Sounds like ‘dangerousness’ to me…

A crackdown on ‘irresponsible behavior’? Sounds like Orwellian double-speak, as in here and here. “Dangerousness” anyone?

President Barack Obama pledged this morning in his weekly radio address to continue to crackdown on “irresponsible behavior.”

“Here in America, we know the free market is the greatest force for economic progress the world has ever known.  But we also know the free market works best for everyone when we have smart, commonsense rules in place to prevent irresponsible behavior,” Obama began.

“That’s why we passed tough reforms to protect consumers and our financial system from the kind of abuse that nearly brought our economy to its knees.  And that’s why we’ve taken steps to end taxpayer-funded bailouts, and make sure businesses and individuals who do the right thing aren’t undermined by those who don’t.

“But it’s not enough to change the law – we also need cops on the beat to enforce the law.  And that’s why, on Thursday, I nominated Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Richard Cordray to continue leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“Mary Jo White has decades of experience cracking down on white-collar criminals and bringing mobsters and terrorists to justice.  At the SEC, she will help complete the task of reforming Wall Street and keep going after irresponsible behavior in the financial industry so that taxpayers don’t pay the price.” […]

Eat your broccoli, boys and girls…

Mussolini’s defender

In Italy, Berlusconi defends Mussolini, draws outrage from political left, and inadvertently shows Fascism and Socialism to be the kissing cousins they’ve always been…

Speaking at the margins of the event in Milan, Berlusconi said Mussolini had been wrong to follow Nazi Germany’s lead in passing anti-Jewish laws but that he had in other respects been a good leader.

“It’s difficult now to put yourself in the shoes of people who were making decisions at that time,” said Berlusconi, who is campaigning for next month’s election at the head of a coalition that includes far-right politicians whose roots go back to Italy’s old fascist party.

“Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead to complete victory, preferred to ally itself with Hitler’s Germany rather than opposing it,” he said.

“As part of this alliance, there were impositions, including combating and exterminating Jews,” he told reporters. “The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader, who in so many other ways did well,” he said, referring to laws passed by Mussolini’s fascist government in 1938.

Although Mussolini is known outside Italy mostly for the alliance with Nazi Germany, his government also paid for major infrastructure projects as well as welfare for supporters. […]

Does that last line ring a bell?

We are not going away…

Jim DeMint fires up a tea party strategy.

Critics who dismiss the tea party take note: Some big names will assemble in South Carolina this weekend for “State of the Union: A Constitutional Perspective,” a two-day gathering of experts, speakers and authors intent on crafting “pragmatic, common-sense solutions to the greatest threats facing the country since the Constitution was written in 1787.”

The roster is a who’s who of the grass-roots movement. Among those attending: Heritage Foundation President-elect Jim DeMint; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan, Mick Mulvaney and Tom Rice; FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe; Americans for Prosperity President Tim Philips; High Frontier Chairman Henry F. Cooper; former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith; and organizers Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots and Joe Dugan, state coordinator for the South Carolina Patriots

“Our republic is tearing at the seams as our Constitution is pushed further from the public square,” Mr. Dugan says. “We must ensure our government remains restrained by it.”

The convention will be staged at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach. Meanwhile, tea party ferocity is still intact.

“We will strike back,” notes a new message from the Tea Party Patriots to the 3,4000 local chapters in its membership. “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We are on our own.”

See more on the group here: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/

What’s the old saw about the inmates and the asylum?

Voting Drives In State Hospitals Will Continue.

The director of [North Carolina] state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said his department will continue to offer annual voter registration and voting assistance for patients and residents. He also said that while efforts are made to notify patients’ guardians about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians.

J. Luckey Welsh, director of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities at the Department of Health and Human Services, told Carolina Journal there are about 3,000 people residing in the state facilities. Voting records obtained by CJ showed only 73 individuals from six facilities cast votes that were accepted for the Nov. 6 election. Sixty-one of those voters were new registrants. “I think we allowed our citizens the right to vote. I am happy we allowed them to do it,” he replied.

The laws and rules governing voting by mentally challenged individuals remain murky, and it’s unclear whether state employees who assisted disabled patients and residents to cast ballots at early voting sites were complying with the law. […]

Why? (UPDATED)

It seems that vote totals for Romney keep going up, making up the alleged 3 million vote “deficit” we had all heard about. Here is a link with raw vote totals. Romney, according to this chart, has surpassed the 60 million vote mark:

Obama: 65,147,939 (50.91%)
Romney: 60,610,074 (47.36%)
Other: 2,209,061 (1.73%)

A total voter turnout of 127,967,074. (2008 turnout was 131,313,820, 2.55% less.)

So, my question — “why?” — has to be readdressed: Why did we fail to convince 5,000,000 2008 Obama voters to vote for Romney in 2012? (Although it may not have made a difference.) We know that the ones who voted for Obama on November 6 are the hard-core Kool-Aid drinkers and moochers; my query now is why the vote deficit and why did we fail to convince even a percentage of these voters.

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The inexplicable datum of the November 6 election, the one that keeps going around and around in my head, is why did 3,000,000 Republicans elect to sit the election out and not vote for Romney? Honestly, for the life of me, I cannot make sense of it.

Any thoughts?

Not surprising to me at all

I always expect the worst from Democrats — and they never disappoint. From David Horowitz writing in Big Government, in its entirety:

I am incredibly steamed this Thanksgiving Holiday over what the Democrats are doing to my country.

Everybody by now knows – or should know – how readily Democrats conduct election fraud, and how determined they are to defend it. James O’Keefe and others have taken videos of paid Democratic operatives encouraging citizens to vote twice. O’Keefe was even able to claim Attorney General Eric Holder’s own ballot at a district polling place by claiming to be him, and then to vote in his place. Democrats have promoted Motor Voter laws and same day registration, and month-long election days to help them mobilize the votes of people who are so unconnected to the political process and so uninterested in the country’s future, and perhaps so incompetent to understand what voting entails that they require keepers to see that they get to the polls and then vote the “right” way. In the election that put Al Franken in the Senate by a few hundred votes, more than a thousand felons voted illegally because of the loose laws that govern the polling booth – laws the Democrats want to make even looser. It is in fact the number one civil rights issue of the NAACP this year to give felons the right to vote. So we know that Democrats have little respect for the election process, and we should assume will attempt to pursue their victories by any means necessary.

But even knowing this, I was not prepared for a conversation I had at Thanksgiving dinner today with my brother-in-law, Henry, who has lived most of his life in a home for the mentally disabled, and though now in his forties has the intelligence level of a six-year-old.

“Obama saved me,” he said to me out of the blue.

“What do you mean?”

“I voted for him for president and now he’s saving me.”

I was taken aback by these words, since Henry had no idea who Obama was, or what a president might be, and would be unable to fill out a registration form let alone get to the polling place by himself. So I asked him how he knew that and how he had registered and cast his vote. In halting, impeded speech he told me that the people who take care of him at the home filled out “the papers” to register him to vote, told him how Obama cared for him, even taught him the Obama chants, and then took him to the polling place to vote. They did the same for all of the mentally disabled patients in their care, approximately sixty in all.

This is so appalling in its contempt for the voting process, which is the very foundation of our democracy, and in its cynical exploitation of my brother-in-law and the other patients in the home, many of whose mental capacities are even more limited than his that I am at a loss for words to express it. I hope poll-watching groups like “True the Vote” will comb the rolls of residents at other homes for the mentally disabled, and attempt to stop this particular abuse. I hope that people who care about our country will make electoral fraud a focus of their political efforts, and work to protect the integrity of the voting process.