Archive for May 25th, 2010

Op-Ed, Benjamin Hodge on Kansas 3rd District: Because Kevin Yoder supports federal funding of human cloning research, I can’t support him in the Republican primary.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Hodge at Red County:

In summary: Don’t endorse Kevin Yoder in the Republican primary, and then be expected to be considered pro-life.

I’ve been told by a person close to influential Republican Ernie Straub that, of the current field of candidates, Straub is leaning towards supporting Kevin Yoder.  That points to a larger problem within Kansas Republican politics, in part because Kansans for Life leader Mary Kay Culp is thought to listen closely to Straub.  Kevin Yoder supports the use of federal tax dollars for medical research that clones and destroys human embryos — that’s not pro-life, and it’s not even pro-choice. (more…)

The Limits Of The Green Machine — Joel Kotkin, Forbes

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The awful oil spill in the Gulf–as well as the recent coal mine disaster in West Virginia–has added spring to the step of America’s hugely influential environmental lobby. After years of hand-wringing over global warming (aka climate change), the greens now have an issue that will play to legitimate public concerns for weeks and months ahead.

No limits for government — Deroy Murdock

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business,” President Calvin Coolidge told journalists in March 1929.
If Coolidge suddenly sprang to life today, he would look around and drop dead.

Megan McArdle — What Would Happen if the Supreme Court Struck Down Health Care Reform?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

But what if the whole thing goes? I don’t see a way forward for anything that current progressives think of as health care reform; it basically precludes the Netherlands model, and possibly most of the other European models, though I have to think more about the latter before I’m sure. But there’s a strong possibility that any ruling that eliminated the individual mandate would make anything but single payer or a national health service illegal. Ironically, a conservative court might push health policy to the left.

Massachusetts health meltdown is your future — Sally Pipes

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The future of US medicine under ObamaCare is already on display in Massachusetts. The top four health insurers there just posted first-quarter losses of more than $150 million. Most of them blamed the state’s decision to keep premiums at last year’s levels for individual and small-business policies, when they’d proposed double-digit hikes to match the soaring costs they’ve seen under the state’s universal-coverage law.

For Sestak Matter, a ‘Trust Us’ Response From White House — NY Times

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

But the White House wants everyone who suspects that something untoward, or even illegal, might have happened to rest easy: though it still will not reveal what happened, the White House is reassuring skeptics that it has examined its own actions and decided it did nothing wrong. Whatever it was that it did.

CT Senate: Republican Congressman Simmons Expected To Drop Out

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Go west! Dems did, now fight to retain their gains — Kristen Wyatt

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Vulnerable Democrats can be found in every Western state:

_Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada is trailing in polls in his bid for a fifth term. The state’s home foreclosure rate is the highest, and the unemployment rate of 13.7 percent in April is above the national average – scary numbers for any incumbent.

_Democrats hold both of Colorado’s Senate seats for the first time since the 1970s. Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed to office to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, was outpolled by challenger Andrew Romanoff at a state Democratic assembly last weekend, a result that party officials said they anticipated. The two will meet in a primary Aug. 10. The winner will probably face former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.

NY Times: In Europe, Britain May Face Largest Debt Hurdle

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Even after the nearly $1 trillion rescue package arranged by European Union leaders to shore up the weaker euro zone members, financial markets have gyrated as fears build that debt-plagued nations lack the will to stand up to powerful unions and pare back once generous welfare programs.

“You need a martyr to cut this type of deficit,” said Andrew Lilico, chief economist at Policy Exchange, a right-leaning London research group, who has argued that quick and immediate spending cuts would actually hasten economic recovery rather than derail it.

Rasmussen Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 44%, Democrats 36%

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Republican candidates now hold an eight-point lead over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot, continuing the GOP’s near year-long edge over the competing party but the largest gap between the two in over a month.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Support for Republicans rose a point from last week, while support for Democrats fell two points.

This week’s findings mark the GOP’s largest lead over Democrats since the third week of April, when Republicans posted a 10-point lead over Democrats, a high reached only one time since January and the party’s biggest lead in the history of Rasmussen Reports polling. Since then, and prior to this week, the gap between the two parties has been closing.

While solid majorities of Democrats and Republicans support their own party, the plurality (41%) of voters not affiliated with either major party now prefer the Republican candidate, while 20% like the Democrat. These findings have remained fairly consistent for months now.

Arkansas Governor: Democratic incumbent Beebe 53%, Republican challenger Keet 38%

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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65% Oppose Nationalization of U.S. Oil Industry: Rasmussen

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Obama White House now says the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but most voters still don’t think a government takeover of the oil industry is a good remedy.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 16% think it would be a good idea for the government to nationalize all the oil companies and run them on a non-profit basis. Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree with that idea. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.

This represents a drop in support for nationalization from two years ago. In June 2008, 29% favored nationalization of the oil industry and only 47% were opposed.
While 78% of Republicans and 76% of voters not affiliated with either major party oppose nationalization, Democrats are more divided over the question.

By 48% to 38% margin, independent voters blame Obama for economy

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that 48% say the current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the Bush administration. This finding is down five points from late April and compares to 62% in May of last year.

Forty-three percent (43%) now say the nation’s economic problems are being caused by the policies Obama has put in place since taking office. That’s up four points from a month ago and is the second highest level of blame for the president in a year of surveying. Last October, 45% blamed his policies.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that a solid majority of Republicans blame Obama’s policies, while most Democrats blame the recession that began under the Bush administration. By a 48% to 38% margin, however, voters not affiliated with either major party blame the policies of the current president for the nation’s continuing economic woes.

Rasmussen: 48% Blame Bush for Bad Economy, 43% Blame Obama

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The number of voters who blame the Bush administration for the nation’s current economic problems has reached its lowest level measured to date. Trust in President Obama’s economic judgment has hit a new low as well.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that 48% say the current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the Bush administration. This finding is down five points from late April and compares to 62% in May of last year.
Forty-three percent (43%) now say the nation’s economic problems are being caused by the policies Obama has put in place since taking office. That’s up four points from a month ago and is the second highest level of blame for the president in a year of surveying. Last October, 45% blamed his policies.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that a solid majority of Republicans blame Obama’s policies, while most Democrats blame the recession that began under the Bush administration. By a 48% to 38% margin, however, voters not affiliated with either major party blame the policies of the current president for the nation’s continuing economic woes.

Wal-Mart slashes iPhone price to $97

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, plans to slash the price of Apple’s 16GB 3GS iPhone to $97 beginning Tuesday.

Financial Reform Bill Is A ‘Disaster’: Sen. Judd Gregg

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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NBC NY — Landmark Status Could Stop Mosque Near Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

A decades-old proposal to give a Manhattan building landmark status could alter plans for a mosque near ground zero that has angered some tea party activists and Sept. 11 victims’ families.
A community board vote on the mosque will come this evening, and some victims and 9/11 groups are vowing to rally at the proposed site.

Video from Brietbart — YAHOO! CEO TELLS TECH BLOGGER TO ‘F*** OFF’

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Fox News — Arizona Sheriff Wants Apology From Mexico for Its ‘Threatening’ Tourism Ad

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

An Arizona sheriff is calling on Mexican officials to apologize for what he says is a “threatening” advertisement. The ad shows a man wearing camouflage looking through binoculars with the words: “In Sonora we are looking for people from Arizona.”

The advertisement, which ran Friday in the Arizona Republic, caught the eye of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who posted the VisitMexico.com/GoToSonora.com spot on his Twitter page and asked citizens to call Mexican Tourism Board offices for clarification.

UK Telegraph — Austrian politician says Google Street View ‘single biggest breach of privacy in history’

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Australian communications minister has labelled internet search giant Google “creepy” and said that the company’s collection of wireless network data through its Street View service was the single biggest breach of privacy in history.