Links for 9-24-2012

  • Here’s the Reuters version of the Associated Press story I linked yesterday regarding The Advancement Project’s “report” on the effects of voter photo ID laws and clean voter rolls (yes, this is how the mainstream media works these days). Hans von Spakovsky tore apart the report in an article entitled, “Advancement Project Advances Its Fraud Agenda,” which is an apt description.

  • FreedomWorks endorsed Bryan Hughes for speaker of the Texas House without waiting for the November 6 election. We’ll take all the help we can get removing RINO Joe Straus from that position.

  • William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog did some investigating and learned that Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren has been practicing law out of her Harvard Law School office but lacks a license to practice law in Massachusetts. Warren admitted as much later in the day. Stephen Green supplied the response from Warren that we all expected: “According to old family lore, I’m 1/32nd licensed to practice law.”

  • Jed Babbin offers more detail on the Taliban attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan that killed the commander of Marine air squadron VMA–211, Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, and Sgt. Bradley Atwell.

  • The Daily Caller obtained a full audio recording of Obama’s speech and question and answer session at a 1998 conference at Loyola College. In addition to the previously publicized comments about redistribution, there was this: “Obama also said he viewed welfare recipients and ‘the working poor’ as ‘a majority coalition’ that could be mobilized to help advance progressive policies and elect their champions.” The full article is worth reading – Obama’s comments on welfare reform and health care are a preview of his first term’s policies. If the mainstream media had bothered to search for and report on this in 2008, more people would have known what to expect from a President Obama. Of course the mainstream media is ignoring the story again this year.

  • Victor Davis Hansen wrote another excellent rant about Obama, which includes this: “There is not really any free press anymore, but instead a Ministry of Truth, in which PBS, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Newsweek, Time, AP, McClatchy, and Reuters are de facto extensions of the Obama campaign – far more highbrow and adept in disguising their partisanship than an overt Hannity or Limbaugh. Their ‘journalists’ are fed favorable administration leaks when in the old days they had to sue to publish a hit piece. They care little whether ambassadors are left unguarded, or that the U.S. suffers the most costly attack on its air assets since Vietnam, or that administration officials offer lies about Libya that they know cannot be true.”

  • is learning to write Drudge-style headlines: “Canada PM to Meet with Netanyahu, Obama with Whoopi.”

  • Actress Julianne Moore won an Emmy for portraying Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change series, and Ms. Moore couldn’t help but insult Palin in her acceptance speech. I wonder what Ms. Moore will say when she learns that SarahPAC is fundraising off her acceptance speech.

  • It was bad enough when China and Japan were arguing over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, but now Taiwan is in on the act, too.

  • Kurds living in Syria have taken advantage of that nations’s upheaval and now control the northeastern part of the country.

  • Would-be defector to the U.S. Wang Lijun was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “defection, bribery, abuse of power, and ‘bending the law for selfish ends.’” Wang could have faced the death penalty but appears to have received leniency in exchange for aiding the prosecution of Gu Kailai.

Links for 9-23-2012

  • The Associated Press published a story claiming that voter photo ID laws and efforts to clean up voting rolls “may hinder at least 10 million Hispanic citizens who seek to vote this fall.” The source of the story? The Advancement Project, which is funded by George Soros, the AFL-CIO, the SEIU,, the Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Tides Foundation and is operated by former Obama campaign staff, former Obama Department of Justice employees, large Obama campaign contributors, and former NAACP staffers. This group would claim that voter photo ID laws and well maintained voting rolls will hinder voting by a minority group? Nah. Say it isn’t so.

  • The Advancement Project is going to have to compete with Michelle Obama for minority victimhood status – she told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that fighting against photo voter ID laws is the “…march of our times…the sit-in of our day…”

  • A black Democrat who lost a primary race for Florida’s House of Representatives by 13 votes is suing his opponent for absentee ballot fraud. The lawsuit, filed by John Patrick Julien, claims that Barbara Watson’s campaign paid people to collect absentee ballots at nursing homes; at least some of the absentee ballots were cast by people who don’t recall having voted, including people who were dead at the time. One person hired by the Watson campaign “ran radio ads telling Haitian Creole-speaking North Miamians to ‘consult’ with her before casting their absentee ballots, in order to ‘vote correctly.’” You can’t make this stuff up. (via Election Law Center)

  • More from the Associated Press: “The Hinds County [Mississippi] Republican Party and the county’s only white supervisor are suing four black county supervisors, charging race was used improperly as a factor in redrawing district voting lines.” Hinds County is 69% black and 29% white, and the county’s only white supervisor is claiming that the four black supervisors violated open meetings laws by gathering behind closed doors to redraw voting district boundaries such that black candidates will have an (even greater) advantage. The lawsuit alleges that the president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors told the chairman of the county GOP: “Look Pete, this is a black county, we have black leadership, we are going to hire black people, and elect black people. Get over it.” Mississippi has a history of this sort of thing – you can read about it in J. Christian Adams’ book Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.

  • CNN reporters rummaging around the burned-out American consulate in Benghazi found Ambassador Chris Stevens’ personal journal and used it as a source. Eventually CNN got around to telling the State Department and the Stevens family about the journal and after several requests from the family agreed to return it. I’m ticked off that CNN would do something this slimy. I’m also ticked off that the State Department didn’t send anyone (preferably someone carrying a large weapon containing live ammunition) to Benghazi to search the consulate and retrieve anything the attackers failed to carry away. Hillary Clinton’s operation is inept and sloppy.

  • Our consulate in Benghazi relied on local security supplied by a militia with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the “February 17 Brigade.”

  • On “Fox News Sunday” Brit Hume said the Romney campaign is not doing enough to counteract media bias. I would go beyond “counteracting” and run against the mainstream media as well as the Obama campaign because, for all practical purposes, they’re the same.

  • Senator Rand Paul got a vote on his bill to withhold foreign aid from Egypt and Libya until those countries turn over the people who attacked the embassy and consulate and from Pakistan until they release Dr. Shakil Afridi, the doctor who supplied intelligence to the U.S. about Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. Unfortunately it went down by a vote of 10–81.

  • Last week’s Taliban attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, which destroyed six Harrier jets and damaged two others, was arguably the worst day in Marine Corps aviation history since the Tet Offensive in 1968.

  • In Texas, even the deer are smarter than the liberals.

Links for 9-21-2012

  • Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Benghazi assaulted the headquarters of the Islamic militia that’s being blamed for carrying out the attack that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens. The demonstrators claimed to have freed 20 prisoners that they found in the building. Libya’s government says they have detained eight people in connection with the attack.

  • The Libyans who rented the main villa comprising the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were surprised the U.S. did little to bolster the building’s security.

  • The mainstream media isn’t covering it, but U.S. embassies and consulates are under assault in Uganda, India, Malaysia, Australia, and Pakistan. Instead the media are focused on Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

  • A Gallup poll found that “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.” Only 26% of self-identified Republicans trust the media. The numbers for independents and Democrats were 31% and 58%, respectively.

  • The coordination between Tracy Schmaler of the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs and Media Matters included attacks on a then-active DoJ employee, Christopher Coates. Schmaler provided false information to Media Matters that they used to attack Coates, who at the time was prosecuting cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina. Coates is the former head of DoJ’s Voting Section. He went crosswise with DoJ’s political leadership when he complied with a subpoena to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

  • The Office of Inspector General report on Operation Fast and Furious may have cleared Attorney General Eric Holder of direct knowledge of the operation, but it shows that Holder is doing a poor job of running the DoJ: “The report notes that none of the five deputy assistant attorneys general who reviewed the wiretap applications ‘identified any issues or raised any concerns about the information contained in the applications.’ In fact, three of the DAAGs who agreed to be interviewed admitted that they did not read the agents’ supporting affidavits that were submitted with the wiretap applications. That documentation is essential to determining whether a wiretap application meets the factual and legal standards of the law. Those affidavits, which contained information about firearms’ being trafficked into Mexico, should have ‘caused a prosecutor…particularly one who was already sensitive to the issue of ‘gun walking,’ to have questions about ATF’s conduct of the investigation.’ That they were not reviewed by several DOJ officials who were tasked with doing so reflects a lapse of professionalism and competence.”

  • The Los Angeles Times again refused to release the Khalidi video.

  • Rahm Emanuel was rolled by the Chicago Teachers Union: “Their ‘concessions’ are laughable: Student achievement now accounts for 30 percent of teacher evaluations, but the State of Illinois already requires 25 percent. Teachers will receive raises of 3 percent, 2 percent, and 2 percent over the next three years, on top of automatic step-and-lane pay hikes that are already set in stone. And the school day will be longer, but teachers won’t be teaching any more hours; the city is required to hire hundreds more teachers to fill out the longer school days. All told, the deal will cost Chicago hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. This is a resounding defeat for Rahm Emanuel and the education reform movement.”

  • Iranian hackers have been launching cyberattacks against U.S. banks since late 2011. The victims of the attacks include Bank of America, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase.

  • China is employing economic weapons in its dispute with Japan over islands in the East China Sea – Chinese customs inspections of products from Japanese companies are suddenly very onerous.

  • Shell sued Greenpeace in The Netherlands to stop their interference in Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts. Shell wants the court to fine Greenpeace €1 million if any of its members approach within 500 meters of any Shell property.

Links for 9-20-2012

Links for 9-19-2012

  • The Inspector General for the Department of Justice released a report on Operation Fast and Furious. The report recommends that DoJ consider disciplinary action against 14 employees, but Eric Holder isn’t one of them. Two of the 14 resigned today: former acting director of the ATF Kenneth Melson and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. Katie Pavlich concludes her article with a good question: “If Holder’s hands really are clean in this, why is the [assertion of] executive privilege necessary?”

  • Eric Holder promoted the lawyer who defended John Walker Lindh, Tony West, to associate attorney general, the third highest position in the DoJ. His duties will include overseeing national security cases, including those related to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • Speaking of Gitmo, Fox News reported that one its “graduates,” Sufyan Ben Qumu, was involved in the attack on the consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The U.S. released Qumu from Gitmo in 2007 and turned him over to Libyan authorities, who sprung him in 2008.

  • House Democrats introduced a bill designed to nullify state photo voter ID laws. It won’t go anywhere.

  • The House passed the Buffet Rule Act, which makes it simple to overpay your income tax and designate the excess to be applied to paying down the national debt. Even if the Senate passes the bill, I doubt it will squelch Warren Buffet’s calls for the U.S. to increase the tax rate paid by wealthy people, although it will make it easier to tell him to shut up, check a box on his tax return, and write a check.

  • Peter Ferrara on the Federal Reserve’s QE3: “It’s standard Keynesian monetary economics. But it won’t work. Quite to the contrary, it will be counterproductive. With the collapse of communism, Keynesian economics is now the second most destructive doctrine in the world, right behind Islamism.”

  • The Obama administration’s responses to lawsuits challenging the ObamaCare contraception mandate state in effect that the federal government can impose a requirement that violates employers’ religious beliefs and that “a private company cannot reflect the religious faith of its owners.”

  • Obama’s stimulus law suspended a requirement that limited the time that able-bodied adults without dependents could receive food stamps. A Congressional Research Service report concluded that even though a few states continued to enforce the requirement, the number of people on food stamps doubled from 2008 to 2010; this rate of increase outpaced the rate at which food stamp consumption grew among the larger population. The requirement’s suspension expired at the end of 2010 and Congress has refused to renew it, but the Obama administration has continued the policy via executive order.

  • The Cato Institute and the Frasier Institute released their annual “Economic Freedom of the World” report and the U.S. dropped to 18th position.

  • One of Thaddeus McCotter’s former staffers pleaded no contest to five misdemeanor charges in the petition fraud case that drove McCotter out of Congress.

  • The war of words and high seas stand-offs between Japan and China escalated to apparent cyberwarfare. At least 19 Japanese websites, including one belonging to a government ministry, were knocked offline by attacks that originated in China.

  • According to Barbra Steisand, “Compared to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Obama has been more fiscally conservative than any other president in recent history, with the exception of President Bill Clinton.” Uh huh.

Links for 9-18-2012

Links for 9-17-2012

  • True The Vote must have hit the big time, because it earned a hatchet job in yesterday’s New York Times. There are dozens of inaccuracies, distortions, and omissions in the article, but for the moment I’m going to address this one, which concerns a voter registration challenge in Houston: “‘They had one particular case I remember very well,’ said Douglas Ray, the Harris County assistant attorney who represents the election registrar. ‘They had identified an address where eight or 10 people were registered to vote. There was no building there.’ Mr. Ray found out that the building had been torn down and that the people simply moved.” The reason for the challenge was that the address had ceased to exist and those voter registrations were invalid. True The Vote was right to challenge them. That’s the point of cleaning up the voter rolls. Duh.

  • The Constitution was adopted 225 years ago today; it had a good run but now faces challenges. Today is also the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Sharpsburg, or, as it’s known in the North, the Battle of Antietam; 23,000 soldiers died in a single day’s fighting.

  • Glenn Reynolds argues that Obama ought to resign after sheriff’s deputies appeared after midnight at the home of the person who created the anti-Islamic YouTube video that’s being (inaccurately) blamed for the riots in the Middle East: “By sending – literally – brownshirted enforcers to engage in – literally – a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that [Presidential] oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.” Note how the media happened to be there in the middle of the night to capture the photo. Also note that CNN didn’t hesitate to broadcast the identity of the person who created the YouTube video, thereby endangering his life.

  • Lonely Conservative wonders if brownshirts are going to show up at Katherine Bigelow’s door when her movie Zero Dark Thirty appears, since its depiction of the killing of Osama bin Laden will surely enrage Muslims in the Middle East to a greater degree than the amateurish YouTube video that’s currently the center of the Obama administration’s attention. Plus, as and Judicial Watch have exposed, the White House fully cooperated with Bigelow’s movie.

  • Paul Rahe on the Obama administration’s latest disinformation campaign: “The American people cannot be allowed to discover that Barack Obama’s policy of appeasement has persuaded our enemies that we are weak and feckless and has elicited aggression on their part. Nor can they be allowed to learn that Hillary Clinton and our minions have been grossly negligent with regard to the security of our embassies, consulates, and other installations in the larger Muslim world. Instead, we must ignore the spirit of the First Amendment and vent our wrath on an inept Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt.”

  • Mark Steyn characterizes the Obama administration’s handling of the attack on the Benghazi consulate as beyond belief even if it were fiction.

  • Libya claims they gave the U.S. three days notice of possible rioting before Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered.

  • First hand accounts of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi suggest there were no demonstrations before the assault was launched, which contradicts the Obama administration’s story that the attack was the result of a protest against the YouTube video.

  • Neil Gaiman published a letter from an actress who performed in a movie that became (by deceitful means) Innocence of Muslims. Later in the day, she and everyone else in the movie became the subject of a death fatwa issued by an Egyptian cleric.

  • John Hayward on Ohio’s screwed-up voter rolls and the importance of cleaning them up (which won’t happen before the November election): “If a candidate wins a tough swing state like Ohio by, let us say, 5000 votes, and it is later discovered that 6000 false votes were cast in the election, the Presidency is not going to be taken away and given to the defrauded opponent.”

  • Sarah Palin beat the snot out of former unwelcome next door neighbor Joe McGinniss in an article for

  • Glenn Beck claims a source told him that the State Department is considering negotiations with Egypt to hand over Omar Abdel-Rahman, a.k.a. “the Blind Sheikh,” who is serving a life sentence in an American prison for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

  • Mitt Romney threw Kris Kobach under the bus.

  • Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez refused to affirm that he would “never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion” during Congressional testimony. This isn’t surprising given Perez’s history, which Hans von Spakovsky has documented here, here, and here.

  • House Democrats are pushing bills that would grant tax credits for political campaign contributions, apparently an attempt to tilt the scales back in their party’s favor after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

  • The U.S. and Japan agreed to install a second missile defense system to counter threats from North Korea. This system will be installed in southern Japan, but not in Okinawa.

  • Henry Blodget published a graph illustrating newspaper advertising revenue adjusted for inflation over the period 1950–2012. It may not know it yet, but the newspaper business is dead.

  • A containment system failure has all but ended Shell’s drilling season in the Chukchi Sea.