Rep Craig Frank has a post up on his personal blog that hits on one of my person pet issues - voter participation. In it he quotes testimony from former Rep (and current member of the Governors Commission On Strengthening Utah's Democracy) Frank Pignanelli.
Commissioner Frank Pignanelli congratulated Commissioner Dryer on his work in preparing this proposal. Mr. Pignanelli then stated, “Transparency is a great idea. There are some good things in here. I’ve been around this game a long, long time. As a candidate, as a lobbyist, and as a campaign worker for more than 30 years.” Mr. Pignanelli continued, “Not long ago, we were one of the highest states in voter turnout. I often hear that people don’t vote because there aren’t competitive races. Let me tell you what it’s like to be a democrat in the (19)80’s. As much as I love to dump on Republicans, it’s not their fault that people aren’t voting. If campaign contributions are an issue, Orrin Hatch would have lost long ago. So why people may say they hate money, they don’t vote that way. Something deeper is happening. I’ll argue that it’s not the Republicans; it’s not the money; it’s something deeper. We’re building this premise that money is bad. The overwhelming majority of candidates are good people.”
Mr. Pignanelli added, “Who is the most powerful woman in this state? Her name is Gayle Ruzicka. How much does she give candidates? Nothing. She organizes, she gets out and she shows up. Her power is not money, it’s her organization. This proposal will have unintended ill-consequences. We cannot make a general statement that money is bad. We must build around transparency. There are a lot of people who run for the Legislature that cannot afford to run unless they can go out and get donations. So I would ask that we step back and remember that our charge is to get at the root of why people don’t participate.”
President Obama has AGAIN ticked off our closest ally....
Barack Obama's churlishness is unforgivable
I choose to highlight the headline of this for a reason. The use of the word "churlish" is very telling. For those that don't know, "churlish" is defined as "Of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar." and "Difficult to work with, such as soil; intractable." This is not a commonly used word here or back in the UK and when it is used, it is used to only the most egregious misconduct. That said, realize that they are saying this about an American President who promised (during the campaign) to heal our relationships with the rest of the world.
Let the healing begin.
And again without the "benefit" embryonic stem cells.
Spinal cord injuries result in paralysis when the nerve fibers that carry information to and from the brain are damaged or severed. Much of the focus of research into spinal cord injuries has been exploring ways of regenerating those nerve fibers and connections, which has so far met with limited success in people.
In the new study, rats were treated with a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and locomotor training, a rehabilitation technique. The combined treatment enabled the rats to walk with a near-normal gait on a treadmill, without the muscles receiving signals from the brain.
"The study demonstrates that the lower spinal cord has circuitry that is sufficient to support virtually normal, weight-bearing locomotion," said senior study author V. Reggie Edgerton, a professor of physiological sciences and neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study appears in the Sept. 20 online edition of Nature Neuroscience.
Tell me again why we need to fund a "cure" that we still have no applicable uses for?
Is Glenn Beck about to get his next scalp? The Washington Times editorial board suggests he should.....
A teacher was told by a 15-year-old high school sophomore that he was having homosexual sex with an "older man." At the very least, statutory rape occurred. Fox News reported that the teacher violated a state law requiring that he report the abuse. That former teacher, Kevin Jennings, is President Obama's "safe school czar." It's getting hard to keep track of all of this president's problematic appointments. Clearly, the process for vetting White House employees has broken down.
In this one case in which Mr. Jennings had a real chance to protect a young boy from a sexual predator, he not only failed to do what the law required but actually encouraged the relationship.
Mr. Jennings and his supporters deny the allegations, of course.......
However, the new audiotape contradicts this claim. In 2000, Mr. Jennings gave a talk to the Iowa chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that promotes homosexuality in schools. On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure "to use a condom" when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings' own description in his 1994 book, "One Teacher in 10." In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student's concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old "left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated."
The Times suggests that Mr. Jennings' actions should immediately disqualify him from this post and I have to agree.
Mr. Jennings' denials about these events reveal a lack of remorse. He has not admitted that he made mistakes in this case, and he now refuses to answer any questions about the scandal. Don't forget, this is a presidential appointee we're talking about. Mr. Obama should make clear what his standards are for public servants serving at the pleasure of the president. Encouraging and covering up man-boy sexual activity are serious offenses. The White House should force Mr. Jennings to come clean.
Mr. Jennings has made extremely radical statements promoting homosexuality in schools and about his utter contempt for religion that render him unsuitable for a prestigious White House appointment. His job in the Obama administration is to ensure student safety, and this scandal directly calls into question his ability to perform that job. Mr. Jennings and Obama administration officials refuse to answer any questions about this newly discovered evidence. A lot of Americans want answers about this guy and how he was approved for a job in the White House.
To be honest, I don't care about whether Mr. Jennings promots homosexuality or not, but he did violate the law and THAT makes a huge difference. Heterosexual or homosexual - statuatory rape is statuatory rape and should be reported.
A "Safe Schools Czar" should not be one that encourages statuatory rape.
During the 2008 campaign, the much coveted "youth vote" turned out in droves - inspired by the soaring rhetoric of Barack Obama's speeches. Nine months in, however, those young people surprisingly quiet while the rest of the country debates the realities of health care and cap and trade.
Young Americans showed their collective power when they helped vote President Obama into office. Inspired by his message of "change," they knocked on doors, spread flyers, voted for him by a 2-1 margin, and partied like rock-the-vote stars when he won.
Since the election, though, that fervor has died down — noticeably. And while young people remain the president's most loyal supporters in opinion polls, a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn't doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers…
…Erin Carroll, a 19-year-old sophomore at LaSalle University in Philadelphia , blames the lack of engagement on her generation's short attention span. They want change — right now, she says — and haven't gotten it.
"I feel like everybody walks around with their cell phone and their laptops. We feel like we need everything immediately. So that's what we've become accustomed to," Carroll says. "We're the 'me-me-me' generation."
Now I happen to think that Erin is being just a tad hard on her fellow youth. This is not a new phenomenon. Young people prioritize things differently than their parents do for the most part and politics is never high on their list for very long. Oh to be sure there is the politician that comes along once every generation or so that captures the imagination of the youth vote but the politician has yet come along that can KEEP these young people engaged in politics.
However, this is a lesson that needs to be learned by both sides in this story. First lesson is if you are going to court the youth vote (the 19-28 year olds) you have to find a way to keep them engaged. You also can not promise them things that you know you will never be able to provide. That is the quickest way to turn off this important block of voters.
But the biggest way to lose any block of voters is to be duplicitous with them. If you are not honest and upfront with people who so passionately believed in you, they will abandon you (and politics as a whole) in droves. In doing that you are doing a huge dis-service to the country as a whole by turning off a generation of voters that the country needs to have engaged.
The stem cell debate that is. The heart of the debate is this....adult stem cells are providing more cures TODAY than embryonic stem cells have the potential for developing. The latest is out of the UK.
Surgeons have, for the first time, used a combination of an artificial heart and stem cells to save the life of a dying man.
Ioannis Manolopoulos was fitted with the mechanical pump because his heart was too weak to push blood around his body.
Surgeons then injected his failing heart muscle with six million of his own stem cells in the hope that they would repair the damage.
This is great news indeed. There is however, one down note that should be addressed in light of the ongoing health care reform debate here in the states.
The team was led by British surgeon Professor Stephen Westaby. He has pioneered the use of mechanical pumps in patients suffering from heart failure.
But the NHS will not pay for the treatment. Instead he relies on charity funding - or travels abroad to implant pumps in countries where governments are prepared to fund the £60,000 devices.
He said: "I am very frustrated that all the work that I have done back home in the UK has to be translated into patient care in other countries.
So this Brit doctor has developed a lifesaving technique using adult stem cells and he can't use it at home because the GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM has deemed the treatment to be "too expensive".
This is our seniors future under ObamaCare. There is no way around it based on his public statements. It's that simple.
Logical Lady Claudia Rosette is one of those women who never let her gender define her role in the world. She is a foreign policy expert and journalist who has covered the UN Oil for Food scandal and the Tiananmen Square uprising, the war in Chechnya and the fall of the Soviet regime in Kabul. She has written for publications from the Wall Street Journal to US Today and many other points in between. She has reported from locals that would make most men blanch.
Yesterday - writing for Pajama's Media, Ms. Rosette talks about President Nicolas Sarkozy's speech to the UN.
One of the hallmarks of the Democrats in charge of DC has been a non-stop assault on "the rich". Well that strategy has paid huge dividends....for Republicans.
Well it has happened again. President Obama is channeling former President Bush.
The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday.
Instead, the administration will continue to hold the detainees without bringing them to trial based on the power it says it has under the Congressional resolution passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, authorizing the president to use force against forces of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
My BTRadio partner Jazz Shaw was not happy.
...is that you may not get that money back as Utahns found out today. Because our economy has not taken the huge hit that other (Democrat supporting) states economies have, Utah has lost out in the federal "lottery" for the extension of unemployment benefits.
So because our businesses have not fled in this time of economic uncertainty we don't get an extension of unemployment benefits? Congressman Chaffetz was not happy and honestly he has a very valid point why.....
But then again with an economy that has not taken the huge hit the rest of the country has your odds of finding a job may be better. That is still cold comfort to those here who are un-employed or under-employed....
A friend from Minnesota posted this on Facebook this morning
A wise and frugal government whichl shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and im[provement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the breat it has earned - this is the sum of good government." Thomas Jefferson
HT on that quote to MN SD 16 Senatorial candidate Allison Krueger
Former Governor Huntsman and the Utah Legislature did what wise and frugal governments do. They made sure that the business community, the workers and the state were set up in such a way that - should the worst happen (and it did) - we could ride it out with minimal damage to the state. The state should be rewarded for their fore sight and wise stewardship - not punished....
But then again, Utah didn't "go" for President Obama - it went for John McCain. When you have a Congress that has shown it's penchant to reward it's donors and supporters over the good of the rest of the country, what do you expect. After all, cronyism IS the Chicago way.....
Join Jazz and I in 1 hour for MidStream Radio. Topics today will no doubt include the continued fall out from the ACORN tapes, health care reform, the upcoming G-20 meetings and your calls! All starting at 10am eastern, 8am mountain.
As more and more questions are being raised about HR 3200, more and more fact checking is being done on the bill. The first of the "lies" that opponents tell that we are fact checking here is the abortion provision in HB 3200. Opponents of the bill say that government tax dollars would go to pay for abortions, proponents of the bill call that a lie. The Annenberg Public Policy Foundation looked into it...
Will health care legislation mean "government funding of abortion"?
President Obama said Wednesday that’s "not true" and among several "fabrications" being spread by "people who are bearing false witness." But abortion foes say it’s the president who’s making a false claim. "President Obama today brazenly misrepresented the abortion-related component" of health care legislation, said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. So which side is right?
Earlier this afternoon, Rep. Jason Chaffetz scored a coup when his HR2265 (The Magna Water District Water Reuse and Groundwater Recharge Act of 2009) passed out of the House of Representatives on a voice vote. The bill authorizes up to $12 million in federal money to help the city of Magna plan and build a new wastewater recycling center. This new center is designed to help pull some of the heavy metal contaminates out of the water and allow it to be used for drinking water instead of water for outdoor use only. From Rep. Chaffetz email update.....
Magna Water District (District) constructed an electrodialysis reversal (EDR) drinking water treatment plant to remove harmful arsenic and perchlorate from the Barton Well Field. To address the water shortage issues facing the citizens of northwest Salt Lake County, the District developed a state-of-the-art, first of its type in the world water reuse and recharge facility, known as BIOBROx, which treats the waste stream from the EDR plant to produce high quality effluent that can be used for outdoor irrigation. In doing so, the Magna Water District will be saving over 580 million gallons/year of drinkable water that was formerly being used for irrigation purposes.
This is the kind of project that has long been the type of project that you would see inserted into unrelated bills (also known as "pork"). Representative Chaffetz is one of many Congressmen (and women) who have eschewed pork. Congressman Chaffetz has long asserted that if the project was worthy of federal funding it will be able to stand on it's own merits. Rep. Chaffetz' bill has shown that this can indeed be done. Now it is up to the Senate to pass this bill. Hopefully they start hearing it soon.
Meanwhile, Rep Chaffetz can chalk up yet another victory in his very short Congressional career. After this hot start, one can only imagine what this Republican rising star will do next.
Why when the President says so obviously...
My BTRadio partner Jazz Shaw brought this video to my attention yesterday (I missed the Sunday talkers as usual due to church). It appears that President Obama and Senator Max Baucus don't agree on the meaning of the term "excise tax".
Yesterday I took some friendly fire from readers for my dubious response to President Obama’s claims to George Stephanopoulos that charging people money if they don’t have health insurance was not a tax increase. George broke out the dictionary definition of “tax,” which the President blew off. In other areas, people like Steve Benen crowed about how Obama had “schooled” George on what “tax” means. Rather than looking at Merriam-Webster, Stephanopoulos should have just broken out a copy of the legislation in question.
Let’s all open up our copy of the Baucus plan and turn to page 29. We find ourselves in SUBTITLE D: SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. And what does the bill tell us will happen if you fail to purchase health insurance?
Excise Tax. The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax. If a taxpayer’s MAGI is between 100-300 percent of FPL, the excise tax for failing to obtain coverage for an individual in a taxpayer unit (either as a taxpayer or an individual claimed as a dependent) is $750 per year. However, the minimum penalty for the taxpayer unit is $1,500. If a taxpayer’s MAGI is above 300 percent of FPL the penalty for failing to obtain coverage for an individual in a taxpayer unit (either as a taxpayer or as an individual claimed as a dependent) is $950 year. However, the maximum penalty amount a family above 300 percent of FPL would pay is $3,800.
So, Mr. President… would you care to explain to us one more time how this isn’t a tax?
Emphasis in the original. Politico picked up on this today and did a little more in depth reading of the Baucus bill.
Here is a prime case as to why giving career bureaucrats power to do much of anything can be a very bad thing.....
Dottie Elkin lives by herself in a quaint home in south Bakersfield. For the past few months the 83-year old said she's hated getting the mail, due to letters she's receiving from the Kern County Animal Control Department.
"I told them I do not have a dog, it's a stuffed dog," Elkin said of the stuffed animal named Wolf who keeps watch at her front door.
For the last six months she's been getting letters from animal control asking her to license the dog or face a $200 fine.
Take a look at the "dog" in question.
Does it take that much intelligence to figure out that the "dog" is a STUFFED ANIMAL??? I mean come on people!
My BTRadio partner Jazz Shaw writes today about a rather interesting situation that is taking place in his home state of New York.
I’ve been munching popcorn out here in the Empire State and watching next year’s gubernatorial race shape up for some time now. It’s been very entertaining in an electoral off year, with Governor David Paterson’s approval ratings cycling somewhere between dismal and “they’re just not that into you.” (He just ticked off a lot more Democrats by suspending fiscal support of ACORN.) The names and faces shift from week to week and rumors abound, but the same questions seem to keep popping up:
- Will Paterson really seek a second term? (He says he will.)
Will Andrew Cuomo challenge him in a primary? (Andy has approval ratings in the mid-70’s but doesn’t want to go to war with a member of his own party who is also one of only two black governors in the nation.)
Will Rudy G. finally come off the bench and take a run for the GOP?
Will anyone ever remember who Rick Lazio is?
The story took on a new twist this weekend as word leaked out that President Obama sent a not so subtle message to the embattled New York Governor. “Time for you to get under the bus, pal.”
- Cue The Swedish Chef
- CPSIA - Coming To A Flea Market Near You
- The Big Stretch
- Founders Morning Quote
- All I Am Going To Say About ACORN
- Obama Admits What Hatch/Herbert Already Knew
- How Far Apart?
- Really Mr. President?
- George W. Bush's Legacy
- A Tale Of Two Gatherings
- More Trouble On the Horizon
- If You Can't Take The Heat.....
- A Win For PorkBusters Everywhere!
- The Real Cost Of Cap And Trade
- Scenes From A Pre-9/12 Protest