Archive for April 14th, 2009

Club for Growth: Cap and Trade is a Monster

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The Club for Growth provides this graph from Heritage:

AFP on tea parties

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


Americans for Prosperity-Kansas
Information continues to come in regarding Taxpayer Tea Parties being held across the state on Wednesday, April 15th. We’re doing our best to keep up with the latest on these events and we will continue to provide free registration on our website to help local tea party organizers keep an accurate count.

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback will be appearing at the tea parties in Wichita and Topeka, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will speak in Iola and Pittsburg, and Congressman Todd Tiahrt will make an appearance at the Taxpayer Tea Party in Overland Park. Stay tuned for more details on speakers. (more…)

AP: Russian TV accuses US of spying on Russia, China

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The AP:

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – A documentary on Russian state television has accused the U.S. of using an air base in Kyrgyzstan to spy on Russia and China – an allegation a spokesman for the base flatly denied on Monday.

The film, aired Sunday on the Rossiya TV channel, showed a building it said was used for electronic surveillance and identified a woman it said worked in the U.S. Embassy as a CIA agent.

Moscow has long been suspicious of the American presence in what it views as its traditional sphere of influence, and there are even some indications it may have pushed to have the Central Asian base closed.

Hand, face transplants in France

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The AP:

PARIS (AP) – Dozens of doctors working in teams over 30 hours performed the world’s first simultaneous partial-face and double-hand transplant during the weekend, Paris’ Public Hospital authority said Monday.

The authority described the recipient as a 30-year-old burn victim. The man, whose name was not released, was injured in a 2004 accident that left him with scars “preventing any social life,” it said.

Mark Perry: Best Monthly Stock Gain Since Oct. 2002

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Mark Perry:

The S&P 500 Index rose 8.5% in March, the best monthly gain since October 2002 (see chart above).

K-State news

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

From K-State media:

In today’s news from K-State for Thursday, April 2, 2009:

1) RESEARCH – Pop Culture in Academe: K-State Graduate Student, ‘Sex And The City’ Fan, Explores Intersection of Feminism, Female Friendships in Popular Entertainment Franchise

2) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Distinguished Physics Professor from Purdue University to Discuss Cochlear Implants in K-State Presentation

3) SALINA interest/ TIMELY: Aviation Expert John Goglia to Present Advance Distinguished Lecture at K-State at Salina

4) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Cary Nelson, Poet and President of American Association of University Professors, to Speak at K-State

5) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Noted Indian Musician to Present Free Concert at K-State April 8

Thune running strong

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Pollster: (D) / Research 2000
3/30 – 4/1/09; 600 likely voters, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews

South Dakota

Favorable / Unfavorable
Sen. John Thune (R): 57 / 32
Tom Daschle (D): 50 / 43
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D): 53 / 31
Pres. Barack Obama (D): 47 / 45

2010 Senate – General Election
Thune 53, Daschle 40
Thune 51, Herseth Sandlin 39

Ed Whelan: Harold Koh’s Transnationalism

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Whelan at Bench Memos:

Transnationalists have three primary mechanisms for their revolution.  First, they advocate a new understanding of “customary international law” (or CIL) in which they and other international elites, rather than state practice, generate the norms of new CIL and in which those norms supposedly are binding as federal common law.  (more…)

Berlusconi offers own homes to quake survivors: Reuters

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


L’AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) – Italy’s billionaire prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, Friday offered to put up in his own homes some of the thousands of people made homeless by this week’s earthquake.

“I will do what I can too, by offering some of my houses,” the 72-year-old media mogul told reporters after a state funeral for the victims in the mountain city of L’Aquila.

The Chamberlain Solution: Christopher Berger Column

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Christopher Berger: ‘The Chamberlain Solution’

Over the weekend, N. Korea fired off a rocket they claimed was carrying a satellite to for communications and the broadcasting of patriotic songs (which, I should add, are already available on radio and TV there, and I’m pretty sure the only cell phone in the country belongs to their dear leader, Kim Jong Il… Remind me why they need a satellite?). This is a fairly thinly veiled ballistic missile test, since the rocket they fired off is the one they designed and built to carry a nuclear payload. Kim announced this test in advance, something he hasn’t done before, probably in a move to add credibility to his story, and also likely to help make it a bigger event at home and shore up his regime there. The appropriate response from the US would have been to tell Kim Jong Il that if he fired it off, we would blast the damn thing out of the sky and then proceed to destroy the launch facility, since he would be in clear violation of the rules governing his ability to test such things, then to carry though on the threats. (more…)


Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


Call To Action

Dear pro-life friend,

Kansas legislators have just passed a bill, H Sub SB 218, that closes loopholes on late-term abortions and removes the “mental health” exception for partial-birth abortions in Kansas.

And, just days ago, the state healing arts board declared that George Tiller has been illeglally performing post-viability abortions on young girls. One of his associates, LeRoy Carhart, is also an avowed partial-birth abortionist.


However, it is possible that the governor may veto this bill, as she did a similar one (CARA) last year. We are just 2 votes short of enough in each chamber to override a possible veto. Such a vote would take place on the special closing day for the legislature, Wednesday, April 29.

UNFORTUNATELY, your representative did NOT support this bill, but can perhaps be encouraged to change his or her mind before the veto override vote. Please contact your representative and urge him or her to support this important bill!

Thank you.

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GOP decries federal budget

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

But where was Brownback on challenging Bush’s budgets?


Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said Friday the Republican minority in Congress was justified in opposing budget legislation spending about $3.6 trillion for government.

The House and Senate adopted different spending plans Thursday night for 2010 without a single GOP vote. The two versions of the spending blueprint will be negotiated during a two-week break.

“I voted against it,” Brownback said in a telephone interview. “It taxes way too much. It’s too heavily deficit-financed.”

New German plan: ‘Poo Power Berlin’

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Ben Cunningham:


The programme, called “Poo Power Berlin,” will begin in three of Berlin’s largest parks, the Tiergarten, Volkspark Friedrichshain and Treptower Park. City workers will place compost bins around the parks, complete with biodegradable balsa wood spades for picking up the Hundescheisse. The bins contain environmentally friendly chemicals that will break down the waste into a sludge that will be periodically transported to biofuel processing facilities in the city’s Marzahn district.

“There is some concern that the biofuel will emit an unpleasant exhaust smell from the new buses,” Schauffel said. “No one has ever attempted such an ambitious biofuel project before, but we’re confident we can make it work.”

NRO to GOP: Best Practices for Winning Hispanic Votes

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

David Freddoso at NRO:

You may have seen this Roll Call piece earlier today, regarding the House GOP Conference outreach to Latino voters during the congressional recess. You can read the entire recess press kit here, with the memo on page 33.

After offering several suggestions for members courting Hispanic voters, the memo closes with these final thoughts:

  • Talking about the economy is a unifying issue. It’s the number one issue among Hispanics.
  • Taking the time to share your point of view and the reasons behind your voting record makes a huge

difference among your minority constituents.
• Making the effort to invite them to your district office or an appearance at their meetings will make them supporters.