Yes, still just a “myth.” SAN DIEGO – A San Diego woman is coming forward to say she is the latest victim of what is known as the “knockout” game. The trend of disturbing attacks involves randomly sucker punching strangers on the street. Nami Kim is a Japanese immigrant who has lived in San Diego
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Report: San Diego Woman Latest Victim of Knockout Game…
It’s a momentous occasion — a remembrance of one of the few days in history when everyone who was alive remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I want to say only a couple of things. First, Lee Harvey Oswald was the killer. There is no credible evidence that anyone else was involved. Have you been to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas? You can stand very near the exact spot where Oswald took his shot, and look down at the “x” on the street that marks where Kennedy was hit. It doesn’t look that far. In pictures, it might look far, but pictures never tell the real story. It’s not that far. Second, JFK had his faults, but he was a very witty and engaging personality who captured the country’s imagination. (And he lowered taxes!) His death was a tragedy for the country, as would be the death of any American president. Dallas is holding its first memorial to JFK today . The city unfairly took a black eye for this assassination, when the only black eye it truly deserved was being a clone of those Eastern cities. (That’s the Fort Worth boy in me talking.) I hope this is a day the country can come together, but in Harry Reid’s hyperpartisan America, I’m realistic enough to doubt this is possible.
For you ADHD readers who couldn’t be bothered to read to the end of last night’s post , I argued that Republicans should be overjoyed that Harry Reid has abolished the filibuster for judicial nominees. As I have always (consistently!) argued: an up-or-down vote is what judicial nominees deserve under the Constitution. But for those who don’t care about principle, here is the argument for why eliminating the filibuster of judicial nominees is a winner: you can’t tie your own hands when you are in power, on the hope that Democrats will feel constrained to tie their own hands when they are in power. We just saw the folly of that mode of thinking, and I hope the lesson is sinking in, because it goes deeper than this filibuster. They’ll take it away from us in a Supreme Court nomination fight if they feel like it. They’ll steamroll us on simple legislation if they feel like it. If they can do it, they will do it. It’s liberating to know, deep in our bones, that principle will never constrain them when countervailing pressures get strong. It will keep us from acting weakly (again) when we are in power. And we will be — maybe not tomorrow, but one day. The Wall Street Journal comes along to echo my thoughts in a very well stated piece that I will quote at length, because it’s chock full of good phrases you will want to use again and again: The move shows how foolish Republicans like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Orrin Hatch were to worry that if they broke the filibuster, Democrats would then do it too. Democrats did it anyway. The only way to deter bloody-minded Democratic behavior is to treat Democrats as they treat Republicans. Democrats sicced special prosecutors on GOP Presidents for years, but they gave up the independent-counsel statute only after Ken Starr investigated Bill Clinton. The immediate result of Harry Reid’s power play will be that President Obama has a freer hand to pursue his agenda through regulation and the courts. . . . . . . . The silver lining is that the end of the nominee filibuster will work for conservatives too. The next time they hold the Senate and White House, Republicans should employ the same weapon. Democrats are pretending that they are only breaking the filibuster for lower-court nominees, not for the Supreme Court. They can dream on. The next GOP President should line up Federalist Society alumni for judicial nominations like planes waiting to take off at O’Hare International Airport. Imagine two or three more Clarence Thomases on the High Court confirmed with 51 Senate votes. Planned Parenthood can send its regrets to Harry Reid. Amen. The piece ends by pointing out that ObamaCare can now be repealed by 51 votes in the Senate. As long as we have those 51 votes — and the will to cast them. People worry that this will make the Senate more like the House? Look at the Senate and look at the House. Which one do you prefer? OK then. We have obtained the moral permission to exercise raw power. All we have to do now is get it.
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Why Harry Reid’s Move Abolishing the Filibuster Was a Good Thing
I am late in noting the report about the faked unemployment data just before the 2012 election, but let me now note it for the record, and put it in context: In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today. “He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked. This is the thing: this government lies constantly. Obama lied about ObamaCare not being a tax, and about how you could keep your plan and your doctor. He sent lawyers into the Supreme Court to contradict his pledges on both. He passed the biggest middle class tax increase in ages after pledging he never would. But these are political lies, almost expected. The problem here is getting worse. Actual data is getting manipulated. It’s not just the unemployment numbers, although we can start with those. The above article suggests that the numbers were cooked for a very specific report. But the numbers are always meaningless anyway. They don’t track what people actually think unemployment is: what percentage of the population is working? They don’t include people on disability, or people who have dropped out of the workforce. Every report that comes out has a single-digit number (generally with a decimal) which is trumpeted, and then analysts have to pick through the details to see what is really happening: losses in full-time jobs being traded for part-time jobs as a reaction to ObamaCare, increasing numbers of people dropping out of the workforce entirely because they have given up hope finding a job, and so forth. The books are always cooked; it’s just not always this blatant. Or we have the data on the national debt. But nobody ever talks about our unfunded liabilities, or the effects of quantitative easing, all of which drowns out our relatively piddling (!) $17 trillion debt. Or these numbers on ObamaCare “enrollment” which count someone as being “enrolled” if they have selected a plan and placed it into their shopping cart. But you’re not enrolled for purposes of the law if you have not paid your first premium , and these incompetents haven’t even built the part of the web site that makes sure the premiums get paid to the insurers . So we’re told about tens of thousands of people enrolling, when nobody has. See, they’re not just lying about politics now. They’re lying about data. They’re lying about everything. All the time. Constantly. It’s what you have to do to prop up an unsustainable government based on giving people stuff by creating debt that will never ever ever be paid back. You lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie. And when it all crashes, people will tell the biggest lie: that nobody really saw it coming.
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You Can’t Trust *Anything* from This Government — Even “Data”
ou know, doing that sort of thing isn’t actually a bad plan: Newt Gingrich is a pretty good idea man. But you think that the President could have attributed his sources: President Obama lifted the theme of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s new book “Breakout” during a video interview with the Wall Street Journal. In the session, he said that the nation is “poised for | Read More