Archive for February 4th, 2010

K-State Engineering Job Fair

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

K-STATE’S ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR TO LINK STUDENTS WITH MORE THAN 80 EMPLOYERS

MANHATTAN — More than 80 companies will be visiting Kansas State University Tuesday, Feb. 9, to recruit engineering students for full-time and internship positions. The Engineering Career Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the K-State Student Union.

Companies attending the fair include Black and Veatch, Cerner Corporation, ExxonMobil, Garmin International, Koch Industries Incorporated and Affiliates, Perceptive Software, Wal-Mart and more.

Several of the companies also will have select interviews the next day, Wednesday, Feb. 10, on the second floor of the K-State Student Union.

For the fair, students should bring multiple copies of their resume, dress in appropriate business attire and come prepared to schedule a next-day interview. They also are encouraged to research employers they want to visit with by checking out the fair’s Web site at http://www.k-state.edu/ces/students/cfengineeringcareerfair.htm

K-State Says Don’t Worry About Illegal Immigration; Does Not Damage Legally-Present Children’s K-12 Education

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

K-STATE ECONOMIST’S FINDINGS SUGGEST FEARS THAT IMMIGRATION THREATENS NATIVE U.S. STUDENTS’ CHANCES AT COLLEGE ARE UNFOUNDED; SAT SCORES NOT DIMINISHED

MANHATTAN — High school students born in the United States need not view their immigrant classmates as a threat to getting a good standardized test score and, ultimately, into a good college, according to a Kansas State University economist.

Florence Neymotin, an assistant professor of economics, evaluated students’ Scholastic Aptitude Test scores over seven years, taking into account the immigrant makeup of the students’ communities. She concluded that the native students’ scores weren’t negatively affected by immigration and that their chances of applying to a top college or university weren’t diminished.

“With immigration, I think people do get concerned and wonder whether their non-immigrant children are going to get a good education if they are in public schools with many immigrants, and whether the parents of these non-immigrant children should, therefore, move their children to schools with fewer immigrants,” Neymotin said. “These results can quell anti-immigrant sentiment to some extent, but I don’t think this is the complete picture of immigration by any means.”

In October 2009, the research appeared in the Economics Education Review and was featured in the editor’s choice section of the journal Science.

Neymotin said previous research has looked at how low-skilled immigrants affect low-skilled natives, for instance in terms of wages and employment. But she and other researchers are interested in how immigration is affecting high-skilled natives, such as in higher education. Neymotin wanted to see whether immigrants in schools were actually harming U.S.-born high school students, particularly in terms of test scores.

“From what I was seeing in people transitioning from high school to college, the answer is no,” she said.

Neymotin looked at SAT scores of public school students in California and Texas between 1994 and 2001. She matched the scores with characteristics about the students’ schools and communities and concluded that native students’ SAT scores weren’t harmed by immigration.

Neymotin looked at California and Texas because they are high immigration states active in legislation affecting both immigration and schools. Moreover, the makeup of Hispanic and Asian immigrants was different in the two states, allowing her to see if results were consistent.

Since this study, Neymotin also has examined entrepreneurship and volunteerism among immigrants.

Four Cities Are In the Running For the 2012 GOP Convention — Mark B. Lowe

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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Op-Ed by Peter Lucas — Kansas Unemployment FAIL

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Op-Ed by Peter Lucas:  Kansas Unemployment FAIL

Back in the 90′s, I worked for a company that was seasonal. We would work 9 months and be laid off for 3. I was laid off, so I enrolled in a couple of night classes. I was still available to work, but the unemployment office told me I could not draw unemployment if I was a student. So their brilliant plan was to give my lazy coworkers money (the ones who were watching Jerry Springer and drinking beer all day), but not give me, the hard working student, anything. Thanks Kansas.

I’ve been reading lots of news about the underfunded Kansas unemployment system, and how they are in dire need of more money, and how they’re raising rates (nearly double) on employers because so many people are currently unemployed. (more…)

George Will – The United States of Fiscal Folly

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

WASHINGTON — On Day One of his vow to take “meaningful steps to rein in our debt,” Barack Obama asked Congress to freeze portions of discretionary domestic spending. This would follow an astonishing permanent expansion: Republicans on the House Budget Committee say appropriations bills Obama has signed, along with his stimulus spending, have increased discretionary domestic spending 84 percent. He almost certainly will not keep his promise to veto spending bills when Congress, as it almost certainly will, largely disregards his request.

On Day Two, taking a break from the rigors of austerity, he was in Tampa, Fla., promising $8 billion for high-speed rail projects there and in a dozen other places. Four days later, he released a $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2011 budget that would add another $1.3 trillion to the national debt. The budget reveals that the deficit emergency is not so great as to preclude another stimulus, aka “jobs bill.”

RealClearPolitics – The United States of Fiscal Folly.

How Many Fights Will Obama Pick With America? – Big Government

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Politics is a game of addition – successful politics anyway.  Great leaders, when faced with a divided electorate, not to mention difficult economic times, use a limited agenda to forge consensus out of broken paradigms.  Once they achieve an initial success, they seek a broader consensus.  In the 1980’s Reagan faced a divided Republican Party and a fractured and dispirited nation.  Concentrating on the prosperity issue and our national prestige, Reagan first brought Republicans together and then independents and even many Democrats.  Indeed, so successful was Reagan at bringing people together, that in time he could rely on a group of Reagan Democrats.  Few other Presidents have had such success at building consensus let alone are able to claim a voting block from the other party in their name.

How Many Fights Will Obama Pick With America? – Big Government.

Obama vs. Holder — The Weekly Standard

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

In an interview with 60 Minutes last spring, President Obama discussed the handling of captured terrorists and challenged those who claimed the “American system of justice was not up to the task of dealing with these terrorists.”

Obama said: “I fundamentally disagree with that. Now — do these folks deserve Miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter — down the block? Of course not.” President Obama ought to call Attorney General Eric Holder.  In a five-page letter to Senator Mitch McConnell, Holder lays out in exhaustive detail exactly why these folks deserve Miranda rights and why his Justice Department will treat them like a shoplifter down the block.

Obama vs. Holder | The Weekly Standard.

David Paul Kuhn – Dems Haunted by Revived Stereotypes

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Election Day 1988 was only days away. Ronald Reagan was headlining a rally in Nevada. He said the options were the same as “when I stood before you.” Reagan framed the Democratic “choice” as one for “liberal policies of tax and spend, economic stagnation, international weakness, accommodation, and always, always blame America first.”

Reagan-era framing is regaining its relevance. Fair or not, liberalism’s worst stereotypes have returned from the dead to haunt Democrats. “Tax and spend liberal,” it’s back with the charge of being soft on security threats – a claim that dogged Democrats from debates over crime to the Soviets to terrorism.

RealClearPolitics – Dems Haunted by Revived Stereotypes.

Bibi, not Bam, has Iran plan – NYPOST.com

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

TEL AVIV, Israel — Here’s the nightmare scenario. Prime Minis ter Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel requests an urgent, private meeting with President Obama. At the White House, the two men sit alone and Netanyahu, looking grave, dispenses with pleasantries and gets to the point:

“Our intelligence services have determined that Iran is less than three months from making a nuclear bomb. Mr. President, as I have told you, no Israeli leader can let that happen because a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to our country.

Bibi, not Bam, has Iran plan – NYPOST.com.

Michale Barone – How Climate-Change Fanatics Corrupted Science

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Quick, name the most distrusted occupations. Trial lawyers? Pretty skuzzy, as witness the disgraced John Edwards, kept from the vice presidency in 2004 by the electoral votes of Ohio. Used car dealers? Always near the bottom of the list, as witness the universal understanding of the word “clunker.”

But over the last three months a new profession has moved smartly up the list and threatens to overtake all. Climate scientist.

RealClearPolitics – How Climate-Change Fanatics Corrupted Science.

RealClearPolitics – Interview with Rep. Paul Ryan

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

As the ranking member of the Budget committee and a senior member on Ways & Means, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has moved front-and-center in the debate over President Obama’s new budget blueprint. Ryan has crafted his own long-term plan, called Roadmap For America’s Future, which President Obama and OMB Director Peter Orszag both praised and criticized. Ryan, who turned 40 last week, is serving his sixth term in Wisconsin’s 1st District — which Obama carried in 2008 — and could be a candidate for Senate in 2012.

RealClearPolitics – Interview with Rep. Paul Ryan.

The damage to Toyota, the world’s biggest carmaker, may be lasting — The Economist

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Toyota’s decision last month to recall 2.3m vehicles in America and then to suspend sales and production of eight models with potential faulty accelerator pedals (it later took similar steps around the world, involving 8m vehicles) has sent shock waves through the industry. The good news was that Toyota announced on February 1st that it had come up with a cure for the sticking pedals which, along with badly fitting floor mats (the subject of another massive recall late last year), have been blamed for at least 19 deaths and more than 2,000 incidents of “unintended acceleration”.

Toyota’s troubles deepen: No quick fix | The Economist.

Las Vegas Review Journal editorial — What’s Obama got against the city?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

When “times are tough, you tighten your belts,” President Obama explained to a carefully screened “town hall” audience in New Hampshire on Tuesday. “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

The little lecture in home economics came not quite a year after a speech at an RV factory in Elkhart, Ind., in which Mr. Obama warned bankers whose companies had received federal bailout money, “You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas or down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime.”

EDITORIAL: Leaving Las Vegas — alone – Opinion – ReviewJournal.com.

Republicans Chase Wall Street Donors – WSJ.com

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

GOP strategists hope to benefit from the reaction to the White House’s populist rhetoric and proposals, which range from sharp critiques of bonuses to a tax on big Wall Street banks, caps on executive pay and curbs on business practices deemed too risky.

Democrats have dominated Wall Street’s fund-raising circles in recent elections. Mr. Obama himself raised millions of dollars from employees of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and other Wall Street firms.

Republicans Chase Wall Street Donors – WSJ.com.

Medical marijuana in Kansas? — KansasCity.com Prime Buzz

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Fourteen states already legalize medical marijuana in some fashion, including Kansas’ neighbor Colorado. Medical marijuana bills have been introduced in several other states, including Missouri.

Medical marijuana in Kansas? | KansasCity.com Prime Buzz.

Border fence plagued by problems — AP

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Border fence plagued by problems | KansasCity.com Prime Buzz.

Larry Sabato’s latest projection for the 2010 election is for Republicans to gain 7 Senate seats, 27 House seats, and 6 governorships

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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Rod Blagojevich Will Appear in More Ads This Year Than When He Was Running – Jim Geraghty

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

While the NRSC subtly points out that the Democratic nominee for Senate in Illinois is a mob banker, Mark Kirk’s campaign is reminding voters of some unsavory recent history, and urging them to turn the page:

Rod Blagojevich Will Appear in More Ads This Year Than When He Was Running – Jim Geraghty.

Arlen Specter Refunds $850,000 to 900 Republican Donors

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

The Club for Growth has more:

WASHINGTON – According to news reports, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) was forced to refund $600,000 in campaign contributions during the fourth quarter of 2009, following a mailing from the Club for Growth PAC to Specter’s donors notifying them of his refund policy.

“I don’t think Senator Specter’s party switch is going exactly as he planned,” Club President Chris Chocola said. “This refund campaign has proven more successful than we could have hoped, blowing a $600,000 hole in Arlen Specter’s campaign, and we thank all the citizens who followed through on their refund requests who made it a success. Hopefully, this will send a message to all Washington politicians – there is a price to pay for putting your career ahead of your constituents.”

Chocola also noted that Specter would miss the money more than most candidates, as the political winds continue to turn against liberal Washington insiders like Specter. “Both the news of campaign finance report and polls show that Pennsylvanians are tiring of Arlen Specter’s self-serving style and big-government policies,” Chocola said. “Voters are looking for principled leadership, and in the Pennsylvania Senate race, they are finding it in Pat Toomey.”

In August, Club for Growth PAC received permission from the FEC to contact Specter’s contributors, notifying them of Specter’s promise to refund money contributed prior to his party switch. In late September, the PAC’s mailing went out to thousands of Specter contributors, including a pre-printed refund request letter along with instructions on how to request a refund.

News of the refund total was reported yesterday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jay Cost, HorseRaceBlog – Understanding President Obama’s Partisanship

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Partisanship is simply partiality to one conspiracy over another. It’s a bias or an inclination. Partisans are more receptive to arguments from their own side than those proffered by the opposition. They are more apt to notice the malfeasances of those on the other side, while often ignoring the sins on their own side. They’re willing to give their side credit, but are stingy when it comes to praising the other side. And so on.

For as much as partisan Democrats and Republicans disagree on policy – their views of the political process are often mirror images of one another. This is especially true when it comes to attitudes about the public discourse.

RealClearPolitics – HorseRaceBlog – Understanding President Obama’s Partisanship.