Archive for June 4th, 2009

Hodge on Chris Stigall Morning Show (Jack Cashill, guest hosting) tomorrow morning, Friday, June 5; will discuss “continued ethical cloud covering” at JCCC under President Terry Calaway

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge at Race42012:

I’m scheduled to be on the Chris Stigall Show during the 6:30-7:00 a.m. (Central) period tomorrow morning, Friday, June 5.  I think it’ll be closer to 6:30 a.m.

Jack Cashill will be guest-hosting the program.

Click below to listen live on streaming radio (direct link; small box/radio opens)


Campaign finance reports in Virginia’s governor race

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

RCP has details.

Rasmussen: Support for Sotomayor down, only 41% now favor confirmation of Sotomayor while 36% are opposed; a week ago, figures were 45% and 29%

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Forty-eight percent (48%) of all voters have a favorable opinion of Sotomayor, virtually unchanged from 49% a week ago. However, the number with an unfavorable opinion has grown from 36% a week ago to 44% today.

Twenty-one percent (21%) now have a Very Favorable opinion, up a point from last week.

Twenty-three percent (23%) hold a Very Unfavorable view, up six from a week ago.

Forty-eight percent (48%) hold their views less firmly. Among this group, Democrats are more likely to say they Somewhat Approve while Republicans Somewhat Disapprove.

Forty-six percent (46%) believe that Sotomayor is politically liberal while 37% view her as a moderate. A week ago, those figures were 43% and 32% respectively.

TV Week on Conan O’Brien’s ratings: Off to a Strong Start on ‘Tonight’

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

TV Week:

New “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien got off to a rousing ratings start Monday, crushing CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and generating strong sampling.

O’Brien’s debut notched a 7.1 rating/17 share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, the best Monday metered markets for the “Tonight” franchise in four years. “Tonight” outdrew “Late Show” (2.8/7) by a wide margin, and beat the combined average of the CBS broadcast and a repeat of ABC’s “Nightline” (2.7/6)/ “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.2/4) by 154 percent, NBC said.

Compared to what “Tonight” had been averaging in the most recent quarter, O’Brien boosted ratings by 82 percent. He also improved on his final edition of “Late Night” (2.6/8) by 173 percent.

Tom Bevan at RCP: What Tiller Did

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading a couple of pieces from dramatically different viewpoints on George Tiller that appeared on the RCP front page today:  Melissa Harris-Lacewell and George Jonas. Once you’ve read those, then read this and tell me who has the better argument.

Redstate reports “Little Rock terrorist wanted revenge for Muslims”

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, aka Carlos Bledsoe, told police that he shot two U.S. Army privates with the intent to kill them Monday because he was a practicing Muslim, and he was angered by what the American military had done to Muslims in the past. He also told officers that if more soldiers been on the parking lot with the victims, he would have shot them too. (more…)

Jim Geraghty: 71 Percent Disagree With Sotomayor’s Decision in Firefighters’ Case

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Jim Geraghty:

“American voters say 55 – 36 percent that affirmative action should be abolished, and disagree 71 – 19 percent with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer’s ruling in the New Haven firefighters’ case, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. More than 70 percent of voters say diversity is not a good enough reason to give minorities preferential treatment in competition for government or private sector jobs, the independent Quinnipiac University survey of more than 3,000 voters finds.”

2009 Virginia Governor’s Race, Democratic Primary: Creigh Deeds releases poll showing lead

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


A survey released this morning by PPP finds Deeds leading with 27%, followed by Terry McAuliffe with 24% and Brian Moran 22%. With a quarter of voters still undecided and turnout expected to be extremely low, the race has to be considered even between the three candidates — but with the amount of money McAuliffe has raised and Moran’s years of public service in populous Northern Virginia, that in itself is a feat.

Rasmussen: Number of Democrats Increases Slightly in May

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


The number of Democrats in the nation increased by more than half a percentage point to 39.4% in May. The number of Republicans remained unchanged from a month ago at 32.6%. The number not affiliated with either major party fell to 28.0%.

Since last August, the number of Democrats nationwide has ranged from 38.7% to 41.6%. The number of Republicans has stayed in a narrower range from 32.6% to 33.8% (see history from January 2004 to present).

NRO on why Stephen Colbert’s plus is a publication’s negative – Newsweek: Now With More Truthiness

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


For those who lament the state of American journalism as having become increasingly unserious, tendentious, and willing to blur important lines, this will become one more data point for them to cite. It is the journalist equivalent of the publicity stunt by St. Louis Browns’s owner Bill Veeck, who made Eddie Gaedel, who popped out of a cake between a double-header, the first midget to participate in a Major League Baseball game.

Turning to Stephen Colbert to be Newsweek’s guest editor is a very unwise decision, and one, I suspect, both Meacham and Newsweek will come to regret.

Video, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly On Obama’s Press Conference, Major Garrett’s Question

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Video at RCP.

Pro Sports: LeBron has surgery for benign tumor

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Pro Sports Daily:

Doctors expect no further treatment to be needed and that James will make a complete recovery. He is recuperating at the Cleveland Clinic and is expected to be released soon.

James enjoyed arguably his best season in a Cavaliers uniform, winning the league’s most valuable player award and led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals before the team lost 4-2 to the Orlando Magic.”

Poll: 28% Likely To Watch Conan O’Brien on “Tonight Show,” But Carson Still King

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Rasmussen on Monday:

Conan O’Brien officially replaces Jay Leno as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” today, but Johnny Carson is still the king of late-night comedy.

While Leno is stepping down after 22 years as host of “The Tonight Show,” 42% of Americans declare Carson, whom he succeeded, to be the best late night talk show host. Leno and CBS’ “Late Night” host David Letterman tie with 19% support each, while Carson’s predecessor Jack Paar receives just two percent (2%).

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of adults say they are at least somewhat likely to watch “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Among those who watch talk shows every night or nearly every night, 27% are likely watch, but 28% are not at all likely to see the show.

Adults who are 40-49 are more likely to watch the show than any other age group.

LA Times: Mexican truckers sue U.S. for $6 billion, under NAFTA

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

LA Times:

Mexican truckers are seeking $6 billion in compensation from the U.S., alleging that its northern neighbor isn’t complying with a cross-border trucking plan under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

About 4,500 trucking companies represented by the National Freight Transportation Chamber, known by its Spanish acronym, Canacar, are taking part in the lawsuit, the chamber said. The companies say the U.S. hasn’t complied with a 2001 ruling by a panel of judges that the U.S. was violating NAFTA.

Andy McCarthy at NRO: “About America the Muslim CountryNRO…”; Obama should read Liberty and Tyranny

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


the President might want to have a look at Liberty & Tyranny – somebody should be able to get it for him since it is, yet again, number one on the NYT bestseller list.  As I outline in a description of the relevant chapter in a review for The New Criterion, Mark

is especially trenchant on the animating role of faith in the American founding, and, consequently, its place atop the statist hit-list. The Framers understood “that liberty and religious liberty are inseparable.” But Christianity, unapologetically, was and is America’s dominant religion and it is undeniable that Judeo-Christian values heavily influenced our founding law. The point of religious liberty was to forefend the establishment of a theocracy of the type Tocqueville discerned in the Islamic world, where the Qur’an imposed not merely religious tenets but control over every aspect of life. The Supreme Court’s fabrication of a “wall of separation” in its 1947 Everson decision (authored by one-time Klansman Hugo Black, the first justice appointed by FDR), installing official hostility to religion, was “a wretched betrayal of America’s founding.” As a result, “American courts sit today as supreme secular councils, which, like Islam’s supreme religious councils, dictate all manner of approved behavior respecting religion.”

CNN: Doctors warn of ‘Cell phone elbow’ that damages nerves

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


When cell phone users hold the phone to their ears, they stretch a nerve that extends underneath the funny bone and controls the smallest fingers. When talkers chat for a long time in that position, it “chokes the blood supply to the nerves. It makes the nerves short-circuit. The next thing you know, there’s tingling in the ring and small finger,” said Dr. Peter J. Evans, the director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

When that happens, the advice is simple: Switch hands — before it gets worse.

Reuters: Venezuela Chavez says “Comrade” Obama more left-wing

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


During one of Chavez’s customary lectures on the “curse” of capitalism and the bonanzas of socialism, the Venezuelan leader made reference to GM’s bankruptcy filing, which is expected to give the U.S. government a 60 percent stake in the 100-year-old former symbol of American might.

“Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right,” Chavez joked on a live television broadcast.

During a decade in government, Chavez has nationalized most of Venezuela’s key economic sectors, including multibillion dollar oil projects, often via joint ventures with the private sector that give the state a 60 percent controlling stake.

Pro Sports Daily: Manny Ramirez falls behind in All-Star voting

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


“It looks like baseball commissioner Bud Selig won’t have to worry about how to handle Manny Ramirez’s presence at the All-Star Game after all.

The Dodger outfielder, suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy, dropped to fifth place among outfielders in the secondof fan balloting for the National League’s starting lineup.

Ramirez trails Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez, the Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano and the New York Mets’ Carlos Beltran in the voting. Ramirez is nearly 135,000 votes behind Soriano in the race for the third spot.

Politico: China privately pressured Nancy Pelosi

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


How worried were Chinese officials about Nancy Pelosi’s trip to their country last week?

Chinese officials in Washington quietly pressured the speaker’s office to curtail visits with dissidents, according to people familiar with the situation, to avoid a repeat of her 1991 trip, when Pelosi humiliated China’s leaders by brandishing a pro-democracy banner in Tiananmen Square.

Pelosi politely rebuffed them, book-ending her weeklong tour of China by meeting human rights leaders in Shanghai and Hong Kong – while keeping some itinerary details close to the vest to avoid interference.

Yet if China’s leaders were expecting Pelosi to embark on a human rights pilgrimage to commemorate this week’s 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, they underestimated her evolution and their own increasing leverage with top U.S. officials.

Geraghty asks, “If the Stimulus Can’t Stop Construction Employment From Dropping, What Can It Do?”

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Think about it - we’ve spent $28 billion in stimulus funds, obligated $126 billion so far, and the stimulus hasn’t even kept the number of construction jobs level from month to month.

Overall, ADP calculated nonfarm private employment decreased 532,000 from April to May 2009. And this whole “the rate of job loss has started to slow” defense is getting tiresome, as the stimulus would never have passed if its supporters had promised “if we pass this, we’ll only be losing a bit more than a half million jobs per month.”