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The Left’s ‘obsession with all things Koch’

Yesterday John H. Hinderaker of Powerline wrote another article about the political Left's obsession with Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries. It's a lengthy piece and worth reading, but because it is long, I will try to summarize. The Center for American Progress and its website ThinkProgress are fronts for the Obama Administration and are "lavishly funded by George Soros and several other left-wing billionaires." The Center for American Progress, through ThinkProgress, "has carried on a bizarre vendetta against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries." The Kochs are active in politics on the conservative/libertarian side. Having…
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Charles and David Koch v. George Soros: Free markets or not

Perhaps the best commentary on the recent conference sponsored by Charles and David Koch in California comes from Timothy P. Carney of the Washington Examiner. Titled The Kochs vs. Soros: Free markets vs. state coercion, it explains the difference between advocates of free enterprise and those who believe in using the force of government to achieve their goals. At the conference, protests were arranged by the left-wing advocacy group Common Cause. That organization recently launched an attack on Charles Koch, David Koch, and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices that has been found to be baseless and nothing more than a…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday November 9, 2010

Wichita city inspection staffing. Sunday's Wichita Eagle carries a story detailing problems some southeast Wichita homeowners have with their homes. I'm not sure whether the story is being critical of the city inspection process, so I'll quote the article: "[Central inspection superintendent Kurt] Schroeder said he can't say for sure that the city did everything possible to prevent these problems. City inspectors granted building permits and conducted inspections at the houses at various stages of building. But he said the city has no records of final approvals for two houses in the neighborhood. It could be that the inspector signed…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday October 22, 2010

My best tweet yesterday. I just uninstalled the NPR News app from my iPhone. #NPR #Juan Many have already voted. Wednesday Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale told commissioners that his office had sent 63,000 mail ballots to voters in the county, and 20,000 had been returned. In the 2006 general election, a midterm election comparable to this year, 118,258 ballots were cast in Sedgwick County. Gale's numbers tell us that around half of voters will use the advance voting system, and perhaps 17 percent have already voted as far as two weeks in advance of election day. Goyle on…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 21, 2010

Honest journalist too much for NPR. Juan Williams has been fired by National Public Radio. His offense: He spoke in a not-politically-correct way about Muslims. On Monday's O'Reilly Factor Williams said: "But when I get on a plane -- I got to tell you -- if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous." According to Williams, NPR said this is a bigoted remark that "crossed the line." Across all forms of media, this is sure to be a big…
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Political attacks by Obama camp endanger opportunity

By Ronald Gidwitz As a recovering politician (I ran for governor of Illinois in 2006), I know it's seldom a good idea to hint that voters are dupes. Sometimes, though, in an attempt to "divide and conquer," politicians do just that. Lately we've seen President Barack Obama and his team, who ran for office on the claim they would bridge political differences, playing this foolish and ultimately self-defeating dividing game. "Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the…
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Media only mind when donors are conservatives

Today's Washington Times carries an editorial that points out -- as others have -- the bias evident in the mainstream media treatment of Charles Koch, David Koch, and Koch Industries. The major points made in this piece are: The Koch brothers are accused of "self-dealing" because they believe in free enterprise. But economic freedom generates prosperity that is good for everyone, rich and poor. George Soros, the Left's favorite and prodigious donor made his money betting on economic failure. The government funds many climate scientists who push global warming alarmism. The MSNBC television network, which strongly supports the Obama administration…
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Left’s obsession with funding diverts attention from issues and its own funding

One of the duties of being a blogger on the left is constant disparaging of the source of funding or leadership of your opposition. All done, of course, while ignoring the painfully obvious problems with your own. As an example, a recent Boston Globe column -- its title is In glitzy shadows, a health reform foe lurks -- makes claims that are false. Others are actually something to be proud of, not ashamed. I don't recommend you actually read the Globe piece. As one comment left to the article stated: "What an amazingly biased and unbalanced piece." It's not worth…
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