Archive for April 2nd, 2009

Kay Hutchinson mocks Palin: ‘bad career move’ says Redstate

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Lone Star Times reports that U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s website has posted a copy of a Texarkana Gazette editorial mocking Gov. Rick Perry for having received Sarah Palin’s endorsement:

Palin has a certain cachet among conservatives. … But Lord, have mercy, she is an outsider with an opinion about Texas politics and government. And she sounds like the Yankee she is, if we use the definition that Yankees come from north of the Red River.

If Perry relies too heavily on Palin, he may find himself with a lot of time to watch Russians from her front porch come January 2011.

The Hutchison people erred in putting such a poorly-conceived and ill-informed hit piece on their site. Calling Palin an “outsider” and a “yankee” is just myopic provincialism at best, and the digs at Palin, who is governor of a state which, like Texas, has a strong libertarian streak is risky. Texans and Alaskans both pride themselves on their spirit of rugged individualism, and slamming Palin in a state where conservatives admire and respect her isn’t the smartest of moves for KBH’s proto-campaign for governor to take.

Redstate: RomneyCare failed

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Jeff Emanuel at

In 2006, Governor Mitt Romney (R), working with a Democratic state legislature, passed and signed the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation aimed at ensuring that every citizen of the Bay State possessed health insurance, while simultaneously lowering the cost of health coverage and improving access to quality care.

Unfortunately, the program in practice has been a colossal failure, expanding state bureaucracy and government control over the health care market and provider-patient dealings, while simultaneously driving up health insurance premia, increasing health care costs, and creating a chronic shortage of providers – all at an annual price tag of over twice the originally-estimated $600 million.

Graduated driver’s license bill now law

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The Star:

Fourteen-year-olds can still get a learner’s permit, but they’ll have to wait until their 16 and a half to get a full, unrestricted license. Currently, 16-year-olds can get a full license.

“Driving is a privilege and one that must be taken seriously,” Sebelius said. “Our roads will be safer, our children will be safer and other drivers will be safer.”

Under the new law, teens can get a license at 16, but they face six months of restrictions that include:

* A prohibition on driving with more than one non-sibling passenger under the age of 18.

* A ban on driving past 9 p.m. unless they’re heading home from school or work.

* No use of wireless devices like cell phones.

* New penalties for driving violations.

The Fix: top 10 Senate races

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The Fix:

The last several weeks have not been kind to two senators — one Democrat, one Republican — who came to Congress together nearly three decades ago.

The Democrat is Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) who found himself caught up in the furor over bonuses granted to AIG executives, the latest in a string of negative stories for Dodd — Countrywide, the Irish cottage — that have badly imperiled his chances at reelection. And, Republicans have recruited a top-tier candidate to challenge Dodd in former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons.

The Republican is Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) who, as recently as a month ago, appeared to be headed to his easiest reelection race in recent memory. But, that was before his vote for the $787 billion economic stimulus bill drove former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) into a near-certain primary challenge. Specter, who narrowly defeated Toomey six years ago, quickly moved to shore up his ideological right flank — flip flopping to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. Should Specter win the primary — and that is very much up in the air — his change of position on EFCA could hurt his general election appeal in a state as labor-heavy as Pennsylvania.

Both races crack the top five in our latest Senate Line. The number one ranked race is the most likely to switch parties in 2010.

Soros: ‘I’m having a very good crisis’

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Daily Mail:

A hedge fund manager who predicted the global credit crunch has said the financial crisis has been ‘stimulating’ and the culmination of his life’s work.

George Soros, who predicted the global financial crisis twice before, was one of the few people to anticipate and prepare for the current economic collapse.

Mr Soros said his prediction meant he was better able to brace his Quantum investment fund against the gloabal storm.

But other investors failed to take notice of his prediction and his decision to come out of retirement in 2007 to manage the fund made him $US2.9 billion.

CBS Video: Nancy & Patti Reagan Discuss Relationship

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Ken Blackwell: Conservatives’ False Division

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Ken Blackwell:

The politics of division is at play within the conservative movement. Some predominately economic conservatives are at odds with some predominately social conservatives. This internecine spat is the result of conservatives forgetting they share a common opponent.

What these conservatives should firmly fix on is that they share a basic philosophy regarding the relationship of the individual to the state. Many believe the individual possesses various rights that define what it means to be an individual at a fundamental level. More than that, all conservatives believe the source of these rights is not government.

Most conservatives believe that these inalienable rights-such as life, liberty and property, “are endowed by our Creator.” To some, this is a personal and eternal God expressed in a formal faith tradition. To others, this is a less-defined but faithfully acknowledged God. Some acknowledge no “god” but still believe that there is something greater than the individual or the state. While those in the second or third categories might not attend the houses of worship of those in the first category, all accept the idea that our human worth is not derived from government.

The place of the individual vis-à-vis the state is the root of commonality for all conservatives, and the basic disconnect between conservatives and collectivists. Government exists not to confer rights, but instead to secure rights.

Rick Santorum on PA and 2010

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Former US Senator Rick Santorum:

The playing field looks promising for Toomey. Polls have Specter’s reelect number among Republicans at 25 percent – stunningly low.

That’s not the worst of it. Specter beat Toomey by 17,000 votes in 2004 largely by winning Southeastern Pennsylvania by 42,000. But since then, more than 83,000 Specter-supporting Republicans in the region have left the party.

Pennsylvania’s political Houdini has escaped similar predicaments in the past by burnishing his conservative credentials in the run-up to the primary – hence the announcement on card check this week. So, too, his potentially crucial vote against Solicitor General Ellen Kagan, which conservatives are touting as a death knell for her chances of being named to the Supreme Court.

Specter is also fighting President Obama’s bid for more government-run health care. The senator’s conference room still features his famous Rube Goldberg chart, which contributed to the collapse of Clinton-care in 1994.

The argument that Specter has the best chances in a general election will become more persuasive next year, when the GOP faithful face the harsh reality that they are more than a million registered voters behind the Democrats. However, thanks to the prospect of facing Specter, whoever wins the primary will not face an A-list Democratic opponent.

In 2004, President Bush and a Senate colleague from Western Pennsylvania made the difference for Specter. Those dogs don’t hunt anymore. This year, his help may come from Peg Luksic, Larry Murphy, and anyone else who helps split up the vote next spring – anyone other than Pat Toomey, that is.

It will be fun to watch. And watch I will.

Computerworld: Apple prices iMacs at $899 for schools

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


March 23, 2009 (Computerworld) Apple Inc. is still selling an $899 iMac desktop it discontinued in 2007, according to a recent newsletter released by the company. But that 17-in. model is only available to schools and colleges directly from Apple.

The March issue of Apple’s “eNews for Education” newsletter touts the recently-refreshed 20- and 24-in. iMacs but also notes that it still has a supply of 17-in. iMacs. “The new 20-in. and 24-in. iMacs deliver a 30% larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage,” the newsletter reads. “The iMac line also includes a 17-in. model starting at $899.”

Apple discontinued the 17-in. iMac — which featured a white plastic casing — when it revamped the desktop line in August 2007 by tweaking the design for a sleeker aluminum look.

City of Olathe news

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

From Olathe gov’t:

Olathe News – 3/30/2009

March 30, 2009
This Edition of E-News
• New Historic Marker in Place Downtown
• Special Event Planned at Mahaffie
• State of the City Friday
• Downtown Artwork on Display
• Police Department Fundraiser Planned
• Olathe Serve Day Correction No Council Meeting This Week
Released 3/30/2009
There will be no Olathe City Council Meeting on March 31, 2009 as it is the fifth Tuesday of the month. (more…)

News from K-State media

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

K-State media:

In today’s news from K-State for Sunday March 29, 2009:

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1) Leaving a legacy: K-State President Jon Wefald’s Imprint on the University to be Evident for Years to Come

2) K-State’s First Lady Ruth Ann Wefald Leaves Lasting Legacy to University Arts, Community Service and More

3) The Jon Wefald Legacy: K-State’s Research Enterprise Grows to Substantial New Heights (more…)

PC with 192GB of RAM

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


March 26, 2009 (Computerworld) Dell Inc. announced on Tuesday a new PC that, among its other impressive specs, can be upgraded to sport as much as 192GB of ultrafast DDR3 RAM.

The Precision T7500 sports 12 memory slots, each of which can take a PC10600 stick (1333 MHz) of up to 16GB.

Most new desktop PCs have two to four RAM slots that can take up to 4GB modules of DDR2 memory that runs between 400 MHz and 1066 MHz in speed.

Not a high-end gamer PC, the Precision T7500 workstation (which starts at $1,800) is aimed at video game designers, engineers and digital animators.

KMBC: Apartment Manager Finds Infant Alone In Room

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police arrested a woman on suspicion of leaving her baby alone for more than an hour. At about noon, a maintenance man at a south Kansas City apartment complex heard a baby crying. The man knocked on the door, but no one answered.The apartment manager got a key and found a 5-month-old girl alone inside the apartment, police said.The manager waited 30 minutes before calling police.

Is Obama Repeating Bush’s Mistakes? — Nat’l Journal

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

National Journal:

In 2002, Bush and his party seemed right for their moment. The other party appeared to be not just out of power but out of touch. September 11 had changed everything, and the Democrats didn’t “get it.”

Amid today’s economic crisis, the roles are reversed. Obama and his party seem right for their moment. It is the Republicans who seem beached by history, trapped by an irrelevant ideology in a new era.

But new eras don’t always last as long as expected. When the 9/11 tide subsided, Bush found himself far out at sea. He spent the last few years of his presidency forlornly paddling back to shore. He never did re-establish his shattered credibility with the broad American center. In the end, ironically, he inspired unity in only one regard: Most of the country disliked him.

Another accidental polarizer, another crisis-exploiting presidency, another well-intentioned overreach — all, perhaps, to be followed by another public backlash as the promise of consensus is broken and the center once again proves elusive: These are the last things the country needs. The hardest part of being an ambitious president at a moment of crisis and opportunity is contriving not to overshoot. After 2002, Bush never rose to the challenge of moderation. Can Obama?

LifeNews on Morning After Pill

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Washington, DC ( — A federal court on Monday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decision preventing minors from purchasing the morning after pill without a prescription. When the FDA made the Plan B drug available over the counter, it prohibited such sales to people under the age of 18.

While pro-life groups were upset the drug was made available without consulting a doctor, they said the limits in selling it to teenagers were necessary.

Today, U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman order the FDA to make the drug available to women as young as 17 within the next 30 days and to consider reversing its entire decision on selling the morning after pill to minors.

Korman sided with abortion advocates who claimed the FDA didn’t follow its normal protocols when making the decision.

White House cybersecurity office remains uncertain: Computer World

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


March 26, 2009 (Computerworld) It’s unclear whether a report being prepared for President Barack Obama on federal information security preparedness will support recent calls for the creation of a new cybersecurity office within the White House, two lawmakers said today.

Instead, the report may recommend a more collaborative and cooperative strategy among federal agencies on the issue of cybersecurity without a single agency or department in charge, they said.

Members of the U.S. House Cybersecurity Caucus today met with Melissa Hathaway, acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council.

Hathaway, who is conducting a 60-day review of federal cybersecurity preparedness on behalf of the president, today presented a status report to members of the caucus.

Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Press release from The Wizards:

Kansas City trains the next four days in advance of their second home match of the 2009 season Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Wizards enter Sunday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes 0-2-0 after one-goal losses to Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids. Kansas City will train at CAB on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the week’s press conference featuring Head Coach Curt Onalfo Friday at the team’s Swope Park Training (more…)

Reason Online: The Power to Destroy

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Congress is outraged. Really, really outraged. Unbelievably, incredibly outraged. And there are certainly grounds for anger. Not at the insurance company AIG, which paid bonuses that are seen as intolerable, but at Congress, which blithely declined to prohibit them but is now shocked to find AIG doing what it was allowed to do. The Democrats who control Capitol Hill want revenge, as do many Republicans. So the House voted by a 328-93 margin to impose a 90 percent tax on the payments. In doing so, members resolutely avoided a couple of inconvenient realities. The first is that the fault, if any, lies with the same people who are now angry. The second is that the tax conflicts with the clear intent of the Constitution.

K-State’s Morris pitcher of week

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


After pitching Kansas State to its first victory at Baylor since 1966, Wildcat junior right-hander A.J. Morris was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Morris, who improved to 7-0 with the victory, struck out 10 Bears in a complete-game six-hitter. The Big 12 leader in ERA (0.39), Morris shared the award with Texas A&M relief pitcher Nick Fleece.

Recent K-State news

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

From K-State media dept.:

In today’s news from K-State for Monday, March 30, 2009:

1) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: How Students Take Part in a Diverse Democracy Will Be Focus of K-State’s Chester E. Peters Lecture April 10

2) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Affirmative Action’s History and Future to be Topic of K-State’s Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecture April

3) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY:  Three to Interview for Dean of K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design

4) TIMELY: K-State Distance Education Summer and Fall Enrollment Under Way