Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Scranton Times Needs an Ombudsman

Most newspapers have an editorial slant. In the old days, it was more apparent. Papers would proclaim their political ideology in their title. The valley of Scranton hosted papers such as The Daily Democrat, the Scranton Republican, Scranton Daily Republican, Tribune Republican, etc. They all wore their political persuasion on their sleeve.

Some papers still preserve that identity throughout the country but many of our area papers have moved away from it…that does not however prevent them from being blindingly partisan on occasion.

Today was one of those occasions.

Contained in the opinion page of today’s Scranton Times was an editorial about the current struggle in the legislature over how best to extend the tax cuts that expire at the close of 2011 in the Making Work Pay legislation passed previously. Also contained in the editorial, was an outright lie. The lie goes as follows:

“Those intrepid anti-tax men of the people, U.S. Reps. Tom Marino and Lou Barletta, voted Wednesday to impose a major tax increase on 160 million working Americans.”

Marino and Barletta did nothing of the sort.

What the House did was oppose the band-aid proposed by Democrats that will cut Social Security contributions for the first 60 days of 2012. And they didn’t just say no. They proposed and passed their own bill that would extend the tax cuts for one year instead of just 60 days as the Democrats proposed.

Republicans also called for the formation of a committee to continue negotiations with the Senate and reconcile the bills. Republicans recognize and are trying to avoid the predictable replay of this exact same fight, over the exact same tax issue, with the exact same people, just at a later date. Presumably round two would occur in February or whenever the Senate decides to return from its current vacation.

Republicans rightly wanted a full one year extension of the payroll tax cut to offer more stability, certainty, and ease of use of the tax code for employers – something sadly missing in today’s economy.

There is nothing stable about a tax code that has the potential to change every two months. Yet, that is exactly what the Democrats proposed. Employers should have at least the certainty of knowing what payroll calculations need to be for the year. They should also not have to undergo the added expense of reprogramming their accounting software every time the government decides to get in a fight with itself.

Common sense dictates that tax codes be uniform, consistent, fair, and workable. Upon careful examination of the Democratic proposal, the National Payroll Reporting Consortium found that the Democratic proposal is so bad that it cannot be implemented properly. And this is from an independent, non-partisan group.

In short, Republicans did not vote to increase taxes. The claim that they did by the Scranton Times editorial today is so far from accurate that it can only accurately be described as a lie.

Even a casual reader of the Scranton Times would come to the conclusion that it is a Democratic paper, even if their masthead doesn’t declare it to be a Democratic paper as was the tradition in years past. There is nothing wrong with a paper having an editorial slant. Most of them do. It becomes problematic when the pursuit of the truth becomes clouded by the pursuit of partisan politics as it was today.

It is even more problematic when there is only one daily paper in town, the offending paper, with no competition to keep them honest.

Given their propensity to veer from the truth into propaganda and the absence of any real competition in the market, perhaps it is time for the public to demand an ombudsman at the Scranton Times.

One can only dream.

In the interim, the editorial staff of the Scranton Times should at least apologize to their readers and these members of Congress for allowing their writing to be blinded by partisan politics as well as a correction of the record, which they carelessly allowed to be distorted to serve the aforementioned partisan political pursuits of their staff.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Senate State Government Committee to Consider PA Voter ID Bill

The Pennsylvania Senate’s State Government Committee will meet today at 12:30 p.m. to consider House Bill 934. 934 is controversial to Democrats in that it changes Pennsylvania’s Election Code to require that voters show a valid form of identification before voting.

The bill requires an elector to produce a photo id issued by either the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States Government that contains their name as they are registered to vote, has an expiration date. For those that do not possess a valid ID, the bill further orders PENNDOT to issue one at no cost to the applicant. A new form would be created for these requests and disseminated to every county voter services department across the state.

Some of the IDs that would be accepted are:

  • Valid PA Driver’s License
  • Valid PA ID issued from another government agency
  • Valid US Government ID
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Student ID Card
  • Valid Employee ID Card
  • Valid Armed Services ID Card

If someone does not have any of these, they can bring with them to the polls any of the following:

  • Valid non-photo identification issued by the Commonwealth or any agency thereof
  • A Non-photo identification issued by the United States Government, or agency thereof
  • A firearm permit
  • A current utility bill
  • A current bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check

So, if you don’t have a valid form of ID, the Commonwealth will give you one for free and you can get the application for the same in your local county voter registration office. Assuming you cannot travel there, you can call and they would certainly mail one to you. If even that is too much for you, you can still bring another document that you should get weekly or monthly if you have a bank account, pay utilities, have a job, or are on some form of welfare or government assistance.

Still, the Democrats oppose this bill.

A supermajority of the Democrats in the House and Senate passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. President Obama signed it. Among the many federal regulations it advanced, it allowed the Federal Government to “establish a minimum age of sale of tobacco products to any person older than 18 years of age.” That is accomplished by producing ID.

So, Democrats believe you should have to produce ID before you buy a pack of smokes but not before you vote. It is just bizarre.

You shouldn’t be selling tobacco to kids. The way you stop that is by asking for identification and refusing the sale if they cannot produce it. You shouldn’t be perpetuating voter fraud. The way you stop that is by asking for identification and refusing them the vote if they cannot produce it.

It seems simple enough.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Casey's Crusade Against Social Security

Social Security, as a system, is funded by taxes collected from employees with an equal match paid above and beyond salaries paid by employers. It is tough to find, sometimes hiding with Medicare taxes under the designation FICA on your paystub.

That tax, which directly pays Social Security benefits, is what US Senator Bob Casey and President Obama are trying to cut.

Social Security is in serious trouble. The most recent downward spiral began in 2010 when the Social Security Trust Fund began collecting less than it was paying out. Obviously, if you pay out more than you bring in, it is unsustainable. In August of this year, it was widely reported that new projections could have the Social Security Trust Fund begin to be insolvent by 2017.

A big part of the problem is the ratio of workers to recipients of Social Security. If you look at the ratios maintained by the Social Security Administration, you see in 1940, there were 159.4 workers for every one recipient. In 1960, there were 5.1 workers to every one recipient. In 1980, 3.2 workers to every one recipient. And, in 2010, there were only 2.9 workers paying into the fund for every one recipient.

Again, it is unsustainable. It will completely collapse when the ratio approaches 1:1.

Unemployment is also wrecking Social Security. If Americans aren’t working, they aren’t paying into the system. If Americans aren’t paying into the system, the ratio falls lower.

But, to listen to the Democrats over the years, you would never believe this to be true. Al Gore famously spoke about the “lock box” for Social Security during his failed presidential run. Others have said there was a $2.6 trillion dollar surplus that can cover us. Well, it’s time for a reality check. Democratic assertions that the funds were in an inviolate “lock box” and that there was a multi-trillion-dollar surplus are a complete fraud.

There is no surplus. This was proven during the debt ceiling debate. As you should recall, President Obama would said that if the debt ceiling was not extended, he could not guarantee Social Security checks would be sent. But, how could that be if there is a $2.6 trillion surplus? Yes, Social Security alone eats up about 20% of the budget, but our federal budget is around $3.5 trillion. In FY 2010, we spent $707 billion on Social Security. For Obama to suggest that we couldn’t pay a $700 billion bill with $2.6 trillion in the account, something doesn’t add up. And that something is the surplus. There isn’t one.

For decades, Social Security collected more than what it paid out. It was easy for that to happen when the worker to recipient ratio was higher as demonstrated above. Congress, being Congress, would take the surplus money each year from the “lock box” and leave meaningless IOUs in their place. Now that the ratio is smaller and deficits are being produced, Congress has to pay the money back. That is why Bob Casey’s bill also transfers $185 billion from the general fund into Social Security – to pay back some of the money the politicians like him raided from it. Again, why would we have to transfer money from the General Fund into the Social Security Trust Fund if, in fact, there was a surplus?

The Social Security Trust Fund is broke. Casey’s bill will make it worse.

By lowering the contribution rate, Casey’s bill will give American workers more money in their paychecks. That much is true. But at the expense of driving the final nail in the coffin of Social Security.

Casey and the Washington crowd know that. It is the reason Casey and Obama are only talking about this Social Security tax rate reduction in terms of a payroll tax reduction. They want people to believe it is merely a tax cut. They fear the blue-haired furry it will stir up if people catch on to what Casey is taking money from.

So why go forward with killing social security? These guys love a crisis.

The crisis of Social Security’s collapse would allow them to do things they would not otherwise be able to do politically. Rahm just said as much above. For instance, a serious threat to Social Security’s solvency could cause Democrats to initiate a massive increase in taxes or impose an entirely new VAT-like tax. If Social Security was held in the balance, wouldn’t the largest voting demographic (elderly voters) support saving it?

If Casey is going to continue his crusade to defund Social Security, he should begin to describe it accurately and fairly so that the American people can make a fully informed decision on this bill. If the Democrats persist in inaccurately describing what they are cutting, the Republicans should do it for them.

Democrats have used the issue of Social Security as a wedge to drive normally conservative elderly voters to their side for decades. Democrats, year after year, claimed that Republicans would destroy the program. That Republicans would leave the elderly only enough money for a steady supply of cold cans of cat food to live on. Republicans would then recoil in fear at being labeled as anti-social security or pro-privatization and run from the issue.

No more. This is the perfect opportunity for Republicans to engage the American people in a serious conversation about Social Security and what can be done with it. Republicans finally have an opportunity to talk about Social Security in a way that won’t drive the elderly away because they can talk about it in terms of what can be done to make it healthy again and all within the context of the cuts the Democrats want to make to its funding.

Republicans need to man up, have the courage to take advantage of this opportunity, and start to lead on the issue. The alternative is to be complicit in the further erosion of the program by capitulating to Casey’s crusade against Social Security. The Republicans must go on the offense and lead.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chuck Woolery: Un-Occupy Wall Street

The Voice of Revisionist History

Revisionist history has no place in a newspaper. Yet, that is exactly what was used to make a point about flooding and flood relief in their paper.

The premise is that Republicans have no problem entering into wars and funding them but won’t take care of people at home when they get flooded with the same vigor that they will enter war with.

Since the Voice seems to have forgotten, let’s remind them…in the House, 81 Democrats (including Paul Kanjorski) voted to send us to war with Iraq. In the Senate, 29 Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Vice-President Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and former presidential nominee John Kerry, voted to send us to war with Iraq.

There was bi-partisan support to send us to war with Iraq and the war continued to be funded with bi-partisan support. As a matter of fact, President Obama as a Senator, voted with Hillary Clinton for some $300 billion in war funding since entering the Senate in 2005. You might remember, it was a campaign issue.

The flood projects that Kanjorski actually put together took years to develop and secure funding for. Kanjorski started service in Congress in 1985 and it took until 2002 to get the flood control portion of the Wyoming Valley flood project completed. Solomon Creek flooded three times between 2004 and 2007, when Kanjorski finally got the legislation together to authorize the Army Corp to protect some 300 homes. It took Kanjorski years to get flood relief in Scranton.

In other areas, like Bloomsburg, he never substantially delivered. He got around to making a big push in the 2009 even though he acknowledged in his own statements that the area was prone to flooding for over sixty years.

Barletta and Marino have been in Congress for months, not years. And, by any fair measure, they have been working very hard to bring flood relief to the people hurt by this most recent disaster and to change the way the federal government deals with disasters such as these in the future.

Barletta brought the Speaker of the House to NEPA so that he could see first-hand the damage that was left in the wake of the flood. He led the fight to get low interest rate loans for businesses and homes damaged by the flooding. Barletta also fought to get farmers the help they need to recover from these natural disasters.

Marino led on the Hurricane Irene Coalition to have NEPA flooding added to the scope of its commission and to ensure that FEMA had necessary funding to participate in the recovery efforts. Marino is being proactive to make sure the federal response to flooding in the future is improved.

Both members of Congress distributed emergency disaster kits and made their staff available to the victims of the flood to help them navigate the ridiculous, circuitous process that flood victims have to go through to get federal help.

Both of these men have done an excellent job in responding to this disaster. They are fighting the good fight. Instead of attempting to score political points based on a false premise (which can only be described as ignorance of history, political bias, or perhaps a little of both) they deserve our thanks for their responsiveness and leadership in a time of crisis.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

Classical liberals versus modern progressives.

Citizen's Voice Editorial Board Wrong About UC Davis

In an editorial today, the Citizen's Voice objected to a police officer's use of pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters. The editorial has a glaring error. The editorial states, in part:

"Before the video went viral on the Internet, the campus police department had claimed that the officer had used the spray only after being surrounded and physically pressed by protesting students."

The editorial goes on to state that that was untrue. Here is a video interview with one of the protesters that were sprayed with pepper spray.

In her own words, the Occupy Wall Street protester claims when the police came at them they did so after the protesters encircled the police while they were trying to leave and said they would have to go through them to get by or to clear the path they were obstructing.

Her quote:
"at one point...we had encircled them and they were trying to leave and they were trying to clear a path and so we sat down and linked arms and said that if they wanted to clear the path they would have to go through us"
Apparently, the editorial staff at the Citizen's Voice thinks it is OK to encircle police officers or otherwise physically obstruct their path. They also think it is OK to obstruct public and private paths of traffic.

They have the right to express that opinion, flawed as it may be but they should not however mislead the public in order to advance their agenda.

The protesters failed to obey a police officer's order, physically obstructed their path so they couldn't leave, and encircled them - all by their own admission. The press should not be blaming the police for using pepper spray on protesters that place a police officer in jeopardy. They should recognize that the protesters were hostile to the police and put themselves in a situation where far worse than pepper spray could have been used if they choose to escalate their aggression towards the police.

If the Occupiers wish to continue peacefully, they should take some advice from Martin Luther King, Jr. :
"Another thing that we had to get over was the fact that the nonviolent resister does not seek to humiliate or defeat the opponent but to win his friendship and understanding. This was always a cry that we had to set before people that our aim is not to defeat the white community, not to humiliate the white community, but to win the friendship of all of the persons who had perpetrated this system in the past. The end of violence or the aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community. A boycott is never an end within itself. It is merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor but the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption.

"Then we had to make it clear also that the nonviolent resister seeks to attack the evil system rather than individuals who happen to be caught up in the system. And this is why I say from time to time that the struggle in the South is not so much the tension between white people and Negro people. The struggle is rather between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. And if there is a victory it will not be a victory merely for fifty thousand Negroes. But it will be a victory for justice, a victory for good will, a victory for democracy.

"Another basic thing we had to get over is that nonviolent resistance is also an internal matter. It not only avoids external violence or external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. And so at the center of our movement stood the philosophy of love. The attitude that the only way to ultimately change humanity and make for the society that we all long for is to keep love at the center of our lives."

Obama's Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Stop Today

Today, President Obama will use taxpayer dollars for what an expert stated could only be a campaign stop. Dr. Jean Harris, chairwoman of the University of Scranton political science department was quoted as saying "At this point, you know it's a campaign visit."

Obama is making his taxpayer-funded campaign trip because he is tanking in Pennsylvania. Bloomberg wrote about it, PPP Polling has consistently shown it, and the results of his October taxpayer-funded campaign stop really affirm it.

When President Obama was last in Scranton, he did an exclusive interview with Borys Krawczeniuk at the Scranton Times. In it, Obama said the one thing he would do to improve the economy was to “to invest in clean energy, to lower demand and lower gas prices and create millions of jobs in clean and renewable energies like wind and solar and biodiesel. I think that would make a huge improvement -- long term.”

As the Wall Street Journal reported, Obama’s “Green Jobs” were a failure. Not only did each job cost the taxpayers $157,000 to create, they were elusive. As it turns out, it appears most of the green jobs money was instead given to companies controlled or otherwise operated by Obama Donors. Some of it did however land locally. That is, a Kanjorski got some of it so that should count for something right?

Obama also promised to stabilize the housing market in his interview with Borys. Not so hot on that front either considering the industry is slated to have its weakest year on record. Don’t believe me? Ask someone trying to sell their house. It shouldn’t be too hard to find someone selling their house in Scranton considering the twin Democrat tax increases coming out of Doherty and O’Brien.

Oh, and don’t forget Corey O’Brien, the Democrat that is raising Lackawanna County Taxes by 38% after repeatedly stating that he wouldn’t, was Obama’s campaign guy in Lackawanna County.

I guess breaking promises runs in the Obama Campaign operation as well as the Obama White House.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bob Casey & Barack Obama, Separated at Birth?

Steve Welch, candidate for United States Senate, released the video above. It is a tongue-in-cheek comparison of Bob Casey and Barack Obama.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Another Look at Alexander Mitchell Palmer

The Times Leader’s recent story, written by Tom Mooney, examines local history, particularly the influence of Democrat politician A. Mitchell Palmer.

The story runs through Palmer’s life. Palmer represented Pennsylvania’s 26th Congressional District and was so involved in Democratic politics that he not only was vice-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) but also was later asked to help write the Democratic 1932 and 1936 Democratic Party platforms. The 1932 Platform is best to examine for policy since the 1936 platform, as most re-election platforms, was more a narrative in support of the President than a real policy statement.

Palmer was a progressive. He grew dissatisfied with the old guard establishment in the Democratic Party and assisted in a political coup to lead other like-minded politicians and the Democratic Party to the left. Dragging Palmer out at a time like this is particularly timely since that is exactly what has happened with today’s Democrats, but in a far more leftist direction.

The 1932 Democratic Party Platform was written at a bad time for America. Unemployment was high, foreign trade was wrecked, and poverty was wide-spread. Today, we face many of the same problems so it is particularly illustrative to look at what the progressive left, represented by Palmer, of 1932 and 1936 saw as viable solutions to our problems and compare them to what the average Democrat today believes.

The 1932 Democratic platform called for “drastic change in economic governmental policies.” That is a rather benign statement that could meet any party’s or any “wing’s” belief but it is poignant in so far as it shows that clearly, major change was necessary.

It demanded “an immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures … to accomplish a saving of not less than twenty-five per cent in the cost of the Federal Government.” It also favored “maintenance of the national credit by a federal budget annually balanced…” The Cut Cap and Balance Act of 2011 is the only piece of legislation that comes close to these goals yet, it was widely opposed by both Congressional Democrats and the President. The Democrat-controlled Senate refused to even allow the bill to come to a vote.

It called for the “removal of government from all fields of private enterprise except where necessary to develop public works and natural resources in the common interest.” Today’s Democrats have forced the government takeover of our healthcare system, injected the federal government (with the support of President Bush) into the auto-industry with their bailouts of automotive companies, instituted auto bailout 2.0 with “cash for clunkers,” pushed a “too big to fail” system for our lending industry where the government steps in to save failing private banks and insurers, etc.

Today’s Democrats are in direct opposition to Palmer’s Democrats of 1932 and that says a lot since FDR was part of that group.

The one point of the 1936 Democratic Party Platform that we will touch on is its strong language against communism and fascism. It contains the statement “…we are determined to oppose equally, the despotism of Communism and the menace of concealed Fascism.”

Communism is viewed by Marxists as a developmental stage of Marxism. Communism is an ideology that sweeps across the spectrum of social, political, and economic ideology that seeks a government run economy that is moneyless, without personal property to speak of, and is fueled by revolutionary thought.

Today’s Democratic activists embrace communism. The most energetic wing of the Democratic Party is the Occupy Wall Street protesters. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and others have voiced their public support of the movement even though it is outwardly Marxist. Even the DCCC, the organization Palmer acted as Vice-Chair of, supports this Marxist group.

What would Palmer think if he traveled to New York and saw Marxist flags adorning Zuccotti Park? As the Times Leader story describes, Palmer sought to either imprison or deport people that had these philosophies. What would Palmer think of Communists, that were also members of President Obama’s campaign organization, marching in Chicago? What would Palmer think of his Democratic Party’s leaders joining with the Communist Party USA, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Socialist Party USA, Communist Party of China, or the Marxist Student Union, to support an anarchist group like the folks at Occupy in the United States?

Looking to Palmer’s Democrats and comparing them to today’s Democrats is a great benchmark for how far left today’s Democratic Party has swung. Palmer’s Platform called for policies decried by today’s Democrats and advocated by today’s Republicans.

Not sure what that says about today’s Republicans, but we can save that one for later.

The point is, by all measures, Palmer was a man that was a “modern liberal” or “progressive” in Pennsylvania. He was the left-wing of his time. He was a man that challenged the party bosses to pull the Democrats to the left. He was a man that embraced FDR with all the trimmings. And he was nothing at all like today’s Democrats. In fact, if Palmer, a left-wing radical of his day, saw the direction his party went now he would be apoplectic. He would be hard-pressed to recognize any vestiges of his beloved Democratic Party when looking at today's Democratic Party.

Palmer led the charge against communism from what was the progressive left of his day. If he were here today, he would be leading the charge against the Occupiers and their Democratic cohorts from the center.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation as printed in the Providence Gazette and Country Journal on October 17, 1789. You can view a scan of the original on the Wallbuilder's website here.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

G. Washington.

Chuck Woolery: Budget Cuts

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Obama Still without Many Friends in Pennsylvania

According to Public Policy Polling, a firm with an affiliation with the democratic party, President Obama is still in big trouble in Pennsylvania.

On the important approval index, only 42% of Pennsylvanians approve of Obama, 53% disapprove.

In the “If the election were held today, who would you vote for department:

In a head-to-head with Republican Mitt Romney, Obama would lose Pennsylvania.

Congressman Ron Paul comes in second, only trailing Obama by 4% in an electoral matchup 46% to 42%. Santorum comes in third losing to Obama with a 47% to 42% spread. Fourth is Gingrich, losing to Obama 42% to 46%.

Make no mistake, the road to the White House for any Democrat runs through Pennsylvania. Without more friends in Pennsylvania, Obama becomes a one term president.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

#Occupy Child & Elder Abuse

Occupation protesters are now using children as human shields. In one instance, they used children in a wagon to stop cars in traffic. In the second, to blockade doors.

Also, throwing the elderly down the stairs or hurling items at women and children is perfectly OK with them.

Crowder has a greatest hits video here:

Heritage Head Scratching

In Conservative circles, the Heritage Foundation is a beloved institution. Because of legal limitations on what they can do, a sister group was created. That group is Heritage Action. Among other things, Heritage Action ranks members of Congress on their conservatism.

In their description of what this covers, Heritage Action states “With each vote cast in Congress, freedom either advances or recedes. Heritage Action’s new legislative scorecard allows Americans to see whether their Members of Congress are fighting for freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society. The scorecard is comprehensive, covering the full spectrum of conservatism, and includes legislative action on issues both large and small.

“Heritage Action's legislative scorecard isn't graded on a curve – it is tough and we don't apologize. After all, we are conservatives, not tenured university professors.”

The problem is that this description is inaccurate. More on that later.

Representative Jeffrey Duncan, Representing South Carolina’s 3rd District, has the highest or most conservative rating of all members of Congress on the scale with a grade of 97%.

Pennsylvania’s delegation is rated much lower. Rep. Joe Pitts gets a score of 80%, Tim Murphy 64%, Tom Marino 56%, Glenn Thompson 54%, Mike Kelly 53%, Todd Platts 53%, Bill Shuster 53%, Lou Barletta 52%, Charlie Dent 49%, Michael Fitzpatrick 49%, Jim Gerlach 49%, and Pat Meehan 47%.

All of these members of Congress are Republicans.

The Democrats score much worse with Rep. Mark Critz getting 20%, Jason Altmire 17%, Tim Holden 16%, Allyson Schwartz 13%, Robert Brady 10%, Mike Doyle 10%, Chaka Fattah 10%.

It’s easy to dismiss the democrats getting such a bad score on a measure of conservatism but, if we were to say 70% were a passing grade, how does every Republican but one not pass a conservative test? It is even more perplexing when you examine how often members of congress vote together or, more illustrative to the point of this article, how often each member votes with Heritage Action’s most conservative member.

Using the most conservative member of Congress according to Heritage Action (Jeff Duncan) and comparing the actual votes cast by each member (thanks to for this tool) of the Pennsylvania delegation, we find that Joe Pitts voted with Jeff Duncan 92% of the time. Tim Murphy voted with Duncan 87% of the time, Tom Marino 88% of the time, Glenn Thompson 87% of the time, Mike Kelly 86% of the time, Todd Platts 82% of the time, Bill Shuster 87% of the time, Lou Barletta 84% of the time, Charlie Dent 80% of the time, Mike Fitzpatrick 76% of the time, Jim Gerlach 78% of the time, and Pat Meehan 81% of the time.

For the Democrats, Mark Critz voted with Duncan 39% of the time, Jason Altimire 56% of the time, Tim Holden 41% of the time, Allyson Schwartz 23% of the time, Robert Brady 17% of the time, Mike Doyle 20% of the time, and Chaka Fattah 19% of the time.

So this is how it breaks out:

Pitts votes with Duncan 92% of the time but only gets an 80% from Heritage Action.

Murphy votes with Duncan 87% of the time but only gets 64% from Heritage Action.

Marino votes with Duncan 88% of the time but only gets 56% from Heritage Action.

Thompson votes with Duncan 87% of the time but only gets 54% from Heritage Action.

Kelly votes with Duncan 86% of the time but only gets 53% from Heritage Action.

Platts votes with Duncan 82% of the time but only gets 53% from Heritage Action.

Shuster votes with Duncan 87% of the time but only gets 53% from Heritage Action.

Barletta votes with Duncan 84% of the time but only gets 52% from Heritage Action.

Dent votes with Duncan 80% of the time but only gets 49% from Heritage Action.

Fitzpatrick votes with Duncan 76% of the time but only gets 49% from Heritage Action.

Gerlach votes with Duncan 78% of the time but only gets 49% from Heritage Action.

Meehan votes with Duncan 81% of the time but only gets 47% from Heritage Action.

So, how do members of Congress that vote largely 80-90% of the time with Heritage Action’s most conservative member end up scoring in the 50 percentile?

Heritage Action picks and chooses what votes to look at.

That isn’t earth shattering. Most groups do that. The NRA looks largely at firearms bills when scoring someone. The Club for Growth looks largely at economic issues when scoring someone. The difference is these groups are very clear in what they are ranking. For instance, the NRA doesn’t say that a member of Congress gets an “A” rating as a conservative, they say they get an “A” rating on gun issues even though gun issues are probably part of any real litmus test that anyone would use to define if someone were a conservative or not.

So, what does Heritage Action look at in scoring the members of Congress? You can find their list here.

They pick and choose not only votes, but co-sponsorships of legislation. One can make an argument for or against using co-sponsorships. In favor of including it would be the argument that a co-sponsorship helps a bill move to the floor for a vote and that it is a pre-vote statement of uber support for a measure. The argument against it would be that legislators should be judged on how they legislate or more directly, how they vote, and that there is nothing preventing someone from co-sponsoring something and then voting against it (except maybe the political risk associated with it.)

Also worth noting is what they do not include. For instance, they do not score on the Balanced Budget Amendment, a bulwark of conservative policy. Even if they wanted absolute purity and scored against it in favor of the more conservative amendment, it should have been included.

The Heritage Foundation and their sister group Heritage Action are wonderful groups with dedicated conservatives that perform a very necessary function in helping to evaluate our government and deploy activists to the betterment of our country. That is why it is so disappointing that they play favorites with what they choose to include in their scoring. They are demonstrating a bias that is not simply an expected bias towards conservative ideals and principles. They are picking winners and losers based on what they deem a “Key Vote.”

This method of scoring would be acceptable and even encouraged by this writer if they accurately described what it truly was a measure of. Heritage will argue they do, if you read through the key votes page on their website. I argue that if that is the case, they should not describe their scoring as a “comprehensive” scoring that covers “the full spectrum of conservatism.” Their key vote test is neither “comprehensive” nor does it cover “the full spectrum of conservatism” as they claim.

RedState writer Daniel Horowitz more accurately describes what Heritage Action’s scorecard tests or doesn’t test.

The Heritage family has earned the reputation of being a fair, truthful arbiter of public policy. Conservatives trust the content they get from Heritage without question. That is now changing because of this test. They are tarnishing their reputation by representing this scorecard as they describe it. To claim someone that votes with the Heritage Action's most conservative member of the house around 90% of the time is actually only conservative around 50% of the time or less is ridiculous and diminishes Heritage’s credibility.

Need more proof? Tea Party luminary, Congressman Allen West, was only able to muster a score of 74% on Heritage's scorecard. Would Heritage Action support a primary fight against Allen West since he is not reliably conservative by their standard? If the answer is yes, Heritage needs to have their collective heads examined. If the answer is no, Heritage should re-examine their scoring criteria because, as this example further illustrates, it is clearly flawed as a "comprehensive," "full spectrum" measure of conservatism.

Heritage Action should either devise a test that actually is a comprehensive score on the full spectrum of conservatism or stop describing their present test as such if they wish to preserve their excellent reputation as a trusted source of conservative thought.

CFPE: 5 Lessons from the EU Financial Crisis for the US

In this video, the Center for Freedom and Prosperity shares five key lessons that United States politicians should look at when determining its economic policy. The major points:
  1. Higher taxes mean bigger government, not lower deficits.
  2. Do not allow politicians to impose a VAT.
  3. Big government slows growth, but also cripples human spirit.
  4. Nations reach a dangerous tipping point.
  5. Bailouts don't work.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bob Casey and the BBA

House Republicans are poised to vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution today. Virtually every state, including Pennsylvania has a balanced budget amendment.

Democrats are opposing the measure as it would rightly restrict their profligate spending.

The measure will require 2/3 of the House to pass today and then 2/3 of the Senate to pass. Assuming that happens, the BBA will be sent to the states for ratification. ¾ of the State Legislatures would have to pass the Amendment in order for it to change the law.

Many Democrats that voted for the BBA in 2005 are opposing it today, making it difficult to reach the 2/3 majority needed to pass. Assuming it does, it faces even bigger challenges in the Senate.

Most of the legislation that arose in the House, including 22 jobs bills, have gone to the Senate to die.

Senate Democrats either voted them down or just outright blocked the Republican bills using political gimmicks.

Democratic United States Senator Bob Casey was in favor of a Balanced Budget as a candidate as the video below demonstrates.

Will he stick to his word or again bow to the wishes of his party leadership and President Obama? The odds are that he will cave to Obama. Bob Casey has supported President Obama over 95% of the time. He is Obama’s man in PA.

The one ray of hope is that 2012 is on the horizon. Casey is on the ballot in 2012. He has a Democratic opponent and a truckload of Republicans fighting for the chance to take him on. If there was a time for him to put Pennsylvania above Obama and Washington, supporting the Balanced Budget Amendment would be it.

Casey should break with his party and the President and support the same balanced budget requirement that he operated under as a state elected official and that he advocated for as a candidate.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Democrats Largely Oppose Gun Rights

Tonight the House of Representatives passed H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. The bill would allow individuals with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also issues concealed firearm permits or licenses, or in any other state that does not generally prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms.

No longer will your rights start and end at your state’s lines…IF the Senate takes up the bill.

The bill passed with 272 votes in favor, 154 against. 229 Republicans and 43 Democrats supported the legislation. 7 Republicans and 147 Democrats voted against it.

Barletta, Holden, and Marino all voted for it.

Occupy Wall Street Support Slipping

A new PPP Poll shows that support for the Occupiers has dropped in the last month. The poll also finds that more American voters support the Tea Party than the Occupiers.

Only 33% of American voters support the Occupy Wall Street movement, 45% oppose. That is an 11% drop in just one month.

The Tea Party, on the other hand, has gone up in support to 42%.

Perhaps the general public may have finally tired of the crimes committed by occupiers.

Updated rap sheet courtesy of BigGovernment:

  • NY: 10/1/2011 — Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge
  • Madison, WI: 10-27-2011 — Madison Occupiers Lose Permit Due to Public Masturbation
  • Phoenix: 10/28/2011 — Flier at Occupy Phoenix Asks, “When Should You Shoot a Cop?”
  • NY: 10/18/2011 — Thieves Preying on Fellow Protesters
  • NY: 10/9/2011 — Stinking up Wall Street: Protesters Accused of Living in Filth as Shocking Pictures Show One Demonstrator Defecating on a POLICE CAR
  • NY: 10/7/2011 — Occupiers Rush PoliceMore
  • Cleveland: 10/18/2011 — ‘Occupy Cleveland’ Protester Alleges She Was Raped
  • NY: 10/10/2011 — ‘Increasingly Debauched’: Are Sex, Drugs & Poor Sanitation Eclipsing Occupy Wall Street?
  • Seattle: 10/18/2011 — Man Accused of Exposing Self to Children Arrested
  • 10/12/2011 — Iran Supports ‘Occupy Wall Street’
  • Portland: 10/16/2011 –#OccupyPortland Protester Desecrates Memorial To U.S. War Dead
  • Portland: 10/15/2011 — #OccupyPortland Protesters Sing “F*** The USA”
  • Chicago: 10/17/2011 — COMMUNIST LEADER Cheered at Occupy Chicago
  • 10/15/2011 — American Nazi Party Endorses Occupy Wall Street‘s ’Courage,‘ Tells Members to Support Protests and Fight ’Judeo-Capitalist Banksters’
  • Boston: 10/14/2011 — Coast Guard member spit on near Occupy Boston tents
  • Boston: 10/11/2011 — Boston Police Arrest Over 100 from Occupy Boston
  • New York: 10/11/2011 — “You Can Have Sex with Animals.”
  • New York: 10/15/2011 — Harassing Police with Accusations of Phony Injuries
  • New York: 10/9/2011 — ‘Occupy Wallstreet’ Protesters Steal from Local Businesses
  • New York: 10/25/2011 — Three Men Threatened to Kill 24-Year-Old Occupy Wall Street Protester for Reporting Rape
  • Baltimore: 10/18/2011 — #OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims from Contacting Police
  • Portland: 10/27/2011 — Occupy Portland’s Attempt At Wealth Redistribution Ends In Theft
  • Los Angeles: 10/14/2011 – Anti-Semitic Protester at Occupy Wall Street
  • 10/27/2011 — A Death Threat From an Occupy Wall Street Protester
  • 10/27/2011 – Anti-Semitic Tweet From Occupier or Sympathizer
  • Boston: 10/20/2011 — Occupy Boston Doesn’t Want Police Involved in Rape
  • New York: 10/5/2011: Anti-Semitic Occupier Screams About Jews, Israel
  • New York: 10/4/2011 — Occupier Taunts Jewish Man
  • Boston: 10/2011 — Occupiers Block Street
  • New York: 10/2011 — Occupier Tries to Steal Police Officer’s Gun
  • New York: 10/27/2011 — Occupiers Block Traffic, Get Arrested
  • Oakland: 10/27/2011 — Occupiers Throw Garbage at Police
  • Oakland: 10/19/2011 — Abusive #OccupyOakland Protesters Ban Media from Tent City
  • Eugene, OR: 10/19/2011 — Occupiers Displace Farmers’ Market Threatening Hundreds of Jobs
  • Portland, OR: 10/18/2011 — Capitalist Offering Jobs at Occupy Portland Finds Few Takers
  • NY: 10/20/2011 — #OccupyWallStreet Threatens Businesses, Patrons
  • NY: 10/14/2011 — Violence Breaks Out During #OccupyWallStreet March Toward Stock Exchange
  • NY: 10/14/2011 — Protesters March On Wall Street, Scuffle With Cops
  • Oakland: 10/19/2011 — #OccupyOakland Protesters Threaten Reporter
  • Oakland: 10/26/2011 — Occupiers Scuffle with Police
  • Oakland: 10/24/2011 — Protesters Storm, Vandalize, Shut Down Chase Bank
  • Dayton, OH: 10/22/2011 — Protester: ‘F*ck The Military, F*ck Your Flag, And F*ck The Police’
  • Chicago: 10/14/2011 — Protesters’ Message At #OccupyChicago Rally: ‘Destroy Israel’
  • NY: 10/23/2011 — #OccupyWallStreet Supporter Rants Against Israel, Jews
  • NY: 10/22/2011 — #Occupy Kid: ‘Burn Wall Street, Burn!’
  • NY: 10/21/2011 — New Yorkers Fed Up With Noisy, Defecating Protesters
  • Oakland: 10/21/2011 — Occupy Oakland Evicted After Reports Of Crime And Intimidation
  • Oakland: 10/19/2011 — #OccupyOakland Out of Control: Rats, Graffiti, Vandalism, Sexual Harassment, Public Sex and Urination
  • Chicago: 10/26/2011 — Occupiers Under Investigation by FBI for Links to Terrorism
  • Cleveland: 10/29/2011 — Rape Reported at Occupy Cleveland
  • Dallas: 10/24/2011 — Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas
  • Bloomington, IN: 10/26/2011 — Man Claims Occupy Bloomington Protesters Drugged, Handcuffed Him
  • NY: 10/10/2011 — Sex, Drugs and Hiding from the Law at Wall Street Protests
  • Glasgow: 10/26/2011 — Woman Gang-Raped
  • Boston: 10/23/2011 — Occupy Boston Protesters Arrested For Dealing Heroin – With 6 Year-Old in Tent
  • Portland: 10/16/2011 — Sex Offender Registers Occupy Portland Camp as Address
  • Denver: 10/15/2011 — Occupy Denver Demonstrator Accused of Groping TV Photographer
  • Lawrence, KS: 10/25/2011 — Sexual Assault Reported at Occupy Camp
  • Minneapolis, MN: Bricks, Rocks, ‘Riot Supplies’ Discovered by Police
  • Phoenix, AZ: 10/27/2011 — Neo-Nazis Patrol “Occupy Phoenix” With AR-15′s
  • Chicago: 10/26/2011 — Occupy Chicago Invades City Hall
  • 10/26/2011 — ACORN, Occupy Email Talks About Assault on Banks
  • 10/26/2011 — OccupyWallStreet Strategy for Reports of Violence Against Cops
  • Chicago: 10/26/2011 — Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers Wows Occupiers
  • Chicago: 10/25/2011 — Ayers Coaches #OccupyChicago, Callsg for School ‘Occupations’
  • 10/26/2011/ — Occupy Protests Have Jewish Leaders Concerned
  • Wash DC: 10/27/2011 — OccupyDC Leftists Provoke Police – Hang Flag on Top of DC Statue
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/26/2011 — Occupy Squatters Riot With Police
  • San Diego: 10/25/2011 — Flag Used as Chew Toy by Occupier’s Dog
  • Oakland: 10/25/2011 — Occupiers Throw Bottles at Police
  • NY: 10/27/2011 — Occupy Wall Street Protesters: Rush Limbaugh Is Bigger Threat Than Al-Qaeda
  • 10/27/2011 — Occupy Wall Street Launching First Nationwide General Strike in America Since 1946
  • NY: 10/28/2011 — Fox 5 News Reporter Assaulted at OWS
  • 10/28/2001 — Total Occupy Arrests Made Thus Far: 2750
  • Nashville: 10/28/2011 — 30 Arrests Made at Wall St. Protest
  • NY: 10/20/2011 — Former Marine Tries to Taunt Police into Violence
  • NY: 1023/2011 — Islamist Group Joins with Occupy Wall Street
  • Los Angeles: 10/13/2011 — Roundup of Overt Occupy anti-Semitism
  • NY: 10/12/2011 — There are No Anti-Semites at Occupy Wall Street. Except for This Guy
  • Missoula, MT: 10/20/2011 — Drunk 11-Year-Old At Occupy Missoula, Adult Arrested
  • Oakland: 10/28/2011 — Bounty Out On Police Officer?
  • Manchester, NH: 10/28/2011 — Woman charged with pimping teen recruited at Occupy NH rally
  • San Diego: 10/28/2011 — 40 Occupiers arrested
  • Boston: 10/24/2011 — Occupy Boston Vandalism of Banks
  • Boston: 10/25/2011 — Store Owner Suffers 4 Break Ins Since Occupy Boston Began
  • Portland: 10/28/2011 — Portland Police: Buckets of Excrement Scattered Around #OccupyPortland Camp
  • Seattle: 10/20/2011 — Two Possible Occupiers Charged With Assault
  • Seattle: 10/18/2011 — Armed Felon Arrested at Occupy Seattle
  • Seattle: 10/18/2011 — A Tent Fight and (At Least) One Arrest at Occupy Seattle
  • Seattle: 10/17/2011 — Over 50 Cops Clear Westlake Occupation, Make Eight Arrests
  • Seattle: 10/13/2011 — Cops Arrest Several Occupy Protesters
  • Seattle: 10/13/2011 — Chanting Protesters Surround Police After Officers Arrest Two
  • Denver: 10/29/2011 — Protesters Clash with Police at OWS Denver
  • Austin: 10/13/2011 — Occupy Austin protesters arrested for blocking cleaning Crews
  • Calgary, CN: 10/28/2011 — Occupiers do $40,000 in Property Damage
  • Cincinnati, OH: 10/21/2011 — 23 Arrested, Remains of protests fill two dumpsters
  • Sacramento: 10/19/2011 — 9 arrested in ‘Occupy Sacramento’ protest
  • Sacramento: 10/13/2011 — Four More Occupy Sacramento Demonstrators Arrested
  • Austin, TX: 10/22/2011 — Man Arrested After Knife Incident at Occupy Austin Camp
  • Nashville: 10/29/2011 — Tenn. Protesters Arrested For 2nd Straight Night
  • Austin, TX: 10/30/2011 — Austin Police arrest 38 Occupy Austin Protesters
  • NY: 10/30/2011 — Woman Assaulted in Her tent
  • Orlando, FL: 10/28/2011 — Occupy Orlando, police clash over use of downtown park
  • Orlando, FL: 10/26/2011 — 2 Occupy Orlando protesters arrested for trespass
  • Orlando, FL: 10/22/2011 — Police arrest 19 Orlando protesters on trespass charges
  • Asheville, NC: 10/30/2011 — Occupiers Clash with Homeless in Asheville
  • Nationwide: 10/27/2011 — Pro-Occupy Site claims 2511 Arrests Thus Far
  • Fort Worth, TX: 10/16/2011 — Arrests at Occupy Fort Worth Protest
  • NY: 10/29/2011 — Three Incidents of Anti-Semitism
  • San Francisco: 10/29/2011 — Anti-Semitic, Folsom Street Fair Types & Che Guevara Lovin
  • Oklahoma City: 10/30/2011 — Death of Street Poet at #OccupyOKC Treated as Homicide
  • Baltimore: 10/31/2011 — Woman Claims She was Raped at #OccupyBaltimore
  • Boston: 10/31/2001 — Alleged Heroin Dealer Joined Occupy Movement
  • Ottawa: 10/31/2011 — #OccupyOttawa Violent & Sexual Assaults Not Reported to Police
  • Santa Barbara, CA: 10/5/2011 — Occupiers Defy Police
  • Santa Barbara, CA: 10/6/2011 — 8 Occupiers Arrested
  • Denver, CO: 10/31/2011 — Occupiers Taunt Police, Knock Motorcycle Cop to Ground
  • Dallas, TX: 10/24/2011 — 23 Occupy Dallas Protesters Arrested After Bank Demonstration
  • Richmond, VA: 10/31/2011 — Arrests of Occupiers in Richmond
  • Dallas, TX: 1v1/1/2011: Man Arrested for Child Sex assault at Occupy Dallas Camp
  • NY: 11/1/2011 — Protesters Flock to STD-Test Clinics After Occupier ‘Free Love’
  • Iowa: 11/1/2011 — Occupiers Intend to Disrupt Iowa Caucus
  • NY: 11/1/2011 — Occupy Wall Street Costs Main Street Workers Their Jobs
  • San Diego: 10/29/2011 — Businesswoman Closes Shop After Threats By Occupiers
  • Palm Desert, CA: 11/1/2011 — Occupiers Arrested
  • Tampa, FL: 10/24/2011 — Six Occupiers Arrested
  • Tampa, FL: 10/27/2011 — Two More Arrested In Connection to Occupy Tampa Movement
  • Tampa, FL: 10/29/2011 — Occupy Tampa Protesters Arrested After Scuffle With Police
  • Oakland, CA: 11/3/2011 — Rallies Turn Violent
  • Seattle, WA: 11/2/2011 — Cops, Protesters Clash
  • Oakland, CA: 11/3/2011 — Protests Degenerate Into Chaos
  • Tulsa, OK: 11/2/2011 — Occupiers Clash With Police
  • Sacramento, CA: 11/2/2011 — Occupiers Smash County Vehicle Windows
  • Philadelphia: 11/2/2011 — Occupiers Arrested
  • Charlottesville, VA: 11/1/2011 — Underage Drinking at Occupy Charlottesville Site
  • Portland: 11/2/2011 — Occupier Shoves Police Officer into Moving Bus
  • Oakland: 11/2/2011 — Malkin’s Collection of Vandalism and Menacing Signs
  • NYC: 11/3/2011 — Occupier Busted In Tent Grope, Suspected In Rape
  • NYC: 11/4/2011 — 16 OWS Protesters Arrested at Goldman Sachs HQ
  • Oakland, CA: 11-3-2011 — Occupy-Friendly Business Vandalized
  • Asheville, NC: 11/3/2011 — 24 Occupiers Arrested
  • Raleigh, NC: 10/28/2011 — Eight at Occupy Raleigh Arrested After Standoff
  • NYC: 11/4/2011 — Deranged Homeless Man Goes on Violent Rampage In Zuccotti Park
  • Dallas, TX: CPS Seizes Baby From ‘Occupy Dallas’ Site
  • Wash DC: 11/4/2011 — Occupier Uses Child as Human Shield — Video
  • Wash DC: 11/4/2011 — Occupiers Try to Storm Americans for Prosperity Event — Video
  • Omaha, NE: 11/3/2011 — Three Occupiers Arrested
  • Atlanta: 11/3/2011 — Protester Turns On Fellow Protester With Knife
  • Los Angeles: 10/28/2011 — Drug Use and Property Damage
  • Boston, MA: 11/4/2011 — 3 Charged With Dealing Crack; Occupy Boston ‘Deteriorating’
  • Boston, MA: 11/4/2011 — Occupiers Storm Israeli Consulate; Anti-Israel Chants — Video
  • Vancouver, CN: 11/5/2011 — Occupy Vancouver Death Dooms Protest Camp
  • Fort Collins, CO: 11/4/2011 — Occupier Arrested for Setting Fire to Condo Complex$10M Damage
  • Chula Vista, CA: 11/6/2011 — Underage Girl Missing From Occupy Protests
  • Los Angeles, CA: 11/5/2011 – Two Assaults Raise Concerns About Crime at Occupy L.A.
  • Dallas, TX: 11/5/2011 — Eight Arrests at Dallas Bank Protest
  • Olympia, WA: 11/5/2011 – Two Occupy Protesters Arrested
  • Seattle, WA: 11/3/2011 — Occupiers Cost City $426,000; Most of it Police Overtime
  • Olympia, WA: 11/2/2011 — 3 Occupiers Arrested for Suspected of Robbing Local Wine Merchant
  • Worcester, MA: 11/6/2011 — 25 Occupiers Arrested
  • Milwaukee, WI: 11/2/2011 — Photojournalist, Two others Arrested at ProtestVideo
  • Milwaukee, WI: 10/20/2011 — Police Confront Occupier –Video … Arrested
  • Wash. DC: 11/5/2011 — Rampaging Occupiers Attack 78 Year-Old Woman — Video
  • Rochester, NY: 11/3/2011 — 161 Occupiers Arrested at Park
  • NYC: 11/5/2011 — Police Clash With Occupiers, 20 Arrested at Courthouse Protest
  • NYC: 11/5/2011 — Occupier Arrested for Vandalizing McDonald’s; Wanted Free Food
  • Asheville, NC: 11/5/2011 — Four Occupiers Arrested
  • Honolulu, HI: 11/6/2011 — Police Arrest Half-Dozen Occupiers
  • Waikiki, HI: 11/7/2011 — Two Dozen Occupiers Arrested
  • Portland, OR: 11/7/2011 — Occupiers Arrested for Threatening Restaurant Employees
  • Portland, OR: 11/7/2011 — Occupier Arrested for Threatening Security Staff with Hammer
  • Augusta, GA: 10/28/2011 — Occupier Arrested in Knife Threat
  • Portland OR: 11/9/2011 — Police Suspect Occupiers in Molotov Cocktail Attack
  • Sacramento, CA: 11/7/2011 — Homeless Clash With Occupy Protesters At Park
  • New Orleans: 11/8/2011 — Man Dead for Two Days Found in Occupy Encampment
  • San Diego: 11/7/2011 — Occupiers Splatter Vendor Food Carts with Blood, Urine
  • Los Angeles: 11/7/2011 — Occupiers Shut Down Burger King — Video
  • Atlanta, GA: 11/6/2011 — Occupiers Arrested After Attacking Police
  • St. Louis, MO: 11/9/2011 — Occupiers Hack Into Mayor’s Website
  • Oakland, CA: 11/8/2011 — “Dangerous” Occupiers Hurting Small Business Owners
  • Vancouver, CN: 11/8/2011 — Occupiers Bite Two Police Officers
  • Wash DC: 11/8/2011 — Occupiers Use Children to Block Traffic — Video
  • Portland, OR: 11/9/2011 — Occupiers Threaten Citizen-Journalist – Video
  • Wash DC: 11/8/2011 — Occupiers Use Racial Taunts Against Black Security Guard — Video
  • Eureka, CA: 11/9/2011 — Occupier Defecates in Bank – Video
  • Wash DC: 11/5/2011 – Occupiers Menace Children, Female Reporter – Video
  • Portland, OR: 11/8/2011 — Occupiers Menace News Crew – Video
  • NYC: 11/8/2011 — Occupier: ‘I Wouldn’t Give a F**k if 9/11 Happened 911 More Times’
  • NYC: 11/8/2011 — Small Business Owner Threatened, Terrorized By Occupiers
  • San Francisco, CA: 11/10/2011 — Occupier Threatens Park Ranger
  • Burlington, VT: 11/10/2011 — Veteran Shoots Self at Encampment
  • Oakland, CA: 11/3/2011 — ‘Occupy Oakland’ Goes After Cop
  • NYC: 11/10/2011 — EMT Assaulted at Occupy Wall Street
  • San Diego, CA: 11/10/2011 — Occupier Attacks Woman with Camera
  • Berekely, CA: 11/10/2011 — 39 Occupiers Arrested
  • Westwood, CA: 11/9/2011 — 11 Occupiers Arrested for Blocking Traffic
  • Fresno, CA: 11/9/2011 — 40 Occupiers Arrested
  • Toledo, OH: 11/1/2011 — 2 Occupiers Arrested
  • Houston, TX: 11/9/2011 — 10 Occupiers Arrested
  • NYC: 11/8/2011 — Hobbyist Photographer Describes Assault in Zuccotti Park
  • Oakland, CA: 11/10/2011: Fatal Shooting Over Drugs
  • Oakland: CA: 11/10/2011 — Protesters Attack News Crew Covering Fatal Shooting
  • Pasadena, CA: 11/10/2011 — Occupiers Announce Plans to Disrupt Rose Bowl Parade
  • Tampa, FL 11/10/2011 — Three Occupiers Arrested
  • Portland, OR: 11/10/2011 — Occupiers Billed for Police Car Vandalism
  • Olympia, WA: 11/11/2011 — Occupiers Asked to Pack Up After Assault, Drug Arrests
  • Denver, CO: 11/11/2011 — Occupiers Storm BlogCon 11One Arrest
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 11/12/2011 — Protest Shut Down After Body Discovered In Tent
  • San Francisco: 11/8/2011 — Shoplifting, Fights On The Rise Around Encampment
  • San Francisco: 11/10/2011 — Occupiers Accused of Ferry Building Thefts, Filth
  • San Francisco: 11/10/2011 — Protester Busted For Gun Violation Arrested Again
  • Mobile, AL: 11/9/2011 — 18 Occupy Protesters Arrested
  • New Orleans: 11/11/2011 — Death at Campsite Attributed To Alcohol Abuse
  • San Francisco: 11/12/2011 — Occupier Slashes Police Officer With Razor, Another Injured
  • Portland: 11/13/2011 — Three Arrested with Mortars, Fireworks
  • Chapel Hill, NC: 11/13/2011 — Eight Occupiers for Trespassing
  • Norfolk, VA: Six Occupiers Arrested
  • Philadelphia, PA: 11/13/2011 — Occupier Arrested for Rape
  • Portland, OR: 10/27/2011 — Sexual Assault: ‘nobody should contact the police’ — Video
  • NYC: 11/12/2011 — Occupiers Plan Mass Trespassing Campaign
  • Oakland, CA: 11/8/2011 — Occupiers Plan Mass Trespassing Campaign
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 11/12/2011 — 19 Occupiers Arrested
  • St. Louis, MO: 11/13/2011 — 27 Occupiers Arrested
  • St. Louis, MO: 11/12/2011 — Occupier Arrested
  • NYC: 11/13/2011 — Occupier Slugs Police Officer
  • Oakland, CA: 11/10/2011 — Occupiers Withdraw Resolution to Remain Peaceful
  • Portland, OR: 11/9/2011 — Occupier Requires Life-Saving CPR After Drug Overdose
  • Portland, OR: 11/9/2011 — 4 Reports of Substance Abuse
  • Olympia, WA: 11/12/2011: Growing Number of Drug, Violence Complaints
  • Atlanta, GA: 11/10/2011 — TB Breaks Out at Occupy Home Base
  • NYC: 11/13/2011 — Occupy Wall Street Costs Local Businesses $479,400
  • Nationwide: 11/11/2011 — Occupy Death Toll Hits 7
  • Seattle, WA: 11-14-2011 — Occupier Defecates on Public Sidewalk
  • Hartford, CT: 10/16/2011 — Occupier Charged After Pulling Knife
  • Dallas, TX: 11/14/2011 — 9-Month-Old Baby Removed From Camp Due to Health Concerns, Neglect
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/27/2011 — 2 Occupiers Arrested
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/26/2011 — More Than a Dozen Occupiers Arrested
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/22/2011 — Knife Attack at Occupy Camp
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/27/2011 — Police Forced to Remove Occupiers From Park Again, 37 Arrested
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/8/2011 — Occupier Arrested
  • University of New Mexico: 11/8/2011 — Sordid Story of Lawlessness, Dozens of Arrests, Spitting on Walmart Customer
  • Albuquerque, NM: 10/16/2011 — Occupier Cited for Blocking Traffic
  • Portland, OR: 11/14/2011 — 51 Occupiers Arrested
  • Portland, OR: 11/14/2011 — Occupiers Smash Bank Windows
  • Albany, NY: 11/15/2011 — 20 Occupiers Arrested
  • Near Salem, OR: 11/13/2011 — Three Occupiers Arrested With Explosives
  • Wash DC: 11/11/2011 — Occupy’ Mom ‘Won’t Stop’ Putting Protest Above Her Kids’ Safety
  • NYC: 11/15/2011: — Hundreds of Occupiers Arrested, Chaos, Resisting Arrest, Object Thrown at Police
  • Houston, TX: 11/15/2011 — Occupier Arrested
  • Minnesota: 11/15/2011 — Occupy Minnesota Costs Taxpayers $10,000+ Each Day
  • Austin, TX: 11/15/2011 — Occupier Accused of Masturbating in Front of 16 Year-old Girl
  • San Francisco, CA: 11/15/2011 — Deadly Dog Disease Spreads at Occupy Camp
  • Philadelphia, PA: 11/15/2011 — Occupier Arrested for Assaulting Woman
  • Philadelphia, PA: 11/15/2011 — Occupiers Vandalize Dilworth Plaza With Graffiti and Feces – Video
  • Santa Cruz, CA: 11/15/2011 — Ringworm, Scabies Outbreak at Occupy Camp
  • Oakland, CA: 11/14/2011 — Occupiers Cost Taxpayers $2.4 Million

  • Or perhaps the general public has finally tired of the anti-semitic antics of the occupiers (language warning on video below.)