Archive for June, 2010

Rasmussen Consumer Index – 31% Say The Economy is Getting Better

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Thirty-one percent of adults say the economy is getting better these days, while 45% disagree and say it is getting worse. There a large partisan divide on this as only 23% of Republicans say the economy is getting better, while 44% of Democrats believe it is getting better. Meanwhile, 54% of Republicans say the economy is getting worse, while only 31% of Democrats feel the same. Among investors 37% say the economy is getting better and 41% believe it is getting worse.

Rasmussen – 71% Still Say Being a Father Most Important Role for A Man

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The majority (71%) of American Adults continue to believe that being a father is one of the most important roles a man can fill in today’s world, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twelve percent (12%) disagree, and 17% are not sure.

These results are virtually unchanged from our survey conducted a year ago. Sixty-four percent (64%) think that being a mother is the most important role for a woman to fill in today’s world.
Similarly unchanged from last year is the finding that just 16% view Father’s Day as one of the nation’s most important holidays. Nineteen percent (19%) say it is one of the least important holidays, while 60% rate it somewhere in between the two.

Invisible stimulus — Salena Zito

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The administration’s six-week push to reinvigorate its stimulus narrative will showcase jobs in stimulus-funded projects to improve highways, parks and other public works. Yet stimulus dollars never hit the ground here.

“We didn’t receive any of the stimulus money,” says Leadville Mayor Bud Elliot. “We weren’t eligible because we are considered too poor of a community.”

Elliott, a Democrat, says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was “designed to help large cities, not small-town America.”

Boldly confronting the problems of Islam – Kevin Ferris

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a big believer in freedom of speech. So she practices it daily, fearlessly, and at great personal cost.

“Every important freedom that Western individuals possess rests on free expression,” she writes in her new book, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations. “We observe what is wrong, and we say what is wrong, in order that it may be corrected.”

What Hirsi Ali wants to correct most are certain aspects of Islam, the religion and culture she practiced growing up in Somalia. The religion and culture she abandoned in order to escape an arranged marriage. The religion and culture she says often conflict with Western values. And in order to make the necessary corrections, she outlines the wrongs in Nomad:

“Islam is not just a belief; it is a way of life, a violent way of life. Islam is imbued with violence, and it encourages violence.”

Linda Chavez: Obama’s oil disaster

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

President Obama can’t stop the oil leak in the Gulf, but he can and should be held accountable for the inept government response to cleaning it up and mitigating its worst effects on the shoreline. And you can bet that if George W. Bush were in the Oval Office, the media would be blaming the president for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. But they’re largely giving Obama a pass, implying that small-government conservatives have no room to complain when government fails to live up to its responsibilities.

Mark Steyn – The epitome of mediocrity

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

For the first time, I felt a wee bit sorry for the poor fellow. What had he done to so enrage his full supporting chorus? In The Washington Post, the reaction of longtime Obammysoxer Eugene Robinson was headlined “Obama disappoints from the beginning of his speech.”

How to Expose a Warmist: Andrew Bolt Interviews Australia’s Al Gore – Tom Minchin

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The global warming movement is in heavy retreat in every Western country. But, as we have learned from the rise of leftist leaders like President Obama and Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, modern collectivists are resilient. If they can recover from the collapse of Communism, they can certainly rebuild the environmental movement. Now is not the time to celebrate, but to press home the exposure of their bogus claims and hidden interests.

My Father’s Gift to Me – NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

My father, an Armenian, was born in a country that no longer exists, Austria-Hungary, in a way of life that no longer exists. The family was in the nobility, living on an estate of thousands of acres – and then came World War II.

My father was imprisoned by the Nazis for helping spy on their military presence in Poland. He bribed his way out of prison, but other relatives died at Auschwitz for spying. Then the Soviet Union grabbed the region and absorbed it into Ukraine, and other relatives died in Siberian labor camps.

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

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The Hill – Obama hits golf course with Biden on another hot, humid weekend

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Nicholson and Katz, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, joined Obama for four hours of golf last weekend. The Republican National Committee released an ad soon afterward taking aim at Obama’s golfing during the ongoing BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

AP – Obama spill panel is about politics, not engineering

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard’s engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background – but it’s in optics and physics. Another is an environmental scientist with expertise in coastal areas and the after-effects of oil spills. Both are praised by other scientists.

Financial Times – FCC in move to regulate internet

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

In a 3-2 vote along party lines, Democrats at the FCC on Thursday agreed to begin formal consideration to adopt new rules for high- speed internet companies such as AT&T and Comcast, which have until now operated virtually free of the FCC’s oversight. Technically, the FCC’s majority passed a motion to “open for comment” new broadband rules, the first step to passing the rules.

CS Monitor – Tiger Woods got a sharp response by the USGA over his criticism of the greens at Pebble Beach

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Tiger Woods was wrong to criticize the Pebble Beach greens as “awful,” U.S. Golf Association executive director David Fay said Saturday at the U.S. Open.

New York City – Cigarette Tax Will Mean $10 Packs

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

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New Jersey battles over tax on millionaires

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

(Reuters) – New Jersey politicians are due to battle on Monday over whether to slap a tax on millionaires or cut services for low-income senior citizens and the disabled.

Der Spiegel – Will Obama Be the ‘Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century’

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Can US President Barack Obama lead America away from fossil fuel dependency? German commentators don’t think so. Some say he is in danger of turning into an idealistic, one-term president like Jimmy Carter.

US President Barack Obama’s address from the Oval Office on Tuesday was supposed to be a moment of leadership during the worst environmental disaster in American history. But critics from across the political spectrum wondered afterwards whether he’d shown leadership at all. The geyser of oil in the Gulf of Mexico seems, technologically, to lie beyond anything either BP or the US government was prepared for, and Obama failed to mention any specific new ideas.

Video, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on school choice

Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Christie speaks in Washington DC, calling Newark schools ‘absolutely disgraceful’

Am. for Tax Reform on SB 1633 – Oklahoma Makes School District Spending Transparent

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Earlier this week, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed Senator Brogden’s bill, SB 1633, into law, which requires the state Department of Education to post all school district expenditures on its website. Thanks to efforts by groups such as Oklahomans for Reponsible Government, which published a Blueprint for Transparency guide to urge legislators to support local transparency, taxpayers will be able to see how their school districts are spending their money

Heritage – Head Start Doesn’t Work

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Until recently, hardly anyone was questioning Head Start’s importance.

In the Milwaukee area alone, more than 4,000 students are enrolled in Head Start. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) has said, the program is “important” to the “future success” of low-income children.
Head Start, created in 1965, is intended to provide disadvantaged children a pre-school boost. But before now, no one knew whether the program, after a total taxpayer investment exceeding $170 billion, was living up to its promise. In the late 1990s, Congress finally mandated a national evaluation to measure its effectiveness. This year, the results were finally released: Former Head Start participants were no better off than their non-Head Start peers by the end of first grade.

The Campus Squirrel Listings, from “Tampa Squirrel Removal & Rat Control In Attic”

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The Campus Squirrel Listings page has been featured in these publications:

  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Penn State’s Daily Collegian
  • University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Daily Illini
  • Notre Dame’s Observer
  • Berkeley’s Daily Californian
  • Scary Squirrel World (an online “anti-squirrel” publication)