Links for 2-1-2012

  • Good news for Ron Paul: Successful serial entrepreneur and outside-the-box thinker Peter Thiel gave $900K to a super PAC that supports Paul’s presidential campaign. Bad news: Thiel is a member of the Bilderberg Group’s steering committee. Worse news: Threat of recursive conspiracy theories that could lock up Paul’s campaign and his supporters’ minds. Worse still: Thiel and Alex Jones could conceivably meet, resulting in an earth-shattering matter/anti-matter explosion. Better news: If the earth shatters, we won’t have to worry about the 2012 presidential campaign anymore. Even if Thiel and Jones don’t meet, there’s still Sweet Meteor of Death 2012 to save us from this campaign.

  • Mark Steyn on today’s Mitt Romney gaffe: “Romney’s is a benevolent patrician’s view of society: The poor are incorrigible, but let’s add a couple more groats to their food stamps and housing vouchers, and they’ll stay quiet. Aside from the fact that that kind of thinking has led the western world to near terminal insolvency, for a candidate whose platitudinous balderdash of a stump speech purports to believe in the most Americanly American America that any American has ever Americanized over, it’s as dismal a vision of permanent trans-generational poverty as any Marxist community organizer with a cozy sinecure on the Acorn board would come up with.”

  • Mitt Romney supports indexing the minimum wage rate to inflation, which suggests his grasp of economics is weaker than many people assumed (or hoped).

  • Nonetheless the Romney campaign is still in the negative campaign flyers business, this time in Nevada.

  • Peter Ferrara on the deception behind Obama’s State of the Union speech: “But what Obama is proposing would actually double the capital gains tax rate to 30%, leaving America with the third highest capital gains rate in the developed world. That would be on top of the second highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. And it would be on top of all the tax rate increases already scheduled to go into effect next year under current law, with the Obamacare taxes becoming effective, and the Bush tax cuts scheduled to expire.”

  • The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry (who was killed by a Mexican drug cartel operative with a weapon from Operation Fast and Furious) sued the ATF for wrongful death. They also filed a claim against the gun store that sold the weapon used to kill Terry.

  • Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board reversed its reversal and is now posting the recall petitions online.

  • Indiana is now a right-to-work state. It’s the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law.

  • Komen not only stopped funding Planned Parenthood, but they also stopped funding embryonic stem cell research.

  • Panama is embroiled in a constitutional crisis driven by its president, Ricardo Martinelli, who seeks re-election in spite of term limits that plainly state he can’t. Similar tactics worked in Nicaragua but failed in Honduras.

  • Japan and China are clashing over natural gas extraction in the East China Sea.

  • Sharyl Attkisson and Dana Loesch will receive awards from Accuracy in Media during CPAC. Attkisson is virtually the only mainstream media reporter (she works for CBS) who has investigated Operation Fast and Furious.

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  • Philip Klein on Thursday night’s debate: “Romney’s response to Santorum’s passionate case against government-run health care was to say, ‘It’s not worth getting angry about,’ which was a dagger in the back of conservatives who have spent the last several years fighting a government takeover of the largest (and most personal) sector of the U.S. economy. It was a clear reminder to conservatives of why they’ve been so reluctant to get behind Romney to the point that they’d be considering the deeply flawed Gingrich.”

  • Sarah Palin casts the attacks on Gingrich as attacks by the GOP establishment on the Tea Party.

  • Jeffrey Lord debunks Elliot Abrams’ hit piece on Newt Gingrich. National Review’s Rich Lowry (another anti-Gingrich crusader) responds in kind.

  • Hans von Spakovsky on the application of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to Texas and the resulting redistricting mess: “The fundamental problem with the way Section 5 and Section 2 are being applied today is plain to see: If Texas had set out to draw new legislative districts based entirely on nondiscriminatory, neutral, traditional factors such as compactness, contiguity, and preserving the lines of local political subdivisions such as cities and counties, it would immediately face numerous claims under the VRA for not taking race into account — the very claims it is facing in the present lawsuits. The Supreme Court said in Reno v. Shaw that race cannot be the predominant factor in redistricting, but in practical terms, the VRA today requires exactly that.”

  • If President Obama supports the EPA’s efforts to reduce the amount of mercury released into the atmosphere, he ought to ban compact fluorescent light bulbs.

  • Germany suggests Greece give up control of its budget in return for another bailout.

  • After this week’s Republican presidential candidate drama, I thought this was appropriate (taken from Rick Perry’s Twitter feed, with the caption added by me):
    Rick Perry - Miss Me Yet?
    (The rifle is by LaRue Tactical of Leander, Texas.)

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  • Dueling accounts of Newt Gingrich by Reagan administration vets: Elliott Abrams writes at National Review Online that Gingrich “often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism,” while Jeffrey Lord writes at The American Spectator that Gingrich “was in fact one of Reagan’s Young Lieutenants.
    One of the best.”

  • A Zetas cartel member who became a DEA informant has been testifying in court about a group of cartel hit men operating out of a safe house in Laredo.

  • More documents obtained by Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act show the Obama White House, the Department of Justice, and Project Vote coordinating efforts to boost voter registration, which led to significant increases in fraudulent registrations.

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