Archive for June 27th, 2009

MarketWatch: GOP suggests U.S. could lose 4.7 million jobs under Democratic health plan

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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Rasmussen: 37% Say Most in Congress Have Extramarital Affairs

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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Rasmussen Daily Tracking: Obama +2

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 33% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-one percent (31%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2 (see trends). Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.”

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appears to punish MoDOT for taxpayer-funded poll on motorcylcle helmet law with political motivations behind it

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

“The governor thought that political polling was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and therefor he took it out of their administrative budget for next year,” Cardetti said. (more…)

Steve Kraske: “Rapid Robert” Bob Dole just can’t slow down

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Prime Buzz.

Kaw and Border comes out against Annabeth Surbaugh-organized Johnson County deer hunt

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Kaw and Border:

First of all, we disagree that this is the wisest decision fiscally. Assuming for a second that there is indeed a huge deer problem at the park, and that hunting them down is the only option, is spending a bunch of money to train sharpshooters the best option, when the park could have charged trained/licensed hunters say, $100 a person, and actually made money? (more…)

ABC’s John Stossel on near-impossibility of firing bad public school teachers: “The Dance of the Lemons”

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Stossel:

When I confronted teachers union president Randy Weingarten, she said, “They [the NYC school board] just don’t want to do the work that’s entailed.” But the truth was that the firing process is so byzantine herethat even the most conscientious principals give up.  They just pass the bad teachers on to other schools.  They call that “the Dance of the Lemons.”   I thought our reporting on this might embarrass the educrats into improving things.  But I was wrong.

ABC’s John Stossel: Government Health Care Means Rationing

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Stossel:

I think Congress would be quite happy if the end result is health care planned at the hands of bureaucrats.

Unrelenting global warming rhetoric by Al Gore, United Nations causes international backlash: “brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan”

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Kimberley Strassel:

Credit for Australia’s own era of renewed enlightenment goes to Dr. Ian Plimer, a well-known Australian geologist. Earlier this year he published “Heaven and Earth,” a damning critique of the “evidence” underpinning man-made global warming. The book is already in its fifth printing. So compelling is it that Paul Sheehan, a noted Australian columnist — and ardent global warming believer — in April humbly pronounced it “an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence.” Australian polls have shown a sharp uptick in public skepticism; the press is back to questioning scientific dogma; blogs are having a field day.

John Stossel compliments Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel: “one of the journal’s best columnists”

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

John Stossel.

Joe Biden praises Tim Kaine as the “great governor of New Jersey”

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

LA Times.

“The car that could save GM” — Chevy Volt sales to begin in China, possible world-wide expansion if positive result

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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Wired — Apocalypse Not: Behind the Swine Flu Hysteria

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Wired Magazine.

Popular Science: New Study Identifies High Altitude Wind Power Hot Spots

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Popular Science:

With the US granting wind power plant leases off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware, the UK planning to overtake nuclear power with wind in five years, and even coal loving Chinagetting in on the act, all the talk about wind power these days has focused on offshore wind farms. However, a new study suggests that the wind power mother lode may be up in the sky, not off in the sea.

The Farrah Fawcett – Ayn Rand Connection

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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Chicago Tribune investigates University of Illinois’ admissions practices, possible jobs-for-admission corruption

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Tribune:

What does it cost to get an unqualified student into the University of Illinois law school?

Five jobs for graduating law students, suggest internal e-mails released Thursday.

The documents show for the first time efforts to seek favors — in this case, jobs — for admissions, the most troubling evidence yet of how Illinois’ entrenched system of patronage crept into the state’s most prestigious public university.

They also detail the law school’s system for handling “Special Admits,” students backed by the politically connected, expanding the scope of a scandal prompted by a Chicago Tribune investigation.

LA Times: Obama prepares to hold Gitmo guys indefinitely, just as Bush did

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

LA Times:

According to the president’s intentions, such suspects could be detained for long periods of time, virtually indefinitely. Is this really what the nation voted for last November?

Oh, wait. No. According to an exclusive Washington Post/Pro Publica report this afternoon, it’s the refreshing new Democratic administration of Barack Obama that’s now preparing this new executive order to hold certain terrorist suspects indefinitely.

Amazon: Microsoft Drops Prices for Windows 7, Offers Upgrade Deals

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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Examiner: Climate bill clears House in close vote

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Examiner:

The bill’s opponents, which included 168 Republicans and 44 Democrats, insisted that the legislation would raise consumer energy prices and would have negligible effects on global climate change.

Waxman-Markey now heads to the Senate where that body’s procedural rules often make closely contested bills much more difficult to pass.

In an interview, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was confident the bill would die in the Senate.

“It doesn’t matter, because we’ll kill it in the Senate anyway.”

Arnold Kling in the Atlantic: The Obama Administration appears to me to be pursuing many goals, poorly

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Atlantic:

1) The stimulus failed to meet Larry Summers’ famous criteria of timely, targeted, or temporary.

2) The cap and trade legislation maximizes rent-seeking (favoritism toward particular businesses) and minimizes carbon reduction.

3) The proposed financial reforms are mostly cosmetic and fail to address the key issues of housing policy and regulatory capital arbitrage.

4) In championing health care reform, the President stresses the unsustainability of our current system, while insisting that nothing will change (you can keep your insurance, keep your doctor, etc.).