Morning Whip, May 4, 2010

Beer Bust in Philly, Unregistered Gourmet Brews Confiscated [*1] — “In fact, while there were some real violations, much of the beer was even properly registered, just under a variation on the same name. “Monk’s Cafe Sour Flemish Red Ale” was confiscated, for instance, even though “Monk’s Café Ale” was on the list.”

First they came for Philadelphia’s beer, but I did nothing, since I was in Kansas City . . . Pelosi Caught In Major Lie- Says Bush Didn’t Warn Congress About Financial Crisis… Records Show He Warned Congress 17 Times in 2008 Alone [*2] — Gosh. Pelosi lies. Again. Yawn.

Factually Incorrect With Bill Maher [*3]

Carly Fiorina: “Racist Tone” Has Developed In GOP Regarding Immigration [*4] — Yes, because we all know that only white males should be expected to obey laws . . . sheesh . . .

What ever happened to the third way? [*5] — The single major achievement of Barack Obama’s Presidency is to make Bill Clinton–admitted perjurer while in office and famously referred to as an “uncommonly good liar”[*6] –look like a great American President . . .

Palin Did Not Say “Trust the Oil Industry” [*7] — In my life, I’ve been quoted by “the press” exactly once (it was not about politics). They got it wrong.

Punishing Savers, Again [*8] — “When President Obama took office, the personal savings rate for Americans was an anemic-but-getting-healthier 5 percent. That number peaked a year ago, and is now down to 2.8 percent. This drop is even more striking when you consider that asset prices have, until the beginning of this year, been dropping or flat almost across the board.”

Bloomberg: Hey, maybe the Times Square bomber was upset about the health-care bill [*9] — There are times when the best approach is to keep your damn mouth shut. This is of course a foreign concept to most politicians . . .

Anatomy of a Breakdown: Concerted government policy helped trigger the financial meltdown—and will almost certainly extend it. [*10] — From January, 2009. Lest we forget who got us into this mess. It wasn’t Wall Street–although they were certainly willing accomplices. It was the people under that building with the dome in Washington, DC. Most of them, but not all, Democrats. Remember “anyone who wants a home should be able to buy one?” Anyone remember that?

Another Correction: Fiorina’s Official Statement Says She Supports the Bill [*11] — “I think she’s talking in a very nuanced way which is why reporters keep reporting contradictory stuff about whether she supports the law or not. But unless she equivocates the heart of the statement away, it seems like she supports the law.”

Invisible Truth [*12] — And that truth really is: we have a huge job ahead of us, helping people un-learn things that just aren’t so, and learning how things really, really work. Sigh.

Too Obvious to be Provable? [*13] — A list of “Obvious Propositions” which are–er–obviously not really that obvious, much to everyone’s collective detriment. Some examples:

Corporate taxes are paid by individual taxpayers.

Rich capitalists do not take their riches from others. They create them. In the history of markets, their rising tide really does lift all boats. While their ebbing tide sinks all boats.

Profiling of various kinds is about seeking the people most likely to be breaking the law or planning harm; the argument should be about what constitutes an accurate profile, not whether it should be done. Opposing ALL profiling is a kind of death wish.

Lefty bias in the media is so prevalent that all its proofs have become too boring and repetitive to make, rendering them invisible, because tiresomely the same, in the public debate. One inevitably becomes more tiresome in the making of the argument than even the obvious evidence is.

Socialism suffocates individuals. Marxism kills them. Communism annihilates them, By the tens of millions.

In its whole history, religion has killed fewer people than the rationalist political philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Tell you anything?

Governments are always more inefficient and expensive than free enterprise. They succeed only when they can treat people like cannon fodder. Which they invariably do whenever they’re in charge.

Governments do not care about people. Governments are made of politicians. Who care about maintaining and expanding their own wealth, power, and privilege. Period.

The greatest human injustices are always perpetrated by bureaucracies.

The founders did not see belief in God as a danger to freedom. They saw government as that. They separated government from religion so that governments could not make themselves into a religion and thereby eliminate freedom entirely.

The Gorgon’s Stare [*14] — “every action and perception is judged in the scales of “the political effects in Washington”. That balance beam drove actions in Iraq; it is driving actions in Afghanistan and to some extent, it will shape the direction of the Times Square investigation. Wars are no longer fought with victory on the battlefield in mind. Rather they are waged with victory in Washington as the foremost consideration.”

Report: Arrest Made In Times Square Bombing [*15] — And it becomes more likely that he has some kind of radical Islamist connections . . . well, more likely than the chance he’s an avid Tea Party attendee, anyway . . .

And if you’re against socialism but not a conservative, then what? [*16]

Jacks face key campus matchups: Softball, baseball teams host crucial Summit games [*17]

BUYCOTT ARIZONA: Is it possible to start purchasing the majority of things you need from Arizona businesses? [*18]

Terry Pratchett vs Who [*19]

Leading the charge for GOP insurgents [*20]

The Eyes of the Movement Are On Ohio [*21]

JUSTICE DEPT. FAIL: Judge orders release of 9 Hutaree militia members. [*22] — Uh. Oops. “. . . the Defendants are also correct: their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech, is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.”

The Best Quotes From Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.” [*23] — “The tenth rule of the ethics of rules and means is that you do what you can with what you have and clothe it in moral arguments. …the essence of Lenin’s speeches during this period was “They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.” And it was. — P.36-37″ When you consider that our current President is an Alinsky disciple, this particular quote is something less than comforting.

Hitler Paranoia: Dangerous Political Rhetoric Whips Protesters Into Vulgar Frenzy [*24] — An Alinskyite at work. Watch, and learn.