Archive for June 1st, 2009

Bottom Line Communications on May sweeps results in Kansas City: KMBC 9 the big winner

Monday, June 1st, 2009


KMBC-TV9, Kansas City’s ABC affiliate, has emerged victorious in the recently completed May TV sweeps period in the Kansas City market again by being the most watched station at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and the most important news segment at 10 p.m.

During the March ratings period not only was KMBC the top-rated station in the KC market, but it was the highest rated ABC affiliate in the nation. It was also the first ratings period without long-time KC sports icon Len Dawson was not a regular fixture on the news.

Daily Kos diarist writes that Obama’s lower approval numbers” represents the far more accurate reflection of public disapproval with Obama’s continuing shift to the far right”

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Jim Geraghty at NRO.

WSJ – A tale of two leaders: President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Yet Mr. Netanyahu doesn’t want to get pushed too fast toward a peace process that could disrupt his fragile governing coalition. So he has refused to do two things Mr. Obama would have liked. He won’t say he favors a “two-state solution” to the Palestinian problem, which would imply accepting a Palestinian state with full powers, including power to raise an army. And he won’t agree to an outright settlement freeze; he said Sunday that he would allow existing settlements to expand. A standoff there. (more…)

Bad Library Conduct in Seattle Reaches All-Time High

Monday, June 1st, 2009


SEATTLE — The City of Seattle has been cracking down on bad behavior at its libraries, and there doesn’t appear to be any shortage of it.KIRO Team 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne discovered security has already ejected 432 patrons in the first four months this year for offenses like assault, drug dealing, intoxication and lewd conduct.If that pace continues, it would far exceed any other year.On Wednesday evening, the library board amended some of its “code of conduct” rules to better identify the most dangerous offenses.They range from simple alterations — like redefining the violation for “sleeping” to “appear to be sleeping”– to more serious matters, like kicking out repeat offenders for two years.Seattle’s library employees just want to help people find books they love, but along the way, put up with being assaulted, threatened and spit upon.

CQ Politics: At least 11 House Democrats accidentally voted for pro-gun legislation for national parks

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Those 11 were Reps. Adam Smith of Washington, Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Gregory W. Meeks of New York, Shelley Berkley of Nevada, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, Hank Johnson of Georgia, Melissa Bean of Illinois, Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island and Diana DeGette of Colorado.

“It was a mistake,” said DeGette’s deputy chief of staff, Kristofer Eisenla.

Meeks said he sided with the NRA “by accident.” (more…)

NRO: Democratic Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson ‘incoherent’ on the issue of Guantanamo Bay

Monday, June 1st, 2009


On Fox News Sunday, debating Sen. Jon Kyl (R, AZ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D, NE) was incoherent on Guantanamo Bay.  He wants us to try war criminals and then, once they’re convicted, he’d have us … send them to other countries (where they’d likely be released).  But, he said, those terrorists who violate American law can be incarcerated in the U.S.

WSJ: The decline of military veterans in Congress, White House

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Certainly the number of Washington decision-makers with military experience continues to decline. In its profile of the Congress that convened at the beginning of the year, the Congressional Research Service notes that it continues a long-term slide in the number of lawmakers in Washington who have served in the military:

“In the 111th Congress there are 121 Members who have served in the military, five less than in the 110th Congress. The House has 96 veterans (including two Delegates); the Senate 25. These Members served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War,
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, as well as during times of peace. Some have served in the Reserves and the National Guard. Several Members are still serving as Reservists. As noted above, one Senator is a former Secretary of the Navy.

“The number of veterans in the 111th Congress reflects the trend of a steady decline in the number of Members who have served in the military. For example, there were 298 veterans (240 Representatives, 58 Senators) in the 96th Congress (1979-1981); and 398 veterans (329 Representatives, 69 Senators) in the 91st Congress (1969-1971).”

Nader On GM Bankruptcy: ‘it is a wipeout’ for common shareholders; result of ‘secretive, unaccountable’ government

Monday, June 1st, 2009


The proximate cause of the bankruptcy was supposed to be the inability of GM and the government’s auto task force to reach an accommodation with GM’s bondholders. But late last week, the bondholder problem was moving toward rapid resolution, and was clearly resolvable. Why then are GM and its multibillion government financier proceeding with bankruptcy? (more…)

Cato’s Ilya Shapiro: ‘Sotomayor Pick Not Based on Merit’

Monday, June 1st, 2009


In picking Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama has confirmed that identity politics matter to him more than merit. While Judge Sotomayor exemplifies the American Dream, she would not have even been on the short list if she were not Hispanic.

She is not one of the leading lights of the federal judiciary, and far less qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court than Judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland or Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

To be sure, Sotomayor has a compelling story: a daughter of working-class Puerto Ricans raised in Bronx public housing projects, diagnosed with diabetes at 8, losing her father at 9, accolades at Princeton and Yale Law, ending up on the federal bench.

National Review editors on Sotomayor: ‘Advice on Consent;’ ‘Judges who decide cases in this manner abuse their office and undermine the rule of law’

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Judges who decide cases in this manner abuse their office and undermine the rule of law. They also generate policies that are harmful to our economy, dangerous to our national security, and destructive to our social fabric. Liberal activism on the bench has these effects even when the offending judges are geniuses. The nominee’s approach to judging is more important than her IQ, and it is on that subject that senators ought to be trying to shed light. And they should take their time doing it. Thanks to years of activism, Supreme Court justices have more power than most senators. We should spend at least as much time learning how they would exercise it as we do for Senate candidates.

Barring some shocking revelation, we know the outcome of these hearings. Some Republicans say that we could have done worse: Given what we know of her judicial craftsmanship and temperament, she is unlikely to have influence on the Court beyond her vote. But such musings are neither here nor there. The choice for Republican senators is not between Sotomayor and some hypothetical more dangerous Obama nominee; it is between her being confirmed with their consent and her being confirmed without it.

That consent should probably not be given, and should certainly be withheld for now.

CNET: Pew Center illustrates how Craigslist is killing newspapers; ‘It’s tough to compete with free’

Monday, June 1st, 2009


It’s tough to compete with free.

The use of online classifieds sites, such as Craigslist, has more than doubled in the past four years, according to a study published Friday by the Pew Research Center. At the same time that Web classifies are on the rise, the classifieds business that newspapers once depended on has collapsed, the Pew Internet & America Life Project found.

“Nearly half (49 percent) of Internet users say they have ever used online classified sites,” the Pew Center said in the report. In 2005, the percentage was 22 percent.

One out of 10 Internet users visits an online classifieds service each day, up from four percent in 2005.

Not that this is big news but the Pew Center helps to illustrate just how devastating online classifieds has been on newspapers. A graph of newspaper classified ad revenue since 1980 to last year (at bottom) shows that the industry saw a high in 2000 with about $19.6 billion. Last year, newspapers recorded $9.9 billion.

That’s a plunge in revenue of about 49 percent.

CT Quinnipiac University poll on Simmons, Dodd, others; Dodd below 50% in primary and general

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Quinnipiac University
5/20-25/09; 1,575 registered voters, 2.5% margin of error
614 registered Democrats (4%), 385 registered Republicans (5%)
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews


Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama (D): 71 / 22 (trend)
Gov. Rell (R): 73 / 20 (chart)
Sen. Dodd (D): 38 / 53 (chart)
Sen. Lieberman (i): 46 / 44 (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Sen. Dodd (D): 37 / 51 (trend)
Alpert (D): 4 / 2
Simmons (R): 34 / 12
Caligiuri (R): 9 / 3

2010 Senate

Democratic Primary
Dodd 44, Alpert 24

Republican Primary
Simmons 48, Caligiuri 10

General Election (trends)
Simmons 45, Dodd 39
Dodd 41, Caligiuri 39

Bloomberg: U.S. ‘Likely’ Could Intercept North Korean Missile

Monday, June 1st, 2009


May 29 (Bloomberg) — U.S. ground-based interceptor rockets would “likely” knock out a long-range North Korean missile before it could reach the American mainland, the Pentagon’s independent testing official said today. (more…)

Former Speaker of the Kansas House Melvin Neufeld Endorses Huelskamp for Congress

Monday, June 1st, 2009

From the Huelskamp for Congress campaign:

Contact: Brian Weber 620-253-0255

Former Speaker of the Kansas House Endorses Huelskamp for Congress

FOWLER – Former Kansas House Speaker and western Kansas farmer Representative Melvin Neufeld today announced his endorsement of state senator Tim Huelskamp for Congress. (more…)

NY State Senate Democrat says Governor Paterson “must be smoking again” to propose tougher ethics rules for lawmakers

Monday, June 1st, 2009

NRO’s Campaign Spot.

State lawmakers are giving Gov. Paterson’s proposal to toughen enforcement of ethics laws a chilly reception.

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) Tuesday offered to do little more than review the plan and hold hearings.

“He must be smoking again,” a Senate Democrat quipped after the governor unveiled his plan.

Powerline: This week in baseball history, “1959 is remembered as the year the Yankees lost the pennant — the only such year from 1955 through 1964″

Monday, June 1st, 2009


For baseball fans of a certain age, 1959 is remembered as the year the Yankees lost the pennant — the only such year from 1955 through 1964. More shocking than the Yankees’ failure to win the 1959 pennant was their inability even to make a race out of it. This was the result of a terrible start. On May 30, when they arrived in Washington for a double-header with the Senators, they were in last place with a record of 16-23 and trailed the Senators by 2.5 games. (more…)

Pollster: a noticeable gender gap in support for Sotomayor; men evenly divided, women overwhelmingly in favor

Monday, June 1st, 2009


According to a CNN poll released over a week ago, very few said it was important to have a Hispanic or black nominee.  And almost as many women (58%) as men (65%) said it was not important for Obama to pick a woman.  A Gallup poll from around the same time showed similar results.

But, now that Sonia Sotomayor has been named, a new Gallup poll shows a gender gap has emerged.  Of the last four nominees, she has the largest gender gap in support.  There isn’t male animosity toward Sotomayor, as they are evenly divided on her nomination.  However, women are overwhelmingly supportive (54% excellent/good idea, 25% only fair/poor), with three times as many finding her an “excellent” pick as a “poor” one.

Gallup suggests this gap could stem from gender differences in party identification.  But the gender gap in party identification has been consistent for some time, yet only Alito also evoked a gender gap (a smaller one, in the opposite direction).  And it is not simply the nomination of any woman that spurs a gap, as Harriet Miers was not any more popular with women.  It is likely the combination of both the nomination of a woman, and women’s Democratic proclivities that produce the gap.

But something else strikes me as important.  Despite voters’ claims that a nominee’s gender or race is irrelevant, Sotomayor’s gender does seem to improve her standing with women.  This suggests voters may be unwilling, or unable, to report preferences they may have for a candidate of a specific race or gender.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is challenging incumbent Sen. Robert Bennett, criticizing Bennet’s pro-TARP vote on bank bailout

Monday, June 1st, 2009

CQ Politics:

Bennett, who says he is taking Shurtleff “very seriously,” is hardly shying away from trumpeting his seniority as he rounds out his third six-year Senate term in the seat he first won in 1992. (more…)

Jay Cost tells Michael Steele to ‘get it together, dude’ on fundraising: ‘unless Michael Steele really turns up the juice on the fundraising, the DNC is going to out-raise the RNC by the time the 2010 midterm cycle is finished’

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Jay Cost:

Mr. Chairman – crazy suggestion for you. Instead of spending your Friday morning fielding calls on a talk show, why don’t you pick up your phone and try to find the RNC the cash it’ll need to compete next year? Or call up that marginal, would-be candidate one more time to talk him into running – perhaps by promising him the support from all the donors you’re about to call. This task might also be referred to as…your job description, which does not include posturing against your party for the satisfaction of your own vanity/ego while guest-hosting a talk show and serving as the party’s chief media whore pundit.

Get it together, dude.

Dallas’ Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher: ‘Cold, hard fact’ that the nation is in the hole $100 trillion for Social Security, Medicare

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Suppose we decided to tackle the issue solely on the spending side. It turns out that total discretionary spending in the federal budget, if maintained at its current share of GDP in perpetuity, is 3 percent larger than the entitlement shortfall. So all we would have to do to fully fund our nation’s entitlement programs would be to cut discretionary spending by 97 percent. But hold on. That discretionary spending includes defense and national security, education, the environment and many other areas, not just those controversial earmarks that make the evening news. All of them would have to be cut-almost eliminated, really-to tackle this problem through discretionary spending. (more…)