Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nathan Cirillo, RIP

by Clifford F. Thies 

On Sunday, Megan Underwood was entertaining a friend from California. They thought to snap a picture with a handsome soldier at the War Memorial. Today, that soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, is dead, killed by a radical Muslim. 

We take this opportunity to remember Nathan and all those protecting us from extremists and the criminal element, from infectious diseases and natural disasters, including those in the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard and the nurses screening persons coming into our country from places suffering epidemics of ebola. 

We remember the Kurds fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the Ukrainians fighting against hoodlums sponsored by Russia, and the students of Hong Kong peacefully demonstrating on behalf of freedom and democracy. We are surrounded by heroes and their spirits are with us forever.

DACA dada

Ay! Americanos estúpidos, votamos por más beneficios del gobierno ¿no lo entiendes cabron?

by Clifford F. Thies 

More than a hundred illegals have been found registered to vote in North Carolina. Perhaps as many as 10,000 are still on the rolls. The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that a check by the state Department of Motor Vehicles against the registered voter rolls turned up 145 people who are here under the President's executive action known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), who pursuant to that program got a state driver's license, and with their state driver's license, they registered to vote. 

A total 10,000 voters were identified as "legally present" non-citizens at the time they got their driver's license, although some of them might have become citizens prior to becoming registered to vote.

Dondero vs. Wang on Republican chances in Governor's races

From Eric Dondero: 

I had a little tit-for-tat with the famous Sam Wang yesterday on Twitter. Wang, for non-political junkies, is president of the Princeton Election Consortium, a left-leaning polling analysis firm, that's often cited by such big media types as the NY Times, CNN and Washington Post.

Wang was just on MSNBC on Sunday. 

For the record, Republican candidates are ahead in Connecticut, and Massachusetts (RCP). And this morning we learn that Bruce Rauner is ahead by 2 in Illinois. In Hawaii, a Rasmussen poll last month showed Republican Duke Aionia 1 point behind.

BOOM! Just released Chicago Trib poll shows Republican Bruce Rauner 2 points over incumbent Democrat Governor Pat Quinn

45 to 43%, Libertarian with 4% 

From Eric Dondero: 

Ahh, geez. This has really gotta hurt the Dems. Whooosh! Their entire "we may lose the Senate, but we'll do well in governor's races" narrative down the hopper. 

From the Chicago Tribune
Tribune poll: Rauner, Quinn in dead heat
With less than two weeks until Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is a dead heat as Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has made significant inroads among suburban voters, especially women, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows. (Emphasis gleefully added.)
The survey found Rauner with 45 percent support and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn with 43 percent. 
That's within the poll's 3.5 percentage point margin of error. Little-known Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm had 4 percent, while only 7 percent were undecided ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Poll to be released later today by Rasmussen showing Bruce Rauner with a 1 point lead over Quinn.

H/t - HHR

Why are they sending Joe Biden to Illinois?

Attack ad against Jim Oberweis, Republican for Senate, by the Socialist Party of America 

From Eric Dondero: 

Interesting last minute campaign development. All of a sudden Biden's being dispatched to Illy. 

From the Northwest Herald, "Vice President Joe Biden to return to Illinois":
Vice President Joe Biden is planning a second trip to Illinois, this time to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic U.S. House candidates. 
Both Quinn’s and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos’ campaigns say the vice president is expected to headline an early voting rally in Rockford Oct. 27.

Dr. Bill Cassidy stuns debate audience on marijuana question: He's okay with medicinal use

National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws in Louisiana not happy with Landrieu's response

From, "Marijuana advocates might have found their candidate in Bill Cassidy":
One of the more surprising answers from Tuesday's Senate debate was Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy's support for legalizing medical marijuana. The question came during the rapid-fire round of questioning where candidates gave a yes or no answer to their positions on different issues. 
Cassidy was the only candidate to answer yes. Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness said no. (Emphasis added.)
Cassidy's support for medical marijuana is rooted in his background as a doctor. "There are specific uses of medical marijuana recognized, such as a treatment for chemotherapy induced nausea. There are drugs which approximate marijuana, but may not be as effective in certain people. Dr. Cassidy is supportive when used for a defined medical purpose and prescribed by the patient's doctor," said Cassidy spokesperson John Cummins.
support for medical marijuana is a step in the right direction for marijuana reform activists. Allen St. Pierre, executive director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said it might be too late in the election cycle for a formal endorsement, but he's encouraged by Cassidy's support. 
"If a candidate in the field supports reform, we'd suggest the politician is in tune with the public and deserves support at the election booth," St. Pierre said. St. Pierre said traditionally Democrats are more supportive of marijuana reform than Republicans, which is why he's even more upset that Landrieu is against medical marijuana. 
"If you're a Democrat and against medical marijuana, you're way out of touch with your base," St. Pierre said. "Sen. Landrieu has made my list, and that's an unfortunate place to be if you're a Democrat."
Editor's comment - The rap on Cassidy from all camps, is that he's too safe, Nice guy and all; just mundane. This certainly seems out of character. Was it out-of-the-blue, or perhaps a bit calculated? Cassidy's consultants whispering to him behind the curtain, show your wild side. Either way, it's just fine with us libertarians.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greg Abbott increases his lead over Wendy Davis for Texas Governor, now ahead by... wait for it... here it comes... 21 points!

Abbott over Davis 52.4% to 31% 

From Eric Dondero: 

There was a time just a mere two months ago, when this looked like it might be turning into a race. One poll had Wendy Davis in "single digits" at 9 points down. But alas, that was Davis's high point. 

Now this, from Crosswinds Communications, "Crosswind Poll Shows Abbott with Significant Lead":
A poll conducted by Crosswind Media and Public Relations shows Republican Greg Abbott leading Democrat Wendy Davis by 52.4 percent to 31 percent in the race for Texas governor, with 16.2 percent of voters undecided. The live telephone survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Oct. 9-12. The margin of error for the poll was 4.33 percent. 
The same poll shows Republican Dan Patrick beating Democrat Leticia Van de Putte by 42.8 percent to 23 percent in the lieutenant governor’s race, with 33 percent of Texans undecided. 
“Greg Abbott has a commanding lead and has successfully motivated the Republican base,” said Crosswind President Thomas Graham. “Texas remains a red state, at least among likely voters in non-presidential years, and Wendy Davis does not appear to have made a dent in that strength.”
As a barometer of sorts, Democrat Bill White, former Mayor of Houston, got 41% against Rick Perry 4 years ago. 

Editor's note - Of course, this is the very definition in politics of the bottom falling out. And it's not just Davis who will suffer, but the entire Democrat ticket in Texas up and down the ballot. 

Gardner closing on new ideas

"A new generation: A new kind of Republican" 

From Eric Dondero: 

Energy. A very hot topic for Colorado voters. And one that gives Cory Gardner an opportunity to present his new ideas agenda. Very positive, upbeat ad to close.  

Editor's note - Let the record show, that we here at LR were pro-Cory Gardner, a self-described "libertarian-conservative," long before being a Gardner-ite was cool.