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Thursday Morning News Brief

Good Morning Conflucians!! This will be a brief news post, because I have to get to my office at 10 to start working on my final grades for my two classes.

You won’t be surprised by this news–it’s just one more “we told you so” moment–but I suppose the progs will be mystified.

Hotline: Dem Turnout Falls off a Cliff

Turnout among Dem voters dropped precipitously in 3 statewide primaries on Tuesday, giving the party more evidence that their voters lack enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.

In primaries in NC, IN and OH, Dems turned out at far lower rates than they have in previous comparable elections.

But supposedly, the Dems aren’t worried. Could that be because they really want the Repubs in charge so they don’t have to take any responsibility for the passage of Republican policies? Just imagine if the Dems were in the majority when Obama repeals Social Security. The Party would be dead. Oh wait…it’s already DOA.

“We had historic increases in registration in 2008 and we are working to turn out those first time voters again this fall, and we’ll do so united behind our nominees — which can’t be said of Republicans,” DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. “The real story in looking at motivation of the base from yesterday was a deeply divided Republican party that nominated deeply flawed candidates that overwhelming majorities of their own voters couldn’t support.”

Oh really? We’ll find out in November, I guess.

SoD sent me this quote from poor befuddled Chris Bowers:

“…these turnout figures paint a picture significantly worse than just the expected 2% drop-off. This is more than just a demographic problem based on age–there really is a meaningful enthusiasm gap.

And yet, despite this, there are still no public, national polls looking for answers on why Democratic turnout is so low. All it would take would be to ask a single, open-ended question to 500 people who voted in 2008, but self-identify as unlikely to vote in 2010, “why don’t you intend on voting?” Everyone has theories, but those theories lack empirical supporting evidence and invariably little more than “I speak for all unlikely voters, and they are unhappy for the exact same reasons I am.”

You’re probably right, Chris. I’m sure all those polls about how much Americans hate the forced crappy health insurance bill and the historic win of a Republican Senate candidate in ultra-Democratic Massachusetts are just outliers. Let’s wait for an empirical study and several peer-reviewed journal articles before we wake up and realize the American people wanted a Democratic President and instead you and the rest of the progs forced Bush III down our throats.

More bad news for Democrats: David Obey is Retiring

Representative David R. Obey of Wisconsin, the third-most senior member of the House and chairman of the Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday that he was retiring after four decades in Congress, a decision that reflected both a generational shift and the difficult political environment for Democrats.

“I’m ready to turn the page,” said Mr. Obey, 71. He told lawmakers and reporters crammed into the committee room where he has held sway for so long that he was “bone tired,” before adding, “And frankly, I think that my district is ready for somebody new, to make a fresh start.”

That is a very serious loss for Congressional Dems.

Lots more is coming out about the inept Times Square terrorist. It turns out he has been on the Homeland Security “travel lookout list” since 1999. The New York Times is reporting that there is Taliban involvement in the failed attempt to blow up a car in a busy area of NYC.

Officials said that after two days of intense questioning of the bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad, evidence was mounting that the group, the Pakistani Taliban, had helped inspire and train Mr. Shahzad in the months before he is alleged to have parked an explosives-filled sport utility vehicle in a busy Manhattan intersection on Saturday night. Officials said Mr. Shahzad had discussed his contacts with the group, and investigators had accumulated other evidence that they would not disclose.

The London Times is reporting that Shahzad “carried out a dry run” before his failed bombing attempt.

Faisal Shahzad, who is in custody in New York on terrorism and weapons charges, drove from his home in Connecticut to the theatre district on April 28 in the vehicle that days later he would pack with explosives, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

Mr Shahzad then returned on April 30 – the day before the attack – to drop off a black Isuzu get-away vehicle near to the target site.

But despite these preparations his escape from the scene on May 1 was hampered when Mr Shahzad discovered he had left the keys for the getaway vehicle inside the explosive laden car, the official said.

Gee, this guy sounds real sophisticated-like, doesn’t he?

The horrifying and depressing oil leak continues onward. I don’t even want to think about it. In case you haven’t heard already, President Obama was the top recipient of BP campaign cash.

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.

On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.

As Gomer Pyle would say, “surprise, surprise, surprise!”

Greece has instituted “austerity measures” to deal with their debt.

Is this what’s coming for the U.S.?

A whole raft of measures, which include huge cuts to Greece’s public sector, have been announced since December last year, when the Greek government acknowledged the need to tackle Greece’s dire public finances.

The plans hope to achieve budget cuts of 30bn euros over three years – with the goal of cutting Greece’s public deficit to less than 3% of GDP by 2014. It currently stands at 13.6%.

Implementing them is also a condition of Greece receiving the billions of euros in loans it needs as part of the EU-IMF rescue deal agreed this month.

The people of Greece aren’t taking government actions as quietly as we are in the U.S.

At least three people were killed Wednesday in Athens when rioters set a bank ablaze during protests by tens of thousands of people over austerity measures demanded by a multibillion-dollar international bailout of Greece.

A 24-hour national strike morphed into the strongest – and most violent – show of defiance yet over the austerity plan as millions of workers walked off the job and thousands took to the streets to vent their anger against the government.

What are you reading this morning? Please share! And have a terrific Thursday!

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  1. This is a really good explanation of what happened with the spill:

    • How can a company be allowed to drill if there aren’t better measures in place to address this kind of accident? This is insane.

  2. Borowitz Report: Authorities Say They Followed Times Square Bomber, but Only on Twitter

    Taking great pains to explain how Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was able to make it to JFK airport and board an Emirates airliner before being nabbed, authorities today said that they were following Mr. Shahzad, “but only on Twitter.”

    A spokesman for the surveillance team following the suspected terrorist said that they were closely monitoring Mr. Shahzad’s tweets, “but he must have figured something out because all of a sudden he blocked us.”

    The surveillance team’s revelations come on the heels of the Dept. of Homeland Security’s shocker that it had friended Mr. Shahzad on Facebook weeks ago and had even played the popular online game Farmville with him.

    Honestly, if it weren’t Andy Borowitz, I’d almost believe it. The only people stupider than Shahzad are the idiots in Homeland Security.

    • The surveillance team’s revelations come on the heels of the Dept. of Homeland Security’s shocker that it had friended Mr. Shahzad on Facebook weeks ago and had even played the popular online game Farmville with him

      Mother of Mercies, look down on us with an eye of pity! They found him because of his TWEETS???
      So all the billions and billions for HLS has gotten us What? : Impossible lines at the airport and being told to glad bag and duck tape our houses? ( remember that one? )

  3. Also noted relevant to the Miranda rights dust up and our latest bomber: according to legal beagles there is an exception in the Miranda rights for “public safety”—so miranda rights do not apply if you catch someone parking a bomb laden vehicle in Times Square—you can ask them what they are up to w/o reading them their rights.

    • More on that little-known exception to the supposedly universal American Miranda rights:

      “Miranda is not a constitutional requirement, like giving someone a lawyer,” said Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor and former federal judge. “People who grew up watching cop shows on TV think it is more than that, but it’s not.”

      The Supreme Court held in 2004 that law-enforcement officers are not constitutionally required to issue Miranda warnings. The risk, however, is that incriminating statements, such as a confession, are not admissible, potentially weakening the case.


    • Except they didn’t catch him in the act, did they?

    • You don’t have to mirandize to ask what someone’s doing. You do have to read someone his/her rights upon arrest.

      • Miranda only applies to custodial interrogations. The person does not need to be under arrest but there needs to be more than just a casual police contact.

        The police DO NOT have to read someone their rights upon arrest UNLESS they want to question them.

  4. BB: That is pretty good coverage for someone who is trying to get to the office. Thanks.

    I don’t think the Repubs will suffer much from Coats in IN. Don’t know about the others.

  5. Could we say now that the low turnout is…historical? I still have that campaign leaflet where Obama was accusing Clinton of “losing seats in Congress and Governors during his term”. Can’t wait to use it!
    Bringing the topical tabloids entry from downstairs

    • I still have that campaign leaflet where Obama was accusing Clinton of “losing seats in Congress and Governors during his term”

      The primaries sound even more odd in retrospect.

      Hillary’s arguments were so basic, so plainly obvious, pointing out the holes in the record of a senator who had not even served a full term before running for president, and the MSM and the prog blogs hounded her for throwing the kitchen sink at him.

      Obama made the 2008 election a referendum on the last two term Democratic president who left office with an approval rating in the high sixties… yet Obama was considered a nice guy, above the fray.

      • “… yet Obama was considered a nice guy, above the fray.”

        Yeah, and GW was considered a guy you’d like to have a beer with [even though he was a recovering alcoholic].

        There’s a number of squealing noises coming from the progs, the ones who can still think, that is. They pushed a fraud. The only “historic” aspect about it is Obama may go down as one of the most incompetent Presidents on record. He may be the Master of Distraction but that dog don’t hunt.

        And what we could have had? It hurts my heart just thinking about it.

        • We could have had a V-8.
          Instead we got a model airplane engine.

  6. Two interesting articles

    Obama sheltered BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement


    Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a “categorical exclusion” on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill….


    Deepwater Horizon survivors told to take drug test before being allowed to call families.

    You learn alot about of the explosion’s aftermath in that one.

    Warning: Articles from an actual socialist site…not a pretend socialist /snark.

  7. Work stress ‘boosts heart disease in women’

    • Yes, there’s a whole body of research literature looking at work stress measures and health. One of my grad school classes now is on this subject. All that advice about relax, eat right, exercise puts the blame on employees. However, the problem is rarely that simple. We need organization-wide changes to make workplaces physiologically healthier for humans.

  8. Supreme Court Upholds Freedom Of Speech In Obscenity-Filled Ruling

    In a decisive and vulgar 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld the constitution’s First Amendment this week, calling the freedom of expression among the most “inalienable and important rights that a motherfucker can have.”

    “It is the opinion of this court that the right to speak without censorship or fear of intimidation is fundamental to a healthy democracy,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority. “Furthermore, the court finds that the right to say whatever the hell you want, whenever the hell you want, is not only a founding tenet, but remains essential to the continued success of this nation.”

  9. 900 police were about to be laid off in NYC just before the terrorist incident. That’s on hold. For the moment. Just heard that on the tube, no links at the moment.

    • It was on local NYC news broadcasts last night. Employees from other departments will be laid off to make up for keeping the police on the payroll.

      Terra wins again.

  10. I have been told by students of mine that voter turnout for 2008 was “historic” (what else) and that it was “over 80%.” Not quite. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html
    People stay home for lots of reasons, but one is, IMHO, that they now realize there is no genuine choice for the most part. You are picking between people who are going to screw you frontways and people who are going to screw you sideways. The two major parties may have a lock on people because of their money and power and the fear that good candidates from third parties can’t get elected, but they have lost the hearts and minds of the people. As much as I detest Obama, I can understand how people got swept up if they didn’t examine his actual policies and record. And he has let them all down with a bang.

    • So if you vote, that means you’re into S&M? That seems about right.

      • By choosing a third party candidate that I vet carefully, I believe I avoid “the lesser of two evils” conundrum of voting for evil. But I probably also have to acknowledge that my candidate will lose.

  11. My wifes Uncle was a 16 term US Rep – and he passed away while serving. I’m actually glad to see a lot of reps and Senators retiring both for personal and political reasons. I’m not in favor of mandatory retirement or term limits but there is really a downside to long servers. They serve too long, get too much power and all amazingly end up millionaires. Secondly it is a very demanding job and absolute power and all that. Change is good.

    • Like you I don’t favor term limits. But politicians should make the decision to leave sooner rather than later. Two or three terms for a senator is a very long time in office.

  12. The new google search page is taking some getting used to. I used to like the dictionary link that would pop up in the upper right hand corner. Looks like they got rid of it?

  13. This is f’ing unbelievable:

    “The American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with a compromise on female genital mutilation.”

    “In addition, “mutilation” is an inflammatory term that tends to foreclose communication and that fails to respect the experience of the many women who have had their genitals altered and who do not perceive themselves as “mutilated.” It is paradoxical to recommend “culturally sensitive counseling” while using culturally insensitive language. “Female genital cutting” is a neutral, descriptive term.”


    • Sickening.

    • “This is not culture. This is not custom. This is criminal.” –Hillary

      • Hillary is right…the “cultural equivalency” approach by the AAP is basically encouraging violation of State and Federal laws on reporting of child abuse.

        Equality Now is asking for some push-back on the AAP and it’s “ethics” committee


        • Is their first tenet to PROTECT CHILDREN? Are baby girl, young girls and teenage girls NOT CHILDREN? What happened to FIRST DO NO HARM!

          I tell ya, we are going backwards, and are loosing ground ever since the signing of the Stupakistan Presidential Executive Order by President Obama taking away women’s reproductive rights coverage.

          They see an opening and are trying to take full advantage. Where are the Women’s Groups who should be voicing their opposition to this utter nonsense being promoted by a group calling themselves pediatricians/doctors!?!

      • Horror of female circumcision – 8 Feb 08

        Female genital mutilation is carried out for cultural and religious reasons. Women across the world are affected by the practice which is widely recognised as a violation of human rights. Two million girls are at at risk world wide…

    • How about “male genital cutting”??? Sounds so neutral, eh?

      Can’t use “female circumcision” either; most of those practices are more analagous to penile resection. With the scrotum stitched in place over the remants.

      Medical guidelines should urge abandonment of all cultural, ethnic, and religious snippery of the genitals.

    • The American Academy of Pediatrics #FAIL

      Imagine if circumcision left men unable to urinate, unable to procreate (with a side affect of mortal complications if attempted), caused their penis to rupture because the tip was sewn shut, caused infections, and they weren’t able to EVER function as God intended them too…leaving them unable to orgasm (causing marital issues of them being called frigid). Oh, and once CUT it couldn’t be fixed…EVER!

      Would they call it NEUTRAL!

      If God wanted women to NOT have all their body parts, GOD would have already done a correction, but it is the BLOODY ARS MENZ that are using Female Genital Mutilation to raise their MANHOOD UP…cuz they have issues and want to control and oppress women.

    • The Terror of the Female Circumcision in Christianity
      This video is from Kenya, where Kenyan Christians are involved in Female circumcision.

      • Funny thing is I don’t see the ‘Christianity’ connection or why the author put that in? Do Christians in Kenya do it too?

        • FGM isn’t a religious practice; it’s a cultural one. Where it’s prevalent, it’s practiced by members of all religions. In Ethiopia and Eritrea, for instance, it’s done by Christians, Jews and Muslims. It’s also found among practictioners of indigenous religions, as well as indigenous converts to all of the monotheisms.

          Much of Central Africa–Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Congo, etc.–runs 80-90% Christian because those areas were heavily missionized during their time as European colonies.

    • WTF?!

    • WTH?!
      Any USA doctor who performs FGM should be tossed into jail.

  14. Lambert has the best response to Bowers’s idiocy. Here’s some of it but do read the whole thing:

    ‘So it’s really pretty simple, because people aren’t nearly as stupid as the career “progressives” think they are, even if they haven’t been to grad school. What Obama’s done for the people the career “progressives” shoved under the bus in “the changing of the guard” can be summed up in two words:

    ‘”Jack” and “squat.”

    ‘So no wonder people don’t want to give the Ds their vote. Why would they?

    ‘There. That’s your polling. Where do I send my extremely large bill? Andy Stern’s office? No? Not any more? What a shame.’


  15. I was watching some of the coverage of the market crash and its relationship to the Greek debt crisis on CNN. Rick Sanchez just asked one of the field reporters about who was rioting. He asked if it was government workers or “people from villages”.

    • LOL. Maybe he’s thinking the villagers with pitch forks and torches that were after frankenstein? It’s really hard to tell what’s rattling around in that head of his.

  16. The Times Square vendors were instrumental in detecting the strange behavior of Faisal Shahzad and his attempted bombing plot. It is reported that Faisal bought the wrong kind of fertilizer, the kind that does not explode. I guess he got an F on the bombing course.

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