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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weny Davis is losing among women

I earlier wrote about Alison Lundergan Grimes' inability to grab the women's vote in her quest to become Kentucky first women senator. At least Grimes is able to eke out a 1 point lead among women where as Wendy Davis actually trails Greg Abbott in the Texas governor race in that gender category. Abbott leads Abortion Barbie 50% to 34% among all voters and 40% to 38% among women according to the CBS News/NYT/You Gov poll. If there is a silver lining in this dark cloud for Davis she can point out that she does win in the 18-34 age bracket while losing in all other age groups and she prevails among Hispanics 42% to 34%. Never mind that both of these groups have a rather casual attraction to mid term elections.
One suspects the Davis campaign has always been all smoke and no fire. Like Grimes she played well in Hollywood but not so much at home. Her Hollywood support comes from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, Leonard Nemoy, Barbara Streisand, and Tom Hanks. The political action committee, Battleground Texas was set up by former Obama campaign operatives for her and her list of institutional donors include the usual suspects; Emily's List, SEIU Cope, and Planned Parenthood. Her campaign would be great for California but it doesn't play in Texas.

Obama approval rating at 72% - among Muslims

Who loves Obama the most? Muslims do. Hell, he doesn't poll that well among Democrats.

Correct, Alison, It is hard to tunnel under the Iron Dome

Did you ever try to tunnel under the Iron Dome? It would be impossible or at least very difficult if you believe Alison Lundergan Grimes. She was quoted by as saying;
"Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself," Grimes said. "But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.
Who is her foreign policy advisor? Pajama Boy? Maybe when she gets to Washington Sheila Jackson Lee can show her where Neil Armstrong planted the American flag on Mars.

Why Liberals reach the tops of their professions

I needed a good laugh today.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where is Kentucky's gender gap?

The latest Bluegrass poll gives Mitch McConnell a 2 point edge over his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell leads 47 percent to 45 percent. This is the first time McConnell has led in this poll but it shows steady momentum for Kentucky's senior senator. In a Bluegrass Poll released in February, Grimes was ahead of McConnell 46 percent to 42 percent. In May, pollsters added potential third-party candidates Ed Marksberry and David Patterson, but Grimes maintained a razor-thin lead of 43 percent to 42 percent.
With a bruising primary in the rear view mirror McConnell is leading a united Republican Party. Matt Bevin, McConnell's Tea Party challenger, has turned his attention to raising money for state legislator in hopes of capturing the state house for the first time since the 1920's.
National Democrats were adamant that Kentucky chose a woman to face McConnell. At first they courted Ashley Judd thinking that she may have picked up the makings of a senator in drug rehab but when Judd said no the honor fell to Grimes. So where are the women? There is no gender gap in Kentucky. Among women Grimes leads McConnell by a single point; 47percent to 46 percent. When libertarian candidate David Patterson is added to the field both McConnell and Grimes pull 39 percent of the female vote.
There is nothing like a young fresh race to attract younger voters. Sure! At 72 McConnell is as attractive as a fence post but that's good for the millennials. Among the 18 to 34 age group McConnell draws 49 percent to the attractive, 35 year old Grimes' 45 percent. To give credit were credit is due the GOP owes a huge debt of gratitude to President Obama who can boast of a hefty 28 percent approval rating in the Bluegrass State. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

For privacy turn off your cell as you enter Nevada

Pew Research produced this interesting graphic.It shows the number of authorized wiretaps broken down by state. There doesn't seem to be any red state, blue state dichotomy nor is any one region of the country most apt to be bugged. The top 4 states account for about half of the wiretaps and contain about a quarter of the country's population. What is up with Nevada? Pew cannot discern any reason and Nevada law enforcement would not reply but most were issued in Clark County, which contains Las Vegas.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Think Progress falls for Michele Bachmann hoax

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Oops! Think Progress falls for another hoax. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann did not propose sending the unaccompanied immigrants to a forced labor camp. The post reads in part:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has an unusual solution to the crisis of unaccompanied migrant children coming across America’s southern border: put them in camps and put them to work.
KCTV7 News in Kansas City reported last week that Bachmann proposed the idea of “Americanization Facilities” where the children would be put to work to pay off the costs of their past, present and futures care. In exchange, the children would also be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities… ‘Americanization facilities,’ if you will,” Bachmann told Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk. “And we’d send these kids to these facilities, in Arizona and Texas and wherever else. And we’d get private sector business leaders to locate to those facilities and give these children low-risk jobs to do. And they’d learn about the American way of life, earn their keep, and everyone wins in the end.”

In Boston 5,000 turn out to protest the invasion of the unaccompanied

The surprise of seeing 5,000 angry anti illegal immigration demonstrators on Beacon Hill probably in itself won't change many congressional minds but it is a harbinger of stormy townhall sessions soon to come. The event was triggered by Governor Devil Patrick's invitation to 1,000 unaccompanied minors to come up and hang out in the Bay State for up to 4 months on an all expenses paid vacation. While such a backlash may have been expected in California or Texas it's hard to believe anyone saw this coming. One thousand is 1,000 too many in a state that for years has had a cavalier mind set on illegal immigration. If only Patrick would confine illegal immigration to extended Obama family members the population might be placid but the public, more so than politicians, is aware of the limits of public monies to finance the Governor's big hearted endeavor to put the wishes of non voters above those of the voters. A Boston Globe poll found that while 50% support the governor's plan and 43% oppose it only 39% thought the state should spend its money on the plan and 57% thought there should be no state spending.

Eleven miles to the north, the city of Lynn has already felt the invasion of the unaccompanied. Its public schools are inundated by presumed children.
“Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO. “If my children went to the public schools, I’d be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade.”
Mayor Judith Kennedy explained her city's plight to Fox News.

Sadly Mayor Kennedy's best efforts are not good enough to satisfy an immigrant population that is imbued with the third world ethic. The United States government owes me a living. This altercation occurred after Mayor Kennedy told a local Fox affiliate the city was tapped out. “it’s gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our Health Department is overwhelmed, the city’s budget is being substantially altered in order to accommodate all of these admissions in the School Department.”
The though that the city might have limited resources was too much for immigration activists to bear. They were outraged. How dare the elected representative of Lynn's residents put the tax paying voters' needs above those of the illegals! Listen as the representative of the illegals demands to know what the mayor has done for them.

It could be that the Obama administration, Governor Patrick, and the illegals have a less than precise interpretation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. A minor arriving at the border with family in the United States is not unaccompanied under that law. The Center for Immigration Studies writes;
Federal law defines an “unaccompanied alien child” as a person who “has no lawful immigration status in the United States” and “has not attained 18 years of age” and does not have “a parent or legal guardian in the United States”.12 The last part of this definition is significant in that available data, described earlier, suggest most of the children coming across the border either arrive with family or have a parent or guardian in the United States. In fact, federal officials have been transporting children to these guardians.
Eventually an impacted area such as Lynn may sue HHS if it tries to force an unwanted horde of illegals in. Almost any court would have to admit that the city of Lynn has suffered damages under the current interpretation of the law. One doubts if the Obama administration would care to defend it immigration policy in court.