Archive for April 18th, 2009

USA Today now tracking JCCC board chair who broke open meetings law

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

USA Today now tracks Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, who, with the support of Vice-Chair Lynn Mitchelson and JCCC President Terry Calaway, violated the Kansas Open Meetings Law at least once in the past year:

  1. Example one
  2. Example two

WSJ: Harvard and the Marines

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


‘ROTC must go because we oppose the policies of the United States and we oppose the military that perpetrates them. The lines are clearly drawn; the time to take sides is now.”

It was the spring of 1969, and the leaders of the Harvard chapter of Students for a Democratic Society were (with the above statement issued to the student newspaper) agitating to cleanse their campus of “imperialist exploitation.” To opponents of the Vietnam War, members of the military — even students in the Reserve Officers Training Corps — embodied the policies they despised.

Forty years ago tomorrow, April 9, 1969, this sentiment culminated in a mob of students storming University Hall. Eager to be at the forefront of radical activism, they turned to violent protest. Arsonists torched a Marine Corps classroom, and the administration buckled. ROTC was purged from campus, symbolically repudiating the Vietnam War.

Club for Growth PAC makes official endorsement of Pat Toomey

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Club for Growth:

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Pat Toomey for PA-Sen

Washington – In its fourth endorsement of the 2010 cycle, the Club for Growth PAC today endorsed Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

“The principles of economic freedom and limited government are what drive Pat Toomey, not the political circumstances of the day, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him on behalf of the Club for Growth PAC,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “I had the great pleasure of working with Pat in the U.S. House, and I’m hard pressed to find someone who cares more deeply than him when it comes to the challenges our country faces today.”

“He had the tenacious ability to stand up to anybody in Washington, even if it was his own party’s leadership, if they sought to infringe peoples’ economic liberty. That’s a rare commodity these days and it’s sorely needed in the U.S. Senate.”

Fox News video: Rep. Shadegg On The ‘Bridge To Software’

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


AP: Almost 1 of 2 new Americans in 2008 was Latino

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

The AP:

WASHINGTON – Hispanics made up nearly half of the more than 1 million people who became U.S. citizens last year, according to a Hispanic advocacy group.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said the number of Latinos who became Americans in fiscal year 2008 more than doubled over the previous year, to 461,317. That’s nearly half of the record 1,046,539 new citizens overall in 2008, a 58 percent increase from 2007.

George Allen on VA GOP chair issue

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


“I do appreciate all of these nice, well-meaning folks encouraging me to be chairman,” he said. “The promises, commitments and responsibilities I presently have preclude any ability to assume that chairman’s position. And there’s good folks – whether it’s Sandy Liddy Bourne or Pat Mullins or others – who have the time and desire to do it.”

I also asked him about Frederick’s talk of running to regain the position at the convention in late May, which could create a very destructive division within the party. His answer:

“You never want to tell people that they shouldn’t seek what they want to seek. That’s a judgment that Del. Frederick will have to make. It’s pretty clear from the State Central Committee’s point of view, whatever the number of reasons were for making the tough decision they made, that they thought we needed a new chairman, and then you had all of the members of Congress and Bob McDonnell and many state legislators saying that a change needed to be made. So it’s up to Jeff to make that decision for himself. I’m one who doesn’t ever think that somebody should say, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t run, because that would be disruptive.’ Competition is good…I wouldn’t think he’d have much of a chance, but you don’t know – you just don’t know…The world is controlled by those who show up.”

NRO: Women support Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


Most Women Disagree with Weich   [Ramesh Ponnuru]

As I noted below, Obama assistant AG nominee Ron Weich testified twice that the Unborn Victims of Violence Act “marginalized women.” A Newsweek poll from 2003, however, found that 60 percent of women believe that prosecutors should always be able to bring separate charges for the murder of a fetus when a pregnant woman is murdered. Women were more likely to take this view than men. A plurality (41 percent) of self-described pro-choicers also took this view, with an additional 40 percent of them willing to countenance separate prosecutions in cases where the fetus was viable.

K-State news

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

K-State media:

In today’s news from K-State for Thursday, April 9, 2009:

1) TIMELY: Ticket Information Set for K-State Landon Lecture by Gen. David Petraeus

2) MEDIA CREDENTIAL INFORMATION: Apply for credentials by 5 p.m. April 24

3) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Food-Service Pioneer to Deliver K-State’s 35th Annual Shugart Lecture April 23

4) K-State Soil Judging Team Takes First at National Competition (Hometown interest for EMPORIA, GARDEN PLAIN, IOLA, MANHATTAN and PRAIRIE VILLAGE)

5) K-State Researcher Receives National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, Uses Computer Programs to Make Sense of Information Overload (Hometown interest for HUTCHINSON)

6) A future in production: K-State Student Earns Food Science Bachelor’s Degree Online, Carves Out Niche in Food Science Industry (more…)

No consensus on gold

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Consider the axiom that you can only make money if you bet against the consensus. It means that if everyone agrees on how stocks should be valued, then whatever they agree on is already fully reflected in prices. So if the consensus is right, you won’t make any money by going along with it. But if it’s wrong, you could make a lot of money when the truth comes out.

Sounds good if you say it fast. But take it slowly.

Isn’t the axiom that you can only make money if you bet against the consensus itself a consensus?

HT Club for Growth

Jindal’s book deal

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


It’s with Regnery and slated to be out in 2010, with the help of a ghostwriter.


Jindal said the book will be a mix of biographical material, “lessons I’ve learned throughout my life” and his thoughts on a range of policy issues.

“I just want to offer my ideas and my experiences to the conversation, ” Jindal said.

Tiahrt files

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

American Chronicle:

WICHITA-U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard) took the third and final step in making his candidacy for the United States Senate official by filing with the Kansas Secretary of State to have his name placed on the ballot in 2010. Tiahrt announced his candidacy in front of hundreds of Republicans gathered in Topeka in late January. In early February Tiahrt filed official papers with the Federal Election Commission through the Secretary of the Senate. Thursday’s filing is the final step in officially getting Tiahrt’s name placed on the Kansas ballot in 2010.

AP chair and new media

Saturday, April 18th, 2009


Associated Press chairman Dean Singleton kicked off the week by telling newspaper executives that the AP is “mad as hell”-but at whom, exactly, still remains unclear.

“It came off pretty combative,” the AP’s Jane Seagrave told POLITICO Friday, “but that really wasn’t our intent.”

Regardless of the AP’s intent, Singleton’s tough talk about those who “walk off with our work” fueled speculation that search engines (Google) or news aggregators (The Huffington Post) are now in the AP’s crosshairs. Singleton, talking of “misguided, unfounded legal theories,” even raised the possibility of litigation for those not following the rules.

Seagrave, a senior vice president for global product development, stressed that “what we’re really trying to do is work on ways to affirm the value of original reporting.”

Will: It’s Court’s Job To Halt Gov’t Taking Sprees

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

George Will:

What is to prevent legislators from taking revenue from Wal-Mart and giving it to local retailers? Or from chain drugstores to local pharmacies? Not the tattered remnant of the Constitution’s takings clause.

The Fifth Amendment says private property shall not “be taken for public use without just compensation” (emphasis added).

Fifty state constitutions also stipulate taking only for public uses. But the Illinois Supreme Court ignored the public use question. Instead, it said it is “well settled” that the takings clause applies only to government’s exercise of its eminent domain power regarding land, buildings and other tangible or intellectual property – but not money.

Conflicting rulings by state courts demonstrate that that question is chaotically unsettled. That is one reason the U.S. Supreme Court should take the Illinois case and reject the preposterous idea that money is not property within the scope of the takings clause – an idea that licenses legislative confiscations. Another and related reason why the court should take the case is to reconsider its 2005 ruling that rendered the “public purpose” requirement empty.

Video: new Club for Growth president on CNN

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Chris Chocola on CNN:

CNN video: Rick Warren On Gay Marriage

Saturday, April 18th, 2009