Archive for March 24th, 2009

Communists endorse card check

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Ben Cunningham:


The CPUSA has also been a longtime supporter for the Employee Free Choice Act — also known as card check.

During both the 2000 and the 2004 election, the CPUSA was vehemently opposed to Bush’s reelection because of his opposition to card check.

The Democratic Socialists of America is also a strong supporter of the of card check.

Politico: GOP eyes Bush v. Gore for Coleman

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


A state court could rule any day now on Norm Coleman’s challenge to Al Franken’s 225-vote lead in Minnesota, but the race may be far from over no matter what the judges say.

Top Republicans are encouraging Coleman to be as litigious as possible and take his fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if he loses this round, believing that an elongated court fight is worth it if they can continue to deny Democrats the 59th Senate seat that Franken would represent.

And in pushing a possible Supreme Court conclusion, Republicans are raising case history that makes Democrats shudder: Bush v. Gore.

Coleman’s team says the different methods Minnesota counties use for counting absentee ballots violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause — echoing the same 2000 Florida recount case that effectively handed the presidency to George W. Bush. By making a constitutional case, Republicans are already looking ahead to federal court.

53% Say U.S. Should Build More Nuclear Power Plants

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


Fifty-three percent (53%) of U.S. voters believe more nuclear power plants should be built in the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Thirty percent (30%) are opposed to building new plants, and 18% are not sure.

While 72% of Republicans favor building more nuclear plants, Democrats are much more conflicted on the question: 39% support new plant construction, but 43% are opposed. Among voters not affiliated with either party, a majority (51%) is in favor of new nuclear plants, but 27% disagree.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters say finding new sources of energy is more important that reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. Thirty percent (30%) say energy conservation is more important.

Steve Rose and Johnson County Sun are to the left of the NY Times!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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American Legion ‘deeply disappointed and concerned’ about Obama

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

American Legion leader Craig Roberts:

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

“It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.”

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, “This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ‘ to care for him who shall have borne the battle’ given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America’s veterans!”

Washington Post: Anger Over Firm Depletes Obama’s Political Capital

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Post:

President Obama’s apparent inability to block executive bonuses at insurance giant AIG has dealt a sharp blow to his young administration and is threatening to derail both public and congressional support for his ambitious political agenda.

Politicians in both parties flocked to express outrage over $165 million in bonuses paid out to executives at the company, demanding answers from the president and swamping yesterday’s rollout of his efforts to spark lending to small businesses.

The populist anger at the executives who ran their firms into the ground is increasingly blowing back on Obama, whom aides yesterday described as having little recourse in the face of legal contracts that guaranteed those bonuses.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, peppered with questions about why the president had not done more to block the bonuses at a company that has received $170 billion in taxpayer funds, struggled for an answer yesterday afternoon. He explained that government lawyers are “looking through contracts to see what can be done to wrest these bonuses from their recipients.”

KSN Video: Tiller trial could have huge implications

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Kansas City lending slowing

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Star:

Contrary to popular belief, Kansas City area banks are making loans. They’re even fighting for them.

Several bankers called on Jeff Svilarich, hoping to land the $1.5 million mortgage on Red Oak Landscaping’s new home in the Metcalf 211 industrial park.

“There seemed to be a lot of interest in it, which caught me off guard reading that banks aren’t lending,” said Svilarich, who wrapped up the new loan this month. “That didn’t impact us at all.”

But financial reports do show that many area banks aren’t holding as many loans as they did just a year ago.

Mardi Gras in downtown OP will bring Mardi Gras

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Star:

Mardi Gras will be celebrated in June this year.

Colorful beads, savory king cake, and mysterious masks are just a few of the things to expect at Downtown Overland Park Days, which will take place June 6 and 7 on Santa Fe Drive, between 79th and 80th Streets.

The arts and crafts festival is themed after the holiday to lighten up the atmosphere and attract a younger crowd.

“It’s hard to celebrate Mardi Gras in February in Kansas because it’s too cold to have fun,” said Kate Maricle, director of events and operations for downtown Overland Park. “We wanted to bring that happy atmosphere, that celebration, to our festival during the warm weather.”