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Obama’s Pricey Electric Toys

Obama’s Pricey Electric Toys

It’s fun to play with other people’s money. With Washington groaning under record federal deficits, President Obama Wednesday unveiled another pricey plan to spend taxpayer dollars — potentially doubling the cost of the government’s vehicle fleet by mandating that all 600,000 cars be hybrids and electrics (so-called “advanced technology vehicles”) by 2015. But . . . under a clever loophole in the mandate, the Guzzler-in-Chief will still get to ride around in his big SUVs. With hybrid … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax, Government Waste, Oil-Gas Prices & Government Intervention, Politics

Birther Humor Aplenty at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner

Birther Humor Aplenty at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner

Good news. It seems, from the uproarious laughter from the journalists at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner last night in D.C., that it’s perfectly acceptable to call President Obama a Kenyan, poke fun at the Arabic language and, on a lighter note, comment on the President’s less-than-smooth delivery of remarks without his teleprompter. Here are a couple of clips of Larry Wilmore of The Daily Show performing at the dinner, making birther, Muslim, and stuttering jokes. Wilmore … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning, Politics, Where is the Main Stream Media?

Is Libya Battering Obama's Approval Rating?

In the last post, I mentioned some ominous-to-awful polling numbers for President Obama in New Hampshire. But the president's polling numbers nationally are slipping pretty fast. First, Quinnipiac: American voters disapprove 48 – 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 – 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 46 – 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 – 47 percent split on the President's re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of the vote to 37 percent for an unnamed Republican challenger. Democrats approve 80 – 13 percent of the job Obama … Read entire article »

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The Folly of Public Campaign Funding

Should political candidates get their campaign costs covered by the government? What if a candidate chooses not to take taxpayer money? And should taxpayers give more money to his opponent if a candidate raises more money for his campaign? Those are the questions that the Supreme Court is discussing today as they hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case challenging Arizona's taxpayer-funding for political campaigns. Supporters claim that such public financing encourages political debate. They contend that giving everyone the same amount of money ensures all points of view will be heard. The argument seems simple enough, but empirical research indicates just the contrary, that such restrictions actually entrench incumbents and reduce competition. Arizona’s law essentially imposes campaign spending limits. The Constitution won’t let the governments ban candidates from raising … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

First Solar Chairman Dumps Half His Stock

Anyone else curious about First Solar chairman Michael Ahearn's dumping of almost half of his shares of First Solar? From the WSJ: First Solar Chairman Michael Ahearn may be taking a dimmer view of the solar-power company these days, having cut his stake by nearly half in the past month. Mr. Ahearn, who has led the board since 2000 and was chief executive for nine years, dumped 800,000 shares valued at $118.9 million in a series of sales from Feb. 28 to March 25. Before this spate of transactions, Mr. Ahearn last sold shares in early 2010, nearly halving his holdings at that time as well. First Solar declined to comment, and Mr. Ahearn didn't respond to a request for comment. … Read entire article »

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Syria vs. Reuters

Bad things afoot: A Reuters journalist of Jordanian nationality has gone missing in strife-torn Syria, the Amman government announced Thursday, saying it was seeking information about his whereabouts. "The Jordanian consul in Damascus is trying to get information from the Syrian authorities about Suleiman Khalidi of the Reuters bureau in Amman. He went to Damascus but no one heard from him since Tuesday," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Kayed told AFP. Reuters said in a statement that Khalidi was last seen in the Old City of Damascus on Tuesday. "He has not answered his mobile telephone since shortly after 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Tuesday," it said. Also, Reuters photographer Khaled al-Hariri, a Syrian based in Damascus, has not been in contact with colleagues since Monday, the news agency said. Both Khalidi and Hariri have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

Diane Sawyer Grills President Obama on the Important Issue of the Day

"How much do you think Kentucky will win by?" At least she didn't ask about Ralph Macchio. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteDiane Sawyer Grills President Obama on the Important Issue of the Day … Read entire article »

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Night of the Living…Hayek?

Paul Krugman is worried about a zombie attack from conservatives' favorite Austrian (sorry, Ahnuld). All I can say is, if only. Nat Brown Read more CompleteNight of the Living…Hayek? … Read entire article »

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Nicholas Kristof, Eternal Optimist

From Nicholas Kristof's column today, entitled "Democracy Is Messy": Westerners have mostly worried that Egypt might plunge into Iran-style Islamic fundamentalism — and, to me, that seems a reflection of our own hobgoblins more than Egypt’s. Indeed, it seems increasingly likely that Egypt won’t change as much as many had expected. Moreover, the biggest losers of the revolution are likely to be violent Islamic extremist groups that lose steam when the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood joins the system. Sort of reminds me of when the NYT published an op-ed by Richard Falk in February 1979 entitled "Trusting Khomeini": … the depiction of him [Khomeini] as fanatical, reactionary, and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.  What is also encouraging is that his entourage of close advisers is composed of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

Ken Blackwell Seriously Considering 2012 Senate Bid in Ohio

Ken Blackwell — former Ohio secretary of state and state treasurer, former gubernatorial candidate, NRO contributor, and NR cruiser — is contemplating a run for Senate in 2012, taking on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. Supporters of Blackwell have commissioned a poll and like what they see. First, in a primary matchup against newly elected state treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Pat Tiberi: Q: If the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary was held today, and the only candidates running were Ken Blackwell, Josh Mandel, and Pat Tiberi, for whom would you vote? Blackwell    34.1% Mandel    17.3% Tiberi    16.3% Undecided  32.1% Then in the head-to-head against Brown: If the election for U.S. Senate was held today, and the only candidates running were Ken Blackwell and Sherrod Brown, for whom would you vote? Blackwell    32.2% Brown    45.0% Undecided    22.8% Before you shriek in horror, Blackwell … Read entire article »

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The First 2012 GOP Presidential Debate Is Postponed. Hurrah!

The first presidential debate, proposed by NBC News and Politico, has been postponed. The debate, co-sponsored by NBC and Politico, was scheduled to take place May 2 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. It will now be held Sept. 14. Of the several major candidates believed to be running, only former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has even announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. “Although there will be a long and impressive list of Republican candidates who eventually take the field, too few have made the commitment thus far for a debate to be worthwhile in early May,” Reagan Foundation Executive Director John Heubusch said. “The Reagan Foundation’s first Republican presidential primary debate will move to the fall, allowing enough time for the full slate of candidates to participate.” Fox News … Read entire article »

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Indiana Democrat: Fleeing State Is Like Serving in Afghanistan

Via HoosierPundit, a glimpse at the enormous self-regard that fleeing Democratic state lawmakers have for themselves: Indiana Democratic state representative Dave Cheatham explains why he fled across the state line rather than stay in the state capitol and provide a quorum for a labor-reform bill: CHEATHAM: The thing that sticks in my mind, I guess, more than anything else — and this is something that has happened. My wife teaches first grade. This past week, one of the kids in her class, a little first grader's dad is getting sent to Afghanistan. And he was really sad. And she said, 'Eell, you know, your dad is doing something really good. He's going to a country where people there are trying to take away the freedoms of other people there, keep them … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

Heath Shuler, Likely Challenged from Left and Right in 2012

It's not clear that this will end up having much of an impact on Election Day 2012, but Carolina Politics Online notes that Asheville councilman Cecil Bothwell will be running as a progressive independent against Heath Shuler, a Democrat, in North Carolina's 11th congressional district this cycle. As currently drawn, Shuler's district in the western end of the state is pretty conservative, and he managed to win pretty easily last cycle (54 percent to 46 percent), even as many Blue Dogs went down to defeat. While it's not unthinkable that Shuler's district lines could change, it only borders one district, the 10th, which is represented by Republican Patrick McHenry. Making Shuler's district less Democratic would require moving GOP-leaning communities into McHenry's district, a scenario that is likely to displease the incumbent Republican. … Read entire article »

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Obama's Libya Policy, In Three Sentences

Obama’s speech included these three sentences, and it is revealing that no one within the White House found them contradictory: “I made it clear that Gaddafi had lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead, and I said that he needed to step down from power.” “Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.” “We will deny the regime arms, cut off its supply of cash, assist the opposition, and work with other nations to hasten the day when Gaddafi leaves power.” He must step down. We are working to drive him from power. But we are not pursuing regime change. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Present! Jim Geraghty … Read entire article »

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Judge Silberman on Justice O’Connor’s Ethics Violations

In a speech three weeks ago to the San Francisco lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society, D.C. Circuit senior judge Laurence Silberman addressed “phony concerns and real concerns” about judicial ethics. In remarks broadly consistent with my own critique (offered in various posts that are hyperlinked in the first sentence here), Silberman shredded the phony ethical lapses alleged against Justices Scalia and Thomas. Disclosing some interesting new information, Silberman then highlighted the “real ethical concern” raised by Justice O’Connor’s “campaign against state court elections.” (As Silberman notes, O’Connor, following her retirement from the Court, “continues to sit on the courts of appeal.”) Some excerpts (emphasis added): I’m afraid I’ll be critical of [Justice O’Connor’s] activities but I want to assure you it is not personal. I have been a friend for almost … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 30

1989—According to the logbook maintained by the staff of the Morristown public library, squatter Richard R. Kreimer “spent 90 minutes—twice—staring at reference librarians.”  In response to this and other highly disruptive behavior, the library crafts written rules that prohibit, among other things, “unnecessary staring”.  But, in a wild ruling, federal district judge (and, later, Clinton appointee to the Third Circuit) H. Lee Sarokin declares the rules facially unconstitutional.  (See This Day entry for Feb. 14, 1992, for more on this case and the Third Circuit’s reversal of Judge Sarokin’s ruling.) 2001—After nearly six years in which his preliminary injunction has operated to prevent Indiana from implementing an informed-consent statute for abortion that is materially identical to the provisions that the Supreme Court held to be constitutionally permissible in 1992 in Planned … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Putting the Left’s Ethics Smears in Perspective—Part 3

But what about claims like Nan Aron’s that Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas supposedly “appear[ed] at political strategy conferences hosted by the conservative Koch brothers”? Given the brazenly persistent distortions, I will point out once again that according to the Supreme Court spokeswoman’s account (at the end of this article), Scalia spoke about international law at a Federalist Society dinner sponsored by Charles and Elizabeth Koch in January 2007 “and did not attend the separate political and strategy meeting hosted by the Kochs.” Thomas spoke about his autobiography at a similar Federalist Society dinner sponsored by Charles and Elizabeth Koch in January 2008. Thomas then made “a brief drop-by” at “one of the separate Koch meeting sessions” but “was not a participant.” Playing Aron’s silly game, I could as easily point out … Read entire article »

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Senator "I Feel It When I'm Not Up for Reelection" Stabenow

Armageddon will have to wait until after the next election. In 2009, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow told the Detroit News editorial board that fighting the climate crisis was her top priority. “Climate change is very real,” she said echoing other Gorebama disciples who maintained that, unless a cap-and-trade law was passed immediately, the world was doomed to floods, drought, hurricanes and species extinction on an apocalyptic scale. “Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I’m flying. The storms are more volatile. We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes.” But now with her 2012 re-election in trouble and Big Government in foul odor with the public, Stabenow has done a 180 — asking that the EPA delay its regulatory diktat to strangle American manufacturing with carbon caps. "My amendment is a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Radiation From Fukushima Reaches the United States. Panic?

No reason to hyperventilate, unless you think you'll live to 858 years old or are really, really, really thirsty. Berkeleyside: Are you still concerned about radiation crossing the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, despite the steady stream of scientific advice that it poses no danger? Now you can check radiation readings from right here in Berkeley, thanks to the monitors that the Department of Nuclear Engineering has on the roof of Etcheverry Hall. A team of scientists working under Kai Vetter is testing air and water quality (from rainwater) every day. What are the results? Unless you are the most irrational worrier in Berkeley, there’s nothing to be worried about. Although the measurements are in the standard Becquerels per liter, the Berkeley team helpfully translates the data into more understandable … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Gimmicks For Me, But Not For Thee!

A great catch by the good folks at GlobalWarming.org: Obama Decries Gimmicks and Slogans with “Win the Future” in Background The end of gimmicky slogans? "Mission Accomplished" Mr. President! Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteGimmicks For Me, But Not For Thee! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax