Archive for June 4th, 2010

Israel is the Wrong Target — Susan Estrich

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Hamas likes to trumpet its humanitarian works – its hospitals and health care centers. But Hamas is also a terrorist organization, according to our own government, as well as Israel’s. Hamas targets civilians in Israel, claims credit for suicide bombings, and kills soldiers and civilians alike.

Quote by NJ Governor Christie on fighting for education reform vs. teachers unions: “If we don’t win this fight, there’s no other fights left”

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ): “The fight is about who is going to run public education in New Jersey. The parents and the people they elect or the mindless, faceless union leaders who decide that they’re going to be the ones who run it because they have the money and the authority to bully around school boards and local councils. So, listen, I know I don’t make myself the most popular guy in the world by having this fight, but [if] we don’t win this fight, there’s no other fights left. This is the fight we have to fight, this is the fight we have to win for the kids.”

Video, Republican NJ Governor Christie To Teachers’ Unions: “You Punch Them, I Punch You”

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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David Souter, Jim Crow, and the Living Constitution — Damon W. Root, Reason.com

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Here’s the problem with Souter’s claims: The Plessy decision is wrong under an originalist reading of the Constitution. Originalism includes the original public meaning of the 14th Amendment, which commands: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Among those privileges or immunities is the right to economic liberty. Remember that the origins of the 14th Amendment lie in the anti-slavery politics of the Radical Republicans who drafted it and spearheaded its ratification. Their philosophy centered on a radically libertarian form of self-ownership, one that included both the right to armed self-defense and the right to liberty of contract. That philosophy was enshrined in the Constitution when the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868.

USA Today — Florida warily watches as oil creeps up on coast

Friday, June 4th, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – The message from Florida tourism leaders has been optimistic: Come visit oil-free beaches.
Now, the message is a bit more somber: Check with us before you come.

Obama’s Waffling on Israel is a Disgrace — Mona Charen

Friday, June 4th, 2010

There is a pattern. President “Let No Crisis Be Wasted” Obama twists events to justify his radical agenda. A financial crisis becomes the excuse for a massive health care entitlement. An oil spill is exploited to push an unpopular energy tax. And a jihadist publicity stunt — the Gaza flotilla — becomes the occasion to throw Israel to the wolves.

NY Times: Carly Fiorina Means Business

Friday, June 4th, 2010

She surveyed a riot of signs artful and artless – “Give us liberty, not debt,” “Pelosi’s gavel is the new health care colonoscopy” – and beamed. For the stemwinder on bloated government that she was about to deliver, there was probably no better audience than these thousands of angry rebels, spread across acres of fairgrounds near San Jose for a special Tea Party rally. And there was definitely no better date than this one: April 15. Tax day.

CBS — Documents Show Kagan’s Liberal Opinion on Social Issues

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Then there was the recently disclosed memo on gun rights. In a case challenging the District of Columbia’s handgun ban as unconstitutional, Kagan was blunt: “I am not sympathetic.” The Supreme Court took the opposite approach two years ago, striking down the D.C. gun ban as unconstitutional.

Taken together, these documents are certain to provoke considerably more questions than the less controversial papers unearthed before her confirmation hearings for solicitor general.

The University Guild vs. Glenn Beck — Amity Shlaes

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Drive them crazy. That’s what Glenn Beck seems to specialize in doing, whether the “them” at issue is fellow radio hosts, fellow tv hosts, or, now, professors at universities. This last group is opening its own front in the war against the television king. An associate professor, Joseph Palermo of California State/Sacramento, took to the Huffington Post to mock the broadcaster as “Glenn Beck, Ph.D.” I personally noticed this since Professor Palermo mentioned me by name, in tandem with author Jonah Goldberg, as an effort to “misinform” the gullible.

NY Times editorial: The White House Employment Agency

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Last week, the White House was fumbling to explain why it dangled a presidential appointment in front of Joe Sestak to get him to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. This week, the controversy is over Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House.

It is true that Mr. Romanoff applied for a job with the Obama administration shortly after the 2008 election. But it was a full nine months later that the White House suddenly “remembered” the application for a low-profile job and brought it up with Mr. Romanoff, right around the time he decided to enter the Democratic Senate primary against the administration’s preferred candidate, Senator Michael Bennet.

Rasmussen: 58% Say No to Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats think children born to illegal immigrants in this country should automatically become U.S. citizens. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans and 60% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagree.

Most Americans don’t believe Mexico wants to stop the illegal flow of its citizens into this country and think America’s southern neighbor should be asked to compensate U.S. taxpayers for costs incurred by illegal immigration.
Even as legislators in Washington once again are talking about immigration reform, voters across the nation remain skeptical about the federal government’s role in the immigration debate. Three-out-of-four voters believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the nation’s borders. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe the policies of the federal government actually encourage illegal immigration.

Rasmussen: 70% Support Crackdown On Those Who Hire Illegal Immigrants

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Seventy percent (70%) of U.S. voters favor strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Only 21% oppose such sanctions.

A year ago, 68% supported tough employer sanctions. Four years ago, when the Senate debate over immigration reform was at its height, 60% supported such sanctions.
Voters also are more strongly supportive of strict government sanctions on landlords who rent or sell property to illegal immigrants. Fifty percent (50%) now favor such sanctions, up from 48% last year and 44% in 2006.
Thirty-three percent (33%) oppose cracking down on landlords who rent or sell to illegal immigrants, and 17% more are undecided. Right now, 56% of voters think the policies of the federal government actually encourage illegal immigration.

Rasmussen on Indiana Senate: Republican Dan Coats 47%, Ellsworth 33%

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Support for Republican Dan Coats has fallen back to its lowest level since February, but he still runs ahead of his Democratic opponent, Congressman Brad Ellsworth, in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Indiana shows Coats with 47% support, down from 51% just after his GOP state Primary win last month. Ellsworth picks up 33% of the vote, while seven percent (7%) prefer another candidate and 14% are undecided. In the previous survey, just eight percent (8%) were undecided. Coats’ support in match-ups with Ellsworth grew from 46% in February to a peak of 54% in April. This is the second straight monthly decline in support for the GOP nominee. Ellsworth’s support since the beginning of the year has remained in the narrow range of 32% to 36%.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Reaches Orbit on First Flight

Friday, June 4th, 2010

June 4 (Bloomberg) — Space Exploration Technologies Inc., a company at the center of President Barack Obama’s plan to reshape NASA, launched into Earth orbit a new rocket designed to take cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station.

Video: Helen Thomas tells Jews to go back to Germany

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Wash Times editorial: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to “reinvent” journalism, and that’s a cause for concern

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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Google to give private Wi-Fi data to European regulators

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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Bloomberg: NY Times Says Circulation Holding Up to WSJ Assault

Friday, June 4th, 2010

New York Times Co. Chief Executive Officer Janet Robinson said the namesake newspaper is holding on to its circulation as the Wall Street Journal promotes its New York section and cuts advertising rates.

1,000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour

Friday, June 4th, 2010

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) - The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan was born on the Fourth of July. He died several days before Americans honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.

DC Examiner — Mexico opens California office to provide ID for illegals

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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