s desired interpretation of the law have been largely unsuccessful in achieving the program’s stated goal.

In 2009, Obama revised the 287 (g) program to narrow focus to illegal immigrants that were considered especially dangerous. MPI found that:

During the year after the revised template was implemented, the number of people identified and processed by the 287 (g) program declined significantly, with the number of detainers dropping 20 percent.


So to summarize, the report finds a program similar to AZ’s immigration law decreases illegal immigration populations and with no link to racial profiling. While Obama’s suggested limited scope of the same law dramatically ties the hands on localities to combat illegal immigration and decreases enforcement.

Tell me, which law you would want in force in your community?

Egypt in Crisis

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


Egypt is a moderate Muslim state with pro-west leanings in comparison to, say, Iran, the Palestinians, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and most other Muslim nations.

Yet the west, following the leadership of none other than Barrack H. Obama, and the peanut farmer Jimmy Carter, is prepared to throw Mubarak under the bus in the name of "regime change".

Okay, I get it. Just be prepared for the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist Islamic influences to take hold in land of our prior ally.

Touche...

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Discussions @ Memeorandum
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(VIDEO) Bird's Eye View of Cairo Protest

by the Left Coast Rebel

This video -- evidently filmed from a high-level building close to the scene -- shows protesters in Cairo as they make their way across a bridge. It's pretty incredible to see the size of the crowd (starting at 2:00):



More discussion on the goings-on in Egypt at Memeorandum.

Leftist Moonbats Think "income inequality" higher in America than Egypt



by the Left Coast Rebel

One of the most destructive and ludicrous beliefs of movement leftists is the destructive and ludicrous obsession (and feverish cry to, just do something, government!) over "unfair income inequality", ie. "not enough income redistribution. Far-left crazies, academics and lamestream media socialist mouthpieces simply won't be happy until those who earn a "higher" income than most are chopped down to whatever constitutes a "fair" income to leftist central planners (an ever-floating and non-adjusted for inflation theme).

On queue, Soros mouthpiece, Think Progress, used the situation in Egypt to shout from the rooftops that "income inequality" is much, much, worse in the United States than it is in Egypt. Think Progress points to Tunisia and Yemen as better examples of "fairer" income redistribution than the United States, too.

Read the best example (today) of the gaping chasm of the irreconcilable divide between us and the left here.

Via Memeorandum.

Updated: Reader Rick Caird hat-tipped me on several thing that easily disprove the "income inequality" fallacy. First, he dropped a link to a chart from Zero Hedge that show that those in lower income tiers -- after government goodies, "credits", child assistance, etc. -- actually end up better off than their middle class counterparts (a Mississippi family is used for this example):

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Get it? The family making $15,000 actually received the most economic benefit in the chart above and fulfilled the unintended consequence of government assistance redistribution and/or handout programs. The welfare state, in many cases, actually discourages wealth creation (even by "normal" income standards) and creates a situation, like today, in which poverty pays more than being a working stiff.

Second, Rick Caird hat-tipped me on a post over at the Blog Prof that expands on this theme.

Like everything else from the collectivist left, the "income inequality" canard is a big fat lie.

Morning Beat: Revolution! Revolution!

by the Left Coast Rebel

One of the thousands hundreds of leftist turds that gathered in Rancho Mirage to protest limited government/libertarian financiers the Koch brothers:



Politics Across the Blogs:

Hot Air Pundit: What gives? Marco Rubio skipping CPAC

Reaganite Republican: ElBaradei, a "stooge for Iran"

Beers with Demo: Cleanup in aisle K-12

Legal Insurrection: Big law firm takes down big blogger

BBCW: Libtardia, Chris Matthews blames Egypt on Bush

Rational Nation: Does Washington's vision still live today?

Liberator Today: National City schools

Pundit and Pundette: GOP - Bring on the high speed rail!

Libertarian Republican: Koch protester wants Egyptian-esque protest here


Finance/Money:

Bluegrass Pundit: The European carbon market is still closed?

The Street: Protect your portfolio from the crisis in Egypt

Yahoo Finance: Four radical ways to retire sooner

Economy Politics: What really caused the financial meltdown

Forbes: Four careers headed for the trash pile


Celebs/Hollyweird:

TMZ: Charlie Sheen 3-month rehab

Daily Mail: Britney Spears walks down the aisle

Deadline: Javier Bardem, meet Bond #23

People: David Arquette leaves rehab (maybe he'll meet up with Sheen later)


High-Tech:


Mashable: 6 biggest items in tech and social media today

Wired: Talking cars coming soon?

Mashable: Android now the most popular smart phone

Gizmodo: Best apps for news junkies

Wired: Inside London's Secret Crisis command bunker


Rule 5 (pretty girls):


The Other McCain: Is Egypt burning?

Eye of Polyphemus: Patsy Kensit

Theo Spark: Monday Mospsies

Last Tradition: New Transformers hottie

Blog of the Day:

Temple of Mut: Ancient artifacts destroyed in Egypt

Chuck Schumer’s version of the three branches of government: House, Senate, and President

By Sam Foster

There is a reason why Democrats are so nervous about court rulings against progressive laws. Perhaps it is because the leader of the Democrat Party, Chuck Schumer, doesn’t know that the judicial branch is one of the co-equal branches of government.

On CNN over the weekend, Chuck Schumer boldly declared his own version of the three branches of government to be the House, the Senate, and the President?



Forget congress citing the constitution in legislation, Democrats need a MS Office paperclip avatar to pop up every morning with a hardy “So it looks like your trying to govern? Would you like me to cover 8th grade level politics for you?”

Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in AZ Desert

By Proof

I know a lot of focus is on Egypt these days, but this story has definitely been under-reported.

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From those wonderful people who think this is a good idea...


Jan 27: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.

The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.

Published in Iran, it consists of short biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died carrying out attacks.

According to internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents, "The book also includes letters from suicide attackers to their families, as well as some of their last wills and testaments." Each biographical page contains "the terrorist's name, date of death, and how they died."

Agents also say that the book appears to have been exposed to weather in the desert "for at least several days or weeks."


Hmm. I wonder which of the good people of Mexico simply yearning for more economic freedom in the states, looking to do the jobs Americans won't do, and looking for a better life may have dropped that one?

"At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border," a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement. "We work closely with our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities and as a matter of due diligence and law enforcement best practice, report anything found, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem."


I think the operative words here are "does not have information" and "credible".

Statements from U.S. officials, including FBI director Robert Mueller, have raised serious concerns in recent years over "OTMs" -- or illegal immigrants other than Mexicans -- who have crossed the southwest border at alarming rates.

Mueller testified before the House Appropriations Committee in March 2005 that "there are individuals from countries with known Al Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic."

Just last year, the Department of Homeland Security had in custody thousands of detainees from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. U.S. Border Patrol statistics indicate that there were 108,025 OTMs detained in 2006, compared to 165,178 in 2005 and 44,614 in 2004.


Cross posted at Proof Positive

More here: Fox News.com

President Pee Wee

By Proof

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One of these men is riding a man's bike, without a helmet and one is POTUS


It just struck me today, as I was listening to one of the "talking head" programs, where a clip was played of Obama giving advice to Hosni Mubarak, telling him what he should do and what he needs to do.

"He has a responsibility to give meaning to those words..."
The successor to George Bush of "No child Left Behind" fame, is personally known for "No Campaign Promise Left Unbroken". This neophyte politician who barely had time to get his feet wet in either the Illinois state or national Senate, before presiding over two mediocre to miserable years as president, is telling former career Air Force officer and commander Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for thirty years, what he ought to do and not do. And as I heard Obama's hollow words ("Just words" as one might say.), I was thinking, "This guy has as much moral authority to tell Mubarak what he should be doing as Pee Wee Herman has to..." And before I could finish that thought, it struck me how Pee Wee Herman like our current president is! Look at the two pictures above. Which one looks more manly? I daresay, the one on the left, (though it is quite a trick to get to the Left of President Obama)!

One of the things Obama called for was "meaningful dialogue" between the government and its citizens. I think the president is old enough to remember the Watts Riots. Mr. President, when people are rioting in the streets, is the first order of business to establish "meaningful dialogue" with the rioters or to stop the violence and restore order?

Obama, who spoke out of both sides of his mouth in his SOTU, talking about "freezing" spending while simultaneously "investing" in America and BTW, spending billions on high speed rail projects is hardly one to tell anyone else about giving meaning to his words. Someone should tell Obama he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, and not just half of them.

Pee Wee may actually have more moral authority than POTUS. Although I did not see the movie, I understand at least Pee Wee had enough spine to get his bicycle back!





Cross posted at Proof Positive

Who's the "Bubble Head" Now?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


MSNBC's Chris Matthews, after deriding Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann as two "bubble headed idiots" has recently shown himself to be -- in the least -- an uniformed and perhaps delusion progressive.

It seems Mr. Matthews believes the Panama Canal is in actually in Egypt. Note the one-minute twenty-second mark in the following video. Mr. Matthews, in his very own words, makes the proclamation. I guess bubble-headed-ness is something Chris know a lot about.

The Statement:



More at theblogprof.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum

Hope Running Out for Four Year Old Kidnap Victim

By Proof

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This last Wednesday, I wrote about some of the bizarre twists and turns in searching for a four year old boy, kidnapped ten days ago. There was a tragic/comedic sense to the story as deputies, on the tip of a migrant farmworker, searched the Delta Mendota canal for the kidnapper's missing car. Day after day, vehicles were found, thirteen in all: cars, a pickup and a motorcycle, but no trace of the suspect's vehicle.

Today, they located the right car. Now, six hours after divers located it and sent a robotic camera to verify the license plate, they are just now pulling the car along with two others from the water Because of the murky water, it is still not known if anyone is in the car. It was trapped in a "siphon", dangerous for divers to approach. Add to that, water temperature is 42 degrees with zero visibility, and only a four hour window between necessary water releases. And it's getting dark.

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(Jose) Rodriguez is accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas January 18th in Patterson. Cardenas was taken from his grandmother's arms and hasn't been seen since. There was an Amber Alert issued that night. There has been no cell phone or credit card activity on Rodriguez's accounts since the kidnapping.

Authorities repeatedly told the media they do not know what is in the car, and will not know for sure until the car is brought to the surface Friday afternoon.

However, unfortunately, officials say they think the two are inside. "Everything that we know, with respect to witness statements and corroborating evidence, says that that car went into the canal, and that Jose and Juliani went with it," said Sheriff Adam Christianson, with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office.


As long as the car was not found in the canal, one could hold out hope that little Juliani would turn up at a Motel Six, or a border crossing or spotted speeding down the freeway. When I heard, at lunch today, that the car had been positively identified, I lost hope.

The car was empty, according to Stanislaus County Sheriffs. The windows of the car were open, and it is not known if they might have escaped or if their bodies may have been swept away.

Pray for the family. Juliani's mother is eight months pregnant with Jose Rodriguez's child.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Your Next President: Mitch Daniels?



Any day now, the race for White House will begin in earnest. If the appearance of national TV ads signifies the beginning of a presidential race, this weekend's unapproved Pro Bowl spot for Mitch Daniels marks the unofficial starting line for the 2012 marathon to the White House.

It's time to begin scrutinizing the likely candidates one by one, starting with Mitch. In a thumbnail sketch here's what you want to know...

Mitch is a diminutive, balding, ex-pothead Hoosier with Syrian roots, currently serving as a wildly popular governor in Indiana. As a motorcycle enthusiast who is known for crisscrossing the state on his iconic Harley, Mitch has broad-based appeal, even among Indiana's youngest voting demographic.

Through impressive accomplishments as Indiana's hard-working chief executive, Mitch has earned a reputation as a reliable fiscal hawk, even as he reportedly eschews the "conservative" label. On the other hand, through his support for a VAT, and through dubious comments about social conservatism, Mitch has spooked many of the conservatives on whom he would depend for a successful GOP primary campaign.

Moreover, Daniels' deep "establishment Republican" roots, his connections with special interests and his cozy relationship with Democrat James Zogby's Arab American Institute will likely disenchant some tea party groups and other influential conservative organizations.


Now the details...

First, a generous slathering praise via Michael Barone:
  • In 2008, Mitch was reelected Governor of Indiana, receiving more votes than anyone who has ever run for office in Indiana.
  • Mitch received 24% of the Dem vote in '08, up 11% from 2004.
  • He received 20% of the African American vote, up 13% from '04.
  • Mitch won every age demographic, including the 18-29 year-olds.
  • The governor did as well with independents as he did with the general population, winning the independent vote by a 57%-39% margin.
Daniels' everyman appeal:
Daniels kept it real. He has remained in touch and accessible to average Hoosiers through constant statewide travel. His view is always from the taxpayer's perspective and that showed on Election Day. Voters came to appreciate his preference to travel the state on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and his insistence to stay overnight in Hoosier homes, not in hotels. It's no coincidence Daniels did not use campaign consultants, and personally wrote the scripts for all campaign commercials.
Another Daniels fan explains Daniels' impressive electoral success:
Daniels was re-elected to the governor’s mansion in 2008 by a wide margin even as his state went blue. Voters rewarded him for having eliminated in four short years a $200 million hole in Indiana’s budget...

Among his most popular (and typical) accomplishments was to overhaul Indiana’s dysfunctional bureau of motor vehicles – reducing average wait times significantly and raising customer satisfaction to 97%. He is a self-described cheap-skate whose healthy aversion to waste underscores his every move and has rewarded him throughout his career...
Daniels' fiscal accomplishments are quite impressive:
After five years in the statehouse, admirers point out, Daniels has managed to lower property taxes by an average of 30 percent; transform a $200 million budget deficit into a $1.3 billion surplus; and insure 45,000 low-income Hoosiers through a budget-neutral combination of health savings accounts and catastrophic coverage. His approval ratings routinely top 65 percent.
Now some criticism, via our center-left friends at Politico:
Daniels recited from Kahn’s book: “It would be most useful to redesign the tax system to discourage consumption and encourage savings and investment. One obvious possibility is a value added tax and flat income tax, with the only exception being a lower standard deduction.”

“That might suit our current situation pretty well,” said Daniels, who served as George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget director and was a senior adviser in Ronald Reagan’s White House...

The so-called VAT, common in European economies which have stagnated, is a toxic acronym to fiscally conservative activists like Grover Norquist and Dick Armey. It slaps a tax on the estimated market value for products at every stage of production.
Immediately after Politico stirred the hornet's nest, the hornets came out!
“This is outside the bounds of acceptable modern Republican thought, and it is only the zone of extremely left-wing Democrats who publicly talk about those things because all Democrats pretending to be moderates wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot poll,” Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist told POLITICO. “Absent some explanation, such as large quantities of crystal meth, this is disqualifying. This is beyond the pale.”
Speaking of drug use:
While in college in 1970, Daniels was arrested for marijuana possession and spent two nights in jail. Daniels always disclosed that fact on job applications and was forthcoming about it in his public career, writing about the incident in a 1989 column published in The Indianapolis Star.
Democrats' efforts to capitalize on this snippet of Daniels' biography were described as "the great Marijuana Flop of 2004."

More important to Daniels' potential political aspirations is his relationship with social conservatives. When given the opportunity to ingratiate himself to social conservatives with a fiscally responsible position, Daniels failed utterly:
Daniels, speaking to reporters in Washington last week, said he wanted to declare a “truce” on social issues with the left. Daniels wants to focus on fiscal issues in Washington. However, in so doing, Daniels is signaling he is not so much of a principled fiscal conservative as he is a technocratic policy wonk.

When asked if he would reinstate the “Mexico City Policy,” which Ronald Reagan put in place to ban federal funding of abortions overseas, Daniels responded “I don’t know.”
If rendering opinions on abortion are above Daniel's pay grade, it's not because he hasn't had an opportunity to hone his communication skills. Daniels' résumé is golden:
Career History: Director, Office of Management and Budget, Bush Administration, (2001-2003); Senior Vice President, Eli Lilly and Company, (1990-2001); CEO, The Hudson Institute, (1987-1990); Served as director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee under Dick Lugar in 1983-84. In the second Reagan Administration, he was political director and head of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs but quit after clashes with Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan.

Education: Georgetown law school, '79; B.A., Princeton, '71; J.D.
Lately though, Daniels' has impressed all the wrong people. Lefty writers at the Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek ― all smitten. The conspicuous backhanded infatuation with Mitch Daniels is highly suspect and strangely reminiscent of the love fest enjoyed by John McCain, circa 2007.

While Daniels certainly has the right credentials to make a serious run for the White House, it remains to be seen whether his establishment pedigree would serve as an asset or a liability in the Tea Party era. Daniels would do well to show grassroots conservatives that his values are more in line with those of Ronald Reagan than with those of his good friend of four decades, Liberal Republican Dick Lugar.

There are other portions of Daniels' résumé that Daniels may need to downplay if he runs for the GOP nomination. From his history with Eli Lilly, an Indiana-based pharmaceutical company that rallied in support of Obamacare to his warm relationship with Democrat James Zogby's Arab American Institute, Daniels would have much to explain to GOP primary voters. Any lingering reluctance to identify himself as a conservative would be especially problematic.

Last, but possibly not least, there's the matter of Daniels' diminutive and unpresidential physical appearance. This is from our socialist buddies at Newsweek:
At 5 feet 7 (in boots), Daniels is shorter than Obama’s 12-year-old daughter, Malia. His rather uninspiring demeanor—reticent, stiff, and slightly skittish, with darting eyes and long blanks between words—better suits a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, which he happens to be, than a leader of the free world. And his comb-over is borderline delusional. As conservative journalist Andrew Ferguson recently put it, “I see [Daniels] as he strides toward the middle of the stage to shake hands with Obama before the first debate and comes up to the president’s navel. Election over.”
Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Jennifer Rubin reminds us that at this point, perhaps the most important question to ask about Mitch Daniels is whether he's serious about running.



Next in the series: Herman Cain, Pros and Cons

Obama's green job Sputnik produces tricycle riding jobs in Portland

By Sam Foster

Obama heralded energy sector unemployment green jobs and runaway deficit spending investment as the pinnacles of”America’s Sputnik Moment.” Terms like technology and innovation are thrown around in the mix with renewable energies as a marketing ploy to sound like wind, water, geothermal heat and solar power is all some sort of new technology; as if they weren't the energy generators of the dark ages.. In actuality, the green movement is something akin to the Luddites.

Here is your proof. Portland is dramatically cutting their emissions by getting paper and office supplies delivered by…wait for it…tricycles:

Under a deal signed last week with Office Depot, the company is subcontracting with a local firm called B-Line that has riders pedal giant tricycles mounted with cargo containers.

It's in those cargo containers that B-Line riders are carrying the Office Depot supplies, to nine city offices in the traffic-congested downtown area.
"It's important for the city of Portland to set an example and be a leader to other businesses in the Portland area and use sustainable business practices whenever possible," Mayor Sam Adams said in a statement.

Oh yes, there is technology for you! Have no fear manufacturing employees, when Obama shuts down your employer there will be plenty of tricycles for you to ride!

Update:

WC Varones makes a salient point in the comments. Tricycle riders is not quite carbon free since riders need to exhale. Perhaps some Obama Sputnik education initiative to teach green employees how to hold their breath?

Update x2:

Milton Wolf produces likely green job dress code, but sans tricycle!

Update x3:

WILL YOU FLAT EARTHERS CUT IT OUT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION???????Sarah B has the audacity to point out trikes could slow down traffic, causing idling, congestion and yet more CO2.

You see Sarah. This is not the tricyclers fault, but motorists fault. Clearly motorist should be banned in favor of more tricycle transportation!

Gosh, my two year old and all her friends understand it! They are out on my drive way every day.

SO STOP BEING SO BACKWARD THINKING PEOPLE!

Live Streaming Video of Riots in Egypt January 28, 2011

by the Left Coast Rebel

I assume that you do not know the motivations of the people of Egypt to rise up against their puppet masters. Is it because the regime their isn't crazy-jihad-enough?

Or is it a Middle Eastern Tienanmen Square?

Regardless, the display of the human struggle against tyranny in Egypt today is an amazing sight to behold. Apparently Egyptian authorities hit the "kill switch" for the internet in the nation (our government has the same powers now, thanks to recent legislation, more on this at Cato) and the military has now been engaged to confront people. What would America look like under similar circumstances? Don't fool yourselves and insist that it couldn't happen here, too.

Click the image below to watch live, streaming coverage of the riots, unrest, and uprising in Cairo, Egypt today:



Hat-tip Reaganite Republican. Related discussion at Memeorandum.

Updated: This isn't a big f$cking deal, at least according to our genius Vice President. Here's part of Joe Biden's flaccid, offensive, "illegitimate" comment to PBS last night:
"We’re encouraging the protesters to – as they assemble, do it peacefully. And we’re encouraging the government to act responsibly and – and to try to engage in a discussion as to what the legitimate claims being made are, if they are, and try to work them out."
Unbelievable.

(VIDEO) Slow Motion: Shaolin Monk Throws Needle Through Sheet of Glass

by the Left Coast Rebel

Amazing stuff, slowed down to 1,000 frames per second:



Via. Gizmodo.

Morning Beat: This is not a Competition!

Hmm, this is not a competition...


by the Left Coast Rebel

Politics Across the Blogs:

Reaganite Republican: Live streaming video of unrest in Cairo

The Other McCain: 8-year-old girl raped by illegal alien

What we Think and Why: Shovel ready stimulus projects

Proof Positive: Airport bans 3-inch plastic rifle from plane

Beers With Demo: Free Captain Elliot's Party Boats Part IV

The Liberator Today: National deficit: more tea leaves

No Sheeples Here: President WTF is no Reagan (click link for Mime image)

Pundit and Pundette: Picking a better century out of your hat

Another Black Conservative: Bye, bye Mike Pence

BBCW: Time insults Reagan

Fisherville Mike: More on Sputnik

Dad 29: When is jihad permissible?

Legal Insurrection: Lawyers, can't live with them, can't live...

Scratching Post: This is not the time to talk about high speed rails and green jobs


Economics/Finance:

Mashable: Linkedin's IPO

The Street: Goldman's 8 best tech stocks for 2011

Sipsey Street Regulars: Economic indicators

Yahoo Finance: Taco Bell fights back on meat attack

Get Rich Slowly: Ask the readers: Should we move to a more expensive area of America?


High-Tech:

Wired: Pictures: Sci fi's best robots

Mashable: Facebook for Android gets updated with deals

Wired: Seahorse shape explained

Wired: 8-bit funding helps kick start indie games

Gizmodo: Why the PSP2 is HUGE and why I don't care

Gizmodo: Slow-mo monk throws needle through sheet of glass


Celebrities/Hollyweird:

Celebslam: Paris' boyfriend could do four years

Celebslam: Porn star tweeted pic of Charlie Sheen's house

TMZ: Surprise! Charlie Sheen rushed to hospital

US Weekly: Kate Perry's diet "sucks"


Rule 5 (pretty girls):

Eye of Polyphemus: Anne Hathaway

Mind-Numbed Robot: Cheryl Cole Tweedy

Libertarian Republican: Libertarian comedian announces run for Miami mayor

Humble Libertarian: Global warming bikini time!

Theo Spark: Bonus Babe


Blog/Post of the Day:

Reaganite Republican: How in the world on God's green earth is Obama in ANY way like Reagan?

New Black Panther Party Commission finds Obama’s administration guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty!

By Sam Foster


First, if you don't read Right Turn at the Washington Post, do yourself a favor and follow Jennifer Rubin on your e-reader, facebook, and twitter. Jennifer Rubin, a former PJM editor, took over the resident conservative spot left open by David Weigel. However, unlike Weigel, Rubin is a force of conservative breaking news as opposed to editorialist. Rubin is my first read after The Other McCain and Legal Insurrection every morning and that says something. I suggest that if you do the same, you won't be disappointed.


Rubin reports that a special commission formed to investigate the DOJ's handling of the New Black Panther case has found the Obama administration guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty!


The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights came out in December with a draft of its interim report on the New Black Panthers Party scandal. Earlier today a final report was posted on the commission's website, and with it, a flurry of rebuttals and separate statements from a number of the commissioners. The import of these statements should not be minimized.

The statements indicate several points: 1) the New Black Panther Party case brought by career Justice Department employees was meritorious on the law and the facts; 2) there is voluminous evidence of the Obama administration's political interference in the prosecution of the New Black Panther Party case; 3) there is ample evidence that the Obama administration directed Justice Department employees not to bring cases against minority defendants who violated voting rights laws or to enforce a provision requiring that states and localities clean up their voting rolls to prevent fraud; 4) the Justice Department stonewalled efforts to investigate the case; and 5) vice chairman Abigail Thernstrom has, for reasons not entirely clear, ignored the evidence and tried to undermine the commission's work.

You can find the reports here and though lengthy, they are worth the read. If anything to hear about the lengths at which the Obama administration worked to subvert the commission. Here is a taste:


Pursuant to its investigation, the Commission has held four public hearings, taken several depositions and attempted several others. It has attempted to work cooperatively with DOJ, but has been met with substantial resistance and only contrived cooperation for public affairs purposes. For example, though DOJ has provided thousands of documents unrelated to its decision to drastically reduce the nature and scope of the relief it sought in the NBPP case, it has repeatedly rebuffed Commission requests for key documents. While it provided witness testimony from a high-level official not at the Department during the relevant time period in question, it has directed those of its employees under subpoena with relevant, direct knowledge not to provide testimony to the Commission. It has also attempted to impose unreasonable conditions on the Commission before it will allow the deposition testimony of other Department employees and has raised questionable and sweeping privilege claims.


You can read all the reports in detail here. Leaving no meat on the bones for us small time bloggers, Rubin also reports that Freedom of Information Acts have been filed to further investigate the DOJ's impropriety.

Mike Pence out, Mitch Daniels coy, JIM DEMINT? Maybe...

By Sam Foster

This has been quite the day as far as potential Republican candidates go. Students for Daniels PAC is launching the first Presidential ad spot during the Pro Bowl. Mike Pence announces that he won't run for President, but will run for Mitch Daniel's job.

And now Jim DeMint may throw his hat in the ring for President, maybe...

But the ground may be shifting in DeMint-world, and several of his closest advisers and political confidantes are now telling CNN that he is at least open to a presidential bid if a suitably conservative candidate fails to emerge from the early and wide-open GOP field.

“I think that you can read into it that he sees he has a role in the process and he hasn’t completely shut the door,” said one DeMint adviser asked about the Iowa foray.

DeMint currently sees his role in the 2012 process, the adviser said, as “setting the bar high” for the presidential contenders when it comes to advocating for a small government agenda.

“He hasn’t completely shut the door on running, and if there is a massive void in the group of candidates, who knows what could happen?,” said the adviser, who was quick to caution that there is only a five percent chance the senator will run.


What's next? Keith Olbermann fired from MSNBC?

Obama's SOTU: Sputnik, Skutnik and 'So What?'

by Frank Hill, Telemachus

It would be difficult to name many great lines from any presidential SOTU or 'State of the Union' speech, especially now that every one of them sounds pretty much the same and have the obligatory introduction of a real American hero somewhere in the middle of it.

(Quick: name the first time a President singled out a 'true American hero' in his SOTU:

Correct: Ronald Reagan introduced the nation to Lenny Skutnik in 1982 after the CBO federal worker jumped in the icy waters of the Potomac after the horrific Air Florida crash into the 14th Street Bridge and dragged a victim to safety)

You typically don't hear a great line in a SOTU like JFK's 'Ask not what your country can do for you....' or FDR's 'day of infamy' speech post-Pearl Harbor.

Face it: the one line you might remember this weekend from President Obama's SOTU speech was the 'Sputnik moment' reference referring to his call to all Americans to innovate their brains out and invent things so we stay America and not, say, become Malaysia.

We thought a 'Sputnik' moment was when someone we were afraid of (The Soviet Union) did something that scared the living bejesus out of us (put the first satellite in space in 1957) and threatened our very existence (like by having control of space so they could train nuclear missiles on the US from the moon).

So we will forgive the slightly altered analogy for the moment and let it go...for now.

Let's give you a memorable line that, had President Obama said it, you may have dropped your guacamole and chips all over your lap and had your eyeballs bugging out like those characters you used to see on 'Tom and Jerry' cartoons':

"You’d really be amazed at how much Government you’d never miss.”

Go ahead and admit it. You would have been shocked to hear these words come out of President Obama's mouth. But you would have remembered it because it is absolutely true.

These prophetic words have actually come out of the mouth of current Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels whom you should keep an eye on as a possible Presidential contender in 2012, which has already started for all intents and purposes. He was a White House liaison under Reagan when we were on Capitol Hill and served as OMB director under Bush 43 before running for governor in Indiana.

He has read the entire federal budget. Apparently, President Obama and perhaps 99% of Congress people have not. Because if they had read the entire federal budget, 2400+ pages of it page-by-page as we have done several times over by now, they would know exactly what Governor Daniels has prophesied.

We are issuing a challenge to every reader of this article here today. Go to the following link which is the electronic version of the US Federal Budget, Appendix, where all the gory details are exposed for the entire world to see.

Pick out any number between 1-1420...and then go to that page, regardless of what budget function it falls in. Read the entire page and perhaps the one before it and the one after it since there are lots of charts cluttering up the pages.

And if you can not find at least 1, and perhaps 5 or 10 line-items or descriptions of federal programs that you think are outdated; outmoded; archaic; wasteful; or just plain stuck in there as pork for one specific congressional district, then we will jump in the icy waters of the Potomac next time we are up there and try to swim across it before hypothermia sets in.

Here's what particularly galled us in the President's SOTU: "I am calling for a freeze in discretionary spending which will save $400 billion over 10 years.' One report says it would save more like $200 billion.

We are never going to scoff at saving 1 red copper penny of federal taxpayer money. But saving less than $40 billion per year out of a close to $3.5 trillion federal budget is like popping a pimple on the backside of a pachyderm.

It would be precisely like you saving 1 cent out of every dollar you spend each year.

Put it another way, we could save this $40 billion per year out of discretionary funding....and still have over $1.5 TRILLION in annual deficits for the next 5-10 years! We will still take it...but it is next to nothing!

Put it one more way just to be crystal clear about the magnitude of the uphill struggles we face in getting a handle on our runaway spending right now, we could eliminate the ENTIRE federal discretionary budget each year for the next 10 years...and still have annual deficits of over $1 trillion. Per year.

The structural problems of the budget and deficits are deeply rooted in the entitlement programs: SS, Medicare and Medicaid. And until we get serious about it, from the President on down to the 91 freshmen Congressional representatives who were just sworn in, and start having an adult conversation about changing those 3 main programs plus cutting out unnecessary spending in the defense budget (it is in there by the billions as well), we are just deluding ourselves into thinking we are making progress.

Or worse, we are letting our leaders off the hook by allowing them to delude us again and avoid doing the job we elected them to do, which is to make these tough decisions, set priorities on spending scarce and precious taxpayer revenue...and then go home.

It would be sorta like talking about the dangers of 'Sputnik' in 1957....and then building a Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska instead of NASA.

It is time for President Obama and Congress to get dead-serious about the federal budget. And all of us citizens as well.

(Editor's Note: Frank Hill's resumé includes working as chief of staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Alex McMillan, serving on the House Budget Committee and serving on the Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. He takes on politics from a fiercely independent perspective at the blog Telemachus).

Related discussion at Memeorandum.

Pence Will Not Run? UPDATE: It's Official


By RightKlik

Mike Pence is expected to make an announcement regarding his political ambitions tonight. Expert tea leaf readers say Pence will run for governor of Indiana and forgo a run for the White House. Here's the chatter, stay tuned for updates:

DrewMTips: Pence decision announced after 7pm tonight ... | If it was "yes," he wouldn't announce it this way...

Evansville-Courier Journal's @EricBradner: "Source I trust says Pence not running for Pres, but will also not announce a run for gov today"

Too Bad: Pence to Announce He’s Not Running for President

michellemalkin‎ Whatever Mike Pence decides to do, he will do mvmt conservatives proud. He's far more than a "rock star." He's a ROCK.

CNN relieved: Pence rules out bid for president

The Hill: Rep. Pence expected to run for governor

Rep. Pence closes door



Morning Beat: Mexican Drug Smugglers Storm the Castle United States

by the Left Coast Rebel

Nothing to see here, move along. If we just put our head in the sand and *pretend* that Mexico is not a civil war-torn narco-terror state then it must be true!



Thank you George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama for refusing to protect the American people and the sovereignty of the Unites States at the border.

Politics Across the Blogs:

The Other McCain: Is America doomed?

Rational Nation: Amazing archeological find

Beers With Demo: The Train don't stop here

The Liberator Today: San Diego City Hall tea leaves

BBCW: Kucinich brings on an Olive pit lawsuit (only in America)

Pundit and Pundette: Social issues are outdated?

Another Black Conservative: Palin, WTF

BBCW: Rand Paul's awesome SOTU post address

Fisherville Mike: New Obama symbol (perfect)

The Humble Libertarian: Revolving door of corporatism

Dad 29: Obozocare's cost shifting and Rand Paul's cost cutting

Legal Insurrection: Illinoied?

Scratching Post: Jimmy Carter redux


Economics/Finance:

Western Hero: How to avoid poverty

Wired: Demand Media soars on IPO (it must be the talented writers they are working with!)

The Street: Gold loses safe haven appeal (in other words, don't invest on hype)

Yahoo Finance: The China miracle is a mirage?

Get Rich Slowly: Are we raising financially literate kids?

High-Tech:

Mashable: First look at Sony's "next generation" portable

Wired: Bomb-spotting plants?

Wired: German researchers build Terminator hand

Celebrities/Hollyweird:

Daily Mail: Pregnant and unengaged Kate Hudson laughs off engagement rumors

Deadline.com: Will Ferrell to appear in 'The Office' as Steve Carrel exits

US Weekly: The girl that broke 50 Cent's heart

Rule 5 (pretty girls):

Eye of Polyphemus: Emma Roberts

Last Tradition: Vanessa Hudgens

The Silverbacks: Good weather (at least in one town)

Full Metal Patriot: Sofia Vergara

Theo Spark: Bonus Babe


Blog/Post of the Day:


What we Think and Why: The Ghost of Thanksgiving yet to Come

Preferential Treatment: 500 New Obamacare Waivers



If the GOP doesn't capitalize on this news by incessantly demanding waivers for everyone (or full repeal), I have to conclude that the Republican party likes ObamaCare more than it is willing to admit:
A week after Republicans announced plans to investigate waivers granted to organizations for healthcare reform provisions, President Obama’s health department made public new waivers for more than 500 groups...

As of last week, HHS had granted waivers to 222 organizations covering 1.5 million individuals. Though the number of groups receiving waivers has now more than tripled, the number of individuals covered by the waivers increased just 600,000 to 2.1 million.

The law gives HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the flexibility to grant waivers to avoid disruption in the insurance market, but Republicans say the waivers are either gifts to Democratic allies or proof that the reform law isn’t working. However, a large number of businesses, in addition to unions, have received waivers.

As of today, a total of 733 waivers have been granted for 2011. Paging Mitch McConnell: Report to the Tea Party, STAT.



First Presidential ad to air during the Pro Bowl

By Sam Foster

David Axelrod might be waiting until March or April before gearing up Obama’s reelection campaign, but the Students for Daniels PAC are vying to get their choice candidate coverage during this week’s Pro Bowl.

According to the group the ad below is the first one of the 2012 presidential election season and is scheduled to air on KDSM-FOX 17 in Des Moines during the Pro Bowl. They’ve also purchased air time in New Hampshire, and Indiana.



Mitch Daniels has yet to announce his bid for a presidential run, but he is considered among many pundits, a likely contender. Recent polling has him trailing a pack of contenders, but his numbers have risen as he gets more exposure.

The ad is part of a concerted effort by the group Student Initiative to Draft Daniels.

Below is the transcript for their press release:

Students for Daniels release first TV ad of 2012 election cycle

Students for Daniels PAC has purchased TV time in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Indiana. The ad,written by Political Director Michael Knowles and starring Courtney Pannell, will premiere during the Pro Bowl this Sunday on KDSM-FOX 17 in the Des Moines media market.This will mark the first televised ad of the 2012 election cycle.

In the State of the Union President Obama made clear that his solution to our nation’s unprecedented deficit spending is to rename it “investment.” Our generation is going to be burdened with the debt that he has created, and smooth talk is little consolation. Like the beautiful blonde in this ad, we’re over him.

It’s time for a no-nonsense man who has the guts to say what the problem is and the will to solve it. It’s time to Draft Daniels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-TPHzH-gHA

Also available at http://bit.ly/mymanmitch


Welcome RedState Readers

Welcome National Review Readers

And a big Welcome Hot Air readers!

Update:

WSJ got a reaction to the ad spot from Mitch Daniels:

On the road in northern Indiana, Mr. Daniels, former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, laughed when told of the spot. “That sounds pretty cute, actually,” he said. But he doubted the ad would grab many eyes.

“I bet it will run on some tiny cable stations in the middle of the night,” he said. “I mean, how much money could these kids possibly have?”

Hussein's Forgettable, Recycled SOTU Address

By RightKlik


Another year, another insipid SOTU speech from Barack Hussein. Largely plagiarized, the speech was well received by Americans, especially with its emphasis on smoked salmon. ViaNPR, these are the words that came to mind for most Americans immediately after Obama read his speech ― one apparently written for him by hungry White House interns:
In contrast, state-of-the-art Wordle analysis shows that although George Washington's first SOTU speech was only 1081 words long, it was packed with enlightened substance:

Calvin Coolidge was an incredibly successful but under-appreciated leader, presiding over a golden age in American history. Note the emphasis on property, prosperity and progress in his1928 address:

Morning in America! Wordle captures the essence of Ronald Reagan's brilliant 1986 Address:

What a difference 25 years makes. From dreams and opportunity to want and need. Obama's America is like an unfamiliar land. The "highlights" of SOTU 2011:
Synthesizing some of the best SOTU speeches in history, as well as speeches by contemporary conservatives including Mike Pence, the skeleton of a more serious (but friendly and familiar) America begins to emerge:


Discussion: Memeorandum