Links for 3-14-2012

  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott originally submitted the state’s voter ID law to the Department of Justice for clearance under the Voting Rights Act; he could have (and arguably should have) submitted the law to the DC Circuit Court for clearance instead. When the DOJ dragged its heels, Abbott filed with the DC Circuit Court. Now that the DOJ has rejected Texas’ voter ID law, Abbott is seeking to file an amended complaint with the DC Circuit Court that states, “…the State of Texas seeks a declaration that section 5, as most recently amended and reauthorized by the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, exceeds the enumerated powers of Congress and conflicts with Article IV of the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment.” In other words, Abbott is directly attacking the constitutionality of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This is exactly what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t want. Good for Abbott.

  • Republican Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus withstood a primary challenge by outspending his nearest rival by 45 to 1. The fact that he faced three conservative opponents helped him, too. In any event Bachus won by a wide enough margin to avoid a runoff. As Ned Ryun of American Majority wrote on Twitter, we’ll get him next time. Assuming he isn’t indicted and forced to resign first.

  • Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid dropped his plan to force cloture votes on 17 Obama judicial nominees after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to vote on 14 “noncontroversial” judicial nominees by May 7.

  • An Afghan interpreter staged an apparent suicide attack against Defense Secretary Leon Panetta using a stolen pickup as a C-17 carrying Panetta landed at Camp Bastion. Panetta’s security detail remainded on edge, as soldiers who were to meet with him were asked to disarm first.

  • An advertisement that recently ran in The New York Times was headed, “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church.” Pamela Gellar duplicated the ad, substituted “Islam” for “Catholic Church,” and submitted it back to the paper as a new ad. Not surprisingly, they refused to run it. I’m thinking there could be a double standard at work here.

  • East High School in Kansas City, Missouri appears to have a racial problem — one where minority white students are the targets. Two black kids setting a white kid on fire might be a hint of underlying problems. Oh, and the teachers are complicit in it.

  • There’s been another self-immolation in Tibet, a 34 year old monk from the the Rongwo monastery in Rebkong.

Links for 3-13-2012

  • James O’Keefe and Breitbart.com released a video demonstrating how easy it is to commit voter fraud in Vermont. Photo IDs aren’t required, so it was easy for O’Keefe’s people to obtain ballots by using the names of other people, living and dead. By way of contrast, they also recorded Vermont bartenders demanding photo IDs before serving them alcohol because they looked younger than the legal drinking age.
  • Falling federal tax receipts in February may be a sign the economy is slowing down.
  • Surprising no one who is paying attention, the Congressional Budget Office increased its estimate of the ten year cost of ObamaCare from $940 billion to $1.76 trillion.
  • Paul Rahe completely demolishes Mitt Romney:

    In politics, the prospective Republican nominee operates on the same set of premises as Barack Obama. Both men presume that the property we hold is really public property -– to be spent as the legislative power directs. Both take it for granted that it is the job of government to guarantee healthcare to everyone. Both are perfectly happy to take from the industrious and rational to support the greedy and improvident. If they disagree, it is only about the most efficient way to deliver the goods.

  • Third place finishes in Mississippi and Alabama aren’t doing Romney much good, either.
  • Judicial Watch is suing the U.S. Air Force over a Freedom of Information Act request related to the costs associated with Michelle Obama’s August 2010 trip to Spain. The Air Force has completely ignored the FOIA request, not even bothering to offer an explanation of why they won’t fulfill it.
  • Senator Diane Feinstein leaked the news that the five senior Taliban leaders the Obama administration is proposing to release from Guantanamo Bay are part of an exchange for a Westerner held by the Taliban. Feinstein knows the Westerner’s name but didn’t disclose it. She’s opposed to the exchange.
  • Secretary of Energy Steven Chu walked back his previously expressed desire for U.S. gasoline prices to rise to European levels to encourage alternative energy usage.
  • Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) admitted that it didn’t consider challenges to recall petitions filed by the targets of those petitions. This is a violation of Wisconsin state law, which doesn’t seem to perturb the GAB.
  • Ned Ryun argues that tea partiers and conservatives need to stay engaged at the grassroots level year around if they’re going to turn around America’s fortunes. Catherine Englebrecht of True the Vote tells people something similar: no matter how busy you are, you need to spend 10% of your time on civic causes, all year long.
  • A report on cyber threats by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission claims that Huawei Technologies supplies the People’s Liberation Army with “specialized telecommunications equipment, training, and related technology.” Huawei has become a major equipment supplier to U.S. telecommunications and cellular companies, in part because their prices are often lower than their competitors. On two occasions the U.S. government has blocked Huawei’s attempts to acquire U.S. companies for fear that the acquired technology would find its way to the Chinese military.
  • Somehow Austin’s South by Southwest festival finds a way of sounding less appealing every year. This year Al Gore and a former Facebook president, Sean Parker, showed up to tout a left-wing virtual canvassing startup called Votizen. The right wing version of this technology is from Political Gravity, which sounds like it’s further along in its development; in any event it’s being used by American Majority and FreedomWorks.
  • Chinese communist cadres are taking control of some Tibetan monasteries, prompting enough of the monks to leave in protest that the monasteries are closing down.

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  • A delegation from Hamid Karzai’s government visited Guantanamo Bay this week to discuss transferring five Taliban detainees to Qatar. This would take place as part of a negotiated end to the war that would return the Taliban to at least partial power in Afghanistan.

  • John Sexton, writing for Breitbart.com, finds a working definition for Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory (CRT) by consulting an unexpected source — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. She delivered a lecture on CRT in 1993.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used a visit to a Houston hospital to announce that the Obama administration will terminate federal funding for the Texas Women’s Health Program because Texas now excludes Planned Parenthood from the program. Governor Rick Perry says he’s acting according to Texas law and that this action is within Texas’ rights according to federal law. Once Texas receives official notification of the Obama administration’s decision (Sebelius notified the press before notifying the state), Texas plan to fund the program itself. Obama is in Houston tonight for two fundraisers, which may explain Sebelius’ presence in the city.

  • The Obama administration is organizing demonstrations outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the ObamaCare case. You shouldn’t expect anything less from the Community Organizer-in-Chief.

  • Paul Kengor wrote a profile of David Axelrod for The American Spectator. It’s not surprising that Axelrod is from the same Chicago far left/communist milieu as Obama.

  • Politics in South Carolina is operating according to its usual standards, with the lieutenant governor, Ken Ard, resigning his office after he was indicted for falsifying and misappropriating campaign contributions.

  • Senators Mike Lee, Jim DeMint, and Rand Paul announced a “Tea Party Budget” that will balance the federal budget in five years. It eliminates four departments (energy, education, commerce, and housing and urban development), repeals ObamaCare, and shrinks the EPA by 50%.

  • Mark Steyn on Sandra Fluke: “No, the most basic issue here is not religious morality, individual liberty or fiscal responsibility. It’s that a society in which middle-age children of privilege testify before the most powerful figures in the land to demand state-enforced funding for their sex lives at a time when their government owes more money than anyone has ever owed in the history of the planet is quite simply nuts.”

  • Remy goes to Capital Hill to lobby for a cough drop mandate.

Links for 3-8-2012

Links for 3-7-2012

  • Today Breitbart.com released video that shows Barack Obama praising and embracing Derrick Bell at a Harvard protest. The video itself isn’t very interesting given that Obama was friends with Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, people who hold opinions very similar to Bell’s. What’s far more interesting is the video of Obama advisor Charles Ogletree admitting that Obama’s campaign buried the video to prevent it from becoming an issue during the 2008 presidential campaign. Moreover WBGH Boston was complicit in this — they refused to answer Breitbart.com’s request to see the video. They ended up sending J. Christian Adams to WBGH to review it. There’s also video coming of Michelle Obama occupying the Harvard Law School’s dean’s office to protest in support of racial preferences in law school hiring.

  • The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) says the IRS is waging an intimidation campaign against Tea Party groups that are filing for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. Specifically, the ACLJ complains that the IRS is demanding information about the groups that is “outside the scope of legitimate inquiry” and violates their First Amendment rights.

  • Obama wants to increase the subsidy for plug-in cars from $7,500 to $10,000. I can only assume this is because the Chevy Volt is selling so well (not). Oh, and he wants to subsidize natural gas powered vehicles, too.

  • Documents turned over to Judicial Watch in response to Freedom of Information Act requests show that the Obama White House had a hand in Shirley Sherrod’s firing. The greatest (former) press secretary ever, Robert Gibbs, denied any White House involvement at the time Sherrod was fired.

  • The sheriff and county clerk for Lincoln County, West Virginia pleaded guilty to voter fraud via the ever popular absentee ballot stuffing method.

  • Sunland Park, New Mexico can top Lincoln County, West Virginia, however: In yesterday’s mayoral election, a guy who’s facing felony extortion charges, Daniel Salinas, defeated challenger Gerardo Hernandez, who is best known for receiving a lapdance from a topless woman in his campaign office days before the election. Plus, there’s voter fraud: at least six people from El Paso, Texas voted in the election.

  • Great news, everyone! China has a new road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile!

Links for 3-6-2012