My last field guide entry for Blogcon 11 is with author Amelia Hamilton
Her new Book One Nation Under God is a great idea as a Christmas Gift, you can get it at Amazon.com
The rest of the field guide is available here.
The Supercommittee has deadlocked and will not be able to release a budget with the required $1.2 trillion in cuts that would avoid sequestration. (Full disclosure: two weeks ago I heard, through unnamed sources on Capitol Hill, that sequestration is unavoidable, so my cynicism is not entirely unfounded, although it will have to go without attribution.)
The Supercommittee was never designed to succeed: it was designed as a win-win for Obama. Either the Republicans stonewall on the Democrat’s tax hikes and future cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that would be implemented by someone who is not Obama, or the Committee would deadlock – and Republicans would be the do-nothing party. We would either infuriate our own base and let the Democrats paint us as Democrats-lite, or we would be smeared for not compromising.
Michael Graham quotes from Reason about the sham of the Supercommittee: as the 10-year cuts are lower than the annual deficit, the Committee could never really “succeed” in bringing federal spending in line with federal income, no more than a basketball team that is down by 30 could succeed in winning the game by executing exactly one play designed to give them exactly one lay-up.
The Cato Institute explains that the purpose of the Supercommittee was all about increasing spending, not decreasing the deficit:
Republicans are considering a surrender on taxes because they are afraid that a deadlock will lead to a sequester, which would mean automatic budget savings. And the sequester, according to these politicians, would “cut” the budget too severely.
But as the chart illustrates, that is utter nonsense.
There are only budget cuts if you use dishonest Washington budget math, which magically turns spending increases into spending cuts simply because the burden of government isn’t expanding even faster.
If we use honest math, we can see what this debate is really about. Should we raise taxes so that government spending can grow by more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years?
Or should we have a sequester so that the burden of federal spending climbs by “only” $2 trillion?
Anyone who thinks that the Supercommitttee is about anything besides assigning blame is mental. This was all about either getting the Obama agenda through and blaming Republicans for it (because the voters do not want more taxes, more spending, more government, and less restraint), or blaming Republicans for not “reducing the deficit.” The Republicans chose the lesser of two evils: refusing to “compromise” by, in the words of Mark Steyn, agreeing to head towards a cliff at 30 mph instead of 60 mph.
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November 14 – Eastern Cuba (city of Contramaestre) – A protest in the streets took place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was distributed and activists of UMPACU ( Union Patriotica Cubana), among them JORGE CERVANTES, who cried out “Long Live Human Rights” were brutally beaten, arrested and released the following day.
November 16 – Eastern Cuba (city of Guantanamo) – Protest demanding the release of human rights defender, NIORVIS RIVERA GUERRA, (member of the Resistance and Democracy Movement) and all Cuban political prisoners, ended with a violent ” act of repudiation” by pro government mobs that lasted all afternoon and into the night against the home of OSVALLEMI GRANT GUERRA. As a result two dissidents were injured.
Read the whole thing, it’s a pretty long list, and if Cuba is not your thing there is always Egypt:
Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. At least 11 protesters were killed and hundreds were injured.
And that’s not even touching on the murder of Coptic Christians.
There is a reason why people who have actually lived in communist countries don’t support the occupods.
That expression of Occupier sentiment, from a blonde teenager who attends an all-girls Catholic school where tuition is $14,000 a year, was as shocking to me as any report of criminal violence in the protest encampments. It prompted me to write a long contemplation about how so many American young people have been indoctrinated to regard the “New Left” radicals of the 1960s as heroes. What have these kids been taught about the history of that era? And perhaps more importantly, what have they not been taught?
While liberals were wringing their hands about the Occupier encampments being removed from parks in New York and other cities, memory called to my mind a monument in a park down home. That monument bears the name of a handsome Georgia boy voted “Most Talented” in his high school, a brave pilot who died fighting for freedom at age 25. Today children play in the park dedicated to his memory, and no one can doubt Douglas County gave her best in what John F. Kennedy called “a long twilight struggle” against the totalitarian menace of communism. Can such a sacrifice ever be forgotten, while our nation’s children are taught to admire draft-dodgers and Marxist agitators? If schools want to teach kids about heroes from the Sixties, they should take a field trip to Washington, D.C., where Robert G. Hunter is one of more than 58,000 names on a black granite wall.
Democrats had so much hope for the Occupy movement, they were sure they could create their own version of the tea party in time for the 2012 elections
Alas, unlike the tea party that actually attracted previously unengaged voters to their cause, the Occupy movement’s core of professional activists found themselves only able to swell their numbers with union members, paid protesters, clueless college students and those who wanted both a free lunch and an area where law enforcement was non-existent.
The results were predictable.
Not surprisingly as the mess grew so did the rap sheet including deaths, sexual assaults, thievery, drug dealing that has become an embarrassment for democrats who initially rushed to support them. It’s actually reached the point where people are being assaulted for NOT joining the movement.
Not really the cup of tea for a pol seeking re-election is it?
Today at Big Journalism John Nolte talks about subtle changes in coverage as the media tries to move the democrats away from this movement.
Democrats See Minefield in Occupy Protests
NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn’t happened.
Insert record scratch here.
Sorry AP, but the only reason Democrats see a minefield is because they’re standing in it.
Democrats such as…
…House Democrats. And look, the story about House Democrats endorsing Occupy is an AP story!
…A President named Obama, who said of Occupy, “We are on their side.”
Need I go on?
When the AP matter-of-factly (the most effective way to propagandize) states that this natural alliance “hasn’t happened” … they are lying. The alliance between Occupy and prominent Democrats occurred weeks ago
And Mr. Nolte has left out Elizabeth Warren a Morning Joe Favorite who embraced the movement at first, but after this ad started running
Yet today on Morning Joe, you would not know this at all. John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Jeffery Sachs and Mika Brzezinski, excoriated Newt Gingrich for suggesting that the occupods need to get a bath then a job. To the Morning Joe/Politico/MSNBC crowd the entire 302 count rap sheet doesn’t exist, the assaults, the cries for socialism, the robberies and the violence, none of these things have happened.
And it not just the rap sheet that is missing, note WHO is missing from today’s show as well. We see SNL skits featuring Jon Huntsman and a pseudo Mitt Romney, we see David Letterman treating Herman Cain in a fashion they would not tolerate for a liberal pol, but strangely no clip from Jon Stewart. Perhaps because Stewart gave the occupod movement a fatal blow among the youth who might have joined in the hopes of being cool or getting laid.
When he gets back to hitting the GOP I’m sure he will return to their link lineup.
It is almost as if the new media and the internet doesn’t exist for Morning Joe today. It brings to mind the old information ministries of the old Soviet Union or even Baghdad Bob assuring us that the Americans are about to be defeated as our troops are just a few hundred yards away.
How and why could this be? It’s pretty simple, the goal today is not to inform, it is to re-assure the niche audience that gets their info strictly from the far left that all is still well. I suspect their efforts will be much like Kevin Bacon’s
And what is the lesson we should learn from this? You likely have already guessed it
You can only hide from reality for so long. I would think a journalist would be embarrassed by this.
But perhaps we are dealing with journo-lists instead.
Update: Or perhaps she is just loyal to the guild:
While journalists are quick to expose conflicts of interest that could influence political leaders, some often-sympathetic reporters covering the Occupy Wall Street movement might want to look in the mirror.
Those are the journalists belonging to the Newspaper Guild, a national union that represents many journalists in the state, including some at The New York Times.
The Guild is a branch of the CWA, or Communications Workers of America, one of the strongest supporters of the Occupy effort in the nation.
The union’s home page on the Web, for instance, proudly declares, “CWA Supports the Occupy Movement.’
Via JWF who notes:
…look at their home page is filled with links to the OWS movement, as well as one to recall Governor Walker in Wisconsin, so don’t expect any impartial coverage of that story, either.
When you “share” the goals of the deranged occupiers, don’t expect fair and balanced coverage.
To the rest of the MSM the New York Post has become an “unpaper” in the same way dissidents in the old Soviet Union became “Unpersons.”
Update 2: I wonder if the Morning Joe crew objected when the Zuccotti park folks denied a permit to the anti-ground zero mosque crowd (via lonely conservative)?
Did you know that not so long ago opponents of the Ground Zero mosque were denied a permit for a protest there? [Emphasis added]
The owner, Brookfield Properties, expressly prohibits tents, tarps and sleeping in the park—rules ignored by the protesters. It also has a history of denying use of the park for political activities, which is within its rights. Last year the city and Brookfield Properties denied a request by a group to use the park to protest against the planned new mosque near the World Trade Center. A content-neutral approach, the cornerstone of First Amendment jurisprudence, should also have kept Occupy Wall Street out. [Read More]
Since when is the taking over of a public space an exercise of one’s First Amendment rights? And if the Occupiers could do it, why not the anti-Mosque people?
I suspect if they anti-Mosque crew “occupied” the park way back when the Mika Brzezinski would not have been so supportive and the Mayor of NY would not have needed two months to eject them.
Update 3: from the Mercury News today
County officials this week released a list of 93 complaints of disruptive and illegal behavior near the county’s main offices and courthouse, adjacent to the Occupy Santa Cruz camp.
Since the camp was joined by dozens of tents that belong to the homeless, county workers and others have documented drug and alcohol use, public urination and defecation, littering, bathing in county restrooms, fights and more. Two pieces of artwork on display at the county building were vandalized – although county officials said it is not known who was responsible for it.
Several planned courthouse marriages also had to be moved, deputy April Skalland said Friday.
Via Don Surber. Whatever you do don’t tell Mika.
Exit question: Would the 60’s be worshiped the way they are if the internet and camera phones existed to record the hippies etc as they actually were?
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Update 5: via MRC and Hotair.com here is the video:
It is impossible for people of good faith to disagree with Mika, because disagreeing with Mika is proof of bad faith. And if you weren’t so dumbed-down from watching Fox News, you’d understand that.
To Mika and her friends, sympathy toward the Occupiers is not merely an emotional feeling, but rather an objective fact: “These are good people. Their cause is worthy. They deserve support.”