Archive for May 6th, 2009

Newsweek: Big Media, R.I.P.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Mourning the death of one of its own is perhaps the entertainment industry’s most time-honored traditions. In one cherished tribal ritual, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter-those old-school bibles of trade news and gossip-reap a financial windfall as movie studios, TV networks and top showbiz suits rush to place full-page memorials to the departed. There were no such memorials last week, however, as one of entertainment industry’s most influential organizing principles was laid quietly to rest. After an agonizing and prolonged decline, the long-suffering Vertically Integrated Media Conglomerate (1989-2009) passed away. (more…)

Video: Ron Paul On Republican Party, Individual Freedom

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

NextRight: Why Twitter Matters & The Left Should Be Nervous

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Next Right:

I have, for several months now, seen a string of posts and tweets from these same lefty friends that are either mocking or dismissive of the Conservatives nascent efforts on Twitter. Here’s one example courtesy of TechPresident’s own Micah Sifry.

It’s positively quaint to listen to Republicans murmur optimistically about their “dominance” on Twitter. #polc09, #tcot, #p2

The very first time I saw one, it reminded me immediately of comments I had seen and heard before. They were the openly dismissive comments directed by complacent and cocky Republicans at the Democrats efforts online.

I specifically remember more than a few people, myself included, who watched the rise of the online left with initial derision. As late as 2004 and 2005, I heard things like, “The Democrats and their blogs. How’s that working out for them? All that effort and how many wins has it resulted in?”

Beginning with Conrad Burns and George Allen, we began to quickly see the results of “those blogs”. It’s a lesson we failed to heed early on, and it contributed greatly to our demise.

Club for Growth: Already, Specter Reverses Himself

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Club for Growth:

Specter is revealing more of his unprincipled nature with each passing day. These comments are mind-blowingly candid. From Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) reversed himself from comments he made in an interview in which he said he wanted Norm Coleman (R) to prevail in the disputed Minnesota Senate race against Al Franken (D), CQ Politics reports.

Said Specter: “In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates. I’m ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I’ve made a career of being precise. I conclusively misspoke.”

Asked who he’s backing now in elections, Specter said, “I’m looking for more Democratic members. Nothing personal.”

Barone: White House puts UAW ahead of property rights

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Michael Barone at The Washington Examiner:

Last Friday, the day after Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, I drove past the company’s headquarters on Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

As I glanced at the pentagram logo I felt myself tearing up a little bit. Anyone who grew up in the Detroit area, as I did, can’t help but be sad to see a once great company fail.

But my sadness turned to anger later when I heard what bankruptcy lawyer Tom Lauria said on a WJR talk show that morning. “One of my clients,” Lauria told host Frank Beckmann, “was directly threatened by the White House and in essence compelled to withdraw its opposition to the deal under threat that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight.”

Lauria represented one of the bondholder firms, Perella Weinberg, which initially rejected the Obama deal that would give the bondholders about 33 cents on the dollar for their secured debts while giving the United Auto Workers retirees about 50 cents on the dollar for their unsecured debts.

Politico: Obama bites rich hands that fed him

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


For a politician who sometimes got accused of playing class warfare, candidate Barack Obama sure made a lot of well-to-do friends during the 2008 campaign.

The big question now is whether President Barack Obama can keep them.

One striking, if little-noted, trend of the past presidential election was that Obama won the affluent vote – those making more than $200,000 annually – with 52 percent. Moving down the income scale a bit, he and John McCain essentially tied among those making between $100,000 and $200,000.

In 2008, exit polls showed the percentage of voters earning more than $100,000 had jumped to a historic high of 26 percent, compared with just 9 percent in 1996. Obama’s strong showing among this bloc reversed a decades-old pattern in which the more money someone made, the more likely he or she was to vote Republican.

The Hill: Florida GOPers look to Specter for inspiration

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Hill:

The parallels are striking, both because Crist and Specter were among so few major Republicans to support the stimulus and because both are set to wage big-time Senate campaigns in which they face primary challengers.

There isn’t yet a chorus of anti-Crist voices in the Florida Republican Party – in fact, polling has him remaining very popular among his base – but Crist’s detractors say they can change that. And now they have their change instrument, in former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Rubio’s announcement Tuesday that he will run for retiring Sen. Mel Martinez’s (R-Fla.) seat ensures Crist won’t have a free ride in the GOP primary – and increasingly, it looks like it may not be an easy ride, either.

“We are seeing the same array of forces in this potential race that we saw last week with Specter and Toomey, and much of the same rhetoric being used,” said Atlanta-based GOP consultant David Johnson.

Kudlow interviews Jim DeMint

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

HT Club for Growth:

Review: State v. Cott

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Kansas Supreme Court blog:

May 1st. The Kansas Supreme Court has issued its opinion in State v. Cott (No. 97,955) a case arising from a DUI prosecution. In a unanimous decision, written by Justice Eric Rosen, the Court ruled that DUI (which carries a the sentencing enhancement where a child under 14 is in the car) and the crime of aggravated endangerment of a child could both be charged in the same case. (more…)

Klepper: Budget cut blues in Topeka

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

“The choices are clear,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican who leads the House budget committee. He said too many lawmakers are hesitatant to make the hard decisions. “The easiest thing to be right now is a no vote.”

Finding consensus in the House is critical to solving the state’s budget crisis and ending the 2009 legislative session, one marked by declining state revenue and contentious budget battles.

Star: Funkhouser recall petitions turned in

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

The committee of petitioners trying to recall Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser turned in about 600 pages of petitions to the city clerk’s office this afternoon, which they estimated contain 9,000 to 10,000 signatures.

They also estimated that they have collected 3,000 additional signatures that are still out in the field and have not yet been turned in.

That still leaves the group needing probably 5,000 more signatures to meet the theshhold of nearly 17,000 signatures to qualify for a recall election.

Election authorities will likely take a few days to count the number of valid signatures and report back how many more are needed. The committee would then have 10 days after that to try to reach the required number.

U.S. reports 642 new H1N1 flu cases: Reuters

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States now has 642 cases of the new H1N1 flu, with two deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

CDC officials have said they expect the new swine flu to spread to all 50 states, to cause severe disease and some deaths, although most cases have been mild.

Mexico has confirmed 42 deaths and said it was impossible to get samples from about 70 more people who died of flu-like illness recently. Globally, more than 1,600 cases have been reported in 23 countries.

Murdoch: “The worst is over” on the economy

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Market Watch:

Chairman Rupert Murdoch, commenting on the most severe worldwide economic downturn in decades, said Wednesday that “it is increasingly clear that the worst is over.” Speaking to analysts on a conference call, Murdoch said: “There are emerging signs in some of our businesses that the days of precipitous declines are done and that revenues are beginning to look healthier.”

Fox News doubles operating income

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

News Corp press release:

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today reported third quarter net income of $2.7 billion ($1.04 per share) compared with net income of $2.7 billion ($0.91 per share) reported in the third quarter a year ago. During this third quarter, the Company recorded a net gain of $1.2 billion on the partial sale of its ownership stake in NDS Group plc (“NDS”) and a non-cash tax benefit of $1.2 billion from the resolution of various tax matters. The prior year’s third quarter net income included a $1.7 billion tax-free gain on the asset and stock exchange with Liberty Media Corporation. Operating income for the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2009 was $755 million, compared with $1.4 billion reported a year ago. (more…)

Oklahoma House bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Unlike House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does not need the governor’s approval.

The House passed the measure 73-22. It now goes to the Senate.

“We’re going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’ author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City.

“I think our governor is out of step.”

House Democrats objected, saying the issue already had been taken up and had been vetoed, but House Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, ruled the veto is not final action.

The left is pushing Obama to promote pro-gay agenda

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Wed May 06 2009 18:36:06 ET

President Obama was noticeably silent last month when the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

But the days when the president can keep quiet on an issue that gays view as central to their civil rights may soon be coming to an end, the NY TIMES is set to Page One on Thursday, newsroom sources tell DRUDGE.

"Just four weeks after the Iowa ruling, Obama -- who opposes gay marriage but campaigned as a self-described 'fierce advocate' of gay rights -- is under increasing pressure to engage on a variety of gay issues that are coming to the fore amid a dizzying pace of social, political and legislative change,' reports the paper's Sheryl Gay Stolberg.

Jack Cashill: History Repeats Itself With DHS Smear

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Jack Cashill:

History Repeats Itself With DHS Smear
April 23, 2009

“The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s,” so reads a recent DHS report, “when right-wing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.” (more…)

Buffett: would not buy newspapers ‘at any price’

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Club for Growth:

That’s what Warren Buffett said over the weekend. He also said, “For most newspapers in the United States, we would not buy them at any price.”

Polls: First 100 days comparison

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


What do we make of President Obama’s first 100 days? The answer is that he falls within the norm. His favorability rating–which is certainly high, but not historic–puts him about where George W. Bush was at this time in 2001. In fact, his rating is similar to Jimmy Carter’s in April of 1977 and Richard Nixon’s in April of 1969. President Obama’s approval rating is typical of a “change” election President. The only “outlier” is Bill Clinton, and that is most likely due to his low vote share (43%) in the election. So forget the 100 day hype. Obama is where he should be.

Father delivers baby by YouTube

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The UK Evening Standard:

A proud father has explained how watching video clips on YouTube helped him deliver his baby son.

Marc Stephens said he had to act quickly when his wife Jo went into labour three weeks early as she had a history of fast births with her previous three children.

The 28-year-old Royal Navy air engineer, from Redruth, Cornwall, searched “how to deliver a baby” on the internet and after viewing a few clips said he was ready to help deliver healthy baby Gabriel.