Archive for January 7th, 2010

Rasmussen Poll: Most Voters Believe A Random Group From Phone Book Better Than Current Congress

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 45% of likely U.S. voters now think a group of people selected at random from the phone book would do a better job addressing the nation’s problems than the current Congress. That’s up 12 points from October 2008, just before the last congressional elections. Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree, and another 19% are not sure.

Rasmussen: 59% Favor Racial, Ethnic Profiling For Airline Security

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Men feel more strongly than women that profiling is necessary in the modern environment. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of men say profiling should be used to determine which boarding passengers to search, but just 51% of women agree.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of whites and 52% of those of other races say profiling should be used at airports. African-Americans are more closely divided on the question.

Republicans feel more strongly than Democrats and adults not affiliated with either party that profiling is necessary in today’s environment and that it should be used to determine which boarding passengers to search. Still, a majority of Democrats and unaffiliateds agree with both these positions.

Nearly half of likely voters (46%) believe current airport security measures are not strict enough.

Erick Erickson: Time to remove Republican US Senator Bob Bennett

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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Karl Rove: Spending is up nearly 24% since Bush’s last full budget year

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

So discretionary domestic spending now stands at $536 billion, up nearly 24% from President George W. Bush’s last full year budget in fiscal 2008 of $433.6 billion. That’s a huge spending surge, even for a profligate liberal like Mr. Obama. The $102 billion spending increase doesn’t even count the $787 billion stimulus package, of which $534 billion remains unspent.

Census Bureau to Hire 1.2 Million

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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The Naked Truth About Airport Scanners — Steve Chapman

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

This is a common liberal impulse. The public schools aren’t educating students adequately? They need more money. The stimulus didn’t rev up job creation? Pass another one.

But when it comes to national security and law enforcement, the same tendency afflicts many conservatives. They generally think the federal government could screw up a three-car funeral, but they expect it to perform with flawless efficiency in finding murderous fanatics. And if it fails, they look to expand its authority to do the job it botched.

Can Cocksure Obama Change Course — and Keep His Nerve? — Michael Barone

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

On foreign policy, Obama imagined that confessing past American sins, announcing the closing of Guantanamo and abandoning enhanced interrogation techniques would make Islamist terrorists think better of the United States. He thought he could induce the leaders of enemy nations to change their ways by referring respectfully to regimes like Iran’s and downplaying all talk of human rights abuses.

It turns out that just as the financial crisis and recession did not much change Americans’ fundamental attitudes on the balance between government and markets, so emollient talk and confessions of past American sins did not much change the behavior of those who consider America a sworn enemy. The mullahs still want their nuclear bomb.

Schwarzenegger — What Might’ve Been — by Debra Saunders

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Close your eyes and think back in time six years. There was excitement as Schwarzenegger delivered his first State of the State address in 2004; international, Washington and Southern California media flocked to sleepy Sacramento in such numbers that Capitol workers had to put up a tent to contain the overflow. The larger-than-life action figure garnered more raw votes in the crowded recall race than ousted Democrat Gov. Gray Davis won in the anemic 2002 general election. He could not exactly pronounce Cah-lee-fornia, yet he bounded into office with so much force that even before his first State of the State, he revoked the car tax and stared down the Legislature until it repealed a recently passed law to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

Strange Tales of the Vampire Congress — Michelle Malkin

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Democratic leaders have been promising the most ethical, transparent, open and engaged administration for years. Instead, they have delivered a bleak and creepy legislative environment that could double as a “Twilight” movie set.

Chuck Raasch, USA Today: Dodd and Dorgan aside, Senate election focus should be on Massachusetts

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Although Democrats are favored to hold the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Republicans here and in Massachusetts have increasingly touted the Jan. 19 special election as an opportunity for an upset.

Bush AG Michael Mukasey: What Does the Detroit Bomber Know?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

What the gaffes, the almost comically strained avoidance of such direct terms as “war” and “Islamist terrorism,” and the failure to think of Abdulmutallab as a potential source of intelligence rather than simply as a criminal defendant seem to reflect is that some in the executive branch are focused more on not sounding like their predecessors than they are on finding and neutralizing people who believe it is their religious duty to kill us. That’s too bad, because the Constitution vests “the executive power”-not some of it, all of it-in the president. He, and those acting at his direction, are responsible for protecting us.

Wash Post: Republicans put new hold on TSA nominee Erroll Southers

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Southers’s nomination had been held up by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) because of concerns he would support the unionization of TSA workers. On Wednesday, DeMint and six other Republican senators — including John McCain (Ariz.), Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Tom Coburn (Okla.) — demanded that the White House provide information about why Southers initially gave Congress an incorrect account about the searches two decades ago, incidents that led to his censure by the FBI.

The cool down in climate polls: Terence Corcoran, Financial Post

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

As the United Nations’ Copenhagen global warming catastrophe fades from memory, its emaciated remains quietly bulldozed into the freezing blue Danske harbour, public opinion had few places to go. And so it went nowhere. In fact, according to new tri-national polls released yesterday by Angus Read, the people of Canada, the Unites States and Britain are rapidly losing confidence in the whole enterprise.

Joe Conason: GOP Senate tsunami? Not yet

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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LA: Assailant on bicycle yanks gold chain off neck of boy, 5

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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Seattle: Bag of teeth links man to Seattle-area dental burglaries

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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Donny Osmond to Host Radio Show

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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TSA Agent Arrested at LAX: “I am god, I’m in charge.”

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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NY Daily News: Counter-terrorism director Michael Leiter remained on ski slopes after Christmas Day airline bombing attempt

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The NCTC, the post-9/11 clearinghouse for intelligence to detect terror plots against the U.S., is under intense scrutiny for failing to “connect the dots” on Nigerian bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Leiter’s spokesman declined to say when the terror-center chief returned to Washington and fully retook the helm of his analysis agency, which is near CIA headquarters just outside the nation’s capital.

Brothel 150 miles northwest of Las Vegas wins final approval on Tuesday for its plans to hire men and start servicing women.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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