Links for 5-30-2012

  • Dr. Donna Campbell finished second in the Texas Senate district 25 Republican primary and qualified for a runoff against incumbent RINO squish Jeff Wentworth. Donna defeated Elizabeth Ames Jones, the third candidate in the race, despite the fact Ames Jones has better name recognition (she was until recently a member of the Texas Railroad Commission, and before that she served in the Texas House) and a lot more money — Ames Jones and the PACs supporting her spent around $1.5M, and Donna reportedly raised around $100K. I will be donating money to and volunteering for Donna’s campaign for the July 31 runoff election and the Nov. 6 general election. Please send her all of your money.

  • John Fund interviewed Ted Cruz after his second place showing in the U.S. Senate primary. Cruz will be in a runoff with David Dewhurst, and to win he needs his supporters to vote in droves and for Dewhurst’s voters to feel lazy on July 31. I’m reasonably confident of the former and not so confident of the latter.

  • Peter Ferrara does the best job I’ve seen so far debunking the idea that Obama is not a big spender.

  • The Washington Post says Republicans should listen to Sarah Palin on the Law of the Sea Convention. That cold feeling under your feet is Hell freezing over.

  • A Tibetan mother of three self-immolated in the Ngaba region.

  • The Sauber Formula 1 team cut one of their race cars longitudinally to expose its inner workings. It’s amazing how compact and low to the ground everything is designed. It also helps to explain why Formula 1 drivers are usually rather short.

Links for 5-29-2012

  • Stories were circulating a few months ago that Planned Parenthood was the target of another sting operation. It turns out that it was Live Action, which went public with their first video today. The video shows a Planned Parenthood employee at a clinic in South Austin advises a woman how to undergo an abortion because she’s carrying a girl and wants a boy. Planned Parenthood says they fired the employee.

  • San Antonio Express-News published an article on the “politiqueras” of South Texas, who are hired by Democrat campaigns to fill in absentee ballots for the elderly and infirm (euphemistically characterized as “helping” them). A member of the Texas House, Aaron Peña, is quoted as saying, “Voter assistance abuse is now the voter fraud of choice.”

  • Here’s another account of a Zetas kidnapping in South Texas.

  • A Department of Justice employee, Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi, has been making a name for herself among conservatives because she admitted to committing perjury and leaking confidential documents during the Bush administration and used her Facebook page to diss Mississippi after its legislature passed a voter ID law. It turns out she lead the DOJ group that reviewed the Section 5 Voting Rights Act submissions from Texas and South Carolina for their voter ID laws, which not surprisingly led to DOJ challenging them both.

  • “Swatting” is probably illegal under federal law. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the Department of Justice to take action, since the perpetrators are far leftists.

  • Andrew McCarthy completely tears apart New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s conservative credentials. I particularly liked this sentence about Christie’s prospects as a vice presidential candidate: “Another moderate northeastern GOP governor with a soft spot for socialized medicine is not going to energize tea partiers and other Romney-indifferent conservatives.”

  • President Obama personally approves the list of Al Queda members who should be killed via a drone strike. His though process apparently involves baseball cards and David Axelrod. It makes you wonder who the Obama supporters thought they were voting for in 2008. If someone accused George Bush and Dick Cheney of doing this sort of thing six years ago, it would have been shrugged off with, “Nah, they couldn’t possibly be that evil.”

  • Texans are big donors to super PACs. This trend will accelerate when conservatives realize that Romney won’t spend heavily on harshly negative ads — the tool he used to defeat his opponents in the primaries — against Obama. If you want to make Obama’s poor results the front-and-center issue in the campaign, you’re going to donate money to super PACs, not Romney.

  • John Wolfe is suing the Arkansas Democrat Party for the delegates he won during the state’s primary — he won 42% of the Democrat primary vote for president, but the party is refusing to award him the corresponding delegates.

  • Artur Davis switched to the GOP. After listening to him speak at the True the Vote National Summit, I’m not surprised.

  • Brett Kimberlin managed to get Aaron Walker arrested for violating a “peace order.” Unfortunately the judge in the case is woefully ignorant of the internet, which didn’t help. Walker is seeking financial assistance.

  • Further explorations in futility: teachers unions are trying to recall Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

  • In Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend, there were at least 40 shootings, resulting in 10 deaths. That’s a 50% increase over the same weekend last year. Chicago officials attributed last year’s depressed murder rate to harsh weather that kept people indoors. But the city is back on its game this year!

  • Repsol is giving up on oil exploration off Cuba’s coast. Petronas is still drilling, however.

  • An interesting bit of malware called “Flame” is spreading among Windows PCs in the Middle East. This malware is so large and complex that it has plugins for customizing its behavior.

  • Two monks reportedly self-immolated at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Chinese security is extremely tight around that site.

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  • University of Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, introducing President Barack Obama as commencement speaker on May 17, 2009: “He [Obama] is a leader who has great respect for the role of faith and religious institutions in public life. He has said: ‘Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square.’” Rev. John Jenkins announcing a lawsuit against the Obama administration on May 21, 2012: “We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others; we simply ask that the Government not impose its values on the University when those values conflict with our religious teachings… For if one Presidential Administration can override our religious purpose and use religious organizations to advance policies that undercut our values, then surely another Administration will do the same for another very different set of policies, each time invoking some concept of popular will or the public good, with the result these religious organizations become mere tools for the exercise of government power, morally subservient to the state, and not free from its infringements. If that happens, it will be the end of genuinely religious organizations in all but name.” Someone has been schooled over the past three years. It’s a pity Jenkins wasn’t bright enough to see what was coming back in 2009.

  • Mark Steyn wrote a great column on racial identities among Democrats that includes this line about Elizabeth Warren’s contribution to the Pow Wow Chow cookbook: “Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab.” He goes on to draw a parallel between Obama and The Great Gatsby: “Like Gatsby presiding over his wild, lavish parties, Obama is aloof and remote: Let everyone else rave deliriously; he just has to be. He is in his way the apotheosis of the Age of American Incredibility. When just being who you are anyway is an incredible accomplishment, Obama managed to run and win on biography almost entirely unmoored from life. But then, like Gatsby, he knew a thing or two about ‘the unreality of reality.’”

  • A highlight reel from the 2012 True the Vote National Summit.

  • Kansas is working with 14 other states on a system to detect cross-state double voting. Six more states are considering joining the effort.

  • The Arkansas Democratic Party is threatening to disenfranchise Democrat primary voters: Obama challenger John Wolfe’s delegates won’t be recognized at the national convention.

  • Doug Ross used the Wayback Machine to trace Obama’s literary bio — the one that named his birthplace as Kenya. He discovered that it was edited several times over the course of 17 years, but the birthplace wasn’t corrected until shortly after Obama announced his campaign for president.

  • Someone leaked audio recordings of meetings with the Obama administration’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (who knew the federal government had such an agency?) where government officials instructed a contractor to fudge job loss numbers associated with a proposed environmental protection rule. The House Natural Resources Committee has been investigating this topic, but the administration has been slow to turn over documents, and some of the documents they have turned over are heavily redacted.

  • Mitt Romney’s campaign was quick to capitalize on Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker’s weekend experiment with free speech.

  • Yet another reminder that modern public school education can be more focused on liberal indoctrination than it is on learning facts.

  • Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility investigated a PAC that has been sending mail that impersonates their organization and attacks candidates they have endorsed. They traced the PAC back to a local political operative, Holly Turner. The blog post detailing their investigation omits an important detail: Empower Texans endorsed Holly Turner in the race for HD47 back in 2010. Awkward.