Archive for July 6th, 2009

NRSC Chief, Charlie Crist-supporter Sen. Cornyn booed at Texas Capitol tea party

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Statesman:

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn drew boos from a crowd outside the Texas Capitol this afternoon as he spoke at a “tea party” rally organized by the Texas office of Americans for Prosperity.

Cornyn was booed at the start and close of his remarks, which assailed actions in Washington; there were no boos while he awarded a Purple Heart to a Copperas Cove resident injured in Iraq in 2006.

“You’re the problem,” a crowd member hollered.

Another crowd member yelled that Cornyn voted for the initial federal bailout of Wall Street approved by Congress last year, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Cornyn was the first elected official to speak, though Gov. Rick Perry and others are expected to have turns. UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Perry drew scattered boos, notably from crowd members aware of his advocacy of toll roads to relieve traffic congestion.

Cornyn, a Republican elected to his second Senate term last year, said before today’s gathering that he wasn’t sure what kind of reception he’d field.

“I don’t yet know exactly what it’s going to be like,” Cornyn said Wednesday.

Editorial — How often does McClatchy read inmates’ mail? Probably not very often, and these attempts at sensationalizing article on abortion, Roeder are signs of bias.

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Editorial:

The same Associated Press article, printed in two papers.  Both are owned by the same company, McClatchy.  Two very different headlines.  And not much to report.

Here is The Kansas City Star’s headline about Scott Roeder, who is charged with murdering Wichita late-term abortionist George Tiller:  “Roeder mailings say killings justified.”

It’s difficult to out-abortion The Kansas City Star, which recently won a “Maggie” Award from Planned Parenthood (named after Margaret Sanger, the early 20th-century supporter of abortion and eugenics, and founder of Planned Parenthood).

But with its July 3 headline for the same AP article The Wichita Eagle one-ups The Star:  “Tiller shooting suspect writing to abortion foes from jail.”

It’s not until — count them — SEVEN paragraphs into the article that one reads, “No one has accused Roeder of breaking any laws because of his jailhouse correspondence.” (more…)

June was the coolest in New York since 1958

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Weather.gov.

HT Drudge.

Nanny State alert in KC — The Star: Cameras will watch five more KC intersections

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Star:

Five more red-light cameras are on the way in Kansas City:

  • July 17 is the target date for activating cameras at the intersections of U.S. 71 and Red Bridge Road, and at Bannister Road and Interstate 435.
  • July 24 is the target date for the intersections of Missouri 152 and North Flintlock Road, 23rd Street and I-435, and Bannister Road and U.S. 71

Editorial: Kansas Progress is now ranked above Johnson County Sun’s Web site by respected audience measuring service Quantcast

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Editorial:

Quantcast.com describes itself in this way:

Quantcast is a new breed of audience service, focused on helping buyers and sellers quantify the real-time characteristics of digital media consumers against which they can activate addressable advertising solutions. Quantcast provides publishers, marketers and agencies unmatched capabilities to measure, organize, discover and transact based on directly-measured traffic and inferred audience data.

Quantcast Publisher is available to Web properties of any size and provides free direct-measurement of audiences for sites, blogs, videos, games, widgets and all forms of distributed content. The service has experienced rapid adoption by top media companies including Hulu, ABC-Television Group, NBC, CBS, MTV Networks, Hachette-Filipacchi, FOX Entertainment, Businessweek, Meredith Corporation, Time Inc.’s SI.com, CNNMoney.com, People.com and many of the web’s most trafficked online destinations.

According to its measurements, Quantcast currently ranks KansasProgress.com at number 137,763.  It ranks SunPublications.com at 158,591.  The lower number, the better, with the top Web site ranked at #1.  Both sites are listed as “quantified,” which means that each site has voluntarily installed a small amount of Quantcast’s code, which enables Quantcast to more accurately estimate readership numbers.  Quantcast.com does rank “quantified” and non-”quantified” sites within the same tally, and we are presently uncertain about the accuracy with which Quantcast measures sites which have not installed the HTML code. (more…)