- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Claims from a new Pew Research Center poll that Hispanic voters have lost enthusiasm for the midterm elections may be premature. There’s zeal on a local level, and as strategists note, the midterms are all about local races. The Hispanic Institute’s Latino Voter Registration Project successfully has added 10,000 new Hispanic voters to the rolls in Nevada, they say, accomplished through door-to-door campaigns and cooperation from local and national Hispanic media.

“The fervor and the excitement generated by the past 15 months of voter participation activity have obliged discouraged citizens to vote again. Merged with those stalwart voters who always participate in the election process, this now engorged voting bloc will have a say in this year’s election,” says Gus West, chairman of the Washington-based group.


Alas, the true price of crime, with political trimmings. What with criminal justice system costs and other factors, Iowa State University sociologists calculate that each murder in the U.S. costs the nation an average $17,252,656. Because the “mean homicide conviction was more than one,” the average murderer actually imposed costs approaching $24 million, they say.

Other unsettling costs: rape ($448,532 per incident), armed robbery ($335,733), aggravated assault ($145,379) and burglary ($41,288). There are ideological ramifications between those who support strong law enforcement and the death penalty vs. those who favor preventative social programs.

“I think that the left and the right are both right and wrong on crime. Where the right maybe has to bend is in acknowledging the benefits of prevention. It’s simply more humanistic and it’s just smarter to invest up front, and the costs are so much smaller than allowing it to unfold,” says Matt DeLisi, director of the criminal justice program on the campus.

“On the flip side, conservatives are absolutely correct in noting how bad some offenders are. And here’s where liberals generally aren’t as strong in admitting how bad these offenders are. They really are bad, and when you can bring out costs that show this, you can really see it,” Mr. DeLisi adds.


“Hillary to Become VP; Biden Named President of Afghanistan; Karzai Traded to Minnesota Vikings” (Parody headline from comedian Andy Borowitz).


“The M1 is the rifle that helped our American troops claim victory in World War II. In Korea and Vietnam, our troops went into battle armed with this rifle that in the words of General George S. Patton, ‘is the greatest battle implement ever devised.’ Today, the M1 is lawfully used by American citizens for recreational activities and is also a highly collectible firearm for those interested in American history.”

“Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Guidebook on Firearms Importation, it is legal to import M1s because they are more than 50 years old and therefore qualify as ‘curios or relics.’ Moreover, any individual wishing to purchase one of these firearms would be subject to the National Instant Check System. Essentially, the sale of these historic rifles - each a piece of Americas proud history - pose no greater risk than the sale of any other firearm legally sold in the United States.”

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., questioning their decision to “arbitrarily” ban the sale of surplus, American-made M1 Garand and M1 Carbine rifles from South Korea, to qualified buyers in the U.S. The letter was co-signed by a bipartisan group of 16 senators, including Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, and Sen. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat.


Way back when in 1992, the news media and a coterie of feminist handmaidens were giddy over the number of Democratic women running for office, proclaiming it the “Year of the Woman.” Republican women are not getting such kind treatment these days, says Alana Goodman, an analyst with the Culture and Media Institute who compared coverage then and now.

“Journalists have ridiculed top Republican female politicians, painting Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle and Delaware senatorial candidate Christine ODonnell as ‘crazy’ and ‘ditzy.’ CNN contributor John Avlon called ODonnell the ‘new queen of the wingnuts,’ and MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough said that Angle ‘sounds like a mental patient,’ ” Ms. Goodman continues.

“Why hasnt the media celebrated the recent torrent of female candidates, like it did in 1992?” Ms. Goodman asks. “It may be because of one major difference - the conservative values of the current candidates. The record-breaking number of women running for Congress is due to a massive increase in female GOP candidates - more than 100 Republican women are running for seats in the House alone.”


- 61 percent of Americans approved of the U.S. Supreme Court in September 2009.

- 51 percent now approve of the court.

- 61 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Republicans approve of the court.

- 43 percent overall say the court’s ideological makeup is “just about right.”

- 32 percent say it is “too liberal,” 19 percent say the court is “too conservative.”

- 36 percent say the court has become “more liberal” in the past five years.

- 16 percent say it has become “more conservative.”

Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,019 adults conducted Sept. 13 to 16 and released Wednesday.

Murmurs and asides, hue and cry to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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