With the claim that such measures “do not change hearts,” on June 11 Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill that would have required a woman to have an ultrasound before going ahead with an abortion.
When President Barack Obama took office, a large segment of the American population had such unrealistically high expectations for him — he was “the Messiah” who would save us after eight years of Republican misrule and usher in a new era of liberty, equality, and fraternity — that he was bound to disappoint them.
When Glenn Beck urged his listeners, “Please, pick it up. The Road to Serfdom. Make it part of your essential library,” sales of Austrian Economist Frederick von Hayek’s book at Amazon.com pushed it to Number 1 the next day. Prior to the election of President Obama, “The book sold respectably at a clip of about 600 copies a month,” according to Bruce Caldwell, editor at the University of Chicago Press. “But then, in November 2008, sales more than quadrupled, and they haven’t slowed down since.”
On Monday, June 7, Nancy Pelosi was greeted by hecklers, who bordered on violence, as they began to throw items in the audience at a Washington conference for progressive activists. Only minutes after Pelosi began to speak, protesters attired in orange shirts began to shout over her. One of the protesters from Code Pink, an anti-war, pro-socialist group, shouted, “Stop funding Israel terror.”
Oklahoma lawmakers are supporting an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would prohibit state courts from relying upon Sharia (Islamic law) or international law in deciding cases.
Sharron Angle’s victory in the Nevada GOP primary against Republicans Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian is indicative of Tea Party muscle. With 39 percent of the vote, versus 28 and 33 for Lowden and Tarkanian respectively, Angle will face off against Democrat Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose approval rating has plunged to 35 percent.
On yesterday’s episode of the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly asked, “Is corruption seeping into America’s big unions?” Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer claimed, “The labor movement has always had its radicals and Marxists, but in America we’ve never had them take over the unions and become the dominating force.” However, in consideration of the behavior of large unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Krauthammer might have underestimated the power of the radicals and Marxists in the unions.
Calling it "a gage to try to get at the anger and what's behind the anger" in the country, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos discussed the network's "Frustration Poll" during Tuesday's Good Morning America. On a scale from 0-100, with 100 standing for "the grouchiest," the Index today stands at 67 which is a 16-year low.
The June 8 primaries were called “Super Tuesday” by some media outlets, but there was no super message being sent by voters nationwide. While some incumbents – particularly Republicans who voted for the TARP bailout in October 2008 – seem headed for retirement, the primaries on June 8 did not reflect the same general anti-incumbent mood of earlier primaries, perhaps in part because many of the races failed to demonstrate clear ideological distinctions and were contests between establishment candidates.
Item: Reuters reported on May 20: “New York Governor David Paterson on Thursday proposed lifting the sales tax on diet soda, while adding a new ‘sugar tax’ to full-calorie drinks, in a fresh bid to boost revenue for the cash-strapped state. The proposed tax would generate $815 million annually, a Paterson spokesman said.”