Archive for April 5th, 2009

Video — Sarkozy: France may take Gitmo prisoners

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

WSJ:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hinted Friday that his country would accept prisoners released from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if U.S. President Barack Obama makes good on his promise to shut down the facility by early next year.

Erickson on Iowa judicial activism: impeachment is the answer

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Erick Erickson:

The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided today that Iowa’s legislatively enacted ban on same sex marriages is unconstitutional under Iowa’s constitution.

There will no doubt now be a drive for a constitutional amendment that will no doubt benefit Republicans at the ballot box in Iowa.

But there shouldn’t have to be a maneuver here or anywhere else. Iowa and the other state courts that have overturned legislatively enacted bans on marriage have done so by substituting the judges’ policy preferences for the legislatures. In doing so, they have then stretched beyond meaning or intention the constitutions of the various states.

The reason is simple: the judges know they are safe. The people will never seek retribution. The people should by impeaching the judges.

Two thumbs up for MSM: Reuters lies about NY shooting

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Redstate:

From Peshawar, Pakistan, Reuters reports that this Taliban leader wannabe has said that the murderous rampage perpetrated by an unhinged Vietnamese immigrant was done by his “men.” This half-wit terrorist claims that he ordered the “men” to attack the U.S. because of the use of Predator drones that have been so successful in cutting out so many of those nits in their Pakistani strongholds.

But we all know this “acceptance of responsibility” is an outright lie. We may not know why Jiverly Voong went off the deep end, but we know he had zilch to do with Pakistan. So, why did Reuters think it a story worthy of reporting? There can only be one reason.

You see by telling us the lie of Baitubooolah Meshaweazel Muhammad something-or-another who is claiming he was responsible for the rampage Reuters can also promulgate anger toward our Predator drone program that has been so successful in killing these Taliban and al Qaeda scum-bags.

New study shows DC voucher students out-perform gov’t students, and at one-fourth the cost

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

DC mis-named “public” schools spend $25,000 of tax money per student.  The average voucher recipient receives about $6,000; NEA-backed Obama wants these students to fail.

The Washington Post:

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the first federal initiative to spend taxpayer dollars on private school tuition, was created by a Republican-led Congress in 2004 to help students from low-income families. Congress has cut off federal funding after the 2009-10 school year unless lawmakers vote to reauthorize it.

Overall, the study found that students who used the vouchers received reading scores that placed them nearly four months ahead of peers who remained in public school. However, as a group, students who had been in the lowest-performing public schools did not show those gains. There was no difference in math performance between the groups.
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that the Obama administration does not want to pull participating students out of the program but does not support its continuation.

Coal vote 10 votes short of veto-proof House margin

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

David Klepper:

Sebelius, a Democrat, has promised to veto the measure.The vote is significant in that it’s 10 less than the 84 votes needed to override a veto.

Supporters of the project say they’ll use the Legislature’s three week spring break (likely starting tonight) to win over more votes ahead of a veto override attempt.

It appears supporters are actually losing votes, however. When the House originally passed the legislation in February, the vote was 79-44.

TARP: Pat Roberts votes to KEEP it

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Brownback makes the better vote.  Club for Growth:

Today, Senator David Vitter offered an amendment to the FY10 budget requiring that TARP be stripped of $272 billion in funding. The proposal failed 28-70. The following Republicans sided with all but two Democrats (Russ Feingold and Ben Nelson) to keep TARP fully funded. [Senate leadership in BOLD]:

Alexander, L. (TN)
Chambliss (GA)
Cochran (MS)
Corker (TN)
Graham (SC)
Gregg (NH)
Hatch (UT)
Isakson (GA)
Kyl (AZ)
Lugar (IN)
Martinez (FL)
McConnell (KY)
Roberts (KS)
Snowe (ME)
Voinovich (OH)

Feb. unemployment rates for states

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Graph here.

Jenkins votes against conservative RSC alternative budget

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Moran and Tiahrt voted against it.  Of course, Moore voted against it.

Club for Growth:

The House rejected the Republican Study Committee’s alternative budget yesterday, 111-322.

This is an important vote for fiscal conservatives to scrutinize.

The RSC almost always offers an alternative budget each year so that it can propose…well, an alternative…to either a tax-hiking Democratic budget or a big-spending GOP budget, depending on which party is in the majority.

I personally analyze the vote tally with extra care to see where everyone voted. While voting YES on the RSC budget doesn’t necessarily mean a House member is conservative, it does help make the case. And the opposite is true. While voting NO on the RSC budget doesn’t necessarily mean a House member is not conservative, it provides more evidence that that might actually be the case.

Either way, check out the vote tally for yourself and see where everybody stands.

Club for Growth on the budget

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Club for Growth:

The tax-hiking, big-spending Democratic budget passed both chambers last night without a single Republican vote. There were even 20 Democrats in the House and 2 Dems in the Senate who voted against it. Here’s the House vote and the Senate vote.

Barney Frank: ‘I’m not very well informed’

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

NRO:

CNS News:

Asked specifically about the president’s Monday announcement that federal tax dollars would guarantee the warranties of all new Chrysler and GM cars during the period they are undergoing restructuring, Frank said, “Do the words ‘I’m not very well informed on it’ have any meaning to you? Am I speaking a language you don’t understand?”

Given that GM received billions in TARP funds and that as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee he oversees TARP funds, Frank should probably be much better informed about what’s going on.

Bishop suggests name change to Notre Dame if Obama speaks

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Bishop Thomas G. Doran of the Rockford, Ill. Diocese:

The bishop suggested that if Fr. Jenkins fails to rescind “this unfortunate decision” he should have the “decency” to change the university name to something like, “The Fighting Irish College” or “Northwestern Indiana Humanist University.”

“On behalf of our more than 20,000 members and the nearly one quarter of a million signers of the petition opposing Notre Dame’s actions, I want to thank Bishop Doran for his strong public witness and letter encouraging Fr. Jenkins to rescind the commencement invite to President Obama,” said CNS President Patrick Reilly.

16-year-old immigrant smuggler

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

San Diego Union-Tribune:

SAN YSIDRO – A 16-year-old girl posing as a construction worker was arrested Thursday morning after Border Patrol agents discovered 13 illegal immigrants crammed into the pickup she was driving, authorities said.

The truck was disguised as a vehicle from Kiewit Corp., a large construction and mining company based in Omaha, Neb., that is building a secondary border fence west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the Border Patrol said.

Agents spotted the pickup about 6 a.m. near Smuggler’s Gulch as they saw four people running toward Mexico. The driver sped away as officers approached, but later stopped near Monument Road and Hollister Street.

The girl, a U.S. citizen, and a male passenger were both wearing yellow hard hats and reflective safety vests, officials said.

Bill O’Reilly: Obama’s Europe speech ‘arrogant’

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Krauthammer: Europe’s Been Sucking On America’s Tit For 60 Years

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Video at RCP Video:

Columnist Charles Krauthammer responds to President Obama’s comment that America is arrogant.

Video: Blagojevich Indicted While At Disney World

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

HT RCP

Video: Obama Bows To Saudi King Abdullah

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

RCP:

Mr. Obama appears to shake the King’s hand and then bow from the waist while French President Nicholas Sarkozy looks on.

Leading conservative blogger Michelle Malkin and Dakota Voice both wrote of their outrage at the President’s deference to a foreign monarch.

“The whole thing is embarrassing. Its like the ‘American Hillbillies go to Europe’,” Malkin wrote.

Sydney Morning Herald: Obama and the King: a right royal bow row

Michelle Malkin: Obama’s deep bow to the Saudi king

Video — O’Reilly: Is Obama Selling Out America?

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

HT RCP:

CU law professor: pro-gay-marriage the right decision, but Iowa court wrongly decided case

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

University of Colorado law professor Paul Campos at The Daily Beast:

Again, this kind of judicial policymaking lacks any kind of genuine legal content. The question the court is answering is a legal one only in the trivial sense that it’s a subject of legislation. Whether gay marriage ought to be legal is a political question, regarding which lawyers in general and judges in particular have no special insight.

All of this should be blatantly obvious. If the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court actually understood what they were doing, and then chose to be candid about it, the court’s opinion would have read something like this:

“We are wise people, who are better educated and less prone to prejudice than most of our fellow citizens. Therefore, it’s a good thing that certain very important questions should be decided by us rather than by the voting public. This is one of those questions. So we’re going to decide it.”

Good luck, Mr. President — Politico: Obama calls for ‘world without’ nukes

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Politico:

PRAGUE – Just hours after North Korea launched a long-range rocket, President Barack Obama called for “a world without nuclear weapons” and said the United States has a “moral responsibility ” to lead the way, as the only nation ever to use them.

Obama’s speech was long planned as the centerpiece of his first presidential trip overseas, but it gained new urgency after North Korea sent a multi-part rocket soaring over the Sea of Japan early Sunday morning.

North Korea insisted the launch was meant to put a satellite into space but the U.S. and other nations believe Pyongyang is trying to develop the capability to launch a nuclear warhead.

Heritage: A Case Study in Overcriminalization

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Heritage:

When Steven Kurtz awoke one morning in his Buffalo home to find his wife, Hope, unresponsive, he rushed to dial 911 and summon paramedics. It was May 11, 2004. He had no reason to expect that his wife’s fatal heart attack and his call to the authorities would mark the beginning of a four-year odyssey to the belly of the criminal-justice system.

The paramedics and police detectives who arrived at Kurtz’s home that morning to tend to his wife found more than they expected. Off the upstairs bedroom was a small table on which was arranged a home laboratory containing Petri dishes and various items of lab equipment. The detectives spent hours– nearly the entire day–interrogating Kurtz about the equipment and his relationship with his wife and then called in local health department officials, who ran tests on the cultures in the Petri dishes. They were harmless.

Unsatisfied with Kurtz’s answers, however, and still suspicious of the lab, the police decided to call in federal authorities. The next day, three or four vehicles came screeching up to Kurtz as he walked across a funeral home’s parking lot, intending to make arrangements for his wife’s cremation. It was the FBI. Kurtz was detained on suspicion of bioterrorism and held for 22 hours.