Archive for June 2nd, 2010

Club for Growth: Another Incumbent Loses in a Primary; Griffith Concedes to Brooks

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

As National Review’s Jim Geraghty writes: “If you and your old party have enough bad blood that you’re ready to switch sides, the new party may not find you all that warm and cuddly, either. Maybe the issue lies with you, after all.”

Another good quote, this time from Cillizza, “That Griffith could barely muster one in three GOP primary votes with the full support of the national party behind him is a stern reminder that voters are fed up with politicians acting like, well, politicians.”

Video, Club for Growth — PAYGO is a Sham: $13 Trillion and Counting

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Video, Autoblog: Diet Coke and Mentos-powered car is a blast

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Sadly, the economics of scale required to make Coke Zero and Mentos an actual substitute for gasoline and diesel make the newfound fuel unlikely to gain widespread acceptance. For what it’s worth, it apparently takes 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero along with 648 Mentos to travel exactly 221 feet.

To rule Big Oil, we need Big Government — Donna Brazile, CNN

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Byron York — Robert Gibbs raises the Sestak stonewall

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The White House’s self-exonerating report on the Joe Sestak affair has given spokesman Robert Gibbs a new way not to answer questions. Now, when asked about the offer of a federal position to Sestak in return for Sestak’s agreement not to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Gibbs simply refers reporters to the White House report. When reporters respond that the questions are not answered by the report, Gibbs freely acknowledges that – and then refers them to the report again. And so on.

Chicago v. Self Defense — Jeremy Lott

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

For advocates of gun control, the optics on this story are just awful. It’s nearly impossible to drum up any sympathy for the deceased, Anthony Nelson, who had a long history of drug and weapons convictions and was on probation. He attempted to break into the house, brought a gun with him, and fired twice at the so-far unnamed homeowner.

Why Americans Oppose Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants — Ed Koch

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

People like me oppose granting amnesty to illegals for the same reasons that the people of the U.S. rose up twice during George W. Bush’s presidency and defeated two congressional efforts to create amnesty and a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 to 20 million illegal aliens.

We think it is simply wrong to reward illegal conduct by those who crossed the borders without permission or overstayed their visas. If more permanent immigrants are needed — I think we need more — they should come from those waiting in line or willing to join the existing line. Our immigration quotas should be increased, doubled or tripled if necessary. We now take in 750,000 permanent immigrants and 250,000 asylees annually. On the other hand, I do not believe in open borders. Mexico doesn’t have them, evidenced by the following exchange between CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and President Calderon:

Real Clear Politics — Primary Unkind To Two Alabama Congressmen

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Two members of Congress in Alabama saw their 2010 campaigns cut short Tuesday: Parker Griffith, after switching parties in December, lost the 5th district Republican primary; and Artur Davis’s gubernatorial bid ended in the Democratic primary, well before many expected.

The two members headlined a primary election day in three states — Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico — and continued this year’s run of intriguing political storylines.

McClatchy — Bush suggests diversification away from oil at wind energy conference

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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UK Telegraph — BP oil spill: Shares fall further

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Obama, Arizona Republican Governor Brewer to meet over immigration issues

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Oil from Gulf spill hits Mississippi’s Petit Bois Island

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Quinnipiac Poll: More Americans want an Ariz.-style immigration law in their states

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The non-partisan Quinnipiac University Poll shows American voters say by 48%-35% that they want an immigration law like the one in Arizona, which requires law enforcement officials to ask someone’s legal status if there is “reasonable suspicion” to believe the person is in the USA illegally.

LA Times — GOP candidate Tom Campbell pulls TV ads for U.S. Senate race in California

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The former congressman will rely on Internet appeals and phone calls as his chief rival, Carly Fiorina, shoots ahead in what once was a close contest to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

City Journal on New York — Saving the City: An Interview With Brian Anderson

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

1) In the autumn of 1990, City Journal published its first issue. Its letter from the editors spoke of the “intolerable conditions” suffered by New Yorkers, a generation of residents who’d never known anything better, and a desire “to focus some of the immense ingenuity and energy which flows to New York on making the city livable once again.”

All these years later, it is difficult to imagine that bygone New York City. Take us back to the bad old days. How was life different? What particular ills inspired the magazine’s launch? And how did it go from an idea to a bundle of articles produced each quarter?

46% Say Tea Party Good for America, 31% Disagree — Rasmussen

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Male voters are more likely than female voters to have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. Forty-eight percent (48%) of white voters view the movement favorably, while 69% of African-Americans have an unfavorable opinion. While the Tea Party efforts generally claim no partisan affiliation, there is clearly a partisan edge to the movement. Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans look on the Tea Party movement favorably while 66% of Democrats hold an unfavorable opinion of it. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 45% offer a positive view while 28% voice a negative opinion of the Tea Party. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters nationwide say they are at least somewhat likely to attend a Tea Party rally. That includes eight percent (8%) who say they are Very Likely to do so. Sixty-nine percent (69%) say their attendance at such a rally is unlikely, including 37% who say it is Not At All Likely.

Rasmussen: Most Americans Say FDA Not Capable of Protecting U.S. Drug Supply

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The latest national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Adults say the FDA is capable of adequately protecting the safety of the drug supply in the United States. The plurality (44%), however, don’t believe the FDA is capable of such protection, while another 27% are not sure. Still, 81% of Americans are at least somewhat confident about the safety of over-the-counter drugs available in stores. That includes 29% who are Very Confident. A lot of Americans also aren’t sure if Johnson & Johnson should face criminal charges for the alleged quality control violations. Thirty-five percent (35%) say they should be charged, but 22% disagree. Forty-three percent (43%) are undecided. The company has been linked to three medicine recalls in the last eight months.

Rasmussen: Americans See Local Newspaper Reporting As More Reliable Than Online News

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults shows that 78% see the reporting by their local newspapers as being at least somewhat reliable, up eight points from results found in March of last year. Only 14% do not see their local newspapers’ reporting as being reliable. By comparison, 66% of adults see reporting from Internet sources as reliable, showing virtually no change from a year ago. Sixteen percent (16%) do not view online sources that way. While 33% say local newspaper reporting is Very Reliable, just 18% say the same of reporting by Internet news sources.

Kentucky US Senate: Republican Rand Paul 49%, Conway 41%

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Just after his big Republican Primary win last month, Rand Paul led his Democratic opponent Jack Conway by 25 points in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. Now Paul’s lead is down to just eight points.
Now, however, Paul holds a much smaller advantage. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey finds the GOP nominee with support from 49% of the state’s voters while Conway earns 41% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Almost all candidates receive a bounce following a big victory and Paul clearly lost his post-primary bounce. But he added to the decline by quickly stumbling out of the gate in an interview on MSNBC. During the interview, he discussed reasons for opposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was immediately hit with charges of racism. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Kentucky voters say they have followed news reports about his comments on MSNBC, including 39% who have followed Very Closely.

Op-Ed Cartoon — Toby Toons on Obama’s comment to aides: ‘Plug the damn hole’

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Toby Toons:

Re-published with permission.

The Washington Post:

But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama’s clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there.

“Plug the damn hole,” Obama told them.