Thursday, September 30, 2010
Republican Rand Paul continues to hold a double-digit lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Kentucky shows Paul earning 49% support, while Conway picks up 38% of the vote. Five percent (5%) favor some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The race is still Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Three weeks ago, Paul held a 54% to 39% lead over Conway, Kentucky’s current attorney general.
With one month to go before the election, this is an example of the kind of ad that Jack Conway is bombarding Kentucky voters with:
No doubt there are many more where that came from. This Washington Post story says Conway has outraised Rand.
We've come this far. Don't let the race slip away in the home stretch. Please contribute what you can to Rand's final money bomb of the quarter.
From the NY Times Freakonomics Blog:
The theory behind copyright is simple – if we allow anyone to copy a good new idea, then no one will come up with the next one. The theory makes perfect sense – in theory. In previous posts, however, we have described how fashion designers, chefs, comedians and pornographers all continue to create, even though others are free to copy their fashion designs, recipes, jokes, and . . . images. In this post, we’ll take a look at something different: football.
You may not think of football as a creative industry, but it’s actually the most consistently creative sport. Once football embraced the forward pass, plays and formations changed rapidly. The result has been a continuous wave of innovation. Should football plays be protected against copying? And what can we learn from the fact that copying hasn’t slowed down innovation on the gridiron?
Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are the clear leaders of the 2012 Republican presidential primary field, according to a new Gallup poll out Thursday.
Thirteen Republicans received support in the survey, demonstrating the wide open nature of the field, but Romney and Palin were the only potential candidates to earn more than 15 percent in the poll, with Mike Huckabee trailing not far behind.
The three former governors were the only candidates to receive more than 10 percent, with Romney receiving 19 percent, Palin getting 16 percent and Huckabee at 12 percent.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in fourth in the poll, getting 9 percent.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was the only other potential candidate in the field to get more than 5 percent, receiving 7 percent in the poll.
Detroit frustrates me. I never post a kind word about this grim place in our great state of Michigan.
This one though....gets my thumbs up! I hope they can preserve it.
There are Democrats and Republicans and then there is Ron Paul. His time has come. The numbers don’t lie.
Last night’s NBC Evening News showcased the stunning results of the Hart/McInturff poll of the American electorate. It was conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal. It included 1,000 adults but unlike many recent polls, they properly factored in 200 by cell phone as well. My “insider experience” with NBC polls tells me that they may have actually used even more numbers. Sometimes they do, even with the extra cost, just to add to their reputation for accuracy. And Hart/McInturff are the best.
Here is the bottom line. The Democrats are in trouble. Ho hum. But then there is this additional stunner. The Republicans are in trouble too. Well, okay, we knew that. But no, big time. Bigger than we thought. The American people don’t want either one of them. (Hey, are the American people smart or what?) And, get this, the American people kind of like the Tea Party. Not just conservative Republicans, all of them, across the board. It seems they like the idea that things are being shaken up a bit.
Well, I think you know where I am going with this. The title of this blog gives it away. Yep, there are Democrats and there are Republicans and then there is Ron Paul. The man who started the Tea Party, or I should say, the man for whom the Tea Party was started.
Another case of Dr. Rand Paul being exonerated via fact-checking. The shocker is that it was NPR, a left-leaning public news service that has exposed this. The audio located at the link is worth a listen at least for the first couple minutes or so.
And here's the link from politifact.com (who did the research), another must read:
YouTube Pulls John Dennis's 'Pelosi Wicked Witch' Video on Copyright Infringement Claim! Political Pressure SuspectedSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 09:57
The copyright police are out in full force
By Robert Stacy McCain | The American Spectator
A campaign video for Republican John Dennis, challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th District, has been removed from YouTube.com.
The ad, which depicted Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West, went "viral" after being linked by the Drudge Report, and had gotten more than 600,000 page views. The video was removed after complaints of copyright infringement from EMI Publishing, which holds rights to the musical "The Wizard of Oz."
I have pretty near eliminated it from my diet, time to finish that job. I don't know what I will feed my chickens, but I am done playing with corn.
Cyber Storm III, the largest simulated cyber attack to date, aims to test a new national cyber response plan and stretch the limits of collaborative cybersecurity.
By J. Nicholas Hoover, InformationWeek
Sept. 28, 2010
For three or four days this week, the Internet will come under a virtual attack from an unknown adversary, and it will be up to the government and private sector's coordinated efforts to root out the cause and work together to keep systems up and running -- at least within the simulated confines of the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Storm III exercise, which begins Tuesday.
The Cyber Storm series of exercises simulates large cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and government IT assets in order to test the government's preparedness. Specifically, this year's exercise will be the first time DHS will test both the draft National Cyber Incident Response Plan (an effort to provide a coordinated response to major cybersecurity incidents) that will be publicly released later this year and the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (the hub of DHS' cybersecurity coordination efforts).
Continue at: InformationWeek
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | The Telegraph
I apologise to readers around the world for having defended the emergency stimulus policies of the US Federal Reserve, and for arguing like an imbecile naif that the Fed would not succumb to drug addiction, political abuse, and mad intoxicated debauchery, once it began taking its first shots of quantitative easing.
My pathetic assumption was that Ben Bernanke would deploy further QE only to stave off DEFLATION, not to create INFLATION. If the Federal Open Market Committee cannot see the difference, God help America.
We now learn from last week’s minutes that the Fed is willing “to provide additional accommodation if needed to … return inflation, over time, to levels consistent with its mandate.”
NO, NO, NO, this cannot possibly be true.
Continue at The Telegraph
A third-party candidate may decide the race in Nevada between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and challenger Sharron Angle:
LAS VEGAS—Scott Ashjian is one of those Vegas characters.
He wears a platinum Rolex and slicks his hair back, Mad Men-style. He got his start in car washes, went into asphalt and now has a company that floods the Internet with flattering information about people worried they look bad in Google searches. He keeps a Playboy-themed pinball machine in his office, drives a $160,000 black Mercedes with a night-vision system, and carries a pistol under his suit jacket.
And he just might be the man who determines the outcome of the highest-profile Senate race in the country.
The Wall Street Journal, in this article, reports:
- The Central Intelligence Agency has increased missile strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal regions
- The "missile strikes" are actually drones.
- The drones are being used to preempt a possible "terror" attack on multiple countries, in the west including the U.K., France, and Germany.
- Quote: "The exact nature of the plot or plots couldn't be learned immediately, and counterterrorism officials in the U.S., Pakistan and Europe are continuing to investigate. There have, however, been multiple terror warnings in recent days in France, Germany and the U.K."
- "There are some pretty notable threat streams," said one (unidentified) U.S. military official, who added that the significance of these threats is still being discussed among counterterrorism officials but that threats of this height are unusual.
Read more at the WSJ. The most interesting reading is the reading between the lines.
Tea Party conservatives looking for a path back to limited government need look no further than the Texas congressman who has dedicated his entire career to upholding the Constitution with no exceptions.