Archive for September 22nd, 2009

“Unavoidable conflict” — Steve Rose backs out of tonight’s candidate forum

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

At 8:44 a.m. today, we received this Email from the Hope for America Coalition, which is sponsoring tonight’s Third District Candidate Forum at KU’s Edwards Campus in Regnier Hall:

Good morning all,

Since you had previously RSVPd for the Candidate Forum this evening, you will be the first to know about this.

We received a call yesterday from Steve Rose.  He informed us that due to an “unavoidable conflict” in his schedule, he will NOT be able to attend tonight’s Candidate Forum.  He also stated that he sincerely apologized for pulling out of the Forum on late notice, and that he would be happy to attend a future HFAC meeting (perhaps as early as next month) to address our group.

We hope that this will not affect your decision to come out to the event tonight (we will still have all of the other major Republican candidates there), and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  But we felt that we needed to let you know in advance.

In Freedom,

Opinion from KawandBorder.net: 3rd District Congressional Race Turns Rose-ier for Patricia Lightner

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Kaw and Border: 3rd District Race Turns Rose-ier for Lightner

Thursday, September 17 brought significant news to the 3rd District Congressional race when Johnson County Sun Publisher Steve Rose announced his decision to run for Congress. While analysts throughout the metro area debate and discuss the ramifications of Rose’s decision, the quiet but undeniably true reality is that the Rose decision immensely helps the sole major conservative candidate in the race, Patricia Lightner.

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Before we examine that, however, we need to take a step back and review what’s transpired the past few weeks leading up to yesterday. Several weeks ago, Patricia Lightner launched her campaign website at http://www.patricialightner.com/, complete with a campaign video. Since that time, while rumors circulated — and continue to circulate — about other candidates getting into the race, Patricia Lightner, as we discussed just last week in this post, has actually been out talking to the 99% of voters who do not care about back-channel political kingmaking, but actually want a candidate who is ready and willing to talk to them at their doorsteps, tea parties, town halls, and other events throughout the 3rd District. She was running to win. (more…)

The Hill — Capitol alert for H1N1 outbreak; senators and staff to get masks

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Senate officials are holding internal planning exercises this week to prepare for a swine flu outbreak that could hobble congressional offices.

PaidContent.org — Most Traffic Growth To UK News Sites Is Coming From U.S.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

We’ve often written about how UK newspaper sites get a healthy number of visitors from the US, mainly via Drudge Report referrals (see Neil Thurman’s academic study). Now web measurer Hitwise says traffic to Brit news sites from across the pond is growing nearly seven times as fast as that domestically. (To view a breakdown chart, click here.)

Israel says still has military option on Iran

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

JERUSALEM, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Israel has not given up the option of a military response to Tehran’s nuclear programme, senior officials said on Monday, after Russia’s president said his Israeli counterpart assured him it would not attack Iran.

Wash Post — Changes Have Obama Rethinking War Strategy

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

From his headquarters in Kabul, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal sees one clear path to achieve President Obama’s core goal of preventing al-Qaeda from reestablishing havens in Afghanistan: “Success,” he writes in his assessment, “demands a comprehensive counterinsurgency campaign.”

Wash Post — Top U.S. Commander For Afghan War Calls Next 12 Months Decisive

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict “will likely result in failure,” according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

British Army draws up plan to send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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U.S. charges Obama fund-raiser in $290 million fraud

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

UK Telegraph — One in six NHS patients ‘misdiagnosed’

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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Wired — Russian Billionaire Installs Anti-Photo Shield on Giant Yacht

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has a rather curious new addition built in to his latest oversized yacht. The 557-foot boat Eclipse, the price tag of which has almost doubled since original plans were drawn to almost $1.2 billion, set sail this week with a slew of show-off features, from two helipads, two swimming pools and six-foot movie screens in all guest cabins, to a mini-submarine and missile-proof windows to combat piracy.

Sky News — French Riot Cops Clear Immigrant ‘Jungle’

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Around 600 officers were involved in the operation and they detained 278 people, of whom 132 said they were children.

St. Louis — Prosecutor claims Belleville bus attacker flashed gang signs

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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Topeka Capital Journal — Earth approaching sunspot records

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The average person may not associate coolness with the sun.

The sun releases energy through deep nuclear fusion reactions in its core and has surface temperatures as hot as 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA’s Web site.

Colorodoan — Snow may fall on Fort Collins later this week

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Southern Wyoming this morning has already seen upward of 2 inches of snow, said Don Day Jr. of DayWeather, the Coloradoan’s weather service. Parts of Larimer County above 7,500 feet saw snow this morning, including Red Feather Lakes and Glacier View Meadows.

AFP — Population growth driving climate change, poverty: experts

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Unchecked population growth is speeding climate change, damaging life-nurturing ecosystems and dooming many countries to poverty, experts concluded in a conference report released Monday.

UK Telegraph — Prince Charles urges people to abandon car in favour of walking and public transport

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The Prince, who has two Jaguars, two Audis, a Range Rover and still drives an Aston Martin given to him by the Queen on his 21st birthday, said developers had a duty to put public transport and the pedestrian at the heart of their housing schemes.

UK Guardian — UN plans ‘shock therapy’ for world leaders on environment

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The United Nations is planning a form of diplomatic shock therapy for world leaders this week in the hope of injecting badly needed urgency into negotiations for a climate change treaty that, it is now widely acknowledged, are dangerously adrift.

Daily Mail — Think flying economy is bad now? New aircraft design puts passengers face-to-face in rows for budget travel

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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UK Daily Mail — Pregnant mother forced to give up IVF baby after doctors gave her wrong embryo

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

A pregnant mother will have to give birth to another couple’s baby after a blunder by an IVF clinic.