Links for 7-30-2012

Vote in the Texas Republican Runoff Election

If you didn’t vote early in the Texas Republican runoff election, please vote on election day tomorrow. I support these candidates:

After Ted Cruz wins on Tuesday, we’ll be spending Wednesday starting the search for candidates to primary Rick Perry and David Dewhurst in 2014.

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  • The Department of Justice attacked Pennsylvania’s voter ID law by sending the state what amounts to a discovery request in the hope the information returned will provide a basis for suing the state later.

  • A new ad from a super PAC supporting Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst’s campaign for U.S. Senate accuses Ted Cruz of facilitating a young man’s suicide. At this point I’m looking forward to Dewhurst losing as much as I am looking forward to Cruz winning. The campaign run by Dewhurst and his supporters has descended to such a level of vileness that Dewhurst richly deserves the embarrassment associated with blowing tens of millions of his own dollars and the endorsement of every establishment Republican in the state on a losing campaign.

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein’s comment that the White House is the source of national security leaks that for some unimaginable reason benefit Obama earned her a spot under the bus. Or, to use a more up-to-date term, she was Cory Booker’ed.

  • The latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the costs associated with ObamaCare puts the total at more than $1.17 trillion over ten years. The CBO also predicts that ObamaCare will leave 30 million Americans uninsured.

  • The Republican National Committee released an online ad that does a good job explaining that Obama’s “you didn’t build this” remark in Roanoke, Virginia is not a gaffe – it’s what he really thinks. Congressman Paul Ryan used Obama’s remark as launching point for a pro-Romney article in The American Spectator.

  • Tea Party supporters are working hard to contest passage of the 2012 Farm Bill, a.k.a. the $78B/year food stamp bill. Some of the Republican sponsors of the House bill – like Kristi Noem and Steve King – are going to find that while their position may play well in their district, campaign contributions from outside their district will suffer.

  • The Midwest corn crop is in sorry shape thanks to a drought, which will result in higher food prices since corn is an ingredient in so many food products. Obama could do something to help: suspend the corn ethanol mandate. Unfortunately suspending a mandate is not Obama’s style.

  • Phyllis Schlafly wrote an article on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the Obama administration is trying to push through the Senate.

  • Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News is working a story about a U.S.-funded Afghan military hospital that was so corrupt and ineptly run that Afghan soldiers were dying of simple infections. Conditions at the hospital were vile: “By 2010, military officials on site began documenting maggots on open wounds, patients starved for weeks, surgery performed with no sedatives and bedsores so deep that bones showed through.” Today four U.S. military officers testified to Congress that a 2010 investigation into the hospital was shelved to prevent it from becoming a 2010 midterm election issue. Supposedly conditions at the hospital have since improved, but none of the doctors or nurses at the hospital have been punished or otherwise held accountable for what happened there.

  • The Department of Defense relaxed the rules governing when and where service members can wear their uniforms so LGBT personnel can wear their uniforms at gay pride parades.

  • A miraculous survival story from the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings.

  • Two Obama administration officials bravely met with the prime minister of Tibet’s government in exile, Longsang Sangay. Actually it was the NSC Senior Director for Asia and an Under Secretary of State who met the prime minister – not exactly top ranking officials. And they met outside U.S. government buildings to avoid angering China; they could have met at a Starbucks for all we know. Other than that it was very brave of the Obama administration to do this. Really.

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