Daily Archives: 12/27/2011

VIDEO: AP’s Aaron Heller Reports of “Ultra Orthodox Radicals” in Israel

H/T The Blaze for this:

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Newt did NOT ‘Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney’ on Health Care

News Busters Reports: ABC’s Jonathan Karl Tuesday published a piecenow prominently featured at the Drudge Report with a headline guaranteed to be the Obama-loving media’s lead story concerning something Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wrote over five years ago: “Gingrich ’06 Memo: ‘Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney’ on Health Care.”

Inside the actual document uncovered by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, the former Speaker didn’t “agree entirely with Gov. Romney” at all (emphasis added):

While in theory the plan should be affordable if the whole state contributes to the cost, the reality is that Massachusetts has an exhaustive list of health coverage regulations prohibiting insurers from offering more basic, pared-down policies with higher deductibles. (This is yet another reminder that America must establish a cross-state insurance market that gives individuals the freedom to shop for insurance plans in states other than their own.)

In our estimation, Massachusetts residents earning little more than $30,000 a year are in jeopardy of being priced out of the system. In the event that this occurs, Governor Romney will be in grave danger of repeating the mistakes of his predecessor, Mike Dukakis, whose 1988 health plan was hailed as a save-all but eventually collapsed when poorly-devised payment structures created a malaise of unfulfilled promises. We propose that a more realistic approach might be to limit the mandate to those individuals earning upwards of $54,000 per year.

Does that sound like Gingrich “agree[d] entirely with Gov. Romney?”

Karl’s first paragraph said it did: “To conservatives, the biggest strike against Mitt Romney is the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, but Newt Gingrich lavished praise on Romney’s plan after it was passed in 2006.”

Instead of referencing Gingrich’s actual dissent, Karl wrote, “Gingrich had some criticisms of the Massachusetts plan — including what he called the state’s over-regulation of health insurers — but overall, he loved it.”

Does this sound like Gingrich “loved it”: “Governor Romney will be in grave danger of repeating the mistakes of his predecessor, Mike Dukakis, whose 1988 health plan was hailed as a save-all but eventually collapsed.”

If that’s love, I hope the newlyweds have attorneys waiting in the wings.

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Iran Threatens to Cut Off Mideast Oil

JTA Reports: Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are subjected to foreign sanctions, the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported.

“If they impose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Straits of Hormuz,” IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran’s first vice-president, as saying, referring to Western countries.

Oil from Persian Gulf countries travels through the Straits of Hormuz on its way to oil-importing countries around the world. The strait is the Persian Gulf’s only outlet and is bordered by Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates

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NH Police Bill Romney $50.10 an Hour, Minimum of Four Hours for Security Detail

SeaCoastOnLine Reports: A larger than expected crowd, illegally-parked cars and some shoving, brought police to the South End during a Tuesday visit by presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney.

When all was said and done, police Capt. Mike Schwartz handed Romney a bill for a detail officer to respond.

Police were called to the area of Geno’s Chowder and Sandwich Shop at about noon Dec. 27 when the first parking complaints were phoned in. According to police radio communications, cars were parked illegally on both sides of tight South End streets and many had out-of-state license plates.

Schwartz said two callers “sounded mad.”

An officer radioed that one driver was “so excited to see Mitt, he accidentally left his car in the middle of the road.”

Aaron You of Sanders Fish Market said people parked cars with plates from New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut in 15-minute spots in front of the market, then left for over an hour to attend the Romney event. He suspects he lost business because he saw people drive by slowly, look into the store and keep going, he said.

Meanwhile, a Maine man who engaged in some shoving at Geno’s was escorted off the premises. Schwartz said the man had “a differing opinion” than those attending the event and because it was private property, he was asked to leave.

Police estimated that several hundred people attended Romney’s “meet and greet” at Geno’s, including Senator Kelly Ayotte, who Romney previously said was on his short list of vice presidential candidates. Schwartz said the campaign called in advance to notify police that the event would be invitation-only, but “it grew and multiplied.”

“As it grew, we saw the need for a detail officer,” he said.

Police also had concerns about amplified sound at the event, which included Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” and Romney’s amplified remarks. Schwartz said  amplification is allowed on private property, but should not be heard on public property.

“It’s not something we typically deal with,” he said, adding that “going forward, we will make sure everyone knows.”            Since Evelyn and Geno Marconi opened Geno’s on the shore of the Piscataqua River in 1965, it has served as a backdrop for dozens of GOP candidates. Evelyn is believed to have served her signature chowder to at least three U. S. presidents.

At about 1 p.m., police waved the traffic out of the South End, while Romney and Ayotte next visited John’s Barber Shop on Daniel Street. The barber shop is owned by police commissioner and political conservative John Russo.

Schwartz said before Romney left the city, he got into a car with him and handed over a bill for the detail officer. The cost, Schwartz said, is $50.10 an hour, for a four-hour minimum.

(H/T Drudge)

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Campaign Ad: Pro-Gingrich PAC Attacks Republican Establishment

H/T RCP for this:

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Did Newt Raise this Year Close to $37 Million?

In a recent chat with reporters, Newt Gingrich said: People ask “can we raise money? I think we will report being very close to the amount McCain raised in 2007, which compared to where I was in July it will be as close to a miracle as you are going to get in politics.”

Well, I looked it up. McCain raised more than $37 million in 2007, and more than nine million dollars of it was raised in the last quarter. Was Newt speaking of his fourth quarter now in 2011 that it will meet McCain’s or was he speaking about the year overall?

I guess we shall wait and see. In the mean time, here is the Newt video speaking about his fundraising:

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Opinion: The Story Behind Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletters

National Journal has this opinion piece by Michael Brendan Dougherty from the Atlantic:

So as Ron Paul is on track to win the Iowa caucuses, he is getting a new dose of press scrutiny.

And the press is focusing on the newsletters that went out under his  name in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were called Ron Paul’s Political Report, Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, the Ron Paul Survival Report and the Ron Paul Investment Letter.

There is no doubt that the newsletters contained utterly racist statements.

Some choice quotes:

      “Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal  justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the  black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”
      “We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational.”
      After the Los Angeles riots, one article in a newsletter claimed, “Order  was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up  their welfare checks.”
      One referred to Martin Luther King Jr. as “the world-class philanderer  who beat up his paramours” and who “seduced underage girls and boys.”
    Another referred to Barbara Jordan, a civil-rights activist and member of Congress as “Barbara Morondon,” the “archetypical half-educated  victimologist.”

Other newsletters had strange conspiracy theories about homosexuals, the CIA, and AIDS.

In 1996 when the Texas Monthly investigated the newsletters, Paul took responsibility for them and said that certain things were taken out of context. (It’s  hard to imagine a context that would make the above quotes defensible.)

When the newsletter controversy came up again during the 2008  campaign, Paul explained that he didn’t actually write the newsletters  but because they carried his name he was morally responsible for their  content. Further, he said he didn’t know exactly who wrote the offensive things  and they didn’t represent his views.

But it is still a serious issue. Jamie Kirchick reported in The New Republic that Paul made nearly $1 million in just one year from publishing the newsletters. Could Paul really not  understand the workings of such a profitable operation? Reporters at the  libertarian-leaning Reason magazine wrote that the author was likely longtime Paul friend and combative polemicist Lew Rockwell.

Even though many of the newsletters are written in a first person,  conversational style, many observers don’t believe that Ron Paul  actually wrote them.

There aren’t any videos on YouTube with Paul speaking in incendiary  terms about minorities. The newsletters don’t “sound” like Ron Paul –  he doesn’t do wordplay like “Morondon” or use prefixes like  “semi-criminal” or “half-educated” in his speech or his recent writings.  Further, most newsletter and direct-mail operations in politics employ  ghostwriters.

So why were Ron Paul or his ghostwriters engaged in racism and conspiracy theories? And why did Ron Paul allow this?

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Audio Update: Debunking Dem-Created Myths of the 1990s Economy, Tax Rates, and Budgets

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Woman who sent Anti-Semitic package to Congressman, killed amid attack on Police Officer

The Marietta Daily Journal reports: A Marietta woman who was accused of sending threatening packages to lawmakers was shot and killed after attacking a Cobb Police officer Christmas morning, police said.

Using a knife and a handgun, Jameela Cecila Barnette, 53, assaulted an officer from the department’s Precinct 3 who had knocked on her apartment door after responding to an alarm, Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Despite receiving injuries to his arm, Pierce said the officer, who is not being identified at this time, fired his service weapon to stop the assault.

The officer was treated and released at the scene, the Bexley apartment complex, 318 Penny Lane S.E. in Marietta, Pierce said. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

The Precinct 3 uniformed officers were dispatched to the complex after an alarm came from the apartment just after 11 a.m. Sunday, Pierce said. They were notified that a second alarm, a more serious “panic” alarm, came in as they were arriving at the scene.

Pierce said Barnette was the only person in the apartment, but the incident did not appear to be a “suicide by cop.”

“You do see that, I guess,” he said. “From what I’ve been told, I don’t think that is the case here.”

In April, the website Politico.com reported that Barnette, a Muslim, sent a bloody pig’s foot with an anti-Semitic letter to U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York). The package was reportedly sent in response to hearings that King held in March on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.

Barnette was also accused of sending a Curious George stuffed animal to New York state Sen. Greg Ball, a Republican who hosted King at a hearing. Politico reported that the doll had two Stars of David taped to it with a note saying “Final Destination: Auschwitz.”

“I knew the Jews were behind the hearings. A monkey is a representation of who the Jews are,” she was quoted as saying.

At the time, Capitol Police said the investigation into the matter was ongoing. Attempts to reach Capitol Police and King’s office were unsuccessful late Sunday.

The Cobb County Department of Public Safety’s internal affairs unit and Cobb Police’s crimes against persons unit are investigating the incident, Pierce said. A search warrant was executed for the apartment Sunday, but Pierce said he didn’t know what the search had determined.

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How Much Will NYS Earn from the Cuomo-Backed Gambling in NYC?

Azi paybarah writes: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s declaration that he would support casino-style gambling in New York City was the front page of the Daily News today, and was picked up widely by other news outlets throughout the day. It’s an issue Cuomo is reportedly going to address when he delivers his State of the State speech in Albany.

There’s popular support for such a move, in theory, and the political interests in Albany, after the initial success of video gambling at a local racetrack, are quite likely to fall into line with the governor.

After all, as Gothamist said, “New York could use the revenue from the gaming industry.”

And there’s already a casino with video gambling at Aqueduct; what Cuomo’s now talking about could wind up being as simple as putting full-on table games in there too, especially given the “fierce lobbying effort” underway by the gambling companies (which are already quite accomplished at lobbying Albany) to let them expand their offerings further.

But raising revenue from local gamblers has a downside.

A Queens Tribune reporter retweeted an earlier story he wrote which quotes heavily from a study that warns about the $6 in new “social costs” needed for every $1 in casino revenue raised. The Tribune report quotes from the work of Dr. John Warren Kindt of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Each slot machine, according to Kindt, on average takes $100,000 a year out of consumer spending. This is lost spending on consumer goods like cars, refrigerators, and computers, and lost money to Queens businesses,” Tribune reporter Ross Barkan wrote.

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NJ Congressman Chickens out of Newly-Formed District; Will Challenge Fellow Dem Instead

NJ Ledger Reports: Thrown into a politically unfriendly district last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman today signaled he intends to challenge a fellow Democrat in June’s primary.

Rothman (D-9th Dist.) began telling Democrats today that he plans run against Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8th Dist.) in the newly formed 9th Congressional District, according to three Democrats. Technically, Rothman would not have to move to the new district to run there, although he is expected to.

Rothman was thrown into a Republican-leaning district with Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) last week after the congressional redistricting process concluded. Since then, there has been speculation that rather than run an uphill fight against Garrett, Rothman would move and challenge Pascrell in the newly-drawn 9th District, which will contain parts of Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties — including many of the towns Rothman currently represents.

Rothman, 59, began informing Democrats of his decision today, according to the sources, who did not want to speak publicly in advance of an official announcement from Rothman, which is expected this week.

Rothman’s spokesman, Aaron Keyak, would only refer to a Friday statement in which Rothman said he was reviewing “all my options” and would make a decision soon.

Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie, who supports Pascrell, said Rothman “would be letting down New Jersey Democrats by running outside of his hometown and passing up an opportunity to unseat right-wing radical Scott Garrett.”

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First Election Cycle in Over SIXTY Years Without A Bush!

TPM Writes: we end up going way back — a lot back — to find a presidential election year without a Bush somewhere.

Going backwards:

2008: George W. Bush is the term-limited president.

2004: George W. Bush is the incumbent president, winning re-election.

2000: George W. Bush is elected to the presidency, though losing the national popular vote.

1996: George W. Bush is the governor of Texas.

1992: George H.W. Bush is the incumbent president, but loses re-election.

1988: George H.W. Bush is elected to the presidency.

1984: George H.W. Bush is re-elected Vice President of the United States, on the Republican ticket with Ronald Reagan.

1980: George H.W. Bush is elected Vice President of the United States, on the Republican ticket with Ronald Reagan.

1976: George H.W. Bush is the country’s Director of Central Intelligence, having been appointed to the office by President Gerald Ford.

1972: George H.W. Bush is the country’s Ambassador to the United Nations, having been appointed to the office by President Richard Nixon.

1968: George H.W. Bush is a Congressman from Texas.

1964: George H.W. Bush is the Republican nominee for Senate from Texas, losing to incumbent Democrat Ralph Yarborough.

1960: Prescott Bush — George H.W. Bush’s father — is a Senator from Connecticut.

1956: Prescott Bush is re-elected as a Senator from Connecticut.

1952: Prescott Bush is first elected as Senator from Connecticut, winning a special election held at the same time as the presidential race.

1948: Here we are — as near as we can tell — the last time that a member of the Bush family did not currently hold, or run for, a significant national or state office.

But just to be complete, in 1948 Prescott Bush was a delegate to the Republican national convention!

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Video: Paul Leading in Iowa is the Crazy Uncle Driving the Car

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Report: Bunker Buster Bombs Sold by US to Israel May be Defective

JPost Reports: Israel is seeking clarifications from the United States to ensure bunker buster  bombs it recently purchased are not carrying defective fuses that could cause  their premature detonation.

The  laser-guided bomb, GBU-28, weighs about 2.5 tons and is reportedly capable of  penetrating 30 meters of earth or alternatively 6 meters of concrete.
The  bomb was initially developed in the 1990s to penetrate hardened Iraqi command centers located underground.
Israel ordered its first batch of the GBU-28  from the US in 2005 and reportedly received them a year later. In 2007 it asked  the Pentagon for another batch of bombs but the delivery was delayed due to  concern in Washington that Israel planned to use the bunker buster bomb to  attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, some of which are located in fortified  bunkers.
In September, Newsweek reported the Obama administration had  recently decided to authorize the delivery of 55 GBU-28 bombs as part of an aid  package aimed at improving ties with Jerusalem.
There are now concerns in  Israel that some of the bombs supplied to Israel over the years could have been installed with defective fuses.
On Friday, the US Justice Department  announced it had reached a settlement with aerospace manufacturer Kaman Corp.,  which allegedly substituted a fuse in four lots of fuses made for the bombs.  Under the settlement, Kaman Corp. will pay the government $4.75  million.
The US government alleged in its lawsuit against the company  that the installation of defective fuses could lead to the premature detonation  of the bomb and cause accidental misfires.
In September 2010, the US  Defense Department announced it had awarded Kaman Precision Products, a  subsidiary of Kaman Corp, a $35m. contract to manufacture fuses for four foreign  countries. One of those countries was likely Israel. South Korea is also in  possession of the GBU-28.
Israel first filed a request to purchase the  GBU-28 in the 1990s but only received Pentagon approval for the sale in 2005 in  a deal estimated at about $30m.
According to Jane’s – a weapons reference  organization – it received 100 units of the bomb in 2006, during the Second Lebanon War and as part of a US weapons shipment to help Israel destroy hardened  Hezbollah targets.
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