Archive for March 18th, 2010

Rasmussen — 50% Less Likely To Vote For Congress Member Who Supports Health Care Plan

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Fifty percent (50%) of U.S. voters say they are less likely to vote for their representative in Congress this November if he or she votes for the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken Wednesday night finds that 34% are more likely to vote for their Congress member’s reelection if he or she supports the president’s health care plan. Eight percent (8%) say the health care vote will have no impact on how they vote this November, and another seven percent (7%) are not sure.
Thirty-three percent (33%) of all voters favor the creation of a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone. Fifty-four percent (54%) oppose such a system. These findings are unchanged from the end of last year. Support for a single-payer system plays a huge role in whether someone will support a Representative who votes for the health care plan.

Arizona GOP Senate: McCain 48%, Hayworth 41%

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Wisconsin Senate: Feingold, Thompson Neck-and-Neck

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Wired — Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots.

AP — Suing Washington: Idaho first to sign law aimed at health care plan

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to buy health insurance.

Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states.

Constitutional law experts say the movement is mostly symbolic because federal laws supersede those of the states.

Hollywood Reporter — Leno winning, losing late-night

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

“Tonight Show” (4.4 million viewers, 1.2 adults 18-49 rating) led late-night crop last week among total viewers and the adult demo, beating CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” (3.8 million, 1.0).

Then there’s the nagging comparisons with Conan O’Brien and Leno’s own performance from last year.

For the second and third weeks since his return to late night, Leno is down from comparable dates in 2009, slipping 13% in the demo and 3% in viewers. The concern here is not all of Leno’s audience has returned to the show. Also, this week Leno’s median age is 56 years old (Letterman’s is 54; Conan O’Brien averaged 46).

LA Times — Condom requirement for porn film actors to be voted on in California

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

State regulators are expected to vote Thursday on a petition asking them to require porn industry performers to use condoms and to take other safety measures. The six-member California Division of Occupational Safety and Health standards board appears likely to create an advisory committee to report back on whether the law should be changed and how it could be accomplished.

Dogs originated from Middle East wolves

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

PARIS (AFP) - Husky, shar pei, terrier or mutt, today’s dogs descended from wolves that probably lived in the Middle East, not Europe or Asia as many thought, according to a study published Wednesday in the British science journal Nature.

TheSmokingGun.com — Cops probe Craigslist ad offering four-year-old “Gavin” for $5000

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Gallup: Obama’s Approval Rating Lowest Yet

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Video, Dem. Congressman Tom Perriello: “If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing.”

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Pelosi Tactic for Health-Care Vote Would Raise Legal Questions

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

March 18 (Bloomberg) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be creating new grounds for a court challenge to the proposed U.S. health-care overhaul as she considers using a mechanism that would avoid a vote on the full legislation.

AP — Dems sweeten health bill, set showdown Sunday vote

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The health care portions of the bill would affect early every American and remake one-sixth of the national economy.

Beginning in 2014, most Americans would be required for the first time to purchase insurance, and face penalties if they refused. Millions of families with incomes up to $88,000 a year would receive government help to defray their costs. Large businesses would face fines if they did not offer good-quality coverage to their workers.

As Democrats trumpeted their bill, particularly its potential impact on the deficit, Republicans attacked it relentlessly as a government takeover of the health care industry financed by ever higher Medicare cuts and tax increases, including a new Medicare payroll tax on upper income wage earners.

Op-Ed Cartoon “Deemonic.” From Zack Rawsthorne’s series “Diversity Lane: A Liberal Family Saga”

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

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Op-Ed by Jack Cashill: Obamacare Scheming Smells of Jekyll Island, Popes and Bankers

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Obamacare Scheming Smells of Jekyll Island

By Jack Cashill
Re-published with permission

In my new book, “Popes and Bankers,” I tell the story of how one hundred years ago this November, six faux duck hunters gathered on a small private island off the coast of Georgia.

The stealthy, incremental way in which the group plotted big government’s future set something of a blueprint for a century to come, one that Obama, Pelosi, Reid et al. have followed almost to the letter.

For at least four of the six, the descent to Georgia was draped in mystery. Each guest was instructed to show up at Hoboken Station and there board the private railroad car, blinds drawn, of Senator Nelson Aldrich. (more…)