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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Obama's FEMA Breaks Disaster Declaration Record

    Flooding in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on June 29, 2011.

    On August 8, President Barack Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a disaster declaration for flooding in Utah. With that declaration, FEMA hit 158 declarations in 2011 and in so doing surpassed the 15-year record of 157 declarations, set in 1996 by President Bill Clinton’s FEMA, led by James … More

    San Fran Leaders Attack Pregnancy Centers That Don't Offer Abortion


    City leaders in San Francisco have launched an attack on local pregnancy care centers, alleging that they engage in false advertising by leading women to believe they provide abortions at their clinics. City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation last week that would make it illegal for … More

    Morning Bell: Wisconsin Holds the Line


    The liberal political machine was in full throttle. Millions of dollars in campaign ads streamed on TV. An army of union workers descended on the state in a massive grassroots voter mobilization effort. But when the dust settled, the smoke cleared, and the votes were counted, the conservative majority that … More

    Work Works at Tennessee Faith-Based Organization


    In 1999, the Memphis zip code ranked as the third poorest in the country. Home to the Cleaborn and Foote housing projects, unemployment sat above 70 percent. Almost 50 percent of the community lacked a high school degree. Drugs and gangs plagued the community, and most residents had dim prospects … More

    Capitol Hill Staffer and Former Heritage Intern Faces Life Head-On

    This week Emmy Award-winning TV show Facing Life Head-On features the inspiring story of Aaron Welty, a Congressional staffer whose belief in the value of life stems from his own remarkable story. Born with cerebral palsy, Welty has proven that a negative medical prognosis can be proven flat wrong – … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 9, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Fueling higher gas prices – Ed Feulner Yemen looks like al Qaeda’s new heartland – James Carafano Left’s Tea Party Invective on Boil – Brian Darling Pity the debt-paying generation – … More

    EPA's Mission Impossible: A Deadline to Destroy Domestic Energy


    Last week, Bloomberg reported that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory push against the fossil fuel industry will cost America’s largest utility, the Southern Company, up to $18 billion in compliance costs. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to data in a filing by Southern last week, … More

    Grinding the Government's Gears of Enterprise, Smithsonian Style


    Late last month, Smithsonian.com launched a “Department of Innovation” blog in hopes of reigniting President Barack Obama’s call for this generation’s “Sputnik moment”—in less glossy terms, that means taxpayer-funded corporate welfare to pursue the President’s pet projects. Fittingly enough, the “Department of Innovation” logo featured a series of cogs that, if … More

    Cal. Supreme Court Appointment: Good Win for a Liu-ser

    Goodwin Liu

    In a classic example of “what’s good for thee but not for me,” Berkeley law professor and former Obama Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu seems poised to accept an appointment to the California Supreme Court this month—even though that would violate his own radical advice to others to give up … More

    Tymoshenko Arrest Hurts Ukraine, Benefits Russia

    Russian government wrestles with Internet

    On August 5, Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister and heroine of Ukraine’s 2004 pro-western Orange Revolution, was arrested during her trial. Tymoshenko was in court defending herself against charges of overstepping her authority and allegedly making an illegal gas price deal with Russia in 2009. The presiding judge, Rodion … More