Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Democratic Plan to Protect America

has been released...
http://www.democrats.org/a/2006/03/a_real_security.php

Israel election roundup

The results are in...it seems Israel has finally said, "here's our side, that's your side...deal with it". About time.

As for the demise of Bibi Netanyahu, that, I think, is a little premature. He'll be back.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bush up 5% in a week

5% in a week? This is what you'd call a "surge" in the polls, yet silence from the MSM.

Monday March 27, 2006--Forty-five percent (45%) of American adults approve of the way George W. Bush is performing his role as President.
It is not clear whether the recent uptick in the President's Approval Rating is a lasting improvement or statistical noise. However, the change reflects a rebound among Republicans, 80% of whom now give the President their approval. That's a lower level of support than the President enjoyed from the GOP faithful during his first five years in office. However, it is an improvement from the last couple of weeks.


Also from Rasmussen, Santorum is gaining...depending on your perspective, it's either a slight gain or a "slow and steady wins the race gain". I'm in the slow and steady camp...

March 28, 2006--Though Senator Rick Santorum continues to lag behind Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr., Casey's lead has declined a bit. In the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll, Casey now earns support from just 48% of voters statewide. That's a four-point drop since February. Santorum has gained a couple points since that poll but is still in decrepit shape for an incumbent.
Casey has lost at least a point in each of the last several surveys. The decline likely reflects renewed attention to the abortion issue. At one point, there was a possibility that abortion-rights activist Kate Michelman would enter the race as an independent. Michelman and other Democrats are disappointed that Casey, like Santorum, is pro-life. The new South Dakota law banning almost all abortions in the state has also spotlighted the issue.

McCain Watch

McCain to speak at Columbia College's graduation as well as Falwell's Liberty U.

Arnold on immigration

I'm pretty much in agreement with Arnold here...

Our goal should be to create a policy that reflects our national motto: e pluribus unum — Out of many, one. Here are the basic immigration principles that have always guided me and that I believe should guide Congress.

First, immigration is about our security. The first order of business for the federal government is to secure our borders. And Washington simply must do a better job of it. We learned on 9/11 that not all those who cross our borders want to share in the American dream. A few want to replace it with a nightmare. If we don't know who is coming over our borders, we won't know what they might do. And in a post-Sept. 11 world, that is a risk we cannot take. Congress must strengthen our borders. That's why as governor of California, I have supported legislation to end human trafficking and stop the issuance of driver's licenses to those who aren't legal residents. By bringing folks out of the shadows and into the light, we help immigrants, and we help America.

Criminalizing immigrants for coming here is a slogan, not a solution. Instead, I urge Congress to get tough on those illegal immigrants who are a danger to society. If an illegal immigrant commits a serious crime, he must leave the country — one strike and you're out. No excuses, no delays.

Second, immigration is about our economy. The freest nation in the world, and the freest economy in history, depend on a free flow of people. Immigrants are here to work and contribute. I support efforts to ensure that our businesses have the workers they need and that immigrants are treated with the respect they deserve.

We should pass a common-sense temporary worker program so that every person in our nation is documented. We can embrace the immigrant without endorsing illegal immigration. Granting citizenship to people who are here illegally is not just amnesty … it's anarchy. We are a country of immigrants, yes. But we are also a nation of laws. People who want to be citizens will want to do it the right way.

Finally, immigration is about our values. Too often the debate centers on what immigrants owe us. Too seldom do we ask what we owe them. Above all, we owe it to our country and our immigrants to share our values. We should talk about our history, our institutions and our beliefs. We should assimilate immigrants into the mainstream. We want immigrants to not just live in America but to live as Americans.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

NYS health care bill

Legislation would shift costs of health care to companies

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The sales clerk at The Gap, the perfume lady at the department store and the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cashier would all get health insurance from their employers under a bill announced Tuesday, shifting the cost of skyrocketing health care in many cases from taxpayers to big businesses. The bill would make New York one of the first states requiring companies to provide health insurance for full-time employees.
The legislation, which has bipartisan support in the state Legislature, would apply to businesses with more than 100 employees and could affect 450,000 workers in the state.
Under the bill, companies would have to spend an average of at least $3 per hour for health benefits for their work force. State Sen. Nicholas Spano, a Westchester Republican and sponsor of the bill in the Legislature's upper house, compared the legislation to setting minimum-wage standards.

Under the projections in this article, the cost to these corporations will be $2.5 Billion. (4o hrs. per week X 50 weeks per year X $3 per hour X 450,000 workers)

And since this only applies to full time employees, I imagine the next headline is, NY unemployment grows by 450,000 as all of these workers will simply have the hours cut.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Homeland Security security

in the ongoing debate on foreign vs domestic control over vital areas, it seems that the Department of Homeland Security is using a British firm to provide security guards. The name of the firm is Wackenhut Services, Inc. From Wackenhut's webstie...

The Wackenhut Corporation is the U.S.-based division of Group 4 Securicor, the world's second largest provider of Security Services. Group 4 Securicor (www.group4securicor.com) is based in the United Kingdom and has activities in more than 100 countries and is the market leader in over half the countries in which it operates.

...Anyway, the Wackenhut guards say they suck at protecting DHS...

Guards Say Homeland Security Headquarters Insecure

The scare, caused by white powder that proved to be harmless, "stands as one glaring example" of the agency's security problems, said Derrick Daniels, one of the first guards to respond to the incident.
"I had never previously been given training ... describing how to respond to a possible chemical attack," Daniels told The Associated Press. "I wouldn't feel safe nowhere on this compound as an officer."

Daniels was employed until last fall by Wackenhut Services Inc., the private security firm that guards Homeland's headquarters in a residential area of Washington. The company has been criticized previously for its work at nuclear facilities and transporting nuclear weapons.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is reported to fetch $29MM per picture.

And to think, just a few short years ago she had to resort to gratuitous nudity to get a roll...warning, NSFW.

New Simpson's commercial

there's been some buzz about a commercial for the Simpson's that is to air in the UK. It's a live action version of the opening sequence...i.e., Bart writing on the chalkboard, etc.

Here it is...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DKg22Al4SOE

...Not up to the hype, but not bad.

Bill Clinton and Dubai

the latest news over the weekend is that Dubai has hired Bill Clinton to help sell the port deal, all without Hillary's knowledge.

Dick Morris, today, suggests that it doesn't matter if Hillary knew or not...she has a financial interest in all of Bill's work and there are potential conflicts.

Back in 2002, the Yucaipa Co. LLC hired the former president as a "senior adviser." He won't say how much that pays; Hillary's disclosure forms only put it at "more than $1,000" a year. A company lawyer recently disclosed that he gets a percentage of profits, if they're above 9 percent -and also says the firm's been averaging about a 40 percent.
And Yucaipa last year with the Dubai Investment Group to create a new U.S. company: DIGL Inc, with, which invests the private funds of the Crown Prince. So Bill and Yucaipa have a big stake in keeping a positive image for the Dubai royals and their many companies.


This isn't the frist time that the name Yucaipa has come up...Peter Schweizer at Front Page Magazine has the full scoop...

Clinton's job, when he joined Yucaipa in April 2002, wasn't just to help make the rich richer: These were to be "investment funds that specialize in lower-income urban and rural communities," as The New York Times reported. Yucaipa managing partner Carlton Jenkins told Black Enterprise magazine that the funds were seeking out "urban-based minority or female-owned businesses."
And Clinton's role in the fund, Yucaipa head Ron Burkle made clear, would not be passive. "He's invaluable," said Burkle, explaining that Clinton would help raise money and offer investment advice to the funds.
But a venture that was supposed to help minority businesses and secure the future of pensioners in two of America's biggest states seems to have done anything but.
The Yucaipa Corporate Initiatives Fund has already poured millions into Al Gore's new cable channel, Current Television. Gore's venture is headquartered in a tony neighborhood of San Francisco, which certainly doesn't seem to fit the definition of a "lower-income urban" community. Nor is it minority-owned — indeed, all the major investors are white males. (Indeed, by a who's who of major Democratic Party money people — including Joel Hyatt, former Democratic National Committee finance chairman, Rob Glaser of Realnetworks and Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems.)


Ooooh...this could get interesting...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Random thought on the Oscars...

...Charlize Theron is the most African American of any actress in Hollywood.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lionel Tate pleads guilty


Lionel Tate pleaded guilty and will serve between 10 and 30 years behind bars for robbing a pizza guy. This, hopefully, is the last RWD post on Lionel Tate.
ps. Why is Lionel's mom smiling in the picture above? Why is Lionel smiling?

Abortion ban is South Dakota

Is it really a "ban" when there's only one abortion clinic in the entire state?

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