Archive for April 16th, 2009

OPEC: global warming not from oil

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


“Oil is not responsible,” the producer group’s Secretary General, Abdullah al-Badri, told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the International Oil Summit in Paris.

“It is the industrialized countries which are making all this pollution in the world.”

Scientists say the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil, is a key factor in climate change.

Badri said the revenues from high taxes that some industrialized countries, including most western European nations, place on oil products should be diverted to environmental projects.

OPEC, whose member countries pump more than a third of the world’s oil, has supported the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, which encourage reductions in emissions of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).

However, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has also opposed plans to reduce oil consumption and advocated adaptation to climate change.

iPhone App: 5-Minute Clinical Consult for MDs

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Mark Perry:

Unbound Medicine has released its 5 Minute Clinical Consult application for the iPhone platform. The application is designed to quickly help physicians find relevant information at the point of care regarding “diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up, ICD-9 coding and patient teaching.”

The 5-Minute Clinical Consult delivers fast, to-the-point guidance on the diagnosis and treatment for more than 700 adult and 200 pediatric medical conditions seen in everyday practice. This best-selling clinical reference contains all of the information you need to provide premium care to your patients including diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up, ICD-9 coding and patient teaching. Organized in a proven rapid-access format, all topics are concise, consistent and action-oriented. The latest evidence-based practice is incorporated in succinct recommendations for patient care.


K-State news

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

From K-State media:

In additional news from K-State for Monday, April 6, 2009:

5) K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute Hosts Beef Advocacy Training

6) K-State to Host National Cultural Studies Association Conference April 16-18 in Kansas City, Mo.

Chicago Tea Party Rejects Michael Steele

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Washington Independent:

While the organizers of the Washington, D.C. anti-spending “Tea Party” have given a speaking slot to Alan Keyes, that other failed African-American Republican Senate candidate from Maryland, Michael Steele, has been dissed by the crew behind the Chicago Tea Party. Eric Odom, the event’s organizer, has posted the email he wrote to the Republican National Chairman’s staff after Steele asked to be a speaker.

I very much appreciate the fact that Chairman Steele is now finally starting to reach out to the true grassroots side of the free-market movement in America. Unfortunately, it appears that he has only just decided to reach out after realizing how big the movement has gotten and how much media is now involved.

That said, we’re still excited to know that Chairman Steele will be in Chicago and we hope, after knowing that he’ll be in the city, that he’ll stop by and mingle with the Americans who will be rallying on April 15th. This will also present a fantastic time for Chairman Steele to LISTEN to what we have to say and perhaps gather some thoughts on what the RNC needs to be doing moving forward.

With regards to stage time, we respectfully must inform Chairman Steele that RNC officials are welcome to participate in the rally itself, but we prefer to limit stage time to those who are not elected officials, both in Government as well as political parties. This is an opportunity for Americans to speak, and elected officials to listen, not the other way around.

That’s pretty harsh, though Odom’s followers on Twitter seem to like the move. In the Tea Party cosmos, Rick Santelli > Alan Keyes > anybody else > Michael Steele.

Club for Growth: Comrade Obama

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Club for Growth:

You may recall that the Club named President Obama its March “Comrade of the Month” yesterday, so it wasn’t a surprise to see this story on the AFP newswire:

Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as “my new comrade” Thursday after their first face-to-face talks, saying the US president “can listen” — even if little progress was made on substance.

The Star: Sebelius answers written questions on abortion, taxes

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Sebelius, to summarize:  “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The Star:

The tax answer repeats what she’s said before, but here’s her responses to abortion questions (the full document is attached below):

I am personally opposed to abortion, and my faith teaches me that all life is sacred. Throughout my career as a public official I have tried to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and thus curtail the need for abortion. In Kansas, the abortion rate dropped over 10 percent during my administration. I also signed into law bills to support adoption…

In over two decades of service as a public official in Kansas, I have never recommended altering the laws regarding abortion. Congress has the power to make laws, and my job, if I am confirmed as Secretary, will be to implement them within the parameters of the courts‘ interpretation. Reproductive rights issues have been extensively debated in Congress and litigated in the courts, and I do not foresee a situation where related regulatory action would be taken absent congressional or court action. As Secretary, I will focus on common ground on this issue and will work with Congress to leverage the assets of the Department to reduce unintended pregnancies.

The Fix: Top 10 races

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The Fix:

10. Nevada Governor (R): Nevada Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons (or just “0″ in the parlance of Jon Ralston) has problems on top of problems. The latest? The unsealing of his divorce proceedings — never good — features allegations from his wife of multiple affairs including one with a former Playboy playmate. Former state Sen. Joe Heck, smelling political blood, is already in the primary race and others may join him. Can Gibbons possibly survive? It doesn’t seem likely but stranger things have happened. (Previous ranking: N/A)

9. Illinois Governor (D): Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has never been much of a fundraiser. And, his likely primary opponent — state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, has more than $4 million sitting in a state account that can be spent on a governor’s race. On an unrelated note, Quinn proposed that all candidates running for governor in 2010 should start with a $0 balance in their campaign accounts. Um, ok. (Previous ranking: 6)

8. Kansas Senate (R): The Kansas Republican party has spent the last decade or so tearing itself apart in a battle between its conservative and moderate wings. Now comes a different sort of problem: two well known conservatives — Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran – both want to replace Sen. Sam Brownback (R) in 2010. Both candidates will be well financed and will run serious campaigns. Moran may be a slight favorite because his massive congressional district means he has been exposed to more of the state’s voters but this is as close to a genuine toss up as you can get. (Previous ranking: 5)

The Dow Jones and Party Control

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

From Club for Growth:

22,000% return for lobbying

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

CS Monitor:

The next time an industry asks Congress for a bailout, remember this number:

22,000 percent.

That’s the return that that a new study says US corporations made off their lobbying efforts in 2003 and 2004 after convincing lawmakers to let them bring home their overseas earnings at a low tax rate. The benefits of the American Jobs Creation Act and related provisions were stunning – for the corporations.

Spend $1, make $220

For every $1 they spent on lobbying for the tax break, corporations reaped a $220 benefit on their US income taxes, according to three University of Kansas professors. Some 840 firms – including several of today’s bailout babies, including Citigroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch – repatriated more than $312 billion at a maximum tax rate of 5.25 percent.

Video: Ring dropped off Brooklyn Bridge during proposal is recovered

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

HT Ben Cunningham

John Bolton: The Coming War on Sovereignty

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


Although it doesn’t deal with State Department nominee Harold Koh in particular, John Bolton’s essay “The Coming War on Sovereignty” (in the March 2009 issue of Commentary) provides useful general insights on the transnationalist approach to foreign policy-and on its usurpation of domestic politics.  Bolton’s essay reviews a Brookings Institution report, A Plan for Action, that proposes a foreign-policy agenda for the Obama administration.  (Koh, incidentally, is on the Brookings board of trustees.)

As Bolton puts it, the report’s transnational blueprint would entail “a sharp, indeed radical, turn away from the principles and practices of representative self-government that have been at the core of the American experiment since the nation’s founding.” The “pivot point” of that turn is a “shifting understanding of American sovereignty” – from the traditional meaning of “our collective right to govern ourselves within our Constitutional framework” to the modern liberal elite’s view of “transnational consensus as the proper model for the United States.”

NRO: Human Rights Campaign takes on the National Organization for Marriage

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


The Human Rights Campaign takes on the National Organization for Marriage’s new ads. Maggie Gallagher responds:

HRC’s record of truth and honesty about their intentions is not that impressive.  They once said marriage amendments weren’t necessary because there were no federal court cases.   Now there is one. They called us liars when we said public schools will teach about gay marriage if it’s the law-but they do in Massachussetts.  Serious religious liberty scholars from Eugene Volokh to Doug Laycock to Robin Wilson acknowledge the central driving idea behind gay marriage-there is no difference between same-sex and opposite-sex unions and supporters of marriage are engaging in discrimination if they think differently-will have consequences for the freedoms of tradtional faith communities. To pretend otherwise is to be profoundly unserious-if not deceptive-about what gay marriage means.

Economist: The Real Price of New Cars Has Fallen

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Mark Perry:

The bottom chart shows the CPI for All Items (4.6% annual inflation rate) vs. the CPI for New Cars (2.6% annual inflation). Since 1973, the CPI has increased by 5 times, compared to only a 2.5 increase in the CPI for new cars. If new cars had increased at the same rate as the CPI for all goods and services, new cars would be twice as expensive today (adjusted for quality). American car consumers have never had it so good – new cars are better and cheaper than at any time in history.

Ken Blackwell: Capitalism is a moral issue

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Ken Blackwell:

America was built on individual opportunity. This is the core of the economic conservative agenda. The family unit is the core building block of American society. This is the heart of the social conservative agenda.

There is a key overlap here that many conservatives-and even their leaders-overlook. Living within your means and managing your finances to avoid long-term debt is part of building strong families, providing for your children and teaching them to provide for themselves.