links for 2009-10-06
by Michael Kraft on October 6, 2009
Dennis Ross for Congress | Florida, District 12 I'm hearing really good things about this guy. no, he is not the UN envoy, Middle East guy. This Dennis Ross is a conservative running in FL-12. He's got a pile of endorsements, including from Jeb Bush. I'm thinking we might need to delve deeper into this guy and see if he's worth a RedState endorsement. He looks promising. FL SEN: Marco Catches A Roving Eye – Hotline on call Karl Rove has good taste in some candidates, but not others. I'm glad to see him aligned with me on Marco Rubio. too bad he's supporting KBH in Texas. V-Formation Flight of Birds I've always been fascinated by and marveled at birds in flight like this. I remember growing up in Dubai seeing flamingos fly over in a V pattern. That was impressive. then, as a kid, you wondered about them pooping on you. Closed Border, closed economy, closing opportunities | eaves.ca I'm sure this guy is to the left of me, but he is right on the money when it comes to legal immigration. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by closing the border to smart people who want to work, live, and play in this country. Verizon Wireless blasts AT&T Mobility in new ad: 'There's a map for that' (with video) Hilarious Verizon commercial. I love my iPhone. I increasingly hate AT&T. A Nobel Prize for American Medicine This will be all the more rare and special once Obamacare rules the nation and doctors are thrown into poverty and we all have rationed care. well, actually, maybe the rate of experimental treatments will go up as people become even more desperate for treatment and cures. Kausfiles : Another Prestigious Error from the Atlantic After all the B.S. regarding Sarah Palin's youngest child, I wonder why the Atlantic remains in business. It has gone straight down hill. John Sharp is a Fool the Texas GOP has RedState's back. Don't mess with Texas.
Mike Castle to Announce run for DE-Sen Political watchers have long been awaiting a decision from Mike Castle about whether he will run in 2010 for Joe Biden’s Senate seat in Delaware (currently being occupied by placeholder Ted Kaufman). Castle has been waffling lately, and sending some indications through his staff that if State AG Beau Biden runs, he would not run, despite polling showing him with a clear early lead over Biden. then the rumor mill indicated that Castle would likely not even run for his own House seat again in 2010, leading to much speculation that Castle would soon announce his retirement from politics. This morning, Castle announced that he would hold a press conference at noon to announce his intentions. According to the Politico, “sources” indicate that Castle will announce that he plans to run for the Senate seat. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) will be running for Vice President Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in Delaware, according to two GOP sources connected to the congressman, instantly giving Republicans the opportunity to flip a traditionally-Democratic seat in their column. Castle will be making a formal announcement at noon in his hometown of Wilmington. Castle had been debating whether to run for higher office, or retire after serving nine terms in the House. Castle’s expected entrance into the race instantly makes the race for one of the Democrats’ safest seats competitive. It would also represent an important symbolic victory for the GOP if they can recapture the current VP’s old seat. Given mark Kirk’s apparent strength in Illinois, even Obama’s media could not miss the significance of the Democrats losing the seats formerly occupied by both Obama and Biden. furthermore, Castle would presumably caucus with the GOP for at least some portion of the 6-year term he is elected to, which is an important fact. and with that, I have officially run out of good things to say about Castle or this news. I shall therefore follow my parents’ sound advice and not say anything further at all.
Legions of Editors & Fact-Checkers Watch: the Atlantic poll cherrypicking. (H/T: Instapundit) the Atlantic’s Chris Good, on Governor Jindal’s (correct) observation that polls show that the public does not support the Democrats’ health care plans: Of the most recent, reliable, non-partisan major polls–a Sept. 12 Washington Post/ABC survey, an Economist/YouGov survey released Sept. 15, and a Sept. 25 NY Times/CBS poll–only the first shows Americans opposed to Democratic plans (48 percent to 52 percent); the other two show Americans in favor, though NY Times/CBS found that 46 percent say they don’t know enough to decide. Slate’s Mickey Kaus, after noting that Good unaccountably ignored Economist/YouGov polls done after September 15th, not to mention some others that destroyed Good’s narrative, provides a correction: Of the most recent, reliable, non-partisan major polls–a Sept. 12 Washington Post/ABC survey, an Economist/YouGov survey released Sept. 29, and a Sept. 25 NY Times/CBS poll–two of the three show Americans opposed to Democratic plans. the only one showing even a plurality in favor is the wacky NY Times/CBS survey that managed to generate a 46 percent undecided number. [E.A.] I know that the Atlantic is getting to be one of those places that seem to be overly tolerant of bizarre conspiracy theories, but this is bush-league stuff – and easily checked. One wonders why nobody did. Or why nobody’s fixed this yet, either. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
How many times do I have to tell you? -TobyToons
LA Attorney General (D) Launches ACORN Embezzlement Probe The new Orleans Times-Picayune reports that LA Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, a Democrat, is on ACORN, as we say, like gravy on rice. ACORN embezzlement was $5 million, La. attorney general says the organization, until recently headquartered in new Orleans, had tried to keep the details of an embezzlement quiet. the embezzler, Dale Rathke, was the one-time bookkeeper for the organization. His brother, Wade Rathke, was President of ACORN International at the time, and saw to it that the unpleasantness was handled when he and “a donor” repaid $1 million of Dale’s improper credit card charges. Now, however, AG Caldwell is following up on an ACORN internal report that the embezzlement was closer to $5 million. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has been conducting an investigation of ACORN since June. He issued subpoenas in August seeking documents related to former ACORN International President Wade Rathke and his brother Dale Rathke, who kept the group’s books. those subpoenas were focused on possible ACORN violations for non-payment of employee withholding taxes, obstructing justice and violating the Employee Retirement Security Act. no charges have been made. … “Current high-ranking members of ACORN have publicly acknowledged that embezzlement did in fact occur, but the exact amount of the embezzlement was unknown until it was recently acknowledged in a board of directors meeting on Oct. 17, 2008, by Bertha Lewis and Liz Wolf that an internal review had determined that the amount embezzled was $5 million, ” the new subpoena says. the subpoena says, “It is still unclear if some of the monies embezzled are from state, federal or private funds.” more money quotes from the subpoena: ACORN was founded by Wade Rathke in 1970 and is the primary corporation which has 361 [!] related tax-exempt and non-tax exempt subsidiary entities. Sounds like Buddy’s investigators have their work cut out for them. the documents they have requested are all the financial books, check registers, expense accounts, employee records, correspondence, emails, etc., etc., for a period encompassing several years. A review of the records maintained by the Orleans Parish Recorder of Mortgages on August 3, 2009 revealed that 57 liens have been filed by the United States Treasury – Internal Revenue Service for the failure to properly pay withholding tax which was due. … Copies of the documents from sixteen of these liens which were filed between may 23, 2007 and September 9, 2008 were collected from the archives and the total amount of taxes due and not paid is $1,122,680.70. Similarly, ACORN and related entities were deadbeats to the State of Louisiana to the tune of at least $306,000. the AG’s investigation has drawn heavily on a July 2009 report to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform titled “is ACORN Intentionally Structured as a Criminal Enterprise?” Heh.
Will Chicagoans Finally Get to Lock and Load? AWR Hawkins has the top story at Human Events today. down here in West Texas, I keep a handgun in my car and usually one somewhere on my person. My habits are not novel: for I live among people who understand and value our inherent right to keep and bear arms, as well as our right to self-defense. yet in many parts of the country, like Chicago, where handgun ownership was banned in 1982, the norm is quite different. In the Windy City, men like Otis McDonald, a 76 year-old retiree, tell stories of being prisoners in their own homes: unable to defend either their property or their lives because they are denied access to the very tool our Founders believed belonged in the hands of all “free men.” That tool is a gun. and for someone in McDonald’s position, having one or not could spell the difference between living and dying on that city’s crime-ridden streets.
It has now been *ten* months since the Wasilla Church Burning. I posted on this three months ago – and in those three months: if there has been anything done by the current government in investigating this hate crime that would merit an update, I haven’t found it. somebody attempted to murder several women and children via arson, and it’s becoming depressingly clear that that person (or persons) has gotten away with it clean. This offends me. It should offend you. if it doesn’t, I don’t really care what your excuse is. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
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