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Bob McDonnell is the GOP nominee for governor of Virginia. So why is he afraid to call for tax cuts? Check out the video below where we confront him in the Washington Times lobby.
Sen. Tom Coburn questions 100 stimulus projects that would not meet any economist's cost-benefit test. The Wall Street Journal defends these spending programs claiming that the most important thing is to spend the money to create jobs. Possibly that makes some sense to Keynesians who think that government creates new spending, but to others wasting money is wasting money.
The group Iranian Artists in Exile have released an evocative three minute film and an open letter to the world, explaining the uprising in Iran and asking for support. The letter reads in part, "As you read these words, the people in Iran have taken to the streets in nationwide protests. Despite brutal government suppression tactics the Iranian people are courageously fighting for their rights. As antiriot police batons crush the bones of demonstrators whose only protest is election fraud, Iranians are screaming for the world to hear them: WE DENOUNCE MAHMOOD AHMADINEJAD!"
According to the Cyrus News Agency, Tuesday morning 16 senior members of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were arrested. "These commanders have been in contact with members of the Iranian army to join the people's movement," CNA reports. "Three of the commanders are veterans of Iran-Iraq war. They have been moved to an undisclosed location in East Tehran." This report has not been confirmed by other sources. If true, it shows that the regime is losing the loyalty of some members of its control appartus, which is necessary if the opposition has any chance of achieving fundamental change. Mass rallies can easily be broken up and revolutions crushed, as we saw at Tiananmen Square in 1989. But if members of the armed forces, police and especially Revolutionary Guards decided to switch sides, then one can begin speaking of revolution.
It must be nice to be a U.S. Senator and get inside information about economic data before it is released to others. With all the money that people have lost in the stock market, there must be a lot of angry Durbin constituents that he got special advance notice. The Chicago Sun Times has this: The Illinois senator's 2008 financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth $42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks. . . . . . Altogether, Durbin sold investments worth $116,000 in September.
A new Gallup Poll shows that 40% of American self-identify as Conservatives, versus 21% who self identify as Liberals and 35% as Moderates. This ties conservative records set in 2003-2004 (the data shown are since 1992), and is up 3% from 2008. Also of note is that conservatives and liberals are almost equally represented in the 18-29 year group (30% and 31% respectively) which shows that the youth vote is up for grabs and not a lock for the left. These data challenge the notion that the U.S. is listing leftward, and the fact that conservatives continue to vastly outnumber liberals should encourage the opposition going into the 2010 elections.
Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta lashed out at former vice president Dick Cheney over Mr. Cheney's recent defense of the Bush administration's national security policy. Mr. Panetta told the New Yorker,: “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,” he told me. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.” It seems Mr. Panetta is more comfortable with participating in mudslinging for the current Democratic administration than he is about being CIA director. When Mr. Panetta was first announced as President Obama's pick to head up the CIA, there was a concern about his lack of experience in areas of intelligence and his past position as Chief of Staff for the Clinton White House. Unfortunately, Mr. Panetta was more than ...
Creigh Deeds has a lot of baggage that could make his campaign to be Virginia's governor more difficult than his original run for attorney general four years ago. Candidates are given a tough time when they change their views in a few short years on even one or two major social issues. But Deeds has done so on three major issues: abortion, same-sex marriage, and gun control. The change may make him better attuned the increasing liberal Democratic voters in Virginia, but if he can so quickly change his views on such fundamental issues so quickly, there is ultimately a question of who Deeds really is and what he will do as governor. Deeds once opposed partial-birth abortion, but now he supports allowing that procedure. in 2006, Deeds as a state senator supported an amendment defining a marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Now he views that position as ...
With Tennessee just now getting rid of their bans on carrying guns in restaurants that serve alcohol, only nine states still ban people who are authorized to carry a gun to carry it in those places. Virginia allows open carry in restaurants, but it might soon be added to the list of concealed carry states that allowed carrying in restaurants. Both the Republican and Democratic party Gubernatorial nominees, Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds, support repeal of the restaurant ban on concealed carry, and Virginia's legislature has passed such a bill twice in the last two years. Virginia's Governor Kaine claimed that he vetoed the legislation for safety reasons, but he refused to point to any evidence from any other state that such carrying represented a threat to others.
Sen. Joe Lieberman clearly announced this weekend that he will oppose a public health insurance option for consumers. The news at least raises slightly the probability that there could be a successful filibuster of legislation that includes that option. Bloomberg reports that Lieberman: "said he opposes the creation of a government-run health-insurance option that would compete with private insurers as a part of a health-care overhaul because it would increase costs for taxpayers. . . . .
A student at Tehran University writes about the violence there: Last day evening, students in Kooy-e Dorm (Kooy-e Daneshgah) which belongs to the University of Tehran begin their protest against the fraud made by AN’s administration in presidential election. It continued up to today morning. A bank was burn and destroyed. There was a serious and huge conflict between students and the police. More than 100 plastic bullets were fired to the protesters who were supported by residents near the Kooy. The same number of tear gas bullets ware fired. Two students were severely injured by hitting plastic bullets to their heads. Students were around 2000, stand firmly against the police and seized Amirabad Street. In the time I am writing this text, I can hear protesters voice against AN’s government as it was silent for 5-6 hours. Local time is 12:18 (July 14, 2009)
Grand Ayatollah Yusef Sane'i reportedly posts on his website: "Any co-operation with the president [Ahmadnejad] is considered Haram [unlawful]." The English language version does not show any recent updates. Sane'i is a reformist cleric who has opposed nuclear weapons programs and espouses a generally more liberal line.
Some recent information on the civil uprising in Iran, gleaned from various sources: The Real Vote Count?: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in his official victory statement, “In an epic presence, almost 40 million people participated in a completely free election and this is a great and proud record all over the world. They chose the path to the future, the path for dignity and pride.” Official figures showed Ahmadinejad winning over 60% of the vote, well above the 50% threshold necessary to avoid a runoff election. But the count is widely believed to be fraudulent. Al Arabiya reports, “several analysts charged Iran election results were "not credible" given several indicators of vote rigging as [Mir Hoseyn] Mousavi lost the balloting in his own hometown and Mehdi Karroubi, the other reformist candidate, received less than one percent of the total vote according to the Iranian committee's official counts.” A source from the ...
I have heard from some people that it is pointless to takes sides in the unrest in Iran because this is essentially a feud within the power structure. The leaders of the opposition are mostly people who have been part of the Islamic government in one way or another for decades, so why support their challenge to Ahmadinejad? There are two reasons why ths is important regardless. Domestically, anything that disrupts the smooth working of the Islamic regime is good. Anything that makes Ahmadinejad look weak, ineffective and hated is positive. He is a dangerous man and the world needs to know that many in Iran think so too. These events, and the certainty that the vote was fraudulent, weaken the legitimacy of the Islamic state. Ayatollah Khamenei says this is a "divine assessment," which is a pretty lofty thing to call ballot box stuffing. Internationally the blacker the mark ...
There are still some sources for information on the continuing civil unrest in Iran. Tehran 24 has some amazing photos up. The IranRiggedElect Twitter feed is making periodic updates with info not available elsewhere, as is Gita and Bistoon, which is the Twitter outlet of the informative Revolutionary Road blog. Madyar's blog, in Persian, is a good source for pictures and video. At Photobucket there is also a good group of pictures. We will add more sources as we come across them, noting also that the regime is snuffing out these voices rapidly.
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