Archive for May 21st, 2010

AP: Kansas universities are proposing tuition increases

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The proposed increases for undergraduates from Kansas range from 4.1 percent at Fort Hays State University to 8.2 percent at the University of Kansas.

Op-Ed, Benjamin Hodge: There is no front-runner for 3rd District US Congress

Friday, May 21st, 2010

by Benjamin Hodge

In summary: There is no clear front-runner, in the Republican race for 3rd District US Congress.

“BREAKING,” Steve Kraske wrote on April 22, 2010.  Kraske was reporting that former State Senator Nick Jordan, the 2008 Republican nominee, had dropped out of the 2010 race.  This wasn’t big news to many conservatives.  I wrote at Red County on January 17:  “Why It’s A Good Bet That Nick Jordan Drops Out Of The Third District Congressional Race.” (more…)

KSN: Great Bend woman sentenced for death of infant son

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Megan Mott, of Great Bend, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for fatally wounding her baby, Robby Cox, as he recovered in a Wichita hospital for a respiratory infection in 2008.

The judge sentenced Mott to just more than nine years.

Businessweek: Frontier starts New Orleans to Kansas City service

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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Wichita Business Journal: Wichita unemployment down in April

Friday, May 21st, 2010

At 7.9 percent, April’s unemployment rate was down 0.2 percent from March. The unemployment rate at this time last year was 7.4 percent in the Wichita MSA, which includes Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties.

KSN — Lenexa police need help finding missing woman

Friday, May 21st, 2010

LENEXA, Kansas — The Lenexa Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in attempting to locate a missing woman who is an Alzheimer’s patient.

AOL News: Kansas City Man Sent Money to Al-Qaida

Friday, May 21st, 2010

(May 20) — An American citizen swore an oath of allegiance to al-Qaida and then funneled $23,500 to the terrorist group between 2007 and 2008.

Khalid Ouazzani, a 32-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man, pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Ouazzani was born in Morocco and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.

OC Register — The simple truth about illegal immigration

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Milton Friedman made this point some years back: “You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.”

It follows that you can’t build a fence high enough, or round up enough illegal immigrants to deport, or punish businesses with fines enough to discourage billions of people from seeking something for nothing.
Most of the world lives in conditions that make the lives of the U.S. poor look utterly extravagant.

Marinestan — Victor Davis Hanson on US Marines

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Since WWII, the Marines have turned up almost anywhere that America finds itself in a jam against supposedly unconquerable enemies – in bloody places like Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, at Hue and Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War, at the two bloody sieges of Fallujah in Iraq, and now in Afghanistan.

The Rise of State Capitalism — Ian Bremmer

Friday, May 21st, 2010

In September 2008, just as the Western financial crisis was beginning to dominate the world’s attention, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao sat down for an extraordinary interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. During their conversation, Wen provided what amounts to a precisely worded definition of Chinese state capitalism: “The complete formulation of our economic policy is to give full play to the basic role of market forces in allocating resources under the macroeconomic guidance and regulation of the government. We have one important piece of experience of the past thirty years, that is to ensure that both the visible hand and invisible hand are given full play in regulating the market forces.”

Jay Cost referenced by Fred Barnes in Wall St. Journal article

Friday, May 21st, 2010

What demolishes the notion of anti-incumbency as a scourge on both parties are the calculations of credible political analysts-Democrats and Republicans from Charles Cook to Jay Cost to Nathan Silver to James Carville-about the outcome of November’s general election. They believe dozens of congressional Democrats either trail Republican challengers or face toss-up races, while fewer than a handful of Republicans are in serious re-election trouble.

Fred Barnes: Anti-Incumbent? Try Anti-Obama. Serious Democratic analysts concede it’s their party that’s facing trouble in the fall

Friday, May 21st, 2010

What demolishes the notion of anti-incumbency as a scourge on both parties are the calculations of credible political analysts-Democrats and Republicans from Charles Cook to Jay Cost to Nathan Silver to James Carville-about the outcome of November’s general election. They believe dozens of congressional Democrats either trail Republican challengers or face toss-up races, while fewer than a handful of Republicans are in serious re-election trouble.

Even Gallup, hardly known for its bold analysis of polling data, doesn’t appear to regard anti-incumbency as a problem for Republicans. Its current surveys indicate Republicans are likely to trounce Democrats in November.

Erick Erickson on Tim Bridgewater, Utah: It Is What Politicians Do, Not What They Say

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Bridgewater got Senator Bob Bennett to give him $5,000,000.00 of your money to develop electric vehicles. Got that? There was no free market demand, so Bridgewater got you, whether you like it or not, to give him $5 million to electrify a bunch of trucks.

Tim Bridgewater’s own personal auto bailout – funded by you.

So can we really believe him when he says he won’t request earmarks?

BBC News: ‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.

The researchers constructed a bacterium’s “genetic software” and transplanted it into a host cell.

The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species “dictated” by the synthetic DNA.

The UK Sun: A scientist has created life in a pioneering laboratory experiment in which a bug was “brought back from the dead”

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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Video, WMUR New Hampshire: Veteran Ordered To Remove Flag From Outside Home

Friday, May 21st, 2010

A Navy veteran is fighting to be able to show his patriotism by flying an American flag outside his apartment building.

UK Daily Mail — Scientist accused of playing God after creating artificial life by making designer microbe from scratch

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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Wired on Pakistan’s Blocking Binge: First Facebook, Now YouTube

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The blockade came after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directed Internet service providers to stop access to social network site Facebook indefinitely on Wednesday because of an online competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad.

Video, NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes “Millionaires Tax” In Record Two Minutes: RCP

Friday, May 21st, 2010
‘Millionaires tax’ bills pass both houses, but is vetoed by Gov. Christie

Help stop Washington’s takeover of the Internet — AFP

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Washington wants to take over everything it can get its hands on. The banks. Insurance companies. Automakers. Our health care.

Now Obama FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has set his sights on taking over the Internet, and we’re launching a major national effort to stop him.

Too many dominoes have already fallen. We need to hold the line. The Internet as is exists now is the most powerful tool for grassroots activism and communication that the world has ever known. We simply cannot risk allowing the FCC to succeed in its efforts to impose heavy-handed regulation by “reclassifying” the Internet as an old-fashioned public utility.

Today we are launching a major national effort to educate and mobilize Americans against this newest threat. Check out our new ad, which is running nationally starting today, on www.NoInternetTakeover.com.

Robert McChesney, founder of the left-wing group Free Press (whose communications director was hired by FCC Chairman Genachowski to assist his effort to regulate the Internet) is honest about the stakes, telling SocialistProject.ca: “What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility.”

Please take a moment right now to head over to www.NoInternetTakeover.com and view our new national TV ad called “Dominoes.” If you like the ad, please consider clicking on the donate button. Your donation will help keep the ad on the air to educate and mobilize more Americans to demand that Congress step in and stop the FCC’s Internet power grab.

The new site also has a petition that I hope you’ll sign, and tools to write Congress and demand they stop the FCC. Chairman Genachowski and his two Democratic allies at the FCC could, with just their three votes, take over a sector of our economy roughly the same size as health care.

Congress cannot let that happen. As the legitimate legislative branch, Congress must step up and take responsibility. And we need to send a clear message that if this Congress will not stop the FCC’s Internet takeover, we need to elect one that will.

With your help we can finally stop Washington’s takeover streak.

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