Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Good Economic News From the New York Times

The New York Times finally realized that the economy is doing pretty well.

"Gasoline is cheaper than it was before Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans. Consumer confidence jumped last month and new home sales hit a record. The stock market has been rising. Even the nation's beleaguered factories appear to be headed for a happy holiday season.

By most measures, the economy appears to be doing just fine. No, scratch that, it appears to be booming."

The article goes on to say that so far in 2005 the economy has created over 1.6 million new jobs.

The amazing thing about the article is not that the Times finally noticed that the economy is doing well (only three years late) it is that after complaining about the Bush economy during the campaign, the New York Times can write an entire article about how good the economy is and never mention President Bush's role in it.

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Why Conservatives Will Hold the Kansas Board of Education in 2006

A week ago I thought the conservative members of the Kansas Board of Education were done for. I thought the foolish vote to change the way Kansas teaches evolution would have surely been the end of the conservative majority on the board. I thought it would take a real bunch of idiots, real single minded foolishness on the other side to re-elect the current members of the KBOE.

Then I heard about KU professor Paul Mirecki and I instantly knew that the KBOE will stay in conservative hands. You see, Professor Mirecki has now become the poster boy for the "evolution" crowd, the problem for them is that Paul Mirecki is an unreformed, out in the open, bigot.

In a recent e-mail Professor Mirecki wrote:
“The fundies want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category ‘mythology,’” Mirecki wrote.He signed the note “Doing my part (to upset) the religious right, Evil Dr. P.”
ProfMireckiMereki works for the State of Kansas, and is proposing using taxpayer money to promote his own religious bigotry. If you aren't sure that what he said amount to bigotry, change two things, one pretend George W. Bush said it, and second change the target. If Bush said he wanted to give the Jews a big slap in the face, or that he was "Doing his part to piss off the gays" or Muslims, or blacks, there would be no question.

MireckiMereki gave a half hearted apology.
“I especially regret that the e-mail betrays what I have consistently practiced in the classroom during my sixteen-year teaching career at KU: I believe that civil discourse is vital to a democratic society, and we must, especially in a university environment, be able to discuss differing points of view in a open, fair and civil fashion. I have always practiced my belief that there is no place for impertinence and name-calling in a serious academic class. My words in the e-mail do not represent my teaching philosophy or the style I use in class."
Right, I'm sure his students (especially in light of how distinguished scientists who support Intelligent Design have been treated) knowing that the whole reason for the class is to give their beliefs a "slap in the face" and to piss them off will feel very comfortable and like their views will be discussed in an "open, fair and civil fashion."

So what does one bigot professor have to do with the KBOE?

The reason it is important is that it confirms everything I think the average Kansan feels about the players in this debate. Most Kansans believe in evolution, most people want evolution taught in public schools, including the conservative board members who voted to include intelligent design in the Kansas curriculum, a point those members should stress during the upcoming campaigns.

Like most people, I believe in evolution, it doesn't conflict with my faith because, like most people I don't read all of the Bible literally. I have to admit that when I first heard the ID side makeargumentguement last springintriguedreagued and I eagerly awaited the rebuttal from the evolution crowd, I am still waiting for that rebuttal. The evolution crowd refused to testify in front of the KBOE and that made me wonder, iargumentgrument is so water tight, why not present it in public? I started to wonder if maybe we should teach ID in schools.

Then the evolution crowd started the ad hominem attacks, never dealing with the substance. They claimed that they were right, they were smart, they were science and if you disagreed with them you were just a dumb religious fundamentalist. Gentlemen, I think thou doth protest too much. I began to seriously wonder how weak the real case for evolution only education was.

But in the end I, and many Kansans, put away the feeling thactualactuall factual evidence for evolution may not be rock solid, and the feeling that the people dogmatically defending the prohibition on teaching alternate points of view, were, well, anti-religious more than they were "pro-science"

I still think teaching ID is a bad decision, if for no other reason than the bad press it generated for our great state. However I have no question that the most vocal opponents of ID are opponents because of their religious bigotry more than for any high minded defense of science.

The real problem is that how and what our children are taught and how much we will spend teaching them has become a dogmatic political issue for both sides rather than looking out for the best interest of Kansas children.

I think the ground is now set for the conservatives to hold onto the KBOE if they run a good campaign. People don't want to be slapped in the face or pissed on, and they don't like voting for people who want to slap them and piss on them.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

LJ World Article on Kansas Political Blogs

Joel Mathis has an article in today's Lawrence Journal World about political bloggers in Kansas. Overall a pretty good article, a lot of good press for Fire Kansas Democrats. Unfotrunately, no mention of Kansas Republican Politics

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Fire Kansas Democrats

Our friends who brought us Fire Dennis Moore have broadened their focus with their new blog, Fire Kansas Democrats.

The work they were doing on Dennis Moore alone was impressive, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with on Kathleen Sebelius and the rest of the Kansas Democrats. From reading their comments section, it seems they already have the Dems' panties in a bunch.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Phill Kline's Strong Start

How do you know Phill Kline is running strong? Kline spoke to the KU College Republicans on Tuesday night. Wednesday morning the University Daily Kansan ran an article about Kline, an article that should be described as, well kind of positive. The UDK article provided Kline's perfectly reasonable explanations for many of the things liberal opponents distort.

Any time a conservative like Kline gets even a luke warm story like that, you know he is running strong.

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Cheney Fires Back

Vice President Dick Cheney continued the Adminstration's attack on critics of the war in Iraq.

"In such an environment people sometimes lose their cool, and yet in Washington you can ordinarily rely on some basic measure of truthfulness and good faith in the conduct of political debate. But in the last several weeks we have seen a wild departure from that tradition.

And the suggestion that?s been made by some U. S. senators that the President of the United States or any member of this Administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city...

Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing force against Saddam Hussein. These are elected officials who had access to the intelligence, and were free to draw their own conclusions.

They arrived at the same judgment about Iraq?s capabilities and intentions that was made by this Administration and by the previous Administration. There was broad-based, bipartisan agreement that Saddam Hussein was a threat ? that he had violated U.N. Security Council Resolutions ? and that, in a post-9/11 world, we couldn?t afford to take the word of a dictator who had a history of WMD programs, who had excluded weapons inspectors, who had defied the demands of the international community, who had been designated an official state sponsor of terror, and who had committed mass murder.

Those are facts.

What we?re hearing now is some politicians contradicting their own statements and making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war. The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out. American soldiers and Marines are out there every day in dangerous conditions and desert temperatures ? conducting raids, training Iraqi forces, countering attacks, seizing weapons, and capturing killers ? and back home a few opportunists are suggesting they were sent into battle for a lie.

The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone ? but we?re not going to sit by and let them rewrite history.

We?re going to continue throwing their own words back at them. And far more important, we?re going to continue sending a consistent message to the men and women who are fighting the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other fronts.

We can never say enough how much we appreciate them, and how proud they make us. They and their families can be certain: That this cause is right ? and the performance of our military has been brave and honorable ? and this nation will stand behind our fighting forces with pride and without wavering until the day of victory."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Democrats: Dishonest on Iraq

If you haven't already seen it, you need to watch the new GOP video, Democrats: Dishonest on Iraq. The video is about five minutes long, it is news footage of top Democrats talking about their assessment of the threat they believed Saddam Hussein posed to the US before the war in Iraq.

These people (Howard Dean, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton) all saw the pre war intelligence and came to the same conclusion, that Iraq had, or was building a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and posed a grave threat to the US. Today these people would have you believe that they didn't believe Iraq posed a threat to the US, and would like to place the blame at the feet of President Bush.

A bipartisan review of the pre war intelligence shows that there was no effort to influence, shape, or alter the unanimous conclusion of intelligence agencies around the world that Iraq posed a threat to the US. Democrats would like you to believe otherwise, but have never produced any evidence to support these claims.

They have tried to pretend like they didn't see the intelligence before the war, they have tried to pretend that Bush "lied" or somehow mislead them, but they have never been able to prove it. They have tried to politicize the investigation into prewar intelligence.

They were for the war when it was popular, now they are against it when it is unpopular, substituting their own political preservation for the protection of our nation and the Iraqi people.

While the political impact of hearing Democrats repeat the positions they are now trying to run from, and trying to pretend they never held, the political implications pale in comparison to the implications for our national security.

The people in this video (Howard Dean, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton) should be embarrassed about how they are trying to mislead the American public, but they should be ashamed of the way they have turned defending our nation and the war on terror into a political game. National security isn't a game, it is serious, it is literally a life and death issue.

Democrats can change their positions on issues, they can mislead voters by "reframing" things, but their inability to make a commitment to preventing attacks on our nation makes them unfit to lead.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Democrat Values Don't Include Balanced Budgets

The Democrat Party has a new plan, they now want to be the "values party" you can't listen to their leaders without hearing about Democrat values.

Now when most people think of things the Democrat Party values they probably think of high taxes, wasteful government welfare programs, and taxpayer funded "art" that isn't fit to be sold in a respectable adult bookstore. The Democrats want to change that, they want you to think of fiscal responsibility, national defense, church, mom and apple pie, you know, the things most people associate with the Republican Party.

Now, that would be great, if the Democrats really wanted to balance the budget, fund the defense of our nation, and go to church, the problem is they don't. Representative Dennis Moore is a great example, he tells voters he supports fiscal conservatism, education, and national defense while on the campaign trail, unfortunately by the time he gets back to Washington he forgets those promises, Dennis Moore has a liberal voting record that bears little resemblance to his campaign rhetoric. Most people would call that a lie, the Democrat buzz word is "framing."

So that brings us to Kathleen Sebelius. Governor Sebelius has recently been named one of the top 5 Democrat Governors by Time. According to Time:

Through spending cuts, fee increases and some borrowing, Sebelius was able to balance Kansas' budget in her first year in office without raising taxes or cutting funding for education.
Now, I don't know how you balance a budget through borrowing, it seems to me that if you need to borrow, you haven't balanced your budget. That is the key to the "Democrat Values" they don't want to balance the budget, that would require spending less, so they just "frame" the budget into balance.

I think the difference between "fee increases" and "tax increases" is a distinction without at difference, both take more money away from Kansans and result in higher spending.

The Time article gets at the core of the "Democrat Values", they don't want to do the policies most people like, but they want to talk about it. No matter how much they say they are the "values party" the Democrats have a long way to go before they actually are.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dean, Democrats Have no Plan for Important Issues

Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean appeared on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday.

Given the opportunity to appear along side by side RNC Chairman Mehlman, Dean refused to share the stage with Mehlman, insisting that he would only appear if it were in a format where he could not be challenged by his Republican counterpart.

As the interview progressed it became clear why Dean was reluctant to confront Mehlman head on. When confronted with poll numbers indicating that Americans in general, and independent voters in particular believe the Democrat Party lacks a plan for the future, Dean replied that the Democrats have a plan. Dean refused to give any details about the plan.

When asked what the plan was by host Tim Russert, Dean replied that they will make the plan public in the near future. Russert continued to push, explaining that Democrats only talk about broad goals like better healthcare, or protecting Social Security without ever actually suggesting new policies, Dean had no policy details. When Russert pressed for a time table, Dean would only commit to sometime in 2006.

This is similar to John Kerry's mysterious "three point plan" that he mentioned in Presidential debates, a plan he would never explain in public, but sometimes told people they could read about on his website.

Twelve months after the 2004 election, twelve months before the 2006 mid-term election, and Howard Dean can't explain what the Democrats would do differently. If the party chair can't come up with a policy plan now, that is a sign of the total intellectual vacuum in the Democrat Party.

In Kansas we can see this in the lack of leadership demonstrated by Governor Sebelius. Last year she didn't even propose an education budget, the biggest, most important issue in Kansas, the biggest part of the state budget, and the Democrat Governor didn't even propose a budget. MIA on the biggest issue because she didn't have a plan, and didn't know what to do.

The Democrats don't have a plan, they don't know what to do, they don't know how to make the country a better place. Dean's performance this morning should demonstrate to everyone that the Democrat party has no new ideas, no solutions to the big issues of the day.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kline Attack Blog

The Democrats have started a new (anonymous) blog to attack Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

While the blog states that one of its goals is to raise money for Democrat Paul Morrison, who actually runs and will write for it is unknown.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

New Kansas Governor Blog

There is a new Blog dedicated to the 2006 Kansas Governor's race.

It is an anonymous blog, so it is unclear who runs it, if they are a Republican or Democrat, or what agenda they may be promoting, but more info makes for an interesting race.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Dennis Moore and Late Term Abortion

Fire Dennis Moore has a good post today about Dennis Moore and partial birth abortion. The article highlights some of Dennis Moore's most egregious votes supporting abortion on demand, including partial birth abortion.

The comments discussion is also really good with great abortion polling numbers and documentation of the American Medical Association's position that partial birth abortion is never the right medical procedure.

Just another example of how Dennis Moore is aligning himself with the radical left wing of the Democrat party at the expense of ordinary Kansans.

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"Bush Economy" Created New Jobs in October

from The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 4, 2005

Employers added 56,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in October, bouncing back from a
hurricane-induced loss in the prior month. The unemployment rate slipped to 5%.
Average hourly earnings edged higher.

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I think John Edwards' new, top 1%, better of two Americas, investment banking job is in that 56,000.

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Libby Pleads Not Guilty

Former White House aide Scooter Libby today plead not guilty to charges that he lied to a grand jury.

Despite unfounded allegations by Democrats, neither Libby nor Karl Rove have been charged with revealing the identity of a covert operative, despite a two year investigation by a special prosecutor.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Kansas Republican Party Platform Update

According to sources, the Johnson County Republican Party Platform meeting on Saturday was generally uneventful. The event had limited turnout from moderate Republicans and generally focused on reaffirming the Party's commitment to core conservative issues.

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