Archive for July 21st, 2010

Illinois public college professor fired for teaching about Catholic beliefs in class on Catholicism – Alliance Defense Fund

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Alliance Defense Fund attorneys sent a letter Monday to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign officials on behalf of a popular, highly regarded professor who was fired for explaining the position of the Roman Catholic Church on human sexual behavior to members of his Introduction to Catholicism class.

“A university cannot censor professors’ speech–including classroom speech related to the topic of the class–merely because certain ideas ‘offend’ an anonymous student,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French. “To fire a professor for teaching the actual subject matter of his course is outrageous. It’s ridiculous that a school would fire a professor without even giving him a chance to defend himself when he simply taught Catholic beliefs in a class about Catholic beliefs.”

NAACP Confirms Election of a Black President Made No Difference – Dennis Prager

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

When it came to the likely consequences of the election of a black president, we conservatives — including this one — were fooled. The election of a black as president of the United States has evidently had no impact on the use of the lie about American racism. Just as the American people’s adoration of a black woman, Oprah Winfrey, and the appointment of two blacks, one a woman — by a Republican president — as secretary of state had no impact, so, too, the election of Barack Obama has had no impact.

Virtually every liberal commentator who has written or spoken on this issue has described political opposition to Mr. Obama — not only that of the tea parties — as racist.

WSJ editorial – Stimulating Unemployment. If you can’t create any jobs, pay people not to work

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Sure, Mr. Obama’s ostensible purpose was to lobby Congress for the eighth extension of jobless benefits since the recession began, to a record 99 weeks, or nearly two years. And he whacked Senate Republicans for blocking the extension, though Republicans are merely asking that the extension be offset by cuts in other federal spending.

But Mr. Obama was nonetheless obliged to concede that, 18 months after his $862 billion stimulus, there are still five job seekers for every job opening and that 2.5 million Americans will soon run out of unemployment benefits. What happens when the 99 weeks of benefits run out? Will the President demand that they be extended to three years, or four?

Video, Club for Growth PAC ad “Not So Much” exposes liberal voting record of self-styled “conservative” Jim Barnett

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Club for Growth – PAC Launches Ad for Tim Huelskamp in Kansas-1

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Club for Growth PAC today also released the following ad, “Not So Much,” in Kansas’s first congressional district. The ad exposes the liberal voting record of self-styled “conservative” Jim Barnett, who in fact supports higher taxes and government-run health care.

RedState – Lindsey Graham Thinks You Are Stupid

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Apparently, in defending Graham’s earth-shattering announcement that he will support her, his team fancies Graham a “thinking person’s conservative,” “not a demagogue,” and one who will “do well among voters with IQ’s in triple digits.”

There you have it South Carolina, if you disagree with Senator Demagogue, he thinks you are stupid.

Rasmussen – Ohio Senate: Portman (R) 45%, Fisher (D) 39%

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

These results are little changed from late last month when Portman held a 43% to 39% advantage.
This is the seventh consecutive survey to find Portman’s support in the narrow range of 42% to 44%. Over that same time frame, Fisher has earned 38% to 43% of the vote. The two men were tied in May and June following the winning of their respective party primaries.  Ohio’s hard-hit economy is a major issue in both the Senate and gubernatorial races in the state. Only six percent (6%) of Ohio voters characterize the economy as good, while 54% say it’s bad. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think the economy is getting better, but 48% say it’s getting worse. Seventy-five percent (75%) of those who think the economy is getting better support Fisher, but 68% of the larger group that says the economy is getting worse favor Portman.
Seventy percent (70%) of all Ohio voters say the country is in a recession.

Rasmussen – Voters Still Think Bailouts Were A Bad Idea

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that just 25% say it was a good idea for the federal government to provide bailout funding for banks and other financial institutions. Fifty-six percent (56%) hold the opposite view and feel these bailouts were a bad idea. Another 19% are undecided.
Voters have been skeptical about the financial bailout from the start, back to the Wall Street meltdown in fall 2008.  Similarly, one-in-three voters (33%) like the idea of the auto bailouts, but 57% don’t. These findings, too, have shown little change since GM came begging to the federal government in late 2008.

Rasmussen – 56% Support Offshore Drilling; 47% Favor Deepwater Drilling, Too

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

With the deepwater oil leak apparently capped after three months of gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, support for both offshore oil drilling and drilling further out in deepwater remains largely unchanged. Most voters also remain concerned about the potential environmental impact of new drilling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of U.S. Voters now believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, while 26% oppose it. One-in-five voters (19%) are undecided. That’s down from 60% last month. Since the oil rig explosion that caused the massive oil leak, support for offshore drilling has ranged from 56% to 64%.

CBS – U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The U.S. Navy has used a a laser weapon to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in a test that rings up memories of Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” missile defense shield in the 1980s.

Nat Hentoff – Drones in U.S. skies – to keep eye on us

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

In May of last year, David Kilcullen, a counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus from 2006 to 2008, co-authored a strategic analysis (“Death from Above, Outrage Down Below,” New York Times, May 17, 2009). He emphasized that the “public outrage” among Pakistan’s civilians caused by our drone attacks “is hardly limited to the region in which they take place.”

Extensively reported by the news media, “the persistence of these attacks on Pakistani territory offends people’s deepest sensibilities, alienates them from their government, and contributes to Pakistan’s instability.”

Parachuting donkey shocks Russian beachgoers

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

MOSCOW (AFP) - – Russian beachgoers got a shock when they saw a donkey soaring in the blue skies over the balmy beaches on the Sea of Azov in southern Russia last week, police said on Tuesday.