Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rockford Bucking Trend On Red Light Cameras?

States giving yellow light to revenue-light cameras

Missouri House votes against intersection red light cameras

Texas Red light camera revenue sits unspent

Dallas City Hall has idled more than one-fourth of the 62 cameras

North Carolina Appeals Court Rules Against Red Light Cameras

Washington State initiative could stop red-light cameras

New Mexico Governor Signs Law Limiting Ticket Camera Profit

So why is Rockford pushing for them when studies show that extending the yellow by 1 second would better improve safety?

Some think it is the money.

The RRStar (Register Star Online) blogs addressed this:
In Chambers -- Senators Put Red Light on Red Light Plan
Sweeny Report -- What’s your problem with nabbing red-light runners, Senator?
Knoxville News

Labels, Tags, Catagories

Starting now I will be including labels on posts, forgive me if I forget one every now and then.

The Bush Effect in Serbia

The pro-Western coalition’s surprisingly strong showing came just three months after protesters outraged by Kosovo’s Feb. 17 independence declaration set fire to part of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

That anger had stoked expectations of an electoral backlash and a Radical victory that would have squelched Serbia’s efforts to prepare for eventual EU membership. The Radicals had vowed to steer the country away from the West and toward Russia, and openly defy international demands for the arrest of Gen. Ratko Mladic and other fugitive war crimes suspects.

Michele Malkin has more including this about Russia:
It’s one breathtaking defeat after another for the failed KGB regime of Vladimir Putin. First NATO moves decisively towards missile defense and admission of Ukraine and Georgia (both countries have recently repudiated ties with Russia in national elections), and now Russia can’t even hold on to its “little brother” Serbia. At home and abroad, Putin’s policies bring only misery and humiliation to the people of Russia, the same neo-Soviet bitterness with which they are already well acquainted.

But I thought Bush had destroyed America's standing in the world. Strange how all these nations elect leaders that go out of their way to praise and promise to have closer ties to us when our standing is so low.
Michelle Malkin -- Respected abroad: surprising Serbian elections yield another ally

Daily Trek -- May 14, 2008

Every now and then I get backed up with items that I could post but didn't have time for.

In the past I would do a, "Daily Trek," on my original blog, LifeTrek. I think I will carry that over to here when I get behind. These are noteworthy posts I just didn't have time to get to . It's basically a link dump.

If you like the format let me know.

Daily Trek -- May 14, 2008

LGF has a list of the, "skeletons," in Obama's closet, "I have never witnessed a presidential election in which a major candidate had this many skeletons in his closet."

Obama is clueless on Lebanon, as Powerline points out, "Obama may well fail to comprehend the first point and believe the second, just as naive leftists of an earlier generation thought that Ho Chi Minh was, at root, an agrarian reformer."

Democrats want to transcend race, but in a Mississippi ad the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a flier that accused a Republican of wanting to save a statue of the founder of the KKK -- the were wrong, it was Jefferson Davis, but Wizbang Blog wonders if that wasn't race baiting?

TalkLeft: "West Virginia is not an anomaly. Obama's white working class problem is EAST of the Mississippi. It is not just Appalachia. It MUST be addressed. Calling West Virginia names is not going to solve the problem."

The Telegraph UK notes, "Paul McCartney 'horrified' as his eco car is flown 7,000 miles from Japan." Remember the study a couple years ago that did the numbers showing a Hummer in total from dust to dust is actually more environmentally friendly then a Prius because of the transport, mining, and disposal costs? Here is their site - they have an update for 2008.

A rather prominent flag pin is on Obama’s lapel, for the second straight day. Here’s guessing he won’t lose it until after the general election." Paterico's Pontifications

While attacking John McCain as a continuation of George Bush Senator Christopher Dodd forgot how many years a President serves saying, "America can't afford six more years of George Bush." Hot Air has the video here.

Will one in five Democrats defect defect to the Republicans? Ace has the poll.

Okay, that is enough for now -- there is more, but it will have to wait.

Still More -- Bush Interview

Q Now, Mr. President, President Carter recently told Charlie Rose the next President could change America's image in 10 minutes. Here's what he said: "I think the next President could change the image of this country around the world in 10 minutes by making an inaugural speech that would start off and say, 'As long as I'm President we will never torture another prisoner, as long as I'm President we will never attack or invade another country unless our own security is directly threatened.'"

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, well, what he ought to be saying is, is that America doesn't torture. If the implication there is that we do now, then he's wrong. And you bet we're going to protect ourselves by the use of military force. What he really is implying is -- or some imply -- you can be popular; if you want to be popular in the Middle East just go blame Israel for every problem. That will make you popular. Or if you want to be popular in Europe, say you're going to join the International Criminal Court.

Popularity is fleeting, Michael. Principles are forever

The complete interview is here -- I found it!
Via Gateway Pundit

Most Likely to Succeed

A 6th-grade teacher in Jackson, Miss., asked her class to take a survey to determine which of their classmates were most likely to get pregnant, die and contract AIDS before graduation from high school.

Now the father of the honor student selected as most likely to get pregnant wants the teacher fired, according to local station WAPT.

Curtis Lyons said he found out about the survey when his daughter came home from Chastain Middle School Monday.

"She was humiliated," Lyons said. "She's an honor student."

In wonder if Jamie Lynn Spears won that one too.

What's worse is that someone won, "Most likely to die before 19." And someone will get AIDS? What the hell.

This survey is just a bazaar, what the teacher could have been thinking is beyond me. I wonder how old she is? I get the feeling people in their early 20's are less inclined to know what is appropriate in education or what is tasteful and polite in society.
WND -- 6th Grade Survey

Oh, I Bet They Are Shaking In Their Briefs

Aussie Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced he may take Iran's President Ahmadinejad to court in the Hague. AFP reports:

Australia is considering taking Iran's president to the International Court of Justice for inciting violence against Israel, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had threatened to eliminate the Jewish state and the government was taking legal advice on launching a case against him at the international court in the Hague, Rudd said.

"The Iranian president's repeated extraordinary statements, which are anti-Semitic and expressing a determination to eliminate the modern state of Israel from the map, are appalling by any standards of current international relations," he told Sky News.

"They are an incitement of international violence and what we have said in the past is that we will take legal advice, which the attorney-general is currently doing, on whether there is a profitable way forward here through the appropriate international legal mechanisms and we'll study that advice carefully."

American Thinker Blog -- See you in court, Mahmoud

Guns and God -- Wouldn't Be Caught Dead in A State Like That

Wow. Obama only wins 53% of WV DEM PRIMARY VOTERS in a matchup with McCain.

Holy cow. If even half that holds that's got to be terrifying for Obama. Also, his rather ungracious way of fleeing the state without making a concession speech tonight probably didn't do much to win over West Virgina voters for the general. Has his campaign just written the state off already?


The Corner on National Review Online

More On the Bush Interview

A question submitted from the online audience asked Bush whether he felt he had been misled about Iraq as he made the decision to go to war.

"`Misled' is a strong word," he said. "Not only our intelligence community, but intelligence communities all across the world shared the same assessment. And so I was disappointed to see how flawed our intelligence was."

"Do I think somebody lied to me? No, I don't. I think it was just, you know, they analyzed the situation and came up with the wrong conclusion," he added.

This is from the Yahoo report on the joint interview they did with Politico, Bush's first with online only outlets.


Yahoo News -- Bush disappointed with intel

Foreign University Studies -- Conservative

The University of Colorado is considering a $9 million program to bring high-profile political conservatives to teach on the left-leaning Boulder campus.

Critics say it's an idea whose time should never come.

CU officials want to create an endowment for a Visiting Chair in Conservative Thought and Policy.

The program would bring a rotating cast of scholars, historians, politicians and media personalities to a town often ridiculed by the political right as "the People's Republic of Boulder."


"Like Margaret Mead among the Samoans, they're planning to study conservatives. That's hilarious," Will told The Wall Street Journal in a story pubished(sic) Tuesday.

Believe it!


Daily Camera -- CU seeks right-wing prof

Bush in Israel and Middle East

Fox News just announced that President Bush has landed in Israel on a five day trip to the middle east. He will be celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary, working pushing for a peace plan with the Palestinians, and talking to the King of Saudi Arabia about oil prices.

Fear Mongering -- AKA Telling The Truth

President Bush warned in an interview Tuesday that the Democratic presidential candidates' plans to withdraw abruptly from Iraq could "eventually lead to another attack on the United States" and would "embolden" terrorists.

In a White House interview with Politico and Yahoo News — a president's first for an online audience — Bush said his doomsday scenario for a premature withdrawal “of course is that extremists throughout the Middle East would be emboldened, which would eventually lead to another attack on the United States."

"The United States pulling out of Iraq or pulling out of the Middle East or not maintaining a forward presence would send all kinds of signals throughout the Middle East," he said in the Roosevelt Room. "And it would shake everybody's nerves, and it would embolden the very same people that we're trying to defeat.
This will be called politics of fear (of course climate "crisis" isn't), but if telling the truth causes fear then perhaps, just perhaps (and I know this is a wacky notion) there is something to be f'n afraid of?
Politco -- Bush warns of Iraq disaster
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