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“College Officials Consider Evicting Protesters”

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 20, 2011

Consider. Consider! Give me a break!

“After a health-department inspection of the Occupy Seattle encampment found overcrowded living conditions, unsanitary food preparation and no access to bathrooms during the day, Seattle Central Community College officials are looking at ways to evict the protesters from campus.”

How about the Seattle Police SWAT squad, bring in the horse patrol, unleash the canine unit. Oh I know, shades of Bull Connor, cries of police brutality but coddling of these anarchists has threatened the publics’ right to health and safety. “Students and neighbors have complained of open drug use and harassment.” But the college Chancellor, Jill Wakefield, said, “Nothing has been decided at this point.” Obviously, she is not a rocket scientist.

“In a letter to the college, the health department said it found no hand-washing facility near the food-preparation area, no approved water supply, no mechanical refrigeration for food, no sanitary facilities during the daytime, overcrowded living conditions, dogs defecating and urinating, debris and litter between tents and evidence of rodents.”

How quickly would the Health Department close a restaurant or coffee stand if they found these violations?

“An Occupy Seattle spokesman said many of the college’s allegations were unfounded. He said the Capitol Hill neighborhood where the college is located is known for drug use and transients and that college day-care workers routinely checked the children’s play area for needles and syringes even before the political activists moved in.”

Well isn’t that nice. It’s okay to trash a public college campus if it’s located in a place unsafe for children. The city tossed the “Occupiers” out of Westlake Park but then that’s where the Christmas, sorry, Holiday tree will be located, lots of kids there and we all know Seattle is a place for kids. Mayor Apologize, Mike McGinn, “offered City Hall Plaza” as a new location but the mangy mass chose to encamp at the college.

“The group moved to the college Oct. 29. The group is part of the larger Occupy Wall Street protests organized to send a message that the growing gulf between rich and poor threatens the nation’s democracy.”

The “growing gulf” is really between the law abiding, long-suffering taxpayers of Seattle and the occupy types with their codependent public officials.

I know the Occupy Wall Street crowd would love an incident they could use to further inflame the Left so enforcement of the law needs to be done with care but it needs to be done. After reading the front page article in Saturday’s Seattle Times, tell me you are not incensed. It should make even liberal Seattle long for the Tea Party protests.

Cross posted on Sound Politics


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Christmas Joy

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 18, 2011

Thanks to D. W. for the great You Tube video below:

The Hallelujah Chorus “done like you’ve never seen before. This video from the small Yupiq Eskimo Village of Quinhagak, Alaska, was a school computer project intended for the other Yupiq villages in the area” but it has gone viral. Enjoy.

Click on the blue:

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Win Win Options for the Super Committee

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 18, 2011

Last August, Congress established a twelve member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and tasked it to propose a debt reduction package of at least $1.5 trillion over ten years. The Super Committee, as it is called, must complete its work by Thanksgiving 2011 after which Congress is to hold an up or down, no amendments vote on the Committee’s proposal. Failure to reach an agreement will trigger automatic sequestering of $1.2 trillion about half each from defense and domestic spending excluding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Many observers expect the Super Committee to punt by proposing phantom cuts and tax revisions all pushed out into the latter part of the decade. For example, they could count the money not spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and expiration of the Bush tax cuts toward the $1.5 trillion goal, anything to push the hard choices past the November 2012 elections.

Here are two suggestions on how the Super Committee could declare victory without firing a shot, have its cake and eat it too, wash their hands of the matter, pass the buck, kick the can down the road and still accomplish their assigned goal to cut at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.

Suggestion Number 1 – Propose three alternative bills, one designed by the six Republican members of the Super Committee, one offered by the six Democrat members and one implementing the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform better known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Congress would vote on each alternative. Republicans and Democrats could appeal to their base by Democrats killing the Republican proposal in the Democrat controlled Senate and the Republicans doing likewise to the Democrats in the GOP controlled House. For the Simpson-Bowles bill, leadership of both parties could identify members from safe seats and pressure them to vote aye.

Suggestion Number 2 – Assign each department of the government at the Cabinet level a percentage reduction that, all totaled, would generate at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Require the Secretary of each department to implement the spending cuts needed to reach its assigned percentage. This would be no different than the standard sentence Congress frequently includes in legislation, “The Secretary will publish rules and regulations to implement this act.” A promise to address the tax system after the November election could also be included. With this proposal, Congress makes the cuts without any congressional fingerprints on any specific spending reduction. Pass it by voice vote, even better.

I’m not being cynical, well maybe a little, but only recognizing that a deeply divided Congress, especially with the total absence of presidential leadership and a critical election looming, will never agree on meaningful spending and tax reform. They need help, any suggestions?

Sound Politics

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Thinking About Jon Huntsman

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 9, 2011

Flip flopper Mitt Romney, polling around 25%, seems unable to break from the pack. He briefly fell behind newcomer Rick Perry who himself quickly ran out of steam and now trails Herman Cain. Cain is making a play to be the conservative answer to Mitt but five and counting women have accused Herman of sexual harassment, not good especially for a Republican. Newt Gingrich is creeping up into double digits despite his own less than stellar reputation with women, three marriages and rumored affairs. So in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, who could claim the conservative label without the baggage of the main challengers? Who could beat Obama? Who has the experience and the record of performance to lead the nation out of its current financial morass? Who is most likely to restore America’s status in the world without apologies? In answering these questions, former Utah governor and Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman deserves a serious look.

Huntsman is following Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 Florida only strategy and putting all his chips on New Hampshire. If he scores an upset win or even comes in a close second or third, his below the radar campaign will become a force to be reckoned with in follow-on primaries. Such an upset is unlikely but none of the Republican field yet inspires anything close to majority support so a surprise could happen,

Elected twice Governor of Utah, Huntsman produced a conservative record, is consistently pro life and pro second amendment rights, earned his foreign policy stripes as ambassador both to Singapore and China and projects a scandal free aura of competence. Criticism is mild at best and comes mainly from those demanding 100% ideological purity. Among the charges: 1) He’s a Mormon. Hopefully we are beyond that. Remember Jimmy Carter? He was a born again Christian and look at how he turned out. 2) He graduated from an Ivy League school. At least it was Penn, where his father also attended, and not Harvard or Yale. 3) He worked for Obama as Ambassador to China. He was also Ambassador to Singapore in the George H. W. Bush administration. After all, if the President of the United States asks the Mandarin speaking Governor of Utah to serve the nation by taking on one of the most challenging diplomatic posts in the world, one can hardly expect him to say “No, I won’t work for a Democrat.” 4) He believes in global warming. All he really said was we need to respect science. But unlike Obama, he is not willing to wreck our economy by over regulation of carbon-based fuels. 5) He once considered health insurance mandates. However, in Utah he passed a market based health plan and has stated his firm opposition to Obama Care.

Another plus for Huntsman is his wife. If he is elected President, Mary Kaye Huntsman will take the crown as the worlds most beautiful first lady from France’s Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. In one election, get rid of Obama and stick it to the French. Priceless.

For more information, check his web site Jon2012 especially the Issues section and watch his performance on the November 6th Meet the Press. Also a transcript of ABC’s Sharyn Alfonsi’s interview of Jon Huntsman can be found HERE. Interviews of all the GOP candidates are on ABC Politics.

Huntsman is a conservative who also attracts independents, which means he can beat Obama. After all, that is the number one requirement. The conservative alternative to Romney may already in the field and his name is Jon Huntsman.

Cross posted on Sound Politics

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Sexually Inapropriate

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 8, 2011

In the light of recent sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain, here are four questions:

1. For men: Have you ever used your eyes, voice, body, body language or written communication in a way that could be interpreted by a woman as sexually inappropriate and made her feel threatened or uncomfortable?

2. For women: Have you ever been subjected to a male using his eyes, voice, body, body language or written communication in a way you considered sexually inappropriate and made you feel threatened or uncomfortable?

3. For women: If you answered yes to question #2, what did you do about it?

4. For all: On the single issue of sexually inappropriate behavior, do the accusations of the four women (to date) disqualify Herman Cain as a presidential candidate?

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