Monday, August 30, 2010

9/28, Then and Now

From Power Line:

47 years to the day after participating in the great civil rights march on Washington, I returned to the same space for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally. In 1963, a crowd of roughly 200,000 filled the "reflecting pool" area below the Lincoln Memorial. Today's crowd packed that area as well as adjacent areas on all three sides. In fact, the throng extended most of the way to the Washington Monument, where the 1963 march began. To me, it looked like there were at least three times as many people at this rally.

The crowd was extraordinarily courteous and polite. I saw virtually no signs except on the way the gathering. Once at the grounds of the rally, I saw only American flags, a few "Don't Tread on Me" flags, and one Israeli flag. There were plenty of conservative t-shirts, of course. However, in the hour to hour-and-a-half I spent walking the crowd, the only shirts I saw that I thought exceeded the limits of good taste were two that featured President Obama with a Hitler-style mustache.

The speakers referred pretty frequently to Martin Luther King and his 1963 speech. In addition, Dr. King's niece addressed the crowd. The crowd responded enthusiastically to each such reference and to the niece. It was, though, an almost entirely white crowd. With all of my walking, I saw only around two dozen African-Americans. One had a small poster that said "do I look racist?" Another was politely arguing with a few equally polite people about the Grand Zero Mosque (the black favored its construction and thought the opposition was anti-Islamic).

The speeches were not about politics, at least not in the usual sense. Instead, they were mostly about concepts -- honor, courage, charity, etc. -- and the need for a "national revival" centering around these virtues. The speakers did not praise or denounce specific policies or politicians. When they weren't praising the traditional virtues or private non-political figures who exemplify them, the speakers praised God and the U.S. military.

I didn't stay to the end and at times, as I walked the grounds, I couldn't hear the speakers clearly. That said, I did not hear any speaker mention Obama or a contemporary legislative or foreign policy issue. The theme, to the extent there was a political one, consisted of the very general view that American should be "restored" rather than "transformed." Beck's hope seemed to be to inspire members of the crowd to help spark such a restoration.

Sarah Palin spoke early in the event. She drew the most enthusiastic applause I heard all day, including Beck's.

By agreement with Beck, Palin spoke in her role as the mother of a soldier about the military. She honored three military heroes in very moving terms. One of them had been at the "Hanoi Hilton." Palin's gracious reference, in that connection, to John McCain drew only a smattering of tepid applause (at least where I was at the time).

In my view, Beck, his supporters, and the rest of the crowd deserve great credit for the positive tone of the event. This, I'm sure, was angry crowd, as it has every right to be. But it did not appear at all to be a hate-filled one. And it applauded the accomplishments of the civil rights movement as vigorously as it applauded America's other great triumphs.

I may not agree with all of the Beck/Tea Pary movement's positions, and certainly not with all aspects of the Tea Party's political strategy. But I agree with its values and admire its character and resolve. The politeness of the crowd did not mask its determination.

9/28 Crowd in DC
And some context for that photograph and the crowd size, also from Paul at Power Line:

What you don't see in this picture is the crowd that the extended most of the way to the Washington Monument (but was not packed tightly the way the crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial was).

You do get a sense from this picture of how tightly packed that crowd was. In 1963, my father and I moved easily through the crowd towards the back when I insisted we get something to drink. And we moved fairly easily back towards the front when it was Martin Luther King's turn to speak.

Today, I could walk the crowd only slowly and often with difficulty.

Whatever the crowd size was on August 28, 1963, I don't see how it could have been less than twice that size today, and I'd estimate it at considerably more than that.

At Least Ten More Lawsuits Coming Against Harrison County Jail

From the Corydon Democrat:

Two tort claims have been filed against the Harrison County Sheriff's Department alleging the refusal of medication and "acting outside the bounds of all human decency."

The claims were filed by John L. Smith of Faith Ingle Smith LLC.

Smith said there are at least eight more tort claims to be filed against the department.

"I can't file them fast enough," he said. "It's ridiculous."

Smith said, generally, most of the claims revolve around the refusal of medical treatment or medication to inmates while serving in the Harrison County Jail in Corydon.

One claim, filed on behalf of Darrell W. Kirkwood of Greenfield, alleges that upon his incarceration May 6, he asked to take his prescribed medication, Zyprexa, and was told by the medical officer, Lt. James Mabon, that he did not need his prescribed medication and they were not going to provide it to him. Smith said Kirkwood has been taking this medication for bipolar and schizophrenia disorder since 1997.

A verbal altercation ensued after the refusal, the claim states, and Mabon and Corrections Officer Nathan Adams placed Kirkwood in a padded cell and forced him to strip naked. Once in a padded cell and by himself, he continued to ask for his medication. Adams opened the door split of the padded cell and sprayed mace on Kirkwood several times, it said. Kirkwood was forced to remain naked in the cell after being maced without a shower or medical attention for more than 12 hours, Smith said, and as a result, he has suffered extreme physical and emotional distress.

Other than the sheriff's department, the claim names the Harrison County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Mike Deatrick, Mabon and Adams. It calls for a judgment of $700,000 for medical expenses, both past and future, pain and suffering and emotion distress and attorney fees.

Kirkwood is now out of the Harrison County Jail, after serving almost two months for theft.

The second claim filed by Smith was on behalf of Daniel Stearman of Corydon.

Upon incarceration May 25, the claim reads, Stearman was being treated for a gunshot wound to his right shoulder that had occurred April 25 with antibiotics and a change of bandage twice a day. Upon returning from Harrison County Hospital, Stearman was allowed to take his antibiotics and change his bandages as instructed for approximately three or four days. Thereafter, Mabon, according to the claim, refused to approve him taking his antibiotics.

After a week of not taking his antibiotics, the claim states, Stearman's wound became infected to the point he had to return to the hospital. While at the hospital, the doctor called the jail and sent a letter to the jail indicating the seriousness of the wound and the need for Stearman to be placed on antibiotics and his bandages to be changed twice a day, according to the claim. He was also to return to the hospital in four or five days. Upon return from this trip, the claim continued, he was allowed to take his antibiotics and change his bandages twice and then he was again refused his medication or bandages. Furthermore, he was not allowed to go back to the hospital to get rechecked as directed.

Sometime after July 21 his infection became so severe that he was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany and University of Louisville Hospital and it was determined that Stearman contracted MRSA — a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics — due to this, the claim said.

"It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my life," Smith said of the infected wound.

Smith said there was basically an inch of rotting flesh on Stearman's shoulder. But, after treatment, it is now in better shape.

Stearman is incarcerated for residential entry.

Mabon could not be reached for comment.

The defendants have 90 days to respond to the claim.

Smith said he has been in communication with the defendant's attorney in the case on behalf of Tevin Bald. In May, Bald was allegedly placed in a padded cell where he was stripped naked, placed in a restraint chair and had a spit mask and hood placed over his face.

We're going to be broke before this is over.

Tweet of the Day

Lefties love a people-powered movement, unless the movement is powered by people who disagree with them.

- Jim Treacher

Debt Clock

Another Unsurprising Study: Media Gave Overwhelmingly to Dems, Obama in 2008

And not just of their time and effort.

Of their money, too:

Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.

By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744...

President Obama received 710 such contributions worth a total of $461,898, for an average contribution of $651 from the network employees. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain received only 39 contributions totaling $26,926, for an average donation of $709.

Ninety-six contributions by broadcast network employees to the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senate and House campaign committees totaled $217,881.

Thirty-eight contributions by broadcast network employees to the Republican National Committee and the Republican Senate and House campaign committees totaled $23,805.

That's 88% of contributions going to Democrats (and 94% of presidential contributions to Obama).

A Love Triangle

Quote of the Day: “The Only Place in Human History Where Anyone from Anywhere Can Accomplish Anything”

Every single one of us descended from somebody who could not be who God meant them to be in the nation of their birth, and so they came here, to the only place in human history where anyone from anywhere can accomplish anything. And the great cause of our time is to preserve this nation for the next generation in that way.

- Marco Rubio in his primary victory speech last week

Recovery

Recovery

The Magnificent Obama & His Flying Machine

The Magnificent Obama & His Flying Machine

Thursday, August 26, 2010

NYT & FiveThirtyEight: 97% Chance of Coats Beating Ellsworth in Indiana Senate Race

Nice.

They're predicting a margin of Dan Coats winning by 14%. The particulars of their forecasting model for Indiana are available here.

FiveThirtyEight got the outcome of every Senate race correct in 2008, if I recall correctly.

Colorado Democrat Senator: We Have Nothing to Show for All This New Debt

The Greeley Gazette, via National Review:

Michael Bennet, D-Colo,at a town hall meeting in Greeley last Saturday, Aug 21 said we had nothing to show for the debt incurred by the stimulus package and other expenditures calling the recession the worst since the Great Depression.

Regarding spending during his time in office he said, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.

Another Greeley, Colorado, newspaper (the Tribune) has the same quote, so it wasn't like he was misquoted:

We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet,” he said. “In my view we have nothing to show for it. We haven’t invested in our roads, our bridges, our waste-water systems, our sewer systems. We haven’t even maintained the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us.”

Mitch Daniels on 2012 Run: Ask Me Later

From the Courier-Journal:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told The Courier-Journal’s editorial board on Wednesday that Republicans must offer voters a bold and positive agenda in national elections this fall and in 2012 to win control of the White House and Congress and change the country’s direction.

“It’s important for my party to put forward a positive and constructive and very bold set of proposals,” Daniels said. “I think the nation’s facing survival-level issues. We better do something very different and decisive about it and I don’t think we have a lot of time.”

But Daniels, a Republican in his second term, said he’s not interested in leading that charge by becoming the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, despite increasing speculation nationally that he may run.

“This is nothing I have started, encouraged,” Daniels said in an hour-long meeting available online at www.Courier-Journal.com/opinion. “People have asked, ‘Please don’t absolutely close your mind’ and I have said I’ll think about it.”

He answered questions repeatedly about his presidential ambitions, pointing out that he’s not raising money for such an effort and isn’t campaigning in Iowa or other early primary states. He said that shows he’s not actively seeking the office.

“It’s nothing I’m going to do anything about,” Daniels told the editorial board. “If it’s still an interesting subject in a few months, ask me then.”

As I've always said, Mitch Daniels understands a cardinal principle of American politics: it's not enough for you to want to be elected; others have to want you to be elected (even if you got them to want you to be elected).

There's no question that the road to any presidential campaign for Mitch Daniels runs through Pat "The Hair" Bauer and the establishment of a Republican majority in the Indiana House.

There's also no question that, to an amazing degree for a guy that supposedly isn't running, Mitch Daniels has managed to set the focus of the debate among many 2012 hopefuls. He has even managed to cause them to react to him (effectively elevating his stature and name recognition in the process; since they're all talking about him).

If you want an example of this phenomenon, just look at his comments about a "truce" on social issues. Virtually every single Republican presidential hopeful ended up reacting to what Mitch Daniels said. For a guy that's supposedly not running, things he says seem to end up requiring responses from guys that are running.

That's probably a sign of something.

Where's Your Congressman?

More Good News on the Senate Front

Missouri:

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt for the first time holds a double-digit lead over Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters shows Blunt earning 51 percent of the vote. Carnahan, Missouri’s secretary of state, picks up 40 percent support, her poorest showing to date. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Florida:

Democrats will get their stronger candidate if Kendrick Meek wins the Florida Senate primary tonight as expected- but the biggest winner coming out of the primary may be Marco Rubio. PPP finds he would begin the general election in the lead at 40%, followed by Charlie Crist at 32%, and Meek at 17%. If Jeff Greene were somehow able to pull off the upset tonight it would be much closer with Rubio at 37%, Crist at 36%, and Greene at only 13%.

Meek, of course, won on Tuesday night.

Ohio, the "canary in the coal mine" state, from Rothenberg:

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) remains unreasonably optimistic about his prospects in the Senate race given his financial disadvantages, his standing in the polls, his campaign staff turnover and the national political environment. While Republican Rob Portman’s record certainly gives plenty for Democrats to shoot at, Fisher’s problems seem even larger. Because of that, we are moving this raced from Toss-up to Toss-up/Tilt Republican. Even this rating may understate Fisher’s problems a little more than two months out from Election Day.

Chris Christie: “Does Anyone in Washington D.C. Have a Lick of Common Sense?”

The answer, after New Jersey was deprived of $400 million in extra educational funding on the basis of a minor clerical error, would seem very clearly to be no.

McCain Enjoys Benefits of Hypocrisy

From NRO's The Corner:

McCain (who has raised and spent more money than any Senate candidate in this cycle, other than self-financed candidates) must be glad that none of the smug busybodies who have tried through the years to restrict political expression by preventing candidates for public office from raising enormous amounts of money and spending them on attack ads has succeeded.

I know I am.

Ah, sarcasm, I thought you had left us.

Salt in the Wound

Obama: I've Never Been a Muslim, Not That There's Anything Wrong with That...

Obama: I've Never Been a Muslim, Not That There's Anything Wrong with That...

Bumper Crop

Bumper Crop

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Economist: Mitch Daniels Running for President Would Be “a Formidable Opponent”

From their Democracy in America blog:

MITCH DANIELS, Indiana’s governor, travels so much that other politicians say he has ruined the office for whoever succeeds him. During his first campaign he visited each of Indiana’s 92 counties at least three times—his trips in a trailer, “RV One”, played a big role in winning him the election. Now in his second term, he continues to traverse the state, staying in local homes instead of hotels. I tagged along for a few days.

Bobbing above Indiana farm country in a tiny plane, his foot dangling above the aisle, Mr Daniels talked to me about entitlement reform. In a weathered sedan he teasingly grilled a trooper about why he had crashed a state vehicle. (I sat in the back between two aides, my head almost hitting the gun tucked on the ceiling.) In a big Sequoia he rattled off statistics about his time as George Bush’s budget director and his first term as governor. At each stop—a county fair, a chamber of commerce, a fundraiser, a news station, a state park—he leapt out of the car before the engine was off. Keeping up with him was not easy.

Hoosiers generally seem to appreciate of Mr Daniels’s efforts. In 2008 he won more votes than any candidate in the state’s history. He had some help—his opponent that year was a dud. But as I followed him around Indiana, it was easy to see why Hoosiers liked him. Once he arrived somewhere he gave his full attention to whomever he met. When given the choice of waving to a constituent or talking with him, he almost always chose the latter. At a county fair he was friendly and inquisitive. (Q: How did your cow get such a beautiful coat? A: I keep him in a refrigerated room.) At a tiny meeting of a chamber of council, he stayed to talk with retired farmers. His travel aide knows not to rush him to the next event. He simply stands back, turning progressively darker shades of pink, and tries to catch the governor’s eye. One of the stranger characterisations of Mr Daniels is that he is uncharismatic. True, he does not ooze charm like Mitt Romney or John Edwards. That makes him more likeable, not less.

The question, of course, is whether Mr Daniels will criss-cross not just Indiana but Iowa and New Hampshire, too. There are several reasons why he might. He has an impressive record in Indiana (see article). He is an immensely likeable retail politician. The other possible candidates are nauseating. There are also several reasons why he might not. Unlike many candidates, he is very busy trying to run a state. This summer he has energetically raised money to elect Republican assemblymen, the better to push his agenda in next year’s tough legislative session. Indiana itself is in trouble. In June the unemployment rate was 10.1%, above the national average. At the county fair, near a display of homemade dresses and wrapped presents (apparently a category at fairs these days), a woman fretted to me about cuts to state schools. Revenues continue to drop. Next year Mr Daniels will have to make more painful cuts.

While he tends to Indiana, he would have to carve out more time to establish himself on the national stage. To some Republicans, he may seem an eminently reasonable wonk. But he may be too conservative for some moderates (he was fervently against a cap-and-trade plan) while being too moderate for conservatives. The Family Research Council was apoplectic when he suggested a temporary “truce” on social issues while the country tackles problems of national security and debt.

I found it hard to tell how much Mr Daniels even wants to run. His wife, evidently highly reasonable, is wary of the White House. He has started appearing in Washington and on television, but he has yet to travel to any of the important primary states. Democrats should hope that Mr Daniels merely wants to lead the Republican National Committee. If he were able to jump through the primary hoops, he would be a formidable opponent.

Obama at the Bat



Worth every second.

Supposedly Moderate Leader of Planned Ground Zero Mosque: Al Qaeda Has Less Innocent Blood on Its Hands than America Does Muslim Blood

Nice.



Remember, children, dialogue is when we give them everything they want and they don't have to give us anything in return. It's a one-way conversation in which everything is our fault and everything they do is innocent, pure, and exalted.

Another Incident at the Harrison County Jail

I'm wondering if it's normal for other counties, when they have problems with inmates in their jails, to refer inquiries about those problems to the lawyer for the county's lawsuit insurance company.

From the Courier-Journal:

A Harrison County jail inmate who said he was injured more than a week ago in an attack by a fellow prisoner wound up at University Hospital in Louisville this week for surgery.

Justin Schuley’s family alleged that he was attacked Aug. 11 after returning from a court appearance and that they were never notified by jail officials about what happened.

“I’m still in shock,” said Cindy Schuley, the inmate’s mother who said she was angry about the lack of information. “I’m afraid for his life.”

Joyce Deatrick, the county police chief, referred calls about Schuley to Jeff Lowe, a New Albany lawyer for the county’s insurance company, who said Friday he had not been informed about the matter.

The incident follows Indiana State Police investigations into two other cases, and a potential expansion to three more, that raise questions about inmate safety at the 100-bed Harrison jail, which by law is under the sheriff’s supervision.

Some county leaders have called on Sheriff Mike Deatrick to resign as he awaits trial on sexual battery, obstruction of justice and other charges. But Deatrick, the police chief’s husband, has refused and can't be forced from office unless he’s convicted of a felony.

According to a letter Schuley wrote to his mother, he was slammed against a wall, injuring his left eye and the side of his face, during an altercation with another inmate who was not identified. He wrote that he was taken to hospitals in Harrison and Floyd counties and to an eye specialist before being taken to the Louisville hospital for surgery on Thursday morning.

Cindy Schuley said her son received 10 stitches to close a head wound and additional stitching on his jaw.

He could not be reached, but a jail official said Schuley was released from the hospital Friday and returned to the jail. University Hospital spokesman David McArthur declined to provide any information or even confirm whether Schuley had been a patient.

And then this article, today:

A Harrison County Jail inmate has been charged with battery in an Aug. 11 attack on a fellow inmate.

County Prosecutor Dennis Byrd said Monday that William August Wilt II, 30, was charged with C-felony battery, which carries a potential penalty upon conviction of up to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He said the felony charge was filed “because of the seriousness of the injuries” to 18-year-old Justin Schuley, who required surgery last week at University Hospital in Louisville.

At an initial court hearing Monday, an automatic not guilty plea was entered for Wilt, who is scheduled for trial Jan. 18 in Harrison County Superior Court.

Byrd said he did not know what steps have been taken to keep Schuley and Wilt separated now that Schuley is out of the hospital. The county’s jail commander did not return a phone message Monday.

WikiLeaks, Advocate of Transparency and Leaker of Top Secret Stuff, Keeps Funding Top Secret

From the Wall Street Journal comes this interesting example of hypocrisy:

The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial network to protect a big secret of its own—its funding.

Some governments and corporations angered by the site's publications have already sued WikiLeaks or blocked access to it, and the group fears that its money and infrastructure could be targeted further, founder Julian Assange said in an interview in London shortly after publishing 76,000 classified U.S. documents about the war in Afghanistan in July. The move sparked international controversy and put WikiLeaks in the spotlight.

In response, the site has established a complex system for collecting and disbursing its donations to obscure their origin and use, Mr. Assange said. Anchoring the system is a foundation in Germany established in memory of a computer hacker who died in 2001.

WikiLeaks's financial stability has waxed and waned during its short history. The site shut down briefly late last year, citing a lack of funds, but Mr. Assange said the group has raised about $1 million since the start of 2010.

WikiLeaks's lack of financial transparency stands in contrast to the total transparency it seeks from governments and corporations.

"It's very hard work to run an organization, let alone one that's constantly being spied upon and sued," Mr. Assange said in the interview. "Judicial decisions can have an effect on an organization's operation. … We can't have our cash flow constrained entirely," he said.

Among the cases WikiLeaks has faced, the Swiss bank Julius Baer & Co. in 2008 sued for damages in federal court in California, alleging that the site had published stolen bank documents. The court ordered the disabling of the wikileaks.org domain name, but the bank withdrew its lawsuit after civil-rights advocates protested.

Though Mr. Assange declined to name donors or certain companies through which donations flow, he provided some insight into the funding structure that allows the group to operate.

The linchpin of WikiLeaks's financial network is Germany's Wau Holland Foundation. WikiLeaks encourages donors to contribute to its account at the foundation, which under German law can't publicly disclose the names of donors. Because the foundation "is not an operational concern, it can't be sued for doing anything. So the donors' money is protected, in other words, from lawsuits," Mr. Assange said.

The German foundation is only one piece of the WikiLeaks network.

"We're registered as a library in Australia, we're registered as a foundation in France, we're registered as a newspaper in Sweden," Mr. Assange said. WikiLeaks has two tax-exempt charitable organizations in the U.S., known as 501C3s, that "act as a front" for the website, he said. He declined to give their names, saying they could "lose some of their grant money because of political sensitivities."

Mr. Assange said WikiLeaks gets about half its money from modest donations processed by its website, and the other half from "personal contacts," including "people with some millions who approach us and say 'I'll give you 60,000 or 10,000,' " he said, without specifying a currency.

Retrieving money from the Wau Holland Foundation is a complicated task, he said. WikiLeaks must submit receipts to the foundation, which issues grants to reimburse them. Because German law requires the foundation to publicly disclose its expenditures, WikiLeaks uses "other foundations" to aggregate its bills and send them to Wau Holland, so that some of the companies WikiLeaks does business with remain anonymous, Mr. Assange said. This prevents anyone from seeing whom, for example, WikiLeaks pays for Internet infrastructure, or where that infrastructure is located.

It's interesting that Mr Assange can recognize the apparent need for secrecy to allow WikiLeaks to accomplish its mission, a need that is in clear contradiction of the website's founding principles.

Such contradictions run rather parallel to the need for secrecy to defend the global liberal (in the classical, not American, sense) world system from its enemies, and the symmetry is apparently lost on WikiLeaks and its founder.

At some point, I suspect that some other website will serve as an outlet to leak the secrets about WikiLeaks' funding sources, secrecy that Mr Assange claims is vital to his organization's survival and its ability to accomplish its mission.

Indianapolis Colts Bowling Tournament

A Defining Moment

A Defining Moment

“Let Me Be Clear...”

Clear Skies Ahead

Photo of the Day: Petey Butt-i-whatever and the Plane He Flew in On

Presented for your consideration are two photos.

One, the stock photo of Petey "Look Everybody, I Went to Hahhvahhd" Buttigieg, the same photo and pose used on his website as his stock media photo.

Pete Buttigieg
The second, a photo of young Petey in the same exact pose with the plane he flew in on, namely Barack Obama's campaign plane.

Pete Buttigieg with Barack Obama Campaign Plane

You're known by the company you keep, so I guess that we should judge from Peter Buttigieg by the company he keeps, namely a radical liberal president that has run the country into the ground and has cratering approval ratings both in Indiana and nationwide.

And let's not even get started on how he is funding his campaign with fundraisers held in swanky Manhattan penthouses.

Or how he wrote an award-winning article praising the virtues of the only Socialist member of the United States Congress (it's easy to win awards when praising a leftist, of course).

Or even how he worked as an intern for Ted Kennedy; fortunately young Petey never went for a car ride with the "liberal lion," but unfortunately for Indiana voters Uncle Teddy's liberalism appears to have more than rubbed off on the Democratic ballot placeholder for state treasurer.

Yes, folks.

"CHANGE"

That's what Barack Obama and Petey Buttigieg are bringing to Indiana.

Pete Buttigieg with Barack Obama Campaign Plane

Sheriff Joe Visit Media Roundup, Part II

This is the article that followed Sheriff Joe's visit to Harrison County (and the rest of Indiana). There will probably be an article from the Corydon Democrat later in the week.

The Courier-Journal:

The Arizona sheriff who bills himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” said he was “a little disappointed” in his visit Saturday night to Harrison County to raise money for local Republican political candidates.

“Wherever I go I have demonstrators. I haven’t had any demonstrators,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said while meeting with reporters at the First State Office Building in Corydon.

Arpaio, who often speaks around the country, made sure reporters understood how to pronounce his name: “It’s Ar-pie-o, none of this Ar-pay-o.”

Arpaio began his Corydon visit with a $500-a-person reception at the office of attorney Maryland Austin, which was closed to the media. That was followed by a reception at the office building, where about 250 people paid $120 each to meet and have their picture taken with Arpaio and attend a dinner at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was the featured speaker.

Arpaio has received a lot of national attention recently for his hard stance on immigration. He had his deputies check the immigration status of people they think might be illegal aliens long before Arizona passed a controversial state law requiring such checks. The law was slated to take effect last month but a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction stopping its most controversial features from being enforced.

The 78-year-old Arpaio, who wore a gold-colored Glock pistol tie tack with his dark suit, proclaimed with a smile that he was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for possible racial profiling for his enforcement of immigration laws.

He encountered only admiration at the event.

New Albany resident Sarah Spivey was typical of those who approached Arpaio.

“You are my hero. May I shake your hand?” Spivey said as she made her way toward the sheriff. “My sons and I follow your life and history as much as we can.”

Spivey’s friend, Virginia McGuirk, told Arpaio, “I wish we had a bunch of sheriffs around here like you.”

The present sheriff of Harrison County, Democrat Mike Deatrick, is under indictment for sexual battery and criminal deviate conduct against two sheriff’s department dispatchers. Deatrick has pleaded not guilty.

Rod Seelye, the Republican nominee in the November race to replace Deatrick, is one of the candidates who will benefit from the money raised by Arpaio’s appearance.

“I think some of the models that he’s set in Arizona will play well here,” Seelye said.

Arpaio has long been controversial for his hard attitude toward jail inmates. Among other things, he’s known for housing some jail inmates in tents, starting a female chain gang and making all inmates wear pink underwear.

Seelye declined to endorse any specific policies of the Arizona sheriff, saying only, “I think he runs a tight ship. … I’m talking about running a very professional law enforcement agency.”

Notable observation from the CJ comments:

I was at the dinner as a guest of relatives. Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn't say anything radical; he just advocated the enforcement of the laws on the books. He also said that if you have a problem with the laws that are on the books, then you need to get the legislature [or the Congress, as the case may be] to change the laws...that selective enforcement is NOT the answer. As a libertarian, I couldn't find anything to disagree with in his words...and I was mildly [but pleasantly] surprised at that. I also liked his comments about "anchor babies" vs. the 14th Amendment...if we enforce the immigration laws, then "anchor babies" cease to be a problem, and the 14th Amendment can stand as it is. I'm sure that riled up some Republicans there, but he's absolutely right. He also said that, contrary to the opinion of a questioner, Americans WILL work if you pay them what the job's worth. That also probably didn't sit well with some Tea Party types. I have a newfound appreciation for him.

Another:

Harrison County Ind. is finally going to have a sheriff they can be proud of and his name is Rod Seelye. Seelye is an honest, hardworking, family man and a Desert Storm veteran. The only people who’ll have a problem with Rod Seelye are the criminals.

And one last one:

Replying to chayse:
Replying to BillAdkins1:
One would have to know about it to be there to protest. Joe Arpaio, the 21st Century's own Bull Connor, sneaked into town and back out again. Typical coward.

Adkins,
It has been advertised in this paper, so he didn't sneak anywhere. It's so easy to call someone a coward while sitting @ your keyboard...

GT, the church was not in the "political arena". Those putting on the event simply chose to use the large hall that is attached to the church and school. If this is a problem for you, that's sad and too bad...

I'm not so sure you can say there is no connection. Do they let anyone regardless of their beliefs or type of event rent the hall? ... like a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood?

Hopefully the church received a rental fee if not I think it would be considered an in-kind donation to the party.

First of all, the article I linked to earlier was the above-the-fold top headline on the front page of the Indiana section of the Courier-Journal. It can't be said that the event was secret.

Second of all, the local Republican Party paid a rental fee for the use of the hall. Interestingly, the local Democratic Party (whose platform advocates for unrestricted abortion) is renting the same hall in December. Neither rental is without controversy for St Joseph's. EDIT: I've since been told that the Democrats inquired about renting the hall but decided not to do so.

Sheriff Joe actually didn't speak all that much about immigration. It certainly wasn't the focus of his remarks. He talked at length (with great humor and considerable wit) but only got to immigration toward the end.

When he started taking questions from the audience, virtually all of their questions concerned illegal immigration. Arpaio himself didn't spend a whole lot of time on it compared to the other things (the jail, the ways he saves taxpayer dollars, his background, a number of funny stories, etc).

Anyway, good coverage on Sheriff Joe's visit to Hendricks County is available from the Chicks on the Right, here and here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sheriff Joe Visit Media Roundup, Part I

These are the articles that preceded Sheriff Joe's visit to Harrison County (and the rest of Indiana).

From the Courier-Journal:

Controversial Arizona lawman to keynote Harrison GOP fundraiser

Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who has drawn national attention for his tough law enforcement style, said Monday he’ll talk about immigration and his state’s effort to crack down on illegal immigrants when he speaks Saturday night at a Harrison County Republican Party fundraising dinner and reception in Corydon.

“People in this country … are angry that Washington is not doing more” about illegal immigration, Arpaio, the 78-year-old sheriff of Maricopa County that includes Phoenix, said in interview Monday.

Arpaio’s visit will be one of three stops in Indiana aimed at boosting GOP candidates as the fall campaign approaches. Dee Dee Benkie, a Republican national committeewoman who arranged the Indiana visits, offered to include Harrison County on Arpaio’s swing through the state and local party leaders jumped at the chance, said Scott Fluhr, Harrison’s central committee chairman.

“There’s no denying that Sheriff Joe is controversial, but most voters in Harrison County are conservative regardless of the letter they associate with their names, whether they’re Republican or Democrat,” Fluhr said.

A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Arpaio has been elected to five terms in the Southwest U.S. locality that has a population of roughly 4 million people. During his tenure, he has drawn attention for housing inmates in a tent city in the desert to avoid early jail releases for crowding. He also instituted chain gangs and ordered inmates clothed in pink boxer shorts and pink sandals and restrained in pink handcuffs.

In the past three years, the sheriff has come under fire in some circles but won praise in others for extensive raids on Latino towns and neighborhoods in a crackdown on illegal immigration. A 2009 New Yorker magazine article portrayed Arpaio as a grandstanding opportunist who has been accused by other Arizona leaders of abusing his power and sparking civil rights litigation that has cost millions of dollars in settlements.

A news release on the sheriff department’s website about Arpaio’s appearance at a recent tea party rally on the U.S.-Mexican border mentioned threats that some parties in Mexico have placed a $1 million bounty on his head.

And from the Indy Star:

Fiery Arizona sheriff elevates immigration debate with visit
Appearance at GOP fundraisers sparks protest

The debate over illegal immigration that has boiled over in some states has merely simmered in Indiana's political campaigns -- until now.

Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- a folk hero to some and a villain to others for his tough crackdowns on illegal immigration -- is bringing his celebrity and his message to Republican political fundraising events today and Saturday, raising dollars and controversy.

Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff," will headline a reception and dinner in Plainfield today for State Treasurer Richard Mourdock and two events Saturday in Southern Indiana for Republicans.

But while an estimated 200 people will be paying to hear Arpaio's get-tough message in Plainfield, organizers of a counter-rally in Indianapolis expect about the same number to gather at City Market. They argue that Indiana shouldn't import an Arizona sheriff who is under federal investigations for discriminating against Hispanics and intimidating political opponents.

Dee Dee Benkie, the Republican National Committee member who invited the man she calls "Sheriff Joe" to Indiana, says it's about money -- but also about tapping into an issue that resonates with many Hoosier voters who are angry at government's failure to secure the borders.

And, she said, she doesn't see any downside for Republicans. If anything, she said, the fact that Arpaio is controversial "will just raise more money for us."

Mourdock said when the idea of having Arpaio at a fundraising event first came up, "My first question was, 'Gee, will the guy sell tickets?' And, secondly, is there any reason I would fundamentally disagree with this guy?"

The answers, in order, were yes and no. Arpaio's name has helped Republicans sell tickets to all three events, and immigration is a top concern -- second only to the economy, Mourdock said -- with tea party activists who are among his strongest supporters.

And, Mourdock said, he considers himself "simpatico" with Arpaio. They both, he said, have stood up for the Constitution, Arpaio by fighting illegal immigration, he by opposing a Chrysler bailout that he felt violated the law.

While critics argue that immigration enforcement isn't among the duties of a state treasurer, Mourdock said that voters these days are "connecting the dots" between issues.

"Is there a cost to Indiana because of illegal immigration, and does that affect the state's treasury? Well, of course it does," he said.

"Immigration in Indiana to this point has not been a huge issue" in this year's elections, said Celestino-Horseman, a former Democratic City-County Council member. "We believe in reasonable, practical immigration reforms. But to bring in someone like Arpaio to whip people up just for the sake of getting them mad and angry and provoked, I personally believe that's immoral."

Harrison County GOP Chairman Scott Fluhr, though, is thrilled Arpaio is coming to his county for a party fundraising reception and dinner Saturday, after appearing in Sullivan County for a noon event for 8th District Republican candidates.

"There's not a whole lot of bleeding hearts in Harrison County," Fluhr said. But, he said, county voters see this as a national issue symbolic of government's failures.

Still, not every Republican is rushing to share a stage with Arpaio. Former Sen. Dan Coats, the Republican nominee for Senate, said he didn't know Arpaio was coming and had other campaign plans. Matthew Ballard, a campaign spokesman for Larry Buchson, the GOP nominee for Congress in the 8th District, said Buchson had other campaign plans on Saturday, too.

Besides, Ballard said, the issue Buchson is focusing on is jobs.

Trent Van Haaften, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 8th District, said jobs is the issue -- but that that is one reason why Hoosiers are concerned about illegal immigration. They think illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Hoosiers, he said, and want to see the laws enforced.

"When you've got this cloud of unemployment and joblessness hanging over you and you're trying to do things the right way and you see here or other places where people are getting a job and doing it in an illegal way, that gets to you," he said.

He doesn't, though, think the issue will impact his election -- precisely because he makes a point of addressing it with pledges to both seek secure borders and to cut off the incentive for illegal immigration by penalizing employers who knowingly hire them.

Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville, said unemployment has made illegal immigration a more emotional issue with voters -- even those who live in areas like Harrison County.

"People get all worked up about it," Dion said. "Why is unemployment so sticky? Why are jobs so scarce? It must be somebody's fault."

Brad the Beautiful Now Off the Air

Shella:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth’s TV ads are off the air as of today.

A Democratic source says the timing is part of a plan to preserve resources for later in the campaign. Republicans are suggesting that it’s a sign of money trouble that could lead to an extended period of dead air (reference Jill Long Thompson in 2008.)

Republican Dan Coats has not started his fall television campaign yet.

Brad the Beautiful still trails Dan Coats by twenty points in the most recent polling, so the ads obviously were having no effect at all in terms of moving the numbers.

Worse still for the Beautiful One, word has it that he spent $685,000, about half of his campaign warchest, on these media buys. Add in the simple fact that most of Ellsworth's campaign funds predated his Senate bid and were from his Congressional campaign, plus Dan Coats' impressive fundraising totals last quarter, and the stark outlines of the challenge now facing the anointed and insider-picked Democratic nominee are now clear.

And let's not even get started on the overwhelmingly negative earned media Ellsworth got from these same ads (claiming he was a sheriff for twenty-five years when sheriffs are term-limited to eight years, for example).

He spent a huge amount of money and got no appreciable result for it. Worse, his current rate of fundraising almost certainly didn't keep up with that burn rate, so it was an ad campaign that was not only ineffectual but also unsustainable.

The Ellsworth campaign now appears to be in a place that no campaign would like to find itself, and a place from which it is very hard to escape.

Tweet of the Day: You Can't Lie to Congress; Only Congress Can Lie to You

So Roger Clemens lied to Congress. Idiot. You cant lie to Congress. Only Congress can lie to you

- Joey Biden

Dubya Greets the Troops

Wow.

Carly Fiorina Leads Box of Rocks in California

Good news from the Golden State:

California Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has increased her lead over Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer to five percentage points according to a new CBS 5 KPIX-TV poll released Thursday, which also shows gubernatorial candidates Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman in a dead heat.

The CBS 5 poll, conducted by the research firm SurveyUSA, showed Fiorina edging Boxer 47 percent to 42 percent, compared to a CBS 5 poll one month ago showing Fiorina over Boxer 47 to 45 percent.

The poll results indicated Fiorina's support was essentially unchanged among men and women, young and old, white and Hispanic while Boxer had lost small ground among men, younger voters, and independents.

The poll also showed Fiorina tripling her lead in the Central Valley, from seven points one month ago to 21 points in this latest poll.

Meanwhile, the CBS 5 poll has gubernatorial candidates Whitman and Brown at 44 and 43 percent, respectively, effectively even within the poll's 4.1 percent error margin. Compared to a CBS 5 poll one month ago, Whitman is down two percent, while, Brown is up four percent.

Apologies to boxes of rocks; Barbara Boxer is actually dumber than a box of rocks.

Bloody 8th Not So Bloody This Time

From the Rothenberg Political Report comes a list of the dozen House seats most likely to flip parties in November. Indiana's 8th District is among them:

Indiana’s 8th. Democrats recruited a strong candidate, state Rep. Trent Van Haaften, to try to hold Rep. Brad Ellsworth’s open seat. But any Democrat would have problems holding this conservative district in the current political environment. Republican Larry Bucshon is a surgeon making his first run for office, which brings both pluses and minuses. Van Haaften, who served as a county prosecutor before being elected to the Legislature, is trying to run as another Ellsworth (a former sheriff), but voters may prefer to see the election as a referendum on President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.

No surprise here; Trent Van Haaften's candidacy has been a train wreck from the start; so much so that he's just "visiting".

Rorschach Test

Rorschach Test

Big Government

Big Government

“Those Voices Don't Speak for the Rest of Us”

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Economics by Ellsworth: Crack for Monkeys, Unemployment for Hoosiers

From the NRSC:

A new government report revealed today that U.S. Representative Brad Ellsworth’s (D-IN) $787 stimulus law led to job losses and helped drive our national debt over $13 trillion while paying for non-job related projects like a study to determine the effects of cocaine on monkeys, iPods for high school students, cell phones for smokers trying to quit, and advertising devoted to the promotion of the stimulus bill itself.

As CNBC reports today:

Two Republican senators have conducted an exhaustive survey of the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus spending and found that some of the spending didn’t create jobs — it actually led to job losses. Call it the federal law of unintended consequences. All in all, Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) scrutinized 100 projects, finding that some eliminated jobs, and others were simply questionable expenditures of money. The report, obtained in advance by CNBC, spotlights everything from federal stimulus money that went to study the effects of cocaine on monkeys to dollars that went to construction projects that blocked access to local businesses — which laid off employees as a result.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune notes that, “Stimulus money is going toward iPods for high school students in Utah, cellphones for smokers trying to quit in Washington and advertising devoted to the promotion of … the stimulus.”

Indiana’s unemployment stood at 9.5 percent in February 2009, when Ellsworth helped his party bosses ram the $787 debt and spending measure into law. In June 2010, the state’s unemployment rate stood at a painful 10.1 percent.

“While Hoosiers suffer from 10.1 percent unemployment, Brad Ellsworth is in Washington driving up our national debt with spending projects that have failed to create much-needed jobs and killed vulnerable positions thanks to botched stimulus projects,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Brian Walsh. “As Ellsworth vies for a promotion in Washington, voters will hold him accountable for his out-of-control spending agenda that funded exotic ant farms, computerized dance programs, and animal drug testing.”

Matt Tully Discovers Indiana Democrats Have No New Ideas

Not surprising, really. They haven't had a new idea since Paul McNutt was governor.

From the Indy Star:

Maybe they were having a bad day. A really bad day.

That's what I kept thinking last week during an hourlong meeting with Indiana House Speaker Pat Bauer and House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Crawford -- an hour now in the running for My Biggest Waste of 60 Minutes This Year. Unless I end up watching an episode of "Jersey Shore" at some point, last week's meeting will likely win the prize.

The two leading Democrats had asked to meet with a group of reporters and editors from The Star. It seemed like a good opportunity to talk about the upcoming House elections, and the ramifications that the outcomes of those races will have on the final two years of Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration. I looked forward to hearing Bauer in particular share his views about the importance of Democratic control of the House.

But they arrived with little to say. Bauer started the meeting by pulling out a few pieces of scrap paper on which he had scribbled a few words.

"I've got notes, man!" he declared.

That's all he had.

I should have known the meeting would be disappointing even before that, when Crawford sarcastically asked me to identify a problem related to Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration -- the event that concluded last month with the shootings of 10 people Downtown. Crawford didn't like a column I wrote calling for an honest discussion about the violence that occurs so often on the Expo's final weekend.

"I've been to every one for 41 years," he said of Black Expo, "and I've never seen the problem."

His lack of vision on that issue was equal to the lack of vision he and Bauer offered as they talked for the next hour about the 2010 elections.

Essentially, they wanted to share two thoughts.

First, Democratic control of the House is crucial because it will provide much-needed "balance" to state government. Republicans already control the Senate. A GOP-led House would give the governor a "rubber stamp," Bauer insisted.

Second, they wanted to let us know that Democrats are for jobs and education. That's all. They didn't have details or proposals. They simply wanted to let us know that they are boldly in favor of jobs and education.

"We would want to focus on maintaining public education," Bauer said.

My colleagues and I naively asked several questions in the hope of learning more about House Democratic policies. We asked for concrete proposals. Nada. We nearly begged for ideas. Nothing. Since you're so in favor of education, one of us asked, how about promoting universal full-day kindergarten?

"We need to focus on early learning," Bauer said. "But you have to be able to afford it."

Now, I can appreciate the value of balance in government. It forces bipartisanship and leads to more moderate policies. But balance by itself, without a glimmer of vision, is a hard sell at a time when Daniels remains extremely popular and the national mood is giving Democrats heartburn.

Anything can happen in an election year, and House Republicans aren't exactly an inspiring caucus brimming with visionary ideas, but Bauer in some ways seemed resigned to the obstacles facing him. He even offered a pre-emptive excuse, saying his candidates would be outspent this year.

"Daniels is a money machine, I admit it," he said. "We have to articulate our issues. We survive by communicating with voters."

If that's true, based on last week's performance, House Democrats are in serious trouble.

If you're a Democrat in The Hair's caucus, this is where it's probably best if you just curl up in a ball, rock yourself back and forth while whispering softly "it's just a dream, it's just a dream" to yourself, and hope that it all goes away.

Feel the Hate: A Look at Lugar's Facebook Page

Wow.

Really ???? You are going to vote to confirm Elana Kagen...You need to go..You do not represent Indiana and its constutents anymore...

How can you vote for Kagan? If you are a republican I am a Chinese jet pilot. We look forward to voting you out of office. She has never even been a judge before and you are going to give her a lifetime term on the Supreme Court?
Shame on you...

And why in God's name would we send money to boost Pakistan's economy? This old man has lost it. Don't you need to spend more time with your grandkids, Dick?

After looking at this wall, I now see why you announced you are voting for Kegan. Why does the US have to pass a "global" bill to stop violence against women? Isn't that why Barry keeps apologizing for us around the world? Let's take care of our own turf first. Clean up our borders. Protect our American women. Ho...w about voting against Kagan? It would seem her radical views would save thousands of lives right here in good old USA.

Vote NO to Elena Kagan. We don't need anymore RADICALS on our Supreme Court!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sen. Lugar, More than 4000 of God's children are murdered each day at the hands of an Abortionist. That's 167 every hour, 3 every minute. Your vote infavor of Kagan to the Supreme Court will only incress this deplorable act of dismemder God's children. I pray that you will reconsider your vote in favor of Kagan and ...stand with God to protect his precious little children.
Know that I and many others will be watching you very closely and if you continue to ignore the voters we will ask you to step down and/or vote you out!! And just like Byah you can say bye bye!!

Dear Senator, Please change your mind and vote against Kagan. We do not need any more extreme liberals on the Supreme Court. Also, she lacks the proper experience, since she has never served as a judge on any court. She is no more qualified than Harriet Myers was.

You are not entitled to your Senate seat, vote against Elana Kagan and the Dislcose Act. Update your resume', pack your bags and GET OUT OF OUR HOUSE!

senator, please vote against kagan!
vote pro-life, vote only pro-life!

I will never vote for some one who voted for her! As far as i'm concerned good riddance Mr. Lugar.

Mr. Lugar. I will never vote for you again if you vote to confirm Kagen. She is morally inept.

So the fact that Elana Kagan cooked a memo doesn't give you pause? 2012 cannot come to quickly Dick! You have been in D.C. TOO long!

I am still in shock at your announcement to support Elana Kagan?? You have served on state and federal level for many years and have seen what this nation has been and can be. But this has my head spinning. My Dad stumped for you when you first ran for Mayor of Indianapolis and he would take me with him to talk about y...ou and the Republican party and how important it would be for our city to support you. I have supported you since that day, But now I will have to rethink about the trust in judgement that you have expressed, Please do not throw our country under the bus!!! because another party is in power. Ask hard, direct. quesitons and not dance around! This is to important. Thank you

Amid the endless spamming by out-of-state lefties trying to get him to support the "International Violence Against Women Act" is a whole lot of constituent anger by Hoosiers toward their supposely beloved senior Senator.

Boring Yet Funny Scrolling List of Special Interests Supporting Brad the Beautiful



You don't need to sit around watching all of them to scroll by to get the point.

Photo of the Day: Finally, an Obama Bow I Can Agree With

Obama bows to Chris Christie
Obama bows to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Madame Speaker Gets Confused Easy: Reporter Asks Pelosi If Jesus' Life Began at Conception



Ouch. That's bound to have left a mark.

Zoeller Won't Have Indiana Join Fight Over Arizona's Immigration Law

...because Indiana hasn't passed such a law and Indiana law limits the powers of the Attorney General and thus wouldn't let him, basically.

The Richmond Palladium-Item:

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that the state would not get involved at the district court level in Arizona's efforts to enforce its strict anti-immigration law.

Zoeller noted that the Indiana General Assembly failed to pass a law he described as similar to Arizona's.

"Since Indiana does not have that statute, I did not feel it was a direct threat to the laws of Indiana," Zoeller said, adding that could change at the appellate level to protect the state's interests if it is determined the appellate issues "have a direct impact on Indiana."

Zoeller, visiting Connersville and Richmond on Thursday afternoon, told the Palladium-Item that he had signed an understanding with Mexico's top government lawyer to bring 40 prosecutors and 40 law enforcement officials to Indianapolis for training in U.S. trial court procedures.

Zoeller said he thinks the agreement with Mexico is the first involving a non-border state.

"What's important is that some of the problems in Mexico are based on their battle with maintaining the rule of law," Zoeller said. "In this country we take it as a birthright. But in Mexico they're really struggling with having a system of justice that will protect public safety.

"It's not just that they're all coming to the United States for jobs. Some of them may be coming to flee this growing problem in Mexico of public safety."

Quote of the Day

Romney’s biggest problem isn’t Palin or Huckabee or any other Republican; it is that he championed a health-care bill that looks very similar to ObamaCare, which is the object of the entire party’s ire. Oh, yes — that.

- Jennifer Rubin

The Big Board

The NRCC has a nifty interactive map up of Republican House candidates across the entire country.

Thirteen Weeks



No Mitch Daniels cameo this time.

Darth Manning

Darth Manning
Peyton Manning, it seems, wore a black visor on his helmet (a la LaDainan Tomlinson) at Colts practice this week.

What a Lemon

What a Lemon

Journolist

Journolist

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kagan to Be First SCOTUS Nominee Confirmed without Majority Support

This post should really be titled "Are You Listening, Dick Lugar?"

Gallup:

Among the general public, a majority of self-identified Democrats, 68%, favor Kagan's confirmation, compared with 43% of independents and 21% of Republicans. A majority of Republicans, 60%, are opposed.

If confirmed, Kagan would be the first successful nominee in recent years whose nomination was backed by less than a majority of Americans in the final poll before the Senate confirmation vote (or, in the case of Harriet Miers, before her nomination was withdrawn).

Romney Now Pushing for Amnesty Before 2012 Presidential Election

Politico:

Their hope now is that Republican presidential candidates and former operatives under Bush, a reform proponent, can convince GOP congressional leaders that the issue needs to be dealt with before 2012 — or that they could risk alienating the burgeoning Hispanic vote in the crucial swing states of New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Florida.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a front-runner for the nomination, has signaled quietly to Graham that Republicans must address immigration before the campaign heats up, according to several sources familiar with the conversation.

Graham’s push against birthright citizenship prompted this response on POLITICO’s Arena from Cesar Conda, a former domestic policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney: “If the Republican Party embraces ending birthright citizenship, then it will be assured losing Latino and ethnic voters — and presidential elections for the foreseeable future.”

Hat tip: Hot Air.

Mike Sodrel's (Long in Coming) Book Now Out


It has a website and a Facebook page, too.

There will also be a couple of book signings, the first being in New Albany on August 17.

New Revelations About Wikileaks Leaker

Once again, the British press goes where American "journalists" fear (apparently for reasons of ideology or political correctness or lack of intellectual curiosity) fear to tread.

Power Line:

Pfc. Bradley Manning is the only suspect in the Wikileaks scandal that may have endangered both American soldiers in Afghanistan and their Afghan allies. He is now in custody awaiting court martial. Manning worked in intelligence and was stationed for a time outside Baghdad. I have no insight into whether Private Manning is guilty or not; presumably the facts will come out in his court martial. I am struck, however, by the lack of curiosity the American press has shown about Private Manning.

Manning's mother is British. She married an American and lived in the U.S. for some years; Bradley was born here. His parents divorced and she brought him back to Wales in 2001. The Telegraph took the trouble of interviewing some of Manning's friends and family members in the U.K., and checking out his Facebook page. The results are interesting.

First, Private Manning is openly homosexual. Did you know that? I didn't; if the fact has been reported in the American press, I've missed it. Moreover, Manning was an activist who demonstrated against Congress's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. His Facebook includes a photo of him at a gay rights rally, holding a sign demanding equality on "the battlefield." Further, he has posted anti-military comments on his Facebook page. An uncle describes him as "an introverted kid who loved computers and was fired up politically." That tantalizing reference is left hanging. Whether he was fired up about something other than gay rights remains unknown, for the moment.

These are facts that would no doubt be of interest to American readers, yet, as so often happens, our reporters and editors appear to be engaged in a policy of collective discretion. Imagine, though, if Manning had been a tea partier, if he had been photographed holding an anti-government sign at a tea party rally, and if friends described him as being "fired up" about conservative politics. Do you think those facts would be prominently featured in the media narrative about the leaks?

Ever wonder what else they're not telling the American public, but that foreign reporters aren't motivated to look into?

Perfect Timing, Democrats: Appeal of Arizona Law to Be Argued on Election Week

This wasn't quite the outcome that I mentioned in my prior post (of the court's decision on the appeal coming down around the election).

This outcome is, for Democrats, even worse.

Legal Insurrection:

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Arizona's motion to expedite the appeal from the preliminary injunction enjoining key provisions of S.B. 1070. (h/t Michelle Malkin) The Department of Justice has objected to an expedited briefing schedule.

The case now will be argued the week of November 1.

That may make DOJ lawyers happy, because they will have more time to put together their brief.

But it will not make Democratic politicians happy to have the Arizona case on the front page as voters are walking into the voting booth on November 2.

Democrats wished too hard for something, and they got it.

Another Poll Shows Paul Leading by 8% in KY

From SurveyUSA:

In an election for United States Senator from Kentucky today, 07/30/10, Republican Rand Paul edges Democrat Jack Conway, 51% to 43%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for the Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV.
Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 2 months ago, the contest is essentially unchanged, with Paul flat and Conway down a nominal 2 points. Paul today runs a little stronger among men, a little weaker among women, than he did in SurveyUSA’s last poll. Conway may have made up some ground in Western Kentucky, but lost some ground in Eastern Kentucky. 1 in 4 Democrats cross-over to vote Republican. Independents break 3:2 Republican.

A recent poll by Rasmussen last week showed similar numbers.

Handcuffing Arizona

Handcuffing Arizona

Immigrant Shopping

Immigrant Shopping
Interesting commentary from north of the border:

When the President proceeds to declare that any future immigration bill must likewise “make it easier for the best and the brightest to come to start businesses and develop products and create jobs,” he is acknowledging the fact that most immigrants to the United States — even the legal ones — are not being imported for any clear economic purpose. It’s a little-discussed fact that most legal US migrants in any given year are simply refugees or the family members of existing immigrants, with qualified, accredited, ready-to-work professionals only representing a minority.

At some point Americans need to have a frank discussion about what they want and need their immigration system to actually do — both for the betterment of the nation, and the interests of its existing, native-born citizenry. Illegals may grab everyone’s attention, but they are hardly the only issue in a very complex and multi-dimensional national dilemma.

There's a whole lot of focus (rightly) on illegal immigration and what to do with those that are coming here illegally and those that are already here illegally, but there's very little attention at all given to restructing the policy that governs those that want to come here legally.

Not Quite a GEICO Ad

This is the money you could have saved if you hadn't voted for Obama.
Hat tip: Hoosier Access.