Links for 6-6-2012

Links for 6-5-2012

Links for 6-4-2012

  • Philip Klein has more background information on Romney’s transition lead, Mike Leavitt. Leavitt’s tenure as Utah’s governor was marked by tax increases and higher spending, or Klein puts it, “Leavitt…was exactly the type of Republican the Tea Party was founded to oppose, and he’s playing a key role in planning a potential Romney presidency…”

  • North Korea’s military criticized South Korean media outlets by threatening to target them with missiles.

  • Florida sought access to a Department of Justice immigration database it needed to clean up its voter rolls, only to have DOJ refuse them access for nine months. When DOJ finally granted access and Florida announced its intention to proceed with the voter roll clean-up, DOJ ordered the state to halt, saying time had run out before the next election. Moreover, DOJ cited the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. the “motor voter” law) to justify its order. That law, ironically enough, requires states to purge ineligible voters from their voter rolls, which is exactly what Florida was trying to do.

  • DOJ is, however, suddenly interested in the possibility of voter fraud in Wisconsin’s recall election — interested enough to send observers to 12 cities. I’m wondering if they’re more interested in monitoring the election for voter fraud or monitoring the election observers that True the Vote has been training in Wisconsin. Democrat candidate for governor Tom Barrett’s campaign is already whining about True the Vote.

  • The EPA answered written questions about their surveillance flights over cattle farms. Flights over Iowa started in 2010; flights over Nebraska started in 2011. They claim to be enforcing the Clean Water Act. They also claim these flights are an enforcement cost savings. Any time a government agency claims they’re saving money, you should be suspicious — in general it’s not in their nature to be concerned about saving taxpayer dollars.

  • From the department of inadequate Internet scrubbing: discovered a blog post placing Obama at Bill Ayers’ house for a barbeque on July 4, 2005 — after Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate. Oddly the blog disappeared when emailed the author asking about the post.

  • If President Obama’s re-election campaign is a micro-targeting machine employing the smartest political operatives and fueled by millions upon millions of dollars from Hollywood bigwigs and unions, why do they run ads on sites?

Links for 6-1-2012

Links for 5-31-2012

  • One of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s reforms was removal of automatic dues deduction from public sector union employees’ paychecks. The unions fought it tooth and nail because they knew what would happen when the reform went into effect: membership in Wisconsin’s second largest public employee union has dropped by half.

  • The Obama administration is slow-walking permits for natural gas exports. This is extraordinarily stupid. National gas is cheap in the U.S. compared to other countries (thanks to fracking), and overseas demand is increasing, particularly in Japan now that they are shutting down their nuclear power plants.

  • Maybe the Romney campaign will go after Obama the way they went after primary opponents after all. Today Romney supporters heckled David Axelrod’s speech in front of the Massachusetts capitol and Romney held a press conference in front of the shuttered Solyndra headquarters in California.

  • Rand Simberg runs down the accomplishments of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule mission to the International Space Station. His first point: SpaceX duplicated all of the accomplishments — except a space walk — of NASA’s Gemini series of flights in just one Dragon flight.

  • Popular Mechanics visited the two arctic drill ships that Shell is outfitting for service in the Beaufort and Chukschi Seas.

  • According to Al Jazeera, prisoners at Club Gitmo were tortured with Sesame Street music. Naturally Sesame Street’s composer is “outraged.”

  • China government is rounding up the usual suspects in the wake of the two self-immolations in Lhasa.

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.