Archive for April 13th, 2009

Italian PM threatens to silence journalists

Monday, April 13th, 2009

The UK Telegraph:

The Italian premier has accused newspapers and television stations of slandering him and damaging the country’s reputation by highlighting his alleged faux pas.

He said he was considering taking “hard measures” against reporters, without specifying what that might entail.

Continneti: GOP’s uninspiring alternative budget

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Weekly Standard:

We wish we could say that Republicans had stepped up to the plate with a compelling, competing vision of America’s future. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet. As visions go, the alternative budget that the House GOP offered last week is pretty dim. It’s the same platform Republicans rode to defeat in 2008: a five-year spending freeze, extending the Bush tax cuts, and reducing the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent. It would tie Medicare benefits to income so that high-earners receive less. It would prevent future bailouts and repeal much of the stimulus. And it would increase domestic oil and natural gas production.

There are plenty of good ideas in the House GOP budget. We’re particularly fond of the energy program, for example, and think voters would be, too. Nonetheless, the good ideas don’t yet add up to an attractive picture of a prosperous and responsible America. The party of Lincoln has a real opportunity to rechristen its relationship with the American middle class, and to chart a way forward for democratic capitalism. That work has just begun, so perhaps it’s not fair to expect it to be reflected in this year’s Republican budget alternative. But, even judged by limited expectations, this budget’s pretty uninspiring.

NY-20: Vets stand up to defend military voting rights — Redstate

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Redstate:

Today, Bud Day, Orson Swindle, and a bunch of other high-profile veterans sent a letter to New York election officials about the problems faced by active duty military in exercising their right to vote in the NY-20 special congressional election that is currently in recount. We have written about this issue before here at Redstate. The letter is pretty hard hitting: (more…)

Martin Hawver on unsigned abortion bill

Monday, April 13th, 2009

At the Rail:

It’s politics

There’s another abortion bill on its way to what will probably still be the desk of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius when it gets there that, well, has become increasingly politically touchy.

The bill, passed to the governor by the state Senate just minutes before it adjourned the main portion of the 2009 legislative session, would require more specific information about late-term abortions. The specific requirement is that abortion providers diagnose-for the public record-exactly what life-threatening or life-changing malady a post-22 week abortion is performed to cure.

It also broadens the possibility of lawsuits against abortion providers-which essentially will insert the issue of abortion, not just who is “toughest” on crime, into every Kansas county and district attorney race on the ballot if the bill becomes law.

KFL: Pro-life Victory! Late-term Bill Passes As New Stats Show Late-term Abortions Up 10% and Post-Viable 13%

Monday, April 13th, 2009

KFL:

Pro-life Victory! Late-term Bill Passes As New Stats Show Late-term Abortions Up 10% and Post-Viable 13%

Late on April 4, 2009, the last day of the legislative session, the Kansas Senate sent Gov. Sebelius a bill regulating late-term and partial birth abortions, HsubSB218!

Action in the closing hours was spurred by two recent bombshells:

(1) release* of 2008 state abortion data showing late-term abortions rose 10% and postviabililty abortions rose 13%

(2) last week’s state medical board announcement that they are seeking to revoke George Tiller’s license. (more…)

Even Bob Dole is a lobbyist

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Bloomberg:

Barack Obama shunned political contributions from lobbyists and, on his second day as president, announced new ethics rules to reduce their influence. Republican nominee John McCain disdained lobbyists as “birds of prey.”

Still, about one-quarter of the House and Senate members who retired or lost elections last year have found new jobs with lobbying firms, where business is booming as Obama pushes for multitrillion-dollar changes in federal banking, health care, energy and military procurement policies.

And:

Former appropriations chairman Bob Livingston, a Louisiana Republican who left the House 10 years ago, leads a firm that was paid $9 million last year by such clients as Hamilton, Bermuda-based Accenture Ltd., and Redwood City, California-based Oracle Corp. Former Senate Majority Leaders George Mitchell, a Maine Democrat, and Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican, both registered as lobbyists.

“It is a natural progression, and it is not an unhealthy one,” said Jim Greenwood, 57, a Republican who represented a Pennsylvania House district until 2005 and now heads the Biotechnology Industry Association. “I know how lawmakers think, what they need to make good decisions, what’s counterproductive, and what’s reasonable to ask and what’s not reasonable.”

Wayne Godsey on KCMO superintendent search

Monday, April 13th, 2009

KMBC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fourteen months after forcing former school superintendent Anthony Amato out of his job, the Kansas City, Mo., School Board is hiring a national search firm to find a successor.Instead of hiring such a firm immediately, the board tried to save money by using a team of networkers. Candidates were identified, but according to board president Marilyn Simmons, too many dropped out.Imagine that! Why would this school system possibly have trouble finding a new superintendent? Maybe because it is provisonally accredited and facing possible state takeover, or maybe because the board has changed superintendents too many times to count.

Economist — Free Health Care: But Not From The Government

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Mark Perry:

NEW YORK - Drugstore operator Walgreens will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics – though patients will still pay for precriptions.

Walgreens said patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free treatment at its in-store Take Care clinics for respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions, among other ailments. Typically those treatments cost $59 or more for patients with no insurance.
Walgreens runs 341 Take Care clinics (pictured above) in 35 markets around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland.