Saturday, October 30, 2010

Democrats Air More Negative Ads Than Republicans

This mid-term election cycle ends in a few days and like me, you're probably sick and tired of the campaign ads, especially the negative ads. On Friday's Oct. 25 ABC News, Jonathon Carl said,

As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.
(ABC News, Segment 2 at 12:44 mark)

Near the end of Carl's report, he says that 51% Democrat ads are personal negative attacks while 69% of Republican ads are policy negative attacks ads. They may be negative ads, but there seems to be a difference.

Wesleyan Media Project, quoted by Carl in his report, has toted up the positive/negative political ads used per party between January 1 and October 5, 2010.
In 2010, pro-Democratic ad sponsors focused on the personal characteristics of Republican candidates in 21% of their attack ads. This is up from the 12% of Democratic attack ads in 2008 that were focused on personal characteristics. Republicans have mentioned candidate characteristics in 11 percent of their attack ads this year.

"The use of personal attacks actually makes sense for the Democrats this year," said Michael Franz, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project and associate professor of government at Bowdoin College. "The issue environment does not really favor them, in that many Obama policies are unpopular, so many Democrats are choosing to point out the personal foibles of their opponents."
Segment from HULU:


Full ABC It's a Small World News with Diane Sawyer episode.




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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remember Who We Are

We paid a price to be free.


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Krista Branch. Strong voice, strong words.



h/t Pamela Geller


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Resistance is Futile

"Dems exit rally as Clinton drones" - headline WLS-890 AM Chicago news story.
Clinton was an hour late for the Tuesday afternoon rally at the Palmer House and droned on for another hour, sending dozens of the few hundred Democrats in attendance for the exits.






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What This Country Needs...

...is safer lethal injection drugs.

That's the position of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan according to the LA Times.
Justice Elena Kagan cast her first recorded vote on the Supreme Court late Tuesday, joining the liberals in dissent when the high court cleared the way for the execution of an Arizona murderer.

The 5-4 ruling overturned orders by a federal judge in Phoenix and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that had stopped the execution by lethal injection of Jeffrey Landrigan.

His lawyers, in a last-ditch appeal, had raised questions about one of the drugs used in the execution. Since the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental had suspended production, Arizona officials said they had obtained a supply of the drug from a British company.

A judge had put the execution on hold because she said she was "left to speculate" whether this drug was safe for its intended use.

However, the Court majority (Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.) wrote,

"There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe," the justices said, and "speculation cannot substitute for evidence that the use of the drug is 'sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering'."
Once I thought it odd the execution lethal injection prep required swabbing the injection spot on the condemned's arm with alcohol. If safer lethal injection drugs are required by the courts, swabbing would be understandable as we wouldn't want the condemned to die from any unforeseen infection. That would be cruel.





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The Very Model of a Modern US President

I love Gilbert and Sullivan! Obama not so much.


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