Archive for August 1st, 2009

There Is a Pattern Here . . . Victor Davis Hanson

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

There Is a Pattern Here . . . [Victor Davis Hanson]

Perhaps the beer summit will stop the president’s slide in the polls, but I am not so sure, since the public is beginning to catch on that there is a pattern here. On matters racial, the public thought that in Obama they were getting an updated version of Martin Luther King gravitas, but they are learning it may be a more eloquent form of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton bathos.

When Obama was first asked about the Gates incident – and we know he was prepped beforehand about the question – he did not suggest a beer summit, but instead used the adverb “stupidly” to describe the police action and then went into a disquisition on racial profiling as part of his preferred “teachable moment.”

Topekan skydives for 80th: CJOnline

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

OSAGE CITY — Five years ago, Joe McFarland wasn’t sure if he would make it out of the hospital, let alone take a second leap out of a plane.

The Topekan’s 75th birthday — spent hooked to a drip line as doctors diagnosed him with a rare blood disorder — was drastically different from either his 70th or 80th birthdays.

President Obama’s policies toward Israel add fresh pain to a day of lament. By Yisrael Medad

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

LA Times: An apocryphal story is told of Napoleon Bonaparte entering a darkened synagogue and observing weeping Jews, sitting on low stools. Asking what misfortune had occurred to cause such behavior, he was informed that it was the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av.

On that day, as Napoleon learned, Jews commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the fall of the Fortress of Betar. The day, marked with a 25-hour fast and a public reading of the book of Lamentations, signifies not only the loss of Judaism’s singular holy site but the end of independent political sovereignty and the eventual expulsion, a second time, into exile.

The Star: Royals acquire speedy Tigers outfielder Josh Anderson

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

BALTIMORE | It shouldn’t be any surprise the Royals jumped at the opportunity to acquire speedy outfielder Josh Anderson from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday morning.

KSN: Roeder’s ex-wife reacts to testimony

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

WICHITA, Kansas – Scott Roeder’s ex-wife is reacting to testimony from Tuesday’s preliminary hearing. A judge ruled there was enough evidence for Roeder to go on trial for Dr. George Tiller’s murder. But for Lindsey Roeder, it wasn’t the outcome she was hoping for.

“I was hoping against hope he would plead guilty and spare us all,” Lindsey said.

What Happened to Bibi’s Greatness? — Amotz Asa-El

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Jerusalem Post: When Binyamin Netanyahu endorsed the two-state idea, Middle Israelis were heartened. Greatness may be emerging, they hoped.

Alas, that optimism, such as it was, lasted but a few days. With Ramallah dubbing Netanyahu’s epiphany a hoax while Gaza imposes Islamist dress codes, and with Riyadh refusing to allow us even aerial passage and Cairo muttering that “even Egypt” will never recognize Israel as the state of the Jews – all, except Barack Obama, realize that peace is not around the corner

AP: Kansas farmers weigh in on climate change policy

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

WICHITA | The acting Kansas agriculture secretary said Thursday that the U.S. Agriculture Department should have a leading role in any revisions of climate change regulations.

Josh Svaty said he wants the USDA rather than the Environmental Protection Agency to oversee climate change policy because the USDA, like the state’s Agriculture Department, has dual roles.

As Obama’s ratings go down, down, down, Republicans attack, attack, attack By: BYRON YORK

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Back in 2001, I asked a well-connected Democratic strategist what Bush’s low-50s numbers meant for Democrats. The answer I got is outdated in its details but spot-on about what falling poll numbers mean. “The numbers…tell Tom Daschle to push full steam ahead on patients’ bill of rights and make Bush veto it,” the strategist said. “They tell Dick Gephardt to push full steam ahead on a discharge petition and a vote on campaign finance reform and make the president veto it. They tell Democrats to push full steam ahead on the environment.”

Weeks later, September 11 changed the calculation for Bush. But when a president’s job approval numbers are falling, heading toward 50 percent, the message the opposition takes from that is as clear today as it was then: attack, attack, attack.

KSN: New cancer treatment to be tested in Wichita

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

WICHITA, Kansas – Kansans – even those living in rural areas – will now have access to cutting-edge cancer treatment thanks to a clinical trial being offered in Wichita.

Paclitaxel is one of the more commonly used chemotherapy drugs, but it comes with some negative side effects. Aiming to reduce those side effects, KU researchers reformulated the drug, creating Nanotax – nanoparticles of Paclitaxel, which can be dissolved in water.

KSN: Cash for ‘clunker’ program nearly gone

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

WICHITA, Kansas – Washington is scrambling to save the popular Cash for Clunkers Program, which gives thousands of dollars to those trading in their old cars.

New KU chancellor will face challenges, opportunities

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Chancellor Gray-Little will arrive at a time when university faculty are hungry for leadership, enthusiasm and vision. Often, new chancellors, coaches or other professionals face the challenge of trying to measure up to a highly successful and popular predecessor. “He (or she) certainly has some big shoes to fill” is a statement often used to set the stage for a new chancellor, coach or other new hire following a legend in that particular position.

Reps. Nadler & Shadegg Debate Health Care — Lou Dobbs Tonight

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

REP. JERROLD NADLER (D), NEW YORK: No, I think the only real deadline is that we should do it in this Congress by the end of the year. Certainly, it would have been nice to have a bill pass both houses by the end of the recess, but the real fact that stopped it was that it was — it even had the Commerce Committee voted out a bill a week ago. It takes about two weeks to unite the three bills, to get a score from the Congressional Budget Office, to go through the Rules Committee, put the proper notices. Just mechanically, it could happen.

DOBBS: So not happening. Congressman Shadegg, do you think the poll numbers, the American people in every single poll are rejecting health care as it stands right now and presented by this administration. The president’s poll ratings are down. Is that playing a role, or is that irrelevant to the course of events for health care legislation?

REP. JOHN SHADEGG (R), ARIZONA: I think his poll numbers are down in part because of the bill itself. This bill is old think. President Obama got elected promising change. He said he was going to make Washington very different, get out the old forces and the old partisanship, and bring a new kind of view of the world to Washington.

NY Times: Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The conservative-leaning Mr. O’Reilly has turned “The O’Reilly Factor” into a profit center for the News Corporation by blitzing his opponents and espousing his opinions unapologetically. He found his bête noire in the liberal-leaning Mr. Olbermann, the host of MSNBC’s “Countdown,” who saw in Mr. O’Reilly a regenerating target he nicknamed the “Bill-o the Clown.”

The 6-foot-4 Mr. Olbermann started sniping regularly at the also 6-foot-4 Mr. O’Reilly in late 2005, sometimes making him the subject of the “Countdown” segment, the “Worst Person in the World.” Mr. O’Reilly was also a stand-in for the perceived offenses of the top-rated Fox News.

It’s a New Bull Market — Larry Kudlow

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Let’s call this what it is: A new bull market in stocks has emerged from the ashes of the financial meltdown and the deep recession that followed. And it’s signaling the onset of economic recovery. Free-market capitalism is more durable, resilient, and self-correcting than its detractors would have us believe.

This is not just a summer rally — although a 12 percent market rise since July 10 is absolutely splendid. There’s a lot more going on here. Over the last five months, since March 9, the broad-based S&P 500 is up 46 percent. If I’m not mistaken, a 20 percent rally that is not quickly reversed constitutes a bull market. We are more than double that, and there will be no total reversal.

NY Times: The Real Murder Mystery? It’s the Low Crime Rate

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Not that the news is bad – from New York to Los Angeles to Madison, Wis., major crimes, violent or not, are down between 7 percent and 22 percent over the same period last year. In Chicago, the number of homicides dropped 12 percent. In Charlotte, N.C., hard hit by the banking crisis, that total fell an astounding 38 percent. It is too soon to conclude that crime will decline throughout the recession, and the new numbers, which come from standardized reports that police departments send to the F.B.I., have yet to be made into a national measure. But crime was supposed to go up, not sharply down.

Stocks: Tame End to Great July

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Stocks capped off a stellar July with a mellow trading session Friday after the government reported that the economy shrank again in the second quarter but not as badly as expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 17.15 points, or 0.2%,to 9171.61, while the S&P 500 gained 0.72 points, or 0.07%, to 987.47. The Nasdaq Composite fell 5.8 points, or 0.3%, to 1978.5.

Olathe News: ‘Oz’ helps mark Theatre in the Park’s ruby anniversary

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

It would be difficult enough to estimate the number of winsome lasses around the world who’ve portrayed Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” Makes you wonder how many ever lived in Kansas.

Business Week: Is China Leading a Global Recovery?

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Increasingly, many companies see China as their ticket to surviving-and even thriving-in a post-recession world because of its insatiable appetite for goods as it moves toward a consumer-driven economy. That theme keeps cropping up in recent conversations with CEOs and financial executives. Among the voices extolling the strength of China are Alcoa (AA) CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) CEO Richard Adkerson, CEO Donald Tang of Hong Kong-based investment bank Citic Securities, and Joe Meuse, president of financial consulting firm Belmont Partners

LA Times: Three things investors can count on when planning for a recovery

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

LA Times:

The evidence keeps piling up that the U.S. economy has reached bottom and that a recovery of some sort is in the cards for the second half of this year.

But that’s where the consensus ends. The shape of any recovery remains a matter of heated debate on Wall Street.

As my colleague Don Lee notes in his story today, the “robust recovery” camp was buoyed Friday by the government’s data on second-quarter gross domestic product.

Stealth Nationalization: How government programs are saving insurance companies from disaster

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Slate:

“The truth is, we have a system today that works well for the insurance industry, but it doesn’t always work well for you,” President Barack Obama said recently, making his case for health care reform. But it turns out the current arrangement, through which employers are supposed to buy coverage from large insurance firms and enlist their employees to cover the costs, isn’t working so well for the insurance industry, either.