Archive for May 5th, 2009

Local blogger rips apart the made-up, false arguments of the ‘whine-and-cheese’ socialist Steve Rose

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Kaw and Border’s recent article covers a recent column by Steve Rose, with the free, now-delivered-by-mail Johnson County Sun.  First-time readers of Rose should note:

  • Rose no longer owns the paper that was once (successfully) run by his father, the founder.
  • Rose lives in Mission Hills.
  • Though he lives within the Shawnee Mission School District — which, he will write, provides an excellent quality of education — for his own children, Rose chose Pembroke Hill, an expensive area private school.  Rose practices the freedom of school choice because he can afford it, but he denies that freedom to others.
  • Rose only has his front-page column because he is legally obligated to it.  He has successfully sued (or threatened litigation) at least once when an owner of the paper attempted to take him off of the front page.
  • Dick Bond and Charles Carlsen named Rose a JCCC Foundation’s “Johnson Countian of the Year,” which Rose’s paper makes a big deal about every year.  Until this past year, there were over 100 members of the JCCC Foundation, and Leawood’s representation was six times the proportion when compared to county residents.  Rose’s paper has never once mentioned that, until about 2002, that the entire group of foundation directors never actually voted on the annual award, but rather only two people (Bond and Carlsen) chose the winner.   Bond and Carlsen, in other years, chose Bond and Carlsen as “Johnson Countians of the Year.”
  • The current president of the JCCC Foundation is Bob Regnier, another “Johnson Countian of the Year” (his friends have given him several other “greatest person” awards).  Regnier also has the distinction of being Kansas City’s first recipient of the TARP federal bank bailouts; he is the CEO of Bank of Blue Valley.  Regnier is also the recent chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a self-described “pro-business” group that supports the current CITY income tax (KCMO) and rallies around one of the most oppressive school districts in America, The Kansas City (Missouri) School District.
  • When four women accused Carlsen (former JCCC President) of sexual harrassment, Rose and most of the other “Johnson Countians of the Year” unsuccessfully attempted by public letter (published in The Sun) to instruct the board to stop the investigation of the former president, going so far as to state as fact that the work environment under Carlsen was a good one.

One of the funnier points made by Kaw and Border is that Steve Rose is so out of touch with Kansas politics that he was unaware that RINO-turned-Democrat Mark Parkinson — like Brownback — would ALSO sign the “coal plant legislation.”

Erickson: ‘Your phone calls and support paid off’ w/Jeff Sessions

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Redstate:

Your phone calls and support paid off. Jeff Sessions will lead the Judiciary Committee’s Republicans.

Thanks for all the calls. Glad the Senate GOP understands the situation and listened to all of you.

Erickson: Jeb Bush is Right

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Redstate:

Much has been made of this sensational headline over the weekend. My, my we’ve become quick to eat our own and throw Jeb Bush under the bus.

But did anyone actually go beyond the headline to consider what he was actually saying (and there is more to it than was reported)?

First, shame on those of you who’d throw Jeb under the bus for his last name. Let’s compare his record to that of his brother’s or most other so called conservatives. Bush actually cut taxes in Florida, reformed education, allowed school choice, reduced government personnel, relied on the private sector, ended affirmative action in higher education, and a host of other conservative positions. He does not just talk the talk, but he walks the walk.

So when a guy like Jeb stands up and says, “You can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,” you might want to actually look beyond his last name to what he is actually talking about.

The reaction to his statement and the sensation headline at the Washington Times proves his point. It is time to get over Reagan – not the man or his ideas, but his administration.

If you remember, Reagan ran in 1980 against Jimmy Carter and stagflation. He ran against appeasing the Soviet Union. He ran against an out of touch and out of control Washington. Guess what? Most people these days think it was Republicans who caused the current economic crisis and Republicans who dismantled Reagan’s vision of government in favor of out of control government.

Don’t Bet the House on Specter Re-election: Redstate

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Redstate:

The traditional sign of an incumbent threatened for re-election is support under 50 percent; after Specter’s recent run of good press, he gets 49 percent support. More voters are turned off by his party switch than are pleased by it, and Specter’s opposition to Card Check is hurting his re-election chances. Clearly Pennsylvania voters are at least open to an alternative.

Further, in a state where 66 percent of voters approve of the job Barack Obama is doing, there’s clearly fear about Democrats having control of Congress. By an 8 percent margin voters fear that Democrats will be able to steamroll Republicans in Congress, and by the same 8 percent they say that’s a bad thing. And this is at a time when Democrats numbers are being lifted by the strength of a president with approval numbers that can only fall.

Right now Specter is riding a wave of positive press and is basking in the glow of association with a popular president and a popular agenda (at least among Pennsylvania voters). When Obama’s popularity drops, or when the public sours on his agenda, or when an opponent begins attacking Specter, his poll numbers will drop. If this poll is accurate, he faces a real challenge for re-election.

Chris Dodd (D-CT) thinks that you’re all a bunch of Nazis — Redstate

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Redstate:

Because you can tell the difference between pouring water on a towel held over the mouth of three separate individuals (and under very carefully controlled conditions), and sending 17 million people to the gas chamber*.

National Council for New America: Palin is game

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Erick Erickson:

For those who were questioning the National Council for New America based on who was not on board, one of the names of those not on board has been Sarah Palin. She is now on board.

Of course, as Rush said today, we don’t really need a listening tour. We need a teaching tour.

Race42012: Palin to be honored by NRA with special M4-like assault rifle

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Race42012:

It is probably not a stretch to presume the NRA will be supporting Sarah Palin in 2012.

According to American Rifleman, the National Rifle Association will feature a custom made AR-15 made specifically for Governor Palin at its upcoming annual banquet.  The NRA can raise millions of dollars for a candidate and can place tens of thousands of volunteers on the ground in a campaign.  Their influence on the GOP will be tested in the 2011 Iowa caucus.

The all-white “Alaskan Hunter” is modeled after an M-4 and its .50 caliber Beowulf chamber leaves one former Special Forces veteran impressed.

“Wow, that’s sweet,” US military weapons specialist Jack Hancock told The Vote. “The fact that they actually got a .50 caliber on an AR-15 frame (for Palin) is remarkable.”

Kraske: Sebelius below 50% approval in Kansas

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

Maybe it was the fact she was trying to leave — and everyone knew it.

Maybe it was because the state budget is hundreds of millions out of whack.

Whatever the reason, former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ final poll numbers as she exited the state stage weren’t so hot.

SurveyUSA had Sebelius upside down: 46 percent approve, 50 percent disapprove.

Kraske ignores internal data in poll

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

#tcot

In the Prime Buzz blog, Steve Kraske follows CNN’s lead and ignores the internals of a recent Quinnipiac poll, that show Toomey getting 33 percent to Specter’s 53% if the election were today — even though Quinnipiac finds that only 33% know enough about Toomey to form an opinion!

Pennsylvania voters approve 56 – 36 percent, including 81 – 10 percent among Democrats, of the job Specter is doing. By a 52 – 34 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Specter. Toomey gets a 20 – 13 percent favorability, but 67 percent don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Ridge gets a 55 – 19 percent favorability.

More criminal charges toward ACORN

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

LV Review-Journal:

A voter registration drive last year illegally required canvassers to meet quotas to keep their jobs and resulted in thousands of “garbage” registrations gumming up Clark County voter rolls, officials said Monday as they released a criminal complaint against the drive’s organizers.

The complaint names the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, as well as Chris Edwards, the group’s former Las Vegas field director, and Amy Busefink, who was regional director for voter registration.

In all, there are 26 charges of compensation for registration of voters and 13 charges of being a “principal” in the incident. An initial hearing has been set for 7:30 a.m. June 3 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

“In Nevada, it is unlawful for a person to provide compensation for registering voters that is based on the total number of voters a person registers,” said state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Rs and Ds waste time in Washington on BCS legislation

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Washington Post:

During a hearing yesterday before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, three members of Congress decried the manner in which college football decides its national champion and warned that government action could be implemented should changes not be made voluntarily by the sport’s administrators.

Rep. Joe L. Barton (R-Tex.), who has introduced legislation that would prohibit the NCAA from advertising its national champion in football as such unless it was produced via a playoff system, levied the most pointed criticisms of his peers toward the Bowl Championship Series.

“It’s interesting that people of good will keep trying to tinker with the current system, and to my mind it’s a little bit like — and I don’t mean this directly — but it’s like communism,” Barton said in his opening statement. “You can’t fix it. It will not be fixable. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to try a new model, and that’s why we’re here today.”

Orrin Hatch: Toomey has no shot in Pa.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Politico:

Still stunned by Arlen Specter’s party switch, Republican senators are pessimistic about the chances for conservative GOP hopeful Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

“I don’t think there is anybody in the world who believes he can get elected senator there,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Asked if the NRSC would back Toomey, Hatch said, “I don’t think so” and that the party should look for “someone who can win there.”

Toomey, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, held a big lead over Specter in polling for the GOP primary, but he’s already a long shot for the general election with Specter running as a Democrat.

Hatch later equivocated and said, “I’m not saying he can’t win – nobody gave me a chance when I ran.”

Erick Erickson: independent voters prefer a conservative Republican to a liberal one

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Erickson provides further evidence that voters prefer a conservative Republican to a ‘moderate’ one:

The PAGOP and NRSC are flirting with him because Gerlach regularly wins re-election as a Republican in D +2 districts. They forget, however, that Pat Toomey did the same – and with larger margins.

In fact, in 2002, the year Toomey and Gerlach were both on the ballot in D +2, Toomey got 57.4% of the vote and Gerlach got 51% of the vote. Toomey did so without selling out his conservative values. Not so with Gerlach.

In fact, and this is key, Gerlach actually has a more liberal voting record on issues Pennsylanians care about than Arlen Specter. If Specter cannot get out of a Republican primary, how on earth could Gerlach? The answer is he can’t.

Consider these issues:

  • Gerlach voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Act.
  • He voted for the Bridge to Nowhere.
  • He voted to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue borrowing money from the Treasury.
  • He voted for the mortgage bailout program.
  • He voted for TARP
  • He voted against the right of workers to cast a secret ballot for unionization.
  • He voted against drilling in ANWR.
  • He voted against the same-sex marriage ban.
  • He voted against lifting the moratorium on natural gas production.

Club for Growth: Battered Republican Syndrome

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Club for Growth:

I don’t know what’s wrong with people like Ramesh Ponnuru and Lindsey Graham. Over at the National Review, Ponnuru blamed the Club for pushing Specter to the Democratic Party, calling us, “The Club for Shrinkage.” Senator Graham lamented Specter’s switch-a-roo, saying, “I don’t want to be a member of the Club for Growth. I want to be a member of a vibrant national Republican Party that can attract people from all corners of the country.” (more…)

Circulation at the Miami Herald falls 38,000 in one year: McClatchy Watch

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

McClatchy Watch:

Figures released today from the Audit Bureau of Circulations show The Miami Herald has dropped by at least 38,000 in the past year. The numbers:

  • Daily circulation at The Miami Herald as of 3/31/08: 240.223
  • Daily circulation at The Miami Herald as of 3/31/09: 202,122

Now, something is fishy about the latest number released by the Herald.

Last month I said this:

In a published report yesterday, Miami Herald reporter Andres Viglucci pegged daily circulation numbers for the the Miami Herald at “around 190,000.”