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Dec 10

Harvard, Yale moving on ROTC

Top colleges and universities didn’t immediately respond to the vote Saturday to repeal the ban on gays in the military, but are likely to face pressure to restore their ROTC programs in the wake of the vote.

The ROTC programs have been absent from a number of Ivy League and other leading campuses since the Vietnam War, and many schools subsequently linked programs’ return to open service for gays and lesbians. 

Harvard University President Drew Faust today signaled that she would move to restore ROTC to the campus.


"Because of today’s action by the Senate, gay and lesbian Americans will now also have the right to pursue this honorable calling, and we as a nation will have the benefit of their service," she said in a statement. "I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC."

A spokesman for Yale University also suggested that change may be coming soon.

"We are aware of the vote and have plans in consideration," said Yale spokesman Thomas Mattia in an email. 

Emails were not immediately returned today by press officers at Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, Tufts, and the University of Chicago.

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol suggested today that repeal should trigger an immediate press for reinstating ROTC on campus, a battle that has been a front in the culture wars since the 1960s.

"One trusts the presidents and trustees of colleges that have been keeping ROTC at arm’s length, allegedly because of DADT, will move posthaste to ensure a hearty welcome and full equality for ROTC at their universities," he wrote, pointing to Senators who are alumni of the relevant schools. "One would expect that patriotic alumni of those universities would insist on quick action."

Some gay advocates, however, would prefer the schools wait until repeal has been fully implemented. Americablog’s John Aravosis wrote that the schools should only let up "when the discharges stop and the ban is fully lifted."

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Ben Smith’s Blog

Dec 10

Exclusive: Sources Confirm FDA Moving Ahead with Rationing

Sources on Capitol Hill have informed Capitol Confidential that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will indeed begin rationing late-stage cancer drugs.  The FDA will make an 11am (EDT) announcement that it will begin denying Avastin to breast cancer patients but will graciously offer the creator of the drug a final show trial of a […]
Big Government

Dec 10

China is Moving Past the US in Global Influence

That’s the implicit message in a new article published in Germany’s Der Spiegel. Looking at the dynamics behind China General Secretary Hu Jintao’s visit to Europe, the author is blunt (and accurate):

“China is seizing on Europe’s debt problems to expand its influence on the continent with large-scale investments and purchases of government bonds issued by highly-indebted states. The strategy could push Europe into the same financial dependency on China that is posing a dilemma for the US.”

The Chinese government is being very shrewd in how it handles the Europeans,  directing its attention and support to those that are most vulnerable and in the most need of economic support.   There has been a shift in their strategic approach to the world.  They are buying more non-dollar bonds with their reserves and are linking these purchases of debt with their geopolitical goals. More:

“Indeed, the rising superpower is cleverly capitalizing on the euro crisis to extend its long-term political and economic influence in Europe. Chinese offers of aid are mainly directed at the shakiest members of the euro zone, the heavily indebted so-called PIIGS countries (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain). The People’s Republic would like to win them over as long-term allies in the EU.

In the past, China had shown itself to be a ‘friend’ of Greece, Spain and Italy, and it purchased their government bonds at a time when other investors had fled, Premier Wen Jiabao said during a trip to Europe in October. ‘We will continue to provide aid and help certain countries overcome their difficulties.’”

The troubled Euro leaders are clearly sucking up to the Chinese.  Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had the Roman Colosseum bathed in red light when Chinese leaders visited and ordered Chinese characters projected onto the structure.

So long as America itself is mired in debt,  our international prestige will continue to sink.   Our influence in Asia has been on the decline,  and Russia is increasingly linking its economic fortunes with the Chinese. President Obama’s global strategy is based on the notion that if people “like us” our interests will be protected.  The Chinese have a better grip on reality:  it’s better to be respected than liked.

Big Peace

Dec 10

Moving Ahead With DADT Repeal: Lieberman Introduces Stand-Alone Measure With 3 Co-Sponsors

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced the stand-alone bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell yesterday (S.4022) and expects Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to Rule 14 the measure, a process under which the bill would circumvent the Senate Armed Services Committee and move to the floor of the Senate. Then, the big challenge for Reid will be to find the right time (or time at all) to bring it all to a vote, extending the session past Christmas if necessary.

At their hastily-arranged press-conference following yesterday’s failed vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Lieberman and Collins criticized Reid for filing cloture without first reaching an agreement on process and considering the tax compromise. Lieberman announced the stand-alone measure — which is currently co-sponsored by Collins, Gillibrand, Udall (CO) — and re-counted this conversation with Reid:

LIEBERMAN: I informed Senator Reid during the vote on this motion that we were going to do that, and he said, ‘same language as in the defense authorization bill?’ I said ‘yes.’ He said, ‘put me down as a co-sponsor.’ I said, ‘Harry, we’re going to ask you to bring this to a vote before the end of the lame duck session and he said, ‘I will bring it to the active calender under Rule 14.’

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If the Senate overcomes all of the procedural hurdles that lie ahead — Republicans can try to attach killer amendments, filibuster the motion to proceed as well the final bill — the measure should pass the House with ease. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday, “[a]n army of allies stands ready in the House to pass a standalone repeal of the discriminatory policy once the Senate acts.” Pelosi could presumably move on the measure within one legislative day. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs expressed the administration’s support this morning, stressing that “The president remains committed to seeing this repeal done before Congress leaves town this year.”

“And I think there could be legislative vehicles that start in the House as a stand-alone [repeal bill] and can withstand procedural hurdles and put the Senate on the record on an up or down vote to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Gibbs said and promised that Obama will remain engaged on the issue.

But repeal advocates will also be pursuing other avenues of action, from filing legal challenges against the policy to pressuring the President to use his stop-loss authority to end the discharges.

Wonk Room

Dec 10

Miami moving in right direction –

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Dec 10

Miami Heat moving in the right direction –

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Dec 10

Jeter, Yankees moving toward deal –

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Dec 10

LeBron puts exclamation on two teams moving in opposite directions –

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Dec 10

Congress moving to keep the lights on

NEW YORK (CNN) – Lawmakers are one step closer to approving a temporary measure that will keep the federal government operating.

On Wednesday, the House approved the measure to give the government another 15-day extension of the continuing resolution under which it is currently operating by a vote of 239 to 178.

The bill must now be approved by the Senate, and quick. The current continuing resolution is set to expire Friday.

The extension passed by the House is the latest in a series of so-called continuing resolutions approved by lawmakers after Congress failed to pass a new budget at the start of the fiscal year.

Without a formal budget, Congress typically ends up passing continuing resolutions for a month or two at a time. That essentially prevents Washington from shutting down, while lawmakers work on finalizing the new budget.

The fallout of not passing a continuing resolution would be no small matter, and would likely lead to furloughs of federal employees and sharply reduced governmental activities, which could have an impact on the larger economy.

The measure should pass the Senate without too much trouble, and an aide for Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid told CNN they hope to vote on the resolution Thursday.

In a letter sent to Reid earlier this week, Senate Republicans said funding the government is one of their top priorities.

CNN Political Ticker

Dec 10

FCC Moving Ahead With Net Neutrality

Something seems to be missing from their idea regarding what the Internet should be about, though

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving forward with a net neutrality order at the agency’s December meeting, setting the stage for a likely fight over the contentious web rules on Capitol Hill.

Genachowski released the agenda for the FCC’s Dec. 21 meeting at midnight Wednesday, going right up to the wire to share his plans within the customary three-week time frame for circulating orders prior to an open meeting. The telecom industry has been buzzing about Genachowski’s plans for two weeks, after POLITICO reported he was considering taking action on net neutrality regulations, which would require all Internet service providers to treat web traffic equally on their networks.

However, details of Genachowski’s plans are still vague. The agenda released by the agency says only that the FCC will consider “an order adopting basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression.”

Notice what’s missing? That would be information. Facts, figures, etc. Of course, I seriously doubt whether the FCC’s net neutrality orders, which will surely be shot down in Congress in a wonderful show of bipartisanship (no sarcasm intended, they’ve shot down Genachowski’s attempts to circumvent the legislative branch before), is intended to control the flow of information, yet, you know that the Progressives, with their fascist roots, would love to do just that.

The agenda did not make clear whether Genachowski’s proposal will require open-Internet principles to extend to wireless networks as well as traditional wireline networks. It’s also unclear whether the proposal will call for reclassification of broadband, as public interest groups have called for. As a result, it is so far difficult to immediately gauge where the various stakeholders will stand on the order.

The wireless web is the big deal for at least the next 10 years or so. Providers are moving towards LTE, otherwise known as 4g, which would push wireless Internet speeds up into the true home broadband range. Right now, 3G is at the low end of home broadband plans, at about 1.8mbps, with a through put that is typically lower (and also dependent, much like with a PC, on how fast the processor of the device actually is. An older iPhone 3 will not work as fast as an iPhone 4.) With 4G, we could be talking up to 100mbps (up speed). It’ll probably be a bit before that happens, one of the issues in the wireless web transmission is error correction, which is a long, boring explanation I won’t bother you with.

Yet, if the FCC does push this towards net neutrality, this could seriously damage future innovation. Some traffic must be controlled, especially those who are massive users. Wired could have problems too: while we may see a shift towards more home use of wireless, we shouldn’t expect that all that many consumers will pay the higher prices and do away with their wired Internet connections. And some content providers and users can cause heavy loads. Consider a story from early in November, which provides this little bit of knowledge

First is that during prime time, Netflix consumes up to 20% of all bandwidth. Second is that, during that usage, it’s 2% of users who are using up all this bandwidth. This does not bode well for net neutrality.

That can cause problems for the other 98%, slowing their access down. Companies like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, would like to throttle the usage down. Net Neutrality would preclude the companies from controlling the lines they paid enormous amounts of money to build.

The thing is, have we really seen any real problems with bandwith throttling? Has anything occurred that necessitates the need for more government regulation? As I wrote previously

Regulation is a slippery slope, and the outcomes with government intervention never seem to match the original intent. Just consider that, if you search for the pros and cons on the issue, you will find more and more and more, till you are confused about what the actual issue was. If they really want the best for the consumer, they would make it so virtually any provider could offer broadband in an area, instead of just a few players each.

Interestingly, legislation was passed years and years ago which would open up competition. Yet, a decade later, there can still be no more than one landline provider per license area in the majority of the country. You will rarely find more than one cable provider. You might be able to get a wireless solution, like CLEAR or Hughes, but, imagine if you could choose between 5-10 providers in your area. Competition is the best route for innovation and keep the Internet as “fair” and open as it can be. And, if you don’t like the speeds you are receiving, get a faster plan!

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Stop The ACLU

Nov 10

2012, Baby! (Moving beyond political rhetoric to a, pardon the phrase, “reality we can believe in”)Guest Voice

2012, Baby!
(Moving beyond political rhetoric to a, pardon the phrase, “reality we can believe in”)
by Alex Hammer

The world of politics is dead. Long live politics.

The 2010 election represented a tipping point in American politics. No, not a second wave of a Republican revolution, but he emergence of “we the people” as a potent political force in modern times.

And I’m not only talking about the Tea Party either.

While you have both good and bad in any field, people well know that too many politicians are self-serving if not corrupt. Not necessarily personally corrupt, per se, but corrupted by a political system in which big money and big money interests predominate and rule.

Tell me something I don’t already know you may be saying.

People are playing by the financial rules, enriching corporations (including those “too big to fail”) while still struggling to make ends meet.

I don’t see how “pat downs” as one goes to travel represent anything more than at best a distraction from the more immediate concerns of most Americans.

If your child was hungry, would you give him (or her) only a rock so that he could navigate the wild to secure his own prey?

How many political movements have been co-opted? Is the media pushing Sarah Palin in an attempt to bring the Tea Party into the fold? Can a multi-billionaire Mayor put a nation of people first before special interests? Can a President who speaks of hope move above rhetoric to, pardon the phrase, a “reality we can believe in”?

2010 represented a tipping point in that ordinary Americans, even if we didn’t know all the solutions, better understood both the problems and how they are perpetuated as a status quo. We understand that real change comes from a heart not beholden to its political well being to anyone else.

Human nature doesn’t change, but people do catch on.

Famously, it has been said, that there is a time for everything under the sun.

2012 is fast approaching.

Let’s bring this on.

Alex Hammer was a 2010 Independent candidate for Governor of Maine.

The Moderate Voice

Nov 10

Gingrich moving closer to White House run

“So it begins.”
King Theoden, The Two Towers, 2002.

This video is why I added the Des Moines Register icon to my Blackberry yesterday.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, told the paper  yesterday that there are three considerations he is mulling before entering the 2012 presidential race.

Gingrich is still in Iowa, he’ll be signing copies of his latest novel, Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory which was cowritten by William R. Forstchen, tonight in Cedar Rapids.

This trip to Iowa is Newt’s sixth this year.

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Marathon Pundit

Nov 10

Video of Turks stealing sheep off moving truck for Eid

From Al Arabiya:

Two Turks attempted to steal a sheep so as to slaughter it as a sacrifice on the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, because they didn’t have enough money to buy one. Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha on Tuesday.

Muslims around the world slaughter sheep and cattle in remembrance of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son. Due to the high demand on sheep and cattle prior to Eid al-Adha, prices usually soar in Muslim countries.

The two thieves were arrested and as part of their questioning the police asked them to re-act the attempted theft, which seemed as part of a “thrill” movie, but the fact that it was real gave it the real humor.

In another funny incident, an Israeli shop that sells electric devices came up with a new promotion to draw in customers; buy TV or another appliance and get a sheep for free, the Telegraph reported on Monday.

The special offer was aimed at Israel’s minority Arabs ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

New customers however will be disappointed as the promotion was shut down just hours after launch after Galilee’s chief veterinary surgeon stepped in, according to the Telegraph.

Elder of Ziyon

Nov 10

Mark Boughton counsels patience, says election results are a moving target

Tom Foley’s running mate in the disputed election for governor, said the tally of Tuesday’s vote is constantly shifting and counseled against a “rush to judgment” in declaring the winner.

“”Let’s take our time folks,” Mark Boughton, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and the mayor of Danbury, told reporters at a press conference in Hartford late this afternoon.

“Let’s slow down a little, let’s get it right. Let’s show how Connecticut does democracy and at the end of the day, we’ll certainly support whoever is victorious if it’s not us,” Boughton said.

No decisions have been made regarding a legal challenge to the contested election results between Foley and Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, Boughton said. Kevin O’Connor, an attorney working with the campaign, stood in the background as Boughton spoke, but O’Connor did not speak publicly.

The Foley campaign said it continues to find what it called discrepancies between the unofficial results posted on the secretary of the state’s website and the campaign’s own calculations.

“The data flow that were getting is not matching up with data that we have and when we go back and double check it…[we] find out we were correct and the Secretary of the State’s office is not,” Boughton said. “That’s part of this process and usually its not a problem but it’s a problem this year because of how close this election is.”

Boughton said he did not expect the winner to be determined for a few more days.

“At this time we’re not asking for a recount,” Boughton said. “The statute doesn’t quite permit it, but it certainly would make sense for the Secretary of the State’s office to triple check those numbers…because we’re already seeing changes in numbers that were announced at 3 o’clock. Those numbers from the Secretary of the State’s website have changed twice.”

Boughton cited Torrington as one such discrepancy, saying there was a 2,000-vote miscalculation that “under-reported our returns and over-reported Malloy’s.”

“We’re in such a rush to judgment here,” Boughton said. “Let’s take our time and get it right.”

Boughton criticized Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz for saying she believed Malloy was the winner on Wednesday, before all of the official results had been tabulated. “I don’t think the secretary of the state has any business declaring a winner [based] on unofficial returns,” he said. “I think it’s absurd.”

Boughton was asked by Ted Mann of The Day of New London whether the Republicans’ calculations put them ahead or favor Malloy. He said he did not know.

“There’s a reason why our statutes say you don’t certify an election until the end of the month, and that’s because there are minor adjustments that are made statewide on those numbers,” Boughton said. “The problem with that now is, we have a very, very close election.
So adjustments of four or five hundred votes either way could be significant and could influence the outcome of this election.

“So our message is slow down, take a deep breath, take a step back and let’s get it right be the residents of the state deserve nothing less.”

Meanwhile, Foley issued a release that said in Bridgeport “a bag of photocopied ballots was apparently discovered that had not been included in any previous count.”

Bridgeport’s Democratic registrar, Sandy Ayala, said Foley was wrong. The registrars have been aware of those ballots, she said. She would not elaborate when asked if they had been counted. She said that will be explained when they count the precinct where the ballots originated.

Capitol Watch

Nov 10

An Awfully Painful Way to Convince the President Our Economy Is Not Moving

Remember when Robert Gibbs justified his attack on the professional left by suggesting that they didn’t understand-but the rest of the country did-that Obama had gotten our economy moving again? Remember Recovery Summer, Obama’s effort to convince Americans that the economy had turned around? Well, we’ve already seen that voters don’t take their understanding of our economic state from the same wonky metrics the White House does.

You think the White House is beginning to understand that no matter how many times you repeat the news that the economy is good, voters know better?

Six in 10 voters named the economy as the nation’s No.1 problem. Roughly four in 10 said their family’s financial condition has worsened under Obama. About six in 10 said the country is on the wrong track.

I assume yesterday’s defeat is the kind of metric that will finally make it clear to the White House that the economy sucks and people are pissed about it.

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